If you’re looking to keep your long, luxurious beard in tip-top shape in the mandatory mask era of COVID-19, Barrie’s Beard Tarp has you covered.
Always Bearded has been selling beard-care products out of its Eccles Street shop for the last six years. Owner and founder Sven Hansen said that while their creams and lotions are important to a healthy beard, during these COVID times, so is how you cover it up.
“A lot of guys were wearing smaller masks and their beards were getting pushed up inside or there was a dent in the beard itself. Some have been trimming off their beard to make it fit in a smaller mask,” said Hansen. “None of those options appealed to me.”
The Beard Tarp drapes over the beard while still covering the mouth and nose with a filter as well.
The item has been on sale for a week and Hansen said it has quickly become their hottest seller.
“Right now our manufacturer has transferred to a line where we’re pumping out 500 masks a day,” said Hansen. “We have a good following in Barrie and sell quite a bit, but since word has gotten out, we have been shipping all over, particularly in North America.”
Hansen admits that he and his three-person operation were not ready for the high demand for the Beard Tarp. He said that as they scale upwards in sales, they are likely moving entirely to a fulfillment centre in the coming weeks to take over the large amount of orders.
Hansen founded Always Bearded when he was having issues with his own beard and couldn’t find the right products to help.
“Six years ago I had an itchy beard and it was out of control. I started looking for products to help, and there weren’t any so I had to bring them in from the U.S.,” said Hansen. “I started developing my own products and it spiralled from there.”
The company’s Beard Cream is one of the most popular items for sale and even won them a Best In Beard Care Award for the 2020 Clean Beauty Awards.
Before COVID, Always Bearded was in 400 retailers, but that has come down significantly and they rely on their online sales quite a bit now, he said.
“Our online sales have been very strong as guys try to take care of themselves. We’re all staying in a bit more, but I think with the popularity of Zoom calls, guys realize that they need to make themselves presentable,” said Hansen.
Made from 100 per cent cotton, the Beard Tarp is available on the company’s website for $25.
Apple iOS 14.1 Release: Should You Upgrade? – Forbes
Apple iOS 14.1 is here and it brings new features and a lot of fixes, following the (surprisingly problematic) iOS 14.0.1 release. Unfortunately, it also reintroduces a familiar flaw. Here’s everything you need to know.
Tip: bookmark this page because I will keep it up to date if/when new problems are found. I will deliver my final verdict in a week.
Who Is It For?
Apple iOS 14.1 has been released for every iOS 13-compatible device. That means the iPhone 6S and newer and 7th generation iPod touch. An update notification should arrive automatically but, if not, you can trigger it manually by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. Beta testers, if you are running iOS 14.2 (see ‘The Road Ahead’ section at the end), you must unenroll your iPhone for iOS 14.1 to show up.
iPad owners, Apple has moved you to iPadOS. This is not an iPadOS-focused guide, but I will touch upon pertinent issues in these guides.
The Deal Breakers
Jailbreakers, stay away. Unc0ver is still stuck on iOS 13.5 at the time of publication and while checkra1n has an iOS 14 jailbreak (not iOS 14.1), which is currently restricted to Apple devices running A9(X) chipsets and older.
Perhaps the biggest deal breaker in iOS 14.1, however, is it reintroduces a variant of the bug in iOS 14 where your choice of default mail and browser apps is reset. First spotted on Twitter and confirmed by The Verge, after installing iOS 14.1, whenever your chosen third party email and browser apps update, your selections will be removed and revert to Apple Mail and Safari. There’s no easy fix for this, and Apple will need to issue another iOS update to address it.
Aside from this, some iOS 14.0.1 bugs supposedly fixed in iOS 14.1 are still impacting users, including sending emails from the wrong alias, WiFi performance issues, broken widgets and Apple Music bugs. There are also a higher number of reports than usual about battery drain. It’s important to remember iOS/iPadOS updates cause higher battery consumption for a few days after updating while they reindex the device, but I’ll keep an eye on this.
So What Do You Get?
Apple lists the following iOS 14.1 upgrades and fixes:
- Adds support for 10-bit HDR video playback and edit in Photos for iPhone 8 and later
- Addresses an issue where some widgets, folders, and icons were showing up in reduced size on the Home Screen
- Addresses an issue where dragging widgets on the Home Screen could remove apps from folders
- Fixes an issue where some emails in Mail were sent from an incorrect alias
- Fixes an issue that could prevent incoming calls from displaying region information
- Fixes an issue on some devices where selecting zoomed display mode and an alphanumeric passcode could result in the Lock Screen emergency call button overlapping with the text input box
- Addresses an issue where some users were occasionally unable to download or add songs to their library while viewing an album or playlist
- Fixes an issue that could prevent zeroes from appearing in Calculator
- Resolves an issue where streaming video resolution could temporarily be reduced at the start of playback
- Fixes an issue that prevented setting up a family member’s Apple Watch for some users
- Resolves an issue where the Apple Watch case material was displayed incorrectly in the Apple Watch app
- Addresses an issue in the Files app that could cause some MDM-managed cloud service providers to incorrectly display content as unavailable
- Improves compatibility with Ubiquiti wireless access points
This is a curiously feature-light update for a ‘major point’ release and several of the fixes (as noted above) are not working for everyone. Surprisingly, iOS 14.1 is also not listed on Apple’s official security page so it is unclear whether there are no security patches in the release or the company has been tardy updating the page. I’ll update this article if it appears.
Apple iOS 14.1 Verdict: Stay Away
iOS 14.1 fixes several bugs, but it also (re)introduces a widespread one in resetting users’ third party browser and email default apps. Those sticking to Apple Mail and Safari, may still want to take the plunge but if you already enjoy a largely bug free experience, there’s no real gain in upgrading to iOS 14.1. I will upgrade this guide in a week with my final verdict.
The Road Ahead
Apple iOS 14.2 is currently on its fourth beta and it introduces new emojis, Music Recognition for the Control Center (think: integrated Shazam), a redesigned Now Playing Widget, an upgraded interface for AirPlay (optimized for multiple-device streaming), enhanced Apple Card features and support for HomePod’s upcoming Intercom functionality.
That said, unless iOS 14.2 is coming out in the next few weeks, I’d expect iOS 14.1.1 to be fast tracked to fix the third party email and browser problems. Watch this space.
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Woman uses Uber Eats to order two packets of ketchup from McDonald's – MobileSyrup
This is what a hangover gone wrong looks like.
A Toronto woman attempted to order a plain McDonald’s burger this past weekend and ended up getting rid of every part of the burger, including the bun and the meat.
The woman received only two packets of Heinz ketchup in a takeout container, which ended up costing the burger’s price.
“My wife was hungover this morning and thought ordering a McDonald’s hamburger would help. She’s the type of person to modify a classic ‘no pickles, no onions, etc’ so she ended up ordering this,” said the husband of the Toronto woman to BlogTO. “They literally sent us 2 packs of ketchup!”
The customer ordered the meal via Uber Eats, and the delivery service typically allows users to make substitutions. Personally, I’ve experienced restaurants calling me whenever there’s an issue with a substitution or addition. Or, in some cases, they’ll even cancel the order.
Whoever received this order at McDonald’s and fulfilled it was likely having the time of their life.
Image credit: BlogTO
iPhone 12 didn't get USB-C, and I'm starting to accept that it'll never happen – CNET
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I had high hopes that thewould move to a universal port that’s already everywhere. Instead, it’s traded one proprietary format for another. The iPhone 12 didn’t get USB-C at . (Here’s how to .) Instead, it kept Lightning and added a new instead.
I’m starting to accept that USB-C on the iPhone will never happen.
Lightning has been around since thein 2012, when it debuted as a replacement for the old 30-pin charger that had been around since the iPod. Lightning had its advantages, way back last decade: It was small, and enabled faster data transfer. But we’ve been living in the era of USB-C for years now. Lightning feels old by comparison.
Apple’s new MagSafe charge connection looks like an improvement to standard wireless Qi charging, adding a magnetic handshake similar to the way thecharges. Charging could be more reliable. But also, you’ll need a whole new charge cable, and the to go with them.
But why is there still a Lightning port? Why not be brave and move to USB-C, too?
Apple’s iPad lineup has already started to shift to USB-C: thefirst, now the this year. MacBooks have all moved to USB-C/Thunderbolt 3. I can charge an , , , controller and all from common charge cables. And then Lightning for the rest.
Lightning is a weird legacy port now, and it’s even weirder that Apple packs a USB-C-to-Lightning charging cable in the iPhone 12 box. It makes you find or buy a charging brick that is USB-C, and that you’ll plug your Lightning cable into. It’s like a tease. Seriously, why not just move fully to USB-C?
And now that Apple isn’t including a charging brick in the box, and that USB-C tipped cable won’t fit into your older iPhone and iPad power adapters, what are the odds that a lot of people will just end up buying a MagSafe charger and a new case with their iPhone 12?
At the moment, there’s a power strip on my home office desk studded with all the bricks and cords I need to charge up all my random devices. I see a ton of wearable-specific chargers, but for everything else, it’s nearly all USB-C. Everything, that is, except for the iPhone, and the few other Apple devices that still use Lightning.
I hate dongles. And I dislike proprietary charge cables even more. At least one could have been eliminated on future iPhones. Instead, I might be adding another.
I don’t think I need to explain why USB-C should be on the iPhone. Because all other phones use it. Because half of Apple’s devices do, more or less? And also, it would allow a more seamless flow of accessories and dongles for the iPhone and iPad Pro and other products I use. Sure, I can do many of those things with Lightning and a dongle: I could output to a TV with HDMI, or use a microSD card to read camera data. But even so, USB-C would be so much nicer.
Sure, you may have all those Lightning accessories you may need to replace. Who cares? Unlike the 30-pin to Lightning evolution, which involved two waves of proprietary ports and accessories, USB-C skips all that. And, again, here’s the great news: Apple has already made the move. Or, made the move partway.
So, iPhone 12 didn’t get USB-C. Now, I’m wondering if it ever arrives at all. But seriously: Apple, don’t skip it. Don’t go portless, and fuse the whole thing intolike everyone is anticipating, using MagSafe as the only charge method. No, please. If the iPhone is an everyday computer, it would be extremely helpful for it to get an everyday port, too — one small and already well-used and accepted one.
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