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Fri, Apr 17, 2015The Homophobic-Answers Edition

OS X Update

Apple released a rare supplemental update to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 that resolves a bug in a video driver that was causing some Mac owners to report startup issues or even full-blown kernel panics "when running certain apps that capture video," said the company.

Bad (Russian) Siri

Apple is refusing to explain how and why the Russian language version of its voice-controlled virtual assistant, Siri, provided homophobic answers to queries relating to gay or lesbian topics.

I wonder if this may be the start of the end of "cute" Siri responses.

Non-Smart Travels

My iPhone finds the most direct route to anything I wish to see, which is why I turn it off. Keeping it on would mean missing out on countless small streets and dead-ends, all those quiet, beautiful lanes and impasses with names I don’t remember.

But, of course, there is no wrong way of travelling.

Not-So-Smart Pay

This is far from an "end of the world" problem, of course. But it's funny to me that a gesture Apple intended to make paying for things easy — just wave your phone over the terminal! — unintentionally makes other actions more difficult.

Cost Of Putting Things In The Cloud

Dropbox seems the clear winner if you don’t routinely edit photos in Photos on different platforms, and Amazon if your intent is a central storehouse with access everywhere and at the lowest cost.

Apple can change this with a few keystrokes, such as halving its storage price. But as long as it has ecosystem lock in, it may feel its added value will keep its users paying.

Personally, I am still hoping Apple will lower its iCloud prices. Or maybe giving discounts when bundled with iTunes Match and the upcoming Beats streaming service.

Stuff.

Apple's showcasing the MacBook at its retail stores, but you can't just walk into an Apple Store (or anywhere else Macs are sold) and walk out with one — they're just not there. Online seems just about the only place to get one, and for that pleasure you'll have wait at least four to six weeks for it to ship.

You’ll still find all of your lists and collaboration features as easy to use as ever, but now you’ll be able to see an overview of all of your lists with the new grid mode.

Develop.

Competition on the App Store has risen to a frenzied level.

XKCD

Notes.

The suspension is temporary as authorities revise the rules. It is unclear how regulators will change the rules, but industry officials say a new version — even if it avoids more contentious issues like forcing the disclosure of source code — will still be problematic to multinational tech companies.

Parting Words

Two scenarios: "We're home," by which they mean the Falcon (found again). "We're home," by which they mean Kashyyyk, and it's life day.

— Michael Heilemann (@Heilemann) April 16, 2015

Chewie, we’re home pic.twitter.com/hGu8Q0lcfa

— Cary (@barrysaunders) April 17, 2015

Thanks for reading.