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Tue, Jul 7, 2015The Life-Without-One Edition

My Week Without Apple Watch, by Ben Bajarin, Techpinions

As I pointed to at the beginning of this article, the Apple Watch is a modern day convenience and should be understood as such. It is a convenience in the same way a dishwasher or washer/dryer or a microwave is. None of the items are absolutely necessary, yet so many of their owners can’t imagine life without one. This is what my week without the Apple Watch taught me. Of course I can get by without it but, given the number of conveniences I’ve been able to quantify in the flow of my daily life, I can no longer imagine life without it.

He Made A Secret Album In An Apple Store, by Matthew Narvin, The Daily Beast

After a second computer failure left him without a means to record his album and no money to buy a replacement, Prince finished recording the vocals and backing instrumental tracks for his new album entirely in that one Apple Store.

News From The Stores

Apple Stores To Start Sales Of First HomeKit-Enabled Thermostat On Tuesday, by AppleInsider

Apple Working To Add Home Sharing For Music In iOS 9, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

In response to a tweet about the removal of Home Sharing for music, Cue tweeted "We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9."

All Apple Stores Revamping Third-Party Accessory Selection With Apple Designed Boxes, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

The company is gearing up to revamp its third-party accessory selection across all of its retail stores by next week by reducing the amount of accessories available in stores to ones sold in packaging co-designed by Apple. Apple has been working with select third-party accessory makers over the past six months to redesign boxes so that the experience more closely matches the boxes of Apple’s own products.

Apple's First Retail Store In Queens, New York Opens July 11, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Stuff.

Microsoft's Tossup App Can Help Friends Vote On Where To Meet Up, by John Callaham, iMore

The idea behind the app, which was developed by a team inside Microsoft's Outlook division, is to make it easier to find a place where everyone in a group wants to go to, say, eat after work or just hang out.

Amazon Releases Cloud Drive File Management App For iPhone And iPad, by Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac

The new Cloud Drive app offers a more Dropbox-like experience, allowing users to view, manage, and share all of the content they have stored in the service.

ArtHandler For Mac OS X Revved To Version 1.5, by MacTech

Solving OS X Problems: Finding Old Utilities, Removing A Partition, And Migrating Data, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

This week, Mac 911 focuses on OS X and things that are missing or migrating. I answer questions about deauthorizing software on a Mac before a migration, where to find old Wi-Fi utility software and firmware, deleting a Fusion drive’s extra partition, and a small array of Migration Assistant questions.

Develop.

The Inevitable Return Of COBOL, by Ritika Trikha, HackerRank

Streams.

The power of Pixar: I felt like crying just by listening to a podcast where people were discussing the Inside Out movie.

Parting Words

Not the most helpful update from #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/R9Kk1frUcG

— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) July 6, 2015

Thanks for reading.