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Thu, Mar 26, 2015 The Everyone-Is-Invited Edition

Why Force Touch Matters for Accessibility

Steven Aquino, MacStories:

I find Apple’s embrace of haptic feedback fascinating and exciting, because the use of haptic technology has some very real benefits in terms of accessibility.

Apple has done good work in terms of accessibility, and I have confidence the company will continue to do good work.

Twitter's Periscope App Lets You Livestream Your World

David Pierce, Wired:

Any doubts about the demand for something like Periscope can be answered by looking at Meerkat, a live-streaming app that has, in the weeks since it launched, shown its users how cool it can be when people invite you into brief, almost always totally unstaged and unmediated moments in their lives. That’s what Periscope promises, too, plus the ability to put the viewer in the director’s chair and actually participate in the stream. It’s more immediate than Twitter, Instagram, even Snapchat. It’s life, right now, through anyone’s eyes I choose. It’s intoxicating.

Ultimate Selfie App Gets a Big Update

Henry Cooke, Stuff:

What does it add? A lot of little things (location reminders, randomised reminders, a new interface), and one big thing - the ability to control multiple separate timelines.

Stuff.

Apple May Have Just Killed an Open Source Project

Lauren Orsini, ReadWrite:

On Tuesday, Apple acquired FoundationDB, an enterprise software company with a major open source component. On Wednesday, that open source component was no more.

On the other hand, isn't one of the ideas of Open Source is that the code can continue to survive and flourish even when some closed-source companies pull exactly such a move?

Also:

I've Changed My Mind about Responsive Design

Mat Yurow, Medium:

I’ve started to believe (at least for now) that following this approach may dismiss the nuances of different reading behaviors, and ignores the strengths and weaknesses that each device offers.

Develop.

When Angela Met Tim

Adam Lashinsky, Fortune:

“The first time I sat down with him, I walked away thinking wow, that’s a man of peace,” she says. “I just absolutely loved his integrity, his values. Nothing anybody can write, say, or do is going to take him off of always doing the right thing. Not just for Apple, but for Apple’s people, for communities, for countries. The world needs more leaders like Tim.”

Review: 'Becoming Steve Jobs' Focuses on Another Apple Era

Alessandra Montalto, New York Times:

“Becoming Steve Jobs” emphasizes competition, sales and computer specs at the expense of anything beyond business. The result is a book too spotty to be a good introduction to Jobs lore.

Also:

The Steve Jobs book I want to read would certainly recognize and celebrate his accomplishments, which were truly astonishing, and the ways he was a genuinely great man. But it would place them, and his life, in the larger context of how he operated, and how his company continues to operate. The threads of this story are not separate. They are intertwined.

I Hate Your Censorship, but I'll Defend to the Death Your Right to Censor

Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing:

It's a truism of free expression that if you only defend speech you agree with, you don't believe in free expression. That doesn't mean you have to defend the content of the expression: it means you have to support the right of people to say stupid, awful things. You can and should criticize the stupid, awful things. It's the distinction between the right to express a stupid idea, and the stupidity of the idea itself.

Notes.

That $2 markdown [proposed by Apple] may be small, but Apple's failure to secure it reflects a shift in the company's relationshiop with the music industry... [Apple] now faces an array of new competitors and finds itself in the position of needing to modernize its offerings to catch up to the straming revolution. That has weakened Apple's leverage - and the labels could not be happier about it.

Parting Words

Thanks for reading.