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Wed, Sep 2, 2015The Never-Have-To-See-A-Human Edition

New San Francisco Restaurant Replaces Humans With iPads, by Joseph Mayton, The Guardian

Customers at Eatsa in the Financial District will order from an iPad, sending the order to the kitchen. When the meal is ready, it appears in a small glass compartment. The food is prepared by real people, but the patrons never have to see them.

iPads Replace Cashiers At SF's Quinoa Restaurant, by Heather Kelly, CNN

The restaurant is the first project of Keenwawa, a new venture-backed Silicon Valley startup that wants to disrupt fast food by making it healthy, affordable and accessible. Cofounded by Tim Young, Scott Drummond and David Freedburg, the key to Keenwawa's big dreams is quinoa.

Health Benefits Of... Quinoa, by Jo Lewin, BBC

Quinoa, pronounced ‘keen-wa’ is a great wheat-free alternative to starchy grains. There are two types: red and creamy white. Both types are slightly bitter when cooked and open up to release little white curls (like a tail) as they soften.

Grown in South America (Peru, Chile and Bolivia) for thousands of years, quinoa formed the staple diet of the Incas and their descendants. In recent years, foodies in the UK and the US have heralded it as a superior alternative to bulgur wheat, couscous and rice. Though it often occupies a similar role to these grains in dishes, quinoa is actually in the same family as beets, chard and spinach.

Let Me Click For You

Sneaky Adware Caught Accessing Users’ Mac Keychain Without Permission, by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

Genieo acquires this access by very briefly displaying a message asking for permission to open the Safari extensions and then automatically clicking the accompanying OK button before a user has time to respond or possibly even notice what's taking place. With that, Genieo installs an extension known as Leperdvil.

Follow-Up Game

Why Apple Banned Chart-Topping Game Monster Strike From The App Store, by Christian Nutt, Gamasutra

Its publisher, Mixi, appears to have run afoul of the fact that it distributes items to users outside of Apple's ecosystem via special codes which users can input into the game. These items are thus outside of Apple's ability to collect profits on them.

Stuff

This App For Kids Makes iPhone App Programming As Easy As Lego, by Fast Company

Tinybop founder Raul Gutierrez was frustrated. Compared to the Apple II computers he grew up programming on, the iPhones in his kids' hands were unknowable black boxes: silicon sandwiches of wafer-thin components that may as well work by magic, for all a kid can play with them.

Tinybop's latest app, The Everything Machine, aims to change all that. The second part in their Diguital Toys series of apps, The Everything Machine turns all the components and sensors in an iPhone or iPad into Lego-like bricks of programming logic, allowing kids to program anything they can imagine: from a simple flash light app to a face-detecting fart machine.

Android Wear For iPhone Won’t Work With Apple’s HealthKit, by Stephanie M. Lee, BuzzFeed

An Apple spokeswoman confirmed to BuzzFeed News that Android Wear won’t integrate with HealthKit, Apple’s platform for developers of health and fitness apps. She also said that decision was entirely Google’s.

Google also confirmed that Android Wear–gathered fitness data would bypass HealthKit. “That said, Android Wear on iOS absolutely supports the mass majority of Wear features we see our Android users using and loving,” a company spokeswoman said in an email.

Amazon Lets Apple, Android Users Download Prime Videos, by Peter Kafka, Re/code

Now Amazon gets to boast that it has something Netflix doesn’t have: The ability to let users download some TV shows and movies to their phones and tablets so they can watch them later, without an Internet connection.

Amazon has already offered that feature for a couple of years, but only for its own Fire tablets. Now it’s making a big leap forward by offering the capability for iPhones, iPads and Android devices.

Notes

The Blandification Of Scalable Logos, by Glenn Fleishman

At first glance, it seemed exceedingly bland to me; the longer I look at it and a new font that's related, the more I think they made a series of good choices. It's still bland, but it's a well-thought-out bland that makes sense for their company.

To Stop Procrastinating, Start By Understanding The Emotions Involved, by Shirley S. Wang, The Guardian

Putting off a work or school assignment in order to play videogames or water the plants might seem like nothing more serious than poor time-management.

But researchers say chronic procrastination is an emotional strategy for dealing with stress, and it can lead to significant issues in relationships, jobs, finances and health.

I Remember The Dots

Parting Words

I wonder what people who type "ur" and "ppl" do with all the time they save.

— BangsRBetterThnBotox (@Taryn_) September 2, 2015

Thanks for reading.