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Mon, Mar 23, 2015 The Up-In-The-Air Edition

Review: The 2015 MacBook Air's Once-Trailblazing Design Is Showing Its Age

Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica:

This year's Air is perched in an awkward place. It has ceded its position as Apple's thinnest, lightest, form-factor-pushing-est laptop to the Retina MacBook, but it doesn't have the speed, ports, or the screen of the Retina MacBook Pros. It's still got a place in the lineup (the Pro can't match its battery life and Apple's figures suggest that the MacBook won't, either), but it's not as broadly appealing or as easy to recommend as it was a couple of years ago. And its once-impressive design and screen are now uncharacteristically behind-the-curve.

Apple Opens up to Praise New Book on Steve Jobs, and Criticize an Old One

Brian X. Chen and Alexandra Alter, New York Times:

Through interviews and tweets, Apple brass, including the chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, are throwing their weight behind a new unauthorized biography of the Apple co-founder, “Becoming Steve Jobs,” which goes on sale on Tuesday. In the book, executives take aim at another title, “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, an authorized biography published shortly after Mr. Jobs’s death in 2011.

Mr. Isaacson’s best seller did a “tremendous disservice” to the Apple chief, Mr. Cook said in the new book, written by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, and excerpted in the April issue of Fast Company. “It didn’t capture the person,” Mr. Cook said. “The person I read about there is somebody I would never have wanted to work with over all this time.”


OmniOutliner for iPhone

Ben Brooks, The Brooks Review:

The iPhone version of OmniOutliner is exactly the same as the iPad version. I really mean that, it feels just like a smaller version of the iPad app. Which should be good, but I don’t think it works in every instance on the iPhone (although it’s still great app), as it’s not as great as it feels like it should be.


I Don't Wear A Watch, Dear iOS Developers

When you are invited to someone else's home, you don't go around the house hiding all their clocks so that the hosts can't figure out that it's time for bed and it's time to kick you out of the house.

Similarily, I wish iPhone app developers don't hide my iPhone's status bar without permission. Even for games, I personally do not see why many of them cannot co-exist with the status bar. And this is not limited to games: the app from the telco I'm subscribing to thinks that I should not be able to look at the clock when I am checking how much data I've used up this month.

Give me back my clock, dear developers.


Parting Words

Thanks for reading.