MyAppleMenu - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Sat, Mar 28, 2015The Dinner-With-iPhone Edition

Can Apple Pay Work at Sit-Down Restaurants? Cover, an Uber-Like Payments App, Says Yes.

Jason Del Rey, Re/code:

Cover, a startup that works with nice restaurants to let diners pay through Cover’s app rather than exchanging a paper bill back and forth at the end of the meal, introduced Apple Pay as a payment option about a month ago. And 21 percent of its 8,000 first-time customers during that period who used a phone that supports Apple Pay chose to pay with Apple’s new system.

I'm sure that portable NFC payment devices too are coming soon, if not already available.

Napkin, the Best Annotation App for Mac, Just Got Better!

Serenity Caldwell, iMore:

Not only does Napkin let you annotate single screenshots, but you can also arrange multiple Retina-quality screenshots on a single canvas and export them accordingly. That might sound like niche software, but it's essential for those of us who need to annotate screenshots for articles, books, interface review, and other jobs involving design or production. Its latest updated, version 1.5, adds a bunch of must-have annotation features including redacting images, cropping them, and new arrow and fill shape styles.


Mail Designer Pro 2 lets you create and deliver beautiful, custom email newsletters with no knowledge of HTML required.

The Best Icon Is a Text Label

Thomas Byttebier:

So let me repeat: don’t use an icon if its meaning isn’t a 100% clear to everyone. When in doubt, skip the icon. Reside to simple copy. A text label is always clearer.

The author chose an excellent example of unclear icons: Mail app on OS X. This is probably the only program that I use which I turned on text labelling for the toolbar.


Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaks out against Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

Apple CEO Tim Cook today sent out a series of Tweets condemning Indiana Governor Mike Pence's decision to sign a controversial "religious freedom" bill into law, saying Apple is "deeply disappointed" in the move and "open for everyone."

Apple is open for everyone. We are deeply disappointed in Indiana's new law and calling on Arkansas Gov. to veto the similar #HB1228.

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 27, 2015


It’s hard to believe, after how far the gay rights movement has come, that we’re still doing this. But here we are.

The Part of Apple TV Experience That Really Sucks

Peter Cohen, iMore:

In fairness to the content providers, Apple and the Apple TV itself, I didn't run into any show-stoppers doing this: Each time I visited a validation URL, I'd enter a code and then be told the content was then mine to watch. But after a half an hour I realized I'd only unlocked about two or three rows of Apple TV channels, and decided I was done for the moment. It was repetitive, it was boring, and it was so...un-Apple-like.

Becoming Steve Jobs: The Authors Speak

Ken Segall's Observatory:

The truth is, there is no financial motivation for Apple to do this. The masses will not buy or decline Apple products, now or in the future, based on any revelations about what made Steve Jobs tick. There can be only one motivation: to help people understand what Steve was really like.

They — like many — didn’t feel like Isaacson captured the real Steve, and that the new book is a better portrait of Steve as a complete human being. I agree.


German Pro Basketball Team Relegated to Lower Division Due to Windows Update

Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica:

A second-tier German professional basketball team has been relegated to an even lower tier as a result of being penalized for starting a recent game late—because the Windows laptop that powered the scoreboard required 17 minutes to perform system updates.

Parting Words

Canada gets weird when you leave Toronto.

— Brand Canada (@The_CDR) March 26, 2015

Thanks for reading.