MyAppleMenu - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

Mon, Apr 6, 2015The Download-This-Rant Edition

Streaming Versus Downloads

The latest rumors about Apple asking content providers and distributors to provide streaming services for Apple TV made me sad. Streaming is for live programming -- news, sports, and the likes. For everything else, downloading is the better option.

QuickTime (as well as other media container formats) has already solved the problem of progressive downloads back in the 1990s; you do can start playing even before the download is completed. Fairplay (as well as many other DRM methods) has already solved the problem of protecting the precious content back in the 2000s. There isn't really anything to gain from streaming, is there?

As John Sircausa commented in his latest podcast, the best media-watching-device in his house is his TiVo, which store content as (recorded) downloads. Everybody else that are doing streaming, including Apple TV, suffer from a host of technological problems.

Want to make sure your Apple TV customers can watch Games of Thrones together with everyone else? Tell Apple TV to start downloading the episode one day (or one week) in advance, but don't release the decryption key until the actual broadcast time.

Somebody please bring back the old Apple TV with the big hard disk inside. Storage is getting cheaper and faster everyday, whereas bandwidth -- cable, LTE, etc -- is not.

Fun with User Interface

photoshop is the worst

— Visual Idiot (@idiot) April 3, 2015

Deep Run Student Creates App to Help with Math Homework, by Drew Jackson, Richmond Suburban News

Ben Leimberger, a student at Deep Run High School in Henrico County, recently developed an app to help with homework. Conformity helps students check their math homework, solve formulas and peek behind the mystery of certain variables. The app claims to offer guidance in algebra, trigonometry, geometry and general math.

The Best Cross-Platform Writing Apps for Mac and iOS, by Michael Simon, Macworld

The bottom line is focus. The best cross-platform apps know what to leave behind when switching from a 21-inch-screen to a 9.7-inch one, and they do it without trampling over any of our individual writing styles and preferences. And while mine may certainly differ from yours, here are my picks for the best ones.



How Does Force Touch Work? Inside Apple's New MacBook Trackpad Technology, by Lou Hattersley, Macworld UK

How is Force Touch different from regular trackpads, and how do you use the new gestures in Force Touch? Above all: what is it like to use a Force Touch trackpad, and is it worth getting a new Force Touch MacBook instead of an older model?


How to Improve Your Luck and Win the Lottery Twice (Possibly), by Richard Wiseman, The Guardian

But is it possible to use these techniques to win the lottery? Unfortunately not. Lotteries are purely chance events, and no amount of wishful thinking will influence your chances of success. However, the good news is that being lucky in your personal life and career is far more important than winning the lottery.

Read the article to find out what's the difference between being lucky in "personal life and career" and being lucky in lotteries.

Parting Words

WOW: You Will Not Believe What This "American Beauty" Star Looks Like Today

— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) April 5, 2015

Thanks for reading.