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The idea is similar to Apple’s own Photos app and iCloud Photo Library. Google is automatically backing up and syncing photo and video libraries using Google Drive storage and not local device storage, but Google’s killer feature for its version comes down to price: Google Photos is completely free.
Without any subscription free or access charge, Google will backup and sync your photo collection across your devices and the web while maintaining photo quality up to 16MP and video quality up to 1080p.
We aspire to do for photo management what Gmail did for email management. Gmail wasn’t the first email service. But it offered a different paradigm of how one managed one’s inbox. We want to do that for photo management: To give you enough storage so you can relax and not worry about how much photo bandwidth you’re consuming, and enough organizing power so you don’t have to think about the tedium of managing your digital gallery.
The company uses this data to sell to advertisers, and advertisers in turn get a much closer look at you, your spending habits, and your daily activities. For some people, this is a perfectly reasonable tradeoff for "free", and that's your call. But many others sign up for these services without ever quite realizing what they've given away.
I've been testing Todoist on my Apple Watch for the past couple of weeks, and, much to my surprise, the idea of checking off tasks from my wrist has grown on me. Perhaps more importantly, having the ability to glance at my todo list, receive timely but unobtrusive reminders, and dictate new tasks has turned Todoist into a more personal companion that's always with me but that doesn't demand for constant attention.
Makes transcribing interviews less painful.
Pinpoint builds on the design and feature set of Bugshot and it adds new editing tools and initial iOS 8 integration. The app launches to a grid of recent screenshots from your device; tap one to start annotating it, choosing from four tools at the top.
The Google Places API for iOS, first launched in beta mode a few months back, is now available to all developers and will be arriving soon in a number of notable iOS apps. The API lets devs tap into Google’s database of points of interest.
The added support for the iPhone comes as Google has added support for iOS to its Cardboard SDK for developers. This means that iPhone apps can now include virtual reality experiences when paired with the Cardboard viewer.
Cardboard isn’t a perfect VR headset. It won’t be the last one you ever buy. It’s just supposed to be the first one, the gateway drug, the impulse-buy-at-the-supermarket-checkout device that makes you realize how amazing this technology can and will be.
Development for the Apple Watch requires a slight paradigm shift in both design and implementation, but in many ways those changes are beneficial for the end user and for the developer. It isn’t without its shortcomings - the Watch’s Bluetooth connection is unreliable and painfully slow at times, so smaller requests and limited communication between the Watch and Phone are essential to a responsive app. None of these obstacles are impossible to work through - it just requires the developer to streamline an application’s feature set and how information is presented to the user.
While saying some allegations against the monitor Michael Bromwich "give pause," the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said a lower court judge did not abuse her discretion in rejecting Apple's bid to end his two-year appointment early.
Apple’s new wearable may or may not be a big hit. But either way, it’s a harbinger of a new class of truly personal devices whose users will demand customized experiences. News companies aren’t ready to provide them.
Today is the first time I answered a phone call on my Mac, thanks to Apple's what-do-you-call-it Yosemite feature.
(Yes, it took that long for this combination to occur: 1. I am working on my Mac, 2. my iPhone is far away in the kitchen, and 3. someone actually called me on the phone.)
“Steve [Jobs] failed for 10 years; he struggled and failed and he was humiliated by the press after he left Apple. A lot of people today don’t realize it. They know how successful he is today, but they don’t realize how hard he worked to make the comeback.”
I’d tweet that Google has X more number of women on stage relative to Apple, but you can’t multiply by 0.— Ben Thompson (@benthompson) May 28, 2015
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In recent history, I’ve consistently seen a new laptop battery exceed Apple’s specification. Apple has also made great efforts to tell the consumer that they believe battery life is important, so the company seems to be doing what it can to deliver long battery life. Apple’s always going to make a laptop that can last a working day.
The new MacBook is Apple skating to where the puck will be, and for that reason, it may not be suitable for every user. But, as a whole, it's a gorgeous, tiny, full-fledged OS X computer. It's a wonder that Apple was able to provide a high-resolution Retina display, a full-size keyboard and a full-size multitouch trackpad with such a long-lasting battery on a device this size.
Interesting tidbit from the WWDC schedule: Neither "What's New In Cocoa" nor "What's New in Cocoa Touch" is in Presidio, the largest room.— BJ Homer (@bjhomer) May 27, 2015
OMG i just decoded the obfuscated session names in the 2015 WWDC app update pic.twitter.com/793aFmqtr5— Lars Anderson (@theonlylars) May 27, 2015
TextExpander has become more versatile than ever with version 5.0, adding more options for syncing your snippets, including iCloud Drive. You'll also now receive snippet suggestions, based on phrases that you type consistently. For instance, while writing an article about TextExpander, you might get a notification that says "You've been typing 'TextExpander' a lot."
Something I love about Drafts is something that I love about the best Apple software: you don't have to do anything. You don't have to study the manual, you don't even have to know that there are other features than the ones you want to use now. Yet when you want to do more, Drafts has much, much more.
Dropbox itself keeps previous versions of your files, but Revisions for Dropbox makes it easier to get to those older versions and adds in a few extra features.
Every day the app updates with a new movie deal, ranging from "from blockbusters to acclaimed indies, and everything in between," at a discount which goes up to 70 percent off of the original price.
In Joe’s case, the problem persisted even after fully wiping and reinstalling iOS on his phone, but after a little investigation he found disabling Family Sharing on his device caused the battery drain to disappear. This has been found to be the case for a number of other iPhone users.
It’s a shame the screen isn’t better, and that everything about this device screams of pocket protectors. It’s a shame the interface is messy and unattractive, that it feels like a toy.
I want the uncluttered and productive idea Pebble is selling. But I don’t want the watch.
“A week from Monday at our developer conference we’ll release a preview so that developers will be able to write code natively and have access to sensors, and we’re really excited about that.”
Switches offer boutique code organization. They coalesce run-on conditionals (if then else if then else if then else….) into well-structured, better-organized constructs.
Here’s more than you wanted to and less than you probably needed to know about this terrific Swift feature.
There are two types of people in the world: those with hundreds of unread messages, and those who can’t relax until their inboxes are cleared out.
What you should keep in mind is that the mobile app for Facebook Messenger defaults to sending a location with all messages.
Jeffrey Macesin said he was using his smartwatch to change songs when a provincial officer pulled him over on a road near Pincourt, Que.
Happy iPhone update: I've moved the WWDC app, which used to be buried in a folder on the second screen of my home screen, to the first screen. Yes, I'm ready to learn about all the new APIs that I haven't got the time to use.
One day, one of the major pizza chains will release a pizza with a whole barbecue chicken embedded in the crust or a sauce which is actually the vomit of someone who has just eaten 10 pizzas in 10 minutes.
Punctuation matters. pic.twitter.com/huTj7ZozLy— You had one job (@_youhadonejob) May 26, 2015
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There’s now a cottage industry of tailor-made videos and apps for cats.
Yeah, it’s another canine wearable. But instead of merely recording pawsteps, the Voyce band also tracks resting heart and respiratory rates, two biometrics that can provide deep insights into a dog’s health.
If the Messages app was opened to the conversation with the person who sent the offending message, the Messages app can be reopened to this conversation. Sending a reply message fixes the problem.
If Messages was opened to the conversation list view, the app will crash when you attempt to open it. You can fix this by having someone send you a message or by sending a message to yourself.
Whether you want neatly tiled windows on a luxuriously large display or help juggling windows on a cramped MacBook display, Mac app Magnet can help multitaskers maintain order.
What Monodraw 1.0 does it let you produce ASCII art - and already if you're blinking at that, you're not the market for this - like those images you've seen that are made up entirely of letters.
The free app is installed in your Applications folder and works in the background every time you take a screenshot. It takes information from the window that is at the very top and saves it in the file name. For browsers, it also will save the URL too.
The PrintCentral Pro iPad app is a versatile solution that offers a way to print to printers from multiple manufacturers, including non-AirPrint models and ones limited to USB connectivity.
Queensland scientists have developed an app that can identify nearly every species of frog found in Australia.
Building frameworks is hard, we all know that. It’s even harder when you’re building and maintaining a behemoth like UIKit and you have to make sure client code doesn’t break when a new version of your framework is released. Backward compatibility allows existing apps to keep functioning on newer versions of iOS, even if they are built for an older version. However, sometimes implementing new features with backward compatibility means introducing inconsistent behaviour between different versions of the framework.
The real craziness with Unicode isn't in the sheer number of characters that have been assigned. The real fun starts when you look at how all these characters interact with one another.
My new plan: setup that laser printer on the network and automate a daily print job to it. If it prints, great, if not fix it right then. I may not need that printer again for a month, but when I do need it again I will really need it. No sense waiting until then to try and figure it all out.
After many complaints from the developer community about poor networking performance on Yosemite, the latest beta of OS X 10.10.4 has dropped discoveryd in favor of the old process used by previous versions of the Mac operating system. This should address many of the network stability issues introduced with Yosemite and its new networking stack.
This is all a long way of saying that I wonder if Apple Watch sales have been suppressed, even a little bit, by the large number of buying options.
Speaking of choices -- if I were to be required to purchase a new mobile phone today, I will have a hard time deciding between the Plus and non-Plus version.
Choosing between the different versions of iPhones, or, to some extent, the different watch bands, involves tradeoffs where the simple equation of a higher price equating a better product is not true.
I wonder if Apple has tested the Apple Watch under the weather conditions in Singapore.
(For those who are not aware of the weather conditions in Singapore: there are bascially two types of weather in Singapore: hot and humid, or hot and raining.)
I have three subscription lists that keeps me entertained through the day: my newsfeed, my podcasts, and my Twitters. The first two lists are private to me, obviously, but that last list is a public list.
So, let me tell you a little about me. When I am happy, I tend to add subscriptions. When I am sad, I tend to do a lot of 'housecleaning' and unsubscribing. Therefore, if you can plot a graph of number of subscribers over time, you can guess my general mood.
Nobody reads this little web page of mine, so my secret is still safe with me. :-)
OK, I Lol'd pic.twitter.com/RUBaziIbqf— Stuart Leitch (@stuartleitch) May 25, 2015
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First things first, I downloaded the IOS Green Mountain Grills app to my iPhone. As crazy as using an iPhone App to drive a BBQ sounds, in use it proved invaluable.
After connecting to the grills Wi-Fi network and entering in the BBQs network password I fired up the app. I then had control over temperature, as well as cooking programmes for different foods.
When I catch up with Ive alone, I ask him why he has seemingly relinquished the two departments that had been so successfully under his control. “Well, I’m still in charge of both,” he says, “I am called Chief Design Officer. Having Alan and Richard in place frees me up from some of the administrative and management work which isn’t … which isn’t …”
“Which isn’t what you were put on this planet to do?”
“Exactly. Those two are as good as it gets. Richard was lead on the iPhone from the start. He saw it all the way through from prototypes to the first model we released. Alan has a genius for human interface design. So much of the Apple Watch’s operating system came from him. With those two in place I can ...”
I could feel him avoiding the phrase “blue sky thinking”... think more freely?”
Apple’s Jony Ive has served as the company’s Senior Vice President of Design for several years now, but Apple has announced today that the executive is being named Chief Design Officer (a newly-created position). Additionally, Ive and will be handing the managerial reins of both the industrial and software design units at Apple over to two new leaders on July 1st.
An interesting change from the previous docks is that the line out port is now a headphone out port.
A Sailor’s Dream allows the player to explore tiny houses or ruins on six different ethereal islands to piece together a story about a little girl, her mother, and a sailor. You can sweep over the ocean by sliding your finger across the screen, enjoying the music by Jonathan Eng, or peek inside places like the lighthouse to find the rusty key and the empty frame.
It's a music composition tool with editing and playback capabilities, plus MIDI integration into sequencers and DAWs alike.
“Most of the new devices coming out in the next five years won’t have keyboards,” he says, pointing to smartwatches and other wearable tech, infotainment systems in cars and the new class of appliances launching the Internet of Things.
If Tuttle has his way, Expect Labs’ cloud-based voice-recognition and machine-learning software, MindMeld, will be an integral part of this transition. The program allows anyone with a mobile app to plug in voice recognition. “You open the app, press a mic button within the screen and speak your command,” he says. Because you’ve contained your search to the data inside that particular app, your results will be faster and more accurate than if you used Siri or Google Now.
New Web Performance rule: Your website should fit here! pic.twitter.com/UsGjpipl6w— Evangelina Ferreira (@evaferreira92) May 25, 2015
Turns out subclassing NSError is a bad idea. #messageto2007me— Brian Webster (@bwebster) May 25, 2015
The software giant is planning to release separate apps for each mobile operating system to enable its digital assistant to run outside of Windows.
Nearly every major consumer-facing tech company will be involved in the home automation revolution. It's an industry that's just in its infancy and will roll in major revenue for the companies in the future.
Some programs are designed to snoop on the user. Some are designed to shackle users, such as Digital Rights Management (DRM). Some have back doors for doing remote mischief. Some even impose censorship. Some developers explicitly sabotage their users.
Everyone knows that we live in an era of incredibly rapid technological change, which is changing everything. But what if what everyone knows is wrong?
Almost all of our institutions have been built around the mythology of work. Our very sense of self-worth is based upon it. It is almost taboo to even question work.
Regardless, the possibility of a jobless future might soon be a reality. It's up to us to decide whether this future is going to be a nasty nightmare (involving corpses frozen at their desks) or a beautiful paradise of play.
This Jeopardy contestant is my new hero. pic.twitter.com/9FhrHWtdXg— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) May 25, 2015
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While I love the notion that eateries will automatically be warned of my tree-nut allergies, I’m less enthused about them knowing my salary or how much cash I typically drop at dinner. Restaurants have always doled out preferential treatment to the “best” customers—but now, they’ll be able to brand them with a specific dollar sign the second they walk in the door.
These days there is no shortage of technology designed for the older generation - from hearing aids that use GPS data to work out where the wearer is located and adjust volume accordingly, to Toyota robots that can carry the elderly around, and wireless sensors on mats that can alert relatives if someone stops moving around the house.
But do older people want any of this when many have not got to grips with the more basic technology most of the younger generation take for granted?
Quickly fix photo problems and remove background blemishes.
The iPad, iPhone and iPod offer support for high-quality audio; but you need to have files that support it. Here's how to get the best quality audio for your iOS device.
Type 2 worker was willing to break some rules, becoming an outcast and going hungry for an indeterminate period of time to create an automated stream of wealth for the village. Worker 1 expects to "get paid" this value by performing "skills" or "tasks". The basis of this line of reasoning doesn't yield the desired results. The key difference is risk taking with no guarantees.
Angle and iRobot aren’t interesting in building an OS for the home. Let the big dogs do that. “The big home automation players will be Google and Apple, and I don’t see how anyone else is going to compete with them,” he says. However, these in-home maps are intended to become a crucial cross-platform piece of the puzzle. Angle describes the maps and their potential use cases as “the context engine that drives the intent” for future in-home automation.
How we ring in the start of summer in San Francisco pic.twitter.com/4QH3DjRoIQ— We Built This City (@TheRealWBTC) May 25, 2015
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Young women who cannot find jobs sell food or jewelry through Instagram. Since they are banned from driving, they get rides from car services like Uber and Careem. And in a country where shops close for five daily Muslim prayers, there are apps that issue a call to prayer from your pocket and calculate whether you can reach, say, the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts before it shuts.
Confronted with an austere version of Islam and strict social codes that place sharp restrictions on public life, young Saudis are increasingly relying on social media to express and entertain themselves, earn money and meet friends and potential mates.
The idea is that with this application you can quickly color-code your folders. Drag a folder onto the application and its color will change to whatever you've specified. We made all our financial folders red and then get very depressed. We made our future projects folder a shiny green and felt better.
The Go is perfectly at home lighting up your garden table, or throwing a pool of pastel onto a shrub, for a fraction of the price that ‘garden designers’ will charge you for slinging a few wires round your bushes.
Messaging is a huge component of the Apple Watch — so much so that it dedicated a hardware button for quickly communicating with your closest friends. But how much of that is novelty and how much is actually valuable? To that end, I convinced my significant other, a pair of Apple Watches in tow, to see if we could move all our digital communication (or at least all our phone-based chatting) to the Watch. After a few weeks of frustration and experimentation, here's what we concluded.
We, software engineers, have superpowers most people don’t remotely understand. The trust society places in us is growing so rapidly that the only thing that looks even remotely similar is the trust placed in doctors. Except, most people have a pretty good idea of the trust they’re placing in their doctor, while they have almost no idea that every time they install an app, enter some personal data, or share a private thought in a private electronic conversation, they’re trusting a set of software engineers who have very little in the form of ethical guidelines.
Sure enough, once I arrived in China I not only lost my data service provided through the SIM card I'd bought in Hong Kong, but I also struggled to decipher the cached Apple Maps data I'd smuggled in.
Then I got local data service via my hotel's WiFi and discovered something amazing: Apple Maps within mainland China are much better than those available in the United States.
Cooking up scarily believable imaginary tech for a novel set today requires many of the same skills as a really effective Kickstarter hoax.— William Gibson (@GreatDismal) May 23, 2015
Chef Watson — developed alongside Bon Appetit magazine and several of the world’s finest flavor-profilers — has been launched in beta, enabling you to mash recipes according to ingredients of your own choosing and receive taste-matching advice which, reportedly, can’t fail. While some of the world’s foremost tech luminaries and conspiracy theorists are a bit skeptical about the wiseness of A.I., if it’s going to be used at all, allowing it to tell you what to make out of a fridge full of unloved leftovers seems like an inoffensive enough place to start.
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Dublin right now… pic.twitter.com/B4xQv1VCH0— Sen.KatherineZappone (@SenatorKZappone) May 23, 2015
Simply disable Siri access from the lock screen, and nobody will be able to access your private information using it. Of course, this means no airline employee who finds your phone tucked between the seats will be able to easily return your phone to you, either.
TextFlow is a set of Automator actions that makes it easy to instantly manipulate text with options to change case, delete extra spaces, grab URLs, and more.
Do everything on the main thread. Don’t even think about queues and background threads. Enjoy paradise!
If, after testing and profiling, you find you do have to move some things to a background queue, pick things that can be perfectly isolated, and make sure they’re perfectly isolated. Use delegates; do not use KVO or notifications.
In the aftermath of Snowden revelations showing extensive Internet surveillance perpetrated by British and American spies and their allies, Google and other companies have reportedly become more resistant to government data requests. Google engineers were outraged by some of the disclosures and openly sent a “fuck you” to the surveillance agencies while hardening Google’s security. Meanwhile, Apple has expanded the range of data that’s encrypted by default on iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers, and CEO Tim Cook has vowed never to give the government access to Apple servers, stating “we all have a right to privacy.” But the Ditchley event is a sign that, behind the scenes at least, a dialogue is beginning to open up between the tech giants and the spy agencies post-Snowden, and relations may be thawing.
Industry executives familiar with Apple’s plans say the company wants to provide customers in cities around the U.S. with programming from their local broadcast stations. That would distinguish Apple’s planned offering from those already available from Sony and Dish’s Sling, which to date have only offered local programming in a handful of cities, or none at all.
According to sources within Apple’s software development departments, Apple engineers have been pushing executives for a Snow Leopard-style stability focus in 2015, following numerous bugs that clouded the launches of both iOS and OS X. Apple directors reportedly opposed a complete pause on new features, but agreed to focus on quality assurance by holding back some features that were initially planned for the latest operating system launches. One source explained, “I wouldn’t say there’s nothing new for consumers, but the feature lists are more stripped down than the initial plans called for.”
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Waving off protests, Conlee, RIM’s product enforcer, asked each engineer to explain what he or she needed to make the touch phone happen. The room of problem solvers reluctantly itemized the parts, software, and staff they would need, immediately. Conlee then turned to Perry Jarmuszewski, a soft-spoken radio engineer who had been with RIM for more than a decade. “Perry I guess you’re good to go. You haven’t said anything,” Conlee offered.
Jarmuszewski, who preferred solving problems to making them, had deliberately held his tongue. Prodded by Conlee, he pushed back. “On a scale of 0 to 10, if 10 means no way, then this project is an 11,” he said. “It’s impossible. It’s something I would not be able to deliver.” Conlee shrugged and gave his marching orders: “Well, you guys are the heads of our engineering groups. You are paid accordingly. I expect you to get it done. Verizon wants an answer to the iPhone. We have to do it.”
Life advice: You should look up from your phone screen every once in a while to remind yourself how awful everything is.— Tim Siedell (@badbanana) May 23, 2015
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Will’s solution revolves around Network Link Conditioner, a preference pane Apple provides to developers to test their apps under simulated poor network conditions. An iPhone app, for instance, has to work properly even if the cellular data connection provides only a few hundred Kbps.
You've migrated your photo library from iPhoto to Photos app, and now your Mac has taken over all your internet bandwidth for the sole purpose of uploading all your photos to the iCloud. You can pause the uploading for one day to get on with your work, but you know tomorrow you will face the same problem again. At this rate, the photo uploading will never complete.
So, here's an interesting solution of forcing Photos to do the uploading without taking over all your bandwidth. The solution is not trivial to do, but at least, it is something you can apply before Apple fixes the problem.
A review that shows off the voice and experience of the writer is more truthful and more valuable that one of those old-school “impartial” reviews. When I write a review today, I bring two decades of history and a whole lot of consideration with me, but in the end, a review is still my opinion. It’s based on my experiences and biases and readers should know that.
My niece made me a Watch stand. pic.twitter.com/xF7FNl6WNi— Drew Zhang (@ThorChow) May 22, 2015
Geared towards providers, Suicide Safe helps teach providers and their families about discussing suicidal ideation, with conversation starters.
The app also provides a referral finding tool that can use your device’s current location, plugging the provider in with community resources. This includes crisis phone numbers, downloadable patient materials, and finding behavioral health clinics in the area.
If you take photos with your iPhone to help you remember things like to read a book you stumbled across at a friend's house, Nine can help you keep track of your reminders.
I’ve been using the updated iPhone app since it debuted earlier this week, and it succeeds in making Spotify more entertaining. In many ways, it now feels like an app built for people like me: news-hungry music lovers who get nearly all their info and entertainment from a smartphone.
Through location tracking and an elegant breakdown of statistics, Rewind does exactly what I want from a mobile time tracker: it tracks where I spend my time automatically in the background, every single day.
When an object registers for a notification, and then is deallocated without unregistering, then the app will crash if that notification is posted. That’s the thing you need to avoid. The rest of this article describes how to do that.
So… is it really just for web development? Honestly, it doesn’t matter if it starts out that way because the thing that Microsoft tends to always get right is extensibility. We’ll be able to start building plug-ins as the product matures to enable all sorts of development, including Swift!
While the app is still available on the iOS App Store and Google Play, Adobe said that it will remove Touch on May 28. The app will continue to work as long as it's downloaded and installed, but no more updates will be produced, and it will no longer be for sale.
The company is however working on one or more replacement apps. In a new demonstration video, prototype software is capable of loading and editing a 50-megapixel image on an iPad at speeds comparable to a desktop computer. The video also shows off options like selective object removal, color swapping, and image warping.
Instead of the Apple Watch recording your heart rate every ten minutes, many users – including myself – are seeing large gaps in the data.
The iPad running iPhone OS made sense in a world before iCloud and Continuity, before Yosemite and Apple Watch. It kept everything compatible and consistent across mobile. Now, however, we have all those things. Compatibility and consistency have, in large part, been abstracted. Mobile can now be more than one thing.
I think one way of interpreting ‘only Apple’ is to hear ‘only Apple can create products that achieve this success.’
What really needs to be heard is ‘only Apple can create compelling products that aren’t compromised by detrimental agendas.’
The software I use now lacks the veneer of flawlessness that Apple products provide; it is quite clearly a work in progress, forever under construction by programmers who notice a need and share their fixes with everyone. But early on, I noticed that the glitches started to feel different than they used to. Stuff that would have driven me crazy on a MacBook didn’t upset me anymore. No longer could I curse some abstract corporation somewhere. As in Slow Food—with its unhygienic soil, disorderly farmers’ markets, and inconvenient seasons—the annoyances of Slow Computing have become pleasures. With community-made software, there’s no one to blame but us, the community. We’re not perfect, but we’re working on it. I gave away my MacBook.
I envy the physical Play/Pause button on the iPod Nano, and wish that the iPhone has a similar button.
🎶 Won't you push me to / Funkytown 🎶 pic.twitter.com/UFU8jAkfCz— Matthew Baldwin (@matthewbaldwin) May 22, 2015
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My editors at the Sun-Times were in the loop, but nobody else (oh, the lies, lies, lies I was forced to tell for ten days!). I ran the Late Show’s request through Apple at my meeting. Yeah. They were completely fine with my letting the Letterman show in.
I didn’t know precisely what the show would finally do with the iPad. But Apple trusted that I wouldn’t let them drop it off a twelve-story building or put a Donald Trump wig on it or anything else doubleplus ungood. I sent a thumbs-up to my Letterman friend and we made plans for me to stop by the show’s offices with it for a basic orientation session after my meeting with Apple was over.
Spotify has introduced a number of new features that help tailor the music your music listening to different parts of your day. The new Now section will serve up playlists tailored to activities and times of the day, like the early morning, for your commute, or when you go to bed.
Dave Pell: Among the new features, Spotify will match music to your running pace. I better get used to slow jams.
With every Mac sold comes a powerful little app called Automator. By using a drag-and-drop user interface, this under-appreciated software allows anyone to quickly automate monotonous tasks, and get work done in a snap. Today, I want to show off some of my favorite Automator workflows that highlight exactly how powerful this tool is.
Apple Stores will begin stocking Apple Watch bands later this week in “limited” quantities, according to a message sent to retail stores, with the majority of bands being the fluoroelastomer Sport Bands.
Apple is currently planning to use the new system font developed for the Apple Watch to refresh the looks of iPads, iPhones, and Macs running iOS 9 “Monarch” and OS X 10.11 “Gala,” according to sources with knowledge of the preparations.
Apple’s plan to manage upcoming HomeKit-compatible accessories could revolve around a new iOS app called “Home,” according to sources familiar with the app. [...] Just as Apple’s HealthKit framework worked with the Health app to create a signature new iOS 8 feature, HomeKit will rely in part upon the Home app to securely manage a connected home full of accessories and data.
Although we spend a third of our lives sleeping, we don’t seem to be very good at it. Compared to the targeted technologies and elaborate regimes we’ve got for exercise and diet, Gamble says, “Sleep is one of these areas we seem to leave to chance. We go to bed and close our eyes and hope for the best. I think we can do better than that.”
Over pic.twitter.com/dOVRgDbFiE— George Schweitzer (@georgetv) May 20, 2015
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The new design should work with devices going forward, too, unlike previous Apple docks, because it features a freestanding Lightning connector that doesn’t require your device to fit the dimensions of a set slot.
The update is available through the Apple Watch app on iPhone.
Third-party bands are intriguing if you think about them in terms of accessibility. What makes third-party bands so interesting is that manufacturers now have an opportunity to create bands with closures that are more inclusive and accessible than Apple's offerings.
Automatic's new hardware design is in large part meant to support improvements to the Automatic software platform, such as the ability to monitor car performance in real-time, and full support for third-party apps.
A multi-year deal struck between the coffee chain and the music streaming service will also do more than provide music, with it opening up the Starbucks loyalty program to allow Spotify subscribers to increase their rewards balance and eventually earn free drinks.
Recommendations included that the court not sell the data as a separate asset, that a buyer be in "substantially the same lines of business" as RadioShack, and that the buyer agree to follow the policies RadioShack originally had when the data was collected. Any changes would require explicit consent from consumers.
Pebble founder and CEO Eric Migicovsky has a message for tech giants like Apple and Google: Keep your platforms open unless you want to crush innovation and disserve your customers.
I am not sure if there any portion of the iOS platform that is unfairly closed to the third-party watch (and accessories) makers today.
A survey released this morning shows that many motorists have expanded their behind-the-wheel activities beyond texting to include using Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter, taking selfies and even shooting videos.
In the near future, I hope the human race will be able to look back at these decades as the years when we went mad and allow almost any person to speed around with metal machines.
I can't wait for Apple to do a good Bluetooth earpods.
(Dear Internet, do I say an earpod, or should I say a pair of earpods?)
Sneer at the customer. Keep your colleagues on edge. Claim credit. Speak first. Put your feet on the table. Withhold approval. Instill fear. Interrupt. Ask for more. And by all means, take that last doughnut. You deserve it.
Millions of spiders dropped from the sky in the Southern Tablelands region, blanketing the countryside with their webs.
This is one of my all time favorite practical effects builds: pic.twitter.com/wZ19dnOAkJ— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) May 20, 2015
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Apple is starting to bring the price down on its 5K Retina iMac, releasing a new version today that sells for $1,999 and lowering the cost of its high-end model down to $2,299.
Apple is also releasing new models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro that include a Force Touch trackpad. Apple says that these models have up to an additional hour of battery life, faster storage, and up to 80 percent faster graphics — though that final item is thanks to a new discrete GPU that only ships on the high-end model.
Do you pine for a simpler time, when your phone was for phone calls, your iPod was for music, and watches were... well, watches? If so, have I got the app for you. Just in time for your weekly dose of nostalgia, developer Adam Bell has released his groundbreaking (and free) Click Wheel keyboard on the App Store.
Now that you've seen how OS X offers myriad ways to accomplish a task, start thinking of ways you can take advantage of these redundancies to become more productive.
As writing tools go, Highland is a one-trick pony. But it is a friendly and engaging pony and, if you have the urge to dabble in screenwriting, it’s one worth taking for a ride.
Pitched as "a creative writing tool," Haven offers a meditative and immersive environment to help your ideas flourish. It gives you inspiration and insight when you need them and gets out of your way when you don't.
Postbox improves the Focus Pane with the addition of more attributes and the capability to simultaneously select multiple attributes, topics, contacts, and/or dates.
Tech behemoths including Apple and Google and leading cryptologists are urging President Obama to reject any government proposal that alters the security of smartphones and other communications devices so that law enforcement can view decrypted data.
“Strong encryption is the cornerstone of the modern information economy’s security,” said the letter, signed by more than 140 tech companies, prominent technologists and civil society groups.
To any of you who have followed my work, this should not be a surprise. In fact, some of you may feel this announcement is more than a bit anti-climactic. I’ve been flirting with retirement for the past two years, gradually diminishing my published out — even giving a “retirement” session at Macworld/iWorld last year. For the past year, the only paid writing I did was a small number of articles for Macworld. A few weeks ago, I “gave notice” and told the folks at Macworld that I was done. That made it official — and made it real to me in a way that it had not been before.
Although the opinion was mixed, it tilts strongly in Apple’s favor, upholding the bulk of its damages award and reinforcing the principles of design that the company sued to advance, said Brian Love, an assistant professor of law at the University of Santa Clara.
For iAd to become more appealing to advertisers, Apple must aggressively gather more user data. Yet that strategy contradicts CEO Tim Cook's thoughts on the company's future.
Ultimately, though, Apple executives didn’t consider any of those features compelling enough to enter the highly competitive television market.
Apple experimented with a TV that became transparent when turned off. I bet it is also lickable when turned on.
Malcolm X: The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make the criminal look like he's the victim and make the victim look like he's the criminal.
You see, there wasn’t “a” AOL CD that went out. There were so many variations, containing so many different add-ons and wrap-ins, that they became time capsules in themselves. So yeah. I want them.
Please stop saying “if you read one thing today”. I have NEVER had a day when I read just one thing. You insult me.— Anna Spargo-Ryan (@annaspargoryan) May 19, 2015
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I have a long daily commute. (And if some of the studies are correct, I'll probably have a shorter life-span than people who has shorter commutes.) To make the journey on trains and buses tolerable, I listen to audiobooks and podcasts. But I also want to occupy my senses of sight and touch -- so I play games on my iPhone, of which the following criteria must be satisfied:
Here's my list of games that I've enjoyed playing. Maybe you will find them enjoyable, too.
Orbital is played with a single finger, tapping on the screen shoots a ball in the direction that the launcher is aiming.
Its elegantly simple matching gameplay and surprising layer of charm and subtle personality put it up there with the classic Tetris as one of the very best of their kind.
It's stupid fun. But it's fun. The sounds are quirky. The characters are ridiculous. The graphics are cute.
(Note: the latest version semes to have a bug on my iPhone where the game sounds cannot be turned off.)
Your job is to shoot your ball into the next circle, getting a point for doing so. If you make it into the center, you get a "perfect" bonus, which increases throughout the game for each perfect you get.
(This is the game I'm currently playing.)
I’ve used more clipboard managers than I care to remember, but I’ve yet to find a solution that’s as simple or intuitive as the rudimentary one baked into OS X. But Paste might be the first one that sticks around past the trial period.
Desktop computers are the things that you move to and sit down in front of. Mobile devices are devices that follow you wherever you go (even into the can). Wearables are different from both: they’re devices that do things for you even when you’re not interacting with them at all. It’s taken forty years, but we finally have computers that have a totally servile relationship with their users.
Coherent Navigation worked on high-precision navigation systems, technology that is far stronger than many consumer-grade global positioning systems, which are typically accurate to within three to five meters. In the past, Coherent Navigation has also worked on autonomous navigation and robotics projects, according to previous company job listings, as well as projects for the Defense Department.
Cook spoke about his first meetings with Steve Jobs and how he taught Cook that you could make great change in the world while also being successful in your career. Cook stated that now more than ever you don’t have choose between “doing good and doing well.”
Michael Chabon: It is in the nature of a teenager to want to destroy. The destructive impulse is universal among children of all ages, rises to a peak of vividness, ingenuity and fascination in adolescence, and thereafter never entirely goes away. Violence and hatred, and the fear of our own inability to control them in ourselves, are a fundamental part of our birthright, along with altruism, creativity, tenderness, pity and love. It therefore requires an immense act of hypocrisy to stigmatize our young adults and teenagers as agents of deviance and disorder. It requires a policy of dishonesty about and blindness to our own histories, as a species, as a nation, and as individuals who were troubled as teenagers, and who will always be troubled, by the same dark impulses. It also requires that favorite tool of the hypocritical, dishonest and fearful: the suppression of constitutional rights.
Back my Kickstarter for a drone hovering above Swindon's Magic Roundabout, livestreaming it, forever pic.twitter.com/u7ssKpW5oU— Dan W (@iamdanw) May 17, 2015
This use travelled across the Atlantic where, Dent says, the Americans are merely applying a more literal sense of "engineer". The suffix -eer usually indicates an "agent noun", she says, describing a person who performs the action of the verb, in this case operating/acting on an engine.
True story: 1st time I saw Mad Max, I didn't catch on that it was sci-fi. I thought that was just Australia in the 70s.— L. Rhodes (@Upstreamism) May 17, 2015
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But even though podcasts themselves have changed, the list of regular podcast sponsors hasn’t. An unscientific but dogged analysis from FiveThirtyEight—which enlisted an intern to speed-listen through the latest episode of each of the top 100 iTunes podcasts in two days—confirms this. Based on that sample, most podcast ads were purchased by companies that bring on new customers and sell products through the Internet, with Squarespace, Stamps.com, and Audible leading the pack in terms of ads bought.
Nuzum was responsible for finding and developing new shows for NPR, including Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me, TED Radio Hour and the recently introduced Invisibilia. He also led the network’s podcasting initiatives as part of his 19-year career in public radio.
As a fitness-novice or general purpose wearable device, comparable things like smartwatches offer far more bells and whistles while meeting the same basic health attributes. The Band is somehow of minimal value for hardcore triathletes yet it's likely outshined by new competition in the beginner health space (where it appears to serve its audience much better). While Microsoft's willingness to let developers tap into data gathered by the Band is an encouraging differentiator that could open limitless possibilities, other platforms may offer more capabilities and users.
As a poor writer, Apple buying stages: 1. Don't need. 2. Can still cancel. 3. Can still return. 4. Better sell something.— Matt Gemmell (@mattgemmell) May 16, 2015
The booming earnings in Apple’s supply chain demonstrate the impact of smartphone market shifts on the web of Asian component suppliers and assemblers that are the bedrock of the industry.
Apple’s first store in the Middle East will be located at Mall of the Emirates and it will be the world’s largest retail store of the iPhone maker, sources have confirmed to Khaleej Times.
@jsnell @robmcmyers Some folks still prepend "internet" in front of writer, musician, broadcaster, or artist to kill 50% of the credibility.— Merlin Mann (@hotdogsladies) May 16, 2015
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OK, reality check: A single company won't save the planet, nor will it cause heavy polluters to see the error of their ways and turn over a new leaf.
But it's painfully clear that the world's governments are either unable or unwilling to take the necessary steps to address climate change and other environmental issues, such as protection of oceans and water sources.
So even if we have to settle for inches instead of miles, at least there's movement in the right direction.
Unlike the big food chains, mom-and-pop restaurants don’t have the heft to cut direct deals of their own. And some fishing communities are too small to serve big urban customers.
That is where Mr. Matsuda comes in. His company, Hachimenroppi, gives restaurants an iPad preloaded with an application that lists the day’s catch. Store owners tap in their orders, and Hachimenroppi delivers the next day, in volumes as small as one fish—or a single piece of a larger fish. The startup has gotten funding from big Japanese companies, including career-services provider Recruit Co. and mobile-game distributor DeNA Co.
On the Apple Watch, using hand signals lets you convey more meaning without an onlooker being able to guess what you’re saying.
And perhaps more importantly, it’s a really great engine for communicating in International Sign Language (ISL). Mach says he’s heard from deaf users who are using it to quickly communicate in a way that makes sense to them.
Instead of posting your private cell number to the web, or sharing it with others you’ve only just met, for example, Burner lets you set up virtual phone numbers that work with your mobile device so you can still call and text without giving up your privacy.
Looking for training that will improve your memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress? Mindfulness Mindfulness meditation measurably appears to actually affect the brain’s structure grey matter in just eight weeks, according to a 2011 study by Massachusetts General Hospital researchers. Thankfully, you don’t have to start this journey alone. Smartphone apps and online programs can help you integrate mindfulness exercises into your everyday activities.
OS X Did You Know™: System Preferences > View > Customize. Uncheck and never see that hideous Flash Player icon again pic.twitter.com/WKCkWM1Lkw— Cabel Sasser (@cabel) May 15, 2015
"I did multiple tests," says James Foster, a web developer based in New Zealand, who has surveyed users' interactions with the button over the course of many months. "The results all came out the same - the icon is not as clear to some users as developers and designers think it is."
And if the menu button is unremarkable and unrecognisable, it has a knock-on effect on the options it contains. "When you hide something in the hamburger menu, you make it less discoverable by your users," says Tyagulsky.
The web’s answer to the native challenge should be radical simplification, not even more tools.
You could exercise today. Or for a dollar we'll pretend you did. pic.twitter.com/1F0wtSLvD9— Nathan Edwards (@nedwards) May 15, 2015
What Microsoft should do—and what this column advised a year ago—is to focus squarely on building tools to let programmers build apps for the platforms they care about: iOS and Android.
This isn’t sacrilege. It goes back to Microsoft’s original DNA. Before Windows existed, Microsoft was a maker of tools for people who code. The company that Bill Gates and Paul Allen built in 1975 made some of its earliest money with software tools for Apple’s computers before there even was an IBM PC.
Inside the almost-adult lives of the industry’s newest recruits.
Customers frequently like to take pictures of their food and share the results, putting pressure on the company to refine its aesthetics. Chili’s now places its french fries in stainless-steel containers, sits its burgers up higher on the plate and uses buns with more visual appeal. The company also has its own Instagram account, with more than 25,000 followers.
Sight is one of the senses that affect the taste of food. I welcome this change.
Merlin Mann: When you die, no one's going to remember what iPhone you had.
A reddit bot looks for comments with "flip a coin," replying with "heads" or "tails." It found one in /r/SuicideWatch pic.twitter.com/65Oii4LYoK— R. Stuart Geiger (@staeiou) May 15, 2015
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Apple said the first HomeKit-enabled smart-home devices are coming out next month, refuting a report that said delays with the home automation software platform would push back the launch until August or September.
“HomeKit [hardware certification] has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month,” said Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller.
Apple recently voiced concerns over the potential sale of its customer data as part of RadioShack’s bankruptcy filing. As an authorized reseller of Apple’s products, RadioShack is sitting on a collection of customer data of Apple product owners. According to Law360, Apple has formally objected to any data on its product sales through RadioShack being made available for sale citing the reseller agreement between the two companies and its interest of protecting personal data.
Highlighting the new version is Meet, a quick and easy way to schedule a meeting. The unique feature takes the form of an iOS 8 keyboard, so you can select a meeting time without needing to actually open the Sunrise Calendar app itself.
If you spend lots of time behind the wheel ever day, whether for commuting or business travel, Automatic is a must-have that can help you save money on gas, manage your gas budget, and call for help in case of an accident. Although the business tagging feature isn’t quite baked yet, being able to export the data is super handy for expensing, even if you need to pick the relevant data out by hand.
not many things worth getting up at 4am for, but this is one pic.twitter.com/nBl2r7LiuJ— Justin Chen (@leftparen) May 14, 2015
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Unlike the iPhone, if someone steals your Apple Watch, they can easily reset the device (bypass the passcode), and pair it with a new iPhone logged in to a different iCloud account. In other words, it’s totally feasible to steal an Apple Watch and set it up on a different device as if you just purchased it from an Apple Store.
Given the emphasis Apple has placed on security in recent years, and how much the company has improved the iPhone as of late, I'd also strongly suspect it won't be too long before we see similar or the same theft-deterrents on the Apple Watch as well.
When Yale cardiologist E. Kevin Hall isn’t treating children with heart defects, he’s writing code.
Using his combined knowledge of medicine and computer science, Hall is developing an app on ResearchKit, a new Apple software platform intended to transform the iPhone into a clinical research tool.
Hall has never put his medical and technological acumen together in quite this way. But new tools like ResearchKit are forging some unlikely unions between physicians and programmers. And Hall is both.
When it comes to getting organized, Evernote can be a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. In fact, it's our favorite note-taking platform--by far--because it lets you do so much more than just take basic notes. Through Evernote's web and mobile apps, you can create digital notebooks for everything from your grandmother's lasagna recipe to ideas for your next great novel, and everything in between. But you can also use it to backup your photos, create slideshow presentations, and manage your calendar. Read on for more cool Evernote uses that you might not have thought of.
Of course, technically any Mac mini can act as a server. Practically, I'd restrict server use to only the high-end Mac mini model.
Short for “Good Vibes Only,” GVO brings you news articles and videos that will lift up your spirits instead of bringing you down.
Apple Pay is currently offered only to holders of some American debit and credit cards, but the system can be used far beyond the borders of the United States. I recently took a round-the-world trip, and used the opportunity to research Apple Pay globally for TidBITS.
I hate to poke holes in good-faith efforts to improve the integrity and security of individuals’ and businesses’ data, but in just the last week, I’ve seen three separate efforts that each attempt to fix a problem, but only solve a top layer. The underlying defects remain, and they’re not at all the fault of those companies.
However, the road to hell is built on good intentions, and the best way to get off that highway is to examine all efforts with a steely glint.
Apple’s upcoming Beats-based streaming music service will likely be named “Apple Music” and will have deep social networking integration for artists, according to industry sources briefed on the plans for the new service.
I forgot twitter can be funny— Kimber Streams (@kimberstreams) May 14, 2015
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This new version focuses on separate enhancements for speed across the different software versions, with the Mac and Windows applications gaining improved features for productivity, and the iOS Go apps for iPad and iPhone receiving end-to-end redesigns for iOS 8.
For advanced developers, the most welcomed change in FileMaker Pro is likely to be the redesigned and renamed “script workplace”—in particular, the ability to enter scripts almost entirely from the keyboard.
FileMaker has gone through a lot of changes over the years: Eschewing a purely flat file structure in favor of much more robust and scalable relational models, greatly expanding how much data it can work with — including links to external SQL databases. Almost every major revision over the past decade has delved deep into the guts to improve FileMaker for developers, who create really complex and rich custom environments for clients ranging from parts suppliers to art dealers.
"A lot of people ask me what it's like seeing your logo every time you turn around," the now 67-year-old says. "It's a fabulous experience and it's rare. I don't think a lot of people get that opportunity. Watching what I created in the '70s go through changes is kind of like having kids and watching them grow up. I'm terribly proud of my kids and I'm terribly proud of the logo as well."
Staying fit and healthy is important, but it’s a common myth that eating healthy is too expensive to undertake on a limited budget. Kevin Curry, founder of the Fit Men Cook community, hopes to help dispel that myth with his blog’s new titular app.
Think Kit is composed of three new, and completely free, tools – Diagram, Fill, and Cut – that allows users to quickly draw charts, diagrams, graphs, flows, wireframes, and models.
You don’t quite realize how well-sized the Watch is for ladies until you try the other guys… http://t.co/bckFnL9LwO pic.twitter.com/CjK6eQWPBY— Serenity Caldwell (@settern) May 12, 2015
Broadcom announced today that its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) SDK fully supports HomeKit, enabling smart devices that use compatible Broadcom Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips to tie into Apple's connected home framework.
While several states and countries have laws in place that make operating a handheld device such as a smartphone or portable media player illegal, the release of the Apple Watch has created a gray area in terms of distracted driving legislation. Given that the Apple Watch is technically not a handheld device, the laws in many jurisdictions are left open to interpretation at this point.
It's time to get things started! #TheMuppets are coming to ABC and this is your first look! https://t.co/mXqsQtgQXr— The Muppets ABC (@TheMuppetsABC) May 12, 2015
this will never not be funny to me. pic.twitter.com/GF8I24DBxr— Ryan McCabe (@ryanmccabe) May 12, 2015
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In the final analysis, it's clear that the 13-inch MacBook Pro is the most all-around useful laptop Apple makes. But, it's not the right choice for everyone.
Choosing a MacBook that's just right for you may not be trivial, but I bet it is still easier to choose between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Adidas has partnered with Spotify to launch a first-of-its-kind running app: The iPhone's accelerometer calculates your stride rate, then Adidas go uses that data to play tracks with matching beats per minute based on your preferred playlists and genres—all while you're on the run.
In the end, if you’ve ever spent too much time trying to move photos between devices or just given up on trying to work with your photos on different devices, the good news is those irritations are a thing of the past. The solutions aren’t free, and other irritations may crop up, but those who want multi-device access to a single set of photos now have two entirely viable options thanks to Apple’s Photos with iCloud Photo Library and Adobe’s Lightroom with Creative Cloud.
After the success of simple photo- and video-sharing apps like Instagram ($1 billion sale to Facebook) and Snapchat ($15 billion valuation), Hunter Powell is hoping that a more professional approach is the next big thing on mobile phones.
That’s why Powell, CEO of Path 36, acquired video-editing app Splice last September. On Tuesday users will get a new, beefed-up version of Splice, with a collection of bells and whistles aimed at making it a leader among mobile video-editing apps. (It is a featured app today in Apple’s App Store.)
Having the reference copy is very handy as well for trying to isolate layout behaviors to just specific parts for the UI.
Making the UI button a specific, promissory action-word makes it a contract. It also reads as a command to me: hey, lazy boy, go Take your meds!
Since 2011, I’ve been on a stop-start journey to make a calendar app for iPhone. I’ve experienced the difficulties of outsourcing development to inexpensive coders-for-hire in Eastern Europe, I’ve mocked up hundreds of designs and I’ve tried to learn how to code at least five times. In July 2014, I signed up to learn Swift with Thinkful and I’m now excited to release my first iOS app diary U to the App Store.
"We very much want to get Apple Pay in China," Cook told Xinhua during a visit to the country. "I'm very bullish on Apple Pay in China."
Penn Jillette: Freedom means the right to be stupid.
Chat companies (Slack, Google, Apple, FB, WhatsApp, etc) should see it as a moral imperative to solve the wrong chat window problem.— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) May 11, 2015
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“We said our goodbyes,” Max said. “It was like something out of a movie. We sat there and cried. We tried to tell stories, talk about all the great things.”
Lily was born on Jan. 23.
Joice died on March 9, her family by her side.
But her spirit lives on in Lily — and in the iPad. Thanks to her involvement in 40 Weeks, director Henze shot around 60 hours of footage of Liz — from her strolling on the beach to her announcing Lily was a girl, along with sweet footage of the tiny family cuddled up together.
However, saying "Hey Siri, Send" does. In fact, for any confirmation button that shows up while dictating into the watch, all you have to do do is say "Hey Siri" and then the name of the button.
As Mr David Sparks noted, this behavior on the Apple Watch is different from the behavior on the iPhone. I've never (seriously) used Siri before, so I don't know anything, but this reminds me of the differences between stateful and stateless interactions. If I have to guess, it probably boils down to having to save battery life on the Watch.
Apple® today announced an expansion of its renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China, including a new multi-year project with World Wildlife Fund to significantly increase responsibly managed forests across China. The new forestland program aims to protect as much as 1 million acres of responsibly managed working forests which provide fiber for pulp, paper and wood products.
Apple’s goal is to achieve a net-zero impact on the world’s supply of sustainable virgin fiber and power all its operations worldwide on 100 percent renewable energy.
Cook published his first post on Weibo -- China's version of Twitter -- on Monday, using his iPhone 6.
Just three hours later, @TimCook had 301,628 followers, and the numbers were continuing to climb rapidly. Cook isn't yet following others on Weibo, and hasn't posted anything else.
“It could be considered careless driving in Ontario, but right now the specific distracted driving legislation only speaks to the holding of a hand-held communication device,” wrote OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt in an e-mail. “Because you are wearing it, this would be difficult to get a conviction in court.”
Apple appears to have big goals for Swift. It has optimized the compiler for performance and the language for development, and it alludes to Swift being “designed to scale from ‘hello, world’ to an entire operating system” in Swift’s documentation. While Apple hasn’t stated all its goals for the language yet, the launches of Xcode 6, Playgrounds, and Swift together signal Apple’s intent to make app development easier and more approachable than with any other development tool chain.
Rather than dampen my enthusiasm for getting my feet wet in publishing apps for the Mac sometime down the track, I am actually energised after reading Sam Soffe’s story and Dan Counsell’s follow-up.
David Hilbert: To new concepts correspond, necessarily, new signs. These we choose in such a way that they remind us of the phenomena which were the occasion for the formation of the new concepts.
New Quiz for #MothersDay: Who would your mom be in a galaxy far, far away? http://t.co/pbQN6S94BM— Star Wars (@starwars) May 10, 2015
@starwars Natalie Portman— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) May 11, 2015
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Oh my god, dictation on the Watch turns everything after the word "hashtag" into… a hashtag pic.twitter.com/WHZMWVvGwO— Neven Mrgan (@mrgan) May 10, 2015
Below, I’m going to focus on the key questions Aperture users have been asking: what it’s like to transition from Aperture to Lightroom, which version of Lightroom to buy, and whether transitioning is a good (and safe) idea. The answers may surprise you…
We remain convinced of its long-term value, and were particularly impressed with its performance on SSD-based Macs. If you tend to work your computer hard, we think DiskWarrior is ultimately worth the money.
Apple has dropped the app of French state broadcaster France Musique, apparently because of a programme about the erotic in music. Outraged French media have accused the California-based technology giant of censorship.
When they make a movie of my life, I hope there's no record scratch halfway through the trailer. Please no record scratch— MKupperman (@MKupperman) May 10, 2015
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@reneritchie @viticci 15 blind people just came into my restaurant for dinner, and every single person is using an iPhone.— Chris S. Dreiling (@ChrisSolterra) May 7, 2015
Before bed, I’m very eccentric-looking because I wear Solar Shield glasses over my reading glasses while using my Kindle Voyage. They’re hideous, and if you don’t want to look like a ludicrous monster, don’t wear them. But they block out the blue light that has been shown to keep people awake. On my computers, I use a free program called f.lux that pulls the blue frequencies out and emphasizes the warmer colors that interfere less with sleep.
Straightforward, with a wealth of features if you're a Premium member, Endomondo has long been a favorite fitness app of runners, cyclists, and other outdoor sports enthusiasts. It tracks your duration, distance, pace, speed, route, and more.
In the app, users can record (or even import) video before adding their own commentary to the movie in a matter of seconds.
I attended WWDC on a student scholarship in 2001. Fair to say it changed the course of my career and life. Glad Apple's still doing it.— Andrew Wooster (@wooster) May 9, 2015
"You may think it is a small number," said Iwata, "but when we aim to make each title a hit, and because we want to thoroughly operate every one of them for a significant amount of time after their releases, this is not a small number at all and should demonstrate our serious commitment to the smart device business."
Apple’s leadership still understands that this customer-driven focus is what drives their exceptional success. But it would be better for the company’s long-term prospects if everyone else — Wall Street in particular — understood this too.
Tech writer pro tip: set up a Photoshop action or similar to pad your Apple Watch screen shots with black borders so they don't look crappy— Jason Snell (@jsnell) May 8, 2015
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My riding goal these days is simple: Get as far away from cars and as close to the clouds as possible pic.twitter.com/XYsdBTx8jL— Jonathan Maus (@BikePortland) May 9, 2015
Although you can play the game on an iPad or iPhone—either through the app or right inside the lock screen—Lifeline was designed specifically to take advantage of the Apple Watch, where its short text bursts fit beautifully on the small digital face.
The Apple Store reviews are spangled with glowing praise, mostly about the sense of connection and relationship that Lifeline forges between you and Taylor. The game takes about three days to play if you check in regularly, and what makes it really compelling is how it combines the familiar back and forth of text messaging with the tense passage of time to make your relationship with Taylor—and the impact of your choices—feel surprisingly real.
"If you post 'Happy Birthday' on somebody's Facebook wall, at the end of the day you're really just a number, a little red number at the top of somebody's Facebook page. What we're trying to provide artistically and technologically is a way to communicate more deeply."
Much like Wright's earlier games like The Sims and SimCity, which gave users free will to create their own cities and virtual people, Thred is designed to give users the freedom to make their own stories on the iPhone, using photos that come from other Internet sources as well as their camera roll.
There should be a big market for Airmail: its looks - remember, you'll be spending a lot of time in your email client so looks are handy - coupled to its speed and features mean that this is a very, very good application.
With summer just around the corner, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about taking music from iTunes and playing it in other devices. I address two of those in this week’s column, one about burning CDs with tracks in random order, and another about putting a shuffled playlist on an SD card. I also look at how to listen to audiobooks on an iPod shuffle, and a problem where an artist’s name may show up twice in iTunes or on an iOS device.
In hindsight, I definitely should have focused on a much smaller handful of apps, perhaps 2–3 at most. The problem at the time was, I didn’t feel like any of the things I’d done were successful enough to justify putting all my focus into. I’m pretty sure now that at least 2 of the apps were worth putting more effort into. Alas.
You ideally want to have multiple sales channels and revenue streams. Why would you put the fate of your success in the hands of search and chart ranking algorithms that you have little understanding of and zero control over?
The #1 reason most indie developers are not more successful (myself included) is that our apps are simply not good enough. Software is hard.— Daniel Jalkut (@danielpunkass) May 8, 2015
Today, I learnt that the cliche "if you're not the customer, then you are the product yada yada yada" orginated from a MetaFilter thread back in 2010 according to Jason Kottke. And if you are not subscribed to Jason Kottke's blog, you should.
The most ambitious project unveiled by Google this year isn’t a smartphone, website, or autonomous, suborbital balloon from the Google X lab. You can’t hold it, or download it, or share it instantly with friends. In fact, the first part of it probably won’t exist for at least three years. But you can read all about it in hundreds of pages of soaring descriptions and conceptual drawings, which the company submitted in February to the local planning office of Mountain View, Calif.
The vision outlined in these documents, an application for a major expansion of the Googleplex, its campus, is mind-boggling. The proposed design, developed by the European architectural firms of Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studio, does away with doors. It abandons thousands of years of conventional thinking about walls. And stairs. And roofs. Google and its imaginative co-founder and chief executive, Larry Page, essentially want to take 60 acres of land adjacent to the headquarters near the San Francisco Bay, in an area called North Bayshore, and turn it into a titanic human terrarium.
Plot twist: Rihanna is every Mario character pic.twitter.com/DFb9uKJD3w— Common Gay Boy (@CGBPosts) May 7, 2015
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Apple is being honored with the Helen Keller Achievement Award for their work in making technology more accessible. Specifically, the American Foundation for the Blind is singling-out Apple's work on VoiceOver, which can let users hear descriptions of what happens on their display.
For the visually-impaired in particular, this is a huge feature. The world we live in isn't always considerate of everyone living in it, and even as technology has pushed farther, it hasn't necessarily moved in a positive direction for everyone. Look at games, as an example. Early games were text-heavy, requiring the player to use their imagination to visualize the world they were interacting with. As time has gone on, some of the biggest pushes have been in graphics, sadly making them less accessible to the visually-impaired. Apple's iOS devices have changed that, if only a little. The tools are now there to offer more choices than ever to a group of gamers who have had to get by with very few. The big problem is, many of us don't know they're there.
Apple today launched a new microsite focused on the iPad, exploring the way the iPad can "change the way you do things every day." The site offers up a selection of apps and usage ideas for the iPad, organized into several categories: Cooking with iPad, Learning with iPad, Small Business with iPad, Traveling with iPad, and Redecorating with iPad.
When you connect to a hotspot, TripMode automatically starts restricting access to the internet with any apps you have open. You can customize which ones get access and which don’t. You can also monitor how much data they use, which is handy if you have a data cap on your hotspot.
Augmented with text and videos, Snapshots provides a decent introduction to some key concepts in both Newtonian and Einsteinian physics. It's a good resource for secondary-school physics students, and anyone who wants to better understand physics.
Sometimes you stumble on something by making assumptions that turn out to be right, and it’s hard to tell whether you were a dummy for taking so long to realize something so obvious, or whether you’ve uncovered something that other people haven’t.
This is a long way of saying that if you use Apple’s Remote app or the Now Playing glance, you can turn the Digital Crown to adjust the volume of the source you’re controlling. As you turn the crown, the volume control gets a nice bit of highlighting to indicate what’s going on.
It's pretty nuts that 59 sales is top paid on the Mac App Store in the US.
Like most time management tools, you can spend a whole lot of time and money buying books, gadgets, and organizers to help you get the most out of every minute of your day. And, if that’s your thing, have at it; a simple Google search will yield more Pomodoro options than you can imagine. But the beauty of the Pomodoro Technique is that you don’t need anything more than a basic timer to start getting your work done.
"Top Paid" is a terrible name for that leaderboard, because it implies being paid more money than … everybody. "Trending Paid" is fairer.— Daniel Jalkut (@danielpunkass) May 7, 2015
We had 50M monthly active users and 250M searches every month. Steve Jobs told the labels, including Warner Music, to sue us. So they did and for $40B. How do I know? I know because Steve Jobs gave them a list of music streaming sites that were competitive threats to iTunes, and told them to take care of it.
This project contains what I believe in when it comes to a mindful and intentional approach to technology. After nearly 2,500 posts, I have nothing more to add to what has already been said.
For every comedy bit produced, there were roughly a hundred pitches that didn’t make it. So I asked fellow Late Night and Late Show vets to recall their most memorable rejections. Then I ran some of those by Dave, who was happy to reminisce about former writers.
“I can’t thank these men and women enough,” he said, “because I was doing their show more than they were doing mine.”
When was the last time you heard a busy signal?— mat (@mat) May 6, 2015
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Apple has confirmed the existence of a long-rumored web crawling service — first noticed last November — and provided some details of its operations in a recently-updated support document.
Applebot is the web crawler for Apple, used by products including Siri and Spotlight Suggestions. It respects customary robots.txt rules and robots meta tags. It originates in the 22.214.171.124 net block.
It’s no secret in the tech community that discoveryd is the root cause of so many problems. There are even crazy workarounds. With so many issues, you’d expect some information from Apple explaining ways to mitigate the problems.
The retailer is updating its systems and intends to offer Apple Pay after the upgrade is complete, Home Depot spokesman Steve Holmes said, without providing a timetable for the rollout. The chain, which currently accepts PayPal, also may add other kinds of mobile payment, he said.
I've been trying both features today, and I can see how they're going to speed up the way I rely on Dropbox for personal and collaborative use.
Darwin thought our ancestors used music as a means of courtship before the invention of language. Other experts have suggested that humming and stomping whipped early man into a communal “battle trance.” Whatever the case, rhythm has been part of the human experience for as long as there’s been a human experience. This app is meant to put you back in touch with that evolutionary birthright.
If you really like complications and data on your watch face, Modular is the choice for you. When I first got my Apple Watch, I assumed this would be my face of choice. But I really dislike the emphasis of the central complication over the time.
If nothing else, it’s a cool form of self-expression that features multiple designs you can change at the press of a button.
Atomics make for a very compelling alternative to hard locking solutions due to their wait and lock-free properties, which makes them very fast.
Japanese cola requires root privileges to open pic.twitter.com/1TdmQw8Pwm— Christopher Stanton (@Stanto) May 5, 2015
The future of personal technology is mobile, that much is uncontroversial. For Apple, mobile means mobile devices, whereas for Microsoft, it means mobile experiences that transcend devices.
Apple is actually one of the most consistent companies on earth. When you’re puzzled by its behavior in the present, it can be very clarifying to just look at the past.
European Union regulators delayed decisions on whether four multinational companies, including Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., may have benefited from illegal tax breaks, citing difficulty obtaining information to make their cases.
Arctuition is hoping to take advantage of the iPad’s portability, flexibility and range of input options to bring meaningful improvements to an area of CAD and engineering that has remained primarily low-tech.
Oh you are good @UNrefugees. You. Are. Good. pic.twitter.com/SZtiDxvvcl— Tim Singleton Norton (@norton_tim) May 6, 2015
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On a new website, Apple provides a pair of design guidelines for third-party bands, and Apple promises that “lugs” (attachments for the bands [...]) will be available soon.
The guidelines do not mention the hidden diagnostic port that some accessory makers hope to leverage. Today’s announcement additionally does not provide official specifications for developing charging accessories.
In a newly published video, Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy walks through the process of using the parts in the Classic Buckle band to connect a 22mm third-party watch band to the Apple Watch.
“It started as a group of Watch buyers who didn’t know anyone else that was getting one and wanted to play with the Watch to watch heartbeats, sketches, and tap features,” redditor nooshaw tells me. Nooshaw started r/lonelyheartbeats as a place for solitary Watch users to share their iMessage details in order to use the device’s most intimate features.
The Department of Justice is looking closely into Apple’s business practices in relation to its upcoming music streaming service, according to multiple sources. The Verge has learned that Apple has been pushing major music labels to force streaming services like Spotify to abandon their free tiers, which will dramatically reduce the competition for Apple’s upcoming offering. DOJ officials have already interviewed high-ranking music industry executives about Apple’s business habits.
Ulysses for iPad is a mature app that you can use on its own as a powerful Markdown or text editor, and it provides a complete writing environment. It's even more powerful if you use Ulysses for OS X. The ability to sync files between the two platforms allows you to write anywhere and stay up to date—when iCloud works.
The typical Apple Watch review: pic.twitter.com/p6Gy1KXZDf— Neil Cybart (@neilcybart) May 3, 2015
Me, on everything about Apple Watch so far: 1. I don’t need that. 2. I’ll never use that. … 3. [tries it] 4. That’s actually pretty useful.— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) May 5, 2015
The new website is far cleaner than the previous website, and introduces lengthier and more interactive descriptions of the different Apple Watch interface paradigms.
Set a standard, and then stick to it. If your experience is anything like mine, you'll find that as your body gets used to the standard regimen, it will eventually yearn for something more.
*checks work emails while on sick leave because sick guilt is real and stupid *signs in *immediately regrets decision *eats box of cereal— Butt Medler (@OreoSpeedwagon_) May 5, 2015
Apple Inc. is bringing on a new general contractor to finish its multi-billion-dollar “spaceship” building at Apple Campus 2, amid questions about whether the huge project remains on track for a late-2016 completion.
The local travel insurance company that woos its employees with unlimited paid vacation time, no assigned desks and a keg of beer always on tap just keeps on giving. Squaremouth Inc. is bestowing Apple Watches on its 24 employees to thank them and promote an enjoyable downtown workplace.
Gourmets! Gastronauts! The unfeasibly greedy! Gather around in as tight a huddle as our bulging stomachs will allow, for How to Eat is going where others are too complacent to tread. Yes, we are opening a Tupperware pandora’s box and taking a large bite out of the humble cheese sandwich. Identified last month as the nation’s favourite weekday lunchtime repast, this is not just a snack but one of the building blocks of the British identity. One that, thankfully, has recently been exonerated after accusations it had played a principal role in starting the first world war. As ever, below the line, please choose your words caerphilly. Do not turn the air blue. If necessary, brie the feta man.
Warning Sign of the Century Award goes to pic.twitter.com/HvOpPqZwkk— Jay Kristoff (@misterkristoff) May 3, 2015
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Ideally, hold off until second-generation hardware hits, both because it will bring improvements that software updates can’t and because it will tell us more about what we can expect the watch’s support lifecycle to be.
If you disagree—and Apple’s sold-out watch inventories say that many of you do—the good news is that the watch does enough useful things that you can probably justify your purchase. I still find “notifications on your wrist” to be a poor reason for any device to exist, but the fitness features, the general quality of the first-party apps, and the potential of the third-party apps are all real positives.
If you’re the experimental, early-adopter type, well, you already know if you want it or not. If you’re really on the fence, I would let the software mature and the hardware get faster before jumping in. It’s a lovely piece of hardware, and the Apple Watch Sport is a decent value since it does everything the more expensive versions do, but I think the responsiveness needs to improve, and the process for adjusting notifications needs to be overhauled, before it’s a mainstream must-have.
How do I get this U2 album off my Apple Watch?— Jason Sparks (@sparksjls) May 2, 2015
This seems to get me immediately into the work mode. It’s the trigger that tells me it is time to work, time to focus. Just like all the other tips that those articles espouse.
For you it doesn’t have to be watch. It could be a wallet in your pocket, keys, pocket knife, or anything else that is something you wouldn’t normally have on you if you were just lounging about your home. Something that doesn’t detract from the benefits of working remotely, but still gets the job done.
Kids today need to be reminded the Apple logo bite comes from the “a” of the “Motter Tektura” typeface. pic.twitter.com/afoN6DuW8z— Duncan Wilcox (@duncanwilcox) May 3, 2015
Microosft's brand new browser, the Microsoft Edge, will not be available for Mac OS X. Which is slightly disappointing, because I do like to see some browser competition on my favorite computing platform. On a related note, I'm glad Google Chrome -- at least on Mac OS X -- now has smart zoom.
OH: "Imagine, for a moment, what you could accomplish if you had the persistence and drive of the Adobe Acrobat Reader updater." #fb— Tobin Titus (@tobint) May 3, 2015
Just watching @starwars. In space. No big deal. #StarWarsDay #Maythe4thBeWithYou pic.twitter.com/iG7Pn0Fvj6— ISS Research (@ISS_Research) May 4, 2015
this headline could be the iPad of analogies I don’t understand pic.twitter.com/pGmL48iUZF— joe mande (@JoeMande) May 2, 2015
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@gruber For all the people who thought your flirting-with-the-heatbeat-sensor story was dumb: http://t.co/0FSV0SdLjW— CGP Grey (@cgpgrey) May 2, 2015
Me, earlier: “Off to see Age of Ultron. And my ticket… IS ON MY WATCH!” Wife: “Of course it is.” [eye roll]— Moltz (@Moltz) May 3, 2015
The most life-changing features of the Apple Watch are that the screen is tiny, and you can’t type on it. It’s flexibility lies in the need to use it one-handed. It’s design triumph is that your arm gets tired after you’ve held it up for a minute or so.
Google+ remains my favorite free option, because most photos look great at 2048 pixels and Google will let you store as many of those pictures as you want with them. Its automated GIFs and photo albums remain unique years after their launch, and they make browsing old photos fun in a way most services can’t match. Best of all, there are rumors that Google will finally spin photos back off into a separate product this year — and the foundation the company has laid with Google+ should make it a great solution.
For a paid option, I cautiously recommend Picturelife. Incredibly, it’s the only one of the services here that reliably imports photos from the many social networks I post to, giving me a single inbox for my pictures. Internet giants want to pretend that no other companies exist, but as long as I’m being randomly tagged in friends’ photos on Facebook and posting strange screenshots to Twitter, I need a place that organizes it. And I’m happy to pay Picturelife to do it.
A neighborhood kid who's leaving for college just gave my four year old all his old Toy Story toys. #meta— David Friedman (@ironicsans) May 2, 2015
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One problem it’s anticipating is the Watch’s Digital Crown getting stuck or not running smoothly due to trapped debris, like dust or lotions, between the crown and the Watch’s casing. Apple’s fix: hold your Apple Watch’s digital crown under your sink faucet.
Real-world tests indicate that the Apple Watch is fairly rugged. It can certainly stand up to use while running and sweating, and it also seems capable of withstanding trips into the shower. Apple appears to be under-promising and over-delivering, which is better than the reverse. As well, given that the company certainly wants to avoid their brand new product acquiring a reputation for flakiness, they’d be foolish not to swap any water-damaged devices which succumbed under reasonable usage.
RT if you just scrolled an Apple Watch notification with your nose because the other hand was busy— Virginia Roberts (@askvirginia) May 2, 2015
Just witnessed a guy wearing an Apple watch check his iphone for the time. Good work, everyone.— Molly McNearney (@mollymcnearney) May 2, 2015
All told, Code may or may not be for you, but it’s working out really nicely for me so far. I definitely suggest giving it a shot.
After 20 years of rolling in more and more tokens, every HTTP request Edge makes has to include more than 150 bytes of text to simply convey that it is in fact Edge - a fact that only contains perhaps two bytes of entropy.
The Apple store slated for Madison Avenue and 74th Street is still being built out, but the residents fear long lines of customers camping out, waiting for new products to hit the shelves. They talk about food carts with electronic signs, like the ones outside Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue location, and almost certainly more delivery and garbage trucks traveling the already clogged streets.
Tesla has finally taken the wraps off Tesla Energy, its ambitious battery system that can work for homes, businesses, and even utilities.
Those of you correcting my show notes for The Talk Show this week: “Frisco” is now a legally correct shorthand for San Fran.— John Gruber (@gruber) May 2, 2015
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IBM, Apple and Japan's largest employer Japan Post are joining forces to deliver iPads and software on those tablets to help improve senior's lives in Japan. [...] The custom built apps targeted at the older population under the partnership will help folks remember to take medication, manage doctor's visits, handle household maintenance chores, monitor diet and exercise and stay in touch with loved ones who live miles away, often via Apple's FaceTime video calls.
I wish the software will be available to everyone everywhere in the world soon.
Much of its future is pegged to investing aggressively in new fields like data analytics, cloud computing and mobile applications for its customers. It has created new business units around its Watson artificial intelligence technology and Internet of Things technologies. And it has also forged major new partnerships. In October, it announced a partnership with Twitter for data analysis. And last July, the company announced a partnership with Apple to make mobile applications for iPhones and iPads. IBM now has the world’s most valuable company at its side—the resurrected giant that it hopes to also become.
Mobile phone evolution... pic.twitter.com/8GIbnH8PUK— Theo Priestley (@ITredux) April 30, 2015
From the app, you can access real-time updates on your order status, make and search for Genius Bar appointments, check in for Genius Bar appointments, learn about events and workshops happening in nearby Apple Stores, and initiate the process of picking up an order.
Ekko aggregates news from a variety of sources, including CNN, ABC, BBC, Time, and more.
It's a magnificent tool for serious amateur astronomers, deepicting more stars, comets, and asteroids than any similarly priced astronomy app we've seen, while offering advanced features like the ability to control a telescope. It's also a good app to help beginners learn their way around the night sky.
According to the announcement, the new service will allow developers to learn how customers “discover and engage with your apps.” Access to the service will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis, says Apple, which means that not everyone who requests an invite will be allowed in, it seems.
Taking this approach means that I can minimize any waiting that is my fault during launch. My apps still sometimes have the odd long launch time but I’m increasingly convinced this isn’t something fixable until we get the native SDK.
You know what people never really think about: age. That’s why no one ever lies about it, or buys wrinkle cream, or surgically alters themselves. So it makes sense that Microsoft was “shocked” when an age-guessing tool it put online went viral. Who would have thought that people would be into something like that??
In some cases it may be innocuous, but our enthusiasm for volunteering vast quantities of information to companies, without clear knowledge of the decisions they’ll make with it, makes my skin crawl. For now, I’ll challenge my wife to guess my weight and age.
I have a Moto G running Android 4.4.4 that has a bad habit of occasionally deleting an app without provocation. This is a small bother normally (I just re-download the app), but this time, it has deleted Google Play Services, which is necessary for all kinds of things. How do I fix it?
I can’t get my mind off the thought that if @SusanKare has an Apple Watch, she probably sends AMAZING sketch messages.— Andy Ihnatko (@Ihnatko) April 30, 2015
@mrgan PS: the watch told me to stand up, not only while I was driving, but while it was actively giving me driving directions via Siri. :)— Cabel Sasser (@cabel) May 1, 2015
I will fight to support the Oxford comma until I draw my last breath. pic.twitter.com/Y0T6c3F4iI— Alexander MacDonald (@alex_macdonald) April 30, 2015
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