MyAppleMenu - May 2015

Fri, May 29, 2015The Completely-Free Edition

Programming Note: This little website will be taking a break for the next two days. Regular programming will return on Monday, June 1st, when we will go through tons of WWDC predictions and speculations and guesses and rumor mongerings.

All Your Photos And Videos

Google Introduces Photos App With Unlimited Photo & Video Syncing On iOS, Android, And The Web, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

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.

Bradley Horowitz Says That Google Photos Is Gmail For Your Images. And That Google Plus Is Not Dead., by Steven Levy, Medium

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.

Google Photos May Be Free — But At What Personal Cost?, by Serenity Caldwell, iMore

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.


Todoist Comes To Apple Watch, Updates iOS 8 Extension, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

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.

Hands On: Transcriptions 1.1 (OS X), by William Gallagher, MacNN

Makes transcribing interviews less painful.

Google’s Inbox iOS App Now Open To All, Updated With New Features, by Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac

Mosaic, A New Notebook App, Makes It Easier Than Ever To Capture And Organize Your Ideas, by Joe White, AppAdvice

Hands On: Final Draft Writer 2.0 (iOS), by William Gallagher, MacNN

Moleskine's Timepage Might Be Your New Minimal Calendar, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Bugshot Relaunches As Pinpoint, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

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.

Mac 911: Smile, You're On Candid Photos Answers, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

Google I/O

Google Places API For iOS Now Available To All, Maps To Add Offline Search/navigation, by Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac

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.

Google Cardboard VR Viewer & SDK Now Support iOS, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

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.

Google Cardboard Is VR’s Gateway Drug, by David Pierce, Wired

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.


What I Learned From Building An Apple Watch App, by Matthew Thompson, Enola Labs

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.


Apple Fails To Disqualify Antitrust Monitor In E-Books Case, by Jonathan Stempel and Nate Raymond, Reuters

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.

The Apple Watch Will Expose How Little Publishers Know About Their Readers, by Joshua Benton, Nineman Lab

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.

Apple Acquires Augmented Reality Company Metaio, by Ron Miller, TechCrunch

‘Serial’ Season 2 Set For Fall Premiere, Season 3 In The Works, by Greg Gilman, The Wrap


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.)

More Photos

Fired From Apple, Steve Jobs Allowed One Photographer To Document His Comeback, by NextShark

“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.”

Parting Words

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

Thanks for reading.

Thu, May 28, 2015The Write-Code-Natively Edition

The Laptop Tests

Battery Life Tests: Go All Day With Apple's Mac Laptops, by Roman Loyola, Macworld

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.

Long-Term Review: The New MacBook Is A Great Travel Laptop, by Michael deAgonia, Computerworld

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.

WWDC Tweets

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

— Lars Anderson (@theonlylars) May 27, 2015


Apple Store App Gains Postmates Integration With Same-Day Delivery, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

TextExpander Now Suggests New Snippets And Lets You Sync With iCloud Drive, by Joseph Keller, iMore

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."

Living With: Drafts 4 (iOS), by William Gallagher, MacNN

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.

First Look: Pixelmator For iPhone Is A Feature-Packed Mobile Image Editor, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Better Manage Your Files With Mac App Revisions For Dropbox, by Matt Elliott, CNET

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.

Fox Debuts 'Movie Of The Day!' App With Daily Discounts On iTunes Movies, by Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors

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.

Family Sharing May Be Draining Your iPhone’s Battery, by Topher Kessler

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.

Google Begins Rolling Out App Indexing To Its iOS Apps, by Tom Maxwell, 9to5Mac

Review: Pebble Time: A Beautiful Concept, A Shoddy Reality, by David Pierce, Wired

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.


Apple’s Jeff Williams Says Native Watch SDK Will Give Direct Access To Sensors, by Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch

“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.”

Apple Confirms WWDC Keynote For June 8Th 10 AM PST, Teases Over 180 TBA Sessions, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

WWDC App Refreshed With Apple Watch Support, Session Schedule, More, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Swift: The Good Switch Of The East, by Erica Sadun

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.

Inbox Zero Vs. Inbox 5,000: A Unified Theory, by Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic

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.


Stalking Your Friends With Facebook Messenger, by Aran Khanna, Medium

What you should keep in mind is that the mobile app for Facebook Messenger defaults to sending a location with all messages.

How To Disable Location In Facebook Messenger, by Craig Lloyd, Gotta Be Mobile

Quebec Man Fined $120 For Using Apple Watch While Driving, by CTVNews

Jeffrey Macesin said he was using his smartwatch to change songs when a provincial officer pulled him over on a road near Pincourt, Que.

CBS Likely To Reach Streaming TV Deal With Apple, Met With Eddy Cue Last Week, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple Is Reportedly Planning To Add A Rewards Program To Apple Pay, by Rich McCormick, The Verge

iOS 9 To Gain New 'Proactive' Lifestyle Management Feature With Augmented Reality Maps, by Juli Clover, MacRumors


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.

Toaster + Refrigerator

Pizza Or Pie? Or Neither? Pizza Hut's Four'N Twenty Pie-Pizza Thing – Reviewed, by Brigid Delaney, The Guardian

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.

Parting Words

Punctuation matters.

— You had one job (@_youhadonejob) May 26, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Wed, May 27, 2015The Apps-For-Cats Edition

Were There Any Doubts That This Day Will Come?

My Cat Spends More Time On The iPad Than I Do, by Omar Mouallem, Metro

There’s now a cottage industry of tailor-made videos and apps for cats.

Review: Voyce Is The Wellness Monitor For Dogs That Makes Wearables Vividly Relevant, by Jon Phillips, PCWorld

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.

Your Friends Can Crash Your iPhone

New iOS Bug Crashing iPhones Simply By Receiving A Text Message, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

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.


Keep Your Mac Desktop Orderly With Magnet, by Matt Elliott, CNET

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.

Hands On: Monodraw 1.0 (OS X), by William Gallagher, MacNN

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.

Rename Your Mac Screenshots Into Something Useful With Tiny For Mac, by AMber Leigh Turner, The Next Web

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.

PrintCentral Pro (For iPad), by Tony Hoffman, PC Magazine

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.

From Lilly Pad To iPad, Scientists Develop Frog Finding App, by NewsMail

Queensland scientists have developed an app that can identify nearly every species of frog found in Australia.


Constraints & Transformations, by Vlas Voloshin, Reveal App

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.

Unicode Is Kind Of Insane, by Ben Frederickson

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.

How Not To Crash #5: Threading, Part 2, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

Which MacBook Should I Use For Writing Code?, by Peter Cohen, iMore

Let Oracle Own API's, Justice Dept Tells Top Court In Surprise Filing, by Jeff John Roberts, Fortune


Those Motherfucking Printers, by Ben Brooks, The Brooks Review

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.

Apple Drops Discoveryd In Latest OS X Beta Following Months Of Network Issues, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

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.

A Murky Road Ahead For Android, Despite Market Dominance, by Farhad Manjoo, New York Times

Collect 'Em All

The Paradox Of Apple Watch Choice, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

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.

See Also:

Is The Paradox Of Choice Not So Paradoxical After All?, by Stephen J. Dubner, Freakonomics

Does Having Choice Make Us Happy? 6 Studies That Suggest It Doesn’t Always, by kate Torgovnick May, TED


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. :-)

Parting Words

OK, I Lol'd

— Stuart Leitch (@stuartleitch) May 25, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Tue, May 26, 2015The Blue-Sky-Thinking Edition

Summer BBQ (For Northern Hemisphere)

An iPhone Controlled BBQ?? Are You Kidding????, by Pat Pilcher, NetGuide

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.

We Also Design Things That Don't Have Screens

When Stephen Fry Met Jony Ive: The Self-Confessed Tech Geek Talks To Apple's Newly Promoted Chief Design Officer, by Stephen Fry, Telegraph

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?”


Jony Ive Promoted To ‘Chief Design Officer,’ Handing Off Managerial Duties July 1St, by Mike Beasley, 9to5Mac

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.


A Quick Review Of Apple’s New iPhone Lightning Dock, by Iljitsch Van Beijnum, Ars Technica

An interesting change from the previous docks is that the line out port is now a headphone out port.

‘A Sailor’s Dream’ Is Like Going On Vacation Through Your iPad, by Mellisa Ford, GeekDad

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.

Quincy For Mac OS X Released, by MacTech

It's a music composition tool with editing and playback capabilities, plus MIDI integration into sequencers and DAWs alike.

Duplicate, A Copy And Paste Tool For Mac OS X, by MacTech

What To Do About Error -36 And Other I/O Errors In OS X, by Topher Kessler, MacIssues

Speak Your Commands

How MindMeld Is Letting Companies Add Voice Recognition To Any App, by Grant Davis, Entrepreneur

“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.


Fuck Talent, by Drew Minns, Medium

Under Construction

New Web Performance rule: Your website should fit here!

— Evangelina Ferreira (@evaferreira92) May 25, 2015


Turns out subclassing NSError is a bad idea. #messageto2007me

— Brian Webster (@bwebster) May 25, 2015


Microsoft Announces Cortana For iOS And Android, by Tom Warren, The Verge

The software giant is planning to release separate apps for each mobile operating system to enable its digital assistant to run outside of Windows.

How Google And Apple Will Smartify Your Home, by Mike Elgan, Computerworld

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.

Malware Is Not Only About Viruses – Companies Preinstall It All The Time, by Richard Stallman

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.

The Big Meh, by Paul Krugman, New York Times

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?

36 Days In A Year Just For Answering Emails

Why Do People Waste So Much Time At The Office?, by Peter Fleming, BBC

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.

Parting Words

This Jeopardy contestant is my new hero.

— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) May 25, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Mon, May 25, 2015The Walking-Dollar-Sign Edition

Living In An App World

Thanks, OpenTable, But I Like Being An Anonymous Diner, by Kat Kane, Wired

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.

Let's Do More

The Generation That Tech Forgot, by Jane Wakefield, BBC

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?


Hands On: OmniGraffle 2.1.1 (OS X, iOS), by William Gallagher, MacNN

Twicer App Helps Travelers Add Voice-Over To Vacation Videos, by Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times

Hands On: PhotoScissors 2.0 (OS X), by William Gallagher, MacNN

Quickly fix photo problems and remove background blemishes.

Review: Caststudi's Libre Bluetooth Keyboard Is An Ultra-Portable Workhorse, With Some Trade-Offs, by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

How To Get The Best Quality Audio On Your iPhone, iPad And iPod Music | An Audiophiles Guide To Sound Quality, by Carig Grannell, Macworld UK

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.

Turning The iPad Into A Mini-Production Studio, by Jefferson Graham, USA Today


What Kind Of Jobs Do The Software Engineers Who Earn $500K A Year Do?, by Amin Ariana

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.


The Next Roomba May Recognize All Your Crap, by Tim Moynihan, Wired

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.

Parting Words

How we ring in the start of summer in San Francisco

— We Built This City (@TheRealWBTC) May 25, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Sun, May 24, 2015The Unloved-Leftover Edition

Internet Life

Young Saudis, Bound By Conservative Strictures, Find Freedom On Their Phones, by Ben Hubbard, New York Times

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.


Hands On: Folder Color 2.1.0 (OS X), by William Gallagher, MacNN

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.

Go With The Glow: It’s Wireless, Has Millions Of Colours And You Can Take It Into The Garden To Set The Mood. It’s The Lightbulb’s Lightbulb Moment..., by Rob Waugh, Daily Mail

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.

GIFs For Mac Makes Sure You Always Have The Perfect Reaction GIF Handy, by Alan Henry, LifeHacker

How To Stop Using An iCloud Password To Unlock A Mac, by OS X Daily

How My Girlfriend And I Tried To Fit The Apple Watch Into Our Relationship, by Ross Miller, The Verge

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.


The Responsibility We Have As Software Engineers, by Ben Adida

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.


Apple Maps In China Offer A Sneak Peak What's In Store For Maps In iOS 9, by Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider

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.

How Apple's Court-Appointed Monitor Became Cupertino's Most Wanted, by Colin Lecher, The Verge


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

Siri, Tell Watson I Need A Recipe

I Let IBM’s Robot Chef Tell Me What To Cook For A Week, by Matt O'Leary, Medium

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.

Parting Words

Dublin right now…

— Sen.KatherineZappone (@SenatorKZappone) May 23, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Sat, May 23, 2015The Siri-From-The-Lock-Screen Edition

Lost Phones And Their Siris

Whose Phone Is This?, by Daniel Jalkut, Bitsplitting

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.


Scriblr Helps You Write Your Story With A New Prompt Each Time You Open It, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice

iNotepad For OS X Lets You Write And Manage Multiple Texts, by MacTech

TextFlow Adds Tons Of Text Formatting Options To OS X, by Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker

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.


How Not To Crash #4: Threading, by Brent Simmons

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.

Swift: Six Killer Features, by Erica Sadun

Reducing WatchKit Traffic With View Models, by Robin Senior, The Score


Apple And Google Just Attended A Confidential Spy Summit In A Remote English Mansion, by Ryan Gallagher, The Intercept

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.

Apple Wants Local TV In Its Web TV Service, Which Could Lead To Delays, by Peter Kafka and Dawn Chmielewski, Re/code

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.

iOS 9 & OS X 10.11 To Bring ‘Quality’ Focus, Smaller Apps, Rootless Security, Legacy iPhone/iPad Support, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

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.”

Early Storm

How Blackberry’s Bid To One-Up The iPhone Failed, by Jacquie Mcnish And Sean Silcoff, The Globe and Mail

(Excerpt from (Losing the Signal: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of BlackBerry, Chapter 11: Storm*)

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.”

Parting Words

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

Thanks for reading.

Fri, May 22, 2015The Throttle-The-Cloud Edition

A Better Way To Upload Your Photos

How To Throttle iCloud Photo Library Uploads, by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS

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.

Reviewing Reviews

Product Reviews Will Never Be Perfect, But They're Still Better Than Ever, by Jason Snell, Macworld

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.

Cool Stand

My niece made me a Watch stand.

— Drew Zhang (@ThorChow) May 22, 2015


Apple Watch Bands Show Up In Apple Retail Stores, by Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch

Suicide Safe App Packages Static Web Content To Educate Providers, by Steven Chan, iMedicalApps

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.

Snap Photos, Make Lists With iPhone App Nine, by Matt Elliott, CNET

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.

Apple Promotes Accessibility Awareness Day With Curated App Section, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Spotify Review: Here Comes The All-Around Entertaining App, by Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Wall Street Journal

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.

Apple Store App Snags Support For Touch ID And Two-Step Verification, by Dan Thorp-lancaster, iMore

Rewind: Location-Based Time Tracker For iPhone, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

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.

Google Makes A Hangouts Mac App You'll Want To Use, by Timothy J. Seppala, Engadget

Three Of Apple And IBM's Mobilefirst Apps Gain Apple Watch Support, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Mac 911: Using Old Versions Of iWork Alongside The New Pages, Keynote, And Numbers, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

FreeFileSync For Mac OS X Revved To Version 7, by MacTech


How Not To Crash #3: NSNotification, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

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.

Swift And Visual Studio Code, by David Owens II

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!


Adobe Discontinues Photoshop Touch, Offers Video Glimpse Of Future Replacement Tech, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

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.

Update To Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 Leading To Less Frequent Heart Rate Monitoring, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

Instead of the Apple Watch recording your heart rate every ten minutes, many users – including myself – are seeing large gaps in the data.

Apple Restores iCloud After Outage Impacts 200 Million People, by Samantha Murphy Kelly, Mashable

What If The iPad Ran iPad OS?, by Rene Ritchie, iMore

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.

Alas, Only Apple, by Patrick Smith, Medium

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 Joy Of Slow Computing, by Nathan Schneider, New Republic

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.

Parting Words

🎶 Won't you push me to / Funkytown 🎶

— Matthew Baldwin (@matthewbaldwin) May 22, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Thu, May 21, 2015The Give-The-Tongue-A-Try Edition

A Tech Reviewer And His iPad

David Letterman Licked My iPad, by Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times

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 Now Will Build Custom Playlists Around Your Day, by Joseph Keller, iMore

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.

Hands On: Autodesk Sketchbook 3.1.2 (iOS), by MacNN

Sunrise Calendar Now Integrates Your Wunderlist Tasks And To-Do Lists, by Harish Jonnalagadda, iMore

MacItBetter Releases BetterZip 3 For OS X, by MacTech

Five OS X Automator Tips For Saving Time And Sanity, by Grant Brunner, ExtremeTech

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.

Resolving The “Unable To Download Item. Please Try Again Later” Error Message On iPhone, by OS X Daily


PaintCode 2.0 Review: Helps Developers And Designers Create Great User Interfaces, by Marco Tabini, Macworld

ResearchKit, Apple’s Medical Data Experiment, Explained, by Katherine Boehret, Re/code

Apple, Android App Makers Cool To Microsoft Overtures, by Bill Rigby, Reuters


Rumors: Apple Stores To Begin Stocking Apple Watch Bands This Week, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

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.

Rumors: Apple Plans To Refresh iOS 9, OS X 10.11 Using New Apple Watch Font, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

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.

Rumors: Apple’s Planned Ios 9 ‘Home’ App Uses Virtual Rooms To Manage Homekit Accessories, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

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.

Anti-NSA Pranksters Planted Tape Recorders Across New York And Published Your Conversations, by Andy Greenberg, Wired

Dealing With That One-Third Of Our Lives

Less Is More: The Science Of An Effective Night's Sleep, by Gracie Lofthouse, The Guardian

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.”

Parting Words


— George Schweitzer (@georgetv) May 20, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Wed, May 20, 2015The Inclusive-And-Accessible Edition

New From Apple

Apple Now Sells A Lightning Dock For Your iPhone, by Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch

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.

Apple Releases First Apple Watch Update With Watch OS 1.0.1, Adding New Emoji And Languages, Third Party App Improvements, More, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

The update is available through the Apple Watch app on iPhone.


The Accessibility Of Apple Watch Bands, by Steven Aquino, MacStories

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.


Teach Your Kids (And Yourself!) How To Code With These iPad Apps, by Derek Walter, Macworld

Second-Gen Automatic Car Adapter Adds Gps, Real-Time Data, Third-Party App Support, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

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.

Starbucks Teams Up With Spotify For In-Store Music, by MacNN

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.


UIKonf 1995 Keynote : Object-Oriented Programming In Objective-C, by Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programmers


FTC Sides With Apple, Other Parties Concerned With Privacy Of RadioShack Customer Data, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

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 CEO To Google And Apple: Keep Your Platforms Open, by Brian P. Rubin, ReadWrite

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.

Some People Do More Than Text While Driving, by Matt Richtel, New York Times

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?)

Now You Tell Me

Why It Pays To Be A Jerk, by Jerry Useem, The Atlantic

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.

Welcome To Australia

Millions Of Spiders Rain Down On Australia—Why?, by Christine Dell'Amore, National Geographic

Millions of spiders dropped from the sky in the Southern Tablelands region, blanketing the countryside with their webs.

Parting Words

This is one of my all time favorite practical effects builds:

— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) May 20, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Tue, May 19, 2015The Bring-The-Price-Down Edition

New Macs

Apple Releases Cheaper Retina iMac And 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Force Touch, by Rich McCormick and Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge

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.

Old School

The Click Wheel Keyboard Makes It Impossible To Type On Your iPhone, by Dante D'Orazio, The Verge

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.


Mac Redundancies Lets Users Be More Productive, by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle

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.

Writing Screenplays With Highland, by Michael E. Cohen, TidBITS

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.

Jumpstart Your Creative Writing With Haven For Mac, by Peter Cohen, iMore

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 4.0.1, by Agen G. N. Schmitz, TidBITS

Postbox improves the Focus Pane with the addition of more attributes and the capability to simultaneously select multiple attributes, topics, contacts, and/or dates.

Music Streamer Is A Smart, New App That Makes Local Music Streaming Easier Than Ever, by Joe White, AppAdvice

Fix Your Mac’s Network Name Getting (2) Appended To It, by Topher Kessler, MacIssues


How We Made Our First iPhone App With Zero Budget, by Michael Dolejš, Medium

How A $2.99 Recipe App Became A Top 2 Paid App In The App Store, by Andreas Kambanis, Medium

File Coordination Fixed!, by Tom Harrington, The Atomic Bird House

Switch Statement Matching, by David Owens II


Safari Exploit Allows Attackers To Spoof URLs, by Evan Killham, Cult of Mac

Tech Giants Urge Obama To Resist ‘Backdoors’ Into Encrypted Communications, by Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post

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.

Rumor: Apple Readies First Significant Apple Watch Updates, ’TVKit’ SDK For Apple TV, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

Hanging Up My Virtual Pen, by Ted Landau

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.

Apple Gets Partial Win On Appeal In Samsung Patent Case, by Andrew Chung and Julia Love, Reuters

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.

Will Apple Inc.'s Tiny Ad Business Ever Grow Up?, by Leo Sun,

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.

Rumor: Behind Apple’s Move To Shelve TV Plans, by Daisuke Wakabayashi, Wall Street Journal

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.


Yes, I Want Your Goddamn AOL CDs, by Jason Scott

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.

Parting Words

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

Thanks for reading.

Mon, May 18, 2015The Just-One-Thumb Edition

Games For My (Public Transport) Commute

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' - Basic Gameplay Meets Snazzy Graphics, by Eli Hodapp, TouchArcade

Orbital is played with a single finger, tapping on the screen shoots a ball in the direction that the launcher is aiming.

Threes Review: Countless Hours, by Dan Stapleton, IGN

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.

Crossy Road Review: I Should Hate It, But I Love It, by Serenity Caldwell, iMore

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.)

'Into The Circle' Review - Curling Into My Heart, by Carter Dotson, TouchArcade

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.)


Paste Review: Clipboard Manager's Stunning UI Helps Overcome Its Lack Of Features, by Michael Simon, Macworld

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.

Lonely Planet: Make My Day App Can Help Quickly Set Your Itinerary, by Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times

Everything Is Broken: Why You Shouldn't Beat Yourself Up When Troubleshooting, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld


Build iOS/Android Libraries In Common Lisp With LispWorks, by Sergio De Simone, InfoQ


Worn Out, by Andy Ihnatko

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.

Apple Acquires Coherent Navigation, A GPS Start-Up&utm_content=FeedBurner&_r=0), by Mike Isaac, New York Times

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.

Tim Cook Talks Childhood, Activist Efforts At George Washington University Commencement Speech, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

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.

The Mother Of All Roundabouts

Back my Kickstarter for a drone hovering above Swindon's Magic Roundabout, livestreaming it, forever

— Dan W (@iamdanw) May 17, 2015

Engine Operators

Who, What, Why: Why Are Us Train Drivers Called Engineers?, by BBC

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.

Parting Words

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

Thanks for reading.

Sun, May 17, 2015The Regular-Sponsors Edition

The Podcast Business

Why So Many Podcasts Are Brought To You By Squarespace, by Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic

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,, and Audible leading the pack in terms of ads bought.

Amazon’s Audible Hires NPR VP Of Programming, Signaling Move Into Original Podcasting, by James Risley, GeekWire

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.


A Few Headaches And A Lot Of Sweat: Training With The Microsoft Band On iOS, by Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica

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.

How To Capture The Action From Your Mac Desktop, by Ryan Matthew Pierson, ReadWrite

Yes, My Job Demands Me To Buy This

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


Asian Component Makers Take Slice Of Apple’s iPhone Spoils, by Simon Mundy and Kana Inagaki, Fiancial Times

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.

Dubai To Have World’s Biggest And Uae’s First Apple Store Very Soon, by Abdul Basit, Khaleej Times

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.

Parting Words

@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

Thanks for reading.

Sat, May 16, 2015The Inches-Instead-Of-Miles Edition

Denting The Universe

Apple's Green Initiative Offers A Smidgen Of Hope, by David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times

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.

Startups Upend Japan’s Famous—And Famously Old-Fashioned—Fish Market, by Eleanor Warnock, Wall Street Journal

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.

How A 17-Year-old Entrepreneur In Poland Accidentally Made The Apple Watch Easier For Deaf People, by Matt Weinberger, Business Insider

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.


Shuffle’s New iPhone App Lets You Create Disposable Phone Numbers…And Emails, Too, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

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.

Now It’s Easier To Be Mindful Of Being Mindful, by Alexa McMahon, Boston Globe

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.

The Text Editor I've Been Searching For This Whole Time Was TextEdit, by trappleton, Lifehacker

Apple Discontinues 15" Macbook Pro BTO Models Ahead Of Force Touch Refresh, by AppleInsider

Flash Tip Of The Day

OS X Did You Know™: System Preferences > View > Customize. Uncheck and never see that hideous Flash Player icon again

— Cabel Sasser (@cabel) May 15, 2015


Hamburger Icon: How These Three Lines Mystify Most People, by Chris Stokel-Walker, BBC

"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.

Tools Don’t Solve The Web’s Problems, They Are The Problem, by Peter-Paul Koch

The web’s answer to the native challenge should be radical simplification, not even more tools.

How Not To Monetize

You could exercise today. Or for a dollar we'll pretend you did.

— Nathan Edwards (@nedwards) May 15, 2015


Why Microsoft Be More Like Apple, Android, by Tiernan Ray, Barron's

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.

The Real Teens Of Silicon Valley, by Nellie Bowles, California Sunday Magazine

Inside the almost-adult lives of the industry’s newest recruits.

The Bizarre World Of Digital Movie Pricing, by Rob Griffiths

Burger Selfies: Chili’s Tweaks Food To Look Better On Instagram, by Nick Turner and Lindsey Rupp, Bloomberg

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.

See You Tomorrow

A reddit bot looks for comments with "flip a coin," replying with "heads" or "tails." It found one in /r/SuicideWatch

— R. Stuart Geiger (@staeiou) May 15, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Fri, May 15, 2015The Coming-Next-Month Edition

Coming Soon

Apple Says First HomeKit Smart Devices Coming In June, by Daisuke Wakabayashi, Wall Street Journal

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 Voices Objection In Radioshack Bankruptcy Over Customer Data Sale, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

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.


Microsoft’s Sunrise Calendar Is Updated With Meet, A Quick And Easy Way To Schedule A Meeting, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

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.

Automatic For The People, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

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.

Day One Launches Its Own Service To Keep Your Journal In Sync, by Joseph Keller, iMore


On The Design And Building Of 1Password For Apple Watch, by Agile Bits

Parting Words

not many things worth getting up at 4am for, but this is one

— Justin Chen (@leftparen) May 14, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Thu, May 14, 2015The Bypass-The-Passcode Edition

Steal This Watch

Watch OS 1.0 Lacks The Necessary Security Features To Dissuade Thieves, by Jeff Benjamin, iDownloadBlog

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.

Regarding Apple Watch And Activation Lock, by Rene Ritchie, iMore

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.


This Yale Doctor Is Coding His Own iPhone Health App, by Stephanie M. Lee, BuzzFeed

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.


20 Uses For Evernote That You Probably Haven't Thought Of Yet, by Emily Price, Macworld UK

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.

Microsoft Adds Searchable Handwriting To Onenote For iPad, by Kevin Tofel, ZDNet

Which Mac Mini Works Best As A Media Server?, by Peter Cohen, iMore

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.

Horizon 3 Binds Together Weather Reporting And Calendars In A Beautiful Experience, by Rich Edmonds, iMore

Get Nothing But Good News With GVO, by Jeff Brynes, AppAdvice

Short for “Good Vibes Only,” GVO brings you news articles and videos that will lift up your spirits instead of bringing you down.

Darkroom — Photo Editor Review, by Matt Bolton, MacLife

Mac 911: You Are Not An Apple ID! You Are A Free Person!, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld


Apple’s App Analytics Feature Now Available To All Developers, No Request Required, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac


Around The World With Apple Pay, by Steve McCabe, TidBITS

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.

Private I: When Security Products Don't Actually Make You Safer, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

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, Spotify, And The Battle Over Freemium, by Jingping Zhang, Harvard Business Review

Rumors: ‘Apple Music’ Beats-Based Streaming Service To Have Ping-Like Social Network For Artists, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

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.

Facebook Introduces Instant Articles, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

How Google’s Top Minds Decide What To Forget, by Lisa Fleisher and Sam Schechner, Wall Street Journal

Parting Words

I forgot twitter can be funny

— Kimber Streams (@kimberstreams) May 14, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Wed, May 13, 2015The 30-Years-Old Edition

Steve Jobs Didn't Kill This Product When He Returned To Apple

Apple’s FileMaker Debuts Version 14 With Redesigned iOS App, Mac Enhancements, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

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.

FileMaker 14 Review: 30 Years Old And Still Innovating, by William Porter, Macworld

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 At 30: A Look At One Of The Mac's Most Successful Apps, by Peter Cohen, iMore

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.

He Is One Of The Reasons You Are Bleeding Six Colors

Meet Rob Janoff, Designer Of Apple's 'Rainbow' Logo, by Drew Turney, Sydney Morning Herald

"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."


Find Great Recipes To Eat Healthy With Fit Men Cook, by Jeff Brynes, AppAdvice

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.

Paper By FiftyThree Updated With Think Kit Tools And A Redesigned Sharing Functionality, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

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.

Hands On: BBEdit 11.1 (OS X), by William Gallagher, MacNN

NeoFinder For Mac OS X Gets Improved Cataloging Features, by MacTech

Citymapper's Latest Update Brings Handy Sharing Options, Improvements And More, by Joe White, AppAdvice

Google Debuts Its First Apple Watch App With “Google News & Weather”, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

How To Fix A Stubborn Application Firewall In OS X, by Topher Kessler, MacIssues

Small Is Beautiful

You don’t quite realize how well-sized the Watch is for ladies until you try the other guys…

— Serenity Caldwell (@settern) May 12, 2015


Broadcom Offers Up Software Support For Apple’s HomeKit, by Andrew Cunningham, ArsTechnica

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.

11 Xcode Keyboard Shortcuts To Make You More Productive, by Roadfire Software

15 Awesome Resources For Learning iOS App Development, by VenturePact


Distracted Driving Laws Yet To Catch Up With Apple Watch, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

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.

Apple Leads The Pack In Greenpeace’s 2015 Clean Tech Update, by Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch

For Verizon And AOL, Mobile Is A Magic Word, by Farhad Manjoo, New York Times

They're Back

It's time to get things started! #TheMuppets are coming to ABC and this is your first look!

— The Muppets ABC (@TheMuppetsABC) May 12, 2015

Parting Words

this will never not be funny to me.

— Ryan McCabe (@ryanmccabe) May 12, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Tue, May 12, 2015The All-Around-Useful Edition

Decisions Decisions Decisions

Which 2015 Apple Macbook Should You Buy?, by Dan Ackerman, CNET

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 App Uses Spotify To Deliver Killer Running Music, by Kylie Gilbert, Shape

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.

Photos Everywhere With Lightroom CC And Photos For OS X, by Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

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.

Can This Video-Editing App Compete With Apple?, by Daniel Robert, Fortune

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.)

Quick. Look. Do You Know Which Mac Apps Are Using The Internet Right Now?, by NoodleMac

DCBM Updates Word Writer Pro For Mac OS X, by MacTech


Auto Layout: Copy First, Then Edit, by Daniel Jalkut, Indiestack

Having the reference copy is very handy as well for trying to isolate layout behaviors to just specific parts for the UI.

I Cannot Lie To An App, by Mrgan

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!

An @Import-Ant Change In Xcode, by Craig Hockenberry,

Diary Of A Diary, by Andrew Varvel, Medium

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.

Apple Watch: Leave That Diagnostic Port Alone!, by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet


Cook Says Apple In Talks With Alibaba Over Apple Pay In China: Xinhua, by Brenda Goh, Reuters

"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."

How Apple’s Tim Cook Stacks Up On Chinese Social Media, by Heather Timmons and Zheping Huang, Quartz

Stop, Look, Listen... And Hop! Mobile Game Crossy Road Is A Hit In The UK, by Stuart Dredge, The Guardian

Warner Music Says Streaming Revenue Has Passed Downloads, And It Wants More, by Peter Kafka, Re/code

Verizon To Acquire AOL For $4.4 Billion, by Harish Jonnalagadda, iMore


Penn Jillette: Freedom means the right to be stupid.

Parting Words

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

Thanks for reading.

Mon, May 11, 2015The Net-Zero-Impact Edition

Mummy Dearest

Messages Left By Mum Who Made Ultimate Sacrifice For Daughter, by New York Post

“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.

Hey Siri. Hey Siri. Hey Siri.

"Hey Siri, Send", by David Sparks, MacSparky

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.

Trees In China

Apple Announces New Environmental Initiatives In China, by Apple

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.

Tim Cook Goes Viral In China With 'Save The Forests' Plan, by CNN

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.


Can I Legally Use An Apple Watch While Driving?, by Jason Tchir, The Globe And Mail

“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.”

The New York Times Reboots NYT Now As A Free App With A New Look, by Martin Bryant, The Next Web

Pomodoro Time Review: Elegant Productivity Timer Finds A Home On Your Mac's Menu Bar, by Michael Simon, Macworld

Embracing The New MacBook Lifestyle: It Works, Adapters And All, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld


Swift Vs. Objective-C: 10 Reasons The Future Favors Swift, by Paul Solt, InfoWorld

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.

Making It As An Indie Developer, by Gabriel Hauber

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.

Parting Words

New Quiz for #MothersDay: Who would your mom be in a galaxy far, far away?

— Star Wars (@starwars) May 10, 2015

@starwars Natalie Portman

— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) May 11, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Sun, May 10, 2015The Erotic-Music Edition

Hashtag O.M.G.

Oh my god, dictation on the Watch turns everything after the word "hashtag" into… a hashtag

— Neven Mrgan (@mrgan) May 10, 2015


Review: Adobe’s Lightroom CC + 6 Let Photographers Transition From Aperture, Gain New Editing Tools, by Jeremy Horwitz, 9to5Mac

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…

Review: Alsoft DiskWarrior 5.0 (OS X), by Charles Martin, MacNN

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 Blocks French Classical Music Station's App After Erotic Broadcast, by RFI

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.

Parting Words

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

Thanks for reading.

Sat, May 9, 2015The Each-Title-A-Hit Edition

Glasses For The Blind

@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

The Half Of Penn & Teller That Doesn't Get Detained At Airports

Teller’s Favorite Gadgets—Some Of Them Magical, by Teller, interview by Chris Kornelis, Wall Street Journal

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.


Wake Up Hearing The Weather Or Latest News With Summarise, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice

Endomondo (For iPhone), by Jill Duffy, PC Magazine

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.

Let The Commentary Commence With Twicer, A Smart Video App For iOS, by Joe White, AppAdvice

In the app, users can record (or even import) video before adding their own commentary to the movie in a matter of seconds.

Is There An (Amazon) Echo In Here?, by Dan Moren, Six Colors


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


The Apple Watch Is A Great Event Assistant, by Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch

Nintendo Will Release Five Smartphone Games By 2017, by Sam Byford, The Verge

"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."

On The Long-Term Viability Of Apple’s Customer-First Strategy, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

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.

What Schools Must Learn From LA’s iPad Debacle, by Issie Lapowsky, Wired

Rumors: Apple’s New Music Service Will Push Paid Subscriptions, With Free Samples, by Dawn Chmielewski and Peter kafka, Re/code

Taking Screenshots Of Watch Apps

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

Parting Words

My riding goal these days is simple: Get as far away from cars and as close to the clouds as possible

— Jonathan Maus (@BikePortland) May 9, 2015
Thanks for reading.

Fri, May 8, 2015The You-And-Taylor Edition

Really Real Time

I've Been Texting With An Astronaut, by Laura Hudson, Boing Boing

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.


Hallmark's New eCard Mobile App Hopes To Target 'Soulless' Interactions, by Matt Hamblen, Computerworld

"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."

Thred Is A New iPhone Storytelling App From The Creator Of The Sims, by John Callaham, iMore

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.

Hands On: Castaway 1.0 (iOS), by William Gallagher, MacNN

Hands On: Airmail 2.1 (OS X), by William Gallagher, MacNN

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.

Ask The iTunes Guy: Prep Your Songs For Other Devices, by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

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.

How To Wirelessly Share Files Between A Mac And PC, by Peter Cohen, iMore

Expedia Makes Finding Local Activities And Booking Car Rentals Much Easier In Latest Update, by Dan Thorp-Lancaster, iMore


4 Years Of Success And Failure On The App Store, by Derek Clark, Medium

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.

Product Revenue Snapshot, by Dan Counsell

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?

When 'Top Paid' Doesn't Mean Anything, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

LifeMap Solutions Reports Success In Post To Apple's ResearchKit Blog, by AppleInsider

Nice Ivy League Degree. Now If You Want A Job, Go To Code School, by John Lauerman, Bloomberg

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


Spotify To Hold May 20Th Event Ahead Of Apple's Beats Music Relaunch, by Chris Welch, The Verge

Apple Inc Faces Big Irish Tax Bill, by Jonathan Ratner, Financial Post


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.


Big And Weird: The Architectural Genius Of Bjarke Ingels And Thomas Heatherwick, by Brad Stone, Bloomberg

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.

Parting Words

Plot twist: Rihanna is every Mario character

— Common Gay Boy (@CGBPosts) May 7, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Thu, May 7, 2015The Descriptions-Of-What-Happens Edition


American Foundation For The Blind Honoring Apple For Their Voiceover Accessibility Tool, by Joseph Keller, iMore

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.

Blind Gamers Are Embracing Developers Who Have An Eye For Accessibility, by Shaun Musgrave, TouchArcacde

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.

Everything Changes

Apple Launches New 'Everything Changes With iPad' Site, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

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.


Safari 8.0.6, Safari 7.1.6, & Safari 6.2.6 Released For Mac Users, by OS X Daily

TripMode Restricts Data Usage On OS X When You're On A Mobile Hotspot, by Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker

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.

Yahoo Updates Flickr For iOS To Version 4.0 With Auto-Uploadr, New Design And More, by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice

Stephen Hawking's Snapshots Of The Universe (For iPad), by Tony Hoffman, PC Magazine

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.

Spin The Digital Crown, Change The Volume, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

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.

MDM Structure Design For The Long Term, by Fraser Speirs

iBeacons For IT And Device Management, by David Acland, Amsys


Redacted For Mac Launch, by Sam Soffes

It's pretty nuts that 59 sales is top paid on the Mac App Store in the US.

The Power Of Pomodoro (Or, How To Slice Your Time To Stay On Task), by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

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.

Why You Should Have A Programming Blog, by Thibault, Samurails

"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


How Apple Watch (Unexpectedly) Measured My Vitals During A Car Crash, by Arron Hirst, Razorianfly

Steve Jobs Made Warner Music Sue My Startup, by Kasian Franks, Medium

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.

The End, by Patrick Rhone, Minimal Mac

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.

Apple Gearing Up For Sale Of Seven-Part Bond To Fund Share Buybacks And Dividends, by Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

Jokes Rejected By Dave (And No Outdoor Pieces!)

David Letterman And 23 Of His Former Writers On The Greatest Jokes That Never Made It On Air, by Nell Scovell, Vulture

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.”

Parting Words

When was the last time you heard a busy signal?

— mat (@mat) May 6, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Wed, May 6, 2015The Crazy-Workarounds Edition

How Worried Should Microsoft's Bing Be?

Apple Details New 'Applebot' Web Crawler Used By Siri And Spotlight, by AppleInsider

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.

About Applebot, by Apple

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 net block.

Software Is Hard

Discoveryd Clusterfuck, by Craig Hockenberry,

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.



Craig Hockenberry On Discoveryd, by Marco Arment

Discoveryd Is Garbage, by Russ Bishop

The Plan All Along?

Home Depot To Become Largest Retailer To Accept Apple Pay, by Matt Townsend, Bloomberg

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.


Las Vegas: Cosmopolitan Hotel To Offer Apple Pay, But Not For Gambling, by Mary Forglone, Los Angeles Times


Dropbox For iOS Adds File Comments, Recents Tab, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

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.

Fix OS X Crashing When A Particular Folder Is Opened, by Topher Kessler, MacIssues

A Sweet App That Helps You Visualize Complex Rhythms, by Kyle Vanhemert, Wired

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.

Make Incredible iPhone Photos With Specialized Apps, by Maurice Cacho, CTV

Twitterrific Update Makes Multi-Account Tweeting Easier, by Dave Caolo, Apple World Today

Apple Watch Face Off: Modular, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

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.

Review: PopSlate Adds A Second Screen To Your iPhone, by Walt Mossberg, Re/code

If nothing else, it’s a cool form of self-expression that features multiple designs you can change at the press of a button.

Need To Manage A Peck Of Apple Devices? Get Bushel MDM For That, by Ken Hess, ZDNet


Atomics In Objective-C, by Biased Bit

Atomics make for a very compelling alternative to hard locking solutions due to their wait and lock-free properties, which makes them very fast.

Death Of A Programmer. Life Of A Farmer., by Hello, World!

Japanese cola requires root privileges to open

— Christopher Stanton (@Stanto) May 5, 2015


Apple And Microsoft’s Visions For The Future Are Delightfully Different, by Vlad Savov, The Verge

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.

One Day They’ll Understand Apple, by Ken Segall

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.

Over A Week After Launch, Apple Watch Still Draws Long Line Of Buyers At Colette In Paris, by Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider

EU Delays Decisions On Tax Probes Into Apple, Amazon, by Tom Fairless, Wall Street Journal

European Union regulators delayed decisions on whether four multinational companies, including Apple Inc. and Inc., may have benefited from illegal tax breaks, citing difficulty obtaining information to make their cases.

Arctuition’s ArcSite Modernizes The Early Stages Of Engineering With The iPad, by Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch

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.

Parting Words

Oh you are good @UNrefugees. You. Are. Good.

— Tim Singleton Norton (@norton_tim) May 6, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Tue, May 5, 2015The Abandon-Free-Tiers Edition

You Want A Hello-Kitty Watch Band?

Apple Launches Official ‘Made For Apple Watch’ Third-Party Bands Program, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

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.

See Also:

Classic And Modern Buckle Band Parts Let Third-Party Bands Connect To Apple Watch, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

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.

Jewelers Start Gold Plating Apple Watch To Undercut Apple’s Pricey Edition Models, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Where Does My Heart Beat Now

A Home For All The Lonely Apple Watch Heartbeats, by Molly McHugh, Wired

“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.

You Will Pay For Music

Rumor: Apple Pushing Music Labels To Kill Free Spotify Streaming Ahead Of Beats Relaunch, by Micah Singleton, The Verge

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.


Big Music Labels Want To Make Free Music Hard To Get, And Apple Says They’re Right, by Peter Kafka, Re/code, Mar 6, 2015

Can Apple Bring About The End Of Free Streaming?, Bob Lefsetz, Variety, Apr 23, 2015


Ulysses For iPad 2.0 Review: Powerful, Feature-Filled Text Editor Hampered By File Sync, by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

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.

MyFitnessPal Adds Premium Subscription Option For $9.99 Per Month, by Dan Thorp-Lancaster, iMore

iPad Or iPhone Battery Draining Fast? Could Be The Amazon Kindle App, by James Kendrick, ZDNet

The typical Apple Watch review:

— 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


Apple Redesigns Apple Watch Interface Guidelines Website For Developers, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

The new website is far cleaner than the previous website, and introduces lengthier and more interactive descriptions of the different Apple Watch interface paradigms.

Under The Hood Of Xcode Server, by Honza Dvorsky

My Running Habit, by Daniel Jalkut, Punk It Up!

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.

Running .NET On Linux And Mac OS X, by Jeff Martin, InfoQ

*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


Paypal Partner Home Depot Quietly Drops Support For Apple Pay After Quietly Accepting It, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

Apple Is A 'Disruptive Monster' Says Radio 1 Head Of Music, by BBC

Apple’s ResearchKit Takes Medical Research Years Into The Future, by David Pogue, Yahoo!

Apple Hires New Spaceship General Contractor As Questions Swirl About Construction Delays, by San Jose Business Journal

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.

GE To Create Intelligent LED Lightbulbs Compatible With Apple HomeKit, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The Last Piece Of Apple’s TV Puzzle: Local And Sports, by Jan Dawson, Re/code

Google Snaps Up iOS Calendar And Task Management App Timeful, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

Periscope Piracy Sets Up Grudge Match: Hollywood Vs. Twitter, by Andrew Wallenstein, Variety

Downtown St. Petersburg Employer Uses Apple, Not Carrot And Stick, by Katherine Snow Smith, Tampa Bay Times

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.

Today's How-To

How To Eat … A Cheese Sandwich, by Tony Naylor

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.

Parting Words

Warning Sign of the Century Award goes to

— Jay Kristoff (@misterkristoff) May 3, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Mon, May 4, 2015The Time-to-Work Edition

More Reviews Coming In

The Absolutely Optional Apple Watch And Watch OS 1.0, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

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.

Beautiful Form, Frustrating Function, by Susie Ochs, Macworld

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.

Some Of Us Still Can't Bear To Look At Our iTunes Library :-)

How do I get this U2 album off my Apple Watch?

— Jason Sparks (@sparksjls) May 2, 2015


Put On A Watch, by Ben Brooks, The Brooks Review

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.

A watch.

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.

Should You Start With Swift Or Objective-C To Learn iOS Development?, by Jure Zove, Candy Code

Understand The Past

Kids today need to be reminded the Apple logo bite comes from the “a” of the “Motter Tektura” typeface.

— 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.

And Do You Want Lightroom With That?

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

Long Time Ago, Far Far Away

Star Wars’ BB-8 Droid If It Were Designed By Apple, by Adam Westlake, SlashGear

The Most Famous “Improvised” Line In Star Wars Wasn’t Improvised, by Dash Finley, Slate

The Star Wars Tweaks: What Did George Lucas Get Right?, by Nathan Lawrence, IGN

Just watching @starwars. In space. No big deal. #StarWarsDay #Maythe4thBeWithYou

— ISS Research (@ISS_Research) May 4, 2015

Parting Words

this headline could be the iPad of analogies I don’t understand

— joe mande (@JoeMande) May 2, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Sun, May 3, 2015The Designing-For-Tired-Arms Edition

The Watch

@gruber For all the people who thought your flirting-with-the-heatbeat-sensor story was dumb:

— 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

Distractions, by Matt Gemmell

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.

Apple Watch: A Runner's Review, by Gareth Beavis, TechRadar

Driving With The Apple Watch, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

Photos In The Cloud

All-Time Greatest Album, by Casey Newton, The Verge

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.


Embarrassing Code I Wrote Under Stress At A Job Interview, by lawrence, Smash Company


How Lego Became The Apple Of Toys, by Jonathan Ringen, Fast Company

To Keep A Boeing Dreamliner Flying, Reboot Once Every 248 Days, by Edgar Alvarez, Engadget

Parting Words

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

Thanks for reading.

Sat, May 2, 2015The Digital-Crown-Under-Faucet Edition

Watch + Water. What Can Go Wrong?

Apple Watch Support Doc Suggests Tap Water Rinse To Fix Digital Crown, by Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac

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.

Water Resistant-Ish, by Paul Kafasis, One Foot Tsunami

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.

Holding It Wrong

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


Tweetbot For iPhone Updated With Support For Retooled Tweet Quotation Feature, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Create Beautiful Quotes And Designs With Typorama, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice


Visual Studio Code, by Casey Liss, Liss Is More

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.

Getting Apple Watch Apps Right Will Take A While, by Steve Wildstorm, Techpinions

User Agents Of Change, by Allen Pike

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.


Upper East Side Residents Oppose Planned Apple Store, by Keiko Morris, Wall Street Journal

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 Energy Is Elon Musk's Battery System That Can Power Homes, Businesses, And The World, by Bryan Bishop and Josh Drieza, The Verge

Tesla has finally taken the wraps off Tesla Energy, its ambitious battery system that can work for homes, businesses, and even utilities.

Apple Claims Commission Tax Probe ‘Without Merit’, by Carla Main, Irish Examiner

Apple And Samsung Are Friendly Again, And The Competition Should Be Terrified, by Ian King, Bloomberg

Top Ten Complaints About The Apple Watch

Parting Words

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

Thanks for reading.

Fri, May 1, 2015The Stay-In-Touch Edition

Getting Old With You

IBM, Apple, Japan Post Tackle Aging, by Edward C. Baig, USA Today

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.

Getting To Know You

With Apple At Its Side, IBM Grasps For A Shiny New Future, by Jessi Hempel, Wired

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.

And Now We Have Apple Watch

Mobile phone evolution...

— Theo Priestley (@ITredux) April 30, 2015


Tour The Arches National Park On Apple Maps Flyover, Plus 19 Other Locations, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

The Apple Store Is Finally Available On Your Smartwatch, by Jeff Byrnes, AppAdvice

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 Player For iPhone Will Read The Latest News Headlines & Stories To You, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Ekko aggregates news from a variety of sources, including CNN, ABC, BBC, Time, and more.

Luminos - Astronomy Companion (For iPad), by Tony Hoffman, PC Magazine

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.

Apple Updates iMovie For iOS With Fix For Incorrectly Cropped Photos, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

The Best Keyboard For The iPhone, by Dan Seifert, The Verge


Apple Invites Developers To Test Its New “App Analytics” Service, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

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.

AILW: Thinking About Load Time, by David Smith

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.


Apple Confirms Ink In Some Darker Wrist Tattoos Can Interfere With Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor, by Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

We Need VIP For All Messaging, Not Just Mail, by Rene Ritchie, iMore

Microsoft’s Age-Guessing Tool Vastly Underestimated The Internet’s Narcissism, by Lily Hay Newman, Slate

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??

With How Old Do I Look?, Microsoft Is Harvesting Thousands Of Faces. Uh, Isn't That Creepy?, by Geordie Guy, The Guardian

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 Didn't Know You Can Do This On Android

My Android Phone Has Deleted Google Play Services. How Can I Fix It?, by ocherdraco, Ask Metafilter

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?

Little Icons

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

Room For Improvement

@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

Parting Words

I will fight to support the Oxford comma until I draw my last breath.

— Alexander MacDonald (@alex_macdonald) April 30, 2015

Thanks for reading.