MyAppleMenu - Wed, May 20, 2015

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.