MyAppleMenu - Sat, May 23, 2015

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.