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Sun, May 24, 2015The Unloved-Leftover Edition

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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.