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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.