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Tue, Jun 2, 2015The HomeKit-Compatible Edition

New And Improved

First HomeKit-Compatible Products Launching Today, Led By Lutron, iHome, Elgato, Insteon And Ecobee, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Ahead of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, several of the company's HomeKit partners are today announcing the availability of the first HomeKit-compatible products. HomeKit is Apple's home automation platform, first introduced at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference.

The first three companies to announce completed HomeKit-compatible products that will be available for purchase shortly are Lutron, iHome, and Elgato. Lutron is debuting its Caséta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit with Smart Bridge, while iHome is announcing its iSP5 SmartPlug, and Elgato is launching its "Eve" connected home sensors. Ecobee and Insteon also announced new HomeKit-compatible products today.

Intel Doubles Transfer Speeds For Thunderbolt 3, Opts For Reversible USB-C, by Rich Edmonds, iMore

Intel has chosen to join other companies who have embraced new USB-C technology. The company has announced that Thunderbolt 3 will be released with USB-C connections.

Also Shot On iPhone 6

Apple Adds User Videos To 'Shot On iPhone 6' Ad Campaign, by AppleInsider

Apple includes seven short videos, each around 15 seconds long and set to a backing track, in a new section of its "Shot on iPhone 6" website that debuted in March. The World Gallery of films joins an existing section filled with photos taken by everyday iPhone 6 users.

Cool. I hope to see great panorama photos soon.


Hands On: TextExpander 5 (OS X), by William Gallagher, MacNN

We've said before that if you spend your time at a Mac keyboard, then this is for you and you should get it. All we'd add now is the word "very."

Opener For iOS 8 Opens Web Links In Apps, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Released with an initial set of compatible links/apps such as Twitter, Overcast, SoundCloud, Spotify, Kickstarter, and more, Opener allows you to avoid tapping buttons in web views to launch associated apps; Opener can automate the process by resolving links and launching them inside apps with an extension.

Wrist-Based Password Managers: How 1Password And LastPass For Apple Watch Stack Up, by Brian Beam, Macworld

How To Protect Your Mac From The ‘Dark Jedi’ Firmware Hack, by Topher Kessler, MacIssues

These mean that to be compromised, you will have to specifically download the installer from a malicious site, and then purposefully open it and then supply your administrative password when prompted. As such, there are several approaches for avoiding these requirements and keeping your system safe.

Tackle External Hard Drives Randomly Ejecting In OS X, by Topher Kessler, MacIssues

A fault in OS X may exist for some users, where external drives unexpectedly eject and cause the system to display a “Disk ejected improperly” warning message. This usually occurs when the system is idling, such as when it is asleep, but at times may happen in the middle of file transfers or when browsing the drive for various files. When this happens, the drive’s view will disappear and all activity from it will halt, interrupting the transfer process.

How To Delete Music From An iPhone, by Martyn Casserly, Macword UK

Fix Your Mac With One Weird Trick, by Allen Pike

For those who are new to the Mac platform, zapping the PRAM is an age-old tradition that goes back to the classic Mac OS days.


Apple Announces WWDC Keynote Live Stream For June 8th, Updates Apple TV Channel, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

Apple Revamps The App Store’s Games Section With Increased Focus On Editorial Content, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Apple quietly made a number of changes to the way it features and organizes mobile applications in the iTunes App Store in May that are of particular interest to mobile game developers. Previously, developers relied on algorithmically generated sections highlighting new and trending titles as a way of having their games found, but now many of these lists are gone.

Now missing are lists like “New,” “What’s Hot,” and “All iPhone (Free & Paid),” for example. In their place, including for the first time ever in the Games’ subcategory pages, are editorially curated lists instead.

How Is Critical 'Life Or Death' Software Tested?, by Michael Byrne, Motherboard

Your average scripter likely isn't writing a whole lot of proofs or going through the rigors of formal program verification, generally. Which is fine because your average scripter also isn't writing software for jet airliners or nuclear power plants or robotic surgeons. But somebody is—and the odds are pretty good that your life has been in their hands very recently. How do you know they're not a complete hack?

Well, you don't really. Which prompts the question: How is this sort of code tested?

There Are No More Easy Answers In Mobile App Development, by Matt Asay, ReadWrite

Start-To-Finish: Building An App, by David Smith

Believe It Or Not, Swift Debuted A Year Ago Today, by Paul Krill, InfoWorld

Learning Journey

So about 1 ½ years ago I decided to teach myself to code. Today I'm starting my first job in tech. Whoop!

— Lucie (@Autofocus) June 1, 2015


Angela Ahrendts Finally Readies Employees For June Apple Watch Retail Launch In New Video, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

Speaking of the imminent retail launch, Ahrendts told employees that “this is where the rubber hits the road, and now we need to make sure that we are above and beyond ready.” She added that Apple needs to “make sure that [it has] the best customer experience and that [this launch] is faster, smarter, and better than [Apple has] ever done before.” Because of the various Apple Watch models, Bean calls this a “different launch” in comparison to past products debuts.

BlackBerry And Typo Reach Settlement, Typo To Discontinue Sales Of Smartphone Keyboards, by Jared Dipane, iMore

Typo can no longer sell any keyboards for devices with a screen smaller than 7.9-inches as a result of a recent settlement with BlackBerry.

A Look Inside A Global Giant: Apple And Their European Headquarters In Cork, by Peter O'Dwyer, Irish Examiner

Microsoft Buys To-Do List App Maker, by Amir Mizroch, Wall Street Journal

Apple’s Streaming Music Service Said To Cost $10 Monthly Debuts Next Week, by Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch

Apple will indeed reveal a new streaming music service next week, according to the Wall Street Journal, and said service will cost $10 per month and provide unlimited listening. The service will be similar to Spotify in features and function, but won’t offer a free, ad-supported on-demand tier across the catalogue, instead opting to leave that for iTunes Radio, which will gain human-hosted and programmed channels.

Apple Subscription TV Service Won’t Be Announced Next Week, by Peter Kafka, Re/code

The Cupertino technology company has told network executives the planned unveiling will be postponed because Apple has yet to finalize the licensing deals. Industry executives predict Apple’s Web TV offering may not launch until later this year, or in 2016. Technology and money issues remain sticking points.

How Apple's Outsourcing Strategy Created Two Giant Competitors, by CIO

Open Source And Apple: The Nagging Nausea, by Galen Gruman, InfoWorld


I've spend about five minutes wondering why one of the iPhone app I'm using simply cannot connect to the internet.

Five minutes later, I remembered I've turned off celluar data for this particular app.

Did the latest version of iOS removed that annoying dialog that helpfully let me know that I don't have celluar data turned on for the app everytime I use the app? Because, I don't recall seeing that dialog box.

Either that, or I have been so well-trained by Apple that I don't even recall seeing that dialog box anymore.


I don't really like a lot of the gestures on iOS.

On the Lock Screen, I often accidentally launch the camera when I just want to launch Control Center. Also, I often fail to go back to the previous screen by swiping from left to right. (This seems to work worse on some apps.) After a few tries, I usually just give up, shift my phone in my hand, and tap on the back button on the top-left corner. And the drag-to-refresh gesture just isn't satisfying, like how an headphone clicks satisfyingly into the headphone port on an iPod.

Don't Start Your Day With Coffee

Why The Worst Time To Drink Coffee Is Actually In The Morning, by Roberto A. Ferdman, Washington Post

But drinking coffee shortly after waking up, as it turns out, is actually a bit counterproductive. Not only does it undermine the caffeine's effect, but it tends to lead people to build a tolerance for the drug, thereby diminishing its effect down the road.

Parting Words

That brief moment between accidentally hitting ⌘-Q and when the app actually closes, and you foolishly hope “maybe I didn’t actually hit Q.”

— Nick Arnott (@noir) June 1, 2015

Thanks for reading.