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Mon, Jun 8, 2015The San-Francisco-Font Edition

Welcome To San Francisco

Rise and shine, developers! #WWDC15

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 8, 2015

WWDC Is Here, And The New Apple Music Is Here Too (According To Sony)

WWDC Attendees Greeted With Jackets Featuring Apple Watch San Francisco Font, Swift Code, by Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider

The windbreaker-style swag jacket lacks an Apple logo, instead simply stating "WWDC 2015" on the front with a large "15" on the back, nearly identical to the jackets Apple gave attendees last year.

There are a couple differences, principally the use of the San Francisco font that alludes to the company's new Apple Watch, which promises to get prime developer attention at the week-long conference.

Developers Reflect On A Year Of Learning, Teaching, And Using Apple’s Swift, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

Now that the language has been around in one form or another for about a year, we checked in with a wide swath of iOS and OS X developers to see just how things were progressing. Are there any other things about Swift that haven’t quite caught up to Objective-C? Are Apple’s promised improvements panning out? And what kind of things do developers want for future versions of Swift?

It seems to me that the list of things developers like and dislike about Swift has more or less remained constant throughout the year.

Sony Music CEO Confirms Launch Of Apple’s Music Streaming Service Tomorrow, by Chris O'Brien, VentureBeat

While Morris didn’t reveal any details about Apple’s pricing, he emphasized several times that he much prefers paid streaming services to ad-supported ones from a financial perspective. What’s more, he was clearly enthusiastic about the Apple launch, and said he expected it to represent a kind of “tipping point” that would accelerate the shift to streaming.

This Is Tim

Apple's Tim Cook Talks Diversity, Women, 'The Future Of Our Company', by Christina Warren, Mashable

Watching Cook interact with some of the scholarship winners — including Kiera Cawley, a 12-year old from New York who has been coding since she was 9 — it was clear this was more than just a photo op for him. He talked with the winners about their apps and about their backgrounds, keenly interested in what made them tick.

I sat down with Cook, a relatively reclusive interviewee, and asked why it was important that Apple ramp up its efforts in diversity. His answer was unequivocal: "It's the future of our company."


The Best Email Client For iPhone, by Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker

You have an insane amount of choices for email clients on the iPhone and each does something a little differently than the rest. Shockingly, our pick for the best of these options goes to Microsoft Outlook. Yep, we’re surprised too.

QuarkXPress 2015, by Agen G. N. Schmitz, TidBITS

The update improves automation capabilities, with automatic footnotes and endnotes, a faster table tool for Excel integration with table styles, and text variables for automatically populating reoccurring fields (such as running headers).

Cutting The Cord: Is Fox's Movie Of The Day Movie App A Deal?, by Mike Snider, USA Today


A Product Review, And Some Musing, by Charlie Stross

So the C-type USB connector that the current Macbook uses as a charger and data port is rapidly evolving into the One Ring to Bind Them All for data comms — or rather the One Cable (with an embedded microcontroller at each end to handle synchronization/protocol negotiation because this shit is about totally bonkers bandwidth). As TBolt also carries PCIe channels this means basically any CPU-accessing peripheral, like GPUs or disk interfaces, can present directly over it.

Apple Said To Build High-Speed Network For Fast Content Delivery, by Peter Burrows, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. is assembling a high-speed network and upgrading how it builds data centers, a push to be more competitive with Inc., Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in cloud services, people familiar with the plans said.

Value System

Welcome To The Age Of Digital Imperialism, by Bill Wasik, New York Times

In old-fashioned 19th-century imperialism, the Christian evangelists made a pretense of traveling separately from the conquering colonial forces. But in digital imperialism, everything travels as one, in the form of the splendid technology itself: salvation and empire, missionary and magistrate, Bible and gun. For all that the world-changing talk of Silicon Valley gets parodied, it is not just empty rhetoric. Over the past decade, it has helped draw so many of the nation’s most driven college graduates to Silicon Valley, the one place in 21st-century America that promises to satisfy both their overweening ambition and their restless craving for social uplift. These unquiet Americans have gone on to design tools that spread values as they create value — a virtuous circle for all who share their virtues.

Parting Words

33 standing hours today. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has difficulty coding around time zones.

— James White (@thecolourfool) June 7, 2015

Thanks for reading.