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Thu, Jun 11, 2015The Alerted-Laypeople Edition

Ideas For Your Next App

Early CPR Spurred By Smartphone Alerts Saves Lives, by Steven Reinberg, U.S. News & World

Starting cardiopulmonary resuscitation early and using smartphone alerts to increase rates of bystander CPR can save people with cardiac arrest, two new studies find.

"We have proved what has been thought before -- that early CPR is associated with improved survival," said lead researcher Dr. Jacob Hollenberg, from the department of cardiology at South Hospital at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

He said a mobile phone app that alerted laypeople trained in CPR that their help was needed nearby increased the rate of early CPR by 30 percent.

Walled News

Apple's News App In iOS 9: All The News That Fits, They Print?, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

Apple’s biggest problem with News is that it may not be relevant to readers’ interests. By favoring curation and discovery, Apple may recapitulate both push and portals. Neither path is a good one to take. Tear down the garden wall, and make it a push-you-pull-me service, and Apple might just fill an empty spot in readers’ hearts.

What Do People Who Attend WWDC Do?

What Is Code?, by Paul Ford, Bloomberg

We are here because the editor of this magazine asked me, “Can you tell me what code is?”

“No,” I said. “First of all, I’m not good at the math. I’m a programmer, yes, but I’m an East Coast programmer, not one of these serious platform people from the Bay Area.”


What I’m saying is, I’m one of 18 million. So that’s what I’m writing: my view of software development, as an individual among millions. Code has been my life, and it has been your life, too. It is time to understand how it all works.

Every month it becomes easier to do things that have never been done before, to create new kinds of chaos and find new kinds of order. Even though my math skills will never catch up, I love the work. Every month, code changes the world in some interesting, wonderful, or disturbing way.


Guggenheim Museum Piloting iPad Program For Kids Using 53’s Paper App, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

FiftyThree, the company behind the popular Paper app and accompanying Pencil stylus, reveled today a partnership with the Guggenheim Museum that saw a group of students use the Paper app for a year. The goal of the program with Guggenheim was to implore kids to think more creatively.

Google’s Amazing Location-Aware Search Finds Answers About Nearby Places, by Danny Sullivan, Search Engine Land

PDF Checkpoint 1.7.9 Simplifies PDF Color Conversion, by MacTech

Dashboard Is Still Available

beginning to wonder if dashboard isn’t a strategic priority for apple anymore

— Ethan Marcotte (@beep) June 10, 2015


How Not To Crash #8: Infrastructure, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

Even if you think your app is crash-free, you need to collect crash logs — because there’s no such thing as crash-free: it can only be free of known crashing bugs.

How Not To Crash #9: Mindset, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

I used to think that means I should write code that’s about 80% as clever as I am. Save a little bit for debugging.

But over the years I’ve come to think that I should write code that’s about 10% as clever as I am. And I’ve come to believe that true cleverness is in making code so clear and obvious that it looks like nothing at all.

Ad Inventory Limitation

iOS 9 Lets App Developers Make Ad Blockers For Safari, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

With iOS 9, Apple has added a special case of extension for ad blockers. Apps can now include ‘content blocker’ extensions that define resources (like images and scripts) for Safari to not load. For the first time, this architecture makes ad blockers a real possibility for iOS developers to make and iOS customers to install and use.

A Blow For Mobile Advertising: The Next Version Of Safari Will Let Users Block Ads On iPhones And iPads, by Joshua Benton, Nieman Lab

If iOS users — the majority of mobile web users in the U.S., and disproportionately appealing demographically — can suddenly block all your ads with a simple free download, where is the growth going to come from?

Collateral Damage, by Text/Plain

If you thought that websites’ “Install our app” prompts were annoying before, imagine what’s going to happen when the only way to reliably show ads is via a native app?


iOS 9 Brings More Flexibility To Apple's Great Continuity Feature, by Chris Welch, The Verge

Continuity is one of the best things about going all in on Apple hardware. With it, you can easily send and receive calls or text messages from your Mac or iPad — even when your iPhone is in another room. But one requirement of using Continuity is that both devices must be on the same Wi-Fi network. With iOS 9, that's set to change, and T-Mobile wants the world to know it's the first major US carrier to offer Continuity through its cellular network.

Apple’s Junk Drawer Problem, by Charlie Warzel, BuzzFeed

Hardware aside, lately Apple has had difficulty building the superior applications that truly excite.

Apple To Completely Part Ways With DPR/Skanska On Apple Campus 2 Within Weeks, by Nathan Donato-Weinstein, Silicon Valley Business Journal

The joint venture of DPR Construction Inc. and Skanska USA "will transition completely off the project in the next several weeks," according to an internal email sent to Skanska employees, which I reviewed this week. [...] The email from Skanska USA Chief Executive Richard Cavallaro said that the contractors "and our confidential client were unable to come to an agreement during negotiations for the revised scope of work for its research and development campus in California."

Tim Cook Received Complaints On Apple's Bag Check Policy, by Dan Levine, Reuters

At least two Apple Inc retail store workers complained directly to Chief Executive Tim Cook that the company's policy of checking retail employees' bags as a security precaution was embarrassing and demeaning, according to a court filing made public on Wednesday.

Apple, The Search Company


— Scott Williams (@swilliams) June 9, 2015


Looks like the global radio station Beats 1 will not be available in Singapore. There's no mention of Beats 1 on Apple Singapore's web site, the "radio" tab is missing, and the "What you get with your membership" table has one line (i.e. Beats 1) less than other countries' versions.

I do not know whether to blame the record labels' licensing issues, or to blame Singapore government's censorship.


The Mac operating system was rebranded as Mac OS when the clone program was introduced. The iPhone OS was rebranded iOS when the iPad was introduced.

What can we look forward now that the Watch OS has been rebranded watchOS? The re-birth of iPod nano and iPod shuffle as pocket watches? The re-birth of iPod Hi-Fi as clock radios?

Smell-O-Vision's Next Frontier

Why It's So Hard To Fake The Smell Of Watermelon, by Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times

Most artificial watermelon fragrances and flavors end up smelling like a teenage girl’s shampoo, and tasting about as subtle as a Jolly Rancher candy. But scientists may be one step closer to solving that problem. Perhaps thankfully, there are several very long steps remaining.

Parting Words

We jeered when STAR WARS became all about trade routes but I'd watch a film about the regulatory agency that allowed Jurassic Park to reopen

— Adam Sternbergh (@sternbergh) June 10, 2015

Thanks for reading.