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Apple In History

For Apple, What's Old Is New Again, by Anick Jesdanun and Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press

To create the newest Apple store to sell iPhones, smartwatches and other modern gadgetry, Apple took a look back at the 1920s.

The new store on New York's Upper East Side occupies part of a Beaux Arts building that originally housed the U.S. Mortgage & Trust bank. Apple sought to restore some of the building's old grandeur by reproducing the original chandeliers seen in old photographs, restoring marble floors and pilasters and turning a bank vault into a VIP showroom.

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The Apple Watch Does Reduce The Time You Spend On Your iPhone, by Kevin Holesh, Medium

It’s only been a little over a month since the Apple Watch came out and it’s already changing people’s relationship with their iPhone. I call that is a huge success for the Apple Watch. I did not expect it to make such a difference, but maybe that’s the peruser in me talking.

Twitterrific For iOS Brings New Tab Bar, Quoted Tweets, Quick Replies On Apple Watch, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

On the iPhone, there's a new setting to move the tab bar to the bottom and display an extra icon slot in it, including a new My Tweets timeline. In my coverage of Twitter clients last year, I noted how the app's top-oriented design didn't work well with taller iPhones as it often forced me to use Reachability to quickly get to those buttons. The ability to switch to a bottom tab bar makes Twitterrific more comfortable to use, which I believe is essential in a Twitter client I open several times a day.

TextExpander 5 Review: Typing Shortcut Utility Makes You More Productive By Learning Your Habits, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

TextExpander 5 is a no-brainer for anyone who regularly types the same or similar chunks of text, and who wants to speeed up work while retaining flexibility. On an hourly basis, you'll recoup the cost in a matter of weeks; the savings from tedium are priceless. Despite the need for the suggestions feature to be tweaked, previous users should upgrade, as they will benefit from several minor improvements.

Improve The Dictionary App With Terminology For OS X, by Matt Elliott, CNET

Terminology is based on the WordNet project from Princeton University, a large lexical database of the English language. In addition to providing the basics -- thorough definitions and synonyms for words -- WordNet examines word relationships in an effort to deliver a better understanding of a word.

Hands On: Haven 1.0 (OS X), by William Gallagher, MacNN

Haven is for the artistic writer. It's for the writer who wants or needs to step away from everything but the writing at hand, most especially if you want to cut out distractions. At its most basic, Haven is a writing tool that presents you with a rather calming view of a landscape instead of that blank screen. It fills your ears with relaxing weather sounds like wind.

Free For iOS Makes It Easy To Find Available Friends, by Joe White, AppAdvice

It does this by proving users with the option of broadcasting their availability to a select group of friends. You can choose from three options – “Going Out, Flexible, or Busy” – and users can customize who sees their availability, and for how long it’s visible.

Outline 3.5 For Mac OS X And The IPad Now Supports ICloud Drive, by MacTech

MacFamily Tree For Mac OS X Grows To Version 7.5, by MacTech


Just How Open Will Apple Allow Swift To Be?, by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet

Some people love this move. Commenters on Reddit and Ycomb were generally very happy with it. Nick Kolakowski, a technology writer for technology job site Dice, observed, "Apple is positioning the open sourcing of Swift as beneficial to all sorts of developers, not just those who work exclusively with iOS and Mac OS X."


The real question isn't the license for O'Grady. After all, Apple already has several significant open-source projects: Darwin, the BSD Unix that's OS X's foundation; the WebKit browser engine; and CUPS, the open-source printing system. What Apple hasn't done, however, is support these systems.

Apple's Great New Developer Program Screws Over Safari Devs, by Chris Mills, Gizmodo

A general consensus is that while people are happy to donate their time to creating cool software for the community — and making Safari better! — that generosity understandably doesn’t extend to paying $US100 per year for the privilege.


Google Improving Chrome For OS X Performance To Better Rival Safari, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Google senior software engineer Peter Kasting this week announced that his team has been working to address Chrome for OS X battery hog complaints by improving the performance of the browser on Mac, especially in areas where Safari appears to do better.

iPhone Maker Foxconn In Talks To Build First Apple Plant In India, by Nivedita Bhattacharjee, Reuters

Foxconn Technology is in talks to manufacture Apple's iPhone in India, government officials said, in a move that could lower prices in the world's No.3 smartphone market where the U.S. firm trails Samsung Electronics and local players.

Lower production costs could also help Foxconn keep hold of Apple orders amid intensifying competition with nimble manufacturing rivals such as Quanta Computer Inc.

WWDC Isn't The Only Event In Town, And Apple Seems OK With That, by Jason Snell, Macworld

Adblock Plus Cries Foul Over Apple Plan To Stop Ads, by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian

“So far very little is known about content blocking extensions, available in Safari 9 and iOS 9,” said Adblock Plus head of operations Ben Williams from developer Eyeo. “We look nervously at how powerful their block lists will be.”

Block Shock, by The Economist

In advertising, an old adage holds, half the money spent is wasted; the problem is that no one knows which half. This should be less of a problem in online advertising, since readers’ tastes and habits can be tracked, and ads tailored accordingly. But consumers are increasingly using software that blocks advertising on the websites they visit. If current trends continue, the saying in the industry may well become that half the ads aimed at consumers never reach their screens. This puts at risk online publishing’s dominant business model, in which consumers get content and services free in return for granting advertisers access to their eyeballs.

Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo Chooses To Step Down, Jack Dorsey Named Interim CEO, Shares Up 3%, by Josh Constine, TechCrunch

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The Trip Back Home Often Seems To Go By Faster -- But Why?, by Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times

You may have noticed it the last time you went on a long journey -- by foot, by car or by plane: the outbound portion of your trip seemed to take a lifetime, while the (more or less identical) leg that brought you home felt like it flew by. Scientists have noticed this "return trip effect" too, and are beginning to hone their understanding of why we experience it.

On Wednesday, a team in Japan released a new report in the journal PLOS ONE detailing the latest effort to solve the mystery. This group's take? That the return trip effect is created by travelers' memories of their journeys -- and those memories alone.

Parting Words

#Milliondollaridea An app that lets me upload a photo of my kid’s puzzles and sends the missing pieces. PPaaS.

— Susie Ochs (@sfsooz) June 12, 2015

Thanks for reading.