MyAppleMenu - Sat, Jun 13, 2015

Sat, Jun 13, 2015The Stored-Locally Edition

Private, Local, And Useful

Apple’s Latest Product Is Privacy, by Walt Mossberg, Re/code

Apple is clear in its belief that users are better off if personal data is stored locally as much as possible. The company makes settings for enhancing privacy relatively clear and easy for its customers. And some of this week’s new product demos were designed to show that local device data, like cloud data, can provide rich, helpful intelligence.

Previously: A Message From Tim Cook About Apple’s Commitment To Your Privacy., by Tim, Apple

At Apple, your trust means everything to us. That’s why we respect your privacy and protect it with strong encryption, plus strict policies that govern how all data is handled.

The Talk Show Live From WWDC 2015

The full video from Tuesday night’s live audience episode of The Talk Show, with special guest Phil Schiller.


PrintCentral Pro (For iPhone), by Tony Hoffman, PC Magazine

The PrintCentral Pro iPhone app is a versatile solution that offers a way to output to printers from multiple manufacturers, including non-AirPrint models and ones limited to USB connectivity. It lets you print from a variety of sources, including saved email messages, a built-in Web browser, a number of cloud-based services, your iPhone's photo albums, and your clipboard.

Google Slides Adds Remote Phone Controls With Chromecast And Airplay, by Jared Newman, PCWorld

Users must swipe up on the iPhone to show the quick settings menu, hit the AirPlay button, then turn on screen mirroring. After loading the presentation and hitting the play button, it’ll appear on the television, properly formatted to fit the TV screen.

How To Create A Simple Collage In Photoshop, Elements, And Pixelmator, by Lesa Snider, Macworld

One of the many superpowers of image editing apps that support layers is the ability to combine images into a collage. In this column, you’ll learn to create the ever-popular, oh-so-romantic, soft oval vignette collage in Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Pixelmator. (Sorry, you can’t do this workflow in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom or Apple’s Photos, iPhoto, or Aperture.) This technique is perhaps the easiest—and most romantic—way to combine two images into a new and unique piece of art.


Introducing San Francisco, by Apple

Get your apps ready with the latest beta versions of the San Francisco fonts for iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, and watchOS 2. To download, sign in with your Apple ID associated with your Apple Developer Program membership.

A Good Start, But Developers Want More Access To The Apple Watch, by Fred O'Connor, IDG News Service

Some developers say that being able to use the Digital Crown to control an app would be helpful, while others want to tap into the watch’s Bluetooth technology. And some looked beyond software adjustments to call for hardware tweaks, like better battery life and more sensors.

Types, by xkcd

My new language is great, but it has a few quirks regarding type.

Until Next Year

Goodbye, old friend.

— Casey Liss (@caseyliss) June 12, 2015


Apple Music’s Missing Link: How Beats Electronics Fumbled Its Sonos Killer, by Janko Roettgers, Variety

Pop stars, live music, superlatives: The launch of Apple’s music subscription service at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco earlier this week had it all. However, one thing suspiciously missing from the announcement was any mention of how you’re going to listen to Apple Music in the comfort of your own home. That’s because Apple’s home-audio strategy is in limbo.

According to "sources as well as information available on Linkedin and elswhere," Apple killed a Wi-fi speakers that Beats were working on. Lack of AirPlay support was not cited as a possible reason in this article.

Who Will Win The Streaming Wars?, by Stephen Witt, Financial Times

Why so much interest? The music-streaming market is growing rapidly. More than 40m people currently pay to subscribe to a music-streaming service, and this number is increasing by 50 per cent each year. Outstanding questions about low royalty payments to artists persist, but for the customer, at least, the value proposition is obvious—for $120 a year, you get everything. Streaming services are pricey, but once you’ve subscribed to one, you know there’s no going back. Of the original subscribers to Spotify’s first premium offering in 2010, 70 per cent were still enrolled after four years.

Even With A VPN, Open Wi-Fi Exposes Users, by Larry Seltzer, Ars Technica

This gap in coverage may only be a matter of seconds, but that's enough to expose valuable information like logon credentials.

Podcasts Are Saving NPR, by Julia Greenberg, Wired

Make A Joke Today

Americans Ruin Their Jokes With Two Simple Letters. Miserable Twits. (JK!), by Saurabh Jha, Quartz

In the UK, saying you’re “just joking” is how you kill a joke. A real joke comes from convincing people you’re serious, until they think it through themselves and conclude that what was said is so outrageous that it must be jest. The laughter is partly relief. Humor lies in the slim possibility that you might not be just kidding.

Parting Words

Apple introduces new font: “San Francisco.” Shoulda been called “Francisco Sans.“

— Boing Boing (@BoingBoing) June 13, 2015

Thanks for reading.