MyAppleMenu - Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Thu, Jun 25, 2015The I'm-A-PowerUser™ Edition

Okay, Perhaps It's Time To Revisit That One Folder On My iPhone

Bravely Default., by Seth Clifford

For years, I’ve eschewed using the default iOS apps in favor of third-party offerings, because maaaan, I always knew better. Apple’s apps are for regular people, and I’m a PowerUser™, maaaan. I’d configure all kinds of workarounds and extra steps because I wanted to wring every last bit of functionality out of my devices, and the basic starter apps just weren’t ever enough.

Something’s changed though–well, two things–in the past few years. I’ve lost my taste for fiddling a little bit, and the default apps Apple ships with its devices have gotten, well, better. Better than other things I could use? Not in all cases. But better… enough. I’ve been increasingly focused on reducing friction in my life, and having a simpler computing experience that works together with its component parts–as much as any multi-device connected computing experience can work without hair-pulling these days.

Reconsidering Apple’s Default Apps, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Apple's apps have always gotten better with each iOS release, but I wonder if this year's additions – most of them featured under the Intelligence banner – will make me reconsider third-party apps I thought I'd never change again. It'll be interesting to check back once iOS 9 ships.

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Google Scales El Capitan For First-Ever Vertical Street View Collection, by James Vincent, The Verge

Apple may have named the next version of Mac OS X after El Capitan, but Google has tackled the 3,000-foot granite monolith in person. The search giant has added Yosemite Valley's El Capitan to its list of Street View conquests, partnering with legendary climbers Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold, and Tommy Caldwell to capture mapping data thousands of feet up in the air.


Apple’s New iPhone Dock Versus The Competition, by Julio Ojeda-zapata, TidBITS

For iPhone owners, all the docks in this roundup are fine choices, at least in terms of compatibility with many third-party iPhone cases. [...] In the end, though, Apple’s own iPhone Lightning Dock has the cleanest and simplest design, and that makes it my favorite of the bunch.

Transit App: A Smarter Way To Navigate Your City, by Mike Williams, BetaNews

Transit App is a free Android and iOS app which helps out with a host of tools for planning journeys around and across your local city. The app covers around 100 metropolitan areas, including most North American cities, and a scattering in France, along with London, Rome, Milan, Berlin, Mexico City and Nairobi.

Roxio Toast 14 For Mac Makes It Easier Than Ever To Share All Of Your Media, by Rich Edmonds, iMore

BBC's Newsbeat App Is Its First Aimed Solely At Young Adults, by Nick Summers, Engadget

7 Ways To Curb Your iPhone's Cellular Data Use, by Ben Patterson, PCWorld


iOS 9 And Safari View Controller: The Future Of Web Views, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Apple is introducing a Safari View Controller on iOS 9. Created with the goal to let developers stop writing miniature web browsers, Safari View Controller enables apps to delegate the responsibility of showing web content to Safari itself, avoiding the need to write custom code for built-in browsers.

Swift 2: SIMD, by Russ Bishop

Swift 2 brings updated support for SIMD (Single Instruction Multiple Data). What exactly does that mean?

How To Finally Land A Coding Job: The 80/20 Rule For Learning To Code., by Joshua Kemp


Apple Removes All American Civil War Games From The App Store Because Of The Confederate Flag, by Tasos Lazarides, TouchArcade

iOS 9 Policy Change Prevents Advertisers From Seeing Installed Apps On User Devices, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple Music Will Shell Out For Exclusives, Starting With Pharrell’s “Freedom”, by Josh Constine, TechCrunch

Shanghai Start-Up Helps More Blue Collars In Status-Obsessed China Afford An iPhone, by James Griffiths, South China Morning Post

China has been the world's top smartphone market since 2011 but not everyone in the fast moving country can afford an expensive iPhone or similar such status symbol, an economic reality that Shanghai-based Omni Prime hopes to up-end.

Through its Paymax app, the start-up is offering small loans to blue collars in China who want to buy an Apple phone, Apple Watch, MacBook or another gadget from the California-based company’s ever-evolving catalogue.

Class, Capitalism And The Tech Industry, by David Judd and Zakiya Khabir, Socialist Worker

There's no question that the expansion of the information technology industry has often come at the cost of the displacement of its neighbors --and while Silicon Valley might be its epicenter, tech-driven gentrification is by no means an issue confined to the Bay. But there are also fault lines within the tech industry itself, whose surface appearance often belies the depth of the conflicts, potential and actual.


Eight Things You Think Are True – But Science Scoffs At, by Glen Wright, The Guardian

The five-second rule won’t save you from germs and the blue whale isn’t actually the earth’s largest living organism.

Parting Words

*Round of applause for the Smithsonian* (via Reddit)

— Ewa S-R (@EwaSR) June 24, 2015

Thanks for reading.