MyAppleMenu - Jul 2015

Fri, Jul 31, 2015The No-Investment-Required Edition

Why Can’t We Stop Playing Games On Our Phones?, by Liraz Margalit, THe Next Web

Playing smartphone games does not result from a desire to take part in any shared activity or to achieve any fantasy. Their gratification derives from a change of mental state, a sort of detachment. To select the app and start the game, no investment is required, no thought or intention, but merely the urge to play.

The urge appears just as hunger or thirst does. Like them, it requires no handling in depth and no thought process. Our primitive urges arrive from lower-level areas of the brain, such as the limbic system, which is involved in emotions and motivation.

How An Apple Scholarship Helped This 16-Year Old Launch His Own App, by Eugene Kim, Business Insider Austrlia

“I think Apple is doing something pretty great with these student scholarships. It motivates students to continue developing for Apple products by giving them first hand looks at all the new technology,” Thumaty said. “One thing that I heard directed to the group of scholarship winners a lot was ‘You guys are the next generation of Apple.'”

For Thumaty, it was one of the design workshops he attended at WWDC that made him a loyal iOS developer. There are a number of different workshops open to all attendees during WWDC, but the design workshop is by far the most coveted one “because Apple is one of the biggest tech companies that puts a huge emphasis on design,” Thumaty said.


Power Consumption Of The Worlds Most Popular Websites Calculated On Different Browsers – Chrome Vs Safari Vs Firefox, by Batterybox

If you’re a MacBook user, you’re losing an average of 1 hour of total battery life by using Chrome. Firefox is a little better, but Safari is the clear winner. You’ll want to use Safari if you want to get the most battery out of your laptop.

A New App From NowThis Wants To Reduce The Work Of Finding News To One Big Red Button, by Shan Wang, Nieman Lab

The company’s newest project is Tap For News, an app that consists of a single red button users can tap (ad infinitum, if they so choose) to watch a collection of very lightly curated 15- to 30-second videos on topics ranging from breaking news to science to entertainment. There’s no being paralyzed by the paradox of choice here — just one button.


Apple Will Debut New Apple TV In September, by John Paczkowski, BuzzFeed

Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell BuzzFeed News that the company intends to announce its next-generation Apple TV in September, at the same event at which it typically unveils its new iPhones.

Obama Administration War Against Apple And Google Just Got Uglier, by Jenna McLaughlin, The Intercept

Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of the LawFare blog, suggested that Apple could in fact face that liability if it continued to provide encryption services to a suspected terrorist. He noted that the post was in response to an idea raised by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., in a hearing earlier this month.

The authors didn’t say what exactly they wanted Apple to do instead. Wittes tweeted after publishing the post that he is “not sure at all that Apple is not doing the right thing by encrypting end to end.”

Apple Inks Deal For First Major Office Space In San Francisco, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

Scuba Divers Return Guy’s Lost iPhone Months After It Fell To The Ocean Floor, by Mary Beth Quirk, Consumerist

It’s one thing to lose your phone on the street, in the back of a cab or anywhere on dry land where a good Samaritan might come by and decide to help find its owner. But after one guy watched his phone sink to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean back in March, he figured that thing was gone for good. Enter: scuba divers going for a swim who just happened to find his device in the waterproof bag it had sunk in.

Parting Words

This is what a full moon rising over Mount Hood looks like

— Earth Pics (@EarthPicturz) July 31, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Thu, Jul 30, 2015The Money-Machine Edition

Apple Campus 2 To Feature Visitor's Center With "Observation Deck", by Nathan Donato-Weinstein, Silicon Valley Business Journal

Buried in city documents filed this spring are previously unreported plans for a new visitor’s center — complete with a store and viewing platform. Apple’s 2013 approvals for the massive project included the ability for Apple to build a visitor’s center, but a detailed project description had not been submitted until April.

The plans show a super-modern glass-walled structure topped by a carbon-fiber roof with extended eaves, punctuated by large skylights. On the ground floor: A 2,386-square-foot cafe and 10,114-square-foot store “which allows visitors to view and purchase the newest Apple products.” Stairs and elevators take visitors to the roof level, about 23 feet up. There, they’ll be able to behold the multi-billion-dollar campus, a kind of monument to the late co-founder Steve Jobs and Apple’s tremendous money machine.

Fitted, by The New Inquiry

Activity trackers like FitBit evolved out of spreadsheet computer logs that the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports started keeping in the 1990s, to create better records of the fitness of American citizens, and establish national averages against which they could compare themselves. As a fat middle-school student, I huffed and puffed through the Presidential Fitness Challenge in sheer terror of that spreadsheet.

By the turn of the millennium, however, it had become possible to automatically monitor such activities and to integrate monitors into wearable personal equipment. And so, today, we must confess that we are too fat and too slow not to our gym teachers but to ourselves.

Canton Road, Hong Kong

Thank you to the thousands of Hong Kong customers who joined the celebration for our new store on Canton Road!

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 30, 2015

Apple Opens Fourth Retail Store In Hong Kong’s ‘Fifth Avenue’ Amid Plan To Bolster Presence In City By 45 Per Cent, by Bien Perez, South China Morning Post

"Canton Road is like Fifth Avenue in New York, Regent Street in London and Wangfujing in Beijing. We had to be here," Richard Hames, Apple's marketing director for greater China, said on Wednesday.


Yahoo Debuts Livetext Silent Video Messaging App, by AppleInsider

Marketed as "live video texting without sound," Livetext is a bit like FaceTime, but instead of talking to each other as they would in a face-to-face conversation, users communicate through facial expressions and typed text.

Molecules By Theodore Gray (For iPad), by Tony Hoffman, PC Magazine

Molecules by Theodore Gray is a superb iPad app for chemistry students, or for anyone interested in learning more about the compounds and substances that make up the objects around us, from rocks to plastics to living creatures. It is both informative and fun, chock-full of little-known facts, lucid explanations, and gorgeous 3D animations.

OneNote 2016 For Mac Review: Intuitive And Versatile, But Still Not Up To Par With Windows Version, by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

Angry Birds 2 Released For iOS, Free To Download On The App Store, by Cam Bunton, 9to5Mac

The New Microsoft

We live in a world where the entire Windows 10 operating system is a free upgrade, but Solitaire is now a freemium game.

— Rob Griffiths (@rgriff) July 29, 2015

Available For Free

Apple Music Snapchat Account Takes Users Behind The Scenes Of Beats 1 Radio, by Husain Sumra, MacRumors

Apple today announced a Snapchat account for Apple Music that initially provides a behind-the-scenes look at Beats 1 Radio and its personalities while also showing off segments of the cities it operates from with some music playing in the background.

Apple Music’s Strategy Is No-Paywall Premieres, Not Exclusives, by Josh Constine, TechCrunch

But it turns out that through Connect and Beats 1 Radio, Apple Music has built a strategy that attracts debuts from the biggest artists in the world and makes them available to everyone for free.

This in turn attracts users to Apple Music’s free trial. Plus it’s a lot more friendly to listeners.

Parting Words

Turns out, if no pacifier is handy you can always just borrow Maggie's

— Cabel Sasser (@cabel) July 29, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Wed, Jul 29, 2015The Mobile-Strategies Edition

Do The Latest Wave Of Health Apps Really Improve Patient Care?, by Rachel Pugh, The Guardian

Tens of thousands of health apps are on the market, with different levels of specialisation from the simple Fitbit, which measures your activity, to others monitoring blood pressure, heart rate and foetal activity. A smartphone has been used to automatically detect wriggling parasites in blood samples. Most of these are untested and unregulated. The Breast, a journal covering research on breast cancer, had a recent study showing that less than 15% of breast-related apps were regulated or had any professional input.

Yet some have a clear health advantage – particularly in weight loss. Two recent randomised trials showed that mobile strategies that make use of apps lead to better patient outcomes than traditional programmes (pdf). In one study the participants in the mobile group lost 3.9 kg more than the standard group.

Critical Vulnerability In Apple App Store, iTunes Revealed, by Charlie Osborne, ZDNet

Revealed this week by security researcher Benjamin Kunz Mejri from Vulnerability Lab, the persistent injection flaw, deemed critical, is an application-side input validation web vulnerability. In an advisory, the researcher said the vulnerability allows remote attackers to inject malicious script codes into flawed content function and service modules.

According to Mejri, an attacker can exploit the flaw by manipulating a name value (device cell name) within the invoice module through an exchange of malicious, scripted code. If a product is purchased in Apple's stores, the backend takes the device value and encodes it with manipulated conditions in order to generate an invoice before sending it on to the seller.

How A Simple Apple Feature Called Switch Control Is Changing Lives, by Charlie Warzel, BuzzFeed

Less than three years after Hills posted the the touchscreen video, his life is dramatically different. He no longer needs to spend thousands of dollars on new, quickly obsolete devices to use an iPhone or iPad and is no longer forced to rely on a caregiver for tasks like typing an email. He is now an Apple-certified Final Cut Pro editor and has his own video production and editing business that he runs out of his house. And his YouTube page is home to dozens of videos geared toward educating others about accessibility tech, including Switch Control. In his spare time, Hills speaks to training and support groups and writes guest blog posts about his experiences and how to best take advantage of assistive technology.

Features like Switch Control work in practical and measurable ways to lower costs for the disabled and work to bring more and more people not only online, but further into a culture that overlooked their technological needs. Giving more people the necessary tools means not only offering up the vast and rich world of internet and all that modern software and hardware have to offer to a wider audience, it also means widening the spectrum and potential of innovation through inclusion. “I like to think about this kind of technology less like a light switch and more as a set of possibilities,” Ellcessor said. “Accessibility is about creating the possibility for those with particular bodily impairments to participate and engage in culture and in whatever ways they want to.” That possibility, and the participation that it fosters, ultimately mean adding more diverse voices into the culture.


Manage Emails, Events And Contacts With Just One App, Boxer, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice

For two years, Boxer has been your inbox for Gmail, Outlook, Hotmail, and more, but the app received a huge update, bringing calendar and contact integration.

VideoSoap Review: Scrub Noise Out Of Camera Roll Videos In A Single Tap, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld

Options For Quickly Opening Recent Documents In OS X, by Topher Kessler, MacIssues


Apple Music Licensing, Explained: Why Most Beats 1 Shows Won't Be Podcasts, by Serenity Caldwell, iMore

Though each feature is (theoretically) seamlessly integrated into the Music app and iTunes app for users, the licensing on the back-end is far more complicated: Each service has a different catalog of music it can play, which makes transitioning between them a bit tricky. When you listen to a show live on Beats 1, you're listening to a catalog of music covered by Apple's radio agreements; when you play back any post-show content on Connect, it's all covered under the Apple Music licensing agreement, which has access to a different subset of albums and songs.

Apple Pushes On LGBT Rights, Joining At Least 24 Austin Tech Companies, by Brent Wistrom, AustinInno

When a big name like Apple jumps in the fight for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender employees, it reverberates across the spectrum.

But Apple’s recent support of The Equality Act of 2015 is just one of the bold headlines in a long-fought battle for equal rights that has had hundreds of Texas companies rallying support.

96 MacBook Pro’s In One Rack., by Steve's Blog

We had a need to introduce 96 MacBook Pro’s for our product testing. Our requirements included Retina displays, small form factor, low power, cool running, Apple branded hardware, high density design, i7 CPU’s, 16GB RAM, etc… This is what I came up with.

Worry First, Happy Later

You Can Trick Yourself Into Being Happy ... If You Make Life Worse First, by Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian

Indeed, there’s a case to be made that some of the loveliest small pleasures in life come from the joy when bad things stop. Who doesn’t adore that special quality of indoor silence when a houseguest who’s outstayed his welcome finally leaves? It’s not just that I’m glad he’s gone; I’m glad he stayed, too, otherwise I’d never have been able to relish his departure.

Parting Words

"Wake up wake up wake up wake up" "Ugh. What is it?" "You're reeeeally tired" "...Thanks brain." "You're welcome :D"

— Mink ette (@mink_ette) July 29, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Tue, Jul 28, 2015The Short-Term-Memory Edition

Short Term Memory With Due, by Ben Brooks

Maybe it’s calling someone in 15 minutes. Or sending an update in a few hours. Or making it to the post office before they close. Those small time sensitive things that just don’t work well in something OmniFocus. Before I never forgot to do these things, but I often did them much later than I would promise.

I call them my short-term memory tasks and they are amazingly well suited to Due. There’s one simple reason for this: Due doesn’t ever let me forget. As long as I don’t cheat (by telling Due I did something when I did not do it), Due will pester me until I do what I said I wanted to do.


Where Did That $100 Go? Let Spendee Show You, by AppAdvice

Spendee offers a way for you to not only track your finances, but show you your habits so that you can make smart monetary decisions.

Twitter’s Periscope Now Lets You Mute Users, Watch Live On Mac Via iOS 8 Handoff, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

App Promotes Mindful Eating, by Lori Nickel, Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel


Apple Debuts Three New Apple Watch Videos Highlighting Music, Fitness And Travel Apps, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple Pay Now Available For UK HSBC And First Direct Customers, by Graham Spencer, MacStories

Apple Joins White House's American Business Act On Climate Pledge, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

The pledge calls on participating companies to eliminate just shy of 6 billion tons of carbon pollution through 2030. Other companies involved include Alcoa, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Cargill, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Google, Microsoft, PepsiCo, UPS, and Walmart.

Apple Music’s Edge May Be Unfair, But Likely Isn’t Illegal, by Julia Greenberg, Wired

To prove an antitrust violation, the FTC would first need to demonstrate that Apple has monopoly power. But Android is a ready competitor to iOS, and—as Spotify’s email to subscribers make clear—users can get the service for less by not going through Apple’s App Store. “The question,” says University of Baltimore law professor Robert Lande, “is what happens to Apple’s share of the music streaming market” in the coming months or years.

Marco Arment On iTunes: Don’t Order The Fish, by Kirk McElhearn

Apple Music had a lot of promise. The idea of integrating the music you own with the music you rent is excellent. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work.

Researchers Hack Air-Gapped Computer With Simple Cell Phone, by Kim Zetter, Wired

Listen To Me And Buy This

Ads For Podcasts Test The Line Between Story And Sponsor, by Dino Grandoni, New York Times

Behind much of podcasting’s growth, though, is the embrace of ads in which hosts gush over products or even do reporting for advertising spots. That has led to a clash between those coming from public radio and those with a commercial radio background, with some expressing concern that journalists, who rely on trust, are using their position of confidence to push products.

Gimlet Wants To Become The “HBO Of Podcasting” — Here’s What Its Founder’s Learned Trying To Get There, by Shan Wang, Nieman Lab

Parting Words

Submitted without comment:

— Jared Spool (@jmspool) July 27, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Mon, Jul 27, 2015The Fit-Your-Ear Edition

Three Accessories To Keep Earpods In Your Ears When You're Working Out, by Peter Cohen, iMore

The EarPods that come with the iPhone, iPod touch and other iPods sound great but don't fit everyone the same. And why should they? Everyone's ears are different. Fortunately a few accessory makers have filled the gap with gadgets that help EarPods fit your ear better.

Don’t Order The Fish, by Marco Arment

The safest, most sensible course of action for users is to just keep their music libraries away from iTunes Match and Apple Music. We’ll all just know not to order that fish, and many of us won’t use Apple Music at all because its integration into our local libraries feels too unsafe.

And that’s too bad for everyone, because Apple Music is pretty great when everything works and you can figure out where everything is.


PowerPoint 2016 For Mac Review: New Interface And Features Make PowerPoint Pleasant, by Joe Kissell, Macworld

PowerPoint 2016 for Mac is, as I say, pleasant to use, not to mention powerful. If it had feature parity with the Windows version, Dropbox and iCloud support, and a Magic Move-like transition, it would be nearly perfect—and I’d love to see that happen.

iPhone As Therapist? Apps Claiming To Boost Mental Health Flood Market, by David Wilson, South China Morning Post

In a 2012 examination of 1,500 health apps that cost money and had been available since June 2011, the New England Centre for Investigative Reporting found that health apps in general fail to follow established medical guidelines. Worse, the centre found few had been tested through the kind of clinical research that is standard for other treatments.


They Grow Up Fast: Apple Quietly Bulks Up Swift And Xcode In Year Two, by John Timmer, Ars Technica

In the time following WWDC, we spent a couple of weeks watching conference sessions and looking through both the software and all this documentation. The research gave us a sense of some of the under-the-hood changes that are coming for developers this fall alongside the shiny, new operating systems.


Apple Watch To Be Sold At Best Buy, by Daisuke Wakabayashi, Wall Street Journal

One month after Apple Inc. started selling Apple Watch at its own stores, the company said it will bring the device to Best Buy stores in August.

Apple said its smartwatch will be available at more than 100 Best Buy stores in the U.S., expanding to over 300 outlets before the holiday shopping season. Best Buy will be the first major U.S. retailer beside Apple to sell the device.

Apple Eyes Big Retail Push In India With Authorised Mobility Resellers, by Kunal Dua, NDTV

Parting Words

Going on a hike, got all my gear

— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) July 26, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Sun, Jul 26, 2015The Get-Into-Trouble Edition

Siri Is Sassy On The Apple Watch, Too, by Ronald Chavez, Mashable

When Apple Watch users ask Siri for help, she'll either reply with serious feedback or watch-specific jokes. For example, ask her if you're wearing the Dick Tracy watch and she'll say, "No, but I'm ready to get into trouble if you are."

Apple Music: Download Songs Using Cellular Data, by Jim Lynch, CIO

Apple has taken great pains to make sure that Apple Music users don't accidentally increase their cellular data bills. Toward that end the company has cellular data turned off by default.

However, if you want to download music via your cellular connection you can do so quite easily and I'll show you how in this tip.


How To Merge OS X Contacts Into An Existing List, by TechRadar

How Do You Keep Tomato Sauce Off Your Tablet?, by Robin Shreeves, Mother Nature Network

Your Cloud Has Expired

To maintain security, we're going to train you to type your password into random modal dialogs periodically.

— Brian Mastenbrook (@bmastenbrook) July 24, 2015

Let Me Tell You A Joke

Twitter Is Deleting Stolen Jokes On Copyright Grounds, by Dante D'Orazio, The Verge

It now appears Twitter is using its legal authority to crack down on these tweet-stealers. A number of tweets have been deleted on copyright grounds for apparently stealing a bad joke.

How To Tell A Joke, by Malia Wollan, New York Times

You can be funny in virtual forums — say, on Twitter — and quantify a joke’s value in favorites, likes or retweets. But the only real metric that matters to a joke-teller ought to be laughter in his or her presence.

Backward Compatability

Why Britain Has Secret 'Ghost Trains', by Amanda Ruggeri, BBC

That is the crux of why the ghost trains still exist. A more official term is “parliamentary trains”, a name that stems from past years when an Act of Parliament was needed to shut down a line. Many train operators kept running empty trains to avoid the costs and political fallout – and while this law has since changed, the same pressures remain.

Parting Words

“I guess I don’t need the Windows software disk for that printer I threw out 8 years ago.” - me in the basement, growing as a person.

— Moltz (@Moltz) July 25, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Sat, Jul 25, 2015The Balancing-On-One-Foot Edition

Are You Too Stoned To Drive?, by Alex Halperin, Fast Company

The app, called Canary, allows users to determine whether they’re in a suitable condition to drive. It runs through a battery of tests: remembering a sequence of numbers, balancing on one foot, playing a digital whack-a-mole game, and then estimating a time period of 20 seconds. By comparing the results against a personal baseline or a collective average, users receive a green, yellow, or red light assessing their level of functioning.

How To Charge $1,000 For Absolutely Nothing, by Zachary Crockett, Priceonomics

For $999.99 (the steepest price for an app that Apple allows), a purchaser would gain access to the app, which was nothing more than a glowing, red orb. But having the ruby on your screen meant that you were rich — clearly, you had to be, to afford to pay $1,000 for something so utterly useless.

Which one are you, too rich or too stoned?


How To Use Smart Folders On Your Mac, by Topher Kessler, MacIssues

Smart Folders are essentially canned searches, where you can save custom search queries and quickly restore them. They are relatively simple concept, so the real question of how to use smart folders really boils down to: How do you search your Mac?


Apple Adjusts Its App Store Algorithm, Impacting Some iPad Developers, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Though there are some examples of iPhone apps being impacted, the biggest movements both during and after the adjustments were among those apps built for iPad. That could indicate that Apple was looking to better its rankings for those who are building specifically for Apple’s tablet, and possibly rewarding the better iPad apps in the process.

Swift Diary #4: KVC Again, by Brent Simmons, Inessential


I Got My Music Back. At Least Most Of It, by Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

It’s been an interesting and confusing day. I arrived at Apple this morning to talk to them about my issues with Apple Music and to hopefully fix my problems. The good news is that I have about 99 percent of my music back.

Apple Launches 'Why There's Nothing Quite Like iPhone' Web Campaign, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Apple And Nike Settle FuelBand Class Action Lawsuit, by Husain Sumra, MacRumors

Parting Words

Getting one of these for my house.

— Elizabeth Galle (@drinkerthinker) July 24, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Fri, Jul 24, 2015The Throwing-Its-Support Edition

Apple Throws Its Weight Behind Historic LGBT Equality Act, by Issie Lapowsky, Wired

Members of Congress introduced sweeping legislation today that would outlaw discrimination against LGBT people under federal law, and the world’s most valuable company is throwing its support behind the bill.

The Force Touch Trackpad, by Fraser Speirs

Yes, I'm unlearning decades of muscle memory, but when I started to just think about it like an iPhone, it became incredibly fast and fluid to use. It might be the first trackpad that's as fast and precise as a mouse.


Accessibility rights are human rights. Celebrating 25yrs of the ADA, we’re humbled to improve lives with our products. #ADA25

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 24, 2015

Rock Out While Doing Homework

Apple Launches 2015 Back To School Promotion, Offers Free Beats Solo2 Headphones With Mac Purchase, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple will apply an instant credit in the amount of $199.95 to cover the full cost of the Beats Solo 2 On-Ear headphones in gloss black, white, red, blue, gray or pink. Apple is also offering the option to upgrade to Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones in space gray, silver or gold for $100 extra, which is the remaining balance after the $199.95 credit is applied.


Ask The iTunes Guy: Coping With iTunes Features That Have Disappeared, by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

iPod Touch 2015 Review, by Rene Ritchie, iMore

An App Edits Your iPhone Clips Into A Pretty Decent Music Video, by Karissa Bell, Mashable

Triller is a new iOS app that is trying to turn anyone with an iPhone into a music video director by automating the most difficult part of making any video: the editing process.

App In The Air 5.0 Keeps You Up To Date With Your Most Important Travel Details, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Microsoft Office iOS Apps Add Outlook Integration, Improved Sharing, Protected Documents, & More, by Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac


Six In One, by Daniel Jalkut,

There’s a ton of totally vexing behavior that seems to be ill-spirited towards Mac developers, but also a ton that seems to hold iOS developers in low regard. I think this speaks to the likely truth that Apple is, more than anything, under-staffed and not well situated to deploy solutions to both platforms in tandem.

The Curious Case Of Xcode’s Commit Message, by Daniel Jalkut, Indiestack


Apple Yanks Google's Nest Smart Thermostat From Website And Retail Stores, by Samantha Murphy Kelly, Mashable

Apple's product assortment is always changing — and it recently scaled down on the number of items it is offering in stores — but the removal doesn't come as a huge surprise as the company looks to promote the incoming flux of HomeKit-enabled devices.

You Are Now Liable For Your Butt Dials, by Natalie Kitroeff, Bloomberg

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati ruled yesterday that somebody who accidentally calls somebody else isn't protected by a right to privacy; whatever the person on the other end hears is fair game. Having a mobile device that everyone knows can trigger calls accidentally means you can be snooped on when the gut-wrenching mistake occurs, the panel of judges decided. Having a butt has never been more dangerous.

Go Hug A Tree

How Trees Calm Us Down, by Alex Hutchinson, New Yorker

In 1984, a researcher named Roger Ulrich noticed a curious pattern among patients who were recovering from gallbladder surgery at a suburban hospital in Pennsylvania. Those who had been given rooms overlooking a small stand of deciduous trees were being discharged almost a day sooner, on average, than those in otherwise identical rooms whose windows faced a wall. The results seemed at once obvious—of course a leafy tableau is more therapeutic than a drab brick wall—and puzzling. Whatever curative property the trees possessed, how were they casting it through a pane of glass?

Parting Words

Cats seem unpredictable until you realize that their primary goal in life is to be on top of warm things.

— Allen Pike (@apike) July 24, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Thu, Jul 23, 2015The They-Failed Edition

Apple Music Is A Nightmare And I’m Done With It, by Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

I trusted my data to Apple and they failed. I also failed by not backing up my library before installing Apple Music. I will not make either of those mistakes again.

I’m going to listen to what’s left of my music library, and try to figure out all of the songs I have to buy again. I’ll also download Spotify and reactivate the account I cancelled with them a couple of weeks ago.

A Rough Ride For Apple Music, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

What those outages did is point out that with all the great convenience of having the world’s music library at your beck and call, if the servers go down when you want to listen to music, you’re out of luck. If Apple wants people to embrace streaming their music, and embrace Apple Music as the service that provides them with that music, its services need to be reliable.

Half-Assed, by Craig Hockenberry,

Apple needs to change its priorities for the Mac App Store or just shut the whole thing down. As it now stands, developers who are tired of being second-class citizens are making that decision for them and leaving on their own.

Apple’s Cloud Woes Continue With Game Center Games Disappearing, by Josh Hrach

Users and developers are both reporting that Game Center has removed active game data from various games.

Update: My LetterPress games were restored after two days of outage.

More Waiting

In Apple Watch Debut, Signs Of A Familiar Path To Success, by Farhad Manjoo, New York Times

Given this history, the question to ask about the Apple Watch isn’t how well it has sold so far, but how well Apple is following that script. Is it moving quickly to address the early criticism of the watch and to expand access to and functionality of the device?

The answer here is far more definitive than the murky sales figures: So far, Apple is following exactly the same playbook for the watch that it did for the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. If it sticks to that pattern — trying to add new capabilities to the device while perhaps lowering prices and expanding distribution — the future of the Apple Watch could be bright. The only catch is that determining success will take months, if not years.


Microsoft Send Puts An Instant Messaging Spin On Email, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Microsoft has launched a new take on email, Send, for iPhone. Send approaches email as though it were instant messaging, focusing on quick conversations, without the need for subject lines or other trappings of normal email.


Apple Pushes Small Flash Storage Firmware Update To 2015 MacBook Pro, by Dan Thorp-lancaster, iMore

How To Use Apple Music Without iCloud Music Library, by Serenity Caldwell, iMore

Apple Music and iTunes Match both offer access to iCloud Music Library, an uploading-and-matching service that lets you access all your Mac's songs from up to 10 of your devices. If you'd prefer not to use iCloud Music Library as part of your Apple Music subscription, however, here's how to go about it.

Keeping Dictation On A Mac Private, by J. D. Biersdorfer, New York Times

You can use the dictation feature without having to be online all the time or worry about your words flying to and from Apple’s servers. To do so, switch to the Enhanced Dictation option in the OS X settings. You will need to install about a gigabyte of additional software, but the update itself is free.

TextExpander 5.1, by TidBITS

The text expansion app now excludes most single dictionary words when suggesting snippets, and it adds a new preference for receiving notifications about snippet Suggestions.

Default Folder X 4.7.3 For Mac OS X Delivers Compatibility Updates, by MacTech

Okay, We Did Have Blink And Marquee Tags Though

I’ve been ranting about this for years. YOU DO NOT NEED JAVASCRIPT TO SHOW ME STATIC CONTENT ON THE WEB. We did it from 1993 to 2010.

— Brian P. Hogan (@bphogan) July 21, 2015

Movie Localization

All of the broccoli in #InsideOut was swapped w/ green peppers for Japan. Peppers are 'Disgust' there, not broccoli!

— David Lally (@davidmlally) July 22, 2015


Bug In Latest Version Of OS X Gives Attackers Unfettered Root Privileges, by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

The proof-of-concept attack Esser included with his post is known as a local exploit. The typical scenario where these types of vulnerabilities are exploited is by developers of malicious applications who want to elevate privileges without prompting end users to enter a system password or by developers of remote exploits that on their own can execute malicious code as a regular user but not as root.

Apple's HomeKit Is Proving To Be Too Demanding For Bluetooth Smart Home Devices, by Aaron Tilley, Forbes

WiFi-enabled devices can handle these security requirements, but it seems devices running over Bluetooth LE are having some issues. The intensive processing demands for generating and sending these security keys is what’s likely causing these lag times, said Monica.

Official Third-Party Apple Watch Stands And Docks With Integrated Chargers On The Way, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple will soon let manufacturers in its Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program include charging pads for the Apple Watch directly in their accessories, according to sources. Currently, dock makers can only offer charging by making unsightly openings in their docks for Apple’s official charger to sit, forcing users to bring their own cable and install it, and compromising an ideal design and user experience in the process.

Apple's Tim Cook Awaits Tax Decision To Repatriate Overseas Cash, by Tim Higgins, Bloomberg

On top of this, Apple has already assumed for accounting purposes that a lot of the cash has come home, suggesting that the impact of cash repatriation on future earnings would be minimal. At the end of its latest fiscal year, Apple estimated that bringing home the $US69.7 billion in earnings on which it hasn't taken a charge would cost about $US23.3 billion in US taxes.


I am having problems with the Messages app by Apple these few days. I have a surprising number of texts were send using SMS instead of iMessage, even though it seems to me the internet connection is fine. Also, a few texts from my wife failed to reach me.

Parting Words

When my podcast pauses before the phone rings, I think to myself, "There's a storm a-comin'."

— rstevens № ³ (@rstevens) July 22, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Wed, Jul 22, 2015The Watch-Unknown Edition

Apple’s Q3 2015: iPhones And Macs Up, iPads Down, Apple Watch Unknown, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

Apple broke quarterly records with $10.7 billion in profit and $49.6 billion in revenue, compared to $7.7 billion in profit and $37.4 billion in revenue in Q3 of 2014. Its gross margin was 39.7 percent. These results easily beat Apple's guidance for the quarter, which predicted revenue between $46 billion and $48 billion and profit margins between 38.5 and 39.5 percent.

Macs Up, iPads Down, As Apple Bucks The Death Of The PC, by Davey Alba, Wired

Apple Plans To Increase Watch's Retail Availability In Anticipation Of Major Holiday Demand, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

Speaking during the company's third quarter results call, Cook said that Apple is preparing to expand channel availability, hinting at an increase in points of sale and/or inventory.

"We're convinced that the Watch is going to be one of the top gifts of the holiday season," Cook said.

‘It’s Tim’: What Apple’s CEO Told Analysts, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Every quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook talks to financial analysts for a little while after the company’s earnings are announced. This quarter was no different. Presented here, a transcript of everything Cook said on the call.

We've Sold Lots Of 'Others'

There should be a unit of sales for products whose sales you're bragging about but not disclosing. Let's call it a Kindle.

— Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken) July 21, 2015


How To Use Your Mac To Maximize Your Concert Experience, by Lesa Snider, Macworld

With all the effort and expense it takes to attend a concert, a smart person makes the most of it—starting far before the concert happens and extending well after the final encore. In this column, you’ll learn how to use your Mac to milk every last drop of enjoyment from your concert experiences.

Apple, IBM Unveil Another 10 Enterprise Apps, by MacNN

These Boston Friends Just Made Tinder For Food, by Nik DeCosta-Klipa, Boston Globe

“As a twenty-something, we are all constantly combating the impulse to just eat-out or pick something up,” Homan told “But Tender gets you psyched about the prospect of making food, and it makes it easy to do so.”

The app provides users not just with an endless scroll of the Internet’s food porn, but also their corresponding recipes.

Tip: Removing Previous Versions Of Files, by Dan Moren, Six Colors


App Store Reviews No Longer Allowed In Prerelease iOS Versions, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Testers running Apple's fourth iOS 9 beta, currently for developers only, are able to access the iOS App Store as usual, but no longer have the ability to post reviews. Attempting to do so now results in an error pop-up that reads, "This feature isn't available. You can't write reviews while using a prerelease version of iOS."

Sounds Great!

Don't feel like making choices today? Easy. Setup your vacation responder like this:

— Oscar Godson (@oscargodson) July 21, 2015


Tim Cook Personally Expedited This Guy’s Apple Order, by Susie Poppick, Time

Five hours later, Charles got a call from an Apple rep claiming that Tim Cook personally asked her to call about his photo order—and bumped his order delivery date up to Wednesday, July 22.

How The Apple Store Took Over The World, by Ana Swanson, Washington Post

What was the secret to Apple’s success? As the map above suggests, part of the recipe was Apple's tendency to try things out over and over again and let its ideas evolve in a better direction -- like it has also done with its products.

Apple Music, Beats 1, iTunes And App Store Experiencing Issues During VMA Nominee Announcements, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

FTC Investigation Into Apple Heats Up, Music Streaming Services Hit With Subpoenas, by Micah Singleton, The Verge

The FTC has launched an investigation into Apple’s dealings with competing music streaming services in its App Store, according to multiple sources. The investigation is targeting Apple’s 30 percent fee charged to subscription services who sign up new users through the App Store.

Inside Spotify’s Hunt For The Perfect Playlist, by David Pierce, Wired

If you use Spotify, it knows what you like and what you don’t like. It knows you like alt-rock, that you love the country songs you claim you hate, and that for all the game you talk, you never listen to that deep-cut Dylan record.

To prove it, Spotify is introducing a new feature today called Discover Weekly. It’s a completely personalized playlist (updated, you know, weekly) full of songs Spotify is pretty sure you’re going to want to hear. Some hits, some new stuff, that Foreigner song you’ve never been able to get out of your head. My first 29-song list has a little more girl-pop than I might have picked—but I’m digging it.

Cell Phones: The Indicator And Key In Treating Depression?, by Greg Watry, R&D Magazine

A new study from Northwestern Univ. proposes cell phones may be great monitors for depression, and researchers are in the midst of exploring how mobile apps can be used to treat the mood disorder.

Parting Words

This confuses me on an almost daily basis.

— Steven Frank (@stevenf) July 21, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Tue, Jul 21, 2015The As-It-Is Edition

Let It Be, by Ben Brooks

Use that thing as it is intended before you even start to think about modifying it to work like something else — you may find that you like that thing better as it is.

At the very least you will know that you gave the software a fair chance to succeed. And it’s fine if you don’t like the way the software works, but it’s unfair for disliking software because it doesn’t work like X — it was never intended to work like X go begin with.

The same can be said about movies, books, or almost about any creative work.

Why Have Apple Invented A Tiny Island?, by OpenSignal

Apple may have created their own island as a mark of ownership. Maps remain huge business, with Google’s $2bn acquisition of crowdsourced traffic app Waze regarded as a move to protect their own dominance in that space, and it is probable that Apple Maps is full of tiny mistakes designed to make proving copyright infringement easy. If only they’d been able to use this explanation back in 2012 when the mistakes were rather more than ‘tiny’.

The Apple Watch Review, by Joshua Ho and Brandon Chester, AnandTech

For those still deciding on whether the first Apple Watch makes sense, I have no reservations in saying that it’s the best wearable I’ve ever used. However, at the same time I find it hard to recommend this first-generation Apple Watch. It’s clear that there are far too many obvious areas to improve upon, areas where Moore’s law will help to dramatically improve the experience. In the case of smartphones, Moore’s law made it possible to deliver true all-day battery life and fluid app performance. After spending a few months with the Apple Watch, all I can see is a need for more compute and battery life, like what happened with smartphones.


Microsoft Word 2016 Review: Finally! Much Needed Updates Make For A Better Word, by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

While the program doesn’t support some of Yosemite’s more important, user friendly, and bacon-saving features—such as Autosave—the overall user experience is superb. In short, Microsoft Word gets the job done without getting in the way, If Word is your primary tool for getting work done with words, run, don’t walk to upgrade to Word 2016.

RapidWeaver 6.2.3 Review: A Good Start For Building Websites (Accessories Sold Separately), by Nathan Alderman, Macworld

If you want to quickly assemble a sleek website without too many bells and whistles, RapidWeaver provides an excellent option. If you want to do even more with your site, Rapidweaver can help you there, too—but it’ll cost you a good deal extra.

Tired Of Endless Tweets? Storyline Will Change Your View, by AppAdvice

This new app takes your Twitter feed and arranges it by user. So, you will not see an infinite number of tweets, but instead a list of those you follow along with their recent tweets.

Five More Apple Music Tips, by TidBITS

Nike's Popular Running App Can Now Access Spotify's Huge Music Library, by Chris Welch, The Verge


Swift’s Type System – Ole Begemann, by Ole Begemann

By forcing me to think very carefully about types, I find that my Swift code is better designed and easier to maintain. I feel more confident in the correctness of my code, and for some strange reason writing it is also more fun!

Interprocess Communication On iOS With Mach Messages, by Damien DeVille

Blog Little Things, by Shubham Jain, Coffee Coder


Apple Hires Auto Industry Veterans, by Christina Rogers, Wall Street Journal

Apple Inc. is recruiting experts from the auto industry, a signal that its efforts to develop an electric car could be gaining ground.

MTV VMA Nominees To Be Unveiled Exclusively On Beats 1 Radio Station, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

From “WSJ Live” To “WSJ Video”: Publishers Step Away From Dreams Of Live TV-Style Broadcasting Online, by Madeline Welsh, Nieman Lab

Last month, eagle-eyed Apple TV users might have noticed a subtle change to their Journal app. Its icon, which for years had been the grey-and-green “WSJ Live,” was replaced with one reading simply “WSJ Video.” The change follows a May announcement by the Journal that it was canceling three of its scheduled live programs. The WSJ was becoming less “live” — a shift mirrored by other outlets.


Ever wondered where deep-fried Mars bar came from? Well, now you know.

Creep On Me

What My Landlord Learned About Me From Twitter, by Haley Mlotek, New York Times

The first time someone with an apartment available asked me for my Twitter handle , I laughed; the second time, I became confused; and by the third, I was perplexed and annoyed. Logistically, this made no sense. I have a distinctive last name and am easily found via a quick Google search. Couldn’t they just creep on me silently, like a normal person? I wondered, perturbed and embarrassed, realizing that my most recent tweet was a joke about penises and my most recent Instagram post was a selfie of my recently dyed purple hair.

Why Lonely People Stay Lonely, by Melissa Dahl, New York Magazine

One long-held theory has been that people become socially isolated because of their poor social skills — and, presumably, as they spend more time alone, the few skills they do have start to erode from lack of use. But new research suggests that this is a fundamental misunderstanding of the socially isolated. Lonely people do understand social skills, and often outperform the non-lonely when asked to demonstrate that understanding. It’s just that when they’re in situations when they need those skills the most, they choke.

Parting Words

Captured the Milky Way from Tunnel View, Yosemite.

— Ben Sandofsky (@sandofsky) July 20, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Mon, Jul 20, 2015The Long-Hours-Of-Sitting Edition

Apps To Download Before Traveling With Kids, by Jinny Gudmundsen, USA Today

The nature of travel involves long hours of sitting, so it is good to have a variety of apps that have staying power. Look for apps that spark creativity, tell a compelling story or offer a series of puzzles. Travel also heightens kids' interest in learning about new places, making it a great time to introduce geography apps. Here are some of my favorite new apps, with suggestions of when to use them on your trip.

Use Parking Apps To Find Lots, Garages, Valet, And Meters, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

Luxe, for instance, offers parking in several city centers, and acts as an on-demand valet, picking up your car at a point you ask them to, and delivering it again anywhere in its service area. PayByPhone focus on meters, and lets you avoid fumbling with coins or a credit card to park on the street and be warned when your time is nearly up—with an option in some cases to extend without penalty.

In this roundup, I’ve broken down parking apps into several categories for clarity, because few of the apps overlap the kinds of parking for which they assist. Many apps are exclusive to iOS or iOS and Android, but some work via multiple platforms, web apps, and even SMS.

Always Have Backups

Why iTunes 12.2 Changed Metadata, Artwork And iCloud Status For Files In Some Users’ iTunes Libraries, by Kirk McElhearn

I discussed this issue with some knowledgeable people, who helped me understand what happened in my case, and with many other users. Seeing the conditions that caused it made me realize that it was a limited problem. However, there is no solution, and it does raise a couple of questions as to why iTunes and iOS acted the way they did.


Microsoft Office 2016 For Mac Review: Ribbon Revamp Brings UI Into Line, by Cliff Joseph, ZDNet

A new ribbon isn't going to have Mac users in businesses badgering their IT managers to upgrade them to Office 2016. However, this makeover for the ribbon isn't simply a cosmetic change. The more streamlined interface does make Word, Excel and PowerPoint feel less cluttered and easier to work with. And, by providing a look and feel that's consistent with other versions of Office, Microsoft is helping to ensure that users can remain productive by getting straight down to work regardless of where they are and what type of device or operating system they're currently using.

Recipe App Represents A Smart Move, by Trish Dromey, Irish Examiner

The company is first to market with a kitchen scale which connects to an interactive iPad recipe app in order to give step-by-step cooking instructions.

CrashPlan 4.3, by Agen G. N. Schmitz, TidBITS

Code42 Software has released CrashPlan 4.3 with added support for installing the Internet backup software on a per-user basis, which is ideal for backing up data for multiple individual users who are logging into the same computer (such as in multi-user desktop environments).

Feeday Puts Your Instagram Feed In Your iPhone's Notification Center, by Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker


Do We Need Browsers?, by Thoughts On Things

I’m aware that this is a rather idealistic sketch and not a trivial goal to achieve. I’m not even saying this is the right solution. But one thing is certain: the web platform we have today is already bloated, does not suit our needs and severely limits innovation. I’m confident that the way forward is to - one way or another - climb out of this hole we’ve been digging for way too long called a web browser.


Apple's New iPhone Ad Is About Quantity, Not Quality, by Rich McCormick, The Verge

The company's newest ad, titled "Amazing Apps" and put on YouTube today, attempts to sell the iPhone by simply touting the number of apps available on the App Store.

Apple Waits As App Developers Study Who’s Buying Its Watch, by Brian X. Chen and Vindu Goel, New York Times

Of the prominent app makers that are missing from Apple Watch, several echo Facebook in saying they are still trying to determine how to make the most of their apps on the device’s small screens, the largest of which is about 1.3 inches by 1.65 inches. For example, at a technology conference in May, Evan Spiegel, Snapchat’s chief executive, said he did not find the watch compelling.

I am not entire sold on the idea that success or failure of Apple Watch will corelate with the number of third-party apps.


When Apple Music does arrive on Apple TV, I hope there will be cool visualizers accompanying the new Apple Music channel. I am a bit tired of the list of current screensavers.

Parting Words

— Ben Nicholas (@BelgianBoolean) July 19, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Sun, Jul 19, 2015The Great-Indian-Wedding Edition

Apple's First TV Ad For India Celebrates Weddings And The iPhone 6, by NDTV

Apple is looking to capture the Indian market's attention with the release of its first-India specific television commercial. The iPhone 6 advertisement released on Friday is based around the immediately identifiable ritual of the great Indian wedding.

My Dog’s Activity Tracker Is Letting Me Watch Her Die, by Molly McHugh, Wired

It’s not that Whistle is inaccurate—hardly. It’s just that when you’re not there, actually seeing your dog, the reports don’t spell out the entirety of what’s happening. Sure, she still meets her activity goals, but Whistle doesn’t record how she slipped on a stair. I can see that she’s still eating her dinner, which is fantastic, but the device can’t show me how confused and panicked she seems when she wakes up—all very obvious differences now that, despite her relative health, are startling. I was somewhat lured into thinking everything was fine, that I would come home to my dog, the ageless wonder. Because on paper (or, screen, rather), that’s what I’d convinced myself she was.


Who's Actually Buying iPods These Days?, by Matt Birchier

So who are iPods for? They're for people who don't have a smartphone, and that's about it. This makes complete sense, though. The smartphone came in and ate so many products' lunch. Apple's iPhone can do everything these iPods can do and do so much more as well. A smartphone is almost essential if you're a young to middle age adult these days, so you probably already have one in your pocket. For that majority of the population, iPods are redundant, and they don't even think about them most of the time.

iPods remain somewhat relevant amongst the very young and very old. But once again, the rise of affordable tablets has made even those markets shrink by the day. It's hard to think the iPod line is going to do anything but continue shrink even with this refresh.

iPod Touch 6th Generation Teardown, by iFixIt

How To Find The Wi-Fi Password Of Your Current Network, by Digital Inspiration

Your Mac OS X uses Keychain to store the configuration details of the WiFi network and we can use the BSD command “security” to query anything stored inside Keychain, including the Wi-Fi password.

Casey Neistat’s Beme Is A Social App That Aims To Replace Illusions With Reality, by Mike Issac, New York Times

The point of Beme, though, is to erase some of what Mr. Neistat sees as the facades created with social media in its current forms, stripping away the identities people consciously produce with the perfect Instagram filter or the cutesy doodles on a Snapchat photo.

“How would I look if I were just talking to myself in the mirror?” Mr. Neistat said in an interview. “If I’m in the stands at a U2 concert watching Bono, how can I capture this moment without interrupting it and making it fake?”


Dropdowns Should Be The UI Of Last Resort, by Luke Wroblewski

All too often mobile forms make use of dropdown menus for input when simpler or more appropriate controls would work better. Here's several alternatives to dropdowns to consider in your designs and why.

Oh, Dear Safari

@atpfm @daringfireball Safari is the new…

— Kārlis Dambrāns (@janitors) July 17, 2015


Okay, I haven't played a DVD for a long time. Until today, when I switched on "Toy Story" for a visiting relative... and I was momentarily confused when advertisement came on.

Parting Words

Yesterday a line of tourist Segways rolled by and I remembered how cities were supposedly going to be redesigned for them. Now we have Uber.

— Ian Bogost (@ibogost) July 18, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Sat, Jul 18, 2015The Life-Changing Edition

An iPad Gave My Son With Disabilities A Voice – And Changed His Life, by Kathy Bell, The Guardian

We are so grateful the iPad helps him stand tall and be heard. People with a “special” someone in their lives know what they have to offer. Others around us and in the general population sometimes get it, but many times they don’t. They tend to associate speech with ability.

These days, when Kevin speaks, people listen.

Shake Up The Gallery: How iPads Are Changing The Way We Visit Museums, by Thomas McMullan, Alphr

When you have an iPad in your hands, how do you convince people to look away from it? Apprentice Architect addresses this by balancing informative graphics with tasks forcing the user to physically move around the space. To complete the photo-taking game, for example, I had to find six specific parts of the building. In this way the app encouraged me pay attention to the gallery, not through facts and figures but through exploration and play.

Part Of Me

My Digital Cemetery, by Rob Walker, New York Times

This means that to erase those names would feel like an attempt not just to erase these people, but to erase some part of myself. Perhaps these reminders will in some way make me do a better job with all those other contacts, over the course of whatever life we have left. Even if that proves to be wishful thinking, I’d rather live with these entries than make them disappear. What Steve Jobs’s former colleagues have decided to carry is in some sense a trace of his life. To me, that sounds like something worth keeping. What I’ve lost is part of who I am. So is what I choose to save.


In Praise Of The iPod Shuffle, by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

There’s something satisfying about listening to music or spoken word on a device that is so self-effacing. You clip it on, plug in the earbuds or headphones, and listen.

I Want My Kid To Read, So I'm Feeding My iPad To A Shark, by Ben Hallman, The Huffington Post

Real books have only one purpose, unless you count their usefulness at squashing bugs and propping up air conditioners -- and maybe, to be determined, beating back swarms of ravenous sharks. There are no other apps, no email, no games, no finger movements that summon up yet another distraction in a world overwhelmed by them.

Stand Up! Sit Down!

Can A Smarter Desk Get You To Move More?, by Dan Seifert, The Verge

But if you spend most of your working day at a desk, the M1 is appealing not only because it is a smart desk that encourages you to move, but it’s also just a great space to work. If you do have $3,000 to spend on a desk, the M1 is a very good one, and it just might make you marginally healthier, too.

Why I'm Standing Up For The Art Of Sitting Down, by Claire Cohen, Telegraph

Scientists estimate that we Britons spend 60 per cent of our waking hours sitting. This rises to as much as 75 per cent for those who work in offices. Sedentary jobs have risen by 83 per cent since 1950.

Little wonder, then, that so many of us are suffering, on the most basic level, from neck and back problems. Indeed, I’m one of those afflicted by the ‘sitting disease’ that’s sweeping the nation.

Thing is, I’m all that not sure I really want to get to my feet.


Earth Primer (For iPad), by Tony Hoffman, PC Magazine

The Earth Primer iPad app is a fun, interactive introduction to the internal and external structure of our planet, and the processes that drive its geology and weather. The app is highly interactive: With the touch of a finger, you can, for example, make volcanoes erupt, tectonic plates crash, and glaciers advance and recede.

Unclutter, The Three-In-One Mac File Management Tool, Gets A New Look, by Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker

Coda Makes The iPad Even More Productive, by Jason Snell, SuperSite For Windows

Pocket For iOS Adds The Ability To Listen To Articles With New Text-To-speech Feature, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Fixing TextExpander Prefixes, by Dr Drang, And Now It's All This


Everything To Know About The FTC’s Antitrust Review Of Apple’s Music Business, by Cecilia Kang, Washington Post

What is so tough for regulators here — other than that they are using relatively arcane laws that probably never anticipated the innovation now going on in the tech sector — is that the streaming companies really do have a lot of ways to reach consumers. They can sell it over the Internet. And they all offer apps on Google’s store, which actually serves more customers around the world than Apple does.

So is Apple’s behavior truly anti-competitive?


Today I learnt that when a bluetooth earphone advertise itself as being able to be paired with two different devices, it doesn't mean I can hear audio from two different devices at the same time.

Parting Words

"It looks like they're facetiming" -@allyssary

— Tavi Gevinson (@tavitulle) July 17, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Fri, Jul 17, 2015The Curating-The-Future Edition

Up Next: How Playlists Are Curating The Future Of Music, by Marc Hogan, Pitchfork

As simple as the concept might appear, approaches to today’s playlists are varied in a way that’s reminiscent of music itself. Computer algorithms or human curators? Editorial professionals or amateur compilers? Lesser-known upstarts or major-label stars? “The new radio,” as some have gushed, or just the latest repackaging of old formats? How it all shakes out could have long-term ramifications for the music-listening and music-making alike.

Numbered Days: Freelance Accounting With Apple’s Spreadsheet, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

Ultimately, the best solution for me—and I stress, for me—has proved to be Numbers, for a few reasons. Firstly, it’s already on all my Macs and iOS devices. Secondly, while it may not be on par with the likes of Excel, it is remarkably powerful. And thirdly, well, it’s pretty and has a pretty gradual learning curve.

Recovering Deleted iCloud Drive Files, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

One thing I left out of my earlier post about iCloud Drive’s file deletion issue—but which is mentioned in the original source of the link—is that you can actually recover deleted files on iCloud Drive. But it’s not an obvious feature, because you can’t do it from the Finder, where iCloud Drive lives, or from your iOS device.


Diet Coda Becomes Coda For iOS, Picks Up iPhone Support And A New Look, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Coda 2.0 also introduces Panic Sync, for keeping your sites, clips, and credentials up to date between devices.

Ulysses For iPad And Mac Adds Automatic Backup Options So You'll Never Lose A Thought, by Joseph Keller, iMore

The text editor has added support for .DOCX file export, as well as several new options for backup to keep your work safe.

Office For Mac Is Finally A ‘First-Class Citizen’, by Walt Mossberg, Re/code

All in all, I’d say that — especially in Word, Excel and PowerPoint — the benefits of parity with Windows outweighs the loss of Mac distinctiveness. But unless you use Exchange, you might want to skip Outlook and use another email client, until Microsoft makes it friendly to people not employed at Goldman Sachs.

How To Make A Movie With An iPhone, As Taught By The Director Of Tangerine, by Kevin P. Sullivan, Entertainment Weekly

It’s an oft-repeated adage that with a camera phone, anyone can make a movie, but few filmmakers have lived up to the potential of the phrase quite like Sean Baker. His film Tangerine, the story of two friends who also happen to be transgender prostitutes, wowed audiences at Sundance and won over critics in the past few weeks with its theatrical release.

Microsoft’s OneNote iOS App Goes Universal, Bringing Notification Center Widget And More To iPad, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac


Apple Faces U.S. Class-Action Lawsuit By Employees Over Bag Searches, by Dan Levine, Reuters

The ruling, from U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, is part of a 2013 lawsuit alleging Apple should compensate thousands of store employees for the time taken to search their bags to ensure they did not steal any merchandise.

Apple Releases Four New Apple Watch Ads Showing The Device Used In Daily Life, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple's Latest Commercials Show The Challenge Of Marketing A Smartwatch, by Chris Welch, The Verge


The entire universe of Chinese songs are classified into just two generes in Apple Music: Mandarin and Cantonese.

Black Box Or White Box?

Google Is Hiring An SEO Manager To Improve Its Rankings In Google, by Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land

The job listing is for a “Program Manager, Search Engine Optimization.” The description of the job makes it clear that this is about marketing.

And If You Are In NYC...

Review: ‘Penn & Teller On Broadway’ Explores The Illusions Of Technology, by Ben Brantley, New York Times

That it isn’t really an elephant — and I won’t tell you what it is — is of a perfect, witty piece with these performers’ self-dismissing, self-deconstructing style. In theory, a Penn and Teller show is spoiler-proof because they make a point of spoiling their own deceptions, and even encourage you to go online to find out more about them, but they are also showmen to their toes who like to surprise stylishly.

Parting Words

Reminiscing about the days when you could move from the couch to the chair without having to transport a bevy of life simplifying equipment.

— Laura Silverman (@LauraJSilverman) July 15, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Thu, Jul 16, 2015The Standalone-Camera Edition

Apple Releases New iPod Touch, Updates iPod Nano And Shuffle, by Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

Apple went all out with the iPod touch, giving the device the A8 chip, the same one used in the iPhone 6. Apple told me yesterday that the CPU in the new touch is six times faster than its predecessor and 10 times faster in graphics performance.

Apple also made some significant changes to the cameras in the iPod touch. In addition to an 8 Megapixel camera, Apple updated the image sensor processor and added burst and slo-mo modes to the iPod touch.

The iPod Touch Is The New Point-And-Shoot, by Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch

The shaping and refining of the iPod touch over the last couple of years has spelled out what Apple feels the iPod is still great for. It’s no longer a ‘music player’, it’s a gaming platform and a camera. This usage has played out right in front of me, as my daughter uses her touch as a (prolific) photography tool, shooting pictures of herself, our dog, us, the back of our car seat…you get the picture. There’s a case to be made that the iPod touch could be positioned as a standalone camera, much in the way that the original iPod was positioned as a media player.

The iPod Nano And Shuffle Won't Sync Apple Music Songs, Putting Another Nail In The New iPod Coffin, by Serenity Caldwell, iMore

At its heart, though, this is probably an issue regarding priority and time. Apple needed to write a software update for both the nano and the shuffle to recognize and use Apple Music; instead, they get a new paint job and that's about it. (The nano is still using the iOS 6 UI, which is kind of horrific when you think about it. Jony, you really let this out of your lab?) I suppose there's a small chance that Apple could take the time to update the device's software in the future to allow for this, but I'm skeptical.

The New iPod Nano, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Word from a few little birdies is that what remains of the iPod software team is now working on Apple Watch — the Nano UI wasn’t updated to look like iOS 7 because there’s no one left to do it.

If you allow me to draw wild speculations just for a little -- perhaps the next iPod nano and iPod shuffle will be using the watchOS?

Apple Underground

TfL Cautions Users Over Pitfalls Of Apple Pay, by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian

TfL advises users that, as with other smartphone payment systems including EE’s Cash on Tap, Apple Pay only works if a device has power. It warns that, if the battery runs out in the middle of a journey, a user will not be able to tap out, which means they could be charged a maximum fare.

TfL also lists having both an iPhone and an Apple Watch as a potential issue – with a risk of being charged twice. It also warns that receiving a call while attempting to touch into or out of the gates will also cause issues, and that users with multiple cards on their account must remember to use the same one or potentially be charged twice.

Looks like Apple need to add a Subway Mode to go alongside with Airplay Mode. :-)

Apple Pay Coming To HSBC Customers On July 28, by Rhiannon Williams, Telegraph


Musixmatch Plays Nice With Apple Music, by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice

Listening to a song on Apple Music and want to sing along without messing up the words à la “Hold me closer, Tony Danza”? Just swipe from the top of the screen of your iOS device and check Musixmatch’s Today widget in the Notification Center.

Pennies Review: Budgeting App For People Who Hate To Budget, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld


How iOS 9's Safari View Controller Could Completely Change Your App’s Onboarding Experience., by Rizwan Sattar


Private I: El Capitan's System Integrity Protection Will Shift Utilities' Functions, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

The upshot for most users, especially those who only use Apple software and software purchased or obtained through the Mac App Store, is that there will be no difference whatsoever. The vast majority of software used by the vast majority of people doesn’t need access to or play around with files or processes.

For users who customize their systems with utilities and like to make full nightly clone updates of their systems, there will be change ahead. Developers are going to have to rethink some of their products.

As Apple Desktop Use Grows, IT Adapts, by Patrick Thibodeau, Computerworld

Gnemmi said that what distinguishes Apple is that it tries to make money and builds high-quality products. That profit margin helps "with the quality of the product, so I'm not fooling around with it," he said.

Apple's Fourth Retail Store In Hong Kong On Canton Road Opens July 30, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors


I have a 'problem' with Touch ID - it works too fast. Sometimes, I just press the home button with the intention of just bringing up the lock screen so that, for example, I can press on the 'rewind 30 seconds' button.

But, by the time my finger reach the 'rewind 30 seconds' button, Touch ID has confirmed my other finger which is still on the home button, and I am bounced off to the home screen. Now, instead of pressing the 'rewind 30 seconds', I launched an app instead.

(If you are curious, the app that sits in that location on my iPhone is Day One. These accidental launches didn't prompt me to write more in my journal, thougn.)

Parting Words

Client: What if no one gets it? Agency: We'll explain the gag in subhead C: Won't that ruin it? A: We'll use brackets

— Stu Royall (@stu_bot3000) July 15, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Wed, Jul 15, 2015The Exposed-To-Water Edition

A Watch, Water And Workouts, by Craig Hockenberry,

This report will explore how well the watch works when it’s exposed to water. I’ll also make some recommendations for Apple to improve the usability of its Workout app, especially when tracking water sports.

Few seemed to pick up on that nuance.

Why Web Pages Suck, by Ben Thompson, Stratechery

It’s that last line that should give Gruber, or anyone else complaining about crappy websites, pause. After all, if iMore respects their readers, the only alternative explanation is that their development team is incompetent. Unless, of course, iMore, along with the vast majority of ad-supported sites on the web, have basically no choice in the matter.

Taylor Swift And Apple: The Back Story, by Michal Lev-Ram, Fortune

“‘I can’t support this, you need to pay us from the first stream,'” Borchetta, the CEO of Big Machine Records, says he told Apple execs. “And those conversations led up to the weekend where Taylor posted the blog.”

According to Borchetta, he hadn’t spoken to Swift earlier in the week, and was caught by surprise when she let him know about her letter.

Apple Watch, Not Dead Yet, by Dawn Chmielewski, Re/code

“We’ve always been very clear that we’re talking about U.S. online sales. We’re not projecting other channels,” said Agarwal. “Anytime we send data to reporters, I was the first to say, ‘Look, it could be sales are shifting online to in-stores.’ That’s how we present it.”


Sandvox 2.10 Review: A Newcomer-Friendly Tool For Publishing Simple Sites, by Nathan Alderman, Macworld

For everyday folks who want to build a website but don’t know how, Sandvox offers a friendly all-in-one solution. Web design pros who need powerful, versatile tools won’t find them, however.

Hands On: Adventure Time -- Card Wars 1.5.0 (iOS), by Amber Neely, MacNN

Chatting In Secret While We're All Being Watched, by Micah Lee, The Intercept

But if you take careful steps to protect yourself, it’s possible to communicate online in a way that’s private, secret and anonymous. Today I’m going to explain in precise terms how to do that. I’ll take techniques NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden used when contacting me two and a half years ago and boil them down to the essentials. In a nutshell, I’ll show you how to create anonymous real-time chat accounts and how to chat over those accounts using an encryption protocol called Off-the-Record Messaging, or OTR.


How Apple’s iCloud Drive Deletes Your Files Without Warning, by Mark Jaquith

Cloud storage is a brilliant idea, but the way Apple has implemented it is reckless and irresponsible. People’s data is sacred, and Apple makes it really easy to just vaporize it, forever.

Apple Advances On Diversity, Slowly, by Patricia Sellers, Fortune

Global Human Resources Chief Denise Young Smith said at Fortune Brainstorm Tech on Tuesday morning that Apple’s next “diversity report” will come “sometime this summer” and will reveal some progress on recruiting diverse employees. “We did have some movement in our hiring or women and hiring of minorities,” said Young Smith, noting that about 35% of Apple’s recent recruits are women. The upcoming report, which Young Smith claims will have “more transparency” than its report last year, will show an uptick in hiring African-American and Hispanic recruits as well.

Apple Saves Publishing... For Itself, by Joel Johnson, Fast Company

But the worst case scenario that's developing here is that we're going to let Apple and Facebook control the means of distribution simply by pitting readers who don't want to pay for content saddle with slow, hard-to-navigate web pages against publishers who are operating businesses with thin profit margins. The list of publishers already working with Apple News is long, with titles from big conglomerates like Condé Nast and Hearst already on board. And again, given the financial climate in publishing, I do not blame them.

Parting Words

The 5 world religions.

— Karin Kosina (@kyrah) July 13, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Tue, Jul 14, 2015The Apple-Music-By-Mistake Edition

iTunes 12.2.1 Fixes Issues With iTunes Match And Apple Music, by Joseph Keller, iMore

This includes fixing a problem that caused some matched tracks to be listed as Apple Music tracks by mistake.

Apple Releases iTunes 12.2.1, Does Not Fix iTunes Match DRM Issue, by Kirk McElhearn

I installed the update, and it hasn’t fixed anything for me.

Good Question

If you’re subscribed to Apple Music, why does the Store only play previews, not the full song?

— Ben Millett (@benmillett) July 13, 2015

Healthier Everyday

Time Management Is Only Making Our Busy Lives Worse, by Christian Hartmann, Reuters

We don’t need managers to impose time discipline upon us—we do it ourselves because we’re so busy. It seems the only option in the face of the demand-and-expectation tsunami hitting us each day. So we schedule and cram our time, squeezing all the efficiency we can out of each day. Time management, we believe, is the solution to our busyness: if we could organize our time better, we’d be less overwhelmed, happier, and more effective. We are completely wrong on all three counts, and it’s damaging our lives and our careers.

How To Cut Children’s Screen Time? Say No To Yourself First., by Jane E. Brody, New York Times

Dr. Steiner-Adair is especially concerned about parental failure to pay full attention to their children “at critical times of the day, like when taking children to and from school. This should be a cell-free zone for everyone — no Bluetooth for parents or devices for the kids. The pickup from school is a very important transitional time for kids, a time for them to download their day. Parents shouldn’t be saying, ‘Wait a minute, I have to finish this call.’  ”

Likewise, she said, when parents come home from work, “they should walk in the door unplugged and use the first hour they’re home as time to reconnect with the family. Kids hate the phrase ‘just checking’ that parents frequently use to justify a very rude, infuriating behavior.”

Apple Pay In UK

Apple Pay Launches In UK With 250K Stores, 8 Banks Participating, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Nine months after its release in the U.S., Apple Pay will be available to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch users in the UK on Tuesday, local time, with support from more than 250,000 retail locations and eight major banks.

HSBC Bows Out Of Apple Pay Launch As Barclays Vows Future Support, by AppleInsider

It seems Apple Pay's UK debut didn't go off without a hitch on Tuesday, as HSBC customers are not able to use service despite the bank's status as an official launch partner. In a related development, Barclays did an about face and announced upcoming support for Apple's contactless payment solution.

Apple Pay Goes Live In The UK: Here's How To Use It, by Matt Brian, Engadget

Most UK Apple Pay Retailers Cap At £20, But Pret And Bill’s Show Transactions Can Be Limitless, by Ingrid Lunden, TechCrunch


iBooks Author 2.3 Adds Support For ePub 3, Opens Up Ebook Creation To Anyone, by Serenity Caldwell, iMore

Where iTunes Caches Music You Stream With Apple Music, And How To Free Up Disk Space, by Kirk McElhearn

Steve Reich's Clapping Music App: In Pursuit Of Rhythmic Perfection, by Tom Service, The Guardian

Here’s a brilliant – and infuriatingly addictive – way to lose a few hours in the app-osphere: the new (and free!) iPhone and iPad app from London Sinfonietta and Touchpress dedicated to Steve Reich’s Clapping Music. OK, so it’s not based on a behemoth of classical music like the Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony app, one of Touchpress’s previous iOS blockbusters, but Clapping Music is arguably an even better fit for interactive technology.

Pixelmator For iPhone And iPad Adds ‘Dynamic Touch’ Brush Strokes, Better Repair Tool, More, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

This update adds a new kind of brush stroke called Dynamic Touch, which simulates pressure sensitivity by examining the size of the finger input that touches the screen. Larger surface area produces thicker strokes on the canvas. Similarly, using just the tip of a finger results in fine lines in the app.

TiVo Adds AirPlay Support To Allow Streaming To Apple TV Via iOS Devices, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors


Internet’s New Addressing System Now Mainstream, Says Apple – Prioritized In iOS 9 & OS X 10.11 Betas, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

With the Internet running out of standard 32-bit IP addresses (known as IPv4), the switch to IPv6 – which offers 128-bit addresses – has been quietly underway for some time. Apple says this work has now progressed sufficiently for IPv6 to be considered mainstream, and it is prioritizing the use of the new addressing system in the public betas of both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11.

After The Layoffs, by Jason Freedman,

I’ve been hesitant to write this post because I worried people wouldn’t want to hear from a company that just went through layoffs. But, I hope someone will get value from hearing what we went through. I had never been through layoffs so I didn’t know what to expect.

I want to focus on the obligations that quickly emerged once we decided to shut down this part of our business.

What Does It Mean For An Algorithm To Be Fair?, by Jeremy Kun

From our perspective, we the computer scientists and mathematicians, the central obstacle is still that we don’t have a good definition of fairness.


Apple, Networks Progressing In Talks Over Cable-Killer TV App, by Claire Atkinson, New York Post

Those affiliate groups, which include Tribune and Sinclair, are being told by the networks that if they opt in and offer their feeds, they will be able to share in the added revenue the Apple streaming product will produce, sources tell The Post.

“Apple has a lot of reach and this is a good opportunity,” said one network source.


Parting Words

Our printer is in the grip of existential angst.

— Katharine Houreld (@khoureld) July 13, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Mon, Jul 13, 2015The Unfinished-Version Edition

On Negative App Store Reviews During Betas Of iOS And OS X, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

For third-party developers – the folks who make the apps you use every day – the problem is compounded by the fact that their finished apps can be installed and run on an unfinished version of iOS/OS X and that users can leave regular, public App Store reviews for them. This is the core of an issue that presents itself every year.

I will not miss it if Apple removed the entire review feature in the app stores.

I Deleted My Entire iTunes Library And You Can Too, by TJ Connelly, Medium

I won’t lie: this was a little bit terrifying, or at least as terrifying as any other experience you can have sitting at a desk. I checked my backups like four times and was still nervous I’d wake the next day to discover a missed checkbox has vanished my playlists, or sent my music to the big iCloud in the sky.

My end goal was to move all the music out of iTunes and leave things like Movies and TV Shows behind so I can still make use of my Apple TV. I don’t particularly care about things like Date Added and Watched status for these items, so I was free to handle this fairly simply.


Klok Puts Interactive Time Zone Conversions In A Widget, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Developed by buUuk, Klok isn't the first iPhone app to make different time zones available from a Notification Center widget. However, unlike similar apps I've used before, Klok allows for basic interactions in the widget, which can be useful when comparing different times at a glance without having to calculate differences between them.


News Sites Are Fatter And Slower Than Ever, by Frédéric Filloux, Monday Note

Websites designers live in a bubble, they’re increasingly disconnected from users. Their work requirements include design (fonts, layouts elements), advertising (multiple ad serving and analytics), data collection (even though most sites collects way more data that they are able to process), a/b testings, and other marketing voodoo.

Then, when a third party vendor shows up with the tool-everyone-else-uses, the pitch stresses simplicity: ‘Just insert a couple of lines of code’, or ‘A super-light javascript’. Most often, corporate sales and marketing drones kick in: ‘We need this tool’, or ‘Media-buying agencies demand it’. The pressure can even come from the newsroom struggling to improve its SEO scores, asking for new gadgets “To better pilot editorial production”, or “To rank higher in Google News”.

What Happens When An Apple Guy Explores Material Design?, by Matthieu Aussaguel, Medium


Satoru Iwata, Nintendo Chief Executive, Dies At 55, by Liam Stack, New York Times

Over the 1980s, Mr. Iwata worked on a number of the company’s biggest titles. He became company president in 1993, just after he helped put out the first installment of the Kirby franchise, Kirby’s Dream Land.

The game, which features a puffy, pink protagonist who gobbles up enemies and spits them out as projectiles, became a hallmark of casual gameplay for the mobile game device well before the era of smartphone games.

Similarly, simplicity and ease of use were the driving forces behind the motion sensor technology that made the Wii console so popular.

Parting Words


— Steve Gaynor (@fullbright) July 10, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Sun, Jul 12, 2015The One-Time-Deal Edition

Apple Gives Greek iCloud Users 30 Days Free Service In Light Of Financial Crisis, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

It appears Apple's extension is a one-time deal, as the email notes users might need to reduce their reliance on iCloud storage if subsequent attempts for renewal fail.

M.I.A. Audiovisual Project "Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than A Border" Coming To Apple Music, by Amy Phillips, Pitchfork

The launch of Apple Music hasn't only included a new radio station, social network, and streaming service. Apple have also started creating their own original content. The company made Drake's amazing "Energy" video in-house, as well as Pharrell's "Freedom" and Eminem's "Phenomenal".


It’s 2015, And I Still Use RSS (And Sometimes Even Bookmarks), by Rob Pegoraro

The third, maybe most important feature: Nobody owns RSS.

Disconnect From Your Network Without Turning Off Wi-Fi, by Peter Cohen, iMore


Steve Jobs on problem solving: (via @gmc

— Chris Dixon (@cdixon) July 11, 2015

Architecture Astronauts

Pro tip: Keep the people who talk about building things away from the people who actually build things.

— rands (@rands) July 10, 2015

Don't Forget Meetings

If college was really about preparing you for a career, it would be nothing but 4 years of writing emails.

— alex watlington (@alexwatlington) July 8, 2015


Five Gorgeous New “Shot On iPhone 6″ Video Ads Debut From Apple, by OS X Daily

Addicted To Your Phone? There’s Help For That, by Conor Dougherty, New York Times

Love Letters

When You Give A Tree An Email Address, by Adrienne Lafrance, CityLab

Officials assigned the trees ID numbers and email addresses in 2013 as part of a program designed to make it easier for citizens to report problems like dangerous branches. The “unintended but positive consequence,” as the chair of Melbourne’s Environment Portfolio, Councillor Arron Wood, put it to me in an email, was that people did more than just report issues. They also wrote directly to the trees, which have received thousands of messages—everything from banal greetings and questions about current events to love letters and existential dilemmas.

Parting Words

Awkward family photos SDCC style

— Steve Drew (@elquesogrande1) July 10, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Sat, Jul 11, 2015The Anyone-Can-Be-Creative Edition

How We Made The Paper iPad App, by Georg Petschnigg, The Guardian

The idea that anyone can be creative and benefit from doing so is a concept we took forward when we formed FiftyThree and developed our app, Paper, which enables users to sketch, write, draw and visualise ideas on their iPad.

New York Wants Google Maps To Discourage Left Turns, by Sarah Goodyear, Citylab

The city’s department of transportation has been redesigning intersections to make left turns safer by changing signals and incorporating other design measures. But Lander and Rodriguez got the idea to ask Google to help by giving its map users the chance to request a “reduce left turns” routing option. “We haven’t heard back yet,” says Rodriguez. “But we hope, knowing that Google is one of those good private entities, that Google can look at this.”


Over 25,000 Tracks? Here's How To Create A Secondary iTunes Library For Apple Music And iTunes Match, by Serenity Caldwell, iMore

Want to use iTunes Match or Apple Music but have too many songs? Here's how to create a sub-library to use with the service.

Ask The iTunes Guy: Cha-Cha-cha-changes In iTunes 12.2, by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

The big iTunes news this week is the introduction of Apple Music, and the many changes it brings to iTunes. In this week’s column, I answer a number of questions related to Apple Music, and to other changes in iTunes 12.2.

Pages Of Questions And Answers About Apple's Word Processor, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

If you’ve got a decently long history with the Mac, you’ll remember AppleWorks and ClarisWorks. When Microsoft Office was a high-priced suite, AppleWorks and ClarisWorks were inexpensive (and sometimes thrown in). Apple stopped selling the last version in 2007, but files linger. In this week’s column, Mac 911 helps a reader open ancient ’Works files. I also help with sorting, EPUB formatting, and a systemwide text replacement sync issue.

Hands On: TinyWord 2.0.0 (OS X, iOS), by William Gallagher, MacNN

Lightweight word processor does what it says.


Judicious Use Of Shitty Code, by Jared Sinclair

If your goal is only to learn, then write clean code. But if your goal is to build a successful business, then stop trying to impress your heroes. Learn as you go. Be messy. Don’t use new technologies. Don’t use new languages for their own sake. Don’t waste time trying to think of the most elegant way to break an egg.


Rumored HomeKit/HealthKit synergy: if you ignore Apple Watch’s “time to stand” reminders, it pulls the fire alarm and activates sprinklers.

— Andy Ihnatko (@Ihnatko) July 11, 2015


FTC Exploring Apple Rules For Streaming Music Rivals In App Store, by Diane Bartz and Julia Love, Reuters

U.S. government antitrust regulators are looking into claims about whether Apple's treatment of rival streaming music apps is illegal under antitrust law, according to three industry sources.

Apple Chooses Unexpected Location For Massive New Hong Kong Retail Store, by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

Apple's latest retail outpost in Hong Kong — thought to be the company's largest in Asia — went public this week with the unveiling of a huge, three-dimensional Apple logo in a somewhat unexpected place.

Apple’s Mac Is Now The Only Major PC Brand That’s Growing, by Dan Frommer, Quartz

The Death Of The PC Has Not Been Greatly Exaggerated, by Davey Alba, Wired

Parting Words

Finally: Oreo-flavored Oreos.

— Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken) July 10, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Fri, Jul 10, 2015The Office-2016 Edition

Microsoft Releases Office 2016 For Mac To Office 365 Subscribers, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Office for Mac 2016 is available now with an Office 365 subscription. Office 2016 for Mac will become available as a one-time purchase option this September.

A Quick Hands-On With Office 2016 For Mac, by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

OneNote for Mac still lacks the kind of offline support offered in the Windows version, which can create new notebooks without an Internet connection and back notebooks up locally. The core Office for Mac applications of Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, can do just about everything their Windows counterparts can.

Office 2016 For Mac Is Here!, by Kirk Koenigsbauer, Microsoft

Mac preview participants provided us with over 100,000 pieces of feedback. Based on this feedback, we released seven updates in four months with significant improvements in performance and stability. We also added features like improved Mail Merge in Word, Propose New Time in Outlook and support for External Data Connections in Excel.

And the best news is that Office for Mac will continue to see ongoing improvements over time. We plan to release updates and new features for Office 365 customers at least once per quarter.

Folderizing Office 2016, by Rob Griffiths

Review: Microsoft Office In A World Of Multiple Devices, by Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press

Not An iPhone

Apple Debuts “If It’s Not An iPhone, It’s Not An iPhone” Ad Campaign With Two TV Spots, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Both of today’s new advertisements end with the slogan, “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone.”

Bugs Hunting

Summer Of Testing: El Capitan And iOS 9 Public Betas Are Here, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Though the public beta versions seem quite stable, they’re still pre-release versions of operating systems and need to be used with caution. If you’ve got a spare device, test on that. At the very least, be sure your Mac is backed up.

Also, it’s a beta! So be sure to report any bugs you find. Apple includes the Feedback Assistant app with every beta, and that’s the preferred way to give feedback about problems you encounter while testing.


Spark Ups Its Email Management Game And Adds A Host Of Improvements, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Setting Up Your Home Mac For Remote File Access, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

I keep most of my smaller files in Dropbox or iCloud Drive, but on occasion I need to grab something like, say, a podcast MP3. There are a number of ways to do this—configuring an SFTP server, for example, or using Back to My Mac1—but the one I’ve found most handy is using OS X’s built-in Screen Sharing.

Now, this does take a little preparation, but the good news it that once you invest the initial time to configure it, you shouldn’t need to do it again.

Switch To DuckDuckGo In iOS And OS X, by Jim Lynch, CIO

Privacy is a big concern for many people these days, and one way to help protect your privacy is to change Safari's default search engine from Google to DuckDuckGo. Unlike Google, DuckDuckGo does not track you or filter bubble your search results. And it's quite easy to make DuckDuckGo your default search engine in Safari in OS X and iOS.


Uncovering Our Rootlessness, by Dave Nanian

Every new OS X release has its own special challenges, and OS X 10.11 - which I still have trouble referring to as "El Capitan" - is no different. And in our testing (which we commenced immediately upon availability of the developer preview), we found that we couldn't make a copy of an El Capitan disk due to the new system protection or rootless feature.

I Left My System Fonts In San Francisco, by Craig Hockenberry,

As a part of this abstraction, there’s now a new generic family name: -apple-system-font.

Why Desktop Apps Are Making A Comeback, by Mathilde Collin, Medium


This Is The Most Outrageous Government Tirade Against iOS 8 Encryption, by David Kravets, Ars Technica

As it now stands, nobody in Congress has actually proposed a law mandating these backdoors. Instead, politicians are trying to guilt the tech sector into complying. And President Barack Obama's administration is mulling an encryption policy and could ask Congress for backdoor legislation in the coming months.

Content Blockers, Bad Ads, And What We're Doing About It, by Rene Ritchie, iMore

Parting Words

When you say, “It’s in the wiki,” I hear: “RTFM. And good luck *finding* the FM. Loser.”

— Reginald Braithwaite (@raganwald) July 9, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Thu, Jul 9, 2015The Platform-Of-The-Future Edition

Tip: Restoring Tracks Removed From My Music, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

To restore those hidden tracks, you’ll need to fire up iTunes on your Mac or PC, and then access your account by clicking on your name in the title bar and choosing Account Info.

Has Apple released a user manual for Apple Music and iTunes yet?

Streaming Music Has An Offline Problem, by David Pierce, Wired

The music service of the future requires the bandwidth of the future, the battery of the future, and the services and platforms of the future. All of those things will come true, eventually. They just haven’t yet. Until then, just give us a way to listen to music offline.

I've spend so much time trying to figuring out Apple Music's offline feature, and I still do not know if I am just not getting it right, or if the app and/or service is buggy.

New Boxes

Apple Stores Begin Selling Third-Party Accessories With Co-Designed 'Premium' Packaging, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

Apple Stores are already beginning to sell third-party accessories with packaging co-designed by Apple, giving the company even greater control over the presentation and marketing of products sold in its retail outlets.


Review: Ghost Note, by Erica Sadun

It evaluates the context of your current work state, whether you’re in a web browser, or selecting a file in the Finder, or editing a document in Photoshop, and it enables you to add comments to the context of your work.

Extra! Extra! NYT Now Goes Head To Head With BuzzFeed News, by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice

Disney Unveils The First Official Star Wars iOS App With Lightsaber Training, Themed Selfies, More, by Justin Kahn, 9to5Mac

And It Is Always Undocumented

Programming is a constant struggle between "What is harder: Implementing it myself, or understanding the existing, undocumented solution?"

— mcc (@mcclure111) July 8, 2015


Spotify Urges iPhone Customers To Stop Paying Through Apple's App Store, by Chris Welch, The Verge

Spotify is trying to raise awareness around the fact that it's cheaper to subscribe on the web instead of through Apple's App Store. The leading subscription music service plans to email iPhone customers [a] note encouraging them, if they haven't already, to start paying at and save a few dollars.

Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't one of Apple's rules for the App Store is that in-app purchase prices cannot be more expensive than prices outside of the app?

Microsoft Writes Off $7.6 Billion From Nokia Deal, Announces 7,800 Job Cuts, by Tom Warren, The Verge

"In the near-term, we’ll run a more effective and focused phone portfolio while retaining capability for long-term reinvention in mobility." The new job cuts follow 18,000 over the past 12 months that Nadella originally announced nearly a year ago.

It’s 2015 — You’d Think We’d Have Figured Out How To Measure Web Traffic By Now, by Sam Dean, FiveThirtyEight

Parting Words

If I ran a hospital gift shop I’d stock lightning and mini-usb cables. Just saying.

— Scott McNulty (@blankbaby) July 8, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Wed, Jul 8, 2015The In-Your-Hands Edition

The Best Read-It-later Service, by Robert Mcginley Myers, The Sweet Setup

Instapaper has been one of the most recommended apps for iOS users since the App Store first debuted, and it’s no accident. It was one of the first apps on iOS to demonstrate the truly transformational power apps can have on a mobile device. Holding “the web in your hands” means something very different when you’re not just passively browsing that web but picking and choosing what parts of the web you want to hold and read comfortably on your couch. Other apps may do a better job of parsing images or organizing articles, but Instapaper does the best job of presenting the text of the things you want to read in the format you most enjoy reading. And that’s why it’s our favorite read-it-later service for iOS.

Me? I use both Instapaper and Pocket. Two lists for two differnet purposes, one for articles I want to read in the evening, and one for articles I just want to keep until when I really have time to sit down and just read. Both services work great.

Article's Headline

One of my co-workers has the saddest screensaver ever.

— Ina Fried (@inafried) July 7, 2015


Apple Music Review: Behind A Messy Interface Is Music’s Next Big Leap, by Joanna Stern, Wall Street Journal

I love how well it integrates with my own personal music collection, and recommends great music throughout the day, but there are too many bugs and frustrations to battle.

Obscura Camera Gains New Features For Easier Photo Capturing, by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice

Google Maps For iOS Makes Way For More Improvements, by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice


Apple Notifies Developers Of App Store Price Changes And New Price Tiers Coming To Several Countries This Week, by Mike Beasley, 9to5Mac

How To Avoid The Software Salary Ceiling, by Ross Williamson

When I was re-entering the tech workforce 18 months ago, I ran into several problems:

  1. Nobody cared that I had worked as an engineer for Google or shipped 2 very technical products while starting a company. I was still put through the technical whiteboard wringer when interviewing.

  2. My old salary was too high for my local tech market.


Beats 1, Apple's Radio Station, Looks Like It's A Hit -- And Maybe A New Digital Direction, by Glenn Peoples, Billboard

The reaction to Beats 1 suggests people appreciate, or miss, the communal listening experiences offered by traditional radio. Listening to personalized playlists, sharing songs and getting album recommendations have their rewards, and people will continue to want those features, but streaming services should venture beyond their original charters. After the rise of one-to-one streaming, it appears we've come full circle and returned to one-to-many broadcasting.

The Father Of The Emoticon Chases His Great White Whale, by Rachel Wilkinson, Narratively

Dr. Scott Fahlman invented a playful keyboard shortcut that is now used more than six billion times a day. But he hopes to be remembered for something a bit more substantial than a smiley face.

Anxious Greeks Buy Macs And PlayStations While They Still Can, by Marco BertaccheConstantine CourcoulasSam Chambers, Bloomberg

“A Mac is something that keeps its value,” she added, pointing to a gleaming 27-inch screen.


The Apple Music free trial made me realize that I don't care that much about music anymore.

Parting Words

Museums are different in Denmark.

— You had one job (@_youhadonejob) July 2, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Tue, Jul 7, 2015The Life-Without-One Edition

My Week Without Apple Watch, by Ben Bajarin, Techpinions

As I pointed to at the beginning of this article, the Apple Watch is a modern day convenience and should be understood as such. It is a convenience in the same way a dishwasher or washer/dryer or a microwave is. None of the items are absolutely necessary, yet so many of their owners can’t imagine life without one. This is what my week without the Apple Watch taught me. Of course I can get by without it but, given the number of conveniences I’ve been able to quantify in the flow of my daily life, I can no longer imagine life without it.

He Made A Secret Album In An Apple Store, by Matthew Narvin, The Daily Beast

After a second computer failure left him without a means to record his album and no money to buy a replacement, Prince finished recording the vocals and backing instrumental tracks for his new album entirely in that one Apple Store.

News From The Stores

Apple Stores To Start Sales Of First HomeKit-Enabled Thermostat On Tuesday, by AppleInsider

Apple Working To Add Home Sharing For Music In iOS 9, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

In response to a tweet about the removal of Home Sharing for music, Cue tweeted "We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9."

All Apple Stores Revamping Third-Party Accessory Selection With Apple Designed Boxes, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

The company is gearing up to revamp its third-party accessory selection across all of its retail stores by next week by reducing the amount of accessories available in stores to ones sold in packaging co-designed by Apple. Apple has been working with select third-party accessory makers over the past six months to redesign boxes so that the experience more closely matches the boxes of Apple’s own products.

Apple's First Retail Store In Queens, New York Opens July 11, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors


Microsoft's Tossup App Can Help Friends Vote On Where To Meet Up, by John Callaham, iMore

The idea behind the app, which was developed by a team inside Microsoft's Outlook division, is to make it easier to find a place where everyone in a group wants to go to, say, eat after work or just hang out.

Amazon Releases Cloud Drive File Management App For iPhone And iPad, by Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac

The new Cloud Drive app offers a more Dropbox-like experience, allowing users to view, manage, and share all of the content they have stored in the service.

ArtHandler For Mac OS X Revved To Version 1.5, by MacTech

Solving OS X Problems: Finding Old Utilities, Removing A Partition, And Migrating Data, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

This week, Mac 911 focuses on OS X and things that are missing or migrating. I answer questions about deauthorizing software on a Mac before a migration, where to find old Wi-Fi utility software and firmware, deleting a Fusion drive’s extra partition, and a small array of Migration Assistant questions.


The Inevitable Return Of COBOL, by Ritika Trikha, HackerRank


The power of Pixar: I felt like crying just by listening to a podcast where people were discussing the Inside Out movie.

Parting Words

Not the most helpful update from #Wimbledon

— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) July 6, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Mon, Jul 6, 2015The Teams-Large-And-Small Edition

“My Model For Business Is The Beatles”: Why Steve Jobs Was No Lone Hero, by Rich Karlgaard and Michael S. Malone

And though he remained the same mercurial, rash, dangerously unpredictable, and impetuous Steve Jobs who had been driven out of Apple in 1985, he had learned two important pieces of wisdom in the interim: (1) Build a company that rewards risk rather than punishes it; and (2) Never forget that all successful enterprises, no matter how big and wealthy, are an aggregation of teams large and small, loyal and renegade, stabilizing and anarchistic, from the lowliest engineers to executive row—all of them working, sometimes in harmony and sometimes at cross-purposes, toward the success of the company.

The Surprising Genius Of Apple's Beats 1 Radio, by Mike Elgan, Computerworld

When Beats 1 was announced, it seemed ordinary and unremarkable -- and it would have been if Apple had followed the common path, which is to create a separate radio station for every genre. Instead, Apple came out with one station. In doing so, it set that station apart from all others in a major way.


Apple Updates OS X Server For Yosemite To 4.1.3, by MacNN

Take Your Kids On A Digital Field Trip, by Jinny Gudmundsen, USA Today

Apps can be a great way to broaden your kid's perspective on the world. With just the tap of your finger, you can whisk your child away to explore a farm, a city, or even the woods. With the right apps, children learn about each new location by playing inside it, including driving a tractor, sampling food trucks in a city park, and watching a deer cavort in the forest. Here's a closer look at three outstanding digital field trip apps.

Typinator 6.6, by Agen G. N. Schmitz, TidBITS


Safari Is The New IE 2: Revenge Of The Linkbait, by Nolan Lawson

Apple’s lack of engagement with the broader web community has also been damaging to their reputation. By not making the effort to attend meetups, write blog posts, or set up forums for feedback, it’s no wonder developers are left with the impression that Apple doesn’t care about the web. Even just sending a developer evangelist to a few meetups to smile, nod, and answer questions politely would do wonders for their public perception.

Furthermore, Apple’s lack of boots on the ground at everyday developer soirées means that they’re increasingly out of touch with what developers want from the web platform. The fact that so many meetups and conferences have sprung up recently, and the fact that the web is fast becoming the world’s most advanced cross-platform application runtime are not isolated incidents. Developers like myself are getting excited about the web precisely because it’s supplanting all the old application paradigms. But as I pointed out above, the “appy” aspects of the web are exactly where Safari tends to falter.

Another Downside Of Automatic App Updating, by Michael Tsai

Human Curation Is Back, by Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note

The limitations of algorithmic curation of news and culture has prompted a return to the use of actual humans to select, edit, and explain. Who knows, this might spread to another less traditional media: apps.

They Do Take Security Seriously, by lvh

The World's Tallest Cow Dies After A Lifetime Of Photoshop Accusations, by Lauren O'Neil, CBC

We know what you're thinking, and to answer your question: "No, it's not fake."

Parting Words

The original NYT motto was so much better.

— Neil King (@NKingofDC) July 3, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Sun, Jul 5, 2015The Translate-Globally Edition

Living Through The First 24 Hours Of Beats 1 Radio, by Emily Yoshida, Ross Miller, James Vincent, Amar Toor, Ben Popper, and Sam Byford, The Verge

Worldwide. Always On. One hundred countries. Listen to Beats 1 for more than a few songs and without fail someone will get on a mic to remind you the global reach of Apple Music's tentpole radio station. But while the ambition is there, does Beats 1 translate globally? Turns out, The Verge is also worldwide and always on. So we tasked some of our writers both in the US and internationally — specifically London, Tokyo, and Paris — to listen to the first 24 hours of Beats 1 radio.

How To Listen To Apple Music Offline, by Dave Mark, The Loop

Though there are a number of ways to listen to music online, you might consider starting with a new, empty playlist you can use to accumulate your offline tracks.


How-To: Go Beyond OS X Photos + Make Amazing Wall Art From Your Mac’s Pictures (Part 1), by Jeremy Horwitz, 9to5Mac

A Popular App Charts Changing Tastes In Wine, by Stephen Heyman, New York Times

Alex Fishman, a former software engineer for Apple and an investment strategist for Goldman Sachs, wondered whether it would be possible to use big data to sort out the dizzying, often intimidating world of wine. In 2012, he founded Delectable, which has become one of the leading apps for identifying and sharing information on what you drink, used both by amateurs and some of the most influential voices in wine, including critics like the writer Jay McInerney and musicians-turned-wine bar owners like James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. This week, the San Francisco-based company is releasing statistics showing how drinking patterns among its users are changing, based on more than 1 million unique submissions since the first quarter of 2013.


How Do You Learn To Code?, by Roshan Choxi, Gizmodo

  1. Focus on habits, not goals

  2. Learning alone is painful

  3. Build things.

What Happens To My Late Husband’s Digital Life Now He’s Gone?, by Caroline Twigg, The Guardian

As I take the commuter train, I look at everyone on their smartphones. I imagine there are others also scrolling through pictures of their families, just as I am with photos of Iain. I see a message from a lady, a new friend, whose husband also died of a brain tumour a few days before Iain – we’ve never met but have shared such a similarly traumatic story that we’re linked to each other now. As I go to reply, I’m aware that we’d never have connected if this had been 1915, not 2015.

Of Tabs And Spaces

programming tip: when you encounter mixed tabs and spaces, hide swear words in there for the next maintainer to find

— codl (@codl) June 30, 2015


Apple Pay Expected To Go Live In The U.K. On July 14th, £20+ Transactions Starting This Fall, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

Apple appears to be planning to enable its Apple Pay iPhone mobile payments service in the United Kingdom on July 14th, according to sources at multiple retailers. Apple has informed some Apple Retail employees in the U.K. that Apple Pay support will go live on that Tuesday, while an internal memos for supermarket Waitrose plus an additional retail partner indicate the same date.

New iPhone 6S Images Show Updated NFC, 16GB Base Storage, Fewer Chips + Design Tweaks, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

Beats 4

They don't have elevator music at NPR, they just play NPR.

— Alex Duner (@asduner) July 5, 2015


Facing A Selfie Election, Presidential Hopefuls Grin And Bear It, by Jeremy W. Peters and Ashley Parker, New York Times

Who wants their babies kissed or their yard signs autographed anymore? This is the Selfie Election. And if you are running for president, you have no choice but to submit.

Parting Words

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.

— Gautam Trivedi (@Gotham3) July 3, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Sat, Jul 4, 2015The Digital-Smorgasbord Edition

In Battle Of Streaming Music Services, Simplicity Is The Killer Feature, by Lauren Goode, Re/code

Congratulations, Apple: You’ve made us all talk about music again.

But each of the five tabs of Apple’s revamped Music app is like an app itself, a digital smorgasbord of tracks, albums, playlists, recommendations, charts, channels, programming schedules and more. It’s like eating a five-course meal, only each course is a trip to the buffet. It’s very rich — and it might be too much.

No, Apple Is Not Adding DRM To Songs On Your Mac You Already Own, by Serenity Caldwell, iMore

Yes, Apple Music has a DRM component. Yes, it sucks, but it's similar to every other streaming service. No, it does not overwrite the files on your Mac to make all your music DRM-laden. For those Googling in a panic, here's the deal.


Checking In With eSpark, An iPad App Curriculum Platform Set To Serve 50K Students This Fall, by Karis Hustad, ChicagoInno

eSpark creates iPad-based curriculum for students. But their curriculum is solely made up of iOS resources and apps that have been vetted by former teachers, and are individualized for student's learning based on tests and student engagement. This method helps free up time for teachers who want to dive into edtech, but aren't sure where to start.

Wineosphere iPhone App Review, by Aron Kramer, Tapscape


My Delivery Truck, by Charles Perry

Today, the App Store is basically your delivery truck that takes cash on delivery. We wouldn’t blame a delivery truck for our business failure. It doesn’t make any sense. It’s not a delivery truck’s responsibility to ensure that there’s a market for our products. That’s what market research is for. It’s not a delivery truck’s responsibility to advertise our products or introduce them to customers. That’s what marketing is for. And it’s not a delivery truck’s responsibility to prop up prices in the market place. That’s just not it’s role.

Write Code Every Day, by Brett Langdon


"I've set the wedding date. I've not asked her out yet."---how software projects are managed.

— Venkat Subramaniam (@venkat_s) July 3, 2015


Apple iTunes And AppStore No Longer Work In Greece Due To Debt Crisis, by Jim Waterson, BuzzFeed

Ordinary Greeks who are accustomed to using international services such as Apple’s AppStore and PayPal are now finding that they can non longer use popular paid-for internet services due to the financial restrictions.

Apple's European "OS X El Capitan" Trademark Filing Oddly Lists Tablets As One Of The Products Linked To The New OS, by Patently Apple

Parting Words

We live in a world where even trash cans can kernel panic.

— Ben Nunney (@BenNunney) April 6, 2013

Thanks for reading.

Fri, Jul 3, 2015The How-You-Should-Use-Likes Edition

Likes And Unlikes

How To Properly Use “Likes” In Apple Music, by Jim Darlymple, The Loop

I use the “Like” system in my music services all the time because I want it to learn from my listening habits and be more personalized for my tastes. However, it seems that every service uses this system in different ways, so I talked to Apple about how you should use likes with Apple Music.

Apple Music’s Beats 1 Is Like Radio Before It Sucked, by Dawn Chmielewski, Re/code

Zane Lowe’s debut on Apple’s Beats 1 radio reminded me of what has been missing from my iTunes music collection: Personality.

Prince Pulls Discography From Spotify, Apple Music And More, by Will Robinson, Entertainment Weekly

His discography originally appeared on Apple Music, which launched on Tuesday, but has since been pulled from the library.


There's Even An App For Dogs And Cats Scared Of Fireworks, by Matt Hamblen, Computerworld

Fireworks and other loud noises account for nearly 20% of missing pets, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). To help pet owners cope with a missing dog or another pet as a result of noisy July 4 celebrations, thunderstorms and natural disasters, the ASPCA has created a free smartphone app for iOS and Android.

Tweetbot For iPhone And Mac Updated With Improvements, by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice

This App Makes It Supereasy To Create Your Own Beauty Tutorials, by Renee Jacques, Allure

Remember Facebook’s Rooms App? It Just Got A Big Update, by Napier Lopez, The Next Web


The State Of The 64-Bit Transition In iOS, And What’s Left To Be Done, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica


Possibly the nerdiest joke ever..

— Paul Grenfell (@evilpaul_atebit) July 2, 2015


Apple Warns Users On New Trim Support In 10.10.4, by MacNN

Although many are celebrating the long-awaited arrival of Trim support for third-party SSD storage that can be enabled by users, Apple's implementation of it should be considered preliminary, and comes with an unusual and strongly-worded warning that offers no support if the user should experience problems. In addition, some popular SSD models, notably Samsung's 840 and 850 lines, may be subject to a data-destroying bug if Trim is activated.

Apple May Pay Image Price For ‘Demoralizing’ Worker Searches, by Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg

The case will become a thorn in Apple’s side if the workers win class-action status, said Michael Risch, a law professor at Villanova University School of Law in Pennsylvania.

“I assume they would take a $75 million hit plus bad publicity seriously,” Risch said in an e-mail. “Chump change for Apple, but nothing to sneeze at.”

Disconnect, by Davie Wiskus, Better Elevation

Connect wants to be about connecting artists with their listeners, but at the moment, it falls short.

Parting Words

My most common iMessage over the past three days: “Are you listening to Beats 1 right now!?”

— Shawn King (@ShawnKing) July 2, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Thu, Jul 2, 2015The International-Radio-Station Edition

Apple Music's Beats 1: Zane Lowe's Return To Radio Reviewed, by Al Horner, NME

Apple is right when they say nothing like this has been attempted before: an international radio station, with the scope to do seriously innovative, far-reaching things. Finally getting to grips with the station made those possibilities seem infinite. Zane's return to the air was only a taster - but with shows by St Vincent, Pharrell and other stars still to check out, plus a rare Eminem interview from Zane incoming tomorrow, it seems Beats is going to take some beating in the streaming wars.

Apple's Beats 1 Radio Is Killing It On Twitter, by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune

You Can Now Listen Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Interview With Eminem On YouTube, by Rich Edmonds, iMore


The Real Difference Between iTunes Match And iCloud Music Library: DRM, by Kirk McElhearn

When you match and download files from iCloud Music Library (without having an iTunes Match subscription), however, you get files with DRM; the same kind of files you get when you download files from Apple Music for offline listening.

Little Snitch Keeps An Eye On Your Mac's Internet Connections, by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld

Scanner Pro 6.0 Brings A Fresh Design And Gives You More Control, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Scanner Pro, one of the best document-scanning apps for iPhone, has hit version 6.0, getting a redesign and giving you more control over your scans. The app will now automatically search for documents in your photo library, and will also begin scanning new documents on its own.

ProCamera Gains New Editing Tools, Photo Compass And More, by Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice

ProCamera has long been true to its name: a camera app that provides professional-grade tools. And it continues to be so with the release of its latest update, which makes for even more pro-level capabilities.

Fireworks Lab Lets Kids Create Sparks On Independence Day, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice


Tough Love, by Curtis Herbert

I've long felt that we as a community let our enthusiasm for building something we love and stories of days past blind us to a simple fact that other industries realized long ago: being independent is hard and many of us that try will not succeed.

Our community will not be an exception to that rule.

And in the end thats OK.

The Supply-Side Blues, by Allen Pike

The good news and the bad news are the same: we’re extremely lucky to be paid to do this. In our careers as software designers and developers, we’re able to create and share things we love, and we’re able to make a decent living. With luck, we’ll still be able to do both at once.


Home Sharing For Music Goes Missing In iOS 8.4, by Dan Thorp-Lancaster, iMore

While Apple's latest iOS 8.4 update has brought the much anticipated Apple Music and Beats 1 to the world, a number of users are reporting one glaring issue: Home Sharing for music on iOS has seemingly disappeared.

iTunes 12.2 Update Indicates New Gold, Dark Blue, Dark Pink iPod Nano, Touch + Shuffle Colors, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

Apple could be preparing to refresh its aging iPod lineup with new colors, according to a new image found inside of yesterday’s iTunes 12.2 update for Apple Music. With the new update, when a user plugs in an iPod for the first time, the above image showcasing a dark blue iPod touch, a gold iPod nano, and a dark pink iPod shuffle appear.

The Media Milestone The Media (Fittingly?) Forgot, by Steve Friess, Columbia Journalism Review

One decade ago this weekend, millions of iPod owners woke up to a quiet change to the iTunes software they probably didn’t even notice. The really revolutionary updates usually have nice, round numbers—iTunes 3.0 invented the personalized playlist, 4.0 introduced the Music Store, 11.0 gave us iCloud—so it was somehow fitting that even mighty Cupertino didn’t seem to realize they were launching, yet again, a powerful new category of media with iTunes 4.9: Podcasting.


New iPods coming soon? Surely, that's because Apple is updating the iPods to support Apple Music, right?

Parting Words

Can’t wait for the Apple TV service where people will discover “channels” with programmed shows airing at particular times.

— Scott McNulty (@blankbaby) July 2, 2015

Thanks for reading.

Wed, Jul 1, 2015The For-You-Selections Edition

Apple Music Day 1

Apple Music’s For You Selections Are Not For Me, by Kirk McElhearn

Apple knows a lot about my musical tastes. It knows what I’ve bought from the iTunes Store, and it knows what’s in my iTunes library through its Genius feature. So it should get a lot better than that.

Apple Music Limits Play To One Device At A Time, Unless You Have A Family Membership, by Kirk McElhearn

Apple Releases iTunes 12.2 Update With Apple Music + Beats 1 Support, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Apple Music Is A Brand, Not A Feature, by Kirk McElhearn

But you will have noticed that there is no “Apple Music” feature in either the iOS Music app, or in iTunes.

Apple Music Costs Just ₹120 ($1.8) Per Month In India, Family Plan Priced At ₹190 ($3), by Harish Jonnalagadda, iMore

Eddy Cue: New iOS 9 Beta With Apple Music Coming ‘Early Next Week’, Bitrate Better On WiFi, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

In a reply to a user on Twitter, Cue said that a new beta of iOS 9 will be available next week with Apple Music integration.

Fun With Playlists

My search for Apple Music's worst playlist of them of all is paying dividends, big time

— Connor Tomas O'Brien (@mrconnorobrien) July 1, 2015

OS Updates

OS X 10.10.4 Brings TRIM Support For Third-Party SSDs, by Rich Edmonds, iMore

The new TRIM support enables the OS to enhance file cleanup operations on the attached SSD to keep the system optimized and running without issue.

Mac EFI Security Update 2015-001, by Agen G. N. Schmitz, TidBITS

Apple has released Mac EFI Security Update 2015-001 for OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion and 10.9.5 Mavericks, which prevents a malicious application with root privileges from modifying a Mac's EFI flash memory.

Security Update 2015-005, by Agen G. N. Schmitz, TidBITS

Apple has issued Security Update 2015-005 for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.9 Mavericks, mirroring many of the security fixes that are included with the concurrently released 10.10.4 Yosemite.

Apple Releases iOS 8.4, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Also new in iOS 8.4, Audiobooks have been moved to iBooks following the Music redesign. With a distinct collection in their iBooks libraries, users will now be able to start listening to audiobooks in iBooks through a new media player that offers gesture support, a sleep timer, and speed controls.


GarageBand Update Lets Artists Publish Directly To Apple Music Connect, by Roman Layola, Macworld

Apple Music Connect artists can, say, create a sample of a melody that they just thought of and make it available on Connect to get feedback from fans. Or an artist can offer previews of new singles that are about to drop. It's another way for artists to cultivate a community on Apple Music.

Apple Updates Garageband, iBooks Author, iMovie, by MacNN

Apple SIM Cellular Data Plans Now Available In Over 90 Countries, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple has reached a partnership with mobile connectivity company GigSky to expand Apple SIM cellular data plans to over 90 countries and territories around the world. iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 users that have Apple SIM installed can now purchase short-term data plans while traveling in a long list of countries throughout Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, South America and other regions worldwide.

Hands On: Wolfram Words 1.2 (iOS), by William Gallagher, MacNN

Learn Touch Typing For Free With Typist For Mac, by Charles Moore, Technology Tell


Safari Is The New IE, by Nolan Lawson

If we can start building a vibrant ecosystem of web applications where Apple is not invited, then maybe they’ll be forced to pull a Microsoft and make their own penitent walk to Canossa. Otherwise we’ll have to content ourselves with living in the web of 2010, with Safari replacing IE as the blue-tinged icon that fills web developers with dread.

Data Design, by Lukas Mathis, Ignore The Code

When designers talk about their process, they often talk about things like sketching and wireframing and usability tests. But it has recently occurred to me that this is not what I usually start out with. The first thing I typically design is the application’s data model.

Love, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

Write the apps you want to write in your free time and out of love for the platform and for those specific apps. Take risks. Make those apps interesting and different. Don’t play it safe. If you’re not expecting money, you have nothing to lose.

Could the do-it-for-love era — with the creative freedom that that brings — bring us back to the days when we downloaded apps that weren’t from Facebook and Starbucks and Funded Company X, and we told our friends about our exciting finds?

I hope. I have hope.

We Do Design

web design. have we all lost our minds?

— Trent Walton (@TrentWalton) July 1, 2015

Seriously, We Do Design

Now I know why Apple started making taller phones. Seriously?

— Paul Haddad (@tapbot_paul) June 30, 2015


Apple Conspired To Fix E-Book Prices: U.S. Appeals Court, by Nate Raymond and Jonathan Stempel, Reuters

A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a judge's ruling that Apple Inc had conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, in a win for the U.S. Justice Department.

Apple Rule Of Unreason, by Wall Street Journal

The larger point is that the rule of reason is a plea for antitrust common sense, which has been notable by its absence during the Apple e-books farce. The High Court ought to rebuke lower courts that are embracing premodern antitrust and flouting its instructions.

Apple's Mistake Was Hooking Up With The Book-Publishing Cartel, by Mathew Ingram, Fortune

In other words, instead of being able to piggy-back on the market position of its publishing partners in order to gain entry into this new market, Apple hitched its e-book wagon to an industry that was already actively engaged in collusion over prices—and desperately trying to resist the future. And ultimately it was the giant electronics company that got crushed under the wheels of that wagon.

Parting Words

My son needed an empty piece of paper, so he opened a blank Word document and printed it out. We're doomed.

— EdwardPickering (@EdwardPickering) June 29, 2015

Thanks for reading.