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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.