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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.