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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.