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Thu, Sep 17, 2015The Handing-Over-The-Keys Edition

Apple’s News, Which Launches Today, Is The Latest In A Trend Toward Distributed Content, by Benjamin Mullin, Poynter

Although there has been much public fretting about tech companies supplanting newspapers, TV networks and websites as the primary distributer of news content, those worries ignore the reality that news organizations simply can’t keep pace with Silicon Valley in terms of technological innovation, said Simon Owens, a content and social media marketing consultant.

“Think of it this way: If The New York Times struck a deal with CVS to have its print edition sold at CVS, you wouldn’t see a bunch of hand-wringing about how its handing over the keys to CVS,” Owens said in a message. “So why are there so many dire warnings about it handing over the keys to Facebook, especially when there are dozens of other major distribution channels — like Flipboard and now this Apple News app?”

And always remember to put one version on the open Web.

Apple Has Baked The Domain Into iOS 9, by Alex Kehr,

This is some absolutely phenomenal exposure for the .NEWS domain extension. Every article shared from Apple News, no matter what publication it comes from, will be delivered with a .NEWS domain attached to it.

Apple Mitigates But Doesn’t Fully Fix Critical iOS Airdrop Vulnerability, by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

Mark Dowd, the security researcher who discovered the bug and privately reported it to Apple, told Ars that the vulnerability has been mitigated in iOS 9, which Apple released Wednesday. But he went on to say that the underlying bug still hasn't been fixed. As he demonstrated in the following video, the bug allows attackers who briefly have physical access to a vulnerable iPhone or who are within Bluetooth range of it, to install an app that the device will trust without prompting the user with a warning dialog.

More iOS 9 Stuff

iOS 9 In Review: iPad Productivity, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Most iOS updates have been focused primarily on features that work on the iPhone, or equally across the iPhone and iPad. It only makes sense: The iPhone is vastly more popular than the iPad.

But a side-effect of this reasonable business decision is the sense that the iPad has stagnated. After an initial burst of enthusiasm by both iPad buyers and iOS developers, the iPad has just sort of… sat there.

With iPad sales flagging, Apple has finally brought a bunch of iPad-only features to iOS 9, focusing mostly on accessing multiple apps and making better use of keyboards (of both the off-screen and on-screen variety.)

iOS 9: The MacStories Review, Created On iPad, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

After two years of visual and functional changes, is iOS 9 a calm moment of introspection or a hazardous leap toward new technologies?

Can it be both?

iOS 9 Review, by Rene Ritchie, iMore

Absent the radical and the revolutionary, then, iOS 9 has to deliver on the promise not of more but of better. After the giant leaps, it has to stick the landing. So, does it?

Apple Updates iMovie With Support For 4K Video, 3D Touch And More, by AppleInsider

Peace Will Help You Block Ads And Trackers On Your iPhone And iPad With iOS 9, by Dan Thorp-Lancaster, iMore

To block ads and trackers more effectively, Peace relies on a database maintained by Ghostery, which already maintains a successful ad blocker for Safari on Mac. According to developer Marco Arment, this allows Peace to block more trackers and experience fewer compatibility issues thanks to "a reasonably sized blacklist of about 2,000 entries."

Microsoft Releases Office For iPad Updates To Support Multitasking, by Rich Edmonds, iMore

1Password 6.0 For iOS 9 Adds iPad Multitasking, Spotlight Search, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Pinterest For iPhone And iPad Updated With iOS 9 Spotlight Support And More, by John Callaham, iMore

BBC iPlayer Latest App To Support New Picture In Picture Feature In iOS 9, by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

Strangers In Strange Lands

Apple's 'Move To iOS' App Is Now Available On Android, by Chris Welch, The Verge

Rather than sync everything over the cloud, Apple uses a pretty clever strategy to transfer everything from your Android phone to iPhone. The iPhone will automatically set up a private Wi-Fi network, request a security code from the user, and then migrate all the data and "put it in the right places."

Apple’s First Android App, by Russell Ivanovic, Rusty Rants

Yeah. It’s a poor attempt at making an Android app look like an iOS app. If you’re being generous, you might think Apple did this to make you more comfortable about moving to iOS. You might even say they wanted it to look bad, because they want the amazing experience to be on iOS, not Android. Maybe. It’s certainly one way to look at it.

In the grand tradition of QuickTime for Windows and iTunes for Windows.

Apple's 'Move To iOS' App Bombed With One-Star Reviews, by Geekscribe

'Move to iOS', which first appeared on the store on September 16 to coincide with the launch of iOS9, appears to have become a battleground for fanboys of both persuasions, with most of the hundreds of comments on the app completely off topic.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Just Used An iPhone To Demo Outlook, by Eugene Kim, Business Insider

“I’m going to first start on this iPhone, and it’s not my phone, but it is an iPhone,” said Nadella, smiling, as he walked to the podium to show Microsoft’s email app Outlook on mobile.

“It’s a pretty unique iPhone. In fact, I’d like to call it the ‘iPhone Pro,’ because it’s got all of the Microsoft software and applications on it,” he quipped, apparently referencing Apple’s introduction of the iPad Pro last week.


Most iPhone Screen Protectors Will Continue To Work With iPhone 6s 3D Touch, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

3DTechtronics asked Apple SVP Phil Schiller about this issue in an email. Schiller responded and says it’s not a problem: “screen overlays that follow our guidelines will continue to work with 3D Touch”.

iTunes 12.3 Arrives With Two-Factor Authentication Support, Bug Fixes, And More, by Mike Beasley, 9to5Mac


Apple Will Not Release watchOS 2 Today Due To Significant Bug, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

The Web Without HTML, by Manton Reece

The web will always be playing catch-up with native apps for user experience, but the web will always be ahead as a distributed, open publishing platform. And that is such an important feature, it should be available on as many devices as possible.


The Stealthy Humanism Of Stephen Colbert, by Megan Garber, The Atlantic

Cook’s interview was, say what else you will about it, not fluff. It was funny, at points, but it was, more than anything else, serious. It had a distinct whiff of humanism in it—one that has been showing up in other Colbert interviews, as well. Which might indicate, just a little bit, what The Late Show is going to become as it settles into itself. Because when you hear a guest uttering the phrase “human rights”—multiple times!—on a late-night comedy show, that says as much about the show as it does about the guest.

Barbie Wants To Get To Know Your Child, by James Vlahos, New York Times

With such technology widely available, it was inevitable that artificial intelligence for children would arrive, too, and it is doing so most prominently in the pink, perky form of Mattel’s Hello Barbie. Produced in collaboration with ToyTalk, a San Francisco-based company specializing in artificial intelligence, the doll is scheduled to be released in November with the intention of hitting the lucrative $6 billion holiday toy market.

For adults, this new wave of everyday A.I. is nowhere near sophisticated enough to fool us into seeing machines as fully alive. That is, they do not come close to passing the ‘‘Turing test,’’ the threshold proposed in 1950 by the British computer scientist Alan Turing, who pointed out that imitating human intelligence well enough to fool a human interlocutor was as good a definition of ‘‘intelligence’’ as any. But things are different with children, because children are different. Especially with the very young, ‘‘it is very hard for them to distinguish what is real from what is not real,’’ says Doris Bergen, a professor of educational psychology at Miami University in Ohio who studies play.

How Much RAM To Allocate To Microsoft Word?

it took me a while, but I finally installed #iOS9. Looks pretty promising, I think

— blue trashcurl [22] (@_Ninji) September 16, 2015

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