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Fri, Sep 18, 2015The Autonomous-Vehicle-Regulation Edition

Apple Meets California Officials To Discuss Self-Driving Car, by Mark Harris, The Guardian

Apple executives have discussed their plans for an “autonomous vehicle” with officials at California’s department of motor vehicles (DMV), the Guardian has learnt.

According to documents obtained by the Guardian, Mike Maletic, a senior legal counsel at Apple, had an hour-long meeting on 17 August with the department’s self-driving car experts Bernard Soriano, DMV deputy director, and Stephanie Dougherty, chief of strategic planning, who are co-sponsors of California’s autonomous vehicle regulation project, and Brian Soublet, the department’s deputy director and chief counsel.

It’s Time To Free The Smartphone, by Walt Mossberg, Re/code

So why should the owners and sellers of the networks even have vast chains of stores? Why should they sell phones and tablets and subtly or otherwise steer customers to certain models? Why should they be able to dictate certain hardware and software features (like bloatware apps for carrier services) to weaker or more pliable manufacturers (pretty much every manufacturer not named Apple)?

Why, in an era when networks are well understood and most components standardized, should handset makers be required to undergo onerous “certification” processes that allow carriers to demand changes to the design of their devices if they want to use them on the network? One small-company American tech CEO told me the other day that it will cost him more to clear “certification” processes at the four big U.S. carriers than to build and sell the first major production run of a new handset he’s planning to launch.

With Virtual Machines, Getting Hacked Doesn’t Have To Be That Bad, by Micah Lee, The Intercept

Using virtualization software, the same technology that powers much of so-called “cloud computing,” it’s possible for you to protect your system even as you open attachments that might be sketchy, visit websites that you’re not too sure about — porn sites, torrent sites, pirated TV and sports sites — or test out software downloaded from random websites. You can also use this technology to ensure that your anonymous online activity remains anonymous, safeguarding the privacy protections offered by Tor by ensuring that absolutely all internet traffic gets routed through it — even if your software, like Tor Browser or Pidgin, gets hacked specifically to bypass Tor.

Back To The Courts

Apple Will Ask Supreme Court To Hear Its Ebooks Price-Fixing Case, by Roger Parloff, Fortune

“This case . . . presents issues of surpassing importance to the United States economy,” the company argues in papers filed with the high court Wednesday. “Dynamic, disruptive entry into new or stagnant markets—the lifeblood of American economic growth—often requires the very type of” conduct that Apple engaged in, the company argues, and which U.S. District Judge Denise Cote of Manhattan found to be illegal in July 2013.

Apple Wins Patent Ruling Against Samsung In U.S. Appeals Court, by Andrew Chung, Reuters

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday said Apple should have been awarded an injunction barring Samsung from selling products that infringe its patents, handing Apple another victory in its ongoing smartphone fight with its biggest rival. [...] The case was sent back to a federal district court in San Jose, California, to reconsider the injunction.


Apple’s iOS 9 News App Review: Broken News, by Graham Spencer, MacStories

News attempts to do too much, in areas of historical weakness for Apple, and as a result the end product just doesn't come close to the standard we expect from the company. That's a pity because there are a little gems hidden in News, buried by mediocrity, that deserve attention. Apple News Format in particular makes articles an absolute pleasure to read thanks to their rapid loading times and gorgeous designs. News is salvageable, and I hope we see either big improvements to the algorithms or a change in focus. But as it stands today, News is yet another built-in app that many millions will hide in a nondescript folder tucked away on one of their several Home screens.

Get The Most Out Of iOS 9's 'Low Power Mode', by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet

How much of a performance hit can you expect when you enable Low Power Mode? According to Geekbench 3 tests I've done, about 40 percent. This means that the iPhone 6's A8 processor runs at a speed that's something between that of the iPhone 5's A6 chip and A7 chip that was found in the iPhone 5s.

In real terms this performance drop is not as noticeable as you might think. Sure, the more performance intensive the task you're doing, the bigger the hit will be, but for general stuff such as messaging, browsing the web, calling people and such, the effect is minimal.

iOS 9 Goes To School, by Fraser Speirs, MacStories

I have often said that the iPad hardware matters only insofar as it enables you to have an excellent experience of software. Tablets and smartphones are as close as we can practically get to a pure software experience. This is one of the reasons why iPhone and iPad hardware is firstly so minimalist and secondly hasn't changed much in all the years they have been sold. What matters about the iPad is that it makes the software fast, smooth, and powerful.

We have seen many more changes in iPad software than we have in the hardware. We started with iOS 3.2 – a version before even multitasking arrived on iOS – and we are now looking at iOS 9. So what does iOS 9 bring for education?

iFixit’s iPad Mini 4 Teardown Shows Smaller Battery, Heavy Similarities To iPad Air 2, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Ask The iTunes Guy: Managing iTunes Libraries, And The Case Of The Haywire Music Volume, by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Apple Music Festival Channel Will Bring Every Performance To Your Apple TV, by John Callaham, iMore


And So It Begins, by Dave Mark, The Loop

With a content blocker enabled, I followed a link to a story on Here’s what I saw.

Brussels Apple Store Offers Glimpse At Radical Design Changes, by Roger Fingas, Apple Insider

Although the company's signature display tables are in place, the shop also has wooden product shelves that more closely resemble a fashion outlet or bookstore, photos obtained by AppleInsider show. Beats headphones, for example, are hung on wooden knobs.

Apple And Google Create A Buzz At Frankfurt Motor Show, by Jack Ewing, New York Times

The mere knowledge that Apple has a team of several hundred people working on car designs changed the conversation this week at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. Along with Google, Apple has focused the minds of auto executives on the challenge posed by new technologies that have the potential to disrupt traditional auto industry hierarchies.

This year, “connectivity” has supplanted “horsepower” or “torque” as the prevailing buzzword in Frankfurt. The talk is of self-driving cars, battery-powered cars and information technology designed to link cars with data networks to make driving safer and more efficient.

How Save And Restore Classic Videogames, by Tom Bennet, Rock Paper Shotgun

Preservation of old games involves more than just an extra patch. The journey from dusty unplayable relic to polished, cross-platform installer is a minefield of technical and legal obstacles. The team at Good Old Games remain the industry leaders in the restoration of classic PC games, tasked with reverse engineering code written more than 20 years ago, unraveling knotty licensing issues left behind by defunct development studios, and battling lethargy on the part of skeptical publishers. It’s a thrilling and, at times, gruelling process, but – as the GOG team will testify – it never fails to surprise.

2015 Ig Nobel Prizes: Dinosaur-Like Chickens And Bee-Stings To The Penis, by Alan Yuhas, The Guardian

A man stung dozens of times by bees, mathematicians who wanted to know whether a man could physically be able to sire 600 sons, and chemists who unboiled an egg were honoured on Thursday night with one of science’s most storied awards, the Ig Nobel prize.

The Best Time For A Break Might Be The Mid-Morning, Not The Afternoon, by Patrick Allan, Lifehacker

Essentially, you’re filling up your gas tank before the “E” light comes on. You’ll still probably encounter a bit of an afternoon slump, but it may not be nearly as debilitating.

Way Below The Fold

Apple iOS Ad-Blocking Explained

— Felix Salmon (@felixsalmon) September 17, 2015

LMAO is Nilay serious with this? Let the whole screenshot sink in.

— Nate Boateng (@nateboateng) September 17, 2015

Thanks for reading.