MyAppleMenu - Thu, Sep 24, 2015

Thu, Sep 24, 2015The First-Update Edition

Apple Releases iOS 9.0.1 With Fix For Stuck Setup Assistant And More, by Jared Dipane, iMore

Apple has released its first update to iOS 9, which brings along with it a number of fixes for various issues.

iOS 9 Security Flaw Grants Unrestricted Access To Photos And Contacts, by AppleInsider

Apple has yet to address the bypass, though tests showed today's iOS 9.0.1 update and iOS 9.1 beta versions do not contain a fix.

Glass Keyboards

Super-Smart Apps Are Invading Our Keyboards, by David Pierce, Wired

The keyboard app market is booming, with new ideas about text input popping up everywhere. Most are attempting to solve the typing experience, like Swype, or make predictive and corrective text better, like SwiftKey. A few let you speak in Lil’ Wayne lyrics or flirt in pre-populated pickup lines. Some exist only to make your keyboard look like a rainbow’s vomit. But a few are trying to take the three rows we’ve been using since time immemorial, and make something more of them.


Want To Use Office On Your New iPad Pro? Then You’ll Need An Office 365 Subscription, by Peter Bright, Ars Technica

That's because Microsoft defines a 10.1 inch cutoff. Anything below 10.1 inches is a "true mobile device" and as such qualifies for free access to the core editing capabilities. But above that threshold and it's not a "true mobile device" any longer, it's something else entirely, and it will need an Office 365 subscription as a result.

Microsoft Shortchanges Office For Mac Customers On Support, by Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Microsoft will support all Windows versions of Office 2016, even those that explicitly target consumers, for 10 years, or twice as long as it will Office 2016 for Mac.


Just Press Record Is A Simple Voice Recorder For watchOS 2 And iOS 9, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Just Press Record has a minimal interface with a big red microphone button in the middle of the screen. Tap it to record, tap it again when you're done.

Bring Your Stories To Life With Animations In Plotagon, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice

The interface for creating the plots and characters is easy to use. And, testing out all of the sound and music effects is cool because they really can add a lot to your story. The voices do sound a little robotic, but it is still a terrific app for opening that door in your mind that is full of ideas.

Star Walk 2 For IOS 9 Now Available, by MacTech

The app provides a journey through thousands of stars, comets, and constellations.

Socialtext Founders Launch Pingpad, A Single App For Chatting And Collaborating, by Ken Yeung, Venture Beat

Simply put, it’s a tool that offers real-time messaging and chatting through the use of a Wiki-like product.


Do It Right: Writing About Apple, by Brett Terpstra

If you write technical documentation for or blog about Apple products, you’ve probably pondered phrasing, capitalization, etc.. If you’re not familiar with it already, Apple publishes and updates a style guide that’s complete and useful for any kind of Apple-related writing. I’ve broken plenty of rules over my career, but I’ve been internalizing as many of these as I can, especially for software documentation.

Volkswagen And The Era Of Cheating Software, by Zeynep Tufekci, New York Times

It’s a pity that casinos have better scrutiny of their software than the code running our voting machines, cars and many other vital objects, including medical devices and even our infrastructure. As computation spreads in society, our regulatory systems need to be funded appropriately and updated in their methods so that keeping our air clean and our elections honest is not a worse gamble than a slot machine.

Modern Typefaces

I suddenly realise that how I evaluate typefaces is completely wrong for the modern age “@kupfers: @NickSherman

— Sophie Sampson (@UltraCobalt) September 23, 2015

Thanks for reading.