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Wed, Sep 30, 2015The Neat-Tricks Edition

OS X 10.11 El Capitan: The Ars Technica Review, by Andrew Cunningham and Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica

The subtle difference in El Capitan is that we’re actually seeing new features come to both iOS and OS X at the same time rather than existing on iOS first and then trickling down to the Mac later. Many of the biggest, most noticeable changes here are the same ones you saw in iOS 9 two weeks ago. The new Split Screen multitasking mode, tweaks to multitouch gestures, changes to services like Spotlight , and overhauled apps like Notes all fall into this category. Others, like System Integrity Protection, are merely iOS-inspired.

Really, this is the first time in several years that iOS and OS X have felt like they’ve gotten (and needed) the same amount of attention from Apple—both get to spend a release in the slow lane as Apple puts its marketing muscle behind newer platforms like the Apple Watch and the new Apple TV. Like iOS 9 (and Mountain Lion, and Snow Leopard), El Capitan is about refinement. Yosemite’s big statement was “This is what OS X looks like now.” El Capitan’s is a relatively meek “Hey, I have a couple neat tricks to show you.”

Some of the things I learnt from reading this review: the spinning pizza of death is now flat (Thin Crust!), mDNSResponder is present and discoveryd has not made a return, and the menu bar -- one of consistent things since the original Mac System Software 1.0 -- can now be hidden all the time.

El Capitan Is The Future Of Your Mac—And Your iPhone, David Pierce, Wired

In a broader, more hold-hands-and-think-about-the-world sort of way, though, El Capitan is important. It’s a big step toward an inevitable unification, when OS X and iOS combine their powers to become the Captain Planet of mobile operating systems.

This isn’t going to happen the way we think, at least not anytime soon. There’s probably not going to be an iOS-powered MacBook in the next couple of years, and the iPad Pro 2 won’t be running OS X. Neither of those devices will obviate the other, either. What’s going to happen instead—in fact, what’s already happening—is that everything will just blur together. Names won’t matter, really; all your stuff will exist everywhere, and you’ll interact with it in whatever way feels comfortable.

Mac OS X, iOS, watchOS and tvOS may all (perhaps, one day) share many of the same internals that we may thus not be willing to call them different operating systems. They may all work well together, but individually, the user-interaction will remain different and the branding will remain separate.

OS X El Capitan Review: Mac Upgrade That's As Solid As A Rock, by Jason Snell, Macworld

There was a time, only a few years ago, when OS X updates were fraught with should-I-or-shouldn’t-I peril, along with a real price tag. Those days are long gone. Should you update to El Capitan? Unreservedly yes—I’ve found it to be stable, it’s free, it’ll download and install itself on your Mac with nearly no intervention, and it’ll bring with it improved security, speed, and functionality.

Apple Formally Announces OS X El Capitan Release For September 30, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Getting Serious With Apple Music

Zane Lowe In Conversation With Ben Cooper, by Dave Roberts, MusicWeek

"What I mean is, we’re working this out. Time will tell. We’ve been going three months. For me to sit here and go, Here are 10 reasons why Apple needs Beats 1 would be to suggest that we have the answers. I don’t have the answers. We’re making it up as we’re going along. I hope there’s a place for it, I feel right now there is, it’s absolutely working right now, but this is a work in progress and overtime we’ll find out why Apple Music needs Beats 1. From my point of view, if you ask me what I want to achieve and why I’m director of Beats 1 and what I’m trying to achieve in tandem with Apple Music, it’s for the good of music. It’s to focus entirely on music, about trying to get great music out there to an audience that is hungry for it."

How To Stop Your Apple Music Automatic Subscription, by BBC

Whether you're loving the service or not, there's good chance you may have forgotten that you entered your bank details when you signed up, ready for the paid subscription to start of 30 September.

Here's how to stop the automatic monthly payments. Only if you want to of course.

The Business Of Being Apple

Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief, Speaks On Civic Duty, by Katie Benner, New York Times

On Tuesday, Mr. Cook reiterated that equality was something that Apple would “continue to evangelize” when he spoke at BoxWorks.

Mr. Cook said Apple was also focused on finding ways to improve the public education system and protect the environment. He told the crowd that businesses should work to help the environment and said Apple’s data centers in the United States are 100 percent powered by renewable energy. Outside the country, it’s about 90 percent.

Apple CEO Cook Makes Another Enterprise Play, by Jon Swartz, USA Today

"If you look at the last 12 months, (enterprise sales for Apple were) $25 billion," Cook said in a one-on-one interview conducted by Box CEO Aaron Levie on Tuesday here. "This is not a hobby. This is a real business." (That $25 billion is about 14% of Apple's revenue over the last year.)

Apple CEO Cook Shuts The Door On iOS, Mac OS X Merging -- Again, by Shara Tibken, CNET

"We don't believe in having one operating system for PC and mobile," Cook said Tuesday during a fireside chat with Aaron Levie, CEO of Box, a company that provides cloud storage for businesses. Box is hosting its BoxWorks conference this week in downtown San Francisco. "We think it subtracts from both, and you don't get the best experience from either. We're very much focused on two."

Tim Cook Offers Microsoft An Olive Branch At Box Enterprise Event, by Alex Wilhelm, TechCrunch

“Apple and Microsoft can partner on more things than we can compete on, and that is what the customer wants…Office on the Mac is a force,” Cook told the audience. “Partnering with Microsoft is great for our customers and that’s why we do it.”

Cook’s comments underscore how much Apple has changed over the years that he has been leading it, and also how the company is playing by a different rulebook when it comes to enterprise.

Box CEO Aaron Levie Credits iPhone, iPad For Breaking Down Corporate Technology Walls, by Ina Fried, Re/code

“It was really the iPad and the iPhone that dismantled the traditional IT infrastructure,” Levie told Re/code. Before that, businesses had locked-down corporate infrastructures limited largely to Windows PCs. Without smartphones and tablets, cloud services are a lot less of a big deal.

“If you don’t have mobility, the cloud is really just an efficiency play,” Levie said.


Microsoft Office 2016 For Mac Appears To Be Having Some Trouble With El Capitan, by Rich Edmonds, iMore

The Office 2016 suite of apps appear to have some issues with El Capitan that causes them to crash at random times. What's worse is there does't appear to be a workaround to achieve a stable experience, essentially rendering the suite (and your Mac should you rely on it for productivity tools) useless.

SPARE App Aims To End Hunger Gap In NYC, by Meredith Deliso, AM New York

The new smartphone application SPARE makes all those Seamless orders, bar tabs and brunches go to a good cause by rounding up your dine-out bills to the nearest dollar to support local hunger relief efforts.

Skeptical Science, by Tony Hoffman, PC Magazine

The free app explores the scientific merits of numerous arguments that have been put forth against the idea of global warming. It examines evidence that has led an overwhelming majority of climate scientists to conclude that the Earth's mean temperature is rising over time, and that it's largely due to human activities. Structured as a series of arguments and discussions or rebuttals, the Skeptical Science references numerous studies and presents wide-ranging evidence to support this conclusion.

Want A Jane Austen Quote Delivered To You Every Day? There's An App For That, by Marta Bausells, The Guardian

“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.” Good advice for a bad day at the office, perhaps? Jane Austen’s tetchy words to her sister Cassandra are among many quotable lines that seem just as applicable to the modern world as to the society Austen inhabited more than two hundred years ago.

Google Maps For iOS Gains Apple Watch App, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Sonos Trueplay App Lets Users Tune Their Home Speakers With An iPhone, by Mark Langshaw, Digital Spy


Use Safari’s Responsive Design Mode In El Capitan, by Kirk McElhearn

iTunes Connect Update Adds Push Notifications For App Review And Other Important Status Changes, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac


Apple Music, iTunes Movies, And iBooks Now Available In China, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple Under Fire After Removing Drone-Strikes Information App From Its Store, by Stuart Dredge, The Guardian

Tracking the number of deaths caused by US drone strikes in countries like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia? There’s an app for that. Or rather, there was – until Apple removed it from its app store.

We Want Apple In Icelandic!, by Iceland Monitor

A petition has been set up urging technology giant Apple to make their iOS and Mac OS X operating systems available in Icelandic.

“Getting an Icelandic translation of iOS and Mac OS X would be an important first step in making Icelandic a more workable language for talking about technology,” explains the driving force behind the petition, Max Naylor, in a recent Facebook post.

Parting Words

TIL the apple developer portal doesn’t work with ghostery turned on. It relies on Adobe analytics to work correctly.

— p in love (@patr1ck) September 30, 2015

Thanks for reading.