MyAppleMenu - Sun, Nov 1, 2015

Sun, Nov 1, 2015The Affordable-Luxury Edition

How Apple Made Itself Crunch-Proof, by The Guardian

Overall, Apple may have wormed its way into the “affordable luxury” sector – taking its place alongside scotch whisky and nail polish in the pantheon of recession-proof items. In the end, it is not the price tag; it is how the product makes the owner feel.


Creative Scores Another Win In Patent Battle With Apple, by Grace Leong, Straits Times

Creative unit ZiiLabs Inc had sued smartphone giants Samsung and Apple in Texas in March last year, alleging that several ranges of Galaxy phones, tablets, laptops as well as iPhone, iPad and iMac products infringed 10 of its patents.

The dispute with Samsung is ongoing. But Apple has thrown in the towel. As part of the settlement, Apple will obtain a licence for ZiiLabs' patents.

Meet The Man Behind CarPlay And Android Auto At GM, by Chris Ziegler, The Verge

The phone does four things really well inside the vehicle: phone, messaging, media, and navigation. That’s it. So everything else is really better served with taking the embedded systems and making sure that they’re capable of doing that. And, as we’re talking about connected car, the car itself needs to be on the grid and connected. And if you rely solely on the phone, the moment you leave the car with that, the car goes back to being a brick. That doesn’t make sense.

Why Grantland Mattered To Journalism, by Chris Cillizza, Washington Post

What I would argue is that the balance between the time (and money) spent on the "what" versus the "so what" and "now what" is wrongly calibrated. Consumers of information in this digital age can get the "what" in lots of different places. (There are exceptions, of course. Carol's unique reporting on the Secret Service is one.) How you distinguish yourself, as an individual journalist or as an organization, is to spend more time and more resources on people who readers trust to tell them why something matters and what it means for the future.

What Makes A Mac?

I think I've given enough time for the experiment, but I am unhiding both the menu bar and the Dock on my Mac today. A Mac is not a Mac without the menu bar; in fact, the Finder didn't behave well with the menu bar hidden.

And I do like having the Dock around.

On the other hand, I did got used to the scroll bar not being there all the time. Funny how some of my habits stick, while some are easily changed.


Thanks for reading.