MyAppleMenu - Mon, Nov 2, 2015

Mon, Nov 2, 2015The Walk-Through Edition

Apple’s Survey App Helps Venues Easily Create Indoor Maps, by James Vincent, The Verge

"Enable indoor positioning within a venue using the Indoor Survey App," reads the description on iTunes. "By dropping 'points' on a map within the Survey App, you indicate your position within the venue as you walk through. As you do so, the Indoor Survey App measures the radio frequency (RF) signal data and combines it with an iPhone's sensor data."

Treat Your New Apple TV Remote With Kid Gloves, It Breaks, by Jeff Byrnes, AppAdvice

At least one particularly unlucky owner of the new Apple TV has already learned the hard way that a case for the remote, or some extra special care when handling the accessory, is needed. According to a post on Reddit, the Siri Remote for the new Apple TV will break from a mere two-foot drop onto tile.


Get That Syncing Feeling With Eltima’s SyncMate For Mac OS X, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

If you use only Apple products (Macs, iPhones, iPads, etc.), you can probably handle all your syncing chores through iCloud, iTunes, iTunes Connect, etc. However, if you use other devices and online storage platforms, you should check out Eltima’s SyncMate, which allows you to sync just about anything with your Mac (if it’s running Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher).

Boot Runner 2.3 For OS X, by MacTech

Twocanoes Software’s Boot Runner is a popular startup solution for dual-boot Macs in classrooms, labs and enterprise workspace.

Understanding “iPhone Is Synced With Another iTunes Library. Do You Want To Erase This iPhone And Sync With This iTunes Library” Message, by OS X Daily

One of the most frightening iTunes messages an iPhone, iPad, or iPod user may see when they connect a device to a computer is the “The iPhone (Name) is synced with another iTunes Library on (Computer). Do you want to erase this iPhone and sync with this iTunes Library?” message, which gives you two options, to Cancel, or to “Erase and Sync” – this sounds like you’re about to erase everything on the iPhone or iPod touch completely, right? Well, it doesn’t quite work like that.


More Apple Car Thoughts: Software Culture, by Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note

The bottom line is this: For the hypothetical Apple Car project to succeed, a necessary (but not sufficient) condition is a culture change of a kind rarely, if ever, achieved by large organizations.

Perhaps the new software culture could arise in a new, separate group, well protected against the corporate lymphocytes always prone to attack what they see foreign objects. But that would break Apple in two separate cultures, and be the beginning of a dangerous process for a company that, today, strives on having a united functional organization.


Are Interchange Fees Holding Apple Pay Canada Back?, by Penelope Graham, Huffington Post

Apple Pay in Canada has been hotly anticipated ever since its initial U.S. launch in September 2014 -- but Apple dragged its heels on bringing it north of the border. Why the holdup? That contention exists between the tech giant and Canada's big banks over fees has been a prevailing theory -- and that Amex provided a red-tape-free option that allowed Apple to sidestep lenders for the initial launch.

Internet Radio Copyright Is Bad And Dumb: A Comprehensive Explainer, by Sarah Jeong, Motherboard

Imagine trying to keep Flo & Eddie v. Sirius XM, Flo & Eddie v. Sirius XM, Flo & Eddie v. Sirius XM, and Flo & Eddie v. Pandora Media separate in your head while writing an explanation of an incredibly arcane quirk of copyright that is looming over internet radio services like an apocalyptic shadowbeast summoned by legal necromancers. Does that sound like a clusterfuck to you? It sounds like one because it actually is one. Now please send me some sympathetic vibes. I will also accept flowers and cards from my bedside.

How Amazon Took Control Of The Cloud, by John Naughton, The Guardian

Amazon’s web services are now worth more than its entire retail operation – and growing three times as fast.

One Screen

I'm trying a new experiment on my iPhone. I've removed all the apps that I hardly use -- such as apps for streaming radio that I listen in once a blue moon. I've placed all the apps that I will use at least once a day on the first page of the home screen, and classified all the remaining apps into six folders that also exists on that first page of the home screen.

The end result: one single screen of apps.

Let's see how long this last.


Thanks for reading.