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Thu, Dec 10, 2015The Get-It-On-And-Off Edition

Tim Cook Defends Apple iPhone Smart Battery Case, Says It's Not A 'Hump', by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian

“You know, I probably wouldn’t call it ‘the hump’,” said Cook – immediately making it forever known as a the hump. He said it’s so obvious because Apple considers the battery to be a backup device, something that you might need occasionally, not all the time.


“If you make this solid all the way across, in order to get it on, you’d find it very difficult to get it on and off,” said Cook. “So the guys had this great insight to put the bend in along with making it a smart case.”

Tim Cook: Apple Won’t Make The “Test Machines” Taking Over Classrooms, by Molly Hensley-Clancy, BuzzFeed

“Assessments don’t create learning,” Cook said in an interview with BuzzFeed News Wednesday, calling the cheap laptops that have proliferated through American classrooms mere “test machines.”

“We are interested in helping students learn and teachers teach, but tests, no,” Cook said. “We create products that are whole solutions for people — that allow kids to learn how to create and engage on a different level.”

Noise Makers

Auxy’s Awesome iPad Music-Making App Comes To The iPhone, by Michael Calore, Wired

At heart, it’s a typical loop-based song-builder—using touch controls, you lay out rhythm patterns and melody samples on a grid. If you’ve used Ableton Live, a sample sequencer, any loop-based music creator, then you can easily just start fiddling with Auxy and get some nice results. But what makes Auxy stand out from the scores of other music-making apps is a smarter and simpler design that makes building a song not only easier, but more beautiful too.

Djay Pro Launches On iPad, Built For iPad Pro, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Algoriddim launched djay Pro for iPad today, the latest version of their award-winning DJ software for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The new version (which I played around with over the past couple of days) has been built with the iPad Pro in mind, with tons of design changes and new features for the new platform.

Pandora Now Playing On The New Apple TV, by Dan Thorp-Lancaster, iMore

TuneUp Helps Tune Up A Messy iTunes Library, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today


Millions Of Teens Are Using A New App To Post Anonymous Thoughts, And Most Parents Have No Idea, by Moriah Balingit, Washington Post

Millions of teenagers in high schools nationwide are using a smartphone app to anonymously share their deepest anxieties, secret crushes, vulgar assessments of their classmates and even violent threats, all without adults being able to look in.

The After School app has exploded in popularity this school year and is now on more than 22,300 high school campuses, according to its creators. Because it is designed to be accessible only to teenagers, many parents and administrators have not known anything about it.


Subtle Change Makes iOS 9.2 App Switcher Easier To Use, by Kirk McElhearn

When you swipe now, one window slides out of the way, but the stream of windows stops on the next one, instead of continuing, potentially past the window you want to tap. It’s as if the windows snap into position as you swipe.

Boxy Is A Google Inbox Desktop App For Mac That Doesn’t Suck, by Owen WIlliams, The Next Web

Boxy is the first sort-of-native-app wrapper for Inbox by Gmail I’ve seen that actually does a good job of making it feel like a real desktop app.

Hype HTML5 Creation Tool Updated To Version 3.5, Adds A Variety Of Features, by Steven Sande, Apple World Today

Cortana Now Out For Android And iOS, With Bonus Features For Cyanogen, by Peter Bright, Ars Technica

The Cortana app looks essentially the same whether on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, iOS, and Android; search box at the bottom, hamburger menu on the top left, and information cards. Those cards can show appointments, track packages, give you weather information or the latest sports scores, and so on. Cortana requires a Microsoft Account to use, and will sync your various interests and settings between all Cortana-enabled devices.


'A Delicate Balancing Act': The WSJ City Approach To Mobile News, by Catalina Albeanu,


Are Regulations Weakening The Power Of Medical Tech On The iPhone, Apple Watch?, by Fox News

A former Food and Drug Administraton official contends the agency's oversight is getting in the way of Apple's ability to develop medical products on its iPhone and Apple Watch. In a post this month on American Enterprise Institute website, Dr. Scott Gottlieb argues that the company has worked to avoid FDA oversight, limiting the potential of its health-related offerings.

Why Apple Walked Away From TV (For Now), by Peter Kafka, Re/code

So while the price of the individual channels that Apple wants to package has been an issue, it’s the composition of the package itself — which channels go in and which don’t make the cut — that is just as important to both Apple and the programmers, according to sources.

Forget E-Books, This May Be The Real Future Of Reading, by Jeremy Olshan, Marketwatch

The rise of audiobooks isn’t just about the quality of the performance but the fact that many readers prefer the experience to text. “For a long time the industry treated audiobooks as a subsidiary format, but now we’re seeing it’s become a primary format for many — and has been for some time,” Kaufman said.

Bottom of the Page

Apple Case. So heavy. Bump more uncomfortable than ugly. But iPhone is 96% at 6:53 PM. Conclusion: vacation use only

— Cabel Sasser (@cabel) December 10, 2015


Thanks for reading.