The Paying-Off Edition Friday, January 8, 2016

Five Years Later, Thunderbolt Is Finally Gaining Some Traction In PCs, by Andrew Cunninham, Ars Technica

We've been talking to the PC companies at CES about this sudden turnaround, and their answers have all been in more or less the same vein. The increased speed of Thunderbolt 3 combined with all the benefits of USB Type-C (including driving displays via Alternate Mode and charging laptops via Power Delivery) has finally made Thunderbolt convenient enough to be worth the trouble.


In other words, it might be a little irritating for users of the current Thunderbolt port to buy new cables or adapters, but it seems like Intel’s decision to tie Thunderbolt to the ascendant and popular USB Type-C port is paying off nicely.

Why Apple’s Claim Of Adding 1.9 Million Jobs Includes Plumbers And Baristas Along With Developers, by Todd C. Frankel, Washington Post

That number includes what are called spillover jobs and indirect jobs. That means marketing and HR positions at app companies, for example. It also includes the people in Apple’s U.S. supply chain and the construction workers building its new headquarters campus. They are part of the 1.9 million.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the Apple figure also counts many plumbers and Chipotle servers and even food delivery people. Tailors. Dry cleaners. Teachers, too. The justification is these jobs also would not exist without the salaries derived from Apple or its app store. But it’s also unlikely that anyone associates an auto mechanic’s job with the impact from Apple's app store.


Ask The iTunes Guy: iCloud Music Library, Unwanted Downloads, Apple Music Subscriptions, And More, by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

Just because it’s a new year doesn’t mean that iTunes problems and questions have gone away. If anything, I get more emails around the holiday season as lots of people get new iPhones, iPads, and iPods. In this week’s column, I look at an issue with iCloud Music Library and unwanted downloads to iOS devices. I explain what happens when an Apple Music subscription ends. I tell you how to see play counts in your playlists. And more.

Hands On: Due 2.2 (iOS), by William Gallagher, MacNN

If you're missing tasks you've got to do, or have things that are time-sensitive, try adding this to your current To Do app, and we think you'll be pleased.


Screen Recorder For iOS Vidyo Gets Yanked From App Store, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

What made the app clever – but also contraband – was how it used AirPlay. The app let you record your screen by acting like it was using AirPlay Mirroring – users would select Vidyo as the AirPlay source to start the mirroring process, which then triggered the screen recording and, optionally, the audio. When you finished your recording, you would stop AirPlay and the video of your screen recording would be saved to your photo gallery.


Apple Buys Artificial-Intelligence Startup Emotient, by Rolfe Winkler, Daisuke Wakabayashi and Elizabeth Dwoskin, Wall Street Journal

It isn’t clear what Apple plans to do with Emotient’s technology, which was primarily sold to advertisers to help assess viewer reactions to their ads. Doctors also have tested it to interpret signs of pain among patients unable to express themselves, and a retailer used it to monitor shoppers’ facial expressions in store aisles, the company had said.

Global Publishing And Consulting Company In Framingham Could Be Up For Sale, by Universal Hub

Former IDG exec Colin Crawford reports that IDG has retained Goldman Sachs as a prelude to selling itself off - ideally in one piece.

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