The Back-Soon Edition Monday, January 11, 2016

David Bowie Asks Iman If They Should Just Do Lasagna Again, by The Onion

“Okay, love you,” said the glamrock pioneer, noted for boldly reinventing himself countless times in the span of his life and career, as he opened the front door to his home. “Back soon.”

"It's Only Forever, Not Long At All"

take a split-second to remember him as a goblin king surrounded by muppets, I swear to god it will help

— Josh A. Cagan (@joshacagan) January 11, 2016

Lower Than Reality

Apple News App Is Off To A Rocky Start, by Jack Marshall and Steven Perlberg, Wall Street Journal

The company mistakenly has been underestimating the number of readers using the News app since its launch, and passing that inaccurate information on to publishers.


Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, said the company missed the error as it focused on other aspects of the product. The company didn’t explain how the problem occurred or say exactly when it might be rectified. “We’re in the process of fixing that now, but our numbers are lower than reality,” he said. “We don’t know what the right number is,” but he added that it was better to undercount than overcount traffic.


Apple’s Music Streaming Subscribers Top 10m, by Matthew Garrahan and Tim Bradshaw, Financial Times

The rapid growth of Apple Music, which launched in more than 100 countries in June, raises the stakes in streaming, a form of distribution that offers hope to the music industry after more than a decade in the doldrums.

Why I Carry A Newton, by Egg Freckles

When you turn on a smartphone you are presented with a grid of applications that represent tasks your phone can do. When you turn on a Newton you are presented with your content. On a Newton their is no workflow to follow to get back to your writing because you are already there. There is no file system past a simple index. No open or save dialog boxes because what you write and read is always in front of you. A pad of paper never gets in your way because there is nothing between you and the content. In this respect a Newton is the same as a pad of paper.

Bill Ford Isn’t Scared Of Apple, by Steven Levy, Medium

Making cars will remain a big part of Ford, but the company is committed to an additional but vital business model, a high-tech effort based on “smart mobility.” This approach not only doesn’t focus on selling vehicles, but even embraces some instances where potential car owners might forgo a Ford, or any other vehicle, in their driveway. Part of the vision would even point people to public transit. Sounds like a sea change to me.

You Don’t Need More Free Time, by Cristobal Young, New York Times

But the situation, I believe, is more complicated than that. As I discovered in a study that I published with my colleague Chaeyoon Lim in the journal Sociological Science, it’s not just that we have a shortage of free time; it’s also that our free time, in order to be satisfying, often must align with that of our friends and loved ones. We face a problem, in other words, of coordination. Work-life balance is not something that you can solve on your own.

Rumor Of The Day

Apple’s Android Switching Plan, by Christopher Williams, The Telegraph

Apple is under pressure from mobile operators to make it easier for customers to switch between the iPhone and smartphones that use Google’s Android software, amid mounting fears over its dominance. According to a senior industry source, Apple has privately agreed to develop a simple tool to help consumers shift data such as contacts, music and photos if they move to Android.

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