The A-Hundred-Miracles Edition Sunday, February 7, 2016

Stop Watch, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

Here’s the thing, though: the Apple Watch contains a hundred miracles of engineering and design, surely, but serious problems with software and services can turn even the most incredible hardware into something you just sit on your desk and ignore.

Supercharged Search Scopes, by Daniel Jalkut, Indiestack

This expresses the predicate for what I really wanted my search scope to be, but which Xcode wouldn’t allow me to configure. Opening Xcode and selecting the “Yummy Sources” search now allows me to search for results in RSCommon, but NOT in YuckySources. We’re golden!

Autocorrect And The Tao Of Texting, by Mary Phillips-Sandy, New York Times

Of all Internet memes, one of the most enduring involves autocorrect, the smartphone gremlin that can turn text exchanges into a game of chance. There are websites and books devoted to autocorrect’s mishaps, not to mention shirts, mugs and calendars printed with popular autocorrected messages.

This stuff is funny, sure, but after years of scrolling past “no ducking way” posts, I’ve come to believe that autocorrect actually has useful things to tell us — if only we’d listen.

Tech Successes Of The Likes Of Apple, Alphabet And Microsoft Show Capitalism Works - But It Needs To Behave, by Hamish McRae, Independent

But even those of us who celebrate the benefits the business community of west-coast America has brought the rest of us, would like to see more evidence of Google’s 2000 slogan “don’t be evil” spread around global capitalism. Evil is too strong, but capitalism does have to be better behaved.

Twitter Says Your Timeline Isn't Changing, by Jon Fingas, Engadget

Twitter chief Jack Dorsey has piped up to say that there's no truth to the rumors of a Facebook-like feed arriving next week. It was "never planned," he says. In fact, Dorsey adds that the company hopes to make Twitter "feel more, not less, live" -- he knows full well that you want that steady stream of updates.

Rumor Of The Day

Rose Gold Coming To iPhone 5se Like iPhone 6s, Not ‘Bright Pink’, Plus Next iPads & MacBooks, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac

Apple is said to be aiming to keep its hardware colors consistent across iOS devices. In fact, there are Rose Gold variations of the upcoming iPad Air 3 floating around Apple’s campus. Apple is also considering bringing that gold hue over to the next versions of the 12-inch MacBook and the iPad mini, according to sources, but those are unlikely to arrive at next month’s event.

Bottom of the Page

I don't understand why people are still calling Apple a hardware company, because a hardware company will not work in today's world. Creative Labs had cannot compete with the iPod, because part of its solution depended on the slow-moving pie-in-the-sky Microsoft media player strategy. The PC makers are getting rid of their PC-making businesses because, frankly, relying on both Microsoft and Intel for left them no room to be good. And Samsung has to walk a fine line to add new feature while not offending Google.

Apple is not a hardware company. It is a computer, phone, and watch company. Apple cannot affrod to be a hardware company, and we should judge the standard of Apple's products as computers, phones, and watches. We can praise the hardware quality to the sky, but if the software is not up to par, the product cannot be good.


Dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve.

— HC (@myapplemenu) February 7, 2016




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