The Attention-To-Transit-Details Edition Friday, July 8, 2016

Why Apple's Transit Maps Are Rolling Out So Slowly, by Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider

Given that Maps' transit directions were built upon acquisitions including HopStop and Embark, users might be left wondering why Apple still supports fewer cities than HopStop once did, and why new cities are coming online relatively slowly.

The answer has to do with the level of work involved, combined with a close attention to detail that's involved prior to launching transit directions in a new city.

Apple Maps Adds 29 Flyover Locations, Expands Traffic And Transit, by AppleInsider

Today's Maps additions bring 3D Flyover coverage to a number of U.S. cities and popular tourist destinations in Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain.

Buying Apple's Stuff

Is The Apple Store The Worst Place To Buy Apple Products?, by David Carnoy, CNET

The long and short of it is the Apple Store rarely offers anything in the way of deals or discounts. And yet it allows other stores to sell its products for less -- sometimes substantially less. Which means that despite the fact that the the shopping experience in Apple Stores is generally stellar (if you know what you want, you can be in and out in five minutes), it makes a lot less sense to buy Apple products in an Apple Store.

Teaching With Apple's Stuff

Apple's New 'Starter Guides' Help Educators Integrate iPad, iOS Into Curriculum, by AppleInsider

In a bid to extend its reach into the educational technology market, Apple on Thursday released a set of guidebooks designed to help educators better implement products like iPad and iOS apps into classroom activities.

Coming Soon

With iOS 10, Your iPhone’s Basically Just A Lockscreen Now, by David Pierce, Wired

There are lots of small changes in Apple’s mobile OS, and plenty of big ones, too. They aren’t as obviously, colorfully noticeable as iOS 7, which arrived in 2014 with new ideas about how software should look. But iOS 10 is more important, because it’s full of new ideas about how you’ll use your phone. It overhauls Messages, introduces a lockscreen that is more than a security checkpoint, and makes notifications and widgets something you’ll actually use. As a result, the iPhone finally feels like more than a beautifully decorated home for your favorite apps.


The BBC's iPlayer Radio App Is Going Global, by Jamie Rigg, Engadget

There are a couple of extras Brits have access to that others won't, however. Where rights restrictions apply -- relevant to some live sport broadcasts, for example -- streaming will be disabled; and right now, downloading already aired programs for offline listening isn't possible.


Apple Launching Public Betas Of iOS 10 And macOS Sierra Today, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Two days after releasing the second developer betas of iOS 10 andmacOS Sierra for testing, Apple today is launching its public beta program for the forthcoming updates, allowing a broader cross section of users to test out the new features and report bugs to Apple.

Apple Open Sources Swift Playground Support, by Erica Sadun

"The Xcode Playground Support project enables building a Swift toolchain that includes everything necessary to integrate with the Xcode 8 playground experience."

Literate Programming: Presenting Code In Human Order, by John Cook

People best understand computer programs in a different order than compilers do. This is a key idea of literate programming, and one that distinguishes literate programs from heavily commented programs.


China Keeps Squeezing Apple, by Wall Street Journal

In the capital of movie piracy, a state-owned broadcaster is suing the American company for violating its copyright on a 20-year-old propaganda flick. There’s a message here, and it’s not that the Chinese government is suddenly serious about protecting intellectual property. [...]

Apple may have to accept that using privacy as a selling point means it will lose ground in its second-biggest market. The U.S. can complain that China is again violating World Trade Organization rules. But in Beijing the Communist Party’s grip on power trumps everything.

Mossberg: The Tyranny Of Messaging And Notifications, by Walt Mossberg, The Verge

One reason for the messaging overload, especially when it comes to notifications, is that too many apps just have no idea what’s relevant to you, or don’t care. For instance, I signed up for a local text alert service to get notified of things like dangerous storms on the way or bad road conditions, But I’m on the verge of shutting it off because it floods me with texts about anything worse than a fender bender on roads I never travel. It knows nothing about my driving habits and offers no way to teach it. Then, it compounds the distraction by texting me again when the irrelevant traffic tie-up is cleared.

Apple Music Exec Bozoma Saint John Auctioning ‘Power Lunch’ In LA For Charity, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Plenty of Apple execs have auctioned meet ups and keynote tickets for charity over the years, and now Apple Music’s Bozoma Saint John is joining the club. Saint John, who joined Apple through the Beats Music acquisition, made her on-stage debut last month during the Apple Music demo at WWDC 2016.

Why Didn’t ​The New York Times Send A Push Notification After The Baghdad Bombings?, by Kaveh Waddell, The Atlantic

I spoke with two Times employees to try and understand how the paper of record determines what to push to the 30 million devices that are signed up to receive its digital notifications. Eric Bishop, the newspaper’s assistant editor for mobile, walked me through the thought process that led up to two push notifications being sent in the hours after the Istanbul bombings last week.

“We tend to be a little bit more conservative when there’s breaking news, making sure that we feel very confident about the facts before we push it,” Bishop said. “On that one, there was a little bit of debate in the newsroom about whether we knew enough at the time to send a push. But as soon as Turkish officials announced that initial death toll—ten—we felt like we had enough, and we felt it was important enough to alert our readers.”

Martin Baas’ Giant Real Time Clock At Schiphol Airport Features A Man Painting The Minutes For 12 Hours., by Kristin Hohenadel, Slate

First launched at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2009, the Real Time series includes the “Sweepers,” in which two handymen sweep trash into a living time clock for 12 hours; “Analog Digital,” in which a man paints the digits on a standard digital clock; and “Grandfather Clocks,” which features video of a man drawing the hands of a clock from the inside of the clock face. Since then, Baas has expanded the Real Time concept to include an app and the new “Schiphol Clock” that features video of a man in a work uniform behind the translucent clock face painstakingly painting the time minute by minute for as long as you can stand to watch.

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I can't remember clearly now, but did Ping have user-created playlists? Correct me if I am wrong, but you can't share playlist to the entire world in Apple Music, can you? Because I have created a new playlist based on this MetaFilter post, and I do want to share it with everyone. Let's get a little dark with Amy Grant.


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