The Exposed-Bricks Edition Saturday, July 30, 2016

An Apple Store Arrives In Brooklyn, by Alyssa Bereznak, The Ringer

“Wanna see something cool?” an employee with a full red beard asked me as I approached a long thin display table of iPhones. I nodded and he waved his hand over a portion of the table, which — via motion sensor — opened up to reveal a charging station. “Wow, that is cool,” I replied.

“So, if you need a Genius Bar appointment or something, we can just help you out right here,” he said. “We don’t have a Genius Bar anymore.”

Peek Inside Apple's First Brooklyn Store, Complete With Exposed Brick, by Ainsley O'Connell, Fast Company

Exposed brick walls, polished concrete floors, pendant lamps, and a timber ceiling: Yup, we're in Brooklyn.

Year Of The iPad

iPad-only Is The New Desktop Linux, by Watts Martin, Medium

No, hear me out. See, Linux users don’t care how much easier we say it is in our non-Linux worlds. Sure, they say it’s because of open access and free as in scotch ale and yadda yadda yadda, but really? They like the challenge. Figuring out how to do what they used to do on a Mac or Windows PC is part of the allure.

Don’t deny it, folks who prefer the iPad to the Mac or PC: you like the challenge! It was awesome to check out and edit files in my company’s Github repo and make a pull request, all from the iPad. Myke Hurley made an observation on his Analog(ue) podcast that even if you could prove that a given task was easier on the Mac, he’d still rather do it on his iPad because it’s just more fun. I absolutely get that.

Security Matters

Popular iOS Keyboard SwiftKey Disables Sync Feature After Data Leak Is Discovered, by Matt Milano, AppleInsider

One user was reportedly surprised to see a stranger's email suggested by SwiftKey when she was typing in the keyboard, while another was apparently offered suggestions in a language they had never used.

WhatsApp Doesn’t Entirely Wipe Your Deleted Chats On iOS – But There’s No Need To Panic, by Abhimanyu Ghoshal, The Next Web

Zdziarski says that it isn’t just WhatsApp that’s guilty of leaving behind a forensic footprint; iMessage does it too. The fault lies in the SQLite library used to build these apps, which typically doesn’t overwrite data until the previously used storage is overwritten with new data.

Should you be worried? Given that the process of extracting your chat logs isn’t exactly a walk in park, there’s no real reason to panic. But if you’re concerned about having any of your chat logs lying around, Zdziarski recommends using a strong backup password for your phone using iTunes, and keeping it out of Keychain.

Nobody Prefers Wordperfect?

Millennials Prefer Microsoft Word For Individual Work, Google Docs For Collaborative Work, by Matt Richman, Recode

When students write papers by themselves, only 12 percent use Google Docs. But when students write papers in groups — when they collaborate — 78 percent use Google Docs. On the other hand, 80 percent of students use Microsoft Word for individual work, and 13 percent use it for group work. The dynamic is the same for all millennials, regardless of gender, the phone they use, or where they live: Microsoft Word for individual work, Google Docs for collaborative work.


Globespinning Creates Shareable Itineraries To Help Travelers Plan Great Trips, by David Schwartz, Geekwire

Globespinning, a free app that launched to travelers worldwide on July 9, allows users to create beautiful and organized travel itineraries that are shareable with friends and family. It’s all intuitive and extremely useful for seasoned and novice travelers alike.

The Wine App That Has Me Pegged, by Dave McIntyre, Washington Post

Our smartphones keep getting smarter. Not only do they help us talk to each other, they also help us avoid talking to each other. They alert us to breaking news and notify us when it’s time to leave for appointments. They know how long it will take to drive to work and which routes will get us there faster.

And our phones have figured out whether we will like a wine before we even try it.


Apple Begins Wrapping Up Swift 3 And Lays Out Plans For Swift 4, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

The final version of Swift 3.0 will be released alongside iOS 10 and macOS Sierra in the fall, but the fact that Apple develops Swift out in the open now means that we know more about its progress than we do about Apple's operating systems. Chris Lattner, a senior director of the Developer Tools Department at Apple, today posted a lengthy note to the Swift mailing list that looks back at the development of Swift 3.0 and sets some expectations for Swift 4.0 next year.


Stiglitz Calls Apple’s Profit Reporting In Ireland ‘A Fraud’, by Jeanna Smialek and Alex Webb, Bloomberg

Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz said U.S. tax law that allows Apple Inc. to hold a large amount of cash abroad is “obviously deficient” and called the company’s attribution of significant earnings to a comparatively small overseas unit a “fraud.”

The Solution To (Nearly) Everything: Working Less, by Rutger Bregman, The Guardian

It doesn’t have to be this way. We have the ability to cut a big chunk off our working week. Not only would it make all of society a whole lot healthier, it would also put an end to untold piles of pointless and even downright harmful tasks.

Bottom of the Page

Today's is the one week anniversay of my left hand -- which is also my dominant hand -- went bad. Today, I still have to use a fork to eat noodles, instead of using my trusty chopsticks.

But at least I can type, and exercise my fingers.

Or should I be resting my fingers? I can't remember.


Thanks for reading.