The Tipo-Più-Intelligente Edition Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Apple Debuts Arabic, British English And Italian Smart Keyboard Layouts, by AppleInsider

Launched through Apple's regional websites, and available in both 9.7- and 12.9-inch sizes, the new Smart Keyboard variants collectively comprise the first update to the iPad Pro accessory since its debut last year.

Your Second TV Remote

Meet Apple’s New Remote App, Not Quite The Same As The Old Remote App, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

For me, in the long run, none of this really makes a big difference. I’ve always considered the Remote app as a good fallback, but it’s usually far less convenient than a hardware remote, since it requires pulling out the phone, finding the app, opening the app, and then finding the right control. (Some of the tap targets on the new Remote app seem pretty small, too.) In most circumstances, that might just be a little irritating—but if you’re, say, trying to pause the TV because your phone is ringing, well, good luck.

In the end, it’s nice that Apple brought some feature parity to the Remote app, but this is hardly a mind-blowing reinvention—it’s table stakes. When the company rolls out more in-depth integration with Siri on iOS devices, rather than simply using the Remote app as a passthrough, well, that’ll really up the ante.

TVs Are Still Too Complicated, And It's Not Your Fault, by Walt Mossberg, The Verge

But I kept thinking while being barely helped at Best Buy, and then stumbling to explain the UI to my very smart wife, that it was no wonder that my old TV advisor, Steve Jobs, thought toward the end of his life in 2011 that the TV as a device was ripe for disruption.

He never got a chance to do it. But somebody should.

Beyond Pop Songs

Bloomberg Radio Comes To Apple Music In 120 Countries, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Bloomberg today announced that its Bloomberg Radio service is now available on Apple Music in over 100 countries around the world, including the United States, Germany, Hong Kong, and Japan.

Apple Is Finally Making iTunes Better For Classical Music, by Kirk McElhearn

In the latest beta of iTunes 12.5, which is part of the beta of macOS Sierra, Apple has added some new tags: Work and Movement.

Giving Money

Chip Card Nightmares? Help Is On The Way, by Joanna Stern, Wall Street Journal

After pulling out the stopwatch for over 50 transactions at various retailers in recent days, I can confirm that it takes twice as long to pay with a chip card than with a card swipe or mobile payment—on average, 13 seconds versus 6 seconds.

Think about it this way: If you made two purchases every day for a year with a chip card instead of a swipe or smartphone, you’d spend 85 extra minutes at the checkout counter. That’s nearly an hour and a half of yourtime, to give someone your money.

So Kagi Died…, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Kagi was, at one point, the way you bought Mac software that wasn’t from a major vendor and didn’t come in a box.

It’s been years and years since that changed, but Kagi was still out there, processing payments for shareware products. Until Sunday night, when it abruptly shut down.


Writing App 'Ulysses' Gains WordPress Publishing Support And More, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

The changes that come with version 2.6 of the writing app mean that bloggers can publish their texts straight to a WordPress account, complete with tag, category, excerpt, and featured image support.

Pantone Debuts App To Give Users Access To 10,000 Colors And More Features, by Maghan McDowell, Los Angels Times

The app boasts Pantone’s library of more than 10,000 colors, and lets designers use uploaded photos to create and customize palettes and mood boards. It lets users see how colors would look in a variety of scenarios and textures, by letting them apply palettes to graphics, interiors and typography in addition to digitally “pliable” textures such as 3D papers and fabrics.

SecureWords Can Secure Your Articles And Text Entries, by Aaron Lee, Apple World Today

It's a tool that automatically encrypts and decrypts text documents so we can, among other things, store them on iCloud or in Dropbox without having to worry. SecureWords is a lean, versatile machine that can handle RTF, OpenOffice, and Word documents.

How Many Seasons Are There In Watching Paint Dry?

Netflix’s Newest Show For Binge-watching Is A Real-time Knitting Marathon, by Josh Horwitz, Quartz

Netflix has introduced addictive, thrilling television series like House of Cards and Stranger Things to audiences worldwide. But this week it will release something for people who prefer entertainment a bit more sedate.

Slow TV, a Norwegian TV series that documents ordinary events in real time, will arrive on the video streamer starting on Aug. 5. Its online release will bring one of the most bizarre phenomena on television to millions of viewers worldwide.

Earlier This Year: BBFC Rates Paint Drying Film ‘U’, After Sitting Through All 607 Minutes, by Clarisse Loughrey, Independent

The BBFC, film censorship board for the UK, have officially awarded a 'U' certificate to a ten-hour film of paint drying, created as part of a protest of its practices by British filmmaker Charlie Lyne.

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