The Reality-Time-Machine Edition Friday, October 14, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook On Virtual Reality: “There’s No Substitute For Human Contact”, by John Paczkowski,, Eimi Yamamitsu, BuzzFeed

“There’s no substitute for human contact,” Cook told BuzzFeed News. “And so you want the technology to encourage that.” It’s not the first time Cook has indicated that Apple might favor AR. “We are high on AR for the long run,” Cook said during an earnings call this past summer. “I think AR can be huge.” Huge, indeed — one could look to the sudden and explosive success of Pokemon Go to see an immediate real-world example.

How To Turn Your Self-Driving Car Into A Time Machine, by Adrienne Lafrance, The Atlantic

Let’s imagine there’s some cool new immersive app that lets you select a year in history on your drive across Manhattan. Want to catch a glimpse of Bob Dylan walking to a gig on Macdougal Street? Set your car’s dial to 1968. Or, to witness a zeppelin landing on the dirigible deck of the Empire State Building, drive into the year 1931. Want to drive alongside a crowd of 1,000 people marching to the lower tip of the island for the inaugural lighting of the Statue of Liberty’s torch? Head on over to October 28, 1886. (Granted, the fireworks that night were rained out, and the torch light malfunctioned, but hey!)

Happy Experience

How Disneyland Is Taking Cues From Uber And Apple To Make Sure Everybody Enjoys Their Vacation More, by Matt Weinberger, Business Insider

As Laiwala explains, though, the long wait was because Disney isn't big on doing things just for the sake of keeping up with current trends, and prefers to do things right. Before Disney even considered building an app, it spent years watching the market, making sure that the whole app economy is "here to stay," rather than a passing tech fad.

"We don't use technology for the sake of technology," she says.

Apple Stores Removing Security Tethers From iPhone Display Models, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

The customers who do attempt to steal iPhone display models, if not caught by security or CCTV cameras where installed, will walk away with unusable devices, as Apple will place them into Lost Mode remotely using Find My iPhone.


Apple Begins Selling Unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus In The U.S., by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Customers can now choose to purchase an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus without a SIM card at full retail price.

Dragon Professional Individual For Mac, V6 Review, by David Sparks, MacSparky

Transcription is now fully integrated into the application. Moreover, they've removed the need for training. Dragon instead trains its transcription engine with the first 90-seconds of your first transcription file.

Health Importer Makes It Easy To Move Health Data Between iPhones, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Loewenherz created Health Importer, a simple $2.99 utility that does exactly what you'd expect: the app restores a backup of the Health database, keeping old entries with every data point logged from your iPhone, Apple Watch, or third-party apps.

Evernote Admits Bug Caused Data Loss For Some Mac Users, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Lost attachments may potentially be accessible through the premium note history feature, so Evernote is providing all affected users with one year of free Evernote Premium service.


The Apple Two-step: My Disastrous Attempt To Use Apple’s Two-factor Authentication, by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

I activated two-factor authentication (2FA) and easily logged into my iMac, but was unable to log into any of my other devices. Apple’s support site was no help, and I eventually had to call AppleCare.