The Book-Of-Photos Edition Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Sir Jony Ive Reflects On The Nature Of Objects, The Fragility Of Ideas, And 20 Years Of Apple Design, by Tony Chambers, Wallpaper

"The biggest challenge for us was the fact that our focus and preoccupation is always on the future. So that tends to exclude much time to look back at the work we have previously done. Sometimes if we are struggling with a particular issue then that gives us reason to go back and look at the way we have solved problems in the past. But because we've been so consumed by our current and future work we came to realise we didn't have a catalogue of the physical products. So about eight years ago we felt an obligation to address this and build an objective archive. Many of the products that you see, we actually had to go out and purchase [laughs]. It's a rather shameful admission, but it's just not an area that we really invested much time or energy in, so we started to build an archive of the physical products."

Putting The Price Of 'Designed By Apple In California' In Context, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

$200/300 is not out of line for a premium book like this. I just think Apple would have been better served allowing someone like Taschen to do it for them, in terms of optics.

Apple Published An Expensive Book With Pictures Of Its Products, And Apologists Defend The Ridiculous Price, by Kirk McElhearn

If the Apple book were a limited edition, then the price would be reasonable, and if it were a signed limited edition, with a small limitation, then it would cost much more (probably $1,000 or so for a signed edition of, say, 1,000 copies, if it were signed by Jony Ive). But it’s not a limited edition, and the paper and ink are not that big a deal.

On The Road

Biggest Spike In Traffic Deaths In 50 Years? Blame Apps, by Neal E. Boudette, New York Times

The messaging app Snapchat allows motorists to post photos that record the speed of the vehicle. The navigation app Waze rewards drivers with points when they report traffic jams and accidents. Even the game Pokémon Go has drivers searching for virtual creatures on the nation’s highways.

When distracted driving entered the national consciousness a decade ago, the problem was mainly people who made calls or sent texts from their cellphones. The solution then was to introduce new technologies to keep drivers’ hands on the wheel. Innovations since then — car Wi-Fi and a host of new apps — have led to a boom in internet use in vehicles that safety experts say is contributing to a surge in highway deaths.

Next Time You Hit The Brakes, This App Could Warn The Car Behind, by Gwen Ackerman, Bloomberg

Nexar Ltd., an Israeli startup whose app records video from a smartphone’s camera to capture hard brakes and collisions, will from today turn its users into a vehicle-to-vehicle network to prevent crashes before they happen. The app is already used by professional car fleets and insurance companies to reconstruct traffic accidents.

Music For The Eyes

Apple Music’s Best New Feature Is Better Accessibility, by Steven Aquino, The App Factor

With the advent of iOS 10 came an all-new, totally redesigned Apple Music that addressed both of my biggest gripes about 1.0. Streaming and downloaded music are now clearly marked, but the big win for me is the app is much more visually accessible. It’s for this reason I enjoy using the app more, and it’s one of the biggest highlights of iOS 10 for me.


Powerful, Customizable RAW Photo Editor: Hands-on With Macphun’s New RAW Editor, Luminar, by Jeremy Gray, Imaging Resource

It strikes a great balance between accessibility and power. It also plays nicely with other applications, allowing me to make edits in Luminar and then easily open up the edited file in Photoshop. You can also use it as a plug-in within Photoshop, Lightroom and Photos for MacOS.

Google PhotoScan For iOS Digitizes Your Physical Prints, Photos Updated With Machine Learning-based Editing, by Abner Li, 9to5Mac

Google Photos is getting a number of updates today that improve the editing experience through machine learning and more manual controls. Additionally, a standalone PhotoScan app for iOS allows you to digitize your old physical prints with just your phone’s camera.

Shazam Is Always Listening To You On Mac -- But Not For Long, by Sean Hollister, CNET

On Monday, benevolent hacker Patrick Wardle revealed that -- on Mac computers -- the Shazam app never lets go of your laptop or desktop microphone. It continues to listen even after after you've told the app to stop listening.

Super Mario Run Launching On December 15, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Super Mario Run will be available in 151 countries next month, and it'll be a free download from the App Store. A single $9.99 In-App Purchase will unlock all three game modes.


Apple’s Big App Store Purge Is Now Underway, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Earlier this year, Apple promised it would clean up its iOS App Store by removing outdated, abandoned apps, including those that no longer meet current guidelines or don’t function as intended. That great App Store purge now appears to be underway, according to new data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower.


Marc Benioff Says Companies Buy Each Other For The Data, And The Government Isn’t Doing Anything About It, by April Glaser, Recode

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff says U.S. regulators didn't pay proper attention to Microsoft’s purchase of LinkedIn, which he sees as a grab for data, not an acquisition of a social network.

Bottom of the Page

For something as 'non-functional' as a book of photos, that nobody needs, that Apple doesn't need to make any sustainable profits in order to survive, I am not sure why there are so many armchair critics telling Apple how to price its vanity product.


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