The Push-Notification Edition Wednesday, December 28, 2016

‘A Very Blunt Instrument’: The Potential And Power Of Mobile Notifications, by Nausicaa Renner, Columbia Journalism Review

But push notifications are not news stories. They are snippets often written on deadline, akin to headlines that deliver the jist of a complicated event but little more. Yet there’s growing anecdotal evidence to suggest that readers may view news alerts as standalone stories, taking them at face value without clicking through to read more. “I would bet money that most users read most alerts to get general awareness of what’s going on in news, but open and tap on only a handful of them,” says Sasha Koren, editor of the Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab, which experiments with delivering news on mobile. “I have no data to back this up, but if true, it suggests that the alert may often be the sum total of what those users know about a topic.”


Apple Watch Owners Notified Of Upcoming 'Ring In The New Year' Activity Achievement, by Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors

Like it did on Thanksgiving, Apple today has begun notifying Apple Watch owners of a soon-to-launch Activity challenge, hoping to encourage users to get moving and work out in the new year. To earn the achievement, Apple Watch owners will have to close all three Activity rings each day for an entire week in January.

Luminar Review: A Serious Challenger To The Reigning Pro Apps For Photo Editing Mastery, by Jackie Dove, Macworld

With Luminar, Macphun now aims to conquer the complexity of general image editing for amateur and pro users who capture photos with a variety of devices from DSLRs and mirrorless cameras to high-end smartphones. Whereas photographers who rely on Photoshop quickly encounter its famously steep learning curve, Luminar provides the tools for similar editing results with a much easier, Apple Photos-style effort. Its concentration on photo editing and styling, combined with a massive number of slider-based tools, is designed for all skill levels, giving users plenty of headroom, flexibility, and variety. It’s a pro app in consumer disguise.


Trajectroies, by Riccardo Mori

And we will have gone through the effort to reach a similar level of productivity as we have now on the Mac because…? Because iOS is nicer and feels fresher? And for how long will iOS keep feeling nicer and fresher? Is there something more in iOS’s trajectory than iteratively better iPhones and iPads?

Peak San Francisco: Michelin Starred Quince Is Now Serving Food On An iPad, by Jack Morse, sfist

Described as "white truffle croquettes on iPads playing videos of water dogs on the truffle-hunt" by whoever sent the photo to Nakano, the plating raises some obvious questions. Namely, does the San Francisco Department of Public Health have an acceptable washing method for iPads?

Bottom of the Page

I'm here to report that I've bought my first USB-A to USB-C cable.

Nope, I didn't buy the new MacBook Pros or the new MacBooks. Rather, the Apple TV decided that it's time for a restore, and requires a cable connection to iTunes.

(And I thought we live in a post PC world.)


iOS, in my opinion, is not an reinvention of the wheel. It is a re-think and re-imagination of what we can now do with our old experience and new power. It is far from complete, but it is already charting down a path that is different from macOS and Windows.


Thanks for reading.