The Grew-Up-Watching-Those-Ads Edition Saturday, February 11, 2017

AirPods TV Commercial Took Sales Of Marian Hill's Song 'Down' From 'Negligible' To 'Magical', by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

Singer Samantha Gongol and keyboardist Jeremy Lloyd thought Apple's history of propelling musical fame, such as when Feist's "1234" was used in an iPod Nano commercial, would help sales, but seemingly underestimated the effect. "You hope for it, but we certainly did not anticipate the degree to which everything has exploded," said Gongol. "We grew up watching those ads."

Prince Songs To Return To Spotify, Apple Music, Other Streaming Services On Grammys Sunday, by Todd Spangler, Variety

Songs of late music legend Prince will again be available on multiple streaming-music services on Sunday, in releases timed for the 59th Grammy Awards.

The Purple One’s Warner Music catalog, including the albums “Purple Rain,” “1999” and “Sign O’ the Times,” will be available Feb. 12 on subscription-streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Napster and iHeartRadio, according to multiple reports.

Apple Abroad

Apple Pay Boss Says CBA, NAB, Westpac Risk Missing The Future Of Payments, by James Eyers, AFR

The global head of Apple Pay has put three of Australia's big banks on notice that the technology giant's global payments system will steal their customers and they risk being left behind in the development of digital wallets.

Jennifer Bailey said in an exclusive interview that Apple is so confident of the supremacy of its payments system that "customers will say they are happy to switch banks to use it".

Apple Met With Chinese Regulators To Discuss The iPhone’s Mysterious Battery Drain Problem, by Josh Horwitz, Quartz

An Apple representative traveled to Beijing this week to discuss iPhone battery malfunctions with a consumer watchdog organization affiliated with the government. The meeting, held yesterday, shows that as Beijing ramps up scrutiny of Apple, the tech company continues to try and appease the government.


App Is Great Help To Parents With Kids, by Ronnie Gill, Newsday

Winnie is an app that has aggregated data on more than a million family-friendly venues throughout the United States and around the world.

Setapp For Mac Review, by Dan Counsell

The service is invite-only for developers. This means MacPaw can make sure only top quality apps get added to the service. I think this will be key to its success in the long run. If the quality of apps decreases then the subscriber base will plummet. If Setapp was full of junk apps there's no way I'd pay ten bucks a month for it.


Accessible Resistance, by Daniel Jalkut, Bitsplitting

If you are a Mac or iOS developer who is committed to improving the accessibility of your app, a great place to start is with the WWDC 2016 What’s New In Accessibility session. Apple is always enhancing the variety of accessible features that are built in to iOS, macOS, tvOS, and yes!, even watchOS.

What Programming Languages Are Used Most On Weekends?, by Julia Silge, Stackoverflow

Many developers tinker with side projects for learning or career development (or just for fun!) and at Stack Overflow, we support all types of technologies, from professional to hobbyist. Whenever people are working, we're available to answer their questions. But what languages tend to be asked about on weekends, as opposed to weekdays?


Tim Cook Met Theresa May And Said The UK Would Be 'Just Fine' Post Brexit, by Zlata Rodionova, The Independent

He said the iPhone maker is a “big believer in the UK” adding Britain would be “just fine” outside of the EU—even if there are some “bumps in the road along the way”.

"We're doubling down on a huge headquarters in the Battersea area and we're leaving significant space there to expand," Mr Cook said.

Microsoft Miracle: How Satya Nadella Revived Tech Giant In Just Three Years, by AFR

The attitude that everything worthwhile must emanate from within Microsoft’s four walls has been expelled under Nadella. It has become accepted that millions of people will want to use products made by its rivals, and it is making a good fist of forging a path as a leading part of a broader tech ecosystem.

Where once the company was the very definition of a walled garden, jealously guarding its technology, it is now forming partnerships with major tech firms like Adobe, falling over itself to offer its services on Apple devices and is – staggeringly to the historically minded – embracing open source in a big way.

Bored With Ho-hum Cloud Backups? Use Usenet (Yes, Usenet!) Instead, by Brian Hill, Ars Technica

With access to a Usenet news server, you can simply upload your backup there, and it will be stored redundantly in news servers all over the world. Best of all, this approach typically costs considerably less than a cloud backup service.

If you’re not an IT greybeard, you may not be familiar with Usenet. To put it within a frame of reference any Ars reader may recognize, Yahoo once described the Ars Technica forums as "the successor to Usenet and precursor of Reddit." And while that's not a 100 percent accurate, Usenet is kinda, sorta like an ancient Reddit. It's a collection of forums, organized by subject, where anyone can use to anonymously discuss nearly any topic. Where Usenet differs from Reddit, however, is in many of the technical details.

Bottom of the Page

I am not a big music fan. Even though I am a subscriber of Apple Music, music has never been important in my life.

But Apple, as a music company, has made my life so much better. iPods, iPhone, EarPods, W1. Podcasts, smart playlists, digital hub, audiobooks.

Thanks Apple.


I am also grateful that Instapaper is back up and running.


Thanks for reading.