The Hashtag-Pride Edition Monday, June 26, 2017

And I'm back from the break. Anybody still around? :-)


When Apple first announced the iPhone, I knew I wanted one.

I also knew it was not cheap. Especially for someone like me that was used to paying close to $0 for a mobile phone contract after contract.

Of course, Apple made the decision for me by not selling the iPhone in Singapore.

(My first iPhone was the iPhone 3G. By that time, my family and I had already been playing around with an iPod Touch for months. Specifically: Super Monkey Ball.)

Tenth Anniversary

It Had Us At "Hello": The iPhone Turns 10, by David Pogue, CBS News

So on its tenth birthday it's time to ask, where does iPhone fall on the scale of humanity's greatest inventions? Is it right up there with the television? The car? Electricity? Fire? Hard to say, but millions of people would agree, the iPhone changed everything.

"We don't have Steve Jobs around to ask -- we would all be getting interviews with him right now because of the tenth anniversary -- but I don't think that he foresaw the hugeness of it," Mossberg said. "I don't think anybody did."

The 4 People Steve Jobs Handpicked To Review The iPhone Reflect 10 Years Later, by David Pogue, Yahoo

Only four people outside of Apple already had iPhones. They were the four tech writers Apple had chosen to review the phone: Steven Levy, then of Newsweek; Ed Baig, of USA Today; Walt Mossberg, then of The Wall Street Journal; and me, then of The New York Times.

For my “CBS Sunday Morning” story honoring the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, the four of us got together—for the first time ever on camera—at Yahoo’s New York office. To reminisce, to schmooze, and to reveal long-held secrets. Here’s an edited transcript of that conversation.

Hashtag Pride

Apple & Tim Cook Celebrate #Pride2017 In Cities Around The World, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

As it has done in past years, Apple this week celebrated Pride 2017 in a handful of cities around the world, participating in parades in San Francisco, New York City, and Toronto. [...]

Apple handed out t-shirts with a rainbow Apple logo to those who participated in the parade. In San Francisco, Apple showcased a sign reading #ApplePride where participants wrote messages such as “Orlando Strong,” “Out and Proud,” and more. In a tweet, Tim Cook wished happy Pride 0217 to “all our employees, their families, and customers around the world.”

How Tech Companies Are Recognizing Pride Month, by Taylor Hatmaker, TechCrunch

With San Francisco and New York’s annual Pride event hitting this weekend, it’s a good time to reflect on just how far LGBTQ visibility in the tech community has come in a few short years. While there’s still plenty of work to be done, we’re happy to celebrate some of the fun ways that companies are showing their solidarity with the queer community while also holding them to task on the stuff that really matters.

No Exceptions, No Loopholes

Westpac Shock As Apple Bans Its Payments App That Let Customers Send Cash In Messaging Apps, by Paul Smit, AFR

Tensions between Australia's big banks and the world's biggest technology company Apple have ratcheted up after the iPhone maker surprisingly ordered Westpac to remove a key feature of its recently revamped mobile banking application, which let customers make payments in popular chat applications.

In a letter to customers, seen by The Australian Financial Review, Westpac reveals that its Westpac Keyboard function will be removed in July, meaning its innovative plan to enable customers to make payments from within popular apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat and WeChat has been cut off at the knees.


The iPad Pro: Now A True Photographer’s Tool, by Jeff Carlson, Macworld

The improved hardware in the just-released iPad Pro models, plus software improvements in iOS 10 and the upcoming iOS 11, make the iPad Pro (mostly) fullfill the potential of the iPad as a true photographer’s companion.

Hands-on: LumaFusion – This Is The iPad Video Editing App We’ve Been Waiting For, by Jeff Benjamin, 9to5Mac

This, folks, is an app that not only has the power and the features, but is actually fairly easy to use, and isn’t fiendishly ugly to stare at for hours on end. LumaFusion shows what’s possible on the iPad, and like Affinity Photo for photo editors, LumaFusion isn’t perfect, but it’s definitely shaping up to be an absolute must-have for iPad video editors.

Apps Are Slowly Gaining Ground In Hospitals, by Henry Cooke, Stuff

Despite many of us carrying advanced computers around in our pockets many hospitals are reliant on paper based systems and computers running decades-old software.

Some of this makes sense - a clipboard can't run out of battery - but much is the result of simple inertia.

There are hundreds of companies trying to change that with mobile and tablet apps.


Apple's First 'Assembled In India' iPhone SE Models Go On Sale In Limited Run, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

The first iPhone SE models built in India —by Apple partner Wistron —are now on sale in various cities around the country such as Bengaluru, according to local reports.

Apple’s AR Is Closer To Reality Than Google’s, by Vlad Savov, The Verge

For the people who don't care about incremental changes in phone specs or design, the differentiator between devices has always been in the unique things that each one can do — or, failing that, the convenience and ease of use of common features. Apple's iPhone is more convenient than Google's Project Tango devices and with iOS 11 it'll have much better AR capabilities than its nearest premium Android rivals. So if we're looking for the AR innovator that will take the technology into the mainstream, Apple once again looks like the likeliest suspect.

Despite High-profile Hires, Apple's TV Plans Are Doomed, by The Register

Steve Jobs' successor Tim Cook has never been very good at executing Jobs' "wait then dominate" strategy of product launches. Since taking the helm, Cook's Apple has been more reactive than proactive, and that hasn't played out very well for the company's TV ambitions. Apple would have had a shot at dominating the streaming TV market if it had been able to launch the streaming TV package it had hoped to.

Instead, the company will enter the market in 2017 with its first foray into original premium programming at a time when there's more premium original content than consumers can even watch. And what's more, its competition has had a huge running start.

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I've had a nice break over the past two weeks, when I okay-ed a lot of dialog boxes which stated along the lines of mark-all-as-read-without-opening?


Thanks for reading.