The Digital-Afterlife Edition Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Give Your Old Mac Software Eternal Life, by Jason Snell, Macworld

It’s been a long time coming, but having your Mac tell you that some of your apps will stop working brings some immediacy to the issue: If there’s a 32-bit Mac app you rely on to get work done, and it’s no longer being updated, on forthcoming versions of macOS it will only work with compromises, and ultimately it won’t work at all.

Don’t fear the death of your old software, my friends. Your current long-in-the-tooth favorites, and old friends you said goodbye to years ago, can live on and still be useful, thanks to the miraculous digital afterlife known as virtualization.

Old Memories, Accidentally Trapped In Amber By Our Digital Devices, by Jason Kottke

Part of what humans use technology for is to better remember the past. We scroll back through photos on our phones and on Instagram & Flickr — “that was Fourth of July 5 years ago, so fun!” — and apps like Swarm, Timehop, and Facebook surface old locations, photos, and tweets for us on the regular. But sometimes, we run into the good old days in unexpected places on our digital devices.

Designer and typographer Marcin Wichary started a thread on Twitter yesterday about “UIs that accidentally amass memories” with the initial example of the “Preferred Networks” listing of all the wifi networks his computer had ever joined, “unexpected reminders of business trips, vacations, accidental detours, once frequented and now closed cafés”.

I Don’t Know How To Waste Time On The Internet Anymore, by Dan Nosowitz, New York Magazine

What happened is that the internet stopped being something you went to in order to separate from the real world — from your job and your work and your obligations and responsibilities. It’s not the place you seek to waste time, but the place you go to so that you’ll someday have time to waste. The internet is a utility world for me now. It is efficient and all-encompassing. It is not very much fun.


The New AI-powered Google News App Is Now Available On iOS, by Nick Statt, The Verge

It centers around using machine learning to train algorithms to comb through complex, fast-breaking news stories and break them down in easy-to-understand formats like chronological timelines, local news aggregation, and stories presented in a developing and evolving sequence.

Listen To Audio Everywhere With Twelve South's New Wireless Transmitter, by Tory Foulk, iMore

Called AirFly, the device is a small Bluetooth transmitter that allows you to use your AirPods in situations where usually only jacked-in headphones would function, such as on a plane or on the treadmill at your favorite fitness center.


Apple News Officially Lets Publishers Use Google’s DoubleClick To Serve Ads, by Tim Peterson, Digiday

The move is meant to make it easier for publishers to sell their Apple News articles with inventory on their own sites and their Google Accelerated Mobile Pages and Facebook Instant Articles inventory. That way, publishers may start to see some real revenue from Apple News and be more willing to produce the higher-quality, exclusive content that Apple seeks, especially on the video side, where the company has even started paying publishers for premieres. Publishers keep 100 percent of the revenue from the Apple News ads they sell directly.


Is A Stronger Social Mission What Apple Is Missing?, by Phillip Haid, Fast Company

While Apple has admirably leveraged its talent and tech to improve people’s health, and spoken about the importance of product recycling, it’s hard to know what sits at the core of the company’s social impact efforts. It doesn’t have the same legacy of community impact as many other large companies, and as such, lacks the long-term commitment many consumers look for when assessing a company’s credibility as a purpose-driven organization.

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Some of the old Mac software that I may someday want to run again:
1) Games from Ambrosia Software
2) Userland's Frontier
3) HyperCard
4) After Dark
5) Internet Explorer.

(Okay, I'm kidding about that last one. But who wouldn't want a web browser that matches the color of your computer?)


Thanks for reading.