The Poorly-Optimized Edition Saturday, July 21, 2018

About That MacBook Pro Core I9 Throttling Story, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

Processor benchmarks are significant, of course they are, but represent just one component of overall system performance. Performance is also defined by what you are trying to do, the software you use to get that task done, and how efficiently the hardware, software and operating system all work together.

Software -- even test software -- that is poorly optimized for the hardware or the hardware operating system will impose its own performance tax, which seems to be the root of the Premiere problem.

Amazon's iPhone App Uses Computer Vision To Identify And Replace Screws And Other Parts, by Doug Bierend, Cult of Mac

Until recently, if you needed to replace a screw, nut or bolt, you’d take a trip to the hardware store. With Amazon’s latest update to its iPhone app, there’s no need.

Part Finder is a new feature of Amazon’s camera search that can identify hundreds of types of screws, nuts, bolts, washers and other fasteners. Once ID’d, they can be bought straight from the app.

Wilson Is Like Longreads For Podcasts, by Romain Dillet, TechCrunch

Every week, the team selects a handful of podcast episodes all tied together by the same topic. Those topics can be the Supreme Court, the LGBTQ community, loneliness, dads, the World Cup.

Each issue has a cover art and a short description. And the team also tells you why each specific podcast episode is interesting. In other words, Wilson isn’t just an audio experience. You can listen to episodes in the app or open them in Apple Podcasts.

Dish Is The First TV Provider To Offer Support For Apple’s Business Chat, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Dish today announced it’s becoming the first TV provider to offer customer support over Apple’s Business Chat. Launched earlier this year, Business Chat allows companies to communicate with their customers over iMessage in order to answer questions, provide customer service, or even enable purchases. In Dish’s case, the TV provider says its customers can use Business Chat to reach a live agent with their questions, make account changes, schedule an appointment, and more.

Now You Can Order A Beer At A Baseball Game With A Text — And It’s A Great Example Of Of How Apple Is Going After Facebook, by Kif Leswing, Business Insider

At most ballparks, if you’re seated and want a refreshing beverage, you simply shout to the vendor: “Hey beer man!”

But starting today, at Citizens Bank Park, where the Philadelphia Phillies play, you’ll be able to order beer and water with a text message – if you’re seated in the right section and you have an iPhone with up-to-date software.

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