The Digital-Storehouse Edition Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Inside Evernote’s Brain, by Harry McCracken, Fast Company

Back then, Evernote was a piece of Windows software, and the company’s founder, Russian-American computer scientist Stepan Pachikov, was the guy who walked me through what it could do. By the time it arrived on the iPhone, he’d already stepped down as CEO. But as the company commemorates its self-defined 10th birthday, it’s also re-embracing Pachikov as its founding visionary.

With 225 million registered users spanning nearly every country on Earth, Evernote has indeed come a long way since Pachikov created the app, mostly to please himself. But his initial concept of a digital storehouse for all the information humans tend to forget—which grew only richer as he realized that other people wanted it, too—has had staying power. It’s propelled the company down the sometimes twisty path it’s followed through its history, and shows every sign of being powerful enough to help take Evernote where O’Neill thinks it should go next.

Inside The iPhone Repair Ecosystem: Where Do Replacement Parts Come From And Can You Trust Them?, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

There's a thriving market for unofficial, aftermarket iPhone parts, and in China, there are entire massive factories that are dedicated to producing these components for repair shops unable to get ahold of parts that have been produced by Apple.

The entire Apple device repair ecosystem is fascinating, complex, and oftentimes confusing to consumers given the disconnect between Apple, Apple Authorized Service Providers, third-party factories, and independent repair shops, so we thought we'd delve into the complicated world of Apple repairs.


Griffin Technology’s Elevator Takes Your Mac Laptop To New Heights, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

The Elevator is a classy, ergonomically sound stand for just about any laptop up to 15 inches.

Twitter Is Killing Push Notifications For Third Party Apps -- Here's What You Need To Do, by Mark Wycislik-Wilson, Betanews

Starting tomorrow -- Thursday, August 16 -- Twitter is disabling push notifications for third party clients. If you use the likes of Twitterific, Fenix or Plume, this could mean you miss out on important messages as Twitter clamps down on what third party tools are able to do.

HQ Trivia Downloads Spiral Downward As It Hits Apple TV, by Josh Constine, TechCrunch

HQ Trivia’s app store ranking has continued to sink the past three months, but it’s hoping a new version on your television could revitalize growth. HQ today launched an Apple TV app that lets users play the twice-daily live quiz game alongside iOS Android players.


Apple's Revolutionary iMac Is 20 Years Old, And Still Going Strong, by William Gallagher and Stephen Silver, AppleInsider

The iMac is the machine that famously saved Apple back in 1998 —but it didn't stop there. Rarely standing still, it has kept at the forefront of Apple design, yet today's iMac has the same design goals it always has. AppleInsider looks back at the beginning of the line, all the way to today.

Netflix, Amazon Video, And Xfinity Are Accidentally Re-creating Cable TV, by Graeme Mcmillan, The Verge

The digital landscape is already fragmented, and it’s continually fragmenting further, as content creators choose to become content providers. In the process, it’s beginning to resemble cable television. Each new app or content library looks like a different channel to consider, and each one is essentially a premium cable offering that requires a separate subscription to view.

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If I remember correctly, the iMac announcement was the first Steve Jobs keynote that I have ever watched.


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