The Availble-for-Delivery Edition Sunday, October 21, 2018

iPhone XR Still Widely Available For Launch Day Delivery, But Analysts Aren’t Worried, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

As of this writing, every color and storage capacity for the iPhone XR remains available for launch day delivery on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. This means that if you order today, you’ll still receive your device on Friday, October 26th.


It’s easy to assume that the extended launch day availability of the iPhone XR means slower sales for the device, and that’s entirely possible. Gene Munster notes, however, he “remains optimistic that the XR will be the top-selling iPhone over the next 12-months, given it represents the greatest value.”

Five Myths About Apple, by Harry McCracken, Washington Post

Even after the rise of Google and Facebook, Apple remains the most closely watched technology company. From the Apple II’s debut in 1977 through the iPhone — the 21st century’s defining gadget, which took Apple to profitable new heights — skeptics and hyper-loyal fans have tracked its every move. It shouldn’t shock anyone, then, that Apple has always generated an unusually high volume of misunderstandings masquerading as common knowledge.


Make Your Phone And Computer Team Up To Get More Done, by David Nield, Popular Science

You already split your screen time between your smartphone and your computer. Why not put the two together? There are several ways to use your devices in harmony, increasing the efficiency of both. From syncing data to jumping between apps, here are five ways to make your phone and computer play nice.

How To Create Stop Motion Movies On iPhone Or iPad, by Lance Whitney, PC Magazine

All you need is an iPhone or iPad, a tripod, the right software, and a bit of creativity. Let's look at how to create stop motion movies via your iPhone or iPad.


Microsoft’s Problem Isn’t How Often It Updates Windows—it’s How It Develops It, by Peter Bright, Ars Technica

As a result, the development of Windows 10 is still following a trajectory similar to the one it did before Windows 10. Features get merged and stability and reliability drop. The testing and stabilization phase is expected to shore things up and beat the codebase back into an acceptable shape.

The inadequate automated testing and/or the disregard for test failures means in turn that the Windows developers can't be confident that modifications and fixes do not have ripple effects. This is what gives rise to the "ask" phase of development: the number of changes that are accepted as the update is finalized has to be very low, because Microsoft doesn't have confidence that the scope and impact of each change is isolated. That confidence only comes with massive, disciplined testing infrastructure: you know that a change is safe because all your tests run successfully. Whatever testing the company has in place for Windows, it isn't enough to earn this confidence.

Why Kodak Died And Fujifilm Thrived: A Tale Of Two Film Companies, by Oliver Kmia, PetaPixel

Some say Kodak made the mistake that George Eastman, its founder, avoided twice before, when he gave up a profitable dry-plate business to move to film and when he invested in color film even though it was demonstrably inferior to black and white film (which Kodak dominated). However, with the advent of the digital era, it was not about making an evolution in the same industry, it was a matter of conducting a revolution: dropping the crappy digital photo industry and using the internal know-how to diversify in other markets.

Republicans Find A Facebook Workaround: Their Own Apps, by Natasha Singer and Nicholas Confessore, New York Times

Amid a chorus of conservative complaints that Facebook and YouTube have become hostile to right-leaning views — and as those social media giants take steps to limit what they see as abusive or misleading viral content — a few Republican consultants have begun building a parallel digital universe where their political clients set the rules.

One start-up has built an app for the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association that has been downloaded more than 150,000 times. Supporters of President Trump can download an app from Great America, a big-spending pro-Trump political action committee, or America First, Mr. Trump’s official 2016 campaign app, which has some features that remain active. Many backers of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas use Cruz Crew, an app built for his re-election campaign.

The apps deliver curated partisan news feeds on what are effectively private social media platforms, free from the strictures and content guidelines imposed by Silicon Valley giants. Some allow supporters to comment on posts or contribute their own, with less risk that their posts will be flagged as offensive or abusive.

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The problem I have with Shortcuts on my iPhone is that it is unreliable.

For example, as I am typing this now, the only thing I see in the Shortcuts widget is the error message: "Unable to Load", and I have no idea how to fix this problem. I can't find any buttons with large friendly words such as "Don't panic. Click here to reload."


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