The Hello-Alexa Edition Saturday, December 15, 2018

What Apple's New Job Additions Tell Us About Its Product Plans, by Dan Moren, Macworld

As it happens, San Diego is the worldwide headquarters of Qualcomm. So if one were looking to lure away personnel with an expertise in the cellular connectivity business, it would seem like a good place to be. And, indeed, Apple’s already posted a number of jobs in San Diego for positions on its “growing wireless silicon development team.”


But, after taking a look at Apple’s Seattle job openings, it’s clear that one key area the company is building up there is Siri. The company describes “a new Siri engineering team based in Seattle” and is hiring not only data scientists and machine learning scientists, but also several software engineers to work on integrating third-party software with its SiriKit framework.

Apple Music Now Live On Amazon Echo Speakers Using Alexa, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Apple Music support on Amazon Echo speakers is starting to roll out through the Alexa app on iOS and Android a few days ahead of schedule. You can now connect your Apple Music account with Echo speakers through the Alexa app and use Apple’s music streaming service with Alexa voice control.

Review: Satechi’s Aluminum Keyboard Is A Great Alternative To Apple’s More Expensive Space Gray Option, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

If you don’t prefer the shallow throw and clicky feel of Apple’s keyboards, or even if you just want to have a softer option to use when you’d like, Satechi’s Aluminum Keyboard is a great choice.

The Torturous Psychology Of 10-Minute Tasks, by Amanda Mull, The Atlantic

“A big problem people have is they attack themselves and not their behaviors,” Ferrari says. If task-delayers can depersonalize their aversion to, say, vacuuming or litter box-changing, he believes, they stand a better chance at being able to evaluate it rationally, avoiding the shame cycle that can calcify negative behaviors into bad habits.

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The follow-up question has to be what's next between Apple and Amazon's collaboration? Between the success of Netflix, and the deep libraries of traditional studios (Disney and Warner), Apple and Amazon may well be in a the-enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend relationship.


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