The AirPlay-to-Android Edition Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Sony Is Adding Apple’s AirPlay 2 And HomeKit To Its Android TVs, by Chris Welch, The Verge

In yet another surprise amid Apple’s sudden expansion of AirPlay 2 across popular TV brands here at CES, Sony has announced that it will add support for the feature to its own televisions. Here’s the really interesting bit: in case you’re unaware, Sony TVs run Android TV software. Hence, Android TV is soon going to be capable of playing content — music, movies, screen mirroring, and more — via AirPlay 2.

Apple’s Trillion Dollar Market Cap Was Always A False Idol, by Ron Miller, TechCrunch

Whatever the future holds for Apple and other tech stocks, we clearly like to throw around large numbers. Yet companies don’t tend to live and die by their market cap. It’s not a metric that matters all that much to anyone, except those of us who like to marvel at the size of the biggest numbers, and then click our tongues when they inevitably fall to earth.


Apple Music Lyric Availability Expands To Additional Countries, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Lyric availability has expanded to Germany, Ireland, South Africa, Spain, Mexico, New Zealand, and France, letting customers in these countries view song lyrics and search for songs using lyrics.

HomePass, The App For Managing HomeKit Setup Codes, Adds Apple Watch Support, PDF Export, More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

HomePass is useful for keeping track of your various HomeKit setup codes, something that Apple doesn’t yet offer through its own Home app. The key change in today’s HomePass update is support for generating 100% scannable text and QR codes.


Using The iPad Pro As My Development Machine, by Fatih Arslan

First I’ll share my experiences using it as a development machine, scripts I’m using and my whole workstation setup. Afterwards I’ll share and review the various bits of using an iPad Pro (photo and file management, keyboard, pencil, apps, accessories, etc.)

Using The iPad Pro As My Main Computer, by Jon Hicks

It’s been said many times before, that the iPad Pro’s limitations are set by iOS, rather than the hardware, so it’s all fixable by Apple. In my opinion, it wouldn’t take much for the iPad to truly replace my Macbook.

It feels like we’re this close to the tipping point.


How Pizza Could Save The World, by Don Norman and Eli Spencer, Fast Company

Pizza? How is that relevant? Two ways. First, pizza can be thought of as an open-source platform. An Italian creation, it is now found all over the world, in all incarnations, tailored to local tastes and cultures, yet all recognizable as pizza. Second, it bridges the gap we were pondering, for pizza can be made by local artisans serving local customers, as well as by large, international corporations that serve mass markets. In other words, “Pizza as a Platform” provides a powerful metaphor to describe how we hope to address some of the world’s most intractable problems.