The Pizza-Box Edition Wednesday, April 3, 2019

New Apple Ad Romanticizes The Beginnings Of Apple’s Circular Pizza Box, by Sean Hollister, The Verge

Apple made a pizza box? Yes indeed, and it makes a cameo appearance in a new 3-minute Apple commercial that the company uploaded to YouTube today, dubbed “Apple at Work — The Underdogs.” An ad that — completely unrelated to the pizza box — is one of the funnier Apple ads we’ve seen in a while.

The Easy Way To Create A Smart Home, by Tim McKeough, New York Times

“One of the advantages of these systems is that they’re light, from an infrastructure standpoint,” said Michael K. Chen, an architect in New York who has designed big-budget homes with automation systems requiring dedicated air-conditioned control rooms, as well as simpler homes with small-scale technology products from the likes of Nest, Sonos and Lutron.

“Basically, you don’t have to do a full-blown renovation,” said Silvia Kuhle, a partner at Standard Architecture in Los Angeles.

But there are now so many home-technology products available — capable of performing so many different tasks — that it can be difficult to figure out where to start. So we asked architects and technology experts for advice on how to do it yourself.

Why There Is So Little Left Of The Early Internet, by Stephen Dowling, BBC

Dame Wendy says archives and national libraries had experience saving books, newspapers and periodicals because print had been around so long. But the arrival of the internet – and how quickly it became a mass form of communication and expression – may have taken them by surprise. The attempts to archive the internet have, in many areas, been playing catch-up ever since. “The British Library had to have a copy of every local newspaper published,” she says. As the newspapers have gone from print to the Web, the archiving takes a different form. Are these websites as vital a resource as the papers which preceded them?


One major problem with trying to archive the internet is that it never sits still. Every minute – every second – more photos, blog posts, videos, news stories and comments are added to the pile. While digital storage has fallen drastically in price, archiving all this material still costs money. “Who’s going to pay for it?” asks Dame Wendy. “We produce so much more material than we used to.”


New AirPods And Running With “Hey Siri”, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Being in motion and activating Siri with a voice command without breaking your stride or worrying about where your wrist is positioned is just one less point of friction. I’ve had great luck with voice commands including starting specific workouts like a 30 minute outdoor run, increasing music playback volume, changing music, and checking alerts and messages from Apple Watch with “Hey Siri” on AirPods during outdoor runs.

Apple’s Clips iOS App Gets New Posters, Titles And Captions, And ClassKit Support, by Roman Loyola, Macworld

Clips is designed to let users create short videos, slideshows, and school projects that can be shared through Messages on iOS on social media.

Adobe Announces Updates For Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, And Character Animator, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Ahead of the annual NAB media show, which kicks off on April 6, Adobe is launching its traditional spring update with new updates for Creative Cloud apps including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, and Character Animator.


Efficient Software, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

Should we be thinking green as we’re programming? Is it pointless? I hope it’s not — and I think we should be thinking green with everything we do, including programming.

And, along the way, we might find we make software and websites (especially) that people like better, since they’re faster and lighter.


Media Companies Take A Big Gamble On Apple, by Edmund Lee, New York Times

Executives have been burned by their previous dealings with big tech companies. But Apple’s promise of a billion devices worldwide was too good to pass up. Even for Rupert Murdoch.