The Glass-Cube Edition Sunday, September 8, 2019

Apple To Launch 'iPhone 11' On Sept. 20, Celebrate With Reopening Of Fifth Avenue Store In NYC, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Preorders are anticipated to go live on Friday, Sept. 13, with purchases due to arrive on Sept. 20, the same day devices will be made available at Apple stores and authorized resellers in participating launch countries.

Armed with a slate of new hardware, Apple plans invite customers into the iconic glass cube at its freshly renovated Fifth Avenue flagship on Sept. 20, the person said. Workers on Friday stripped the massive glass structure of its protective cladding in preparation of this month's reopening.

Safari Unchained, by M.G. Siegler, 500ish Words

In the two days using it so far on my main machine, it’s clear this is a huge upgrade. Less because of any single big new feature, but more because of what it allows you to do: use the iPad as if you would a laptop. That sounds so silly, and yet it’s true! And sure, there are still some minor hiccups — mouse support is there, but tricky at best. But it’s close enough. And that’s mainly because Safari has finally been unlocked and unchained.

Think Your iPhone Is Safe From Hackers? That’s What They Want You To Think…, by John Naughton, The Gurdian

This revelation of iOS’s unsuspected vulnerability came as a shock to a world that had assumed that the orderly, tightly controlled Apple software ecosystem would be more secure than the chaotic, multi-versioned and unpoliced Android system. Nothing, remember, goes on an iPhone that Apple has not vetted and approved, whereas anything goes on Android. But the corollary of this is that iOS is a complacent monoculture – a vast billion-strong monoculture. That has two consequences. One is that it’s a juicy target for attackers. The other is that if you are confident that your phone is secure then you will be cavalier in what you do with it. Which leads one to wonder how many Uighurs are now ruing the day they first thought of buying an iPhone.


How Top-Valued Microsoft Has Avoided The Big Tech Backlash, by Steve Lohr, New York Times

“Microsoft can afford to be more self-righteous on some of those social issues because of its business model,” said David B. Yoffie, a professor at the Harvard Business School.

But Microsoft has also undergone a corporate personality change over the years, becoming more outward looking and seeking the views of policymakers, critics and competitors. That shift has been guided by Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president, diplomat-in-residence and emissary to the outside world. His work has been endorsed and his role enlarged under Satya Nadella, who became chief executive in 2014 and led a resurgence in the company’s fortunes.

Is Instagram Ruining Architecture?, by Alexandra Lange, New York Times

The app can help expand our love of the designed world and incite our curiosity. Or it can turn us into sheep.

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I can't wait for the new iPad Safari too. No, I don't use Gmail or Google Docs, but the AWS web console is also quite bad on a current iPad too.


Every time I sit down at my desk, I wonder: do I want to charge something now? Keyboard? Mouse? Tablet? Phone? Earphones?

I blame Apple.



Thanks for reading.