The Game-Platform Edition Monday, November 18, 2019

Apple Watch Game Developers See Hope And Heartbreak On Platform's Future, by Brian Crecente, VentureBeat

Four years and five models after the release of the original Apple Watch, the games created for the device continue to improve, pushing the technology and what can be created on it to its limits. But despite its slow, steady improvements, game developers remain split on whether the Apple Watch is or will ever be a suitable platform for games.

Are Our Financial Lives Set By Biased Algorithms?, by Kevin Peachey, BBC

For example, an algorithm will not know someone's gender, but it may know you are a primary school teacher - a female-dominated industry. Historic data, most controversially in crime and justice, may be drawn from a time when human decisions by police or judges were affected by somebody's race.

The machine learns and replicates conclusions from the past that may be biased.

Apple Finally Admits iPad Pro Won't Replace Your PC, by Chris Matyszczyk, ZDNet

Yes, for those who make their money by prodding and clicking, rather than writing more than 100 words, the iPad Pro may be a fine solution.

What lifts my soul, however, is that Schiller has finally conceded that there's more than one way of being productive.


1Blocker 3 Review: Safari Extension Revamps Its Content-blocking For macOS Catalina, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

1Blocker was one of the first to enter this market, producing an app that paired with extensions for flexible control. 1Blocker 3 is an overhaul of the macOS app, intended to provide a simpler interface for users who don’t want to dig into rules and to meet new extension requirements set by Apple for the latest release of Safari.

ScreenFlow 9.0, by Agen Schmitz, TidBITS

Screenflow now enables you to record multiple screens simultaneously, as well as create motion effects between multi-screen recorded content. A Timeline Tools Palette is also added with Hand, Zoom, Blade, and Track Select tools, plus access to hotkeys to quickly switch your cursor’s function.


The Efficiency-Destroying Magic Of Tidying Up, by Florent Crivello

I submit that we should look with suspicion at simple-looking systems. The physical world is like a river in which a thousand streams come rushing — it is supposed to look messy.


Salesforce, Apple Partnership Begins To Come To Life, by Ron Miller, TechCrunch

Last year at Dreamforce, Salesforce’s enormous annual customer conference, Apple and Salesforce announced the beginnings of a partnership where the two organizations would work together to enhance Salesforce products running on Apple devices. Today, as this year’s Dreamforce conference begins, the companies announced the fruits of that labor with general availability of two new tools that were first announced at last year’s event.

The Streaming Era Has Finally Arrived. Everything Is About To Change., by Brooks Barnes, New York Times

Revolutions are not known for their tranquillity.

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