The Proprietary-and-Tribal Edition Friday, July 14, 2023

Apple, Lionel Messi And The $2.5bn Question: What's Next?, by Adam Crafton, The Athletic

“Having said that, league’s value relationships and stability. And changing partners is not something that they are anxious to do as a general matter. And so I wouldn’t say it’s a foregone conclusion that there’s going to be a deal with Apple. I think it’s less likely than more likely. If the MLS deal is a model, it’s hard to see that as something that the NBA could even consider. But, if Apple decided, we’ll pay you $20billion, well then that’s a whole different decision. I don’t think they’re going to do that, but they could make the offer.”

“What Apple does is they have various projects in the works. They have a news product now and a music product now. At one time, those things were future developments and sports could very well be in that category for them. Sport is the one product, with the possible exception of news, that has a new original product every day. It is proprietary, it is tribal, and it is a very, very powerful form of entertainment.”


Apple's Back To School Promo Now Available In Europe, Middle East, And Asia, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

After launching its annual Back to School promo for the US in June, Apple has made the special deals available in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Depending on where you live, you’ll be eligible for up to a €150 (£130) gift card or a free pair of AirPods.

Apple Launches Tap To Pay On iPhone For UK Business, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

In a surprise announcement, the company extended the service to UK businesses on July 13. It lets them accept Apple Pay and other contactless payments using an iPhone and a partner-enabled app and is the logical extension of Apple’s original plan to make the iPhone (and Watch) replace the contents of your wallet.

Skyglass Lets You Shoot Virtual Productions In Real-time With Your iPhone, by John Aldred, DIYPhotography

Skyglass is a new app for the iPhone that lets you track your subject and composite them into a virtual AI or Unreal environment in real-time. It keys the subject out from a green-screen background or can even use AI to remove an environment from your shot if a green screen is not available.


Think 'Foundation' Is Beautiful? Thank The James Webb Telescope, by Marah Eakin, Wired

Foundation showrunner David S. Goyer says his adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s science fiction series honed its cosmic details with Kevin Hand, a scientist who works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and who’s currently hard at work figuring out the logistics of landing a rover on Europa, one of Jupiter’s 95 known moons. The show also found inspiration for its spacey visuals in recent images sent down from the James Webb Space Telescope, which Goyer calls “a treasure trove of material.”

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Speaking of Apple TV+, I am excited with the second season of The Afterparty. I have only watched the first two episodes, but I am not buying the premise of the story. Which, as far as I can tell, is a rehashing of the same premise of the first season, but doesn't really work for me.

Oh well. But I will probably still work the entire season. I think the comedy still clicks despite of the shaky premise.


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