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i don't know that i'd call the cover shot "stunning" (it seems fairly mundane to me) but the article is interesting for the discussion with the photographer about the additional challenges shooting with the iphone creates.∞ read this on the loop
there are some great, classic novels in these volumes. you can find volume 2 at the linked url.∞ read this on the loop
i've used a lot of tuners over the years, but this is one of my favorites. i have one of these that i use with my electric and acoustic guitars.∞ read this on the loop
is apple resurrecting, at least in tone, the old "mac vs pc" ads?
we all saw the amazing clip of the baby iguana being hunted by a terrifying army of snakes. here's how they shot it. i can't wait for the dvd of planet earth ii. there will be lots of behind the scenes stuff i find so fascinating.∞ read this on the loop
great to hear there will be more clarity on what the "sell by" dates mean. i'll throw out less food now.∞ read this on the loop
i've been playing around this morning with reverb, seeing how it compares to siri on the macos desktop. if you don't have an amazon echo-type product but want to see what all the hype is about, this will give you a taste.∞ read this on the loop
did you know that time machine stores a backup on your local hard drive if it can't connect to your laptop's backup drive? those backups can consume a fair amount of space (say, 100gb or so) over time. if you use time machine, take a few minutes to read this post from lory gil. you'll learn how to disable and re-enable those locally stored time machine backups. and if you are wondering where on your machine those backups are stored, start here. that article is a few years old but, as far as i know, still accurate.∞ read this on the loop
samsung group chief jay y. lee was arrested on friday over his alleged role in a corruption scandal rocking the highest levels of power in south korea, dealing a fresh blow to the technology giant and standard-bearer for asia's fourth-largest economy. the special prosecutor's office accuses lee of bribing a close friend of president park geun-hye to gain government favors related to leadership succession at the conglomerate. it said on friday it will indict him on charges including bribery, embezzlement, hiding assets overseas and perjury.
samsung's leadership has failed them. thanking the stars above apple has tim.∞ read this on the loop
android headlines:
samsung electronics filed for a “bixby reminder” trademark with the european union intellectual property office (euipo). the filing was made on thursday and seemingly describes one feature of bixby, the company’s upcoming artificial intelligence (ai) assistant that’s heavily rumored to debut with the galaxy s8 and the galaxy s8 plus this spring.
add bixby to your list of the major digital assistants you'll hear people talking with on the street.∞ read this on the loop
economic times:
apple will kick off its india manufacturing plans by initially assembling 3-4 lakh units of its iphone se model at the karnataka plant being set up by contract manufacturer wistron, as the maker of the iconic iphones looks to take a deeper bite of a key market amid slowing global smartphone growth. the cupertino-based tech giant is likely to go ahead with the bengaluru assembly plan without waiting for the government’s nod for the list of tax concessions that it had sought along with other demands. the company wants to “experience manufacturing in india”, a person familiar with the company’s plans told et.
the iphone se, launched amidst much fanfare in april 2016, was widely anticipated to be aimed at emerging markets, including india, as it was priced lower than all other iphone models. but even the lower price tag of rs 39,000 for a basic model of se was too much for the mass market. the handset is currently retailing at less than rs 30,000 in india and would become cheaper still if produced here.
makes sense. start with the se, get a sense of response, tweak follow-on models aimed to grow that market.∞ read this on the loop
last october, google introduced something called the fact check tag. the idea is, publishers include the tag in a story for it to be considered for the tag. when the story is posted on google news, a fact check-approved story will appear with the fact check label. here's the original post about the fact check tag. and here's an update from google on the current state of fact check. this is a great start. but it is far too limited. we need fact checking to spread beyond the google news bubble. we need a fact check standard to spread to every single source of news, across the political spectrum. when you go food shopping, you know you can check the standardized ingredients label to see how much sodium or fat is in a product. we need a reliable, verifiable label like that for the news. sites could achieve an "all fact" label if they achieve a set minimum percentage of fact checked stories. apple has an opportunity here. join with google to spread the fact check concept to apple news. and beyond. my two cents? this is incredibly important.∞ read this on the loop
top five?
  • apple
  • amazon
  • starbucks
  • berkshire hathaway
  • disney
works for me.∞ read this on the loop
just a heads up to rocket fans. spacex is launching an international space station resupply mission saturday morning at 10:01 est. you can watch the launch here.∞ read this on the loop
nova show about battery technology. david pogue hosts, very watchable, if a bit corny. watch online here.∞ read this on the loop
i'd noticed this a while ago and thought it was odd and a little annoying. now that i know the reason, it's just annoying.∞ read this on the loop
the latest issue of billboard features camila cabello on the cover in a stunning photo shot outside a rental home in beverly hills -- with an iphone 7 plus using the new portrait mode.
that is really remarkable. i love using portrait mode on my iphone 7 plus—even though i'm not a great photographer, apple helps give my photos depth and polish that i wouldn't be able to achieve otherwise.∞ read this on the loop
at&t inc said on thursday it would make its unlimited data plan available to all wireless customers who pay a monthly bill, days after rival verizon communications inc announced an unlimited option.
i really dislike the fact that we have to wait for a price war in order to get access to something like an unlimited plan. i don't trust any wireless company.∞ read this on the loop
i didn't realize there was a nameplate created for each nominee.∞ read this on the loop
this is a good article by abdel ibrahim that takes you through some apps and hardware you'll need if you want to watch tv using the apple tv. i still wish it was easier than what it is.∞ read this on the loop
i've never been behind the scenes at the westminster show but have been for other much smaller shows and many of the things mentioned here are common throughout. it's a fascinating world.∞ read this on the loop
richard hammond, of "top gear" and "the grand tour" fame, is not just a car guy. he also loves motorcycles. if you've ever wondered why those of us who ride do this incredibly dangerous thing, read this article. the feelings he describes in the beginning of the piece are bang on for many of us, as is the camaraderie you have with random other riders - they may be complete strangers but you have the "brotherhood" that ties you to each other in ways hard to understand or describe.∞ read this on the loop
khan is arguably the best star trek movie. at least, i think of it as being the most enjoyable out of a long list of pretty mediocre movies in the franchise. i won't ever watch it again because i'm afraid it's not as good as i remember it to be.∞ read this on the loop
[video] these four spots (embedded in the main loop post) started running on friday. as rene ritchie points out, these spots have that "i'm a mac" feel to them. the difference is that there is no character carry, no one who appears in all the ads. the design and tone is what carries from spot to spot. see what you think.
interesting article and, while the conclusions may be slightly controversial, it does make sense as described. i think fitness devices don't "make" you more fit but they can help you track your fitness goals.∞ read this on the loop
this is a minor annoyance and the fix is relatively simple.∞ read this on the loop
i wouldn't go far as to say they don't matter but i do agree with the overall premise - take the reviews with huge truckloads of salt. the only camera review site i trust implicitly is digital photography review. their reviews are both technical and creative and contain a wealth of information. but nothing replaces your own experience and word of mouth when it comes to camera reviews.∞ read this on the loop
[video] weird al has a career-spanning boxed set in the works, due for release this november. one track in the set is a never-commercially-released beatles cover (video embedded in the main loop post). i'm told that weird al recorded this in his garage, sent it to dr. demento, but beatles' lawyers sent him a cease and desist to prevent him from releasing it. not sure what's changed. if you like weird al, this is some excellent work. enjoy.
gowatchit tracks all the major sites (netflix, amazon video, hbo go, hulu, itunes, etc.), along with dvd, blu-ray, in theater, and on demand. add shows you want to watch to your queue and gowatchit will email you when your show or movie is available. as an example, i wanted to watch the king of comedy (very obscure martin scorsese, robert di nero movie), but it never seemed to hit on cable. just got an email that it is showing on starz. dvr set. would have missed this. thanks, gowatchit.∞ read this on the loop
if you are interested in music or games, this is a fantastic post. cabel sasser, founder of panic, inc., takes us on a deep dive into the creative process as he starts with a melody noodling around in his brain and, step-by-step, brings it to life as the music for the new ios game stagehand. watch the videos in order, top to bottom. i absolutely love this.∞ read this on the loop
if you play pokémon go, take the time to dig into rene ritchie's post showing all the new stuff and how it works. excellent job. very helpful.∞ read this on the loop
tim bajarin, writing for time:
despite amazon's success, apple has no apparent interest in copying the echo. after talking with apple executives, i've come away with the impression that they're more interested in turning siri into an omnipresent ai assistant across devices, rather than designing a single device specifically to serve as a siri machine.
interesting point. the amazon echo exists simply to listen for, and fulfill, alexa requests. every other apple device serves many purposes and also serves the ecosystem. more bang for the buck.∞ read this on the loop
i've been following this discussion since the photo was given the "world press photo of the year" award. it's been a fascinating discussion on several levels. i honestly can't decide on which side of the fence i fall. i can see the excellent points both arguments make.∞ read this on the loop
i've watched all the hubbub around alexa since it first came out, but i never pulled the trigger and picked one up for myself. i know people that own them and they have nothing but praise for the device. it's an intriguing proposition, but i'm still not sure if it's something i'd use everyday or if it would be more of a novelty item. amazon is making a big push into the home market with alexa, partnering with other manufacturers, which is a really smart move. the more i look at alexa, the more i want to try it out, but i'll still on the fence.∞ read this on the loop
i need a pipeline of heineken to my house. still, this is pretty amazing.∞ read this on the loop
the macalope just makes me smile.∞ read this on the loop
[video] i grew up in new jersey, been a springsteen fan my entire life. this is bruce, down to his core, and part of the reason i am such a fan. i realize that this was likely pre-planned, but i found it cool nonetheless. think that kid will ever forget this day? click to the main loop post and watch the video. worth it.
valentina palledino, ars technica, with a detailed compare of airpods, powerbeats3, skybuds, and verve one earbuds.∞ read this on the loop
limited usefulness, perhaps, but definitely interesting. i tested this and it does work as advertised.∞ read this on the loop
marco arment, on the design remake of overcast:
overcast 3 is now available, and it’s a huge update, mostly in the design and flow of the interface. i’ve been working on it since last summer, informed by over two years of testing, usage, and customer feedback. i designed overcast 1.0 in 2014 for ios 7, and it was a product of its time: it used ultra-thin text and lines against stark, sharp-edged, full-screen white sheets and translucent blur panes, with much of the basic functionality behind hidden gestures. that fundamental design carried through every update until today.
marco clearly went over every inch of this app with an interface updater. the app still feels familiar, but there are a ton of nuanced changes. if you are a podcast fan, take a few minutes to make your way through this post, learn about the tweaks, bells, and whistles.∞ read this on the loop
this would be incredibly weird, creepy, and emotional.∞ read this on the loop
steve albini’s imprint on the sound of rock is undeniable. having worked on seminal albums by the pixies, pj harvey and, perhaps most notably, nirvana’s milestone record “in utero,” his sonic dna is in the fabric of productions that have helped create a new branch in rock history. this collection of drums captures the incomparable sonic fingerprint of not only steve albini but also the ambience of his very own studio, which he personally built and designed. welcome to electrical audio in chicago, il, and a truly unique collection of drums.
i love toontrack's drum packs and use them all the time when i'm writing songs.∞ read this on the loop
apple's airpods have renewed interest in wireless earbuds so ars picks a few and tests them against each other.∞ read this on the loop
in monday's test, a drone launched from the roof of a ups vehicle flew autonomously toward its destination, dropped a package and then returned to the vehicle as the driver continued on a delivery route.
this is clearly coming.∞ read this on the loop
some of these were very surprising to me. i had no idea cashews and brussel sprouts grew/looked like that. fyi, there are three pages of images.∞ read this on the loop
a lot of great actors have played sherlock holmes over the years, but none did as great a job as jeremy brett. there is no doubt in my mind that he is the greatest sherlock holmes of all.∞ read this on the loop
these stories come out every year and every year, the gift bag gets more and more insane.∞ read this on the loop
aside from the obvious reasons ("we don’t allow car drivers or jet pilots to be drunk and in charge of their vehicles"), there are many others you may not have thought about.∞ read this on the loop
just as i've always suspected.∞ read this on the loop
apple on wednesday said its new 175-acre campus will open to employees in april. the campus, dubbed "apple park" by the company, will take six months to fully occupy with the 12,000 employees that will work there. [...]
the only dvds i've ever bought have been because of the commentary track. not having them available anymore is a shame and a real loss to moviephiles.∞ read this on the loop
i had no idea so much effort went into "customizing" movies for specific markets like this.
from apple's developer site: interesting to compare that pie chart to the official android adoption pie chart: that little bitty sliver on the right? that's nougat, the most recent version of android. to get to more than half of that pie chart, you have to include nougat, marshmallow and lollipop. lollipop was released in 2014. it's tough when you don't control all the hardware.∞ read this on the loop
[video] video on the main loop post. best viewed on a large screen. wish there was a timeline on the screen so you could see the year. but that nit aside, fascinating to watch the paper's design evolve, very subtly. amazing how late in the game color made its appearance.
another list, this one all apple tv tips. as usual, you may know most of these, but give a scan. it's those few you don't know that make the read worthwhile. bookmark and pass along.∞ read this on the loop
the verge:
the world’s first self-driving robot racing series took a big step toward reality this weekend. for the first time ever, both of roborace’s prototype autonomous racecars ran against each other on a track.
the two roborace prototypes — which the company refers to as devbots — “battled” each other around the same puerto madero street circuit in buenos aires that hosted the third race of formula e’s third season. the cars’ nvidia-powered brains handled 20 autonomous laps across the race weekend, according to roborace, and topped out at about 115 miles per hour.
115 mph (185 km/h) is pretty slow for race cars, but fast enough to enjoy. at monza last year (the italian grand prix), the top speed was 225 mph (360 km/h). once the bugs are all worked out, i expect we'll see autonomous cars hit those speeds and, since the ai drivers will not have those pesky human flaws, even pass those speeds.
one of the two devbots successfully dodged a dog who wandered onto the track, while the other eventually smacked the wall in one of the turns — a “racing incident” that was the result of a “pushing the boundaries of ai,” according to roborace.
wait. a dog got on the track? is that real? yup: https://twitter.com/roborace/status/833030665608249349∞ read this on the loop
facebook inc is in talks with major league baseball to live stream one game per week during the upcoming season, which could be a key win as the social media platform works to offer more live sports, according to two people familiar with the situation. facebook has pushed to sign deals with owners of sports rights to live stream their games, going after an audience that competitor twitter inc is also trying to capture, according to sports media consultants. for social media platforms like facebook and twitter, live streaming sports is key to attracting people since sports is one of the few types of content that people still watch live.
streaming live sports is still an experiment searching for a business model. it's not clear that twitter made money on last year's thursday night football stream. no doubt, their engagement numbers went up, but did they sell enough ads at a high enough price to pay the nfl's asking price? if reuter's story proves true, facebook will be competing with major league baseball's various subscription services, already in place. baseball already does streaming very, very well. tough to see what facebook adds to the equation. and then there's the question of apple tv. major league baseball subscriptions are already on apple tv. will a facebook deal impact game availability? will there be new blackout dates? will apple pursue live sports in a deeper way than hosting apps? put another way, will apple lock down games as exclusive streaming events? they certainly have the cash to make that happen. but as they do, apple might be waiting for the business model to mature.∞ read this on the loop
tech crunch:
it looks like apple has finally picked up one of the last remaining pieces of internet property linked to one of its key service brands: the iphone and mac giant has quietly taken over ownership of icloud.net, techcrunch has learned. subsequent to that, the small-time asian social network that existed at the site has informed its users that it will be shutting down by the end of this month.
the icloud.net domain — which is now controlled by apple — was one of the last major icloud-based web addresses that was not owned by the company. (perhaps the last major one? not quite, there is also icloud.co.uk, owned by dennis publishing.) in 2011, just before officially unveiling its own icloud storage service (but after there had been leaks about its imminent arrival), apple acquired icloud.com from swedish software company xcerion, which had launched its own cloud-based storage service under that name in 2007, and in 2011 rebranded it to cloudme. it was later confirmed in xcerion’s accounts that apple paid about 47 million kroner ($5.2 million) for the domain.
this is like buying houses to assemble a real estate parcel so you can build something large, like a 20 story building. the first purchases are done quietly, without raising awareness of the value of the individual properties. once the cat is out of the bag, the price goes up. and that last holdout reaps the big reward, the largest price tag. though sometimes, the project falls apart and the value plummets, making it better to be second to last.∞ read this on the loop
“utility” features your choice of two often-requested but rarely-available body pages: engineer graph or ledger. engineer graph features an 1/8-inch grid with bolder lines each half-inch. it awaits your schematics, assembly drawings, geometry homework, or dungeon maps. the ledger version, of course, is ultra-handy for mileage logs, parts lists, to-do lists, or any sort of handwritten accounting.
i've used these notebooks for years for all of my interviews and notes while on the road. i'd highly recommend them.∞ read this on the loop
new 5g networks are expected to provide speeds at least 10 times and up to maybe 100 times faster than today's 4g networks, with the potential to connect at least 100 billion devices with download speeds that can reach 10 gigabits per second.
those are impressive speeds.∞ read this on the loop
when i was younger, the only alcohol i ever had in my fridge was beer. but i've amassed a little bit of a liquor cabinet at home so a tool like this is handy when i'm want something different but aren't sure what to make or how to make it.∞ read this on the loop
as usual, the truth stands (see what i did there?) somewhere between. i've tried several kinds of standing desks and i prefer the ones that are adjustable. with bad knees, i can't stand for an entire work day so being able to sit and stand when i feel like it works best for me.∞ read this on the loop
this might be part of our future but, even though i'm not usually paranoid about the "invisible forces" that surround us 24/7, this one gives me pause.∞ read this on the loop
the price tag was just $23 million, according to figures disclosed wednesday as part of fitbit's quarterly earnings report. fitbit also spent $15 million on the assets of vector watch, another smartwatch company.
i'm not sure that fitbit can do any more with pebble than what pebble did.∞ read this on the loop
damn, i hope to still be walking at 81. much respect.
celebrating its 86.27 score in the harris corporate reputation poll, amazon is giving everyone a discount of $8.62 on orders of $50 or more today only. hey, celebrate whatever you want if i can save money.∞ read this on the loop
i usually don't go for these types of colored apple products, but damn i'd love to have a set of purple airpods.∞ read this on the loop
jake underwood, macstories, reviewing moment, an ios app that takes video, but only keeps either the last 5 or 10 seconds and never runs out of space:
i set my phone up, pressed record, and after a couple of minutes ended the recording. when i opened photos, the video was there immediately as a clip of the last 5 seconds i recorded.
first, this is a clever idea. it solves a real problem, that of capturing 5 to 10 seconds of video when space on your iphone is low. but to me, this raises another issue. why is this app necessary? surely apple understands how frustrating this is. after all, google built an entire ad campaign around never running out of space when that critical moment comes. at the very least, why doesn't the camera app warn you that space is low when it launches? even better, why not reserve some emergency space and warn the user when they first dip into that reserve. they can still take that critical picture or video, but then they'll know enough to delete or offload pictures or videos to make more space. in the short term, we have solutions like moment. here's a link to moment in the app store.∞ read this on the loop
wendy lee, san francisco chronicle:
cupertino is so populated by apple employees that some people have jokingly called it “appletino.” later this year, apple will open a visitor center, cafe and store to the public at apple park, which the city estimates could could draw hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. in addition to the campus, apple will continue to have engineers at its buildings on infinite loop. chief executive tim cook will move his office to apple park.
that last bit has been making the rounds. seems obvious to me. where else would tim cook keep his office? more from wendy:
apple hasn’t revealed the total cost for the project, but bloomberg estimated in 2013 that it could be near $5 billion. the design will help the company recruit, and also reflects how apple is always pushing the envelope on technology, said mina chow, a senior lecturer at university of southern california school of architecture. “corporate headquarters are all about making a statement,” she said. “even when you had the period of emperors and kings, it’s all about making a statement. architecture is the identity of a culture. we build what we believe we are.”
and that last bit is the most fascinating to me. we build what we believe we are. and this particular "we" is really steve jobs, no?∞ read this on the loop
this is a bit of a public service announcement. i came across this tweet yesterday: https://twitter.com/afronomics_/status/833784254848970756 the poster tells the story of finding someone's iphone and discovering that she could see all her information, including her home address, on the lock screen. to read through this yourself, tap the embedded tweet (the link just after "please read"). without judging the danger of having your phone number exposed on your lock screen, at the very least, it's worth knowing if this info is exposed. so take a moment and use an unregistered finger (so you don't unlock the phone), press and hold your iphone's home button, and ask siri, "what's my name?" if siri says, "you'll need to unlock your iphone first", cool, you're all set. now rinse and repeat for your kids iphones, see what info is exposed on their locked devices. to customize what siri reveals on your iphone, go to settings > touch id & passcode, enter your passcode, then scroll to the section labeled allow access when locked:. to learn what each of the setting do in this section, jump to this apple support page, then scroll about halfway down the page. you'll find links for each of these settings that go into more detail. and realize that someone who has your phone number can pretty easily find your home address. know your settings, know what info is exposed on your lock screen.∞ read this on the loop
have a favorite year for music? one year that you know better than all others? perhaps the year when you first really connected with music, the first year that gives you true nostalgia? with that year in mind, go to rateyourmusic.com and step through that year's chart of top albums. no matter how well you know the music of your year, i think you'll be surprised. and i'd wager you'll find some highly rated albums you've never even heard of. this is an excellent way to discover new music, especially if you are signed up for a service like apple music so you can start listening to these new albums immediately. to get you started, here's a link to the top albums of the year 2000. to switch to your year, just edit the url.∞ read this on the loop
what the hell was the new york times thinking with this headline:
how to decide which headphones to buy (hint: not apple’s airpods)
if you only saw the headline, which is the case for many people, there's an obvious conclusion: apple airpods are not worth considering, not worth even a look. from the article itself, here's wirecutter's headphone editor (wirecutter is owned by the nyt) lauren dragan:
ah, the airpods. the current working term for those kinds of headphones is “true wireless.” aside from not having a cord to tangle and being decent at taking phone calls, the airpods didn’t improve much over the corded earpods. the sound quality is the same (which is to say, meh, with no bass). plus the battery life is less than a full day at work, so you had better remember to charge them at lunch time. and this for $130 more than a replacement pair of earpods? i don’t think they’re fully cooked yet.
ai-yi-yi. this whole thing smacks of click-bait journalism. the new york times ran that headline based on an interview with an owned site, without vetting those details. the opinion of the piece is one thing (i disagree with the battery conclusion, and it misses things like range, ease of pairing, and inserts bass bias, which is subjective) but the headline seems handcrafted to create controversy, pull in eyeballs.∞ read this on the loop
i'll always have a soft spot for top gear but its first season after the clarkson implosion was not good by any measure. but i also don't think "the grand tour" was a whole lot better. i'm looking forward to seeing this version of top gear with the two-thirds new cast.
apple has set up a procedure you can use on your iphone to assist emts with information about you and who to contact in case of an emergency.∞ read this on the loop
this is an amazing discovery and really cool science but when you hear the media describe it as a "nearby" star, note that's in astronomical terms. even though it's "only" 39 light-years away, it will likely be at least a century before humans can even think about traveling to them.∞ read this on the loop
one of the great museum exhibits in the world is going on tour and you owe it to yourself to go see it if it comes to your area. it will be in houston, st. louis, pittsburgh, and seattle. i was lucky enough to see it in dc at the smithsonian's national air and space museum but when it comes to seattle, i'll definitely make the trip down there to see it again.∞ read this on the loop
for a while now there have been reports of some older iphone models, namely iphone 6 and iphone 6s, shutting down unexpectedly. apple introduced some diagnostics into ios 10.2 back in december to try and determine what was happening and, with ios 10.2.1, they've rolled out a fix.
glad to see they figured out what was going on.∞ read this on the loop
in the busy week in the run up to the awards, the director of timecode, juanjo giménez, very kindly answered our questions about the post production process.
what's amazing to me is that this was his first project using final cut pro.∞ read this on the loop
alphabet's waymo self-driving car unit sued uber technologies and its autonomous trucking subsidiary otto in federal court on thursday over allegations of theft of its confidential sensor technology.
oh boy.∞ read this on the loop
[video] if you are into the idea of buying a nintendo switch, you'll want to watch this video, if only to get a sense of the different core accessories that you'll want to consider, which will add to the $300 price tag. jump to the main loop post for the video.
brianna olivas says her rose gold iphone 7 plus exploded and began smoking wednesday morning when her boyfriend grabbed his phone and began recording. the video, which olivas shared on twitter later that day, shows smoke pouring out of one side of the phone and the iphone's case melting away.
here's the tweet, embedded video: https://twitter.com/briannaolivas_/status/834556234166448128
while the dramatic video may bring to mind the now infamous samsung galaxy note7, which was recalled after handsets began bursting into flames, there is no evidence what olivas experienced is tied to a wider problem.
olivas says she has since turned the phone over to apple. reps have told her they are conducting tests and expect to know more within a week. for its part, an apple spokesperson says the company is aware of the video. "we are in touch with the customer and looking into it."
we need safer battery tech. lots of smart minds are working full-time on this problem.∞ read this on the loop
the verge:
last night, developer victoria fierce had some harsh words for vice president mike pence. incensed over the trump administration’s recent rollback of transgender protections, fierce let loose on pence. “fuck you,” she tweeted. “i gotta piss, and you’re putting me — an american — in danger of assault by your white supremacist brothers.” almost immediately, she got the notification. twitter had detected “potentially abusive activity” on her account, and put her in temporary timeout as a result. for the next 12 hours, only followers could see her tweets — which meant she wouldn’t be able to lobby the vice president.
still chewing on the implications here. victoria's account was temporarily firewalled (the range of her tweets was limited), not suspended. not sure i would use the word locked, as the verge did in their headline. but that nit aside, this is part of twitter's new anti-abuse campaign that started rolling out last week.
for the average recipient of abuse, that's good news: when a troll quote-tweets you with an insult, you simply won't see it. but the limits are raising new questions in light of the political speech that is often hosted on twitter. the average person has an expectation that their account will not receive insulting tweets on a regular basis. but what about, say, the president of the united states?
interesting question, difficult problem to solve.∞ read this on the loop
michael e. cohen, tidbits:
icloud, however, much like real clouds, is notoriously opaque. it’s hard to see just what you have stored in it. nonetheless, apple has made it easy, at least, to fix some truth-related issues in icloud, and you can do it with a readily accessible tool: a web browser on any mac or pc. with it, you can revert to backups of your contacts, calendars, reminders, and shared bookmarks, and even restore files deleted from your icloud drive.
if you have an icloud account, this is worth a walk through, just to get a sense of the available options.∞ read this on the loop
j. d. biersdorfer, new york times, points out a variety of ways to do dictation on your iphone:
hold down the iphone’s home button (or say “hey siri” to wake up the software), say “make a new note,” and then speak your thoughts — reciting the punctuation like “period” or “comma” aloud. the resulting note can be emailed, copied, pasted or shared with a compatible text app.
in settings, go to general and then to keyboard to find the dictation option buried at the bottom of the screen. when the setting is enabled, a small microphone appears on the keyboard of text-entering apps like notes, google docs, microsoft word for ios, or apple’s own pages word processor.
that setting is off by default. check it. good to know where this is. of course, you can also use a variety of apps to do dictation. j. d. highlights a few. good stuff.∞ read this on the loop
ben vandermeer:
i was at the seattle goodwill outlet recently and noticed the apple logo on letterhead sticking out from a bin of books, so i started digging. what i found were the 1979-1980 files of jack macdonald, manager of system software for the apple ii and /// at the time. they tell the story of project "ssafe" or "software security from apples friends and enemies." this was a proposal to bring disk copy protection in-house to sell as a service to outside developers. inter-office memos, meeting notes and progress reports all give a good idea of what a project life cycle looked like. different schemes and levels of protection are considered, as well as implementation primarily on the apple ii+ and the upcoming sara (the apple ///) and lisa computers. randy wigginton is featured prominently throughout, along with mentions of woz, distribution lists including "s.jobs" and many other familiar names. the documents were all a jumble so i've put them in chronological order and scanned the collection.
pretty interesting collection of documents. here's a link to the pdf if you want to browse. you'll definitely see some famous apple names in there.∞ read this on the loop
it's hard to overstate how convenient i find imessage. on the rare occasions i "see the green" when i text someone, it's really deflating.∞ read this on the loop
i've often wondered what those were.∞ read this on the loop
you don't have to be a music fan to enjoy this great video from 1988. see how many people you recognize in the video.
earlier this week i posted about jeremy brett being my favorite sherlock holmes. i received a lot of great feedback from that, so i thought i'd tell you my other favorite fictional detective, poirot. david suchet is absolutely spectacular in his depiction of agatha christie's famous detective. i have watched these shows over and over again, enjoying them each time.∞ read this on the loop


the artist renderings of what these new planets might look like are fascinating.∞ read this on the loop
with the explosion of podcasting comes an equal explosion of people not trained in public speaking. the funny thing is the fix is easy but hard to do.∞ read this on the loop
with ar/vr "on the horizon", more and more 360 video is showing up. if you'd like to start creating your own content, this is a good primer to help you get started.∞ read this on the loop
we all know that selfie wasn't a spontaneous moment so it's interesting to see how it came about.∞ read this on the loop
we will never again have a format so wonderfully tactile as vinyl. i have nothing to play records on anymore and have no vinyl but i still have a fondness for the physicality of holding a record.∞ read this on the loop
i just learned more than i ever thought i would about the carpet at the oscars.∞ read this on the loop
this is great news for those of you who have had your screens replaced.∞ read this on the loop
from fast company:
every phonemaker on the planet has been gunning for apple for a decade (and a bunch of them are no longer in business). apple’s speedy and continuous reinvention has kept the competition at bay. new features, new materials, and new designs are cranked out like clockwork, year after year, and at a scale that has become truly astounding. the difficulty of the engineering, manufacturing, and marketing integration required is hard to overstate. and each year, apple’s products get better.
well stated. apple's products continue to raise the bar. at the same time they continue to get more complex, more sophisticated. and with that rise in complexity comes cracks in the process. as dan moren points out in adventures in siri failures, inconsistency is an issue that bedevils siri. hop over to the main loop post for links to the referenced posts, and some op-ed on apple, siri, and complexity.
andrew murphy, loup ventures:
we think apple will win an oscar in the next five years. that’s how long it will take for apple to scale its original content spend from less than $200m today to $5-7b. the reason why expect $5-7b in apple original content spend in five years is because apple must catch up to netflix and amazon, the former of which will likely be spending more than $10b per year at that point.
wait, what? apple? an oscar? not such an outlandish claim, actually. apple is still dipping their toes in the original content waters. but once that wheel starts turning, they'll make deals with quality content creators, in the same was as netflix and amazon. this is the new studio system.∞ read this on the loop
the new york times does a nice play-by-play on what exactly went down last night. if you have not yet seen the flub, here's the video. once you read the new york times story, watch the video again. it will make a lot more sense. https://twitter.com/abc/status/836085277647073280∞ read this on the loop
[video] apple's new headquarters is looking tantalizingly close to completion. some lovely footage here. can't wait to tour it. video embedded in the main loop post.