Wednesday, 1 October, 2014
Tim Cook keeps telling us that ‘Only Apple’ could do the amazing things it does. I just wish that Apple would slow down their breakneck pace and spend the time required to build stable software that their hardware so desperately needs.
Mike Isaac, New York Times
Not a single purchase has been made with Apple’s new payment system, Apple Pay, which will allow people to pay for everyday goods with their smartphone.
But the service, expected in the coming weeks, already has the technology industry scrambling to profit from a future in which apps could regularly replace cash, checks and credit cards.
Robert Sullivan, Vogue
Ive has a calming presence, like the Apple campus itself, whose very address, Infinite Loop, lulls you into a sense of Zen-ness. In the courtyard, trays of beautiful food—grass-fed steaks and fresh-made curries and California-born hot sauces—lead Apple employees out toward the open-air seating, away from the white cafeteria that might be described as a luxurious spa for the terminally nerdy. White is the color of choice at Apple HQ as in the Apple product line. It is through this white, with its clarity, its dust-hiding lack of distraction, that you have already met Jonathan Ive.
Christopher Breen, Macworld
Chuong H Nguyen, iMore
As OS X Yosemite is nearing release, Apple is now calling on developers to submit apps that are optimized for and compatible with the new OS for review in the Mac App Store. The call for app submissions come on the heels of Apple making a gold master build of OS X Yosemite for developers to download earlier today.
Richard Padilla, MacRumors
John Callaham, iMore
Apple has released OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 to developers in what may be one of the final such builds before the Mac operating system is launched to the public.
So, an October release of the new OS X for your Mac is very likely.
Joanna Stern, Wall Street Journal
One day my grandchildren will gather around my dusty collection of gadgets and stare with bewilderment at the small hardware keyboards found on the first generations of smartphones. They'll laugh and ask if the phones also had to be attached to a windmill to work.
Federico Viticci, MacStories
DateStamper brings back old memories for me, but it is, first and foremost, a handy iOS 8 utility to apply date (and time) stamps to photos. It looks good, it gets the job done, and it's nicely integrated with Apple's Photos app.
Kirk McElhearn, Kirkville
The design of the Mac Pro is such that it’s going to pick up any dust on your desk.
Tuesday, 30 September, 2014
Leah Yamshon, Macworld
Community-powered navigation app Waze got a major update on Monday, which introduces a new feature for sharing info about destinations. Dubbed Places, drivers can share information about local businesses and residences with other Waze users, providing tips and photos of places they’ve visited.
Glenn Fleishman, TidBITS
iOS 8 has given AgileBits the tools they needed to pull a lot of threads together. But because of Apple’s requirements and how AgileBits adapted some of 1Password’s current settings and thinking to iOS, it can be confusing how to make use of all the new options. Here’s some step-by-step advice.
Tom Fairless, Wall Street Journal
European Union regulators laid out for the first time Tuesday reasons why they believe tax deals granted to Apple Inc. in Ireland and Fiat in Luxembourg constituted illegal state support for the companies—the next stage of an investigation which could result in the companies paying huge sums in extra taxes to the governments concerned.
Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider
Shortly after the ministry's announcement on Tuesday, Apple issued a press release confirming that presales would begin on Oct. 10 ahead of launch a week later on Oct. 17.
Boris Kachka, New York Magazine
Longform.org is one of a handful of websites that made an early bet on the survival of feature writing in a click-bait world. Now, with their week-old app for the iPhone, a one-stop journalism shop where Twitter meets Hudson News, founders Max Linsky and Aaron Lammer are not only doubling down on that bet, but embracing a less heroic epithet than the well-worn “long-form”: aggregator.
Christian Zibreg, IDownloadBlog
Juli Clover, MacRumors
It appears that there may be a serious bug with the "Reset All Settings" option in iOS 8, causing users who activate the feature to lose all of their iWork documents stored in iCloud Drive.
Hayley Tsukayama, Washington Post
Streaming music has finally overtaken the CD in music sales. But can it be the new business model for the music industry? A new report from the Recording Industry Association of America last week shows that, despite strong growth, sales of streaming music still aren't making up for sliding sales of both CDs and digital downloads.
Nick Arnott, iMore
While it was a great idea in theory, the execution seems to have fallen short of anything really useful. Users aren't any worse off than they were with iOS 7, and this information still doesn't tie directly to a person, but it does give companies (and individuals) the ability to track an anonymous person without their consent.
Monday, 29 September, 2014
Christopher Breen, Macworld
Amanda Hess, Slate
Good2Go may remind its users that consent can be revoked at any time, but there are still judges and juries that will take evidence that a person said “yes” to sex at one point, and conclude that they were asking for whatever happened later that night (or the next). Compared to that scenario, talking about sex doesn’t seem so scary.
Paul Mozur and Alan Wong, New York Times
Amid swelling pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, protesters are turning to FireChat, a new app that allows them to send messages without a cellular or Internet connection.
Set off against a fresh wave of censorship by Beijing to ensure that potentially destabilizing images of the protests do not enter the mainland, the app is a testament to how the protean development of technology constantly challenges tried forms of blocking information online.
Rob Griffiths, Macworld
Super-large monitors aren’t for everyone—honestly, I’m not sure this one’s for me yet. I’ve been using it for several weeks, and while I like it a lot, it does take up a lot of my desk (both horizontally and vertically). But for the price, if you’ve got a Mac that can use it and need for more screen real estate, it’s a relatively cheap way to add a massive amount of pixels to your setup.
Richard Padilla, MacRumors
Paul Mozur and Shanshan Wang, New York Times
Four years ago, the iPhone 4 was a status symbol, with the black market booming before the product was officially introduced. Today, the iPhone is simply one option among many, as local companies like Xiaomi and Meizu Technology rival Apple in terms of coolness while charging less than half the price.
Apple has a new status symbol waiting in line.
Seth Weintraub, 9 To 5 Mac
Vicky Ward, New York Magazine
Though it has been open for less than a decade, the Apple store under the glass cube at the base GM building is already one of the best-known and most successful retail sites in the world. But few people realize that it exists because of a real estate developer who had just taken the biggest gamble of his life, and needed to solve a problem — and because he knew just how to play mind games with Steve Jobs.
Mike Beasley, 9 To 5 Mac
An iOS 8 app that allowed users to create custom shortcuts and access them from a Notification Center widget has been removed from the App Store by Apple for what it calls “misuse of widgets,” the developers said in a notice posted on the app’s website.
Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica
You can't appreciate a classic computer or a classic piece of software in the way you could appreciate, say, a classic car, or a classic book. People who work in tech: how long will it be before no one remembers that thing you made? Or before they can't experience it, even if they want to?