MyAppleMenu - Fri, Jan 16, 2015

Fri, Jan 16, 2015 Day of the Sunsetting Brand

"Make no mistake - Google Glass is dead, at least in its present form."

Looks like when it comes to wearables, you really don't want a camera on the wearable.

The Forgotten iPod Touch

Stephen Hackett, 512 Pixels:

The iPad mini — with its bigger screen and better battery — is a lot better for games and videos, the two things kids do with these kinds of devices. Toss in that it's much harder to lose a 7.9-inch device than a 4-inch one, and it's not hard to see why the iPod touch may be losing out to the iPad mini.

Just like OS X was deemed unsuitable for netbooks or tablets, I think Apple is positioning iOS for bigger screens. And making an iPod touch with a screen as big as the iPhone just doesn't really make much sense in a world where an iPad mini also exists.

I do see, or wish, that Apple makes the transition to Apple Watch OS for the iPod shuffe and nano, but I too am not sure about the future of iPod touch.

Apple: 1 Million New iBooks Customers Each Week Since iOS 8 Launch

Laura Hazard Owen, GigaOM:

Apple’s iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, which launched to the public this fall, come with iBooks pre-installed. That decision has paid off: iBooks has averaged one million new customers every week since mid-September.

Previously, from Jay Yarow, Business Insider, on how Apple and Google can shaft Amazon:

As soon as I typed the first six letters of book title in Safari, it offered to send me to iBooks to buy the book. Clicking on that kicked me straight to Apple’s iBookstore.

If I didn’t click on that link, I would go to Google. But guess what happens in Google? There’s a big fat box that points me to Barnes & Noble. It also points me to Good Reads, which Amazon owns. That box also has links for Google’s Play store, and something called Oyster Books.

Finally, below that is Amazon’s link.

Stuff For Your Computers

  • Timeline Launches News App to Give You the Context Behind the Day's Headlines (Anthony Ha, TechCrunch)

One big complaint about current news coverage is that there’s not enough context — an article or TV report might tell you what happened today, but it gives you no understanding about the history that led up to today’s news. Now a startup called Timeline is aiming to change that.

  • The Wonderful Be My Eyes App For iOS Lets You Lend Your Eyes to the Blind (Aldrin Calimlim, AppAdvice)

Using integrated VoiceOver accessibility, the app lets a blind person request assistance from a sighted person to help with anything from knowing the expiry date on a milk carton to navigating unfamiliar surroundings.

  • Things for iPhone and iPad Updated With Notification Center Widget, More (Joseph Keller, iMore)
  • Tips For Maintaining Your Media For Eternity and Beyond (Christopher Breen, Macworld)
  • How to Always Have a Document Open In a Specific Program in OS X (Topher Kessler, MacIssues)
  • How to Manually Update iTunes Match On Your Mac or PC (Allyson Kazmucha, iMore)
  • Typo2 For iPhone 6: If you truly can't deal with on-screen keyboards, but you want the iPhone 6, the Typo2 is for you. Otherwise, this accessory won't make you a better or faster mobile typist. (Antonio Villas-Boas, PC Magazine)
  • Hands On: LaunchBar 6 (MacNN)

Short Notes

OK, Apple. You’ve bought yourself a year. I’m willing to consider that I’ve had a run of bad luck. Think different. Talk different. Now you’re acting different. Let’s hope it continues longer than my iPhone.

How to Say: Xiaomi

Jo Kim, BBC:

It's the world's most valuable privately held company, and its third biggest smartphone maker, selling 61 million handsets last year. But how do you pronounce Xiaomi?

Parting Words

Thanks for reading.