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Thu, Jan 29, 2015 Day of the Pure-Math Mystery

So, Yitang Zhang solves a mystery...

The iPad: Insert Meaning Here

Jason Snell, Six Colors:

I know that a lot of people feel like iPad is an awkward name. At the time the name caused quite a bit of tittering, and even today it doesn’t seem to be particularly loved. But I think it’s the perfect name, because pad—like pod before it—is a word that’s utterly devoid of meaning… until Apple inserts meaning into it. And that’s what the company did on stage in January 2010.

I love the iPod. To many, this is a music player. To me, it is a podcast player and a video player. (Yes, I used to watch movies on the iPod nano. The square one.) And, I'm sure, there are others who see their iPods instead as game machines, or jogging companions, or even just as pocket computers. An iPod can be as large as an iPhone, and as small as a pack of chewing gum. It can be in one's pocket all day long, or it is only taken out of a drawer twice a week to the gym. But all of that are encompassed very nicely in the name iPod.

On the other hand, the naming of iPhone seems to tie the pocket computer to mostly phone capabilities. But, as we can all see now, the iPhone changed the word phone so much over the years that we are using qualifiers to describe the act of using a phone as a phone. The iPhone name today still describes the iPhone perfectly.

So, really, iPod is a great name. iPhone is not a bad name. Content is still king.

On the third hand, I really dislike the iTunes name...

Speaking of the iPod...

Yes, Apple Watch will be out in April. I am guessing the native Apple Watch SDK will be available in WWDC this summer, and the Apple Watch app store will be operational towards the end of this year.

What I am curious about is this: when will iPod shuffle and iPod nano be refreshed with the Apple Watch OS and the new app store?

Speaking of the iTunes...

Forgot a Mac Firmware Password? Don't Panic, Here's What to Do

OS X Daily:

Do note that a firmware password is not the same as an administrator password or the general computer password used to login to a Mac. The firmware password appears immediately upon boot and is a gray locked icon.

Apple Remote Desktop Admin Tool Is Updated for the First Time in Forever

Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica:

The biggest addition to version 3.8 is official support for OS X Yosemite, and the update redesigns the app's icon and UI to mesh better with Yosemite's new aesthetic. Improvements to file copying, Full Screen mode, and viewing multiple client desktops at once round out the update.

How to Play Windows Games on Your Mac without Windows

Peter Cohen, iMore:

So there are a few other options for playing Windows games on your Mac, without the hassle or expense of having to install Windows.

Stuff for Your Computers

  • Microsoft Launches Revamped Outlook Mail App Based on Acompli for iOS (Mike Beasley, 9to5Mac)

The app includes “email triage” features found in the old app as well as new features to help appeal to a wider audience, such as the ability to toggle threaded conversation views.

  • Hands-On First Impressions of Pushbullet for iOS, Mac, and Safari (Joe Rossignol, MacRumors)

Pushbullet is the marriage of AirDrop, Notifyr and other OS X Yosemite features in one package, but is it a worthwhile alternative?

  • How to Easily Print Mail Merged Pages Documents (Christopher Breen, Macworld)
  • TL;DR Email Wants to Turn Those Novel-Like Emails Into Quick and Simple Messages (Brent Dirks, AppAdvice)
  • A Very Good Word Processor (Tera Talks)

Parting Words

Thanks for reading.