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Tue, Feb 10, 2015 The Not-Too-Bright Edition

You turn down the brightness level of your iPhone all the way down, and it is still so bright that you wake up your spouse just by catching up on twitter? In this Medium article, Justin Searls shows you how you can dim the backlight further by 'lightly abusing the accessibility settings'.

Swift 1.2 Features an Improved Compiler and Objective-C Interactions

Derek Kessler, iMore:

The Swift 1.2 beta features an improved compiler that's both more stable and more speedy, as well as new Objective-C (the programming language that pre-Swift iOS apps were built on) interactions for building more capable hybrid apps.

Computing for the Visually Impaired, Part 5

Mariva H. Aviram, TidBITS:

In the previous four parts of this series, I covered a variety of visual impairments that affect computer users, advice from eye care specialists, built-in accessibility features, and third-party accessibility apps. Now, in this final installment, I’ll explore hardware options, ergonomics, and new innovations in adaptive tech.

Stuff for Your Computers

  • Affinity Photo Is a New Pro Photoshop Alternative for Mac Users: Get It For Free (Michael Zhang, Petapixel}
  • "Silver" Brings Apple's Swift Language to the .NET and Java Worlds (Peter Bright, Ars Technica)
  • The EyePatch Case Protects and Polishes Your iPhone Cameras (Peter Cohen, iMore)

Why Every Photo Storage Startup Dies or Gets Acquired

Casey Newton, The Verge:

Perhaps more importantly, StreamNation is storing content on its own servers: a more difficult proposition than AWS, but apparently a much cheaper one. "Today Picturelife on Amazon is a huge monthly loss," Benassaya says. "Today PIcturelife, on our platform, is generating margin. And this is how you transform, just by making the right technological choice from the beginning." Picturelife will be six times cheaper to host on StreamNation’s own servers than it was on AWS, Benassaya says.

Storage is a commodity; storage on AWS or Azure is not priced as a commodity.

The Life, Death, and Rebirth of BlackBerry's Hometown

Kevin Roose, Fusion:

BlackBerry is still alive – it has 7,000 employees worldwide, trades at a market value of $5.25 billion, and turned a small profit last quarter – but most people here speak about it in the past tense. The company’s market value has fallen more than 90 percent from its peak, and it has less than a one percent share of the global smartphone market, having been reduced to rubble by Apple, Samsung, and other manufacturers years ago. President Obama still has his BlackBerry, but most other people ditched theirs a while back.

I came to Waterloo to figure out what the decline of BlackBerry has done to the community surrounding it. I wondered: is BlackBerry to Waterloo as GM was to Detroit?

Short Notes

  • Apple Controls Presentation in IBM Partnership as Salespeople Use Macs, Keynote to Push iOS in Enterprise (Neil Hughes, AppleInsider)

Parting Words

Thanks for reading.