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Thu, Feb 12, 2015 The Little Penguins Edition

Little sweaters for little penguins. I hope your day is now brightened.

Aiming to Ease App Discovery, Apple Pairs with Pinterest

Mike Isaac, New York Times:

The product, called App Pins, aims to do the same thing for smartphone apps that Pinterest’s service has done for photos, recipes and many other types of websites. In short, the service is a type of digital corkboard that lets visitors save, or “pin,” items they like or places they want to go.

I could search for “health” on Pinterest and come across a fitness app that I may want to download. With App Pins, it takes only a few taps to download the app directly to my phone, without ever having to leave Pinterest to do so.

My Month as a HealthKit Patient

Marco Tabini, Macworld:

During my last physical, my doctor told me that it was time to start monitoring my weight and blood pressure, so naturally, I looked at this as an opportunity to try out HealthKit—something that I had been looking forward to ever since Apple introduced it with the launch of iOS 8. A couple months in, I’m here to tell you all about my little adventure in the land of smartphone-powered healthcare.

Four Little-Known Safari Tricks

Michael E. Cohen, TidBITS:

Here are some less-than-obvious tricks and techniques I’ve picked up in my explorations that can help solve problems and answer common questions.

Three Xcode Tips

Brent Simmons, Inessential:

In that bar right above the source code, at top left, is a little icon made up of four rectangles. Click it to pull down a menu that includes a Callers submenu.

Controlling Complexity in Swift or Making Friends with Value Types

Andy Matuschak, Realm:

Complexity is a really broad, but important term because we’re making software which doesn’t just exist at one time. It exists, say on one day, then requirements change a week later, or it exists for one release cycle and then your customers change. Change and complexity are enemies because complexity makes everything harder to change.

Why are Green Groups Unhappy with Apple's Big Solar Buy?

Pete Danko, Breaking Energy:

“We’re urging developers to do projects on degraded and disturbed land,” Delfino said, “and unfortunately, this project is on beautiful, open, largely intact land.”

“Clearly the number of rare, endangered and sensitive species that have been documented on the project site and the additional number of rare, endangered and sensitive species that have potential to occur on the site, makes this proposed project area unsuitable for solar development,” the groups said.

Apple CarPlay at Chicago Auto Show

Stuff for Your Computers

  • Starbucks iPhone App Updated With Apple Pay, Enhanced Menu, More (Zac Hall, 9to5Mac)
  • Hands On: DayMap 2 (OS X, iOS) - DayMap's core feature is this ability to show and to handle both your task list and your calendar at once. That's rare. (William Gallagher, MacNN)
  • Hands On: Shades (iOS) - Simple Tetris-inspired puzzle game boasts addictive play. (Amber Neely, MacNN)
  • How to Add Internet Accounts to OS X (and Why You Want to) (How-To Geek)

Apple's New Market

Ben Thompson, Stratechery:

In that respect, suppose Christensen is right: maybe in the long run everything Apple does will be modularized. However, if modularization wins in a mature market, that means – as Christensen says – that integration wins in a new one. And a new market is exactly where the iPhone is headed: Apple is on the verge of leaving the narrowly-defined smartphone market behind entirely, instead making a play to be involved in every aspect of its consumers’ lives. And, if the importance of an integrated experience matter more with your phone than your PC, because you use it more, how much more important is an integrated experience that touches every detail of your life?

Short Notes

  • Apple Confirms Aperture to be Removed From Mac App Store After Launch of Photos for OS X (Juli Clover, MacRumors)
  • Starting Today, Wireless Carriers Have to Unlock Your Phone (Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica)

Major wireless carriers in the US have promised to unlock customers' phones or tablets once they've paid off their contracts, beginning today.

Parting Words

Thanks for reading.