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Thu, Apr 2, 2015The Lonely-in-Singapore Edition

The Future of Loneliness by Olivia Laing, The Guardian

At the end of last winter, a gigantic billboard advertising Android, Google’s operating system, appeared over Times Square in New York. In a lower-case sans serif font – corporate code for friendly – it declared: “be together. not the same.” This erratically punctuated mantra sums up the web’s most magical proposition – its existence as a space in which no one need ever suffer the pang of loneliness, in which friendship, sex and love are never more than a click away, and difference is a source of glamour, not of shame.

As with the city itself, the promise of the internet is contact. It seems to offer an antidote to loneliness, trumping even the most utopian urban environment by enabling strangers to develop relationships along shared lines of interest, no matter how shy or isolated they might be in their own physical lives.

But proximity, as city dwellers know, does not necessarily mean intimacy. Access to other people is not by itself enough to dispel the gloom of internal isolation. Loneliness can be most acute in a crowd.

Apple Highlights Autism-Related Apps on World Autism Awareness Day by Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac

On the eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day, Apple has highlighted a small number of iOS apps designed to assist autistic individuals. These range from learning life skills to text-to-speech apps for those who have difficulty speaking.


Mac 911: A Wild Wi-Fi Ride to Hunt a Pesky Set of Problems by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

I haven’t yet been able to crack why some OS X users continue to have connection issues with Yosemite. In successive updates, Apple has apparently solved frequent disconnect issues for some users, but they persist.

However, in this column I walk through a mystery sent by a colleague that, in the process of working out, will provide a lot of insight for those of you troubled by the heartbreak of inconsistent conditions that ruin streaming.

Wi-fi, to me, has gone from a magical thing that just worked to a mysterious voodoo thing that I don't know how to fix.


Mired in Muck by Dave Winer, Scripting News

Stop going it alone. Work with others. Instead of reproducing what someone else did, include it. Even if it's harder. We are a social species. We need to collaborate to give our lives meaning.

Apple Roadmaps

In 2011, a friend described to me seeing a Force Touch trackpad prototype in an Apple lab. Keep in mind when thinking about Apple roadmaps.

— Neven Mrgan (@mrgan) April 2, 2015

Front-End Developers

I wish the industry didn't believe "front-end developer" was synonymous with "junior developer".

— Laurie Voss (@seldo) April 1, 2015

Favorite Radar

Probably my favorite radar ever: rdar://11788891

— Michael Jurewitz (@Jury) April 1, 2015


iPhone Killer: The Secret History of the Apple Watch by David Pierce, Wired

In early 2013, Kevin Lynch accepted a job offer from Apple. Funny thing about the offer: It didn’t say what he would be doing. So intense is Apple’s secrecy that all Lynch knew was his vague title, vice president of technology, and that he’d be working on something completely new. It was odd that Apple even offered him a job. During his eight years at Adobe, most recently as chief technology officer, he was best known as the only person dumb enough to publicly fight Steve Jobs over the iPhone’s lack of support for Flash videos. When Lynch announced his move, the reaction was immediate: They want this guy? Apple blogger John Gruber called Lynch “a bozo, a bad hire.”

Lynch had a lot to prove—and, apparently, a lot to do. When he showed up at 1 Infinite Loop on his first day, he was instructed to skip the usual new-employee orientation. His boss at the time, hardware czar Bob Mansfield, said to head straight to the design studio and get to work. He could learn about his 401(k) later.

As soon as he walked into the studio, he found out the project he’d been hired to run was already on deadline. In fact, it was behind schedule. There was a design review in two days, he was told, with the Apple brass. Lynch had better be ready.


I Can't Believe Apple Is Doing This by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

We need to wake up a little more to the depth and implications of the necessary move to adopt digital processes within every day life.

That’s why even as Apple brings these visions to life, it is also ensuring its identity is linked up with a series of value statements.

European Regulators Scrutinise Apple over Music Streaming Plans by Matthew Garrahan and Tim Bradshaw, Financial Times

The groups have been sent questionnaires requesting information about agreements between the labels and Apple ahead of the planned summer launch of the company’s own music streaming service, putting it into competition with the likes of Spotify, Deezer and Google.

Such questionnaires are often triggered by a formal complaint to the commission, the EU’s top competition authority. The information gathering is the first step in a probe and does not necessarily mean Brussels will launch a formal antitrust investigation.

Jordan Breeding by Manton Reece

I think anyone would would want to be remembered as who they were, not how they left us.


Apple's Emoji Lives Long and Prospers by Jason Snell, Six Colors

The latest betas of OS X and iOS add support for a single new emoji symbol: Raised Hand with Part Between Middle and Ring Finger.


Parting Words

For April Fool’s I like to remind everyone that the coding effort expended on Google pranks would have kept Google Reader alive indefinitely

— Pinboard (@Pinboard) April 1, 2015

Thanks for reading.