MyAppleMenu - Mon, May 25, 2015

Mon, May 25, 2015The Walking-Dollar-Sign Edition

Living In An App World

Thanks, OpenTable, But I Like Being An Anonymous Diner, by Kat Kane, Wired

While I love the notion that eateries will automatically be warned of my tree-nut allergies, I’m less enthused about them knowing my salary or how much cash I typically drop at dinner. Restaurants have always doled out preferential treatment to the “best” customers—but now, they’ll be able to brand them with a specific dollar sign the second they walk in the door.

Let's Do More

The Generation That Tech Forgot, by Jane Wakefield, BBC

These days there is no shortage of technology designed for the older generation - from hearing aids that use GPS data to work out where the wearer is located and adjust volume accordingly, to Toyota robots that can carry the elderly around, and wireless sensors on mats that can alert relatives if someone stops moving around the house.

But do older people want any of this when many have not got to grips with the more basic technology most of the younger generation take for granted?


Hands On: OmniGraffle 2.1.1 (OS X, iOS), by William Gallagher, MacNN

Twicer App Helps Travelers Add Voice-Over To Vacation Videos, by Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times

Hands On: PhotoScissors 2.0 (OS X), by William Gallagher, MacNN

Quickly fix photo problems and remove background blemishes.

Review: Caststudi's Libre Bluetooth Keyboard Is An Ultra-Portable Workhorse, With Some Trade-Offs, by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

How To Get The Best Quality Audio On Your iPhone, iPad And iPod Music | An Audiophiles Guide To Sound Quality, by Carig Grannell, Macworld UK

The iPad, iPhone and iPod offer support for high-quality audio; but you need to have files that support it. Here's how to get the best quality audio for your iOS device.

Turning The iPad Into A Mini-Production Studio, by Jefferson Graham, USA Today


What Kind Of Jobs Do The Software Engineers Who Earn $500K A Year Do?, by Amin Ariana

Type 2 worker was willing to break some rules, becoming an outcast and going hungry for an indeterminate period of time to create an automated stream of wealth for the village. Worker 1 expects to "get paid" this value by performing "skills" or "tasks". The basis of this line of reasoning doesn't yield the desired results. The key difference is risk taking with no guarantees.


The Next Roomba May Recognize All Your Crap, by Tim Moynihan, Wired

Angle and iRobot aren’t interesting in building an OS for the home. Let the big dogs do that. “The big home automation players will be Google and Apple, and I don’t see how anyone else is going to compete with them,” he says. However, these in-home maps are intended to become a crucial cross-platform piece of the puzzle. Angle describes the maps and their potential use cases as “the context engine that drives the intent” for future in-home automation.

Parting Words

How we ring in the start of summer in San Francisco

— We Built This City (@TheRealWBTC) May 25, 2015

Thanks for reading.