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Sun, Aug 2, 2015The Misery-All-Around Edition

This App Tells You How Your Town Will Look After Decades Of Climate Change, by Heather Dockray, Good

Tsunamis. Earthquakes. Hot summers. Cold summers. In short: misery all around. Climate change is already here and well on its way to making life on earth that much more difficult in the upcoming century—unless huge interventions are taken. A new app called ‘Free Notes’ hopes to make the consequences that much clearer to people across the globe. Simply download the app, input your town, and Free Notes will tell you how climate change will affect it, after decades of global warming.

Can't Stop The Music, by Allen Pike

Apple Music may take off, or its quirks and pitfalls may prevent it from really getting traction. Regardless, we’ve seen the writing on the wall: we’ve built our apps on a data source that we don’t control, and it’s slowly being eroded out from under us.

Given this struggle and the relatively modest sales volume of DJ apps in 2015, some folks have asked why we don’t just bail on music apps entirely.


I Don't Know How People Survive The Internet Without Password Apps Like This, by Matt Johnston, Business Insider

Whichever way you decide to go, I highly recommend a password manager for everyone out there. I can't imagine getting around the web day-to-day without it.

The Best Virtual Reality Apps For iPhone, Compatible With Google Cardboard, by Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

Google Cardboard version 2 models come with a dedicated button that taps the screen on your iPhone. Apps that take advantage of this can have simple input methods.

For the more crafty among you, instructions to build your own Google Cardboard accessory are available for free from the search giant. There's also an official Google Cardboard app for iOS that will get you started with some basic demos.

Photokeys For iOS Lets You Create Custom Keyboard Themes From Your Photos, by Jackie Dove, The Next Web


Safari Vs. Chrome: Power Consumption, by Michael Tsai

I love Safari as an app. Neither Chrome nor Firefox has ever felt very Mac-like to me. Yet I’m increasingly using Chrome because Safari can’t get the job done.

Why Do Apple Music's Own Curated Playlists Have Songs That No One Can Play?, by Nathan Ingraham, The Verge

Granted, part of the fun of streaming music is the fact that artists and record labels can change the rights they’ve granted to a service and pull their songs, but the fact that I first noticed this right after launch just didn’t make a whole lot of sense. (One theory could be that many of these playlists were pulled into Apple Music from the Beats Music service it replaced, but it would surprise me if Beats had access to music that Apple doesn’t.)

Tech Shuttle Drivers Unanimously Approve Teamsters Contract, by Jeff Elder, Wall Street Journal

Drivers of commuter shuttles for six Silicon Valley companies voted unanimously Saturday to approve a proposed three-year contract that the Teamsters Union said will raise their pay, make them eligible for overtime and paid holidays, subsidize health care and address the issue of split shifts. [...] Apple said it is working with several contractors to increase drivers’ pay and working conditions.

The Postmates Problem: Why Some Restaurants Are Forced To Fight The Delivery App, by Sara Jones, The Verge

Instead of asking permission, Postmates links consumers with restaurant listings through the local search and discovery service app Foursquare, takes orders, then calls them into restaurants and sends its couriers to pick them up. Restaurants are understandably wary of that arrangement, and some in Seattle and San Francisco are starting to speak out — including to lawyers.

Sadly, How Windows 10 Reveals Microsoft's Ethics Armageddon, by Lauren Weinstein

This is certainly not to imply that every minor user interface or operations decision must be opt-in only -- but at the very least, issues of significant magnitude must be clearly and openly spelled out in advance, not relegated to "if we're lucky most users won't notice what we did" status.


Sah-Ry, Eh? We’re In The Midst Of The Canadian Vowel Shift, by Meagan Campbell, Maclean's

The Great Vowel Shift of the 14th- to 18th centuries marked the leap from Middle to Modern English, with Norman pronunciations rapidly changing words such as “lake” to no longer rhyme with “latté,” as they do in other Germanic languages. That shift was responsible for most of the irregularities in English—the thousands of words pronounced differently than they are spelled. The changes today could lead to even more oddities in English in Canada and the U.S. Vowel shifts are messy.

Parting Words

Flew into #London #Heathrow with @SAS via #Oslo yesterday to this epic view. #iPhone6 #vscocam #Apple #photography

— Maria Farrelly (@mariafarrelly) July 29, 2015

Thanks for reading.