MyAppleMenu - Tue, Sep 1, 2015

Tue, Sep 1, 2015The Wear-For-iOS Edition

Google's Android Wear Gains Compatibility With Apple's iPhone, by Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

Android Wear for iOS is not as tightly integrated with the platform as Apple's own watch, but its functionality, including notification support, is comparable to the capabilities of existing popular iOS-connected wearable devices, such as the Pebble Time, Fitbit Surge and Meta M1.

Android Wear Now Works With The iPhone, But Just Barely, by Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Wall Street Journal

There’s little interaction with the notifications, too. They can be viewed and dismissed, but you can’t, say, get an alert for a tweet and respond using the watch. Instead, you’d have to pull out your iPhone for that.

How Android Wear Works With iOS: What You Need To Know (FAQ), by Lexy Savvides, CNET

You're unable to reply to an iMessage from the watch itself… For Hangouts, you can see messages that you have received right on the Android Wear watch face but you can't reply… You are able to answer or ignore the [phone] call from the watch, but you will need to use the handset itself to talk.

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The One Thing Apple Understands Is Photography, by Allen Murabayashi, Peta Pixel

The most important camera company of any era is the one that entices the average consumer to take more photos. Leica might have “invented” the 35mm camera, but their audience was and is niche. The digital camera might have been an unavoidable technological shift, but the real explosion in the number of photos taken is almost certainly attributable to the iPhone and the apps that it supports.

How To Make Your iPhone Camera Good Enough For A Pro, by Geoffrey A. Fowler, Wall Street Journal

The ambitious new DxO One takes stunning 20.2-megapixel pictures from a device that’s half the size of a deck of cards. The secret: It’s a pro-level image sensor and bright lens that plugs onto the base of an iPhone, which serves as the viewfinder and central command.

Want To Make 'Living Photos' With The Mac? Cinemagraph Pro Is For You, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

Cinemagraph is a hybrid media form that combines the quality of a photograph with moving video. It has elements that don't move (the photograph) and elements that do move (the video).


Apple Eyes Move Into Original Programming, by Andrew Wallenstein, Variety

Sources indicate the Cupertino, Calif., colossus has held preliminary conversations in recent weeks with executives in Hollywood to suss out their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content.


Apple Continues Enterprise Push With New Cisco Partnership, Will Optimize Networks For iOS, by Sam Oliver, AppleInsider

The two Silicon Valley stalwarts will work together to ensure that iOS devices work more efficiently on Cisco-powered networks, including deeper integration with Cisco's industry standard voice and video communications products. Corporate users might be able to use their iPhone or the Cisco handset on their desk interchangeably, for example.

Smartphone Addiction Is Not A Real Diagnosis., by Melissa Jayne Kinsey, Slate

Admittedly, mobile devices tempt us to rack up more screen time than a slots player with an oxygen tank and a Bally’s card. But in calling this bad habit an addiction, we are both exaggerating the problem and trivializing the burden of substance abuse.


Death is very much on my mind these days. Two person whose work I admire has just died. I'm reading (or, if you insist, listening to the audiobook) 100 Days of Happiness by Fausto Brizzi. And I've just listened to RadioLab's interview with Dr Oliver Sacks.

Parting Words

Real world Monument Valley.

— martinpi (@martinpi) September 1, 2015

Thanks for reading.