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Sun, Sep 27, 2015The Narnia-Wardrobe Edition

Motherhood, Screened Off, by Susan Dominus, New York Times

I have started to narrate my use of the phone when I am around my kids. “I’m emailing your teacher back,” I tell them, or, “I’m now sending that text you asked me to send about that sleepover,” in the hopes that I can defang the device’s bad reputation, its inherent whiff of self-absorption.

My husband thinks no amount of narration will change the way our kids feel about the phone. The problem, he says, is that whenever I grab it, they know that I am also holding a portal, as magical as the one in Narnia’s wardrobe and with the same potential to transport me to another world or to infinite worlds. I am always milliseconds away from news of a horrific mass stampede near Mecca or images of great medieval art or a Twitter dissection of the pope’s visit. How far am I going, they might reasonably worry, and how soon will I be back? Perhaps they sense how vast the reach of the device is and how little they know of what that vastness contains; at any moment, the size of the gap between them and me is unknowable.

How Long Before Samsung Touch?

3D Touch Is Apple’s New Secret Weapon, by John Biggs, TechCrunch

With 3D Touch, The Apple devices ask us to touch them with a little more intent, to move past the glass and into something deeper behind the surface. This is an important change in how we use our phones and one sure to be successful. Of all of the other improvements in these new phones, 3D Touch is the most compelling and it is the one so subtle that Apple itself didn’t really talk it up during the keynote or briefings. “By the way,” they seemed to say. “You can now stick your finger through the phone. No big deal.”


iPhone 6s Has A Hidden 3D Touch Feature: Zoom, by Jeremy Horwitz, 9to5Mac

When you press hard on the Zoom Controller, you’ll notice that the entire screen zooms in, then zooms out when you release pressure. A setting called Zoom Region can restrict the zoomed-in area to a small, movable window if you prefer.

iPhone 6S Has Twice As Much RAM As iPhone 6, Teardown Confirms, by Dante D'Orazio, The Verge

Switching between apps and tabs is now noticeably faster than before. Even better, web pages won't have to reload nearly every time you switch tabs because the 6S has enough memory to keep tabs ready and waiting for you.

Apple Music For Android Beta Invites Spotted In The Wild, by Justin Jelinek, Techaeris


Apple Expansion In North San Jose Could Mean 18,000 Jobs, by George Avalos, San Jose Mercury News

Apple could potentially employ 18,000 workers in North San Jose after its purchase of the Charcot Avenue land and a previous purchase of 40 acres of land that is approved for 2.8 million square feet of offices, enough room for 14,000 employees. The Charcot site contains a building and vacant land on a parcel that eventually could be built out to 965,000 square feet, or enough space for 4,000 employees.

Complex Car Software Becomes The Weak Spot Under The Hood, by David Gelles, Hiroko Tabuchi And Matthew Dolan, New York Times

New high-end cars are among the most sophisticated machines on the planet, containing 100 million or more lines of code. Compare that with about 60 million lines of code in all of Facebook or 50 million in the Large Hadron Collider.

The sophistication of new cars brings numerous benefits — forward-collision warning systems and automatic emergency braking that keep drivers safer are just two examples. But with new technology comes new risks — and new opportunities for malevolence.

Smaller, Faster, Cheaper, Over: The Future Of Computer Chips, by John Markoff, New York Times

Technologists now believe that new generations of chips will come more slowly, perhaps every two and a half to three years. And by the middle of the next decade, they fear, there could be a reckoning, when the laws of physics dictate that transistors, by then composed of just a handful of molecules, will not function reliably. Then Moore’s Law will come to an end, unless a new technological breakthrough occurs.

We Spent 24 Hours On The Bacon Dating App Sizzl. This Is What Happened., by Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times

The meat company is using a dater's preference for bacon to measure compatibility. And that's it. There are no questions about politics, if or when you want kids, or how you feel about the institution of marriage. Instead, you let other daters on the app know if you like turkey or pork bacon, how crispy you like your bacon, and if you're a bacon splitter, taker or giver.


What is the worst Apple app? No, not iTunes. Not even iTunes for Windows. Not even QuickTime for Windows.

My nomination for the worst Apple app is the Mac App Store. This app is almost always unresponsive and slow, the user-interface is non-standard and non-Mac-like, progress bars are either inaccurate or simply refuse to show up, and I dread using this app everytime I update Xcode.

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