The Hand-Gestures Edition Saturday, January 2, 2016

Researchers Use Apple Watch To Pilot Drone, Control HomeKit Hue Lamps Via Hand Gestures, by Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider

Engineering students at Taiwan's National Chung Hsing University demonstrated a clever use of the motion sensors in Apple Watch to interpret hand gestures, enabling them to remotely control real world devices akin to the science fiction fantasy depicted in Star Wars.

DOJ Urges Supreme Court To Deny Apple’s E-book Appeal, by Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly

“The verdict against [Apple] rests on the unexceptionable proposition that [Apple] was not entitled to accomplish its entry into a market by organizing a horizontal price-fixing conspiracy among that market’s suppliers,” DOJ attorneys argue. “[Apple] was not a hapless actor that unwittingly became enmeshed with some form of alleged collusion, but in fact orchestrated the publishers’ conspiracy, and actively relied on their collusion to achieve its business ends.”

Concluding that there is no “obvious and exceptional showing of error” at the lower courts, nor a conflict with Supreme Court precedent or any other court of appeals decision, DOJ attorneys argue that no further review is warranted.


Shields Down, by Rands In Repose

Every moment as a leader is an opportunity to either strengthen or weaken shields. Every single moment.

NSNotificationCenter Is Probably An Anti-Pattern, by Jared sinclair

I think NSNotificationCenter is best suited for events whose origin is so far outside the scope of local control flow that it would be awkward or even silly to use anything else. [...] In practice I have a hard time justifying the use of NSNotificationCenter for anything besides events vended by the OS.


I Have Five Digital ‘Personal Assistants’ And Still Can’t Get Anything Done, by Hayley Tsukayama, Washington Post

The idea of an assistant is appealing but hard to implement, said Dennis Mortensen, chief executive of, a company that makes an artificial intelligence assistant that you can copy on your emails to set up appointments. The most popular assistants out there, Mortensen said, are really "enablers" rather than programs that help you. They give you information so you can do things, but don't actually do much for you.

Not only did I find that out, but I also noticed in the process that you're giving up a lot of information. These things need to know your schedules, your habits, your favorite contacts and more to work well. That's about as much, in fact, as you'd have to give to an actual personal assistant — something that may make many uncomfortable.

Artificial Intelligence Finally Entered Our Everyday World, by Cade Metz, Wired

All of this seems like science fiction. But 2015 is the year artificial intelligence technology took off in a big way in the real world. DuLight and the Google chatbot may be experiments, but Facebook’s face recognition, Microsoft’s Skype translation, and Google’s Android voice recognition are very real—and available to all. Google is also using this technology to drive its Internet search engine, the linchpin of its online empire. Twitter is using it to identify pornography, which gives people the opportunity to block it. Baidu uses it to target advertisements and identify malware.

Bottom of the Page

Podcasting is not the same medium as radio. We listen to podcasts by subscribing, not by remembering to tune in every week on the same day for the next episode. Podcast producers that pad a self-imposed fixed schedule with reruns and clip shows, as well as podcast client creators that tailor their user-interface towards notifications and selections of new episodes to listen to are not letting go the old and embracing the new.

In my humble opinion, of course. :-)


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