The New-Build Edition Friday, March 25, 2016

Apple Releases New Build Of iOS 9.3 For Users Of iPad 2 Affected By Bricking Bug, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple, just hours after it confirmed issues relating to iOS 9.3 on the iPad 2, has released a new build of the operating system for the device. Carrying build number 13E236, the update appears to be rolling out to iPad 2 users now. Presumably, it’s the same build that was released to everyone earlier this week, just with the activation issues fixed.

Making Things

How The iPad Pro Changed My Illustrating Career, by Zoe Olson, Medium

I am a simple 15-year-old who has loved to doodle for as long as she can remember. I adored my first generation iPad mini, so when the iPad Pro came out I decided I could use an upgrade. What an upgrade!!

I fell in love even before the Pencil arrived, and once it came I was hopeless, drowning in the magic of it all and never coming back.

Apple’s First Foray Into Original TV Is A Series About Apps, by Emily Steel, New York Times

Apple announced on Thursday that it was working with the entertainer and two veteran TV executives, Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens, on a new show that will spotlight the app economy.

“One of the things with the app store that was always great about it was the great ideas that people had to build things and create things,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, said in an interview.

How To Kiss

Apple Shares New Apple TV Ad ‘The Kiss’ Highlighting The Siri Remote, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The ad features an appearance of HBO series Game of Thrones and shows using the Apple TV Siri Remote to do things like rewind content and find more content to watch. For instance, the remote is used to say “Siri, go back 7 seconds,” as well as “Siri, show me Game of Thrones.” Furthermore, Apple Music integration is highlighted, with the Siri Remote being used to play a song by artist Jeremih.


Apple Music For Android Updated With New Homescreen Widget, More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Today’s update adds yet another feature that isn’t supported on iOS: the ability for users to add an Apple Music widget to their homescreen.

iTunes U For iOS Adds Support For Managed Apple IDs, Shared iPad Optimization, & Spotlight Search, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

App Spots Objects For The Visually Impaired, by Rachel Metz, MIT Technology Review

Walking around my office on a recent morning, a female voice on my iPhone narrated the objects I passed. “Brick,” “wall,” “telephone,” she said matter-of-factly. The voice paused when I came upon a bike hung on a wall-mounted rack, then intoned, “bicycle.”

The voice is part of a free image-recognition app called Aipoly that’s trying to make it easier for those with vision impairments to recognize their surroundings. To use it, you point the phone’s rear camera at whatever you want it to identify, and Aipoly will speak what it sees (or, at least, what it thinks it sees) and show the object’s name on the phone’s display. Aipoly runs directly on your phone, so it doesn’t need Internet access to work, and it can identify one object after another as you move the phone around, without requiring you to snap a photo of each thing.

Mellel Lite Is Solid, No-frills Mac OS X Word Processor, by Dennie Sellers, Apple World Today

It packs many features of its big brother, Mellel, with the exception of some "expert" options. It's a "lite" but not lightweight version of the veteran word processor.

Cosmic-Watch (For iPad), by Tony Hoffman, PC Magazine

Cosmic Watch has three main modes: Clock Mode, Astronomy Mode, and Astrology Mode. From the Home screen you can access them from buttons running down the screen's left-hand edge, with icons depicting a digital clock, stars, and planets, respectively. Above them is yet another button, labeled Cosmic Watch, which resets the app to basic Clock Mode, removing any gridlines, names, coordinates, or other overlays you may have added.

This iPhone And Android App Lets You Play Golf In The Middle Of A City, by Vaughn Highfield, Alphr

As part of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play, Dell decided it was time to bring golf into the streets and let Match Play users play golf while exploring Austin, Texas in the process.

These Apps Promise To Encrypt Your Smartphone Communications, by Kit Eaton, New York Times


​Apple's Swift Comes To Linux, by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet


Apple And Google Among Firms Calling For Changes To Snooper's Charter, by Alex Hern, The Guardian

The firms warn that “important amendments are required” to create a bill that will not set dangerous precedents “which may be copied elsewhere and have wider ramifications for all parties, both in the UK and overseas”.

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo, who had teamed up for an earlier group submission, were joined for the first time by Apple, which had previously insisted on going it alone in its efforts to lobby the British parliament.

Apple-FBI Battle Is Over But Silicon Valley Is Still Preparing For The Privacy War, by Seth Fiegerman, Mashable

Apple now knows it has friends if it needs them. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon and many others had filed legal briefs in support of Apple, effectively fortifying its position in the courts ahead of this week's showdown.

But many of the companies that backed Apple went quiet in the aftermath of the FBI's decision.

In Shift To Streaming, Music Business Has Lost Billions, by Ben Sisario and Karl Russell, New York Times

There is plenty of good news in the music industry’s latest sales report released this week. Streaming is up. Vinyl has continued its unlikely renaissance. And did we mention that streaming is up?

But a closer look shows that the big sales numbers that have sustained the recorded music business for years are way down, and it is hard to see how they could ever return to where they were even a decade ago.

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I wish I can find something to do, to create, on the iPad. There's no Xcode on iOS, yet. What else can I do?


I think it is true. Food tasted better when I was younger.


Thanks for reading.