The Augmented-And-Alternative Edition Saturday, April 2, 2016

Apple's New Short Film Starring Autistic Teen Shows How Tech Transforms Lives, by Katie Dupere, Mashable

Dillan Barmache can’t speak, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have anything to say.

In fact, Dillan has complex and powerful thoughts, and thanks to easily accessible technology paired with innovative apps, you can hear his perspective.

Dillan, who is autistic and nonverbal, is the star of a new short film created by Apple to celebrate Autism Acceptance Day. Notably, the film tells Dillan’s story through his own words, typed out on an iPad then spoken out loud via an augmented and alternative communication (AAC) app.

Apple Posts Apple Music Ad Featuring Taylor Swift, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

The ad, which is called 'Taylor vs. Treadmill' and was posted on Apple's Beats 1 Radio YouTube channel, features the 'Distractingly Good' and 'All the music you want' taglines at the end as Swift falls off the treadmill while still continuing to rap along.


On UIKit For Macs, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

I think — perhaps surprisingly — that you bring UIKit to the Mac. Even though I’ve spent just about this entire post explaining why it’s not needed and wouldn’t be particularly helpful, I think you do it anyway, as marketing to developers.

There’s a risk, though — once developers realize that UIKit for Macs doesn’t get them out of dealing with all that extra stuff Mac apps need, they may complain that Mac apps are still too much work. Sure.

But I think you do it anyway. Note to Apple: go for it.

Using Types To Keep Yourself Honest, by Matthijs Hollemans


FBI Worked With Israel's Cellebrite To Crack iPhone, by Yaacov Benmeleh, Bloomberg

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation worked with Israel’s Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization Ltd. to crack the iPhone used in the shooting last year in San Bernardino, California, according to people familiar with the matter.

Belkin Puts HomeKit Compatibility Plans For WeMo Product Line 'On Hold', by Juli Clover, MacRumors

As it turns out, Belkin appears to be putting its plans to introduce HomeKit compatibility on hold because there is no way to add HomeKit to products that are already on the market.

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Maybe Microsoft can help out with a unifying framework for all the computer platforms? :-)


Thanks for reading.