The Next-Press-Event Edition Thursday, June 2, 2016

Apple Sends Out Press Invites For June 13 Event At 10 AM, by Romain Dillet, TechCrunch

Apple has just issued invites for its next press event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Like in previous years, the event is going to happen on June 13 at 10 AM PT on the first day of WWDC. As always, it’s unclear what the company is going to announce.

Photo Chaos

Zen And The Art Of Managing Smartphone Photos, by Brian X. Chen, New York Times

I spent days experimenting with neurotic tagging systems, tedious backup processes and album management, and finally turned to Brian Christian, a computer scientist and philosopher, for advice.

The healthiest approach to managing photos, it turns out, is a Zen one: to not deal with them much at all.

How To Exclude Your iCloud Photo Library From An iTunes Backup, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

A few readers find even with iCloud Photo Library enabled, an iTunes backup of an iPhone or iPad still includes all locally stored photos.

Other People's Store

Bezos Says Amazon Video On Apple TV Awaits “Acceptable Business Terms”, by Dan Moren, Six Colors

This whole situation strikes me as a “bargaining chip” scenario—something for Amazon to leverage if and when it wants something from Apple.

Amazon Isn't About To Go To War With Apple Over Video, Right?, by Bryan M. Wolfe, AppAdvice

The sticking point probably has little to do with the 30 percent. Instead, Apple is likely saying no to any app that would offer film rentals and purchases. Because of this stance, Amazon has refused even to allow its Prime offerings on the entertainment box.

Working Outside Nine To Five

Bloomberg Just Hired 22-year-old Apple Scoop Machine Mark Gurman, by Noah Kulwin, Recode

Gurman has broken stories on the iPad, Siri and almost every other device in the Apple catalogue. Tech Insider reported earlier today that Gurman was leaving his perch at 9to5Mac. According to a memo sent to Bloomberg staff from editor Brad Stone, he will be joining Bloomberg to cover consumer products, including those made by Apple rivals like Google and Amazon.

Bloomberg Hires Mark Gurman, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

Gurman’s story is remarkable. As a high school and later a college student, he proved himself to be the most reliable source for information about Apple products long before they were set to be introduced. His sources are solid. He did some great work for 9to5Mac, but it’s been clear for a while now that he could write his own ticket.


An App A Day Keeps The Doctor Away, by Stacy M. Brown, The Pocono Record

With doctors still relying heavily on the use of pagers and that electronic medical records having yet to universally replace paper records, medicine needs an infusion of innovative technology, at least according to two physicians who advocate the use of certain mobile phone apps to help make keeping track of a patient’s health a lot easier.

Games Put Auto Racing Action In The Palm Of Your Hand, by Kit Eaton, New York Times

The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 culminated with a thrilling victory for the rookie driver Alexander Rossi on Sunday. While most of us will never get to actually drive a racecar in real life, we can experience some of the drama through racing apps on our phones or tablets.


Apple Releases Swift 3.0 Preview 1 Ahead Of WWDC 2016, by Greg Barbosa, 9to5Mac

According to the Swift-Evolution GitHub page, the primary goal of Swift 3.0 is to “solidify and mature the Swift language and development experience.” As it turns out, this also means that there will be source breaking changes this time around, but Swift 3.x and 4+ are said to hopefully remain as source compatible as possible.

The Race To Cover Your World In Really Useful Buttons, by David Pierce, Wired

Instead of asking developers to build apps, Migicovsky wants them “to expose one key action. The one thing their app was meant to do” and let people do it with the click of a button without navigating lists of menus. He rattles off ideas: Call an Uber. Send a text. Check the weather. Check the traffic. Book a flight. Turn off that light.


Early Days, But Apple Pay Struggles Outside U.S., by Matt Siegel, Jeremy Wagstaff, and Eric Auchard, Reuters

More than 18 months after Apple Pay took the United States by storm, the smartphone giant has made only a small dent in the global payments market, snagged by technical challenges, low consumer take-up and resistance from banks. [...]

Anecdotal evidence from Britain, China and Australia suggests Apple Pay is popular with core Apple followers, but the quality of service, and interest in it, varies significantly.

All Anyone Really Wants In Life Is An App That Reaffirms Their Existence, by Lily Hay Newman, Slate

"Beeps" is an app that periodically sends a notification to make your phone beep or vibrate. When you look at your phone, Beeps tells you "Good job." That's it. You don't know when the beeps are going to come. "It could be once a month, it could be six or seven times a day. It's not based on anything!" the promo video explains.

I Used To Work As A Zookeeper. Here’s What We’re Missing About The Death Of Harambe., by Amanda O'Donoughue, Slate

I have watched the video of Harambe and the little boy over and over again. The silverback's posturing and tight lips are a sign of agitation—a signal that the animal was stressed. Like humans, great apes have many different facial expressions that reveal what they are feeling. When a gorilla stands tense on his knuckles with shoulders high and lips tucked in tight, he is ready to intimidate whatever is threatening him.

Gorillas can be kind, curious, and sometimes silly, but they are also very large, very strong animals. I always brought my OCD to work with me, checking and rechecking locks to make sure my animals and I remained separated before entering.

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