The Keynote-Streaming Edition Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Apple To Live Stream June 13 WWDC Keynote, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

The keynote event, which will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, will be available on Macs and iOS devices through an event stream on and on the Apple TV through an events app.

Getting Ready

Five Reasons You'll Want Lightning Headphones For Your iPhone 7, by Vlad Savov, The Verge

I have been listening to Audeze's Titanium EL-8 and Sine headphones for the past few months, both in the conventional way and through the iPhone's Lightning port. These audiophile cans sound dramatically better when exploiting the all-digital connection with their so-called Cipher Lightning cable, which houses its own digital signal processor, digital-to-analog converter (DAC), and headphone amplifier. If all future Lightning headphones are designed as thoughtfully and in the same integrated manner as Audeze's, then we'll have nothing to fear from the future. These Lightning headphones are the real deal: good enough to make me forget all about the 3.5mm jack.

Art In Phone

Vagina Video Game Devs: Apple Asked Us To Change Everything For App Store, by Patricia Hernandez, Kotaku

“Right now there is almost exclusively two powers in play, Apple and Google. Two American profit oriented commercial businesses that stand as gatekeepers of our new media culture. This is problematic for multiple reasons, first, why have we given so much power to these capitalist enterprises to be able to censor art and culture, and secondly, what ethics and morals should they, if any, try to enforce upon the whole world? Right now it is (seen from our perspective) typical American viewpoints that are being enforced in each country, where ‘cutesy’ games about killing and bombing Palestinians is accepted, while being able to address sex is a no-go.”

Don't Buy It? When Tech Firms Get It Wrong, That's Not Enough, by Cory Doctorow, The Guardian

When people raised a stink about Apple’s poor editorial judgment, the company reversed its position, which proves my point. If you like the iPhone, but you don’t like Apple’s conduct, then complaining is a valid strategy to get the phone you want without the objectionable conduct.

Spending money is not your only power as a citizen; you are more than just a wallet. . Even in the most orthodox form of market economics, you have a role to play apart from spending or not spending. Complaining effectively makes a difference – sometimes.


iTunes U For iOS Can Now Add Materials From iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, & More, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

The latest version of iTunes U adds a document picker that supports cloud services like iCloud Drive as well as others including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box.

iTunes 12.4 Annoyances And How To Get Around Them, by Kirk McElhearn, Intego

Some iTunes users have found that a feature they depended on is missing, or has been moved; others find that the new "simplified" navigation isn't as simple as they would like. Here's a look at some of the annoyances in iTunes 12.4, and how to get around them.

Best App For Using An iPad As An External Display, by Bradley Chambers, The Sweet Setup

It’s certainly not practical to travel with an external monitor, but Duet Display offers the best way to turn your iPad into an incredibly slim and portable second monitor for your Apple laptop of choice.

Annotable Is A Must-have App For iPad Pro, Apple Pencil Owners, by James A. Martin, CIO

If you want an app that's dedicated to quickly marking up photos, with lots of options for sharing, Annotable is worth a download.

Google Debuts 'Motion Stills' App For Creating GIFs And Movies From Live Photos, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Google today announced the launch of a new app called Motion Stills, which is designed to create unique GIFs from Live Photo images captured with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE.

Metapho 2.0 Add New Photo Metadata Editing Tools, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Metapho is an iOS photo utility for accessing, editing, and removing photo metadata. Whether you want to share a photo without the metadata associated with it for privacy reasons, make edits to that metadata, or add metadata such as a location to photos that have none, Metapho has you covered.

MenuMate For OS X Puts An App's Menu Bar In Easy Reach, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

The software serves up a copy of an app's menu bar items right next to the cursor.


Sketch Will Begin Charging Users A Subscription Fee For Its OS X Design App, by Abhimanyu Ghoshal, The Next Web

Bohemian Coding noted in a blog post that it wasn’t fair that some users got more free updates than others, depending on how close to the original release date they purchased the $99 design tool.


On Reading Issues Of Wired From 1993 To 1995, by Anna Wiener, New Yorker

One thing I’ve noticed since moving to San Francisco is that my cohort in the tech world doesn’t talk that much about the industry’s past. This is understandable: it’s easy to forget that tech has a history. Just as old hardware is regularly tossed and replaced, the Web washes itself clean. But a few months ago, while researching early hacker webzines, I found myself in the backwaters of Wired’s online archive, reading technological forecasts from 1993. A few moments later, I was on eBay, where I started to bid on strangers’ dusty collections of early issues of Wired, all from the years 1993 to 1995. Since then, I’ve been reading the magazines constantly—on muni, at bars, in bed in my apartment in Haight-Ashbury. After several years of working in Silicon Valley, I’m burrowing deeper into the culture than I ever intended. Still, I can’t give them up.

Google And Amazon Are Slowly Killing The Gadget As We Know It, by Matt Weinberger, Business Insider

What's happening is pretty simple. The hardware and the software running on any device itself have become way less interesting than the web apps and services, like the ones that Google and Amazon have made the core of their business.

Why buy a $700 iPhone when a $200 Android phone can access the same YouTube or Amazon Music as everyone else? All you need to do to get new Facebook features is refresh your browser or update your app. You don't need a high-performance device to participate in the 21st century.

Bottom of the Page

Once upon a time, I've bought magazines not just to read the articles, but also to browse the advertisement. Once upon a time, i've bought magazines not just to read the articles, but also to find out what's on TV. Once upon a time, I've bought magazines not just to read the articles, but to get a bunch of trial versions of software and computer games.

Good times.


Thanks for reading.