The Locked-Out Edition Thursday, June 30, 2016

Elizabeth Warren Says Apple, Amazon And Google Are Trying To ‘Lock Out’ The Competition, by Peter Kafka, Recode

Warren had different beefs with Google, Apple and Amazon, but the common thread was that she accused each one of using its powerful platforms to “lock out smaller guys and newer guys,” including some that compete with Google, Apple and Amazon.

Google, she said, uses “its dominant search engine to harm rivals of its Google Plus user review feature;” Apple “has placed conditions on its rivals that make it difficult for them to offer competitive streaming services” that compete with Apple Music; and Amazon “uses its position as the dominant bookseller to steer consumers to books published by Amazon to the detriment of other publishers.”

Music To My Ears

Cirrus Logic Unveils Apple-authorized Lightning Headphone Development Kit, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

With rumors strongly suggesting Apple's next-generation iPhone will lack a traditional headphone jack, supplier Cirrus Logic this week announced the release of a new development kit that will enable companies to make Made for iPhone-certified Lightning headphones.

iPad Draw

Adonit Pixel Stylus Review: A Sketchy Pencil For The iPad Pro-less, by Gerald Lynch, Gizmodo

It feels really nice in the hand, works with a wide range of tablets and, when paired with a device that can keep up, allows for reasonably precise doodling.

Drawing App 'Procreate Pocket' Available For Free Through Apple Store App, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Procreate Pocket has a wide range of painting, sketching, and drawing tools for making art on the iPhone.

Media Empires

How Apple Obsessive John Gruber Built Daring Fireball, The World’s Most Powerful One-man Media Company, by Eric Johnson, Recode

"There are times where — I don’t feel lonely, but I get jealous of the camaraderie of a small team, to have colleagues who you actually like," he said. "But I think ultimately, my personality is such that I’m particularly suited to working in the ‘monastic style.’"

Facebook Adjusts News Feed To Favor Friends And Family Over Publishers, by Casey Newton, The Verge

Facebook is adjusting the algorithm that runs the News Feed to promote posts from friends and family members over posts from publishers, the company said today. This marks the second time in recent years that Facebook has committed publicly to tilting the feed to posts from people you know in real life.

Facebook’s Unsettling Referendum On News, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

You can call this unsettling if you want. I’d call it unsurprising.


Many Apple Watch Bands And Bundles Currently Listed As 'Sold Out', by Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors

While Apple has made it clear that its first foray into fashion accessories will follow a "seasonal" cycle, with certain styles leaving its store forever once sold out, the array of bands unavailable on the store paints an erratic picture of shortages from all three of the Apple Watch's seasonal collections: Spring 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016.

Note-Taking App 'Google Keep' Gains Intelligent Organization Feature, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

The app can now intelligently categorize users' notes by topic, such as food, books, and travel, and entries can be searched by keyword using topic shortcuts which appear in the search bar.

VMware Fusion 8 (For Mac), by Edward Mendelson, PC Magazine

Fusion lacks Parallels' speed, some of its fancy trappings, and its appeal to less technical users, but it surpasses Parallels in its overall solidity.


As iAd Shuts Down, Apple May Be About To Get A Shot Of Advertising Redemption, by AdWeek

"There is potential for Apple's search ads to perform better than those advertisers can place across the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. because the intent to search for, buy and download within the app store is much higher in this kind of environment," said Valerie Davis, svp of paid digital media at PMX Agency.

And thanks to the huge popularity of the iPhone, the Apple Store seems to be one of the best places to run such ads. Downloading apps, after all, is why folks are in the store.


10 Years On, Apple's Risky Move To Intel Macs Is One Of Its Biggest Successes, by Christina Warren, Mashable

Windows still far outsells the Mac — Chromebooks now outsell Macs too — but the Mac has made a remarkable comeback. And for Apple, Mac users tend to be loyal to the whole ecosystem. They buy iPadtablets and iPhone devices. They buy the Apple Watch.

And none of that would have happened without the transition to Intel x86. The hardware wouldn’t have been able to keep up – but more importantly, having that ability to run Windows — just in case — helped give consumers and business users the reassurance that worst case, they could still run Microsoft stuff, too.

I Spent A Month Replying To All Of My PR Emails With "I Love You", by Ralph Jones, Hexjam

For an entire month, I decided, I would reply to every single one of my PR emails with the phrase "I love you."

In 95% of cases I used this declaration as a sign-off, but occasionally a PR would be lucky enough to receive the three words in the body of an email.

Here's how shit went down.

Eating Desk

Why Do We Eat Lunch At Our Desks? Because Capitalism, by Arwa Mahdawi, The Guardian

All of these lunch-based innovations lead me to the rather terrifying conclusion that we may now be living in the golden age of office lunches. In the 1980s, lunch, like sleep, was “for wimps”. However, as technology has changed the way we work and the sort of work we value, there has been a renewed focus on both sleep and proper nutrition as essential tools for productivity. Meanwhile, tech giants such as Google and Facebook have made a free lunch an expectation for many workers. Lunch is no longer for wimps – it’s good business andgood for business.

Here’s How Sad You Look When You Eat Lunch At Your Desk, by Laura Mallonee, Wired

Finke insists he isn’t passing judgement, but he doesn’t have to. The images do so on their own.

Recipe Of The Day

Ice Cubes, by Brighton Y.,

On a hot day, why drink water, when you can let ice cold water melt in your mouth?

Bottom of the Page

I have imposed a rule for myself: I should see the sky during my lunch hour. And it doesn't matter if it is sunny or raining outside. I think this helps in making me just a little happier.


Thanks for reading.