The Floating-Balloons Edition Friday, September 30, 2016

Apple Reveals Balloons Ad, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Apple released another advertisement in its 'practically magic' series, focusing on the new effects that can be used with Messages. 'Balloons' begins with a single red balloon floating out the window of a house.

Apple Upgrades

Let Apple Create Some Memories For You, by Matt Elliott, CNET

I simply can't keep up with the pace with which I snap photos. I rarely go through and delete bad or redundant photos. Rarer still, I take the time to create an album of a trip or event. I'm long past the point of ever bringing some semblance of organization to my photo library.

I'd wager that you, dear reader, are in a similar predicament. Because we can't be trusted to keep our photo libraries nice and tidy, Apple has taken it upon itself to bring some structure to our sprawling collections of photos.

macOS Sierra: Security And Privacy Features Overview, by Kirk McElhearn, Intego

macOS Sierra is here! Aside from the new naming convention — no more OS X — Sierra has lots of new features. It brings Siri to the desktop, provides a useful new Universal Clipboard feature, lets you store some of your personal documents on iCloud Drive, brings tabs to more apps, offers picture-in-picture video, and more.

With the release of macOS Sierra 10.12, Apple also introduced some new security features worth noting. Here's an overview of Sierra's new security and privacy features.

Align Windows In macOS 10.12 Sierra, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

You move windows in Sierra just as you have since 1984, by clicking and dragging a window’s title bar (or status bar). In Sierra, however, if you slow down briefly when the edge of the window you’re dragging meets the edge of another window, the first window stops moving and aligns perfectly with the second window unless you force it past the edge. It doesn’t matter which sides you’re aligning.


Nebo’s Handwriting Recognition Elevates Your Notes, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Nebo is a solid notetaking tool. It lacks a few features that would make it more competitive with notetaking apps that have been around longer, but the handwriting recognition is so good, that Nebo has become my default notetaking app.

Adobe Adds iPhone 7 Camera Support To Lightroom For iOS, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

The latest version of Lightroom for iPhone, v2.5.2, brings specific lens and sensor profiles for both of Apple's new devices, featuring specific dual-lens optimizations for the 5.5-inch handset.

The CW's New Apple TV App Doesn't Require A Cable Subscription To Watch, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Users simply need to download the app and click play on a show to watch, with no other hoops to jump through.


Omni Group Is Moving To Subscription Pricing For macOS And iOS Products, by Bryan M. Wolfe, AppAdvice

In a message on its blog site, the Omni Group has announced that it’s going to start offering subscriptions. This move is significant in that Omni’s productivity apps are among the highest priced in the industry.


Taking The Fear And Desperation Out Of Online Dating, by Julie Beck, The Atlantic

More generally, Wolfe thinks dating apps can, contrary to the old stereotype, make people’s searches for love less desperate. When the opportunity to meet new people is always available, there’s less need to scan every bar and party for prospects, panning for gold in a river of bros.

Some Like It Bot, by Laura Hudson, FiveThirtyEight

Bots and algorithms that can generate content or augment the work of human writers aren’t new. They’ve been used to write about sports and finance for TV networks and financial analysis firms and automatically generate stories about earthquakes and homicides for the Los Angeles Times. This month, the people behind the film “Morgan” released atrailer that had been created by Watson, IBM’s artificial intelligence product. On Kickstarter, screenwriter William Goldwin successfully raised over $30,000 for “Impossible Things,” a horror film whose core narrative elements were determined by an AI that curated data from over 3,000 films.

But now writers and artists are starting to use algorithms and AIs to do something that many people think should be impossible for a machine: entertain us.

Bottom of the Page

There I were, in a moving train, listening to a podcast.

Then, an ad came on in the podcast. And I instinctively took out my phone and browse my RSS feeds. When the ad finished, I turn off the phone's display, return the phone into my pocket, and continued listening to the podcast.

Two seconds later, I realize I could have just fast-forward the ad.


Thanks for reading.