The Glass-Facade Edition Saturday, May 27, 2017

Apple Orchard Road Opens In Singapore, by Apple

The 120-foot glass facade blurs the barrier between inside and out, while 16 interior trees continue the city’s lush greenery throughout the space.

Apple Retail Chief Angela Ahrendts On Hand For Singapore Store Opening, by AppleInsider

As scheduled, Apple officially opened the doors to its first retail outlet in Singapore on Saturday local time, and SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts was there to take in the festivities.

Mapping Changes

A Year Of Google Maps & Apple Maps, by Justin O'Beirne

So I wrote a script that takes monthly screenshots of Google and Apple Maps. And thirteen months later, we now have a year’s worth of images.

Nueral Engine

Apple Is Working On A Dedicated Chip To Power AI On Devices, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple is working on a processor devoted specifically to AI-related tasks, according to a person familiar with the matter. The chip, known internally as the Apple Neural Engine, would improve the way the company’s devices handle tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence -- such as facial recognition and speech recognition, said the person, who requested anonymity discussing a product that hasn’t been made public.


Review: Apple's Beddit Sleep Monitor Offers A Comprehensive Look At Sleep Quality, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

In 10 days, the Beddit Sleep Monitor hasn't taught me anything I didn't already know, but as someone who likes to track things and collect data, I find the information it's giving me valuable, even if some of its conclusions about my sleep aren't 100 percent accurate. I suspect that with longer use and more attention to tags, I might be able to learn more.

TripMode 2, by David Sparks, MacSparky

TripMode can now automatically block traffic when reaching a pre-defined data limit.


Floating Labels Are Problematic, by Adam Silver, Medium

Forms are not a source of entertainment. The floating label won’t make users enjoy using forms. Users don’t care. They just want the outcome.

Static labels and legends positioned outside the field create familiar and consistent experiences. Two qualities often found in well-designed interfaces.


The Media's Best-Kept Secret Was A Free Wall Street Journal Login, And Now It's Gone, by Matthew Zeitlin, BuzzFeed

It was good while it lasted.

For years, one of the best/worst kept secrets in media circles was a login that unlocked the Wall Street Journal's formidable paywall. Username: media. Password: media.