The Dad-Joke Edition Wednesday, May 31, 2017

WWDC App Updated With New Design And Features, by John Voorhees, MacStories

In addition to the refreshed design, Apple has added curated video playlists focused on themes like Developing for iPad, interactive maps of the WWDC venue and surrounding area, for the first time, the ability to use of all of the apps features without signing into a developer account, and a new ‘Venue’ tab.

Apple To Let Podcasters Record 60-minute Episodes At On-site WWDC 2017 Studio, Reservation Required, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

From Tuesday, podcasters will be able to reserve one hour slots and record in a specially-made recording studio inside the McEnery Convention Center.

Apple says that the ‘fully outfitted studio’ allows for the creation of audio podcasts with up to four guests per show. Apple experts are on hand to provide support and podcasters are given a copy of their session to distribute freely how they see fit.

Apple Went Full Dad Joke With The Names Of This Year’s Secret WWDC Panels, by Greg Kumparak, TechCrunch

“We need a bunch of placeholder names for sessions at WWDC. The ones about… you know. That stuff we’re not really allowed to talk about yet. People tear these names apart looking for clues on what’s coming, so can you name them all ‘SESSION NAME TBD’ and throw them online?”

“Sure! But… how about we use puns instead? We’ll even use emoji.”

“Nahhh, lets keep it simple and —”



Apple Music Sets ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Series Premiere Date After Delay, by Todd Spangler, Variety

Apple plans to premiere “Carpool Karaoke: The Series,” an original series based on the viral sketch bit from CBS’s “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” on Aug. 8 — four months after the tech giant previously expected. [...] Apple Music will debut a new installment of the 16-episode series each Tuesday.

More Than Stickers: Exploring iMessage App Utilities, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

The challenge with creating a great iMessage app is similar in ways to that of creating a great Apple Watch app. In most cases it requires taking an existing app and stripping functionality down to its simplest form, while still retaining the overall usefulness and power of the full app. And as is true with Watch apps, some iMessage apps tackle the challenge well, while others fail to be useful due to slow or overcomplicated interfaces.

The first year of the iMessage App Store has been dominated by stickers, but amidst the crazy sharks and flaming pizza, there are a number of interesting and creative apps serving as helpful utilities as well. I have tried out iMessage apps for ordering food, managing files, sharing calendars, sending payments, planning meetings, and more. What follows is a list of some of my favorites.

Halide, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

What sets Halide apart is design.

How the features are arranged. How they are accessed. How they are indicated visually. With traditional camera hardware, good reviews spend a lot of words talking about not just what the camera does, but what it is like to use. Camera reviewers often obsess over the placement and feel of all the buttons and dials. Halide brings that sort of obsessive attention to the placement and feel of its controls. This sort of maniacal attention to the smallest of details deserves to be celebrated.

Timing 2.0 Review: Mac Software For Professionals To Track Billable Time, by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld

If you’re a freelancer billing clients, you should check out Timing. If not, you may still want to try the app just to get a better idea of how you spend your time.

Funnel Brings News Updates To Your Ears, by Jake Underwood, MacStories

Funnel aims to cut through the chaos and bring you the most recent news through audio segments that are only a couple of minutes long. The app includes seven news outlets that refresh at the top of the hour so they're always up-to-date.


Apple's Potential Fatal Flaw? It's Losing The Data Race To The Likes Of Amazon, Google, Facebook And Microsoft, by Kevin Maney, Newsweek

More important, Apple seems to be in a data-collection corner when competing against the other four giants. Its crown jewel—the iPhone and iOS—accounts for just 20 percent of smartphones, which means Google gets the data from the other 80 percent of smartphone users. Apple has no search, no social network, no significant online retail operation, no cloud services. All its productivity software ranks behind similar products from Microsoft and Google. Apple’s Siri, once the star of commercials with John Malkovich, has fallen behind Alexa and Google’s voice services in the race to be our digital assistants.

AI, The Humanity!, by Sam Byford, The Verge

AlphaGo is already demonstrating the power of what can happen not only when AI learns from us, but when we learn from AI. At this stage, it’s technology worth being optimistic about.

A Selection Of The 30 Most Disappointing Under 30, by Bess Kalb, New Yorker

Rebecca Meyer, twenty-nine
Since earning her M.F.A. in fiction from Columbia, Meyer has been at work writing her début novel in her sprawling Chinatown loft, which was paid for in full by her parents. She has written sixteen pages, and they’re not very good.

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