The Renewable-Energy Edition Monday, July 10, 2017

Apple To Build Second Renewables-powered Data Center In Denmark, by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen, Reuters

Apple Inc said Monday it will spend 6 billion Danish crowns ($921 million) on a new data center in Denmark, its second in the Nordic country to run entirely on renewable energy.


It will power Apple's online services, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.

Apple Sees iTunes Market Share Slip As Competition Increases From Amazon & Comcast For Films, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Despite its increasing focuses on Services revenue, Apple is struggling to draw users to the iTunes Store for movie purchases and rentals. According to a new in-depth report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple’s market share for renting and purchasing movies has fallen to between 20 percent and 35 percent, despite once being well over 50 percent as recently as 2012.

DRM Is Toxic To Culture, by Simon Phipps, Meshed Insights

The problem with technology-enforced restrictions isn’t that they allow legitimate enforcement of rights; it’s the collateral damage they cause in the process.


SynthScaper Is An iOS App For Making Ambient Soundscapes, by Scott Wilson, Fact Magazine

SynthScaper can be used to create melodic pads or atonal soundscapes with a combination of built-in or downloaded samples, oscillators, filter chains, effects and envelope generators.


Programming Languages Aren’t A Zero Sum Game, by Dan Kim, Signal v Noise

Just because a language doesn’t do something brand new conceptually doesn’t mean it shouldn’t exist. If a language takes ideas and inspiration from another language, that’s a wonderful compliment to the earlier architects. And if your favorite language is “better” than mine, believe it or not, I’m super happy for you — it’s awesome that you’ve found something great!


Developers Are Using Apple's ARKit To Give Augmented Reality Dance Lessons, by Karissa Bell, Mashable

Essentially it shows the dancer or dancers (the app works solo or with a partner) where to put their feet while counting out the beat of different songs.

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If there is going to be a top-of-the-line money-is-no-object iPhone Pro, I hope Apple will bundle a few more gigabyte of free iCloud storage than the standard five.


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