To SoundCloud, Love Dave →

March 31, 2016 · 17:08

Dave Wiskus:

You can slice it, package it, or spin it however you like, but the bare fact is that you’re making money off of songs you aren’t paying for. Worse, you’re doing it while perpetuating an air of exclusivity around the concept of making money. All while you’re pretending to be a friend to the little guy. There’s nothing artist-friendly about this approach.

‘The iPhone SE Is Apple’s Hotrod’ →

March 31, 2016 · 13:02

Jim Dalrymple:

Look at the iPhone SE like this.

Pick your favorite classic car. An old Corvette or Mustang—whatever your favorite car is. That design will always be classic, no matter what has happened in the automobile industry in the last 40 years, those 1960s designs will always be classic.

Now, take that classic car design and replace the engine, drive train, and everything else you can think of. What do you have? A hotrod. An incredible classic design with the most advanced technology that you could put in it.

That is the iPhone SE. A classic design with a lot of the newest and greatest technology.

The iPhone SE is Apple’s classic hotrod.

Nintendo Employee ‘Terminated’ After Smear Campaign Over Censorship →

March 31, 2016 · 11:58

Patrick Klepek:

We don’t know the full details of what happened, or what the conversations were like between Rapp and Nintendo. It’s possible that Nintendo truly was uncomfortable with Rapp’s college essay (despite it being publicly linked on her Linkedin page) or old Tweets about similar topics and decided to part ways with her.

But we do know this: Nintendo was publicly silent while one of their employees was harassed and smeared online over something she did not do. That’s a fact. It’s not in dispute. Nintendo watched Rapp become the center of a witch hunt and did nothing publicly to defend her. Despite my requests for comment, the company said nothing. As it turns out, maybe that silence said everything.

This sort of harassment is unacceptable and quite frankly I cannot imagine why something isn’t being done about this. Nintendo’s actions are not particularly chivalrous either — they should have defended one of their own.

App Store Deals — 31/03/2016 — Notability Among Others

March 31, 2016 · 11:54

Notability and Canabalt are on sale today, along with Money Pro and a few games, such as Ticket to Ride. If you have an Apple Pencil or plan to buy one for your iPad Pro, I strongly recommend taking Notability for a spin — it’s really good for jotting down notes and exporting them later.

Canabalt – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.99
Gear Miner – iOS – Games – €0.99 > €0.00
Grocery Gadget Shopping List – iOS – Productivity – €2.99 > €0.00
Hundreds – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €0.99
MacID – iOS – Utilities – €3.99 > €0.99
Money Pro – iOS – Finance – €4.99 > €0.99
Money Pro – Mac – Finance – €29.99 > €2.99
Notability – iOS – Productivity – €5.99 > €3.99
Notability – Mac – Productivity – €5.99 > €3.99
Sago Mini Forest Flyer – iOS – Education – €2.99 > €0.00
Tangent – iOS – Photography – €1.99 > €0.00
Ticket to Ride – iOS – Games – €6.99 > €2.99

Introducing Safari Technology Preview →

March 30, 2016 · 21:25

Ricky Mondello:

Starting today, there’s a new, convenient way to see what features and improvements are coming to Safari and other applications that use WebKit. Safari Technology Preview is a version of Safari for OS X, distributed by Apple, that includes a cutting-edge, in-development version of the WebKit browser engine. It’s a great way to test upcoming WebKit features and give feedback to the people building them when it’s most useful — early in development.

Safari Technology Preview is a standalone application that can be used side-by-side with Safari or other web browsers, making it easy to compare behaviors between them. Besides having the latest web features and bug fixes from WebKit, Safari Technology Preview includes the latest improvements to Web Inspector, which you can use to develop and debug your websites. Updates for Safari Technology Preview will be available every two weeks through the Updates pane of the Mac App Store.

Using iOS 9’s Universal Links (And My YouTube Rant) →

March 30, 2016 · 12:14

Ben Collier:

If you don’t know, Universal Links allow a website and iOS app to be linked together so following a link opens up the app (with the right content) instead of the website. For example, following a link to a Vine video can open up straight in the Vine app; where the video looping experience is much better than the website.

Universal Links are great and I love them, but there is one app that totally screws this up — YouTube. Perhaps this changed recently, but up to about a month ago, I had to use the YouTube app after clicking any YouTube link to watch a video (embeds were exempt from this) — this completely broke down when using Tweetbot or Twitter, breaking my flow and forcing me to jump between apps. I finally uninstalled the app.

This caused one more huge problem. The YouTube app does not offer every setting and option that their website does, especially in terms of managing my own videos. Normally I would just open the desktop site in Safari, but because of Universal Links, it would switch me over to the app every single time that I tried to do so. Unacceptable.


Jason Snell Review’s the Smart Keyboard for 9.7-Inch iPad Pro →

March 30, 2016 · 12:08

Jason Snell:

While the reduced dimensions of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro add complications in some ways, they offer benefits in others. This new Smart Keyboard has to cover a screen that’s 60 percent of the surface area of the larger model, meaning that it’s much lighter and less bulky. On the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (which is already 9.8 ounces heavier), using the Smart Keyboard as a cover felt bulky and burdensome. The smaller Smart Keyboard, on the smaller iPad Pro, doesn’t feel that way at all.

Whenever I want to use my iPad Pro 12.9″ for anything other than writing, I take the Smart Keyboard off. It’s too bulky. But the larger screen is gorgeous! Everything in life is a compromise, and it’s up to us to make the right choices.

Federico Viticci Tested Apple’s 29W USB-C Power Adapter and iPad Pro Fast Charging →

March 29, 2016 · 21:24

Federico Viticci:

The 29W USB-C power adapter with fast charging on the iPad Pro isn’t only capable of quickly charging an iPad Pro while its screen is turned off – most notably, it can both sustain and power the device considerably while it’s working hard used at full brightness. The 29W adapter is remarkably consistent in battery gains in a variety of conditions and it dramatically reduces the amount of time required to charge the iPad Pro.

I could guess Apple’s motivations for selling the 29W power adapter as a separate accessory (one could argue that fast charging for the iPad Pro wasn’t ready to ship last year). In an ideal world, however, the 29W adapter and USB-C to Lightning cable should be included in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro box.

The difference is insanely huge! I expected a difference, but not this.

Make sure to check out Federico’s charts.

Ben Collier’s Recipe to Fix the Safari/Mail Link Bug →

March 29, 2016 · 18:12

Ben Collier came up with a new ‘recipe’ to fix the iOS 9.x link bug plaguing iOS users:

If you’ve been hit by the iOS 9.3 broken links you can follow these steps to fix the issue whilst we wait for a full update from Apple. Unfortunately you’ll need to hook your iPhone or iPad up to your computer and sync with iTunes.

You may need to try this a few times for it to work, it seems like a specific timing needs to occur for the correct caches to clear.

If you tried mine, and it didn’t work, make sure to give his a run.

9.7″ iPad Pro — the Bad and the Ugly →

March 29, 2016 · 15:13

Andrew Cunningham, reviewing the 9.7″ iPad Pro, noticed a discrepancy in memory bandwidth when compared to the 12.9″ iPad Pro:

We’re not sure what to blame for the reduction in memory bandwidth. The memory bus could be narrower (the 12.9-inch iPad uses a 128-bit memory interface, as opposed to 64-bit in the iPhone), but the scores are still substantially higher than they are in the iPhone 6S, and we’d expect them to be lower if the memory interface had actually been scaled back. The smaller Pro could be using DDR3 RAM like the iPad Air and Air 2 did instead of DDR4, but every A9-equipped device has used DDR4 memory, and the A9 and A9X memory controller might not even support the older DDR3 standard. We’ll need to wait for additional insight from iFixit or Chipworks before we have enough information to say for sure.

This is the third thing that surprised me, after I learned that Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter only supports USB 2 speeds on the smaller of the two iPad Pros.

If this A9X had shown up in an iPad Air 3 and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro didn’t exist, it would have blown us away. It still represents a tangible improvement over the A8X in the Air 2. It’s only next to the full-fat, 4GB-of-RAM A9X in the big Pro that this one looks a little disappointing.

While ‘only’ 2 GB of RAM wouldn’t impact me personally, I don’t quite understand why Apple wouldn’t want to future-proof the most popular iPad size category, especially since its sales are declining over the past few quarters. Four gigs could actually be a valid selling point, especially since people seem to keep their iPads for years. I realise that I partially answered my question, but raising the ASP should account for something, right?

My Photography (3) — Encore, Las Vegas, USA, 2009

March 29, 2016 · 13:40

I travelled to Las Vegas in 2009 for NAB. The trip there took close to 24 hours from Europe, and I went straight to bed when I got to my hotel room in the evening. I woke up around 5:00 in the morning, surprisingly fresh after the long journey, and looked out of the window — the sky was already showing a hint of blue, and things to come. The first rays hit the Encore hotel at 5:47, and I got the shot above four minutes later. I’m partial to it because of the missing three windows, creating an anomaly in the otherwise serene mirror of the Encore façade.

Shot with Canon 50D + Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS — f/2.8, 1/200, ISO 1250, ~168 mm.

Apple’s 40 Years of Selling Macs →

March 29, 2016 · 10:27

Horace Dediu:

In Apple’s first 40 years it shipped 1,591,092,250 computers.

This shipment total is higher than any other computer company in its first 40 years. Actually there are no PC makers that are 40 years old. One computer maker (IBM) is older but they only sold PCs for 24 years and what they still sell they don’t sell in high numbers.

How to fix iOS 9.x Safari/Mail Link Bug [updated]

March 29, 2016 · 10:05

Apple published iOS 9.3.1, which should fix all of the issues.

There have been numerous threads and articles about the iOS link bug, with many of them posting false information. This bug is not limited to iOS 9.3 nor does it have much to do with the update itself. It appears to be caused by the Shared Web Content Daemon, which goes into a crash loop after the app tried to register too many universal links. Perhaps other apps are to blame too. I won’t bore you with all the details and get to the point: the method I wrote up below fixed the issue on my iPhone 6S Plus.

Continue reading →

IFTTT’s Dick Move →

March 29, 2016 · 07:21

Maciej Cegłowski:

Imagine if your sewer pipe started demanding that you make major changes in your diet.

Now imagine that it got a lawyer and started asking you to sign things.

You would feel surprised.

This is the position I find myself in today with IFTTT, a form of Internet plumbing that has been connecting peaceably to my backend for the past five years, but which has recently started sending scary emails.

Bullying 101.

Apple’s Statement on Closing of the San Bernardino Case →

March 29, 2016 · 07:20

Rene Ritchie posted Apple’s statement on iMore:

From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.

We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated.

Apple believes deeply that people in the United States and around the world deserve data protection, security and privacy. Sacrificing one for the other only puts people and countries at greater risk.

This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy. Apple remains committed to participating in that discussion.

Though this particular case is over, the war goes on, and I’m certain this issue will appear in the news sooner or later.

Apple’s San Bernardino Fight Is Over as FBI Gains Access to iPhone →

March 29, 2016 · 05:52

Russell Brandom:

After months of work, the FBI finally has a way into the San Bernardino iPhone. In a court filing today, prosecutors told the court the new method for breaking into the phone is sound, and Apple’s assistance is no longer required. “The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook’s iPhone,” the filing reads, “and therefore no longer requires assistance from Apple.” The filing provides no further details on the nature of the new method. Still, the result effectively finishes the court fight that has consumed Apple since February.

Question is: will they now go after Congress to ban encryption, or try to weaken it by law?

Sony’s More Powerful 4K PS4 to Be Announced Before PlayStation VR Launch →

March 28, 2016 · 21:48

Michael McWhertor:

Sony’s more powerful version of the PlayStation 4 — also known as the “PlayStation 4.5” and “PlayStation 4K” — is expected to be announced prior to the launch of PlayStation VR this October, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.

The upgraded PS4 will reportedly be able to play 4K resolution content, according to the report, and deliver “a richer gaming environment, including a high-end virtual-reality experience.”

App Store Deals — 27/03/2016

March 27, 2016 · 12:16

Nothing specifically worth noting today, perhaps apart from Lara Craft GO for iOS and Tonality for Mac.

Blackthorn Castle – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.00
Chrono Plus – Time Tracker – iOS – Productivity – €2.99 > €0.00
Chrono Plus – Time Tracker – Mac – Productivity – €4.99 > €0.00
Defense Zone 2 HD – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.00
Dr. Panda Firefighters – iOS – Education – €2.99 > €0.99
Dr. Panda Veggie Garden – iOS – Education – €2.99 > €0.99
Simple Recorder Plus – Mac – Utilities – €1.99 > €0.00
Lara Croft GO – iOS – Games – €4.99 > €0.99
LEGO The Lord of the Rings – Mac – Games – €19.99 > €9.99
Lines the Game – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.00
Magnet – Mac – Productivity – €2.99 > €0.99
Motorsport Manager – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.00
Nimian Legends : BrightRidge – iOS – Games – €1.99 > €0.00
Photomyne Pro – Album Scanner – iOS – Photography – €4.99 > €0.99
Ravensburger Puzzle – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.00
Runtastic Squats PRO – iOS – Healthcare & Fitness – €1.99 > €0.00
Splendor – iOS – Games – €6.99 > €2.99
SwapQuest – iOS – Games – €2.99 > €0.99
Ticket to Ride – iOS – Games – €6.99 > €2.99
Tonality – Mac – Photography – €24.99 > €19.99

Happy Easter!

The New 29 Watt Charger Should Be Bundled With the 12.9″ iPad Pro →

March 26, 2016 · 14:08

Benjamin Mayo:

This higher-wattage charger should come bundled in the box with all new 12.9 inch iPad Pros sold. I don’t care that it didn’t exist at first. The current charger Apple ships is mediocre, bordering on unacceptable. It barely does the job: you can’t use the iPad whilst charging and expect the battery percentage to go up. Apple should not punish new Pro customers with the 12 watt charger just because it shipped a 12 watt charger initially. Now that something better is available, include that in the box. Enough said.

Harsh, but I agree.