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Every iPhone keynote

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Surprising no one who knows me, I ordered the new iPhone yesterday

The only thing that will surprise anyone who knows me is that it took this long to pull the trigger. But: Oct. 19 delivery?! That’s like a month from now! You’re killing me, Apple!

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Android user reviews the iPhone 7

Interesting insights here. He loves Apple’s hardware and apps, prefers Android OS. Apple, you’ve got some ripping off to do! Jim Lynch, InfoWorld

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Android vs. iPhone

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Boom!

One day an iPhone is going to explode, and Samsung users are going to be like, “Samsung has had this feature for years”. — Mother Of Sarcasm (@SarcasmMother) September 17, 2016

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iOS 10 has a fart emoji, so suck it Android fanboys.

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Big changes are always unpopular

John Gruber relates Apple’s decision to drop headphone jack to bigger issues: “When we think of controversial decisions, we tend to think of both sides as creating controversy. Choose A and the B proponents will be angry; choose B and … Continue reading

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I fell down and broke my face

The next-door neighbors have two weimaraners, which are often out late in a dog run in their backyard. The dog run goes right up to the edge of our driveway, along the property line. When I walk Minnie before bedtime, … Continue reading

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Leaked Apple design for iPhone 7 headset

https://wilwheaton.tumblr.com/post/148112903093/danismm-strange-experimental-transmitter

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I’ve heard good things about iOS 10. But I love this headline

Apple should codename iOS 10 ‘Twinkie’ because it’s full of fluff and filler

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Google twists the knife, asks for sanctions against Oracle attorney

Google says Annette Hurst, who represents Oracle, was out of line disclosing that Google pays $1 billion to Apple to get Google search on the iPhone.

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Hey, @Lyft, why so spammy all of a sudden?

I used Lyft one time a few years ago, and have kept the app on my iPhone in case I want to use it again. A couple of days ago, I started getting ads from Lyft through iOS notifications. This … Continue reading

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RIP slide to unlock

The classic ‘Slide to Unlock’ iPhone gesture is gone from iOS 10 Susie Ochs, Macworld: “I’ll really miss Slide to Unlock, which I stopped using 18 months ago anyway.” It was “the first bit of iOS we ever saw.” It … Continue reading

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WWDC rumor roundup

What to Expect at WWDC 2016 I’d be very interested in a Siri SDK to allow developers to integrate Siri into their apps. I might be interested in Siri on the Mac, though a keyboard and trackball work very well … Continue reading

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Good news about the Apple App Stores

The New App Store: Subscription Pricing, Faster Approvals, and Search Ads [John Gruber – Daring Fireball] Among the changes: Apple is throwing open the doors to allow developers to charge subscription pricing. That’s a big step forward for two reasons: It will … Continue reading

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Tick tock

Apple is said to be extending iPhone refreshes to once every three years – Martyn Williams, Macworld Apple has previously been on a tick-tock cycle with the iPhone. Even-numbered years it makes big breakthroughs in design. Odd-numbered years it refines the … Continue reading

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iOS makes third-party keyboards into second-class citizens

Katherine Boehret at The Verge complains that third-party keyboards are unable to use dictation. But that’s only one of the problems with third-party keyboards.

Support for third-party keyboards – and web browsers – is one area where Android is just plain better than iOS. iOS is always pushing you back to using the stock keyboard and browser. Android works more like a PC; if you change the default, you change it everywhere, throughout all applications and the operating system, which is as it should be. Continue reading

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Apple’s exploding R&D budget foretells fundamental transformation in the future

Apple is planning its “largest pivot yet,” according to Apple analyst Neil Cybart on Above Avalon. Just as Apple went from a PC/iPod company to a phone company starting in 2007, it’s now on the verge of transforming from a phone company to … something else. Apple is on track to spend more than $10 billion in R&D in 2016, up nearly 30% from 2015 and from a little over $3 billion just four years ago.

Cybart thinks Apple is going to become an electric car company. Continue reading

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Fraying at the edges: 67-year-old Geri Taylor navigates Alzheimer’s early years

“A withered person with a scrambled mind [and] memories sealed away [is] the familiar face of Alzheimer’s. But there is also the waiting period, which Geri Taylor has been navigating with prudence, grace and hope.”

N.R. Kleinfield tells Taylor’s story, in depth, with respect and gentle dignity, at The New York Times:

> During a ruminant moment, Geri Taylor sat and, as an exercise, wrote down how she had changed. She called it: “Things I Do Differently as a Result of Diminished Capacity.”

> The bulletinlike inspection report clarified for her who she now was. She found it sobering, for it caused her to realize just how reliant on others the slow drip of betrayals had made her, and that wounded her hard pride.

> The log was two full pages. There were the expected entries, like not driving, not traveling alone (except by subway, bus or Metro-North train), simplifying her book choices, planning very carefully for outside activities (“always carry the same ‘highway bag,’” “constantly checking my things when I am out — have lost my vest, boots, watch and glasses in past nine months — very unusual”).

> The list also contained some upbeat aspects. For instance, she put down how she cherished friends and family more than ever: “Daily call, email and text family and friends at a rate of 2-3 daily.”

> And she listed something unexpected: “Do take housework more seriously and spend more time.” She cited the elements of housework as “an escape to simpler things” and how they were “time away from people and restful.” The dust and laundry, after all, didn’t judge her limitations, her spotty memory. So she found delight and gratification, even intoxication, in her triumphs over specks of dust and blemished counters.

> “I can’t manage the bills, and I can’t manage the schedule,” she said. “But this is something I can do, and I can do well. So I’ve embraced it more. It’s identity. It’s a role I can still assume.”

> She pointed out, “And most of the time, you can sing!”

> As she wiped down counters and vacuumed the floor and changed bedsheets, she liked to sing whatever drifted through her mind (“Sometimes it’s disturbing what goes through my mind”).

> They were old hymns. Show tunes. “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.” “Amazing Grace.” A favorite was “Barbara Allen,” an English ballad about a man dying as he pined for the love of a woman. Grim, all right, but she liked it just fine for the tune, which suited her voice, a second soprano alto. So she cleaned with gusto and great pleasure. And she sang.

Taylor relies on her iPhone for reminders throughout the day. It helps her keep her independence.
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Tweetbot for iOS now has a built-in tool for making tweetstorms

Just in time for me: I’m going to a conference next week where I’ll want to do some livetweeting, so I’m looking forward to trying this out.

But where’s Mac support? Continue reading

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I am kind of digging the new Microsoft “Word Flow” keyboard for iPhone

Word Flow is a “swiping” keyboard, where you don’t pick up your finger between letters, and it has an “arc mode” that curves the keyboard for easy typing on one corner of the screen. Nifty!

I haven’t had much luck with third-party keyboards on iOS. Apple wants you to use them for occasional, added capabilities. It doesn’t want you to set a third-party keyboard as your default. This is one area where Android beats Apple. Continue reading

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Rustic charm

Kyle Plattner’s beautiful home office.

Says Kyle:

> I work with a really great team in Central Illinois developing an iPad app that maps real-time field data for farmers called FieldView Cab for a company called The Climate Corporation.

> My home office, pictured above, was a project taken on to make working from home easier. While the bulk of my time is spent at an office working with a team, I knew I needed time to work outside of the office environment to accomplish what Cal Newton calls “Deep Work.” My early attempts to work from home were quickly rendered ineffective by not having a clear separation between work and family. Trying to focus in the same space where my wife and daughters were going about their daily activities wasn’t working well for anyone. Work and family rarely can both be served effectively in the same time and place.

> So, I put together an outdoor office by walling off a room in our garden shed. I added a heating and cooling unit to it so that it could be used throughout the year with Midwest weather. Wood from old palettes were nailed to the walls, a standing desk built right in, and I added some storage and bookshelves. Lastly, I spent effort personalizing the space to make it a place where I’d want to be.

More photos and information about how Plattner uses the Mac and iPhone at the link. Continue reading

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App store search

Apple is considering paid search for the App Store. [Adam Satariano and Alex Webb – Bloomberg] John Gruber is right here: The App Store doesn’t need paid search. Paid search would be a step backwards. The App Store needs better … Continue reading

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Apple school

Screencasts Online has a good in-depth tutorial on two apps that extend cut-and-paste: PopClip and Copied.

I use both apps. [PopClip][pilotmoon] makes your Mac cursor act like the cursor on iOS, which sounds gimmicky but is surprisingly useful.

[Copied][copiedapp] saves and manages text and images you copy to your clipboard. It syncs between Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

[copiedapp]: http://copiedapp.com
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The disappointing tablet market

Why is the tablet market so disappointing? Smartphones happened – in particular really big smartphones. Also, people buy new tablets at a slower pace than they do phones.

One category of tablets that’s likely to be successful: tablets with detachable keyboards, like the iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface.

As for me, I find myself using the iPad mini less and less, and growing more and more frustrated with its limitations as I do. And I’m still getting used to how portable my MacBook Air is. Light as a feather, with hours and hours of battery life. I use it plugged in to a 27″ display, keyboard, and trackball when I’m at my desk. When I want to take it somewhere, there are only three connections, easy to detach and reattach.

I see myself moving to a bigger phone in the next generation of iPhones later this year, and using the iPad mini even less. Unless, that is, Apple comes out with an iPad the size of the Kindle Paperwhite. I think that might be the ideal size for me.
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