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Vesper Sync Shutdown Tonight, Open Source Plans

Brent Simmons: Data is stored on your device. The app will continue to work even without syncing. You can continue to use the app. You can still export your data. As many times as you want. The Export feature works with the data on your device — it has nothing to do with syncing. We plan to remove the app from the App Store Sept. Show More Summary

Bragi Hits the Panic Button

Chance Miller, writing for 9to5Mac: Earlier today, Apple officially sent invites to its iPhone 7 announcement event that will be held next week on September 7th. Shortly after Apple’s announcement, wireless headphone company Bragi announced...Show More Summary

Gurman Says No Mac Announcements Next Week

Mark Gurman and Jungah Lee, reporting for Bloomberg: Apple is holding an event on Sept. 7 in San Francisco. The keynote will focus on upgraded versions of the iPhone, a new Apple Watch with GPS tracking and new health features, and an iOS 10 software update for iPhones and iPads, according to people familiar with he matter. Show More Summary

Apple Event: Wednesday September 7

Jim Dalrymple: Apple on Monday send out an invitation for a special event to be held on September 7 at 10:00 am. This year’s event will be held at he Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. I made a lucky guess. The...Show More Summary

The Verge: ‘Facebook Removes Fake Article About Megyn Kelly From Trending Topics’

This headline is charitable at best-the real headline is “Facebook fires human curators, false headline immediately goes viral”. ?

The Talk Show: ‘I Do Feel the Pea’

New episode of my podcast, The Talk Show, with special guest Guy English. Topics include Tim Cook’s five year anniversary as Apple CEO, Steven Levy’s behind-the-scenes look at Apple’s AI and machine learning efforts, Apple’s decision to change the pistol emoji from a realistic revolver to a toy squirt gun, and the demise of Vesper. Show More Summary

On Beta Testing

Brent Simmons: This style of beta testing isn’t something I just accidentally fell into. It came from the mid-’90s. UserLand had just released [Frontier’s free “Aretha” version][f], and there was a mailing list for people using Aretha. I’d never been a part of anything like that. Show More Summary

University of Chicago Strikes Back Against Campus Political Correctness

Richard Pérez-Peña, Mitch Smith, and Stephanie Saul, reporting for the NYT: The anodyne welcome letter to incoming freshmen is a college staple, but this week the University of Chicago took a different approach: It sent new studentsShow More Summary

Spotify Is Burying Musicians With Apple Music Exclusives

Lucas Shaw and Adam Satariano, reporting for Bloomberg: Spotify has been retaliating against musicians who introduce new material exclusively on rival Apple Music by making their songs harder to find, according to people familiar with...Show More Summary

Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ Amplifies Discord in the Music Business

Ben Sisario, reporting for the NYT: Despite its idiosyncratic format, “Endless” — one long streaming film, whose songs (different from those on “Blonde”) were not available separately — fulfilled Mr. Ocean’s contractual obligations to...Show More Summary

Nikkei Asian Review: ‘Intel Aims to Challenge TSMC Over Apple Chip Orders by 2018’

Cheng Ting-Fang, reporting for Nikkei Asian Review: Intel’s recent pledge to expand its business making chips for others highlights its ambition to snatch chip orders for Apple’s popular iPhones from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Show More Summary

Intriguing Rumor: ‘Apple Could Use Custom x86 SoC Made by AMD’

Gian Maria Forni, writing for Bits n Chips, back in October: According to our sources, Apple is pondering about using custom x86 CPUs in its next iMacs and MacBooks, during 2017-2018. Nowadays it’s hard to avoid the use of x86 ISA in...Show More Summary

Steven Levy, Behind the Scenes on Apple’s AI and Machine Learning

Lengthy profile on Apple’s AI efforts by Steven Levy, for Backchannel: Probably the biggest issue in Apple’s adoption of machine learning is how the company can succeed while sticking to its principles on user privacy. The company encrypts user information so that no one, not even Apple’s lawyers, can read it (nor can the FBI, even with a warrant). Show More Summary

Import Your Vesper Notes Into Ulysses

Götz Fabian: A few days ago, the creators of the notes app Vesper announced to end its development and eventually shut down the sync server. Being in this industry ourselves, we can understand hat making this move isn’t easy, and we’re sorry for both the developers and the Vesper users who grew fond of the tool. Show More Summary

Jonathan Poritsky’s Elegy for Vesper

Jonathan Poritsky: But Vesper was innovative in two key ways: tags and photos. No note taking app before or since has treated photos as well. And I can find no replacement for the way it handled tags. […] The brilliance of Vesper’s photo handling was that it didn’t treat photos as inline elements. Show More Summary


Blackbox: Blackbox is a new shipping company from the creators of Cards Against Humanity. Our mission is to help you sell and ship stuff directly to your fans for a fraction of the cost and effort of doing it yourself. Blackbox works like a co-op: if we all go in together, we get the cheapest pricing, the fastest shipping, and the best service. Show More Summary

Yours Truly on Anil Dash’s ‘Pop Life’ Talkshow

I was this week’s guest on Anil Dash’s Pop Life, on Talkshow. It’s like texting in public. It was fun, and there were some excellent questions from the audience. I tell the story about the first time I met Steve Jobs. ?

White Sox Change the Name of Their Ballpark to ‘Guaranteed Rate Field’

Also, 2017 will be officially be the Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment. ?

Five Years of Tim Cook’s Apple in Charts

Jan Dawson: This week marks the fifth anniversary of Tim Cook’s appointment as permanent CEO at Apple — he was appointed CEO on August 24th, 2011. As a result, we’ll no doubt see quite a few retrospectives his week looking back over his time at Apple, and evaluating his enure. Show More Summary

? Vesper, Adieu

If I could do it all over again, here is what I would do differently.

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