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Michael Tsai’s Roundup of Commentary on Apple’s Software Quality

This month’s debate, collected in one place. I thought I’d read it all, but there were a few interesting pieces Tsai links to here that I hadn’t seen. ?

Rewatching How Microsoft Sold Us on the Kinect

Ben Kuchera, writing for Polygon: We’re not saying the HoloLens is just smoke and mirrors, it’s just worth taking a step back and realizing that what they’re showing right now is a huge leap from any technology that has existed before. How the hardware will eventually work in our homes, and at what price, are still open questions. Also, heck, it could be smoke and mirrors. ?

The Difference Between Microsoft and Apple

Dan Frommer: There, executives showed off what seems like Microsoft’s big bet — or at least one of its many bets — on the future of computing: HoloLens, a virtual reality headset that responds to hand gestures and voice controls. It looks technically impressive, and Microsoft’s demo went about as smoothly as something like this could have. Show More Summary

Microsoft HoloLens

Impressive announcement from Microsoft today — a set of googles that projects 3D rendered images into your field of vision. No pricing or shipping date announced, but CEO Satya Nadella claimed it would ship “in the Windows 10 timeframe”, whatever that means. A few thoughts: HoloLens is like the anti-Glass. Show More Summary

Today’s Announcements From Microsoft: HoloLens, Surface Hub, a Smarter Cortana, Universals Apps

Lori Grunin, writing for CNet: Microsoft is now viewing Windows as a service, one that it wants “people to love on a daily basis,” and frames its goal as not building apps but creating “harmonizing experiences.” Touting its new openShow More Summary

The End of Trickle-Down Technology

Ben Thompson on how the phone market has upended conventional wisdom about how technology expands in the market: If indeed Apple has broken through with conservatives, this has powerful implications for all kinds of companies: smartphones...Show More Summary

The Onion: ‘Unsold Google Glass Units to Be Donated to Assholes in Africa’

The Onion: “We are committed to positively impacting the lives of poverty-stricken smug pricks by distributing the surplus inventory of Google Glass to self-important fucks throughout sub-Saharan Africa,” a statement released by theShow More Summary

Audio Hijack 3

Gorgeous new interface in this major update to Rogue Amoeba’s venerable audio recording app. This is one of the best takes on Yosemite-style design I’ve seen. ?

Apple, the Camera Company

Vlad Savov, writing for The Verge: For a show overrun with various visions of smart drones and smarter homes for the future, the present of CES was remarkably uniform. I saw more iPhones in the hands of CES attendees than I did Android phones across the countless exhibitor booths. Show More Summary

‘In Hindsight, I Think Everything I’ve Made Stinks’

Terrific interview with Loren Brichter at So for a goal, I’ll just say “build tools to make us more enlightened.” I mean “enlightened” in a Carl Sagan sense, where we are the universe trying to understand itself. And we’ve long hit he limit of what we can think with our naked brain, so we need to augment it in some way with mind tools. Show More Summary

Jason Snell on CarPlay

Jason Snell, writing at Six Colors: So is CarPlay worth it? Right now, I’d have to say no. I’m encouraged by the potential here, but it feels slow and seems buggy. Though I’ve got this Pioneer CarPlay unit right here, I’m not planning on installing it in my car… at least, not yet. Show More Summary

If You See That ‘If You See a Stylus, They Blew It’ Quote, They Blew It

The Macalope, on people making hay over Steve Jobs’s 2010 “If you see a stylus, they blew it” quote and rumors that Apple is going to unveil an optional iPad stylus: In 2010 following the launch of the iPad, Steve Jobs famously saidShow More Summary

Good Timing

Andy Boxall: Less than a month ago, I purchased Google Glass. What I didn’t realize was that as a “Glass Explorer,” my journey of discovery would be a relatively short one. Google has announced it’s to stop selling Glass to the general...Show More Summary

[Sponsor] Procreate Pocket

Procreate Pocket is a beautiful, new illustration app for iPhone. It comes from the guys behind the Apple Design Award winning Procreate for iPad. The attention to detail makes it quick to move between a rich set of features, while AirDrop...Show More Summary

Back to the Nimitz

Speaking of the classic Mac era, Zac Bir has rediscovered the joy of the greatest keyboard ever made, the Apple Extended Keyboard II: I quickly came to the realization that the Model M and the CODE were right out. The Model M because of its 101-key layout. Show More Summary

About Boxes From Vintage Mac Applications

Nice collection from Riccardo Mori. One of the gems: a prerelease beta of ResEdit that solicits bug reports by postal mail. ?

Paul Thurrott Launches New Site

Paul Thurrott: Hi, I’m Paul Thurrott. You may remember me from such web sites as Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows and Windows IT Pro, and from podcasts like Windows Weekly and What the Tech. And with that Simpsons reference out of the way, I’d like to welcome you to my new web site, Show More Summary

Déjà vu all over again

Ars Technica back in 2004, looking like Ars Technica, “Apple to Slow Down the Pace on Mac OS X”: Tevanian conceded that Apple’s current annual upgrade schedule “is not a sustainable rate. But you’ll still see us going really fast,” he said [and] rebutted comments that Apple had alienated some of its customers with the rapid pace of Mac OS X upgrades. ?

Overcast’s 2014 Sales Numbers

Marco Arment: Nobody ever wants to talk about money. But current and prospective indie app developers could really use more information on the subject. […] I’ve decided that the potential educational and market-research benefits to others of adding Overcast to the mix will be greater than the risk of people thinking I’m an asshole for doing so. Show More Summary

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