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Archived Since:April 6, 2008

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Ralph McQuarrie and James Bond

Holy crap: a 1986 Ralph McQuarrie rendering for a planned Universal Studios stunt show spectacular. (Thanks to Cabel Sasser.) ?

Highball 1.0

New free iOS cocktail app from the clever fellows at Studio Neat. Their novel idea: shareable recipe cards, like this one from yours truly (riffing off Jim Coudal’s canonical Perfect Martini). They might have actually found a good use for QR codes. ?

More on Apple’s Construction Hiring

Wendy Lee, in a follow-up report for the San Francisco Chronicle: A person familiar with the policy said construction workers with felony convictions within the last seven years are not permitted on the site, while those with earlier felony convictions could find work building the campus. Show More Summary

Star Wars Digital Movie Collection Coming April 10

Good news, but we’re still stuck with the Special Edition cuts. ?

‘Welcome to Macintosh’

Concise, tightly-edited, informative, and fun new podcast by young Mr. Mark Bramhill. Only three episodes so far — go ahead and listen to them all. So good. ?

Rolling Stone UVA Rape Story Retraction: A Case Study in Failed Journalism

Jonathan Mahler, writing for the NYT:  Now that the facts have been laid bare, “A Rape on Campus,” published in November, joins America’s rogues’ gallery of journalism scandals. For ease of reference, the scandals can be divided into...Show More Summary

Iran and the Obama Doctrine

Barack Obama, in an interview with Thomas Friedman: “We are powerful enough to be able to test these propositions without putting ourselves at risk. And that’s the thing … people don’t seem to understand,” the president said. “You take a country like Cuba. Show More Summary

Samsung Paid Hundreds of ‘Fans’ to Attend Galaxy S6 Launch in China

WantChinaTimes: South Korean smartphone giant Samsung paid people to pretend to be its fans at a press conference for its products’ release on Friday, reports Shanghai-based news outlet the Paper. A person specializing in recruiting these “fans” said he brought over 100 people to the event. Show More Summary

The Future of Apple Watch and Apps

Also from Abdel Ibrahim, an interesting take on Apple Watch not having a primarily app-centric interaction model: From the Watch Face, you are able to see your Glances and notifications. In order to see apps, you have to engage the Digital Crown. Show More Summary

‘Apparently None of You Guys Realize How Bad of an Idea a Touchscreen Is on a Phone’

Abdel Ibrahim, cherry-picking from Engadget commenters pooh-poohing the original iPhone keynote in 2007: Apparently none of you guys realize how bad of an idea a ouch-screen is on a phone. I foresee some pretty obvious and pretty major problems here. I’ll be keeping my Samsung A707, thanks. Show More Summary

[Sponsor] PencilCase by Robots and Pencils

HyperCard has been reimagined with PencilCase, an iOS app maker that doesn’t require any coding. Now creating a native app is as simple as importing designs into PencilCase: Studio and then adding complex interactions, transitions and...Show More Summary

? Reach for the Sky, Pando

On Apple’s no-felons hiring policy for construction jobs at its new headquarters, and goofy claims that “Becoming Steve Jobs” was authorized and released by Apple itself.

Felons Barred From Constructing Apple’s Campus

Wendy Lee, reporting for the San Francisco Chronicle: Several construction workers who were hired to build the exterior of Apple’s new campus in Cupertino were ordered to leave the site in January due to prior felony convictions, several union officials and workers told The Chronicle. Show More Summary

‘Blade Runner Reality’ on Instagram

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.” (Via Christopher Curley at the AV Club.) ?

The Talk Show: ‘Turd on the Front Porch’

Special guest Ben Thompson returns, with the intention of not talking about Apple Watch — and so of course we spend two hours talking about Apple Watch. Other topics include the launch of Jay Z’s steaming music service Tidal, audience...Show More Summary

Bloomberg: ‘Samsung Said to Win Apple A9 Chip Orders for Next IPhone’

Jungah Lee and Ian King, reporting for Bloomberg: Samsung Electronics Co. will manufacture the main chip in Apple Inc.’s next iPhone model, regaining a customer previously lost to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., people with direct knowledge of the matter said. Show More Summary

Apple Watch Guided Tours

These are the sort of things I expected to see at Apple’s March 9 event. I’m not saying they should have shown these then, or demoed these things on stage — I’m just saying I expected them. I think strategically, Apple decided to hold these back and release them now — one week ahead of pre-orders — to build publicity and interest to a fever pitch. ?

Apple Asks TV Networks to Supply Their Own Streams for Apple TV Service

Peter Kafka, reporting for Recode: TV sources say Apple executive Eddy Cue, who heads up the company’s media efforts and is leading negotiations for the new streaming service, has told them that Apple feels it should concentrate on what...Show More Summary

Positing That Tesla Is a Battery Company

Jeremy Welch: Tesla Motors started as a Car company, but they should now be considered to be a Battery company for three key reasons: Tesla leadership has expertise in batteries and energy systems. Batteries are the most important component...Show More Summary

Adobe Slate

New iPad app from Adobe that lets you combine words and images into beautiful stories. Maybe sort of the modern-day equivalent of desktop publishing? ?

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