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Archived Since:April 6, 2008

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David Sparks on WatchOS 3

David Sparks was brave/foolish enough to put the iOS 10 beta on his daily iPhone, which in turn allowed him to update his Apple Watch to WatchOS 3: Likewise the watchOS Dock works swimmingly. I’ve pressed the physical button for the Dock more times in the last week than I did in the prior year when it was the Friends button. Show More Summary

The Brexit Ballot Is Simple and Clear

Libby Nelson, writing for Vox: The question is written in plain language: “Should the United Kingdom remain in the European Union or leave the European Union?” And while it’s a yes-no question, the options make it perfectly clear which one you’re choosing and how you should do it. Show More Summary

Is Poor Shift Lever Design to Blame for Death of ‘Star Trek’ Actor Anton Yelchin?

Rain Noe, writing for Core77: Over the weekend Anton Yelchin, the 27-year-old actor known for playing Chekov in the recent Star Trek movies, was killed in what was referred to as “a freak accident” in his Los Angeles driveway. But was...Show More Summary

Imagine if Exxon Was Protected From Liability After the Valdez

Evan Osnos, author of this week’s New Yorker feature on the U.S. gun industry, in a Reddit AMA: Anybody — especially people who favor free markets — should conclude that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act was a big mistake. Show More Summary

Can the Light on Modern Mac FaceTime Cameras Be Bypassed by Malware

The previous bit about using tape to cover your laptop camera got me wondering about the indicator light that shows when Mac FaceTime cameras are in use. Back in 2013, security researchers at Johns Hopkins University showed how thisShow More Summary

LeBron James Played Steve Jobs’s Commencement Address to Inspire the Cavs During NBA Finals

Ramona Shelburne, writing for ESPN: LeBron had spent the weekend watching old Muhammad Ali fights, in awe at the champ’s perseverance. His longtime friend and adviser, Nike executive Lynn Merritt, had suggested he study the way Ali carried himself in those epic 12- and 15-round fights. Show More Summary

Script Debugger 6

Great update to one of my all-time favorite apps. Major new features include code-folding, auto-completion, robust support for AppleScriptObjC (including inspection of Objective-C object values), and a whole lot more. If you write AppleScript, you owe it to yourself to try Script Debugger. ?

On Covering Your Laptop Camera With Tape

Katie Rogers, in a piece for the NYT headlined “Mark Zuckerberg Covers His Laptop Camera. You Should Consider It, Too.”: On Tuesday, observers were reminded that Mr. Zuckerberg, 32, is not just a normal guy who enjoys running and quiet dinners with friends. Show More Summary

Long-Term Goals, Short-Term Annoyances

Neven Mrgan sums it up in a tweet: Removing the iPhone headphone jack is a fine long-term goal. Complaining about the short-term annoyances is also fine. These are compatible. Removing the analog headphone jack is inevitable, and the transition is inevitably irritating. Show More Summary

Joanna Stern Cuts the Cheese

Joanna Stern: It’s why I’ve long felt technology’s thinolympics has been a waste of time. “Our new product is so much thinner than the competition hat you can fit one more sheet of paper into your messenger bag! You’ll need to make room for the charger, though, since we cut out some battery. Show More Summary

iOS 10 Kernel Code Is Not Encrypted

Tom Simonite, writing for the MIT Technology Review: Some security experts who inspected that new version of iOS got a big surprise. They found that Apple had not obscured the workings of the heart of its operating system using encryption as the company has done before. Show More Summary

Derek Jeter and Barack Obama in Conversation

Derek Jeter: This isn’t an interview, and it’s not about politics. I simply wanted to share our perspectives on a few things that are meaningful to both of us. We talked about retirement and our inspirations — and the President even snuck in a few good jokes on me. Show More Summary

? Headphone Jacks Are the New Floppy Drives

We’re either stuck with the traditional analog headphone jack forever, or, eventually, we’ll move to something digital. Why not now?

Twitter Engage

Casey Newton, writing for The Verge: The app, which is available today on iOS, is designed to help famous people interact with their fans and build a bigger following. The app includes three main tabs. Engage highlights he most important...Show More Summary

Collect Your Apple E-Books Antitrust Settlement

Amazon: In November 2014, a federal court approved a Settlement of antitrust lawsuits brought against Apple, Inc. (“Apple”) by State Attorneys General and Class Plaintiffs about the price of electronic books (“eBooks”). Those settlements resulted in credits for qualifying Kindle books purchased between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012. Show More Summary

Adam Leventhal: ‘APFS in Detail’

DTrace co-creator Adam Leventhal has written a detailed analysis of APFS: I’m not sure Apple absolutely had to replace HFS+, but likely they had passed an inflection point where continuing to maintain and evolve the 30+ year old software was more expensive than building something new. Show More Summary

Thoughts and Prayers: The Game

Brilliant. (Careful with your audio, though — starts loud.) ?

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

From Evan Osnos’s excellent “Making a Killer” feature for The New Yorker, on the business and politics of selling guns in the U.S.: With the help of Congress, the industry has avoided further lawsuits. In 2005, the Protection of Lawful...Show More Summary

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