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Music Memos

Clever new iPhone app from Apple: Sometimes the best ideas come when you least expect them. When those moments happen, open Music Memos to record high-quality, uncompressed audio through the built-in mic in your iPhone, or connect an external microphone. Music Memos is optimized for acoustic guitar and piano, and it works with other musical instruments, too. ?

Media Insider’s Android App

So I signed up to be one of Media Insider (a.k.a. Symphony)’s “insiders”. Turns out they’ll accept anyone. They just make you fill out a form that asks you things like your name, age, income, address, phone number, how many people live in your household, their ages and names, and what kind of TV services you use. The app is a doozy. Show More Summary

How Symphony Works

Here’s a better story on Symphony, by Brade Dale for The Observer: For the privacy-conscious, Symphony’s app isn’t hidden inside other apps with permissions buried in user agreements no one reads. Symphony asks those who opt in to load...Show More Summary

Meet Symphony, the Company That Tracks Netflix’s Elusive Ratings

Wired story by K.M. McFarland: During an otherwise routine panel at the Television Critics Association Winter press tour this week, NBC research president Alan Wurtzel dropped a bombshell: He knew — or at least had an idea — how many people were watching Netflix’s original series. It was a sit-up-and-pay-attention moment. Show More Summary

Susan Kare at Layers 2015

From June’s Layers Design Conference in San Francisco, here is Susan Kare’s talk on her history with Apple and icon design, and my interview with her. It was a tremendous thrill to interview someone whose work I love so deeply. ?

NYT: ‘Netflix’s Opaque Disruption Annoys Rivals on TV’

John Koblin, reporting for the NYT: Likewise, Mr. Landgraf said in an interview, “If Ted doesn’t give ratings, he shouldn’t then be saying, ‘This is the biggest hit in the history of blah blah blah.’ He shouldn’t say something is successful in quantitative terms unless you’re willing to provide data and a methodology behind those statements. Show More Summary

New York State Introduces Bill to Ban Sale of Encrypted Smartphones

Dave Mark on a bill in the New York State legislatures stature that bans encryption on mobile phones. Let’s hope sanity prevails and this goes nowhere, but it’s ominous that this has gotten as far as it has. (And why is the bill written in all caps?) ?

CNet: ‘Widow Says Apple Told Her to Get Court Order to Secure Dead Husband’s Password’

Chris Matyszczyk, writing for CNet: Some might muse that Bush’s story is proof that Apple really does take your privacy very seriously. But if it indeed wanted Peggy Bush to get a court order, doesn’t that seem a touch extreme? In times of death, a little sensitivity doesn’t come amiss. Passwords are like locks. Show More Summary

[Sponsor] imgix

imgix is a real-time image processing service and CDN that lets you manipulate images by changing URL parameters. imgix reduces load times, improves image quality, and cuts bandwidth costs by helping you deliver pixel-perfect images to every device and browser. Show More Summary

iAd App Network Will Be Discontinued

Apple: The iAd App Network will be discontinued as of June 30, 2016. Although we are no longer accepting new apps into the network, advertising campaigns may continue to run and you can still earn advertising revenue until June 30. When iAd launched, its biggest advocate among Apple’s leadership was Scott Forstall. Show More Summary

Fujifilm X70: Smaller, Wider, Cheaper (But, Alas, Slower) X100

Sam Byford, The Verge: The X70 keeps the same 16-megapixel APS-C X-Trans II sensor as the current X100T, but the body size has been dramatically reduced. Although the trademark hybrid viewfinder is gone, replaced by an optional hotshoe...Show More Summary

Tim Cook Lashes Out at White House Officials for Being Wishy-Washy on Encryption

Jenna McLaughlin, reporting for The Intercept: Apple CEO Tim Cook lashed out at the high-level delegation of Obama administration officials who came calling on tech leaders in San Jose last week, criticizing the White House for a lack...Show More Summary

High School Policy on ‘Air Ball’ Chants Draws Sharp Responses

Mike McPhate, reporting for the NYT: For fans at a basketball game, there are few sights as satisfying as a rival player’s shot sailing cleanly beyond the rim and backboard. The crowd might erupt into an almost giddy chant: “Air ball!” But...Show More Summary

Apple vs. AAPL

Neil Cybart, “The Two Apples”: Just as Wall Street is nervous about AAPL’s changing revenue sources, Apple’s ultimate success is built on that very ideal. Even though Apple was the “iPod company” yesterday and the “iPhone company” today,...Show More Summary

Apple to Disband iAd Sales Team

John Paczkowski, reporting for BuzzFeed: Now, six years after launching iAd, Apple is stepping back from it. Multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans tell BuzzFeed News that Apple is getting out of the advertising-sales business...Show More Summary

Joanna Stern Explains Snapchat Using Snapchat

This is the first explanation of Snapchat I’ve ever understood. ?

The Talk Show: ‘They Sherlocked F.lux’

Special guest Dan Frommer returns to the show to deliver his first-hand report from last week’s CES in Las Vegas. Other topics include Periscope, Peach, why Apple never participated at CES, El Chapo’s re-capture, iOS 9.3, Apple Watch,...Show More Summary

Google I/O Conference Moves to Mountain View

Sundar Pichai: I/O ‘16 coming to neighborhood where it all started 10 yrs ago: Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, May 18-20. More details soon. That’s an interesting solution to the problem of Moscone West’s 4–5000 attendee capacity. Show More Summary

Cinematographer Steve Yedlin on Film vs. Digital

Jim Coudal: Check Steve Yedlin’s Film vs. Digital Tests, plus this series of tweets from Rian Johnson who is directing SW Episode VIII with Yedlin as DP, and finally this conversation about the matter. This is a deep rabbit hole for film nerds, but I ate the whole thing up over the weekend. ?

NYT Restaurant Critic Pete Wells: ‘At Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Slips and Stumbles’

Pete Wells: The kitchen could improve the bacon-wrapped cylinder of quail simply by not placing it on top of a dismal green pulp of cooked romaine lettuce, crunchy and mushy at once. Draining off the gluey, oily liquid would have helped a mushroom potpie from urning into a swampy mess. Show More Summary

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