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The Talk Show: ‘Medium Rare MacBook’

Special guest MG Siegler returns to the show. (Finally.) Topics include rumors of an upcoming Siri SDK and an Amazon Echo-like device from Apple, the future of the MacBook lineup, Peter Thiel’s secretive role as the financial backerShow More Summary

Maps Plus

Yesterday’s post about my distaste for Google’s use of Android-style Material Design for their iOS apps reminded me about one of the most interesting iOS apps I’ve seen in the last year: “Maps+”, from IZE. It’s a native iOS app that follows the UI design of Apple Maps, but uses Google Maps for the actual maps. Show More Summary

Google : 2010s :: Microsoft : 1990s

Jason Snell, writing at Macworld: As someone in Google’s ecosystem as well as Apple’s, I’m happy hat they continue to develop apps for iOS. Unfortunately, every time I open one of them, I’m brought back to the mid-’90s and Word 6. IShow More Summary

Peter Thiel, Comic Book Hero

Great take from Ben Thompson: The tech industry, like Thiel, is no underdog: it is the dominant economic force not just in the United States but in the entire world, both because of the wealth it creates, but especially because of the wealth it destroys. Show More Summary

What Does Facebook Think About Board Member Peter Thiel Secretly Funding Lawsuits Against a Publisher?

Kara Swisher, writing for Recode: What does Facebook, which has been trying mightily to court the media industry to publish on the social networking site, think about Thiel’s actions, especially given he is a prominent director of the...Show More Summary

Felix Salmon: ‘Peter Thiel’s Dangerous Campaign Against Gawker’

Felix Salmon, writing at Fusion, making the case that Peter Thiel revealed his role in the Hogan-Gawker case as a strategic move: But then the Thiel bombshell dropped. The Hogan case, it turned out, wasn’t a war in which Gawker could...Show More Summary

? Peter Thiel, Gawker, and Freedom of Speech

I, for one, don’t dispute Peter Thiel’s right to back Hogan’s case. I simply think he’s an asshole for doing it, and a coward for having attempted to do it in secret.

Andrew Ross Sorkin Interviews Peter Thiel

Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times scored Thiel’s first interview regarding Thiel’s heretofore funding Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker (to the tune of around $10 million). The problems start with headline: “Peter Thiel, Tech Billionaire, Reveals Secret War With Gawker”. Show More Summary

Elizabeth Spiers on Gawker and Peter Thiel

Elizabeth Spiers: On the one hand, you have to admire Thiel’s sheer and apparently unending determination to make Denton and Gawker pay for coverage he didn’t like — it’s Olympic level grudge-holding. But the retribution is incredibly disproportionate in a way that seems almost unhinged. Show More Summary

Adobe on QuickTime on Windows

There is some irony to the fact that Adobe is wrestling with the problems caused by security vulnerabilities in an Apple plugin. ?

‘Oldie Complains About the Old Old Ways’

Brent Simmons: So, again, I’m documenting the problems currently solved by Objective-C’s dynamism, and suggesting that Swift, as it evolves, needs to take these problems into account. The foundation should be built with some idea ofShow More Summary

Everything Is a Remix: The Force Awakens

Kirby Ferguson on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Great stuff, as usual. ?

Brian Roemmele on VocalIQ and the Self Learning Technology in the Next-Gen Siri

Brian Roemmele: It is not a secret that Siri has not kept up the pace that just about all of us expected, including some of the Siri team. The passion that Steve had seemed to have been waning deep inside of Apple and the results were...Show More Summary

The Information: Apple Developing Siri API and Echo-Like Device

Amir Efrati, writing for The Information (paywall, alas): Apple is upping its game in the field of intelligent assistants. After years of internal debate and discussion about how to do so, he company is preparing to open up Siri to apps...Show More Summary

Why Big Apps Aren’t Moving to Swift (Yet)

Ben Sandofsky: I strongly believe Swift is the future of iOS development. It’s only a matter of when, and the blocker is the breakneck speed it evolves. For smaller apps, Swift is good enough. For big apps, it’s at least a year away....Show More Summary

Hazel 4.0

Speaking of Paul Kim, he just released version 4.0 of his excellent Mac utility, Hazel. If you’ve wanted an app to automatically clean up the files on your desktop and Downloads folder, that’s Hazel. Hazel does a lot more than that, but that’s the basic gist. Show More Summary

Michael Tsai’s Dynamic Swift Roundup

One more item regarding Swift and dynamism — Michael Tsai excellent roundup of links on the subject, including this Hacker News thread. ?

On Dynamism

Paul Kim: One thing many people seem to overlook about the dynamism of Objective-C is that it enabled NeXT (and Apple) to provide better GUI tools. Using dynamism, they were able to make GUI building declarative in nature. Connect this to that. Show More Summary

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