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The Curious Case of Chris Ziegler’s Employment at The Verge and Apple

Nilay Patel: Hey everyone — there have been questions about Chris Ziegler and his absence from The Verge in the past few weeks. I want to provide answers for those who have been worried about him. First, Chris accepted a position at Apple. Show More Summary

iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Examples

I installed the first developer beta of iOS 10.1 on my iPhone 7 Plus review unit, and shot a bunch of portraits on the walk home from school with my son yesterday. Here they are on Flickr, each with its corresponding image without the depth effect applied. Some of them look great, most look pretty good, and at least two of them have serious problems. ?

MotionMark: A New Graphics Benchmark From the WebKit Team

Jon Lee, Said Abou-Hallawa, and Simon Fraser: Today, we are pleased to introduce MotionMark, a new graphics benchmark for web browsers. We’ve seen the web grow in amazing ways, making it a rich platform capable of running complex web apps, rendering beautiful web pages, and providing user experiences that are fast, responsive, and visibly smooth. Show More Summary

How Hampton Creek Sold Silicon Valley on a Fake-Mayo Miracle

Olivia Zaleski, Peter Waldman, and Ellen Huet, writing for Bloomberg Businessweek: In January 2014 a Creeker on the West Coast, who asked not to be identified, received an assignment in an e-mail under the subject line “Secret Shopper...Show More Summary

Yahoo Says Hackers Stole Data on 500 Million Users in 2014

Nicole Perlroth, reporting for the NYT: Yahoo announced on Thursday that the account information for at least 500 million users was stolen by hackers two years ago, in he biggest known intrusion of one company’s computer network. InShow More Summary

Google Reneges on Allo Privacy Feature

Russell Brandom, reporting for The Verge: The version of Allo rolling out today will store all non-incognito messages by default — a clear change from Google’s earlier statements that the app would only store messages transiently and in non-identifiable form. Show More Summary

NYT: ‘Apple Is Said to Be Talking to Vehicle Technology Companies’

Daisuke Wakabayashi and Brian X. Chen, reporting for the NYT: Apple has been talking with McLaren, the automaker known for its Formula One racecars, about an investment in the company, according to two people briefed on the talks who...Show More Summary

The Financial Times: ‘Apple in Talks on McLaren Supercars Takeover’

Matthew Garrahan and Tim Bradshaw, reporting for The Financial TimeS: Apple has approached McLaren Technology Group, the British supercar engineer and Formula One team owner, about a potential acquisition, in the clearest sign yet that...Show More Summary

Hands on With the iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode

Matthew Panzarino, after spending a few days with the still-in-beta Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus: If you want to get a feel for how this works, hold your hand up in front of your face and close one eye. Then open that one and close he other. Show More Summary

? Design as Branding

The thing to keep in mind is that the iPhone itself, what it looks like in your hand, is the embodiment of the iPhone brand. The Apple logo is the company’s logo. The iPhone’s logo is the iPhone itself.

Studio Neat Material Dock

Even if you’re not in the market for an iPhone/Apple Watch charging dock, the video is worth watching. ?

Non-Blurry Photos of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL Leak

iPhone 7 form factor largely resembles iPhone 6: terrible, Apple has lost its edge. Google Pixel form factor largely resembles iPhone 6: crickets. ?

Dropbox’s MacOS Security Hack

Back in July, Phil Stokes at AppleHelpWriter documented some downright awful behavior on the part of Dropbox on MacOS: Dropbox prompts for your admin password, then misuses that authority to inject itself into the list of apps with permission to “control your computer” in System Preferences’s Security & Privacy panel. Show More Summary

Safari 10.0

Now available, both for MacOS 10.12 (Sierra) and 10.11 (El Capitan). Safari is a great browser, period, but where it really shines is in its integration with MacOS as a whole: Safari 10.0 introduces Apple Pay support, picture-in-picture video playback, and a lot more. ?

‘Pile of Poo Gains a Thicker, More 3D Appearance in iOS 10’

Jeremy Burge has a detailed change log of the emoji additions and changes in iOS 10. (I believe all of these changes apply to MacOS 10.12 Sierra, as well.) ?

Flag: Free Photo Prints, Forever

Remember Flag? It was a Kickstarter project from two years ago, where the idea was they’d make high-quality photo prints for you for free, with advertisements on the back of the prints. They’re back with a second Kickstarter campaign: Huge demand for premium free prints means access to Flag is constrained by our limited production capacity. Show More Summary

A Theory of Film Music

Remember that episode of Every Frame a Painting I linked to the other day about the unmemorable scores of the Marvel universe movies? Dan Golding has responded with a video of his own, and it is amazing. (Among several things I learned: Hans Zimmer was in The Buggles!) ?

Bloomberg: ‘Rush to Take Advantage of a Dull iPhone Started Samsung’s Battery Crisis’

Yoolim Lee and Min Jeong Lee, reporting for Bloomberg: Few things motivate Samsung employees like the opportunity to take advantage of weakness at Apple Inc. Earlier this year, managers at the South Korean company began hearing the next iPhone wouldn’t have any eye-popping innovations. The device would look just like the previous two models too. Show More Summary

Twitter Changes Character-Counting Rules for Tweets With Links and Attachments

John Voorhees, writing for MacStories: Twitter began rolling out changes that take back space for text in weets. As Twitter has gradually become a multimedia experience full of images, GIFs, videos, quoted tweets, and other things, each has encroached on the 140 character limit of a tweet leaving less room for text. Show More Summary

[Sponsor] iFixit’s Pro Tech Toolkit

The moment Apple releases a new product, we get to work taking it apart. Last year, the Apple Watch gave us a unique challenge: a new tri-point screw smaller than any we’d seen before. We got it open by improvising with a diamond file. Then we took precise measurements and created a new CNC-machined tool. Show More Summary

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