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Radiohead: Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre. Yes we were. It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you. ?
From a New York Daily News story about a judge tossing out evidence police obtained from a suspect’s iPhone: U.S. Department of Homeland Security special agent David Bauer had estified in Djibo’s case that a “fairly new” device called...Show More Summary
Don Melton: The tl;dr of it all is simply that Netflix plans on scaling bitrates up and down based on the complexity of their video. So, slightly higher bitrates for busy action blockbusters and possibly lower bitrates for relatively static, flat cartoons. Basically what we’ve all been doing for years with variable bitrate (VBR) encoding. Show More Summary
Charlie Rose and the 60 Minutes team did a great job on this. There were a few interesting tidbits for those of us who follow the company closely, but the main audience for 60 Minutes is the broad public — and for them, I think this was a very accurate profile of the company and its executive leadership. ?
Craig Hockenbery: The recent release of Safari 9.0 brought a great new feature: pinned tabs. These tabs are locked to the lefthand side of your tab bar and stay in place, even when you open a new window or relaunch the browser. The default behavior is to display the first letter of the site’s name on a color from the site’s theme. Show More Summary
The secret weapon against boring photos: a Wide, Macro and Fisheye lens that mount over any case. Fast Company says “The Iris Lens will definitely up your iPhone photo game…”
Chip and Co.: Disney is discontinuing the sales of toy guns of any kind at the heme parks, including bubble guns and Buzz Lightyear toy blasters. All of the gun merchandise is being pulled off the shelves and guests are encouraged to leave their own toy guns at home or not being allowed to gain entry to the park. Show More Summary
Daniel Baulig, Facebook: We recently switched to HTML5 from a Flash-based video player for all Facebook web video surfaces, including videos in News Feed, on Pages, and in the Facebook embedded video player. We are continuing to work...Show More Summary
Kirk McElhearn: If you use a laptop, and your battery dies quickly, check and see if you accidentally left iTunes open on an iTunes Store page, even in the background. Look how much CPU it uses to simply display a front page, and rotate graphics in the carrousel at the op of the page. It’s easy to pick on iTunes, but this is pretty egregious. ?
Lukas Alpert and Jack Marshall, writing for the WSJ: When Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos received an email from a reader complaining about the time it took for the mobile app to load, he immediately fired off a note to the newspaper’s chief information officer. Show More Summary
Charlie Osborne, reporting for ZDNet: Toshiba’s financial struggles have reached breaking point, leading o a restructuring effort which will see thousands lose their jobs and a loss of $4.5 billion over the fiscal year.[…] In a punishing...Show More Summary
Nice update to my favorite third-party iPhone camera app (and the only one that’s on my first home screen). My favorite new feature: a Photos extension, so you can apply Obscura’s filters to any image in your Photo library. ?
Macotakara: According to several insiders familiar with Apple, whose products are exhibited at PORTABLE AUDIO FESTIVAL 2015, the company has been developing Hi-Res Audio streaming up to 96kHz/24bit in 2016. The Lightning terminal with...Show More Summary
Tom Warren, The Verge: Continuum is really the star of the show, however. It lets the phone transform into a low-powered PC, with a few catches. In addition to the phone, you’ll need Microsoft’s $99 Display Dock (or a Miracast adapter), a mouse and keyboard (Bluetooth or USB), and a monitor or TV. Show More Summary
Set your TiVo, this should be good. ?
Apple: Apple and China UnionPay today announced a partnership to bring Apple Pay, which transforms mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay, to China. China UnionPay cardholders will be able to easily add their bank cards to Apple Pay on iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad, providing added convenience and security to everyday shopping. ?
Ann-Christine Diaz, reporting for Ad Age: Mr. Myhren is a creative leader who accomplished what other top execs have attempted yet failed to do: transform a once-stodgy and sluggish big shop into one of advertising’s most creative companies. Show More Summary
Apple: Apple today announced that Jeff Williams has been named chief operating officer and Johny Srouji is joining Apple’s executive eam as senior vice president for Hardware Technologies. Phil Schiller, senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, will expand his role to include leadership of the revolutionary App Store across all Apple platforms. Show More Summary
Philip Elmer-DeWitt, writing for Fortune: According to Huberty, rising international prices and smartphone market oversaturation outside China are weighing on Apple’s primary source of revenue (52% of fiscal 2015 sales). The same surveys that showed iPhone sales rising 6.8% in fiscal 2016 now show them falling 5.7%. Show More Summary
The Macalope on Will Oremus’s piece for Slate arguing that the Smart Battery Case “is a sign of trouble in Cupertino”. ?