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Pixelmator 3.4

Includes an extension for Photos for Mac: Pixelmator Photos Extension features a collection of powerful Distort tools, so you can retouch photos, create artistic effects, or simply have fun with your images right inside your Photos app. Show More Summary

Apple Updates iWork Mac and iOS Apps With Support for Latest Versions of OS X and iOS

Huge update to the iWork suite, for both iOS and OS X (and is no longer labelled “beta”). My favorite: Enhanced support for OpenType font features like small caps, contextual fractions, alternate glyphs, and more. Pages for Mac is thus once again as OpenType-capable as Pages ’08 was. Or, you know, TextEdit. ?

Gary Allen, Writer of ifo Apple Store, Dies at 67

Sad news from Michael S. Rosenwald, writing for The Washington Post: In March, Allen announced his blog was ending, saying so many others were following the stores now. “Who am I to keep up with hem?” he wrote. “So, I’m going to focus...Show More Summary

Rene Ritchie on the Siri ‘Distance Activation Hack’

Editors are drawn to “Your iPhone is susceptible to a malicious new attack” stories like moths to a flame. This vector is certainly clever, but it sounds more like a way to prank someone than to do anything malicious. ?

The Red Drum Getaway

Fun Hitchcock-Kubrick mashup by Adrien Dezalay, Emmanuel Delabaere, and Simon Philippe. ?

Fixed, the App That Fixes Your Parking Tickets, Gets Blocked in San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles

Sarah Perez, reporting for TechCrunch: Founder David Hegarty once noted that over half of tickets have an issue that would make them invalid, but the city didn’t tend o play by its own rules when arbitrating disputes. That made Fixed’s “win” rate only 20%-30% on tickets, as of earlier this year. Show More Summary

Clicker 1.0

New Apple Watch app from Craig Hockenberry and Iconfactory: The app is just one big button. Every time you tap your watch face you get a little haptic feedback and the counter goes up. If you force press, you can decrement or reset the counter. Show More Summary

Twitter Names Omid Kordestani as Executive Chairman

Fred Imbert, reporting for CNBC: Twitter named Omid Kordestani, Google’s former chief business officer, as its new executive chairman on Wednesday. Kordestani had worked at Google since 1999. Kordestani has tweeted 12 times, ever — and only 6 times prior to this week. Show More Summary

Computer Show

Sandwich Video has been making wonderful short films for clients for a few years. Now, they’ve made something for themselves. The first episode premiered at XOXO last month, and it brought the house down. I think you’re best off going in cold — just grab a beverage and watch. ?

Android Security a ‘Market for Lemons’ That Leaves 87 Percent Vulnerable

Liam Tung, reporting for ZDNet: Consumers, regulators, and corporate buyers face a common problem when assessing Android smartphones, in that no one knows which vendor will supply patches after Google develops fixes for Android security...Show More Summary

iMac: Then and Now

Fun comparison from Apple, pitting a 1998 iMac against today’s newest. ?

Playboy to Drop Nude Photos

Ravi Somaiya, reporting for the NYT: Last month, Cory Jones, a top editor at Playboy, went to see its founder Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion. In a wood-paneled dining room, with Picasso and de Kooning prints on the walls, Mr. Jones...Show More Summary

Apple E-Book Antitrust Monitoring May End

Pamela A. Maclean, reporting for Bloomberg: The U.S. Justice Department said it’s satisfied Apple Inc. put in place reforms to comply with antitrust laws even though the company fought with a monitor appointed to oversee its sale of electronic...Show More Summary

Behind the Scenes on the Design of Apple’s New Trackpads, Keyboards, and iMacs

Steven Levy scores another scoop for Medium’s Backchannel: The input device, dubbed the Magic Mouse 2, would look to users exactly like the previous model. But on the inside and underneath, everything would be different, mainly because...Show More Summary

Rewriting Jack Dorsey’s ‘Jargon-Free’ Firing Memo

Gideon Lichfield, writing for Quartz, disagrees that Dorsey’s memo announcing layoffs is “jargon-free”, and offers his own revision: For its genre, Dorsey’s memo is indeed admirably brief and to the point. But it’s still riddled with jargon. Show More Summary

Twitter Laying Off Over 300 Employees, 8 Percent of Staff

Kurt Wagner, writing for Recode: Twitter plans to lay off as much as 336 people, or 8 percent of its staff, as part of an internal restructuring plan, according to a filing submitted with the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday morning. Show More Summary

[Sponsor] Iconic -- A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation

Now in its second edition, ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation takes you on a tour of the most visually stunning and important products produced by the world’s most innovative company — Apple. With over 650 photos of almost...Show More Summary

Why the Words for ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Sound So Similar in So Many Languages

John McWhorter, writing for The Atlantic: Is there anything inherently “doggy” about the word “dog”? Obviously not — to the French, a dog is a chien, to Russians a sobaka, to Mandarin Chinese-speakers a g?u. These words have nothing in common, and none seem any more connected to the canine essence than any other. Show More Summary

The Families Funding the 2016 Presidential Election

Interesting New York Times investigation and visualization on the 158 families who’ve donated about half the of money so far for 2016’s presidential election. Most interesting to me: the overwhelming majority of them made their own fortunes (as opposed to inheriting them). ?

‘We Knew We Were Snowing Them the Entire Time!’

Steven Levy tells the tale of the HP-Apple iPod “alliance”: In short, Fiorina’s “good friend” Steve Jobs blithely mugged her and HP’s shareholders. By getting Fiorina to adopt the iPod as HP’s music player, Jobs had effectively gotten...Show More Summary

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