If you’re interested in music, Billboard has a good interview with Apple’s Jimmy Iovine and Zane Lowe.
Back in April when I was 2,000 miles from home, my iPhone began crashing and I had to learn the “hard reboot” technique. Then right before my surgery last month it quit working for cell calls, and I learned more iPhone restoration techniques. After that, the Bluetooth failed. I bought a cheap Moto E so I could make calls.
Over the weekend I dropped a phone for the first time in my life, and I ended up with some iPhone 5s Gorilla Glass in my fingers. But still, it works for music and messages.
I live in Colorado, where cellular reception can be very hit or miss. As just one example there are only two spots in my apartment where I can make a phone call. So when I’m at home trying to view a website using Safari on my iPhone and the page is loading really slow, I find it really annoying that my iPhone is trying to use my cellular data rather than my home wireless network (WiFi).
Note: Apple implies that the cellular data is “assisting” the WiFi, but with the poor cell reception here, I can confirm that this feature just slows down my iPhone internet speed.
If you like to watch movies and videos on your tablet, this tablet stand is very cool. The up-and-down rotation is nice and stiff, so you can set it at any angle, and it has rubber cushions in the right places to keep your tablet from sliding or getting damaged. I just bought this a few days ago, and it’s a definite “thumbs up.” It works great with my Nexus 9, and an old iPad 2 (that I only use for music these days).
(I show it next to an apple because the shiny images on Amazon may give you the impression that it’s larger.)
Apple didn’t put a little home in each of its stores, but TechCrunch reports, “Apple has unveiled interactive HomeKit experiences in 46 of its retail stores worldwide ... when you go into Apple’s new retail stores you’ll be able to use the Home app from either an Apple Watch, iPhone or iPad to control devices like the Philips Hue light bulb, the Hunter ceiling fan and many others.”
John Gruber writes today that The Mac Pro Lives. Perhaps more accurately, at least it seems to have a future.
A quote from this article by Guy Kawasaki about Steve Jobs:
This experience taught me that you should tell the truth and worry less about the consequences for three reasons:
1) Telling the truth is a test of your character and intelligence. You need strength to tell the truth and intelligence to recognize what is true.
2) People yearn for the truth—that is, telling people that their product is good just to be positive doesn’t help them improve it.
3) There’s only one truth, so it’s easier to be consistent if you’re honest. If you are dishonest, you have to keep track of what you said.
“I remember the day I came in and told Steve (Jobs) about the Genius Bar idea and he says, ‘That’s so idiotic! It’ll never work!’” Johnson said. “He said, ‘Ron, you might have the right idea, but here’s the big gap: I’ve never met someone who knows technology who knows how to connect with people. They’re all geeks! You can call it the Geek Bar.’”
From a Reuters article titled, Apple seeks design perfection at new “spaceship” campus:
“But de la Torre ultimately saw that Apple executives were not trying to evoke the iPhone per se, but rather following something akin to the Platonic ideal of form and dimension. ‘They have arrived at design principles somehow through many years of experimentation, and they are faithful to those principles,’ de la Torre said. Fanatical attention to detail is a key tenet.”