The 2016 Apple Report Card [Link]

January 13, 2017 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

I was honored (and a bit surprised) to be invited as a participant in the Six Colors 2016 Apple report card. If it's not obvious, I think Apple is killing it with the iPhone. In other areas, well, you should read the report card. What I love about the Six Colors summary is that the responses are so diverse in what they care about. It also shows that you can be a fan without being mindless.

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  1. The FBI's Alternative Method [Link]

    March 22, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    I found this article to be a good summary of what's going on with the FBI and their inept bungling. If true, it'd be pretty funny that Issa was more technically savy than the FBI.

    But even with all of this, it's still dependent on human frailty ...

  2. Apple and Political Spending [Link]

    February 25, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Interesting breakdown of political spending by tech companies.

    To understand Apple’s efforts at persuading legislators of various issues, I compiled a measure of political footprint which combines a company’s own federally registered lobbying expenditures from 2015 with the campaign contributions they made during the 2013-14 election cycle from ...

  3. Procreate and Apple Pencil from David Lanham [Link]

    November 23, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    I just love seeing this stuff. Here's one of my favorite artists showing that the tools don't make the artist. It's impressive what someone with talent can do. I expect to see a lot more cool stuff created with the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro.

  4. Plex App Available for The New Apple Tv

    November 02, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Time to put on a coat if you're headed to hades because there's now an officially sanctioned Plex app for the Apple TV. And it looks good.

    Plex

    Mine arrives in a day or two. Even if the Plex experience is equivalent to the Roku, I will be pleasantly ...

  5. Not All Writs [Link]

    October 13, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From the EFF:

    As we explained before, the All Writs Act is not a backdoor to bypass other laws. The government cannot impose an unreasonable burden on Apple, and it cannot violate the Constitution. If the government truly wanted Apple to decrypt a phone running iOS 8 or later, it ...

  6. Phil Schiller Live on The Talk Show Video [Link]

    June 13, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    I purposely didn't listen to this podcast until I had an uninterrupted block of time. I'm glad I did because the video is better. It's well produced with multiple camera angles and great audio.

    The entire thing is pretty funny. Schiller is very likable and makes plenty ...

  7. WWDC 2015 for Working Stiffs

    June 09, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I missed most of the WWDC 2015 Keynote this year. While I kept the ArsTechnica live blog open (because it's one of the best with the least "personality"), I had fish to fry and couldn't really pay attention. I'm not an iOS developer anyway, so I always ...

  8. Creating Bands for Apple Watch [Link]

    May 05, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Apple now details the requirements for third party bands. I doubt officially licensed bands will be all that much cheaper, given this:

    Apple Watch lugs will be available soon through the Made for Apple Watch program.

    The license terms seem relatively unencumbered though (minus the usual boilerplate about sublicensing).

  9. An Atypical Watch

    April 08, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I don't wear a watch and don't want to. If I was ignorant enough, I'd consider the Apple Watch just another Apple product launch. It would sell out and be very popular and all of my nerd friends would get it on launch day. I don't ...