In the News: 2014-11-25

Written on:November 25, 2014
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Apple News: Why iCloud is Apple’s worst product
iCloud was once hailed by Tim Cook back in 2012 as “not just a product. It’s a strategy for the next decade.” Yet these days, iCloud is something of a mess: not only has it not gained significant features since launch, but a slate of very public hacks have made it a rare black mark on Apple’s security record. What the heck happened? According to a new report, iCloud isn’t living up to its potential because, organizationally, it’s an orphan within Apple.
Read full story => CultOfMac

Technology News: The Accidental Tweet From Twitter’s CFO Reveals The Company’s Biggest Problem
Back in February, CEO Dick Costolo told Wall Street analysts that the company was going to make Twitter easier to use. He may have failed in that task, judging by the accidental tweet sent out by Twitter CFO Anthony Noto yesterday. Noto appeared reveal the fact that the company is considering a new acquisition. On the one hand, it’s just a simple human error by Noto, and we can’t read too much into it. Noto is new to Twitter, after all. But on the other, Twitter is a public company and news of impending acquisitions can move the stock up or down — Re/code has a list of some the companies Noto could have been referring to, which includes Storehouse, Shots, Secret, Prismatic, Drawbridge and Shopular. So this is serious — the company’s CFO is having difficulty using his own product, and it may have consequences for investors.
Read full story => BusinessInsider

Programming News: Attack of the one-letter programming languages
Watch out! The coder in the next cubicle has been bitten and infected with a crazy-eyed obsession with a programming language that is not Java and goes by the mysterious name of F. The conference room has become a house of horrors, thanks to command-line zombies likely to ambush you into rewriting the entire stack in M or R or maybe even – OMG – K. Be very careful; your coworkers might be among them, calm on the outside but waiting for the right time and secret instructions from the mothership to trash the old code and deploy F# or J. A long time ago – long before Netflix, Hulu, and HBO battled for the living room – people went to the movie theaters for their weekly dose of video streaming. There were usually only two movies, and you couldn’t choose the order. (The horror!) The double feature began with the big stars – the Javas and JavaScripts of the acting world – but then it got interesting. The second feature, the so-called B movie, was where the new ideas, odder actors, and weirder scripts found their home. Some proved rich enough with exactly the right kind of out-there thinking to garner significant cult followings – even break through to the mainstream.
Read full story => ComputerWorld

Photography News: Which Is Better? The Film vs Digital Debate
It’s confession time. I used to think that modern photographers who used film cameras had lost their minds. I admit it, I judged them a bit. Who would use film vs digital? Who on earth would PAY for film and then PAY again for developing and WAIT for the images? For only 24 or 36 frames? What kind of Koo-laid were they drinking? I was happy shooting 600 frames per session and checking the back of my LCD after each change in lighting. I mean, advances in cameras have come a long way and image quality is better than ever. Deep down inside, I think was actually…jealous? I mean, who really gets perfect shots straight out of the camera? Especially if you can’t even take a peak at the histogram to ensure the image is properly exposed. I was not interested.
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In the News: 2014-11-24

Written on:November 24, 2014
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Apple News: Apple defends safety of Siri use while driving after university study rated it highly distracting Apple has responded to a University of Utah study which criticized the safety of using Siri while driving, stating that it didn’t test the company’s in-car versions, Siri Eyes Free and CarPlay. Of the six speech-recognition systems tested by researchers, Siri was found to be the worst for driver distraction. The study hooked…

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In the News: 2014-11-23

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Apple News: Apple Pay Could Be Coming To Small Businesses, Thanks To Square Since it launched last month, Apple’s mobile payment system has been doing pretty well for itself. But the list of participating stores, while impressive, is dominated by big names. Thanks to plans to team up with Square, a credit-card processing service for small firms, that could all change. In its current guise, Square is (mostly) a mobile…

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In the News: 2014-11-22

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Apple News: Judge Approves Apple’s $450 Million E-book Settlement After months of waiting, the class action lawsuit alleging that Apple played foul with its iBooks customers by fixing the price of e-books may at least be coming to an end. Today U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote accepted Apple’s $450 million proposal to settle the suit, although she expressed concern regarding the timing of the proposal. According to Reuters, Judge…

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In the News: 2014-11-21

Written on:November 21, 2014
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Apple News: Apple adds new languages to iWork for iCloud, including Spanish, German, French & Chinese Apple’s Web-based iWork suite was updated Friday with new languages for Pages, Numbers and Keynote, expanding international support for the beta iCloud productivity apps. Users logging into their iCloud account and opening the browser-based Pages app on Friday were informed that support for Simplified Chinese, Hebrew, French, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, German, and Japanese. Pages…

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