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AT&T sends in startup shill to shake up Cali's net neutrality safeguards

The Register - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:53
Oh look it's 'tech startup advocacy group' CALinnovates again

Analysis A group claiming to represent the interests of California's tech startups has argued that the US state should allow so-called zero rating services, despite the negative impact it would have on tech startups.…

How the Trump Administration Is Defending Its Indefensible Child Separation Policy

Daring Fireball - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:34

Dahlia Lithwick, writing for Slate:

The Trump administration is playing a game of choose your own facts, but every single version of this story ends with screaming children in cages.

Great rundown on the utter incoherence of the Trump administration’s messaging on this disgraceful policy.

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Plex DVR review: Still the best option for power users

MacCentral - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:30
Plex is the most powerful over-the-air DVR for cord-cutters, but it's not the easiest to use.

Native ad mediation

iOS Programming - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:18

I'm trying to monetize an app as much as possible without inhibiting used experience too much.

We've settled on native ads over banner ads because we've been told that the rates for native ads are much higher than banner ads (if there are other ways to monetize apps that .

Has anyone found a really good mix of native networks to use? Which ad servers have the most integrations?

Also, if you have any other recommendations on how to monetize in way that doesn't hurt user experience too much, I'd love to hear about it.


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CEO of struggling storage biz Tintri quits

The Register - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:07
SEC filing shows company up the creek and sans paddle

Thomas Barton - CEO of struggling storage array supplier Tintri - has resigned, leaving the company leaderless as it heads towards running out of cash by the end of the month.…

Kotoba: The Best iOS Dictionary App You’ve Never Heard Of

Daring Fireball - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:07

I love dictionaries. For as long as I can remember, I’ve made a habit of looking up every single word I encounter that I don’t know or am even unsure about. The fact that MacOS and iOS have built-in dictionaries that you can invoke via a contextual menu item is one of my favorite features of both OSes. Part of that is the extraordinary convenience, and part is that both systems use the same excellent source: New Oxford American Dictionary. (MacOS also includes the excellent Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus.)

But MacOS goes one step further (dating back to its roots as NeXTStep) — it has a built-in Dictionary app, too. I’ve wanted an app like this on iOS since the original iPhone. The App Store is replete with dictionary apps, but most of them are junk. I just want a simple one that uses the system dictionary. My friend Will Hains, who among other things runs the excellent @DFStyleguide Twitter account, shared that desire and went ahead and made one. It’s called Kotoba. It’s been on my first home screen for over two years now.

The catch: App Store guidelines disallow using the built-in system dictionary to create a dictionary app (I presume due to licensing issues with Apple’s dictionary partners?), so you can’t get it from the App Store. Hains released it as open source, though, so if you have a developer account, you can build and install it yourself.

Bonus Catch: Kotoba currently crashes on iOS (including beta 2, released earlier today). Radar.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, June 20, at 10 a.m. Pacific

MacCentral - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:00

iOS 12 has new features to support 911 calls. There are rumors about the screen technology for the next iPhone. What’s happening in the battle of the music streaming services? We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Adam Patrick Murray in the Macworld Podcast, episode 610.

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Facebook floats BOLT to jolt code out of bit bloat

The Register - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:50
Network open sources Linux command-line tool for optimizing large binaries

Facebook has open sourced a binary optimization and layout tool, itself optimized into the acronym BOLT, in the hope it can make large applications faster.…

Public, private, hybrid cloud? Take a dip in our GreenLake HPE urges

The Register - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:26
If you could buy some hardware too that would be great

At its Discover conference on Tuesday Hewlett Packard Enterprise rolled out a managed service for private, public and hybrid clouds starting with AWS, Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack.…

Microsoft Azure Europe embraces the other GDPR: Generally Down, Possibly Recovering

The Register - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:24
We're three hours and counting into outage

Microsoft Azure has tumbled over in northern Europe, and services have effectively stayed down for unlucky customers for at least three hours today.…

AI caramba! Nvidia devs get a host of new kit to build smart systems

The Register - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:41
Kubernetes for GPUs, a PyTorch extension, TensorRT 4, and much, much more

Nvidia has released a bunch of new tools for savvy AI developers in time for the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Salt Lake City on Tuesday.…

Oppo’s Find X Ditches the Notch for Pop-Up Cameras

Daring Fireball - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:16

The pop-up cameras are certainly an original idea (but not a good one), but it’s jaw-dropping how much Oppo (apparently pronounced “OH-poe”) made their “Color OS” Android skin look like iOS, from the home screen to the camera app. This looks nothing like stock Android as seen on a Pixel.

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Elon Musk in Company-Wide Email: Tesla Employee Conducted ‘Extensive and Damaging Sabotage’

Daring Fireball - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:03

Elon Musk, in a company-wide email:

The full extent of his actions are not yet clear, but what he has admitted to so far is pretty bad. His stated motivation is that he wanted a promotion that he did not receive. In light of these actions, not promoting him was definitely the right move.

However, there may be considerably more to this situation than meets the eye, so the investigation will continue in depth this week. We need to figure out if he was acting alone or with others at Tesla and if he was working with any outside organizations.

As you know, there are a long list of organizations that want Tesla to die. These include Wall Street short-sellers, who have already lost billions of dollars and stand to lose a lot more. Then there are the oil & gas companies, the wealthiest industry in the world — they don’t love the idea of Tesla advancing the progress of solar power & electric cars. Don’t want to blow your mind, but rumor has it that those companies are sometimes not super nice. Then there are the multitude of big gas/diesel car company competitors. If they’re willing to cheat so much about emissions, maybe they’re willing to cheat in other ways?

This story is crazy.

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Verizon promises to stop selling customer location data... for now

The Register - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:50
But T-Mobile and Sprint? Not so much

Verizon has promised to stop selling user location data to third parties in response to a privacy campaign by US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).…

Vivint Smart Home bundles two Google Minis with its starter kits, nudging users toward voice control

MacCentral - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:50
Amazon’s Echo had a long head start with Vivint, but this is the first time the service provider has included smart speakers in its packages by default.

Apple takes $9m kick down under after bricking iPhones

The Register - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:33
Victory for the right to repair crowd, but a flea bite for Apple

Apple is facing a $9m (AUS) slap-on-the-wrist for kicking out a firmware update that disabled some repaired iOS devices in Australia.…

How Will Apple Sell Its Original Video Content?

Daring Fireball - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:18

Peter Kafka, writing for Recode in the wake of Apple’s content deal with Oprah Winfrey:

  • Some industry observers expect Apple to make some or all of the content available for free for users of Apple’s TV app, which Apple first introduced as a would-be TV guide/hub a couple years ago, and is installed by default on all of its devices. Apple has told some industry executives it intends to strengthen that hub by making it a focal point to sell subscriptions to other companies’ TV services, as Amazon already does.

  • Other watchers are convinced Apple will bundle all of its content into a very big subscription service, which would include Apple Music, along with other benefits like AppleCare.

  • Most interesting and confusing to me: One TV executive who has talked to Apple tells me Apple says it intends to sell a standalone subscription to its original video shows, priced below Netflix, whose standard offering costs $11 a month in the U.S.

I think scenario 2 is the most likely — just include the original video content with an Apple Music subscription. People are only willing to pay for so many subscriptions, and asking folks to pay separately for Apple Music and “Apple TV” is too much to ask in my opinion. One monthly fee and you get all of Apple Music and all of Apple’s original video content. That’s compelling. It also would make it easy for Apple to build up its original content lineup one show at a time. Years from now, Apple could well be offering enough original video content that a standalone video subscription could be feasible — but as they get started, they’re only going to have a handful of shows for a while.

(Bundling AppleCare in the same package seems bonkers. One person might own a single Apple device, another might own a dozen Mac Pros. AppleCare, like any extended warranty, only makes sense as something sold per-device, not as a subscription. What would be interesting would be if they offered additional iCloud storage along with the standard subscription for music and video content.)

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Macworld's July Digital Magazine: 20 Years of the iMac

MacCentral - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:48

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine.

In the July issue

This month we look back at 20 Years of the iMac, from the reaction to such a radical new mac, to its lasting legacy and how its influence reaches far beyond the desktop, or even the PC. We also look forward to a new kind of Mac, one that runs iOS apps.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: How Apple’s big picture ventures get small for the consumer. Plus, give your old Mac software eternal life.

To read this article in full, please click here

Free Trials From Apple’s Perspective

Daring Fireball - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:44

Drew McCormack:

I don’t want to get into a point-by-point debate on the topic; instead, I want to do something that I haven’t seen anyone do: try to understand why Apple don’t want the sort of free trials that are being demanded.

Apple currently allows free trials in two forms: if you sell subscriptions, you can give customers a free month to try the app; and, you can give your app away free, and offer a free In-App Purchase (IAP) to unlock all features for a fixed period of time.

So why does Apple allow these forms, but not offer a more formal version of free trials? Most developers seem to assume they are deliberately ignoring their protests, for no good reason, or that they simply are not willing to dedicate the resources to solve the problem. I doubt both of these assumptions. I think Apple have probably thought long and hard about it, and concluded that the options they have introduced are actually better than the free trials developer’s are requesting.

This is a thoughtful piece, and I think McCormack could be correct that this is more or less Apple’s perspective on the matter. And I’ve always thought it useful to try to think about things from Apple’s perspective.

I think it’s fair to say McCormack’s argument boils down to “Traditional free trials could be a source of confusion for typical users” and he backs that up with some good questions users might have. But I think this is where design comes into play. Design is largely about devising solutions to problems. I can’t help but think there’s a way that Apple could design a system of free trials in the App Store that would not leave typical users confused in any of the ways McCormack suggests.

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