About a year ago, we took a look at Auris’s freeDa, a small Bluetooth receiver that connected to most 30-pin Dock Connector-equipped accessories, allowing you to stream audio over Bluetooth. In the time since, there have been even more competitors (not that the freeDa was the first), one of which is the CoolStream Duo, a $40 music receiver that tries to do a few key things well.
It’s rare when an app is available for Android first, and then slowly makes its way to iOS. I was intrigued when I first heard about Dash, a longtime free favorite in the do-it-yourself car data recording world for Android users becoming available for Android a few months ago. Even though the app is free, it does require a compatible interface to connect to your car, and challenged me to give setting up my own system a try.
Paul McAleer noticed Overcast’s Starter Kits for lack of diversity:
The Starter Kit is broken up into categories. As I was scrolling through these lists, I noticed something: there was a severe lack of gender diversity in almost every category.
I was curious if it was just me or not. So I went into each section and identified any hosts or co-hosts whose names are traditionally female, and verified those that were socially associated with either gender. If a description did not include any names, I chose to count it as not having female hosts or co-hosts. Here’s where things netted out as of August 27, 2014…
I like how Overcast sounds and brought my own subscriptions over when I started using it. I’ll admit, my subscription list skews mostly white-guys-talking-tech, so that leads me to the question: “Is it just that topics I enjoy listening to have fewer female and minority hosts, or is this a sample of podcasting as a whole?”
The new version of Realmac Software’s RapidWeaver was released today with quite a few new features, including new themes, a new user interface, additional add-ons, responsive previews, and support for OS X Mavericks and Yosemite features (versioning, autosave, and full-screen). We’ll have a review coming in the future, but the most notable thing for me is that it no longer is in the Mac App Store, joining BBEdit and Coda, as mentioned in a blog post:
RapidWeaver 6 is our biggest app with a incredibly loyal following, and we’ve been making sure that RapidWeaver 6 is fully ready for the Mac App Store. However, given the size of the launch, and our desire to ensure that customers are able to easily contact us if they need help with their move to version 6, we’re not going to be offering RapidWeaver 6 on the Mac App Store just yet.
While “yet” is the operating word, it does demonstrate the frustrations many developers have faced from a feature and customer service standpoint when Apple is the middleman. There’s also upgrade pricing of $39.99 from any prior version, another thing that cannot be done on the Mac App Store.
Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter ending September 27, 2014. In the conference call, Apple posted quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share…
iOS 8.1 brings bug fixes, speed improvements, and interface changes, but it also enables Continuity features such as Text Message Forwarding and Instant Hotspot, allowing iOS devices to better integrate with each other and Macs running OS X Yosemite. With iOS 8.1, Apple is opening access to its iCloud Photo Library beta – an iCloud service that stores all your photos from all your devices, in a single library that relays changes to every device. And last, iOS 8.1 marks the debut of Apple Pay, the company’s new payment service that rolls out in the US today.
I installed it on an iPhone 6 and an iPad 2 today and haven’t noticed any issues. Apple Pay looks to be the most notable and exciting feature, provided you have a supported card and the retailer supports NFC payments.
Stephen Hackett shared an article by Judith Newman, and his blurb is something I can totally agree with:
An amazing story of how Siri has helped an autistic boy connect with the world — both digital and not — in new ways. This will make your weekend.
John Brownlee for Cult of Mac:
But surprisingly, an iPad without anything installed on it does weigh less than an iPad that is full.
Why? Because data stored on flash drives has weight. The difference is almost infinitesimally minute, but it is there.
The extra weight comes from flash storage storing more data in memory. The transistors in flash memory distinguish between a 1 and a 0 by trapping electrons.
The more data a flash drive stores on it, the more electrons are trapped. And these electrons do have weight: For 4GB of data, the difference between full and empty is 10-18 grams. For a 64GB iPad, it would be 12 times that.
These calculations were done back in 2011 by University of California at Berkeley professor of computer science John D. Kubiatowicz for Amazon’s Kindle e-reader, but they’d be applicable to any device with a flash drive.
This really won’t be noticeable for anyone using an iPad, iPhone, or flash-based MacBook (most scales can’t even pick it up), but certainly fascinating to think about.