July 14, 2016

Link: Between Two iPads ☍

Ben Brooks moves between two iPads, depending on the task and it’s really no different than someone using multiple Macs or PCs, even if people will scoff:

There used to be endless posts online on how to best work with two Macs — how to keep things in sync between a desktop and a laptop — and all the other messes that technology had yet to solve. I was right there with everyone, trying to divvy the work between two computers. In a way, having two iPads reopens this same discussion.

Although I haven’t subscribed to this setup myself, I have tried to used multiple computers in tandem over the years and even with the best synchronization services, it still felt awkward. For some reason, going from one iOS device to another feels more natural and seamless, probably because of how the operating system, filing structure, and overall tools are designed. I could easily throw an iPad mini or some sort of 9.7″ iPad (Baby Pro or Air 2) between my iPhone SE and 12.9″ iPad Pro and grab whatever device is closest.

Link: This Blind Apple Engineer is Transforming the Tech World ☍

Katie Dupere for Mashable:

[Jordyn] Castor, now 22, has been blind since birth, a result of her early delivery. But throughout childhood, her parents encouraged her to defy expectations of people with disabilities, motivating her to be adventurous, hands-on and insatiably curious.

It was that spirit that led to her interact with technology, whether it was the desktop computer her family bought when she was in second grade, or the classroom computer teachers encouraged her to use in school.

She says the adults in her life would often hand her a gadget, telling her to figure it out and show them how to use it. And she would.

This is something that is often overlooked when it comes to technology and technology training. Even if something is good for you, you need to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. It’s nice to see Apple doing that by hiring people like Ms. Castor.

July 9, 2016

Article: Defensive

Ever since the iPad was introduced, it has been dismissed as a content consumption device. Part of that seems to be that its initial sales were very good, and Steve Jobs introduced it as a device between your iPhone and a computer. Even some six years later, there is a large chunk of the technology-using population that is very vocal about what an iPad should be used for and its overall value. Most of these are negative comments, further complaining about the idea of content consumption, arguing that such a device could never be used for "real" productivity work or that the iPad is a useless device because it can't do a specific task that they arbitrarily picked out…

July 7, 2016

Link: Apple & Donate Life America Bring Organ Donation to iPhone ☍

Apple PR:

Apple and Donate Life America announced today that, for the first time ever, iPhone users will be able to sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor right from the Health app with the release of iOS 10. Through a simple sign up process, iPhone users can learn more and take action with just a few taps. All registrations submitted from iPhone are sent directly to the National Donate Life Registry managed by Donate Life America. The ability to quickly and easily become a nationally-registered donor enables people to carry their decision with them wherever they go.

Yes, Apple is a huge company that is driven by profit and keeping the shareholders happy, but little things like this go a long way in making the world a better place.

June 22, 2016

Link: End of the Road for MacNN ☍

Pour one out for MacNN:

Cast your mind back to the spring of 1995. Apple was making Macs — the last of the Performas, among other models — and the Clone Wars were already underway, all while MacNN was starting out as a serious journal covering Mac technology. Nothing has changed since then, and yet everything has changed: Apple is now a cultural force, it’s shaping new industries, and it’s even making some money now, we hear. From when the company was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and irrelevance, to the crowning of Apple as the most valuable and influential tech company in the world, MacNN has been there. As of July 1, Apple will carry on — but MacNN will not, we’re sorry to say.

It’s kind of amazing we made it this far – only TidBITs and MacWorld are older and still around – but we’ve been told we’re packing it in. We’ve joked before that Apple becoming a huge mainstream company is the worst thing that ever happened to us, but it’s true: there’s less need for an Apple-specific news site when news about Apple is plastered everywhere, on every site, all the time. This is not the sole reason why we’re having to give up our comfy home (and just after repainting it, too!), but it’s part of the reality we’ve been working in.

MacNN was a favorite of mine from way back, although I think it didn’t make the jump to my new list of must-reads after Google Reader was shut down. Still, it will be sad to see another longstanding site that survived the rough times of Apple calling it quits.