John Gruber

Farhad Manjoo: ‘It’s Time for Apple to Build a Less Addictive iPhone’

It’s time for Farhad Manjoo to write a less eye-roll-inducing column:<p>Imagine if, once a week, your phone gave you a report on how you spent your …

Smartwatches

Apple to Create New Campus, Hire 20,000 New Employees

Apple:<p>Apple expects to invest over $30 billion in capital expenditures in the US over the next five years and create over 20,000 new jobs through …

Employment

Gorgeous 50-Megapixel Panoramas Shot on an iPhone at 20,000 Feet

By <b>John Gruber</b><p>Shaker & Spoon: A monthly cocktail box delivering original recipes plus all you need to make them!<p>Gorgeous 50-Megapixel Panoramas Shot …

Apple Shuttle Buses Rerouted Following Attacks

Jack Morse, reporting for Mashable:<p>The tech giant runs shuttle buses full of employees from San Francisco to its headquarters in Cupertino every day, …

Study: 42 Percent of Republicans Believe Accurate — but Negative — Stories Qualify as ‘fake News’

Erik Wemple:<p>All those media-trust studies have a tendency toward the rote. Yes, we already knew that the public had little trust in the country’s …

Journalism

An Interview With Facebook Vice-President of News Feed Adam Mosseri

<b>To read this daily update you must be a subscriber</b> (Current members login here.)<p>Stratechery.com is supported by subscriptions to the Daily …

Journalism

Hawaii Missile Alert: How One Employee ‘Pushed the Wrong Button’ and Caused a Wave of Panic

Amy Wang, reporting for The Washington Post:<p>Around 8:05 a.m., the Hawaii emergency employee initiated the internal test, according to a timeline …

Hawaii

Alex Roy Reviews the Tesla Model 3 After a Cross-Country Speed Run

Alex Roy, writing for The Drive:<p>The Model 3 is a triumph of industrial design. Forget the naysayers. Ask anyone who isn’t a car person, or especially …

Tesla Model 3

Jamf Now

My thanks to Jamf for once again sponsoring the DF RSS feed. Jamf Now is a simple device management solution designed to help anyone set up, manage, …

Wi-Fi

Apple Loop: Three New iPhones Revealed, Serious Problems In iOS Update, More iPhone Battery Problems

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes three new iPhones for 2018, the shortage of replacement iPhone batteries, governments investigating Apple, surprising issues in iOS update, iCloud servers moving to China, Apple’s shrinking CES Shadow, and …

John Thune

Confident Coding, book review: A useful programming primer

This guide to coding will get you started on the fundamentals, but may not take you as far as you expect.<p>Programming is such a key skill for the …

Stack Overflow

The iOS Economy, Updated

Developer payment rate is now above $25 billion/yr. I’ve been notified via Twitter that this is higher than the revenue of McDonald’s Corporation in …

iOS

Facebook Purportedly Changes News Feed to Make It ‘Good for People’

Laura Hazard Owen, writing for the Nieman Journalism Lab:<p>Facebook is making big, immediate changes to News Feed. The company will now prioritize …

Facebook

Peter Valdes-Dapena Reviews the Tesla Model 3

The car drives and performs well, about how you’d expect given Tesla’s reputation.<p>It’s expensive for what you get compared to other cars in this …

Car Tech

Ben Apple’s Indirect Presence Fades From CES

Ben Bajarin, writing from CES 2018:<p>We would go to CES and remark at how Apple’s dominance loomed over the show. Vendors of all shapes and sizes were …

Consumer Tech

Confide Popular With Republican Politicians

I thought that Confide rang a bell. I hadn’t tried it personally until yesterday, but now I remember where I’d heard of it: in the early days of the …

Trump Administration

‘Essential Phone Review, Four Months Later: The Sun Is Setting on This Experiment’

Andrew Martonik, writing for Android Central two weeks ago:<p>It all starts with just general app instability. Apps crash — a lot. More than I’ve …

Blurry

MacOS 10.13 High Sierra’s App Store System Prefs Panel Can Be Unlocked With Any Password

• These settings are unlocked by default for admin users.<br>• Entering a bogus password only works if you’re logged in as an admin user.<br>• The settings in this …

iOS

Another macOS password prompt can be bypassed with any password

MacRumors spotted a bug report that affects the current version of macOS High Sierra. In System Preferences, you can unlock the App Store preference pane by typing <i>any</i> password. Apple has reportedly already fixed the bug in beta versions of the next macOS High Sierra update.<p>While this bug is nowhere …

iOS

Everything Apple Is Reportedly Working On This Year

Expect even more products with facial recognition technology.<p>Apple launched a lot of new phones and computers in 2017, propelling the company to its biggest year -- selling 322 million individual gadgets, according to one estimate.<p>But that was last year.<p>Right now, in Cupertino, California, Apple …

Apple Pencil

Worst ever: The iPhone X loosely reviewed

You know those good reviews of the iPhone X you’ve been seeing around? Well, welcome to Fake News, Nebraska, population: you.Writing for the <i>Forbes</i> …

iOS

ScreenShield — a Third-Party SDK That Somehow Allows iOS Apps to Prevent Screenshots

ScreenShield is a patent-pending technology that allows you to view an app’s content on your screen but prevents you from taking a screenshot of it. …

iOS

Wired: ‘How Outlier, the Underground Fashion Label for Nerds, Got Cool’

Adam Rogers, writing for Wired on indie menswear maker Outlier (a former DF sponsor):<p>Pants tough enough to deal with anything became Outlier’s …

Pop-Up Mobile Ads Surge as Sites Scramble to Stop Them

Lily Hay Newman, reporting for Wired:<p>These redirects can show up seemingly out of the blue when you’re in a mobile browser like Chrome, or even when …

Mobile

Ad Tracking Companies Complain About Safari’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention

Alex Hern, in a decidedly-pro-ad-industry report for The Guardian:<p>Internet advertising firms are losing hundreds of millions of dollars following the …

Advertising

Google Pay

Pali Bhat, writing on the official Google blog:<p>Today, we’re excited to announce we’ll be bringing together all the different ways to pay with Google, …

Google

North Carolina Congressional Map Ruled Unconstitutionally Gerrymandered

Alan Blinder, reporting for The New York Times:<p>A panel of federal judges struck down North Carolina’s congressional map on Tuesday, declaring it …

Judiciary

Regarding This Open Letter From Two Investor Groups to Apple Regarding Kids’ Use of Devices

David Gelles, reporting for The New York Times:<p>Now, two of the biggest investors on Wall Street have asked Apple to study the health effects of its …

Google Announces Plan to Improve URLs for AMP Pages, But AMP Will Still Suck

Malte Ubl, tech lead for the AMP Project at Google<p>Based on this web standard AMP navigations from Google Search can take advantage of …

SEO

New Bill Aims to Eliminate Paperless Voting Machines

Timothy B. Lee, writing for Ars Technica:<p>“With the 2018 elections just around the corner, Russia will be back to interfere again,” said co-sponsor …

Paperless Office