What’s that in the distance? A bird? A plane? A Tesla? A minivan?! No, it’s an Apple Car. Coming right at us!
Multiple reports in the past week point to Apple now working on some kind of entrant into the automotive industry. The details seem muddled and in some cases, contradictory, but none of this should be surprising.
Of course Apple is working on a car.
I use IFTTT (If This, Then That) everyday, an automation algorithm that connects two or more internet-connected tools like a falling domino chain. Since its launch in 2011, IFTTT has expanded widely in the consumer market, with integrations on many popular gadgets from Fitbit, HP printers to Hue lightbulbs.
To help give users more creative control and ease of use, the company today launched Do, a new suite of apps that should help make recipe setups as simple as a touch of a button.
Here’s a breakdown of the three apps:
Do Button allows users to connect Web tools together and turn the function into a shortcut widget on their home screen. For example, you can set it so that every time you push the Do button, your current GPS location gets logged into a Google Drive spreadsheet.
Do Camera has a similar functionality, allowing users to daisy chain the photo being snapped to another application. For example, every photo you take from the Do Camera app can be programmed to automatically attach and emailed to a specific recipient, uploaded to Facebook or Tweeted out to your followers.
Finally, the Do Note app lets users type any particular command and it can be added as a Google Calendar event or sent as a tweet. You can also use a voice command to trigger a recipe in Do Note.
In the time leading up to the Apple Watch, I wondered if it would be about as much of a “watch” as the iPhone was a “phone”. That is, not very much at all. So I was a bit surprised when the unveiling focused on the many attributes we normally associate with watches. Namely, the focus on watch design.
At the same time, as the long, fascinating Jony Ive profile revealed, this is a watch, but also decidedly not a watch. In Ive’s mind, it’s the logical extension of what jewelry worn on your wrist should be in the 21st century. Sure, timekeeping is a part of that. But a small part.
In fact, it seems quite likely that checking the time will not be the main way people interact with the device. Checking the time is a pull thing. This is a push device. The main point of contact will be push notifications.
This reality will fundamentally alter our usage of push notifications. Right now, on phones, people either turn them all on and only turn them off by deleting an app. Or they refuse to turn them on. The Watch should change this behavior.
From being a Pebble user for nearly a year, I can attest that push notifications is a huge factor in checking your watch compared to checking the time.
And M.G is right regarding that last paragraph, you quickly find yourself figuring out which apps actually need push notifications and which do.
In the first episode of “Behind the App”, a special series of Inquisitive, we take a look at the beginnings of iOS app development, by focusing on the introduction of the iPhone and the App Store.
What happens when a tech podcast gets serious about planning, interviewing, writing and production?
You get “Behind the App”, and the result is really good.
Leslie Price’s essay is an interesting read:
Apple stresses how hyperfunctional its watch will be, though the functions that it performs won’t prove revelatory to anyone who owns an iPhone, which it must be paired with. (That’s right, it’s a $350 accessory of an accessory—and both must be charged nightly.) The iPhone, it should be noted, is ubiquitous not because it’s cool, but because smartphones are considered necessary in our modern times. As it stands, the Apple Watch is neither.
A “dirty secret” of the wearables market is that at least half of consumers abandon them within months, no doubt realizing how pointless they truly are.
I may not wear my Google Glasses as much as I used to when I first got them, but I still wear my Pebble, but being more of a tech guy, I may be a minority.
Daisuke Wakabayashi and Mike Ramsey, reporting Friday for the WSJ:
Apple Inc. has revolutionized music and phones. Now it is aiming at a much bigger target: automobiles.
The Cupertino, Calif., company has several hundred employees working secretly toward creating an Apple-branded electric vehicle, according to people familiar with the matter. The project, code-named “Titan,” initially is working on the design of a vehicle that resembles a minivan, one of the people said.
The fact that Apple would have a team working on an electric car is really not that hard to believe.
That such a vehicle “resembles a minivan”, that I find hard to believe.
Last week I quit my day job. Maybe I should explain.
As the Field Guide publishing business, the podcast, and other MacSparky endeavors have grown, I’ve always felt my life was on a bit of a collision course. For years now I’ve been doing three things simultaneously.
- I’ve been growing all things MacSparky.
- I’ve taken care of of my legal clients.
- I’ve been keeping up with the constant press of additional legal work arising from working in a law firm.
Each one of these priorities has its own pluses and minuses. Keeping up with them all, however, sometimes feels like running so fast that I’m about to fall on my face.
The things I do as MacSparky have brought meaning to my life. I love the podcast. I love the books. I love all the friends and interactions that come with them. MacSparky saved me. I can’t imagine my life at this point without this website, the podcast, and the books.
Best of luck, David, I’m sure it’s gonna be great.
Multiple developers have told Pocket Gamer that Apple is starting to reject games and updates from the App Store, if they use screenshots that show people holding guns, or being maimed or killed.
There’s really not that much controversy to be had here…
The App Store has parental controls and requires all apps to bear age-appropriate content ratings. While violence, etc. has always been permitted in apps, Apple has always required that all app metadata — title, description, icon, and screenshots — be kid-proof with the lowest rating.
It actually says it right there in the rules:
3.6 Apps with App icons, screenshots, and previews that do not adhere to the 4+ age rating will be rejected
The rule is old, clear, and reasonable. The problem isn’t that Apple has now started rejecting apps using this rule, it’s actually the usual problem of inconsistent enforcement.
The top executives of Google Inc., Yahoo! Inc. and Facebook Inc. won’t attend President Barack Obama’s cybersecurity summit on Friday, at a time when relations between the White House and Silicon Valley have frayed over privacy issues.
Facebook Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and Google’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt all were invited but won’t attend the public conference at Stanford University, according to the companies. Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook is planning to be at the event, where Obama is scheduled to give the keynote speech and have a private lunch with a select group of attendees.
Alice Truong, writing for Quartz:
Slack turns one year old today. In its short but fascinating history, the startup has managed the remarkable feat of actually getting people excited about enterprise communication software. The company has more than 500,000 daily active users, and it’s adding tens of thousands more every each week.
“That’s our primary metric,” founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield tells Quartz. “If you’re not using Slack every single day, you’re not really using it.”
Slack is a handy tool, we use it internally at Data McFly, as well as with a few other projects I’m involved in.
Software increasingly defines the world around us. It’s rewriting everything about human interaction — I spend a lot more time on my iPhone than I do at my local civic center. Facebook, Apple, Tinder, Snapchat, and Google create our social realities — how we make friends, how we get jobs, and how mankind interacts. And the truth is, women don’t truly have a seat at the table.
This has disastrous consequences for women that use these systems built by men for men. I must use Twitter, as it’s a crucial networking tool for a software engineer, yet I must also suffer constant harassment. Women’s needs are not heard, our truth is never spoken. These systems are the next frontier of human evolution, and they’re increasingly dangerous for us.
Everyone in the industry needs to read this.
The scariest part is that this is neither an exaggeration nor an isolated incident, and most men are either unaware of these issues or choose not to believe them.