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OK, my title is intentionally snarky, but I'm pretty stoked about Lift-Bit, modular...bits...that you configure with a smartphone into purpose-specific furniture. A chair, a bed, a couch, whatevs. The idea is you have these hexagonal modules that can be raised and lowered from a smartphone app. This is the stuff of science fiction, or it was until Lift-Bit. I've no illusion that this product is going to sweep the nation, but it's one of the most original products I've seen. The product is available for pre-order for €799 per Lift-Bit. I know, that makes it a plaything for the rich, but SciFi-turned-reality has to start somewhere. Check out the video (via Gizmodo).
Dag Kittlaus, Cofounder and CEO of Siri and ex Apple executive, is going to be showing off "Viv"—his new company, where he is also Cofounder and CEO—at Disrupt 2016. According to the company, Viv is "a global platform that enables developers to plug into and create an intelligent, conversational interface to anything. It is the simplest way for the world to interact with devices, services and things everywhere. Viv is taught by the world, knows more than it is taught, and learns every day." That's marketing speak for a next-generation artiificial intelligence thingamabob, and I can't wait to see what they have to show. It's hard to imagine a world where Apple, Google, Facebook, or Microsoft doesn't try to buy Viv when and if it goes on the market. In the meanwhile, TechCrunch announced that Mr. Kittlaus would be giving the world's first demo of Viv at Disrupt 2016.
The Obama Administration is a house divided when it comes to encryption, and it's clear that thinking on the issue is an ever-evolving state. This was highlighted this week when Reuters reported the White House would not be supporting a bill empowering judges to order companies like Apple to aid law enforcement help in accessing locked and encrypted devices.
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How important is a bag? Bryan and Jeff talk about Apple's efforts to be ever-greener, sparked by the company's decision to move to paper bags in its retail stores. They also gush over Taylor Swift's Apple Music commercial, and dig into Bernie Sanders's recent comments about Apple, manufacturing, and taxes.
We have a developer tutorial designed for Apple TV today. Called tvOS and Swift 2 - The Apple TV Developer Course, this program features 17 hours of instruction. You'll create games and utilities, study the tvOS Focused Engine, Native Application Controls, Storyboards, and nib File support. You'll learn to use images and sound, and study Swift 2 and tvOS coding from the ground up. Check out the details in the listing.
Wait, Apple was brought up in the campaign for U.S. president? Must be Tuesday. Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (D) said specifically that Apple isn't one of those companies he's accused of "destroying the fabric of America," but he had two things he wished Apple would change. The first is that he wants Apple to make some of its products in the U.S. (spoiler, Apple already does), and the second is that he wants Apple to pay "[its] fare share of taxes" (spoiler, it does).
Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio has a new spot out with Taylor Swift, and it's awesome. For one thing, Ms. Swift is singing "Jumpman" by Drake & Future (a collaboration), rather than one of her own songs. Secondly, she falls flat on her face on a treadmill. I don't know if the young super star was doing her own stunt, but I kind of hope not because it looks painful. The spot ends with the tagline "Distractingly good." Also, I found it interesting that it's on the Beats 1 Radio YouTube channel, and not Apple's main YouTube channel.
Apple has turned its legendary attention to detail on its own retail stores this week with a move to paper bags for customers who request them. It's a small thing compared to having 93 percent of its global energy coming from green production, and Apple is hardly the first company to use paper bags, but it shows that Apple's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint are ongoing.