The big news over the weekend was Taylor Swift's blog post callout Apple out for not paying royalties to artists during the three month free trial period for Apple Music. The Joy of Tech, the long running online comic about the tech world, offered up their take on what played out with a decidedly 1984 spin. It's great, and is also a nice reminder that Apple needs to make sure it never becomes what it fought against over 30 years ago. You can check out the full comic at the Geek Culture website.
An Apple patent for the Digital Crown unveiled on Apple Watch has surfaced in Europe, and Patently Apple has published details and images. Among other things, the patent covers, "an apparatus for an electronic device that provides haptic feedback by controlling an application of friction to a rotary input control with a shaft." Check out Patently Apple for images and additional details—it's a clear demonstration of how Apple thinks differently about user interface issues. This is something Apple's competitors seem unable to do. Asus, for instance, added a "crown" of its own to the Android-powered ZenWatch 2, but it's little more than a glorified on/off button.
Tim Cook definitely leans progressive, but Apple's products are loved on the left and the right. Conservative stalwart New Gingrich, for instance, loves Apple products, and we thought we'd give his thoughts about Apple some equal time. He worked with Mashable to produce a video review of Apple Watch, which he called a "very positive development, and said, "Anybody who is interested in being at the cutting edge of technology should get this."
Chris Pratt totally has the Jurassic tame-the-raptors move down, and it turns out he isn't the only one with the magic touch. Zoo keepers are showing off their tame-the-beast moves, too. They're recreating a scene from the just released Jurassic World movie where Pratt's character, Owen Grady, is taming velociraptors and it's the perfect set up for people work with non-extinct animals in real life. The meme is awesome, and a great way to remind us that people are working hard for animal conservation. And thanks to The Nerdist for putting together some of the best photos so we didn't have to.
Apple posted the WWDC 2015 Keynote video to YouTube this week. You can still stream it from Apple's website, but the YouTube version is easier to scrub through for finding specific moments.
We live in SciFi—witness this stackable and integrative 3-D paper-based bacteria-powered battery. breaking that down, it's a battery made of paper powered by bacteria. It folds up to the size of a matchbook, and can theoretically supply several microwatts of power. The idea behind it is to make self-contained, "disposable diagnostic device in challenging field conditions such as resource-limited and remote regions." You can read more about it in the abstract posted to ScientificDirect [via Discover-e magazine from Binghamton University].
What happens when you put a gold Apple Watch Edition between two neodymium magnets? Pretty much exactly what you'd expect: a horrible disaster that clearly voids your AppleCare. Surprisingly, even after being crushed with 650 pounds of force, the smashed Apple Watch still worked despite a destroyed screen. It even charged after its untimely demise. A word of advice: neodymium magnets are extremely powerful and are very dangerous if you don't know how to properly handle them. Instead of risking breaking your fingers between high powered magnets, watch the Apple Watch smashing video instead. You also won't have to shell out the money for a watch to destroy.
Apple kicked off WWDC 2015 with a video called Backstage, a "behind the scenes look at the opening number that never made it to WWDC 2015." It stars Bill Hader as director David LeGary preparing for an opening extravaganza for WWDC. It features Danny Pudi (Community), Angry Birds, one of the crow things from Monument Valley, a flaming stuntman, a pretty cat and a less-pretty cat, at least one drone, and my favorite, Tim Cookalikes. Come on, that's good stuff! The company posted it to YouTube Thursday.
Meet Julie Adenuga, the DJ who will be in charge of Apple's Beats 1 London desk. Beats 1 will be a 24/7 global radio station based on shows from Los Angeles, New York City, and London. We've covered Zane Lowe, formerly of BBC 1, who will be heading the Los Angeles branch of the station. But who's heard of Julie Adenuga? Apparently a lot of folks, especially in the UK. Vice magazine ran a piece on her Thursday that called her Apple's best decision in the WWDC announcements, and if you're interested in Apple's new radio station, you should reaad it. For one thing, she was an Apple Store employee a few years ago, but is now considered a "no-[$%#!]-given underground tastemaker." She also claims recording artists JME and Skepta as siblings. Read the full piece for more.
Apple posted Apple Music - History of Sound video is shows during Monday's World Wide Developer Conference keynote address. The promotional video runs through a snapshot history of music played through electrically-powered devices. Dark, gritty, high-contrast images, and a driving soundtrack combine to make a powerful video. Also, note the inclusion of the iPod and iTunes iconography towards the end. Well played, Apple. Well played.
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