Apple Music exclusively premiered Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour (Live) concert film on Sunday. In addition to a multi-camera performance from the world tour, the movie also features interviews with Ms. Swift and a look behind the scenes about various aspects of the show. All you need to watch it an Apple Music subscription, including new subscriptions in the 90-day trial period. Considering Ms. Swift's incredible following, that makes it a heckuva draw for Apple to bring in new subscribers.
60 Minutes aired a major segment on Apple and CEO Tim Cook by Charlie Rose. On Monday, CBS posted an 8 minute behind-the-scenes video (below) that is essentially an interview with Charlie Rose and the segment's co-producer, Andrew Bast, about filming the story. It's at least as interesting as the main 60 Minutes story. For instance, Mr. Bast talks about hearing the same words over and over again from Apple employees and executives: caring, simplicity, and collaboration were mentioned specifically. When asked about that in a followup interview, Apple senior vice president Angela Ahrendts said, "I don't think that Apple could do what Apple's done and Apple will continue to do without that unity, without that, you know, man-on-the moon type of vision that everybody gets united around." It's well worth the watch. We tried to embed the video, but CBS's embed engine is entirely Flash based and is a pile of &^#%. So, head over to the 60 Minutes site and watch it there. You'll need Chrome or Flash to watch it.
Google loves its easter eggs, and with the premier of Star Wars: The Force Awakens only hours away, the Internet search company has one to make your Force feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Do a Google search for "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away," then sit back and enjoy the results presented in Star Wars opening scene crawler-style. If you're trying this at work make sure your computer speakers are turned down because you're going to get the Star Wars theme blasted at you, too.
It's probably technically possible to overdose on all things Star Wars between now and Friday when The Force Awakens premiers, but we aren't going to let that stop us from trying. Point in case: Apple Music added a Star Wars station to its online radio lineup on Wednesday that's loaded with music from the movies interspersed with sound effects like blasters and Darth Vader's respirator between tracks. It's great music, and so far has been spoiler-free. It's like Apple Music totally gets us.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is about to open in theaters around the world and The Tonight Show Host Jimmy Fallon is making the event even more epic thanks to his a cappela Star Wars theme medley he sings with The Roots and the cast from the new movie. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong'o, and more join Jimmy in what has to be the single most awesome rendition of Star Wars music ever. May the Force be with you, and remember: no spoilers!
With Star Wars The Force Awakens only days away we're running out of time to catch up on rewatching the original trilogy, and if you're feeling especially ambitious, the follow up "first three" movies, too. That said, episodes I, II, and III can be a little... well... painful to watch. Thanks to the valiant efforts of JeremyMWest-Esquire you can watch the first three episodes in a much more enjoyable way. He re-edited the films to take out the lame jokes, most of Jar Jar, the stupid voices, and midichlorians.Turns out the movies aren't so bad when they're anti-cheesed. The videos are on YouTube—at least for now—so check them out before Disney catches on and has them blocked.
David Barnes has put together an insightful piece titled "How to be like Steve Ballmer" that offers advice on being like Steve Ballmer. The funny thing is there isn't much already out there on being like Mr. Ballmer. There's plenty of material on being like Steve Jobs, but little on Mr. Ballmer. As the author wrote, "If you’re a non genius who hasn’t formed a globally important company in your early 20s — and especially if you’re funny looking — you’ll probably learn more from Ballmer than you can from Jobs." With that in mind, Mr. Barnes has some excellent tips. I found it funny, and yet an insightful and poignant read.
Fans love to discuss the relative merits of the Star Trek versus the Star Wars universe. This preference is highly subjective, and depends on one's own life evolution and experiences. But this article makes a great case, for the technically minded, that Star Trek is superior. Why? The short list: You'd never see a Jar Jar Binks character in Star Trek. Star Trek tries its best, within limits, to celebrate real science. Women are stronger characters in ST. And C-3PO is no match for the sophistication of Lt. Commander Data. The list goes to 20 items of analysis. Hey. I'm just the messenger. (But I also agree.)
The folks over at BGR put together some behind-the-scenes things we learned from Apple's epic patent battle with Samsung, the kind of things that Apple works overtime trying to keep secret. Topics covered include many images of Apple prototypes (many more than I included with this post), code names, the process Apple uses to conduct and keep secret marketing surveys it conducts around the world, and many other aspects of Apple's development process, all released through testimony given and evidence submitted. It's a good read. Check it out.
My coding is limited to a PASCAL course in high school when Reagan was president and watching over the shoulders of real coders today. Accordingly, I couldn't print("Hello world!") in Swift unless it was laid out for me on a nice silver platter. For those of you who can, however, IBM has rolled out a super cool tool. It's called "IBM Swift Sandbox," and it's a development environment for Apple's newly opensourced Swift programming language that runs right in your browser! That is way cool! Again, I can't program my way out of a wet paper bag, but sample code is provided. Seems like a handy-dandy resource for quickly checking out some code.
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