With yesterday's release of iOS 9 to the masses, Content Blockers (a.k.a. ad blockers) have made their way into the iOS mainstream. As I recently said, that's a good thing and I'm happy about it. But now that you have the ability to easily run ad/content blockers on both your desktop and mobile browsers, what will it take for you to stop using them?
In addition to all the new devices yesterday, Apple also introduced their iPhone Upgrade Program. This joins the ranks of the cell carriers relatively new programs that allow customers to finance the purchase of a phone over time. There are, however, some important differences buried in the details. Let's take a look.
Steve Jobs claimed to have "cracked the code" for creating a connected TV that doesn't suck back in 2011. Earlier this year TiVo introduced their answer to universal search called OnePass. Perhaps the latter gives us a glimpse into what the former will look like. Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski thinks so, and so do I.
I like to watch a lot of movies on a lot of different devices. Some of those devices are made by Apple, like my iPad and Apple TV, while some are made by TiVo, Roku, Panasonic, Sony and others. I need my media portable; not just portable in the mobile sense to take with me when I travel, but portable in the sense that I can't have limits on which of my devices will play any given movie. There's a way to do that with iTunes Movies, just be responsible when you do.
Customers who like to watch movies and TV shows on their own devices have suffered somewhat over the years. Changing formats have made their libraries obsolete and onerous DRM has made moving content around problematic. A new proposal and standard, backed widely, called Vidity, aims to change all that. Will Apple join in?
Apple's announcement of iOS 9 at WWDC included a feature that sent ripples through the online publishing community: iOS 9 will support third-party Content Blockers (as will/does Safari on OS X). The main goal of these, of course, is to give users the ability to filter out crap that slows down their (mobile) web experience. There's nothing wrong with that. They also (primarily) mean blocking ad-serving scripts. There's nothing wrong with that, either. In fact, I welcome it.
Macs (and of course PCs with Linux or Windows) can be powerful tools when their collective computing capacity is aggregated on a network. If you're interested in exploring how you can contribute to important science causes with that Mac sitting on your desk, here are dozens of projects that could benefit from the gigaflops of computational power that you're currently using for kitten videos.
On Friday, President Obama tweeted two of his summer playlists to the world, except he chose to use Spotify to do it. I get it, Apple Music is missing one of POTUS's daytime jams – Low Cut Connie's "Boozophilia" – but that's no reason we Apple Music subscribers should totally miss out, right?
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There are plenty of things to like about OS X El Capitan, due out this fall. Apple has focused on performance and experience, and that means some welcome new refinements of the user interface. Amongst the many improvements, John Martellaro has four in mind that he especially likes.
In the early 1980s, expert computer users worked (struggled) with their PCs and workstations on the command line. Back then, Steve Jobs instinctively knew that in order for ordinary people to use a computer at home and school, a revolutionary graphical user interface would be required. But now, 30 years later, vastly more powerful computers connected on the Internet have dramatically changed how we can interact with them and each other. How has the classic Mac GUI both stood up and also changed with the times?
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