Ever since Apple Music first came out, people have been clamoring for an Apple Music web player. Recently, Apple has opened an Apple Music API for developers. Although Apple hasn’t created an official Apple Music web player, Redditor u/zseguin has come to the rescue. It’s still in early development, but the code is available on GitHub. All you have to do to get started is sign in with your Apple ID, and allow the app to connect to your account. Everything is available. Not only can you find your own music, but even Apple Music recommendations in the For You section. However, note that the player is built on an API that is currently in beta. The application may stop working at any time.
Soundsgood is a platform that lets you create a universal music playlist. You can sync your playlists across Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Deezer, and more. You can also create an online music player and share it with people. You’ll get a Stats Dashboard so you can see how many people play songs and follow your playlists. I haven’t tried it out yet but I plan to try the service soon. The company markets it as a social player to “get more followers” but I think the cross-platform universality is far more interesting. There also appears to be an iOS app as well.
Scheduling time for meetings can be a pain, but WhenWorks for iOS makes the process easy by letting your colleagues and clients book times online. The book online through a web page, so no need for them to install an app first, you can block out times you don’t want any appointments, and everything that’s scheduled automatically shows up on your calendar. WhenWorks is from BusyMac founder John Chaffee and we’ve been really happy with the app in our pre-release testing. It’s easy to use and free for up to 5 appointments each month, or US$49.99 a year for unlimited appointments. You can download WhenWorks at Apple’s App Store.
Was there ever any doubt? Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has been maintaining all along, since it shipped, that the iPhone X is the best selling iPhone. But it’s also killing the competition as well. Business insider reports: “Thanks to the iPhone X and the iPhone 8, recent estimates show that Apple once again holds the top two spots for the most-shipped smartphone models in the world, debunking reports that demand for the iPhone X was lacking.” And here are the numbers. Oh, and by the way, the iPhone 8 was #2 for 1Q 2018. Not bad.
Let me be clear: I want an Altwork Station. This chair/workstation is designed to let you work from a variety of positions while keeping your keyboard and monitor at proper angles for actual use. It’s all motorized, too, so no unseemly grunting and—gods forbid—sweating when it comes to moving this thing. And, it’s only $8,500. Let me know if you need my shipping address. But come on, it’s cool! Check out the video.
The developers of EXIF Viewer are having a promo photo app sale, offering their app for free when it’s usually US$2.99. The app lets you view and edit photo metadata, which is useful for changing GPS data, time and date stamps, and more. It also lets you remove metadata, which is useful to sharing photos to social media. This prevents people from viewing the metadata to see where you took the picture. It works through the share sheet so you don’t even have to leave the Photos app.
Tim Cook sat down for an interview with David Rubenstein, Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group, for Bloomberg. It’s a different kind of interview for Tim Cook, and you can see it in his different demeanor. Part of it is Mr. Rubenstein—he’s an excellent interviewer. But for whatever reason, Mr. Cook is more personable, less tightly-controlled, and he tells a few new anecdotes along the way. He talked about his first meeting with Steve Jobs and why he came to work for Apple. He also talked about Apple Watch, running for president (spoiler: he says he’s not), politics and Apple, giving tech support to Warren Buffett, coming out, and more. I call this a must-watch interview if you’re interested in Apple and Tim Cook.
San Jose – Aleksey Novicov shows his iPhone contact sharing app Slip to Jeff Gamet at AltConf and WWDC 2018.
San Jose – Jeff Gamet talks with Support Your App CEO Daria Leshchenko at AltConf and WWDC 2018 about resources for developers looking for assistance with customer support.
San Jose – Jeff Gamet chats with Ron from SkyTripping at AltConf and WWDC 2018 about using our iPhones to help overcome stress and anxiety.
Check out this amazing demo video from developer Harley Turan. He posted it to Twitter on Friday, just a few days after Apple’s WWDC keynote. In it, he attached live data to a real-world object using ARKit 2 and iOS 12, and then moves them around. It’s like an ordinary commercial using thousands of dollars in post-production software, only it’s life. Put another way, it’s the future, posted to Twitter a few days ago. When people doubt the real-world value of augmented reality, this is the sort of thing I think about. Not games, as great I expect Harry Potter: Wizards Unite to be, but rather information attached to real world locations and objects. Especially once we get past this stone-age era of holding our iPhones in front of our faces to get our augmented reality. Oh, and remember that this was after just a couple of days with hands-on iOS 12 and ARKit 2.
— Harley Turan (@hturan) June 9, 2018
For several years now, Chinese supercomputers have been the fastest in the world. The list of the fastest supercomputers, at Top500.org, had been showing the U.S. falling behind. Recently the Oak RIdge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee announced that the new, IBM-built “Summit” supercomputer is capable of 200 petaflops. By comparison, a modern, fast desktop PC is in the teraflop class, making Summit about 200,000 times faster. ORNL’s release noted that uses for the machine include: “machine learning and deep learning to problems in human health, high-energy physics, [and] materials discovery. Summit allows [the Dept. of Energy] DOE and ORNL to respond to the White House Artificial Intelligence for America initiative.”
Check out Scribit on Kickstarter. It’s a device that will create art on your wall—from drawings to your recent Twitter messages to crowdsourced designs. Better yet, it will erase that art, too, turning your wall into giant reusable canvas. It can draw using four pens (red, blue, yellow, and black), and it needs two nails and a power outlet to install. The video is cool as can be, and the project has already raised more than US$400,000 with 23 days to go. Pledge levels that will get you a Scribit start at $349.
San Jose – Jeff Gamet talks with Timirah James about coding with Swift and her TechniGal meetup for girls and women who want to learn to code at AltConf and WWDC 2018
San Jose – Jeff Gamet sits down with iPhone and iPad app developer Ish at AltConf and WWDC 2018 to talk about what he liked from this year’s conferences, plus what he’s working on now.
San Jose – Jeff Gamet sits down with Amanda Southworth at AltConf and WWDC 2018 to talk about how her personal experiences led her to create apps to help people suffering from depression, an app to help keep the LGBTQ community safe, and her nonprofit organization Astra Labs.
Apple is teasing a new episode of Carpool Karaoke on June 15th, and the trailer’s out. It features Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, and Jeremy Renner, and it looks pretty funny. The three are starring in a new comedy called TAG, which debuts the same day as this episode of Carpool Karaoke will be released, June 15th. That’s this Friday, and I can’t wait to see if season 2 of Carpool Karaoke is better than season 1. Judging by this trailer, that might be a big yes. The episode will be available on Apple Music when it’s released.
Apple highlights standout iPhone and iPad apps each year at its anual Worldwide Developer Conference, and this year was no different. Some Apple Design Award winners were Bandimal, Alto’s Odyssey, iTranslate Converse, and Agenda. You can check out all of this years winners at Apple’s developer website.
San Jose – Jeff Gamet chats with Greg Scown, Philip Goward, and Maia Olson about Smile’s 15th anniversary and PDFpen 10’s launch at AltConf and WWDC 2018.
Good news, iOS developers. iMazing 2.6.1 is out and it includes support for iOS 12 beta. That means you can back up the data and apps on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch test devices and restore to an earlier state if something goes wrong. It also means iMazing is already good to go when the public betas start rolling out. iMazing is priced at US$39.99 and the update is free.