iOS 12 Automation: A Deep Dive Into Shortcuts

· Andrew Orr · Link

Federico Viticci wrote another killer piece at MacStories about iOS 12 automation with Shortcuts. It’s an informative article wherein he explains the difference between “Shortcuts the app and Shortcuts the feature.” The app replaces Workflow, but Shortcuts as a feature is a powerful new way to customize Siri. Apple is optimizing Siri in a different way than Google and Microsoft can, and it leverages the power of people, similar to services like IFTTT.

On the surface, Shortcuts the app looks like the full-blown Workflow replacement heavy users of the app have been wishfully imagining for the past year. But there is more going on with Shortcuts than the app alone. Shortcuts the feature, in fact, reveals a fascinating twofold strategy: on one hand, Apple hopes to accelerate third-party Siri integrations by leveraging existing APIs as well as enabling the creation of custom SiriKit Intents; on the other, the company is advancing a new vision of automation through the lens of Siri and proactive assistance from which everyone – not just power users – can reap the benefits.

Sizing Up Ron Johnson's Work, After Apple, at JCPenney

· John Martellaro · Link

Ron Johnson

Ken Segall, at The Observatory, takes retrospective look at Ron Johnson’s tenure as CEO of JCPenney. Recall Ron Johnson was Apple’s SVP of Retail Operations at Apple from roughly 2000 to 2011 and is believed to have been a major force in the success of Apple’s retail stores. In 2011, he was enticed to take the CEO position at JCPenney. Author Segall looks at how two CEOs did after Johnson was forced out in 2013. It’s a sparkling, fascinating look, in hindsight, about what Johnson tried to achieve, why he failed and why his successors also failed.

Charby Sense Charging Cable: $29

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Charby Sense Charging Cable

We have a deal on a Charby Sense Charging Cable. This cable was successfully funded through Indiegogo, and will cut off charging when your iPhone (Android charging cables available, too) is fully charged. It also supports Fast Charging, which iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X support. It’s $29 through our deal, 25% off retail.

Thirteen Lucky Years of MGG – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 713

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab 13th Anniversary 713

Join John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton as they celebrate their 13th Mac Geek Gab anniversary by answering your questions, sharing Cool Stuff Found, solving problems and… you know… doing what they do for you! Press play, download, and celebrate! And also learn!

AltConf and WWDC 2018 Interview: Daria Leshchenko

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

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.

Kelly Costello Joins Apple as Business Affairs Exec for TV and Video

· Jeff Gamet · Link

Original TV shows coming to Apple Music in 2017

Unlike Apple TV, Apple’s streaming television and movie businesses isn’t a hobby. Apple’s latest hire, Kelly Costello, helps drive that point home. Variety reports she’s serving as business affairs executive reporting directly to Apple’s head of business affairs for worldwide video, Philip Matthys. She previously served as executive vice president of business and legal affairs for Broadway Video, and served stints at Viacom and NBC Universal Television, too. With each new hire Apple is showing it’s playing for keeps in the streaming entertainment market.

AltConf and WWDC 2018 Interview: SkyTripping

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

San Jose – Jeff Gamet chats with Ron from SkyTripping at AltConf and WWDC 2018 about using our iPhones to help overcome stress and anxiety.

macOS: How to Merge Folders

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

The Finder’s “Merge” command—useful for combining the contents of folders that have the same name—is a handy way to clean up the files on your Mac. However, it’s got some important caveats, which we’ll explain in today’s Quick Tip!

A World in Which $158 Billion Netflix May Be Too Small to Get Access to You

· Bryan Chaffin · Link

Net Neutrality graffiti on a brick wall

A court granted AT&T the right to acquire Time Warner, which makes sense because the Trump Administration’s blocking of that deal was political, rather than a true issue of antitrust. But when combined with the death of Net Neutrality, which ended Monday, Danny Crichton at TechCrunch had a sobering observation. In a piece arguing the merits of Alphabet and Netflix becoming ISPs (I’d throw Apple on that list), he noted that the world of video is effectively closed to startups. It’s a good read, and here’s a snippet:

One sad note though is how much the world of video is increasingly closed to startups. When companies like Netflix, which today closed with a market cap of almost $158 billion, can’t necessarily get enough negotiating power to ensure that consumers have direct access to them, no startup can ever hope to compete. America may believe in its entrepreneurs, but its competition laws have done nothing to keep the terrain open for them. Those implications are just beginning.

The Future Was Posted to Twitter Last Friday

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Harley Turan ARKit 2 Demo

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.