In a scenario where many Sonos users might find appropriate use for the word, finally, today Sonos rolled out a new version of their iOS controller app that adds playback controls to the iOS lockscreen. Users can now control volume, play/pause and seek location as well as being able to see album art without unlocking their iPhones (and from the Apple Watch, too). Previously users would need to unlock their iPhones and launch the Sonos app to do any of these things. In addition to the lock screen controls, Sonos added Peek & Pop shortcuts, split view, slide over, simpler TruePlay tuning and higher quality Napster and Rhapsody streams. For this Sonos user, today's update is very much Cool Stuff Found! Version 6.3 of the Sonos iOS controller can be is available for free in the app store.
John Gruber has posted the full video of The Talk Show Live from last week's World Wide Developer Conference, where his guests were Apple senior vice presidents Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi. It's a great interview, and I highly encourage you to watch it in its entirety, but there were six things in particular I learned.
Apple's 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro looks to be close to end of life because the company is pulling it from retail displays, and it's unavailable in some locations. Once the 13-incher is gone, the MacBook Air will be the only non-Retina laptop Apple sells, and none of its computers will ship with an internal optical drive.
Apple is publicly moral in many ways. Apple's products are highly recyclable and Apple works to be good stewards of the planet's resources. To that end, Apple has formed a subsidiary, called Apple Energy. The goal, with approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is to sell excess solar energy to consumers and businesses via Renewable Energy Certificates. Not only is Apple setting the example for how to be green and also make money at it, but the company positioning itself for its own technical future. Of course, there are implications for Apple's (rumored) electric car as well. Forbes has a great story on this. "Why Apple Energy Is A Wake-Up Call For Businesses."
Dave's back from WWDC and he and John focus on your questions this week. How best can one enable Airplane Mode on a Mac? How do you find a missing Mailbox? Why does the iTunes Library stay put when you tell it to move? And... what happened with John's phone? Was it the charger? Was it the app? We have answers!
Check out the Chatlight—I did a Cool Stuff Found during January's CES show, and now Stack Commerce has put together a deal for this device. It's designed to light you for selfies and video chats. It clips onto the edge of your mobile device and two banks of LEDs light your face. The bank of LEDs rotates, too, allowing you to control your lighting. You can get Chatlight through our deal for $19.
Michael Simmons is the founder of Flexibits, famous for the award winning Fantastical apps for Mac and iOS. In his youth, Michael got his start as a fan of video games on the Commodore 64 and the Amiga. He was intrigued by what was different, better, surprising and delightful. In college, it was communication and film school, and he became interested in something closely related: story telling. That resulted in his first job in the video game industry. After that, there was a series of programming jobs culminating in his authorship of Data Rescue at ProSoft. His acquired expertise eventually resulted in the founding of Flexibits some 20 years after it all began. It's a classic case of inspiration and talent leading to starting his own software company. Michael, a great speaker, tells how it all happened.
Apple wants to be an electric company, but that doesn't mean we'll be buying iElectricity soon. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's plans for the surplus electricity it generates through its renewable energy efforts, plus they share their thoughts on Apple's plans for biometric passcodes and protecting our privacy.
In the science fiction of yesteryear, artificial agents were presented as helpful, local companions. The scope of the internet and its ability to drill into our private lives wasn't a pervasive theme. Nowadays, we have AI agents built by giant technology companies that want to build AI agents to learn about us, store that data, and sell things instead of simply make us smarter or more efficient. Except Apple. Apple's public morality goes in another direction. Thank goodness. It's all on page two of Friday's Particle Debris column.
Colorado is finally getting in on the Maps transit directions game because Apple just added Denver and Boulder. That means you can get direction that include busses and light rail, and if either city ever adds subways, those would show up, too. Apple added transit direction to Maps in iOS 9 with a limited number of cities. That number is slowly increasing and includes locations such as New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston. More cities are coming, so hopefully yours will show up soon.
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