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October 15, 2014#

Facebook and Apple to pay for female employees to freeze their eggs

Siri Srinivas, The Guardian:

Beginning in January, Apple will pick up the tab on bills up to $20,000 for egg-freezing procedures taken by its female employees. This is in addition to Facebook’s $4,000 cash bonus to new parents and Apple’s 18-week paid maternity leave.

September 25, 2014#

iOS 8.0.1 and iCloud security

Ugh, rough week for Apple. Yesterday they publicly released a faulty iOS update and pulled it back. I have absolutely no idea how this build has made it through internal testing.

Today, Mac Rumors reports that Apple knew about the iCloud security flaw six months ago:

In an email from March 2014, Balic told Apple that he was able to bypass the security of any iCloud account by using a “brute-force” hacking method that was able to try over 20,000 password combinations.

Normally I’d be the first to defend Apple, but this is just too embarrassing.

September 10, 2014#

A few words on the new iPhone 6

Yesterday, Apple announced two new iPhones in a for web viewers infuriating event. Don’t get me wrong, you can’t get more fanboy than me, but Apple still can’t do internet properly. Never before was an announcement that bold, Apple even redirected their front page to the countdown which later became the stream and live blog. And then, the only moment the stream was reliable, was when U2 was on stage.

But that’s not what bugs me most. In my mind the new iPhone 6 looks uninspired, it is the least beautiful iPhone ever. Their obsession with thinness resulted in the need of a protruding camera lens. Your iPhone will now wobble when you use it on a flat desk. How is that good design? I bought every iPhone since the original iPhone, and I always couldn’t await the day it was delivered. Being a developer and tech nerd, I need to buy the new iPhone 6 in order to keep up with the zeitgeist, but the iPhone 6 is definitely the first iPhone I’m not very impatient to get it.

Lastly, I found a thread on /r/apple regarding the protruding lens. Have a look at this product image of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus:

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Image credit: Apple, full resolution

Missing something? Yes, you are correct. Apple removed the lens. Even Apple isn’t sure about its own design. I fear they lost some of their magic yesterday.

July 1, 2014#

1Password Beta using Touch ID in iOS 8

This is really awesome:

May 27, 2014#

He wins the internet today

May 22, 2014#

Leaving iMessage

Dave Mark, The Loop:

What responsibility does a tech ecosystem bear to enable customers to easily leave that ecosystem? When an ecosystem is created, do the exit tools need to be created at the same time? Obviously, part of the value of an ecosystem, from a business point of view, is the friction that keeps customers on board. Clearly, there is a disincentive to making it easy for customers to leave.

May 22, 2014#

4 Myths About Apple Design, From An Ex-Apple Designer

Mark Wilson:

As for Kawano, did he ever get an amazing piece of advice, or an incredible compliment from Jobs?

“Nothing personally,” he admits, and then laughs. “The only thing that was really positive was, in the cafeteria one time, when he told me that the salmon I took looked really great, and he was going to go get that.”

April 8, 2014#

The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain

Scotty Loveless has written the single best post on iOS battery drain:

iOS 7 made it super fun to close your apps: all you have to do is double-click the home button and swipe up on the app preview to blast it into a digital black hole.

What most people tell you is that closing your apps will save your battery life because it keeps the apps from running in the background.

Wrong.

This. Additionally, Facebook seems to be one of the strongest battery sucking app:

During this testing, Facebook kept jumping up on the process list even though I wasn’t using it. So I tried disabling Location Services and Background App Refresh for Facebook, and you’ll never guess what happened: my battery percentage increased. It jumped from 12% to 17%. Crazy. I’ve never seen that happen before on an iPhone. The iPod touch exhibits this behavior, to my memory, although I haven’t tested it in a while. For the iPhone, the battery percentage is usually pretty consistent.

It’s interesting that the iOS battery percentage is actually an estimate.

March 26, 2014#

Touch ID

6 months later, Touch ID is still working flawlessly on my iPhone 5s. It’s one of those brilliant features that won’t get in your way. I’m glad Apple is concentrating on features that matter and isn’t pushing out stuff you obviously don’t need and won’t use for long.

March 10, 2014#

Minimally Minimal: Apple iSight

The iSight featured this really cool mechanical privacy shutter that could be opened and closed by twisting the ring around the lens. It moves with a satisfying click and though it doesn’t feel quite as precise as something Apple could do today, it was lightyears ahead of its time.