The iPhone as personal digital lifestyle assistant.
In 2011 Federico Viticci was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma (Stage IV). He beat the cancer, all the while continuing to edit and write for his phenomenal website, MacStories.net, but it took a profound toll on his life and his health. Now Ticci wants to live not only well but better, and he's using his iPhone to help him do it.
An ultra-low-energy 'Power Reserve' mode could help Apple Watch time keep ticking.
Apple has repeatedly said the Apple Watch will last about a day, which means you're going to want to charge it every night so you don't have to take it off when it actually runs out — be it the middle of the night when you're sleeping or early the next day when you'd rather be using it. If something happens and you can't get to a charger in time, however, there might be a time-only "Power Reserve" mode to give you an extra buffer.
Who are you designing your app for? Is it meant for people of all ages and interests, or is it meant for a very narrow niche? That's the topic Dave Wiskus addresses in the latest installment of his Better Elevation video series — what it means to design apps for human beings.
Apple has added 300 new emoji to the iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3 betas, but they're focused almost exclusively on inclusivity — diversity in skin tones and country flags. The watch, phone, and computer emoji have been redrawn to match Apple's current products, but it doesn't appear that any of the new Unicode standard emoji have been added.
Year past I would've been on a stage in China Town this week with Georgia Dow and Anthony Casella demonstrating Foshan boxing to the beat of lion drums, and then meeting up with friends for "ice cream" that consisted of red bean, ice, and tofu. That's how we spent most of Chinese New Year when we were in college, and it forever bound us to the people and the culture.
Whether we're talking about existing products like Apple's infortainment intermediating CarPlay, or rumored products like a full on Apple Car, they'll be competing for attention and usage with other software companies like Google and Android Auto, and with manufacturers and their own in-car offerings. Apple's usual strategy is to fight on the experience level — to make a product that solves real problems and engenders real delight. Could that same strategy win inside the car, or inside the car industry?
My friend, former colleague, and Mac guru extraordinaire Chris Breen is leaving Macworld after several decades to go work for Apple. It's a huge loss for IDG, and an even bigger loss for the tech community at large — Chris appeared on podcasts and Lynda videos across the Web, and it's a sad day indeed to think that we won't hear his voice on any tech-related casts from here on out.