tvOS 10 overview

A short, but nice overview from MacRumors on tvOS 10. I’m really looking forward to this OS release.

Apple’s differential privacy will be opt-in

As for what data is being collected, Apple says that differential privacy will initially be limited to four specific use cases: New words that users add to their local dictionaries, emojis typed by the user (so that Apple can suggest emoji replacements), deep links used inside apps (provided they are marked for public indexing) and lookup hints within notes.

I’m completely fine with this. Apple is trying to walk a very thin line between not accessing user data and getting information to make its device and services more effective for users. As long as we know what’s going on, everything is good.

Siri and accessibility

A wonderful article from Steven Aquino. It certainly puts the difficulties we have with Siri, and other technologies, into perspective.

Nura: Headphones that learn and adapt to your unique hearing

Nura is a new headphone that integrates unique soundwave technology to automatically measure your hearing (from the outer ear all the way to the brain) and adapt music perfectly to you. In order for headphones to deliver the right sound, they must be matched to the listener. Nura even recognizes you when you put them on.

This is an absolutely fascinating concept. I haven’t tried them, so I don’t know how accurate it is or how they sound, but watching the video on the top of the page, I love the strategy the company is going for.

Netflix offline viewing

Following similar moves by Amazon, Comcast and others, Netflix is now working on a feature that will allow subscribers to download certain programs for offline viewing, according to industry insider and Penthera COO Dan Taitz. And Taitz thinks there will be a landscape shift when the new Netflix feature arrives.

“We know from our sources within the industry that Netflix is going to launch this product,” says Taitz. “My expectation is that by the end of the year Netflix will be launching download-to-go as an option for their customers.”

Yes, please.

iNVASIVECODE: Designing and engineering boundless ideas

My thanks to iNVASIVECODE for sponsoring The Loop this week.

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Apple discontinues Thunderbolt Display

Apple on Thursday told The Loop that it is discontinuing the Thunderbolt Display. “We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display, said an Apple spokesperson. “It will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There … Continued

Led Zeppelin Wins “Stairway to Heaven” lawsuit

On Thursday, after a week’s worth of testimony and arguments, the jury came back with its verdict in a case that’s been decades in the making. At trial, Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant testified as well as Michael Skidmore, the Trustee of Spirit songwriter Randy Wolfe’s estate, who demanded in his lawsuit a rewriting of rock ‘n’ roll history. The jury also heard from a Spirit bandmember, musicologists and other witnesses and experts opining on such subjects as whether Led Zeppelin had heard “Taurus” before composing their popular song and whether the two songs were substantially similar.

Apple hires Sage Bionetworks president to work on health projects

We are delighted to announce that Stephen Friend has transitioned from his role as President of Sage Bionetworks to Chairman of the Board, and the promotion of Lara Mangravite to President. As chairman of the Board, Dr. Friend will continue to work with Sage at a strategic level while stepping away from responsibility for day to day operations. Dr. Friend has accepted a position with Apple Inc. where he will work on health related projects.

Instagram’s text translation

In the coming month, you’ll see a translation button on feed stories and profile bios written in languages different from your own. The Instagram community has grown faster and become more global than we ever imagined. And we’re excited that you’ll soon be able to understand the full story of a moment, no matter what language you speak.

Sounds like a great feature.

First look: macOS Sierra

I’ve been using macOS Sierra on a 13-inch MacBook Pro for about a week now, and I’ve been very impressed with the improvements Apple has made to the OS. Instead of giving you a walk through of all of the features in Sierra, I want to focus on Apple’s strategy and attention to detail in the new OS. [...]

Thoughts on WWDC, Apple Music

Apple had an incredibly successful Worldwide Developers Conference last week, on almost all fronts. From the new keynote venue and Apple Bash, to the reaction of developers, and the software that was announced, Apple did a great job. [...]

iNVASIVECODE: Designing and engineering boundless ideas [Sponsor]

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Join our 5-day intensive iOS bootcamp. Our next available dates are:

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The DxO ONE miniaturized pro-quality camera for iPhone

MY thanks to DxO for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. The DxO ONE is a miniaturized pro-quality camera that can be used standalone, or attached directly to your iPhone (or iPad) via a patented Lightning connector. When connected, it turns your Retina display into the camera viewfinder and provides full control over aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and more via a companion iOS app. With a large 1” sensor and fast prime lens, the DxO ONE provides 10x the sensitivity of the iPhone camera which allows it to capture gorgeous portraits and stunning low-light images that rival those from a DSLR — only these images can be shared instantly via every service supported by iOS.

Editor’s Note: I’ve been using a DxO ONE for months and love the camera. I take it on every trip I go on to get better pictures.

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Someone’s getting fired

Activist DeRay Mckesson on being hacked:

After regaining control of his Twitter account, Mckesson explained that the hacker or hackers were able to take over by convincing Verizon to reset his SIM. With the SIM reset, the person responsible was able to receive text messages intended for Mckesson and therefore bypass the two-factor authentication the activist used to keep his account secure.

Airplane Mode: Circus Monkeys

The band’s new album dropped today. They’ll be one of the bands playing at the Beard Bash on Monday in San Francisco, so you can grab the album before the show.

Amazon to offer streaming music service

Amazon.com Inc is preparing to launch a standalone music streaming subscription service, placing it squarely in competition with rival offerings from Apple Inc and Spotify, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

The service will be offered at $9.99 per month, in line with major rivals, and it will offer a competitive catalog of songs, the sources said. Amazon (AMZN.O) is finalizing licenses with labels for the service, which likely will be launched in late summer or early fall, the sources said.

I sure hope Apple has its shit together because Amazon is a master at the cloud.

Apple Maps showing accident notifications

I know the Apple Maps page says it will show notifications of construction and accidents, but this is the first time I’ve personal seen an accident shown in Maps. [...]

Gawker files for bankruptcy

Peter Thiel is getting closer to his goal: Gawker Media has filed for bankruptcy protection and says it eventually plans to find a new owner for the company.

If your Twitter username and password were leaked

We’ve investigated claims of Twitter @names and passwords available on the “dark web,” and we’re confident the information was not obtained from a hack of Twitter’s servers.

The purported Twitter @names and passwords may have been amassed from combining information from other recent breaches, malware on victim machines that are stealing passwords for all sites, or a combination of both. Regardless of origin, we’re acting swiftly to protect your Twitter account.

Bluetooth 5 to be announced next week

Bluetooth 5, the next generation of Bluetooth standard, will be formally announced next week, offering double the range and quadruple the speed of the current low-energy wireless protocol.

The announcement will come on June 16 from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, of which Apple is a member.