SVALT: Ultimate high-performance Apple laptop dock

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iPhone 6s shoots better video than pro Nikon DSLR

Obviously the iPhone is infinitely worse than any current DSLR for stills but surprisingly it appears to be a far better video camera than my $3000 DSLR when there is enough light present.

Very interesting.

Apple responds to A9 chip battery life

Apple’s statement:

With the Apple-designed A9 chip in your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you are getting the most advanced smartphone chip in the world. Every chip we ship meets Apple’s highest standards for providing incredible performance and deliver great battery life, regardless of iPhone 6s capacity, color, or model.

Certain manufactured lab tests which run the processors with a continuous heavy workload until the battery depletes are not representative of real-world usage, since they spend an unrealistic amount of time at the highest CPU performance state. It’s a misleading way to measure real-world battery life. Our testing and customer data show the actual battery life of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, even taking into account variable component differences, vary within just 2-3% of each other.

Unauthorized drone flights could cost company $2 million

Something has to be done with drones. I’m sure that most people use common sense when operating a drone, but there are those that fly too close to airports, interfere with fire fighting efforts, and generally make a nuisance of themselves.

Microsoft’s retail stores flounder

Nearly six years have passed since Microsoft began opening retail outlets patterned after Apple’s blockbuster retail locations. However, the now 116 Microsoft Stores are still a pale imitation to Apple’s own retail network of 460 locations, often featuring more employees than customers as the firm’s products have failed to excite and attract buyers.

This was a sad attempt to copy Apple’s success and it didn’t work. Microsoft under Ballmer tried to copy Apple in a number of ways and they all failed miserably.

Insights from Liam Casey

Om Malik had a fascinating conversation with Liam Casey, the founder of PCH International. Om says that “Liam’s insights would be useful for a lot of founders,” and I agree.

Amplified: Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge

Jim and Dan talk about the Microsoft event as it relates to Microsoft’s goal of one OS on every device and computer. They also discuss Dan’s new iPad Air 2 and how he’s using it for code, Jim’s copycat rage, and more.

The Loop Magazine updated for iOS 9 and new issue


We’ve been working hard on getting The Loop Magazine updated for iOS, but we’ve added a couple of nice features too. We’ve updated the entire backend of the magazine, so things should be much faster for everyone.

My favorite feature is a new universal search. You can now type in a keyword and it will search every published issue of the magazine. Just tap on the result and it will take you right to the story.

In addition, Issue 35 was published today with looking at the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, 3D Touch, watch OS 2, iPad Pro, Apple TV from a gamer’s perspective, Wearable health reminders, and more.

Another issue of the magazine is almost ready to go and will focus on Apple Music.

You can download The Loop Magazine app for iPhone and iPad for free. Subscriptions are $1.99 per month.


Antitrust monitor: Apple “its own worst enemy”

“In this respect, Apple has been its own worst enemy,” he said. “This lack of cooperation has cast an unnecessary shadow over meaningful progress in developing a comprehensive and effective antitrust compliance program.”

Perhaps Apple, like many of us, are still wondering how the hell Amazon gets away with so much, without any punishment.

The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: Hey Dingus!

Jim and Merlin talk about appreciating ‘good enough’ and how to start playing guitar, and Merlin gets really excited about his new Amazon Echo.

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Matt Gemmell on ad blocking

Matt is in a unique position to write about this debate:

I’m on both sides of this debate.

Let’s get the obvious argument out of the way: if you block ads, you’re depriving sites of revenue they presumably need in order to continue running, and if too many people do that, those sites are likely to go away. The reality is more complicated, but the argument is essentially sound – all other things being equal, and unchanged.

Digital or physical books

Craig Mod on his reading habits:

But in the past two years, something unexpected happened: I lost the faith. Gradually at first and then undeniably, I stopped buying digital books. I realised this only a few months ago, when taking stock of my library, both digital and physical. Physical books – most of all, works of literary fiction – I continue to acquire voraciously. I split my time between New York and Tokyo, and know that with each New York trip I’ll pick up a dozen or more volumes from bookstores or friends.

Tivo Bolt

This looks really interesting. It combines streaming services like Netflix and includes SkipMode, which completely skips over commercial breaks by pressing one button.

Building an artificial brain

The first project is to build an artificial brain from scratch that can pass a high school science test. It sounds simple enough, but trying to teach a machine not only to respond but also to reason is one of the hardest software-engineering endeavors attempted — far more complex than building his former company’s breakthrough Windows operating system, said to have 50 million lines of code.

The second project aims to understand intelligence by coming at it from the opposite direction — by starting with nature and deconstructing and analyzing the pieces. It’s an attempt to reverse-engineer the human brain by slicing it up — literally — modeling it and running simulations.

Apple buys speech technology company VocalIQ

Apple has purchased VocalIQ, a startup located in the United Kingdom that has developed a natural language API to allow computers and people to have a more natural dialogue, reports Financial Times. According to VocalIQ’s website, the company has developed a self-learning dialogue API built on 10 years of natural language research, belief tracking, decision making, and message generation.

Siri is becoming an increasingly important part of how people interact with Apple’s devices and operating systems.

Twocanoes: Winclone and Boot Runner 2

Thanks to Twocanoes Software for sponsoring The Loop this week. Makers of Winclone, the best Mac app for migrating, cloning and backing up your Boot Camp partition. This week Loop readers can use the code “theloop” to get 10% off Winclone 5, just in time to backup Boot Camp before upgrading to El Capitan. If you run Boot Camp in labs or classrooms, Boot Runner 2 from Twocanoes is a time saver for remote scheduling of maintenance reboots and an easy to use OS picker for your users. Check out the video or get the 14-day trial and see how easy Boot Runner makes managing dual boot Macs.

Samsung cheats on TV energy efficiency tests

The European Commission is probing whether Samsung televisions’ sensed when they were being tested for energy efficiency and changed their power consumption to get better ratings than they deserved.

Samsung admits that its TVs radically changed their power-consumption during testing, but say that the low-power mode was inadvertently triggered by the tests, and was meant to be an automatic power-saving feature.

Sure it was.

OS X El Capitan and pro music software compatibility

Good list of some of the top companies and where they stand with compatibility. Obviously, this will continue to change. Personally, I keep my music production machine a version back to ensure all of my music software works.

Fuck you Google

Google is close to rolling out a tool named “Customer Match” which, it appears, will combine a logged-in Google account with any email address handed by a customer to a retailer to create lists of addresses to target specific users with marketing material.

Creepy bastards.

Microsoft and Google bury all patent infringement litigation

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Google Inc (GOOGL.O) have agreed to bury all patent infringement litigation against each other, the companies announced on Wednesday, settling 18 cases in the United States and Germany.


Sonos introduces Trueplay to tune your speakers

Nobody’s home has perfect acoustics, and we don’t want to adapt our lives around our speakers. Your speakers should sound great, wherever you choose to put them. So, we decided to make them adapt to the environment around you. We call this Trueplay. Sonos speakers already sound fantastic, but Trueplay brings you even closer to how music should sound. With Trueplay tuning, your speaker can analyze the acoustic profile of any room and fine-tune itself. Most importantly, tuning with Trueplay is incredibly easy to do.

This sounds really impressive. I love Sonos products and can’t wait to hear this.