Apple lands spy romance movie starring Idris Elba

Idris Elba and Simon Kinberg have teamed up for a yet-to-be-titled spy film, which after an intense bidding war, has landed at Apple.

Elba will star and produce the film, which is described as a “spy movie with romance” set in Africa. Kingberg and Audrey Chon, president of Kinberg’s Genre Films will produce. The film’s script comes from Travon Free, best known for “Black Monday” and “The Daily Show”.

I love spy movies, and I really like Idris Elba, so this should be a great movie for me. This film also shows how Apple is going after a variety of shows and movies instead of focusing on just a couple of genres.

The Dalrymple Report: Apple bundles, Apple News+, and Surface Duo

Rumors are circulating that Apple could offer bundles, combining some of its popular services. Dave and I talk about what we like and don’t like about the bundle, as well as how it affects certain services, like Apple News+. We also talk about the Surface, and catch up on a little hockey and personal news.

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Uber and Lyft: What is work

Om Malik:

Uber and Lyft, in response to a California court ruling that all drivers must be reclassified as employees with benefits, are threatening to quit doing business in the state. Putting the news, and the legal posturing of Uber and Lyft aside, the judgment and its possible impact on other gig-economy companies that rely on independent contractors will be a quagmire. But it raises more profound questions that go far beyond these startups, and our society.

Admittedly, there are many more questions than answers right now.

Apple to bundle CBS All Access and Showtime on Apple TV

Starting as early as Monday, Apple TV+ subscribers will be able to access both the CBS and Showtime channels in Apple’s TV app for $9.99 per month combined. CBS All Access and Showtime normally cost $9.99 and $10.99 per month respectively, so the deal would be a significant savings.

Now that is a good deal. If Apple does this, I will add this bundle to the Apple Channels I already purchased, and I’ll feel great about the price. Basically, I’ll be paying for Showtime and getting CBS for free, which is about how much it’s worth.

The Dalrymple Report: Phil Schiller, iMac, Astronauts and Disney+

Apple’s Phil Schiller stepped down from his senior vice president role and is now an Apple Fellow—Dave and I discuss how important he was to the company over the years. We also look at the new iMac, the astronaut landing and how Disney+ is being unfair to its customers.

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Phil Schiller now an Apple Fellow

Apple on Tuesday announced that longtime senior executive Phil Schiller would become an Apple Fellow. Greg Joswiak (Joz) will take over Schiller’s role of senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing at Apple.

The Dalrymple Report: Peacock TV is crap, Apple TV remote, and Translate

Dave and I kick off this week’s show talking about Peacock TV, which is probably the worst service I’ve seen in streaming TV. We also talk about the rumored iPhone periscope lens, the new $30 third-party Apple TV remote that has one major flaw, and the start of baseball.

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BBEdit updated, merch, and in the Mac App Store [Sponsor]

Bare Bones Software, makers of BBEdit, is one of my favorite software companies — in fact, I’ve been using BBEdit for more than 20 years. BBEdit has been updated to version 13, and is available in the Mac App Store as a subscription! Same great features. Same user experience. You can subscribe in the Mac App Store or purchase perpetual licenses directly from Bare Bones Software. Also, you can still get great merch, including Classic and Rebus T-shirts, enamel pins, and more in their merch store!

The Dalrymple Report: Dave’s dad, Twitter, and lyrics

Do you remember your childhood phone number? How about saying your name backwards? Dave has all kinds of questions today. We also talk about Apple Music lyrics, Twitter hacking, and Apple News+ audio before Dave tells a wonderful story about iPhone and spending some time with his dad.

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The Dalrymple Report: iOS 14, Scribble, and reservations

iOS 14 Public Beta was just released, so Dave and I talked about a few features we found interesting in the new operating system, like the new real-time headphone audio level. Dave talks about his experience with Scribble on iPadOS, and we discussed the ability for consumers to make a reservation to shop at an Apple Store. Finally, we looked at a couple of new Apple TV+ releases coming out on Friday.

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Apple releases iOS 14 Public Beta

Apple on Thursday released the first public beta of iOS 14. You can sign-up to download the beta on Apple’s Web site. I’ve been using the developer betas for a couple of weeks and have written some of my thoughts that I posted this morning.

iOS 14: Some of my favorite features

Apple released iOS 14 Public Beta, giving users worldwide access to the next version of its operating system. I have been using the developer versions of iOS 14 since they were released and have been very happy with how well they have performed. I will say that what Apple talked about during the WWDC keynote just scratched the surface of what’s available in the new iOS, but several things stood out to me. […]

The Dalrymple Report: WWDC recap with Dave Mark

Our second podcast this week, this time I’m joined by Dave Mark as we go through our thoughts on WWDC.

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Microsoft permanently closing retail stores

Microsoft today announced a strategic change in its retail operations, including closing Microsoft Store physical locations. The company’s retail team members will continue to serve customers from Microsoft corporate facilities and remotely providing sales, training, and support. Microsoft will continue to invest in its digital storefronts on Microsoft.com, and stores in Xbox and Windows, reaching more than 1.2 billion people every month in 190 markets. The company will also reimagine spaces that serve all customers, including operating Microsoft Experience Centers in London, NYC, Sydney, and Redmond campus locations.

Microsoft really tried to compete with Apple Stores, even putting them near existing Apple locations, but the strategy never worked.

Thoughts on Apple’s WWDC keynote

It was a massive day for Apple and its developers, and an excellent start for WWDC ‘20. New operating systems for all of its platforms and a transition from Intel chips to Apple silicon for the Mac. […]

The Dalrymple Report: Hey and WWDC

Dave and I look at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which starts next week, albeit in a very different way than previous years. We also discuss the Hey app controversy that’s happening right now.

Note: After this podcast was recorded Apple’s Phil Schiller commented on this issue.

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Schiller comments on the Hey app

Matthew Panzarino did an interview with Apple’s Phil Schiller today about the Hey app controversy, which I’m sure you’ve heard all about by now. Here’s a couple of things that Schiller said:

“You download the app and it doesn’t work, that’s not what we want on the store,” says Schiller. This, he says, is why Apple requires in-app purchases to offer the same purchasing functionality as they would have elsewhere.

That makes sense to me.

One way that Hey could have gone, Schiller says, is to offer a free or paid version of the app with basic email reading features on the App Store then separately offered an upgraded email service that worked with the Hey app on iOS on its own website. Schiller gives one more example: an RSS app that reads any feed, but also reads an upgraded feed that could be charged for on a separate site. In both cases, the apps would have functionality when downloaded on the store.

I’m not sure if the developer could do that, but if they could, the point makes sense.

Schiller also noted the exceptions that Apple allows, which are most “reader” apps “that only display external content of certain types like music, books and movies.”

It seems like Hey can fix this by making the app usable on the App Store. It doesn’t sound like that’s what they want to do, so Apple is exercising its right to not allow it on the store at all.

The Dalrymple Report: Apple TV at WWDC

I am really interested in Apple TV these days. I’ve been trying out all kinds of services and Apple TV Channels so that I can finally cut the cord. Dave and I talk about some of the challenges that remain.

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Uber, Lyft drivers are now employees in California

Drivers working for ride-hailing services such as Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc will be considered employees under California’s new gig worker law, the state’s leading industry regulator said on Thursday.

The decision, by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which regulates ride-hailing companies across the state, comes six months after a state law took effect that makes it tougher for companies to classify workers as contractors rather than employees. The latter designation exempts them from paying for overtime, healthcare and workers’ compensation.

This looks like it’s done, but the two sides have been battling for the last few years on the issue. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more lawsuits in the future.

Apple creates open source project for password manager apps

Apple has created a new open source project to help developers of password managers collaborate to create strong passwords that are compatible with popular websites. The Password Manager Resources open source project allows you to integrate website-specific requirements used by the iCloud Keychain password manager to generate strong, unique passwords. The project also contains collections of websites known to share a sign-in system, links to websites’ pages where users change passwords, and more.

There are quite a few password manager apps out there these days, so it’ll be interesting to see how this will be utilized.

The Dalrymple Report: Apple TV rant, iPhone, and speech to text

I went on a little rant today about Apple TV, the networks, and what’s not working for me. Dave and I also talked about iPhone sales and using the iPhone for speech to text.

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A renewed love of print newspapers because of COVID-19

Katy Byron, a longtime journalist, on getting her first print newspaper subscription:

And when the actual newspaper came… my spirits were lifted instantly. The feeling of walking to the end of the driveway to pick up my print newspaper every morning has brought me more joy than I can put into words. It’s like every morning is Christmas morning — the grown-up edition. This was one daily task or chore I volunteered to pick up in my house — because this was my thing. This was my newspaper. It might sound corny and I am clearly biased on this subject, but this change in my life that I was able to control has been a sincere silver lining to this living nightmare we are all living through, and I am always looking for silver linings these days.

This was a really great read. Many of us can remember the days of picking up the newspaper and reading it front to back. I get Katy’s need to get away from the screen for a little while and a newspaper is just the thing.

Record a FaceTime call on your Mac or iPhone

FaceTime calls are a great way to stay in touch with people you care about, whether on an iOS device or a Mac. However, what do you do if you want to save those special moments? Luckily, using your Mac, you can record those calls to view later.

This seems especially important these days.