Federico Viticci on Due 2:
The way Lin Junjie decided to release Due 2 is also worth a mention. Due 2 is a free update that replaces the old Due app on the App Store, bringing a new UI and the features mentioned above. For new customers, the app will be $4.99 as usual. For old customers only, four features will be locked with a $2.99 In-App Purchase: background sync, 45 new tones, auto snooze options, and the ability to pause timers. This is, effectively, a way to implement upgrade pricing on the App Store for an existing SKU – new customers won’t see the IAP and old owners of the app will automatically be brought into the new Due app with an option to pay for new functionality.
Interesting model, and I’m happy that Junjie was able to figure out a way to charge for an discounted upgrade. It’s a hack, but it works.
Jelani Cobb, writing for The New Yorker:
From the outset, the great difficulty has been discerning whether the authorities are driven by malevolence or incompetence. The Ferguson police let Brown’s body lie in the street for four and a half hours, an act that either reflected callous disregard for him as a human being or an inability to manage the situation. The release of Darren Wilson’s name was paired with the release of a video purportedly showing Brown stealing a box of cigarillos from a convenience store, although Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson later admitted that Wilson was unaware of the incident when he confronted the young man. (McCullough contradicted this in his statement on the non-indictment.) Last night, McCullough made the inscrutable call to announce the grand jury’s decision after darkness had fallen and the crowds had amassed in the streets, factors that many felt could only increase the risk of violence. Despite the sizable police presence, few officers were positioned on the stretch of West Florissant Avenue where Brown was killed. The result was that damage to the area around the police station was sporadic and short-lived, but Brown’s neighborhood burned. This was either bad strategy or further confirmation of the unimportance of that community in the eyes of Ferguson’s authorities.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple:
The company I am so fortunate to lead has long advocated for human rights and equality for all. We’ve taken a strong stand in support of a workplace equality bill before Congress, just as we stood for marriage equality in our home state of California. And we spoke up in Arizona when that state’s legislature passed a discriminatory bill targeting the gay community. We’ll continue to fight for our values, and I believe that any CEO of this incredible company, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, would do the same. And I will personally continue to advocate for equality for all people until my toes point up.
My buddies, Gabe and Jeff, have a new app out for beer nerds and it’s a power user’s (drinker’s?) tool for sure. You can basically keep track of everything related to the beers you love—or hate, for that matter. Seriously, everything. And it’s only $4.99. Also, if you haven’t already, you should be listening to their new podcast. Great guys, making great stuff.
Russell Brandom, writing for The Verge:
Verizon and AT&T will tell you they just want to help serve you more relevant ads, which isn’t so bad on the face of it — but we’ve seen networks like this used for much more questionable ends, most notably when the NSA took over Google’s cookie-tracking network to help target malware injections. Tracking is tracking, and it’s hard to tell what else might be built on top of the network once it’s in use. For Verizon and AT&T customers — which, put together, compose a little more than two-thirds of US citizens — the result is a comprehensive surveillance system that they didn’t approve and, until this month, were largely unaware of.
Jason Snell, at Six Colors:
I’ve been in the market for a desktop Mac for a few months. I began considering the Mac Pro, but the $3000 entry price seemed like overkill. Then I looked at the Mac mini, specifically the quad-core models, but they were outdated—and the newly updated Mac minis only offer dual-core processors. Then along comes the Retina iMac, and even though I’ve got a perfectly nice 24-inch display on my desk, I’m sorely tempted to join the Retina party.
This is the promise of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display: It’s one of the fastest Macs ever attached to the best Mac display ever. Yes, it’s an iMac, meaning you can’t attach a newer, faster computer to this thing in two or three years. But I have a feeling that these iMacs will have the processor power, and the staying power, to make the aging process much less painful.
Created by Dokterdok (based on instructions compiled by UncleSchnitty) and available on Github, the Continuity Activation Tool is designed to activate Continuity by doing a compatibility check, creating backups of original System drivers, and disabling a Mac-model blacklist in the Bluetooth code that prevents Continuity from working on ineligible Macs. From there, it also whitelists Mac board-ids within the Wi-Fi code to get the feature working.
The tool can be downloaded as a zip file from Github and is installed by double clicking the app and following the instructions provided on the screen.
The Continuity Activation Tool will enable Continuity on the mid-2011 MacBook Air and the mid-2011 Mac mini with no additional hardware required, as both of those devices include Bluetooth 4.0. That means installing the tool should get Continuity up and running on those machines in just a few minutes.
I’m not sure I’m willing to take the risk, but we’ll see. I really want to be able to use AirDrop on my 2011 MacBook Air.
Nice terminal hack from Rob Griffiths at Many Tricks. I like the look.
Alex Guyot, writing for MacStories:
Greg Pierce knocked it out of the park with Drafts 4. It’s an incredibly powerful tool, and even after using it for a couple of months, I’m still discovering things that make the app even better. You should absolutely pick it up.