Summary of “iOS 11 review: Control Center, multitasking, and much more”

Dig around the Files app The next thing you should check out is the new Files app on iOS 11.
The other reason to stop by the Files app is that it’s a good place to start playing around with another great iOS 11 feature: drag and drop.
More apps will need to gain support for drag and drop to make it truly useful on the iPad, but I’m a little disappointed that it’s not available on the iPhone.
You can do split screen as before, but there’s more freedom to set your “Skinny” app on either side.
It’s much too early to know whether AR apps are going to be more than a fun trick to play around with for a few minutes before you forget about it – though that’s been the way many AR and VR things have gone.
Apple’s famous for getting developers on board with really good apps, we expect the same will be true in iOS 11.
If you really want to get a sense of the vibe that Apple is going for, take a tour through the Apple News app and especially the newly redesigned App Store.
Apple has basically turned the App Store into a tiny little magazine for apps.

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Summary of “What the iPhone X borrowed from the Palm Pre”

I have become the unofficial standard bearer for webOS, the operating system created by Palm for the Pre and its successive devices.
So as the bearer of a thoroughly-tattered banner, I’ve been hearing a lot of people ask what I thought about the iPhone X and how it borrows many of the ideas first introduced by Palm.
Just because Palm did some stuff first doesn’t take away from Apple is doing them now.
Both Google with the Galaxy Nexus and Samsung with many other devices have been making unlocking your phone with your face possible – but all of them have been pretty bad compared to what I experienced with the iPhone X. That’s not a Palm example, but it’s instructive: ideas float around and sometimes Apple does a better job of implementing them than others who did it first.
Wireless Charging Palm was the first major smartphone maker to popularize wireless charging.
Later, Palm did what it should have done in the first place and got rid of the home button, replacing it with a small LED strip.
First There’s a giant pile of other things that webOS did first that both iOS and Android eventually borrowed.
Palm’s way of doing it still hasn’t been replicated by anybody, and as I said I’m not sure if it would hold up as well in 2017 as it did when Palm first introduced it.

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Summary of “See the cool kids lined up outside that new restaurant? This app pays them to stand there.”

Pretend for a moment that you’re walking through your neighborhood and notice a line of people wrapped around the block outside a newly opened restaurant.
That time may be passing thanks to Surkus, an emerging app that allowed the restaurant to quickly manufacture its ideal crowd and pay the people to stand in place like extras on a movie set.
At a time when it has become commonplace for individuals to broadcast polished versions of their lives on social media, does Surkus give businesses a formidable tool to do the same, renting beautiful people and blending them with advertising in a way that makes reality nearly indiscernible? Or have marketers found a tool that offers them a far more efficient way to link brands with potential customers, allowing individuals to turn themselves into living extensions of the share economy using a structured, mutually beneficial transaction?
Stephen George, Surkus’s 30-year-old chief executive, said he considers his app an online matchmaker, one that pairs companies with the people who want to hear from them.
“I understand the need for quick results and attendance and that sometimes brands need people lined up at their door,” said Kerry O’Grady, a professor at New York University’s School of Professional Studies who teaches courses on public relations.
After launching two years ago, Surkus members have attended 4,200 events for 750 clients, including big-name brands, hospitality groups, live-ticketed shows, movie castings and everyday people who want to throw a party.
George said a research company recently used the app to find 750 people to fill movie theaters in Los Angeles and New York to compare how reactions varied from city to city.
“Now I’ve realized, ‘Oh, wow, my act is appealing to Hispanic women and men in their 50s and old people – like, we’re talking people in their 70s.”.

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Summary of “Facebook knew about Snap’s struggles months before the public”

This isn’t the first time Facebook has used Onavo’s app usage data to make major decisions.
The info reportedly influenced the decision to buy WhatsApp, as Facebook knew that WhatsApp’s dominance in some areas could cut it out of the loop.
To be clear, Facebook isn’t grabbing this data behind anyone’s back.
The revelation here is more about how Facebook uses that information rather than the collection itself.
Former Federal Trade Commission CTO Askhan Soltani tells the WSJ that Facebook is turning customers’ own data against them by using it to snuff out competitors.
Tech lawyer Adam Shevell is concerned that Facebook might be violating Apple’s App Store rules by collecting data that isn’t directly relevant to app use or ads.
No matter what, the news underscores just how hard it is for upstarts to challenge Facebook’s dominant position.
How do you compete with an internet giant that can counter your app’s features the moment it becomes popular? This doesn’t make Facebook immune to competition, but app makers definitely can’t assume that they’ll catch the firm off-guard.

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Summary of “Big brother is here, and his name is Facebook”

Rather, our loss of privacy and Big Brother’s influence on us are brought about by none other than our penchant for sharing on social media.
Did you know that the social network may have the capability to listen in even when we are not actively sharing information or using the mobile app?
Given the amount of permissions we give social networks when we install apps on our mobile devices, we might as well just hand them over privileged access to our personal lives.
You can easily access the social network through your mobile web browser and set it to “Desktop mode”.
You can leave Facebook in favor of other social networking services.
What exactly can we look forward to in social networking, when Facebook seems to be the apex of social networking apps today?
Perhaps decentralization is key to ensuring a secure social network built for the long run.
Nexus is actually launching its initial coin offering, which aims to raise resources and give users the chance to own a part of the social network through cryptographic tokens.

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Summary of “Can an App Make You a Better Runner?”

Their promise was that I would become a better, more efficient runner; I would have hard data that went far beyond the capabilities of a lowly stopwatch and a gut feeling of improvement.
Like any worthwhile hobby in 2017, running is the focus of a variety of apps that can help you refine the experience.
The app can be used to race other users or virtually “Run” with them, which just means running the same distance and comparing stats.
The other major user trend also feels uncomfortably familiar: “Everyone talks badly about themselves as a runner; they always knock themselves down a couple pegs. They’re always like ‘Oh, I’m not a serious runner,’ and then you go look at their history and they run 20 miles a week,” Clark says.
Runkeeper remains my app of choice for various reasons, but it has the same objective as Nike+ Run Club and Strava and all the rest: gamifying something that is otherwise done alone.
For the rest of the run, I just thought of ways to describe the pain: It felt like my knee had been hollowed out, and that at any second the bones surrounded by what used to be tissue and muscle would shatter into pieces.
I’d run like this for 10 miles, sacrificing comfort - and likely, speed! - so I would have better stats on my phone.
Cofounder Olivier Bernhard created the shoes with the help of a Swiss engineer; their goal was to re-create the feeling of running on clay tennis courts - a certain bounce to your step and cushion to your fall.

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Summary of “Apple and the Oak Tree – Stratechery by Ben Thompson”

1 By the spring of 2003 Apple had introduced the iTunes Music Store, a seamless and legal way to download DRM-protected digital music,2 but particularly in those early days the value of the iTunes Music Store to Apple was not so much that it was a selling point to consumers, but rather a means by which Apple could play dumb about how it was that its burgeoning number of iPod customers came to fill up their music libraries.
To be clear, I’m not very bent out of shape about this; the reality is that piracy was happening before Apple woke up to the music revolution, and would have continued whether the iPod came along or not.3 In fact, by offering a legal alternative that not only matched but exceeded the convenience of piracy, Apple pointed the way to a surprisingly bright future for the music labels.
What is worth noting is that Apple’s breakthrough product – the one that started Apple down the road to the iPhone, iPad, App Store, everything that contributed to yesterday’s financial results – was not simply a product of Steve Jobs vision, or Rubinstein or Tony Fadell or Jony Ive or any of the other folks at Apple.
Apple’s preference, of course, is that you stream via Apple Music, one of the key parts of Apple’s Services businesses; the “Services” line on Apple’s income statement is now the second-largest, and has loomed largest in Apple’s quarterly presentation to analysts for the last year-and-a-half.
Later that year Apple would release the iPhone 6 and reap the rewards of that advantage: Greater China quickly became Apple’s second-largest market, buying an incredible $59 billion worth of Apple products in the company’s 2015 fiscal year.4 Naturally, despite the fact Apple’s China sales have faltered with the iPhone’s increasingly stale design, services revenue has only grown; according to App Annie, App Store revenue in China surpassed App Store revenue in the United States last fall, making China the most important market for Apple’s fastest growing segment.
Tim Cook argued on Apple’s earnings call – correctly and fairly, to be sure – that in the case of removing VPN apps the company is simply following the law; of course there is no law that says Apple, contrary to the company’s behavior in other countries or markets, ought to invest $1 billion in a Chinese company competing with a Western challenger, or open R&D facilities worth $500 million when the company has been reticent for years to let technology-focused employees work in San Francisco, much less across the Pacific.
5 As for the HomePod, Cook highlighted on the earnings call that it is “Designed to work with your Apple Music subscription”; if you have a Spotify subscription and want voice control, you will have to get an Echo instead. Indeed, Apple’s attempt at services lock-in is steadily increasing: HomePod supports only Apple Music and Siri, CarPlay supports only Siri and Apple Maps, iOS still doesn’t let one change default applications.
What has always made the “Apple is doomed” argument so dumb is that it has always implied that Apple was some sort of special snowflake, incapable of leveraging its massive user base or demonstrated ability to iterate on its industry-leading products.

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Summary of “The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With YouTube Kids”

If you don’t have a 3-year-old in your life, you may not be aware of YouTube Kids, an app that’s essentially a stripped-down version of the original video blogging site, with videos filtered by the target audience’s age.
“Daddy Finger” is basically the YouTube Kids anthem, and ChuChu TV’s dynamic interpretations of popular kid songs are inescapable.
In the mobile internet age, the same millennials who have ditched cable television en masse are now having babies, which makes apps like YouTube Kids the screentime option du jour.
Which is part of why kids using apps like YouTube Kids often select videos that portray familiar concepts-ones that feature a cartoon character or topic they’re already drawn to.
YouTube Kids last year featured a video that showed Mickey Mouse-esque characters shooting one another in the head with guns, Today reported.
At the same time, the creators of YouTube Kids videos spend countless hours trying to game the algorithm so that their videos are viewed as many times as possible-more views translate into more advertising dollars for them.
Unlike YouTube’s main website, YouTube Kids does not use an individual child’s geographic location, gender, or age to make recommendations, a spokesperson told me.
The YouTube spokeswoman cited the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule, a Federal Trade Commission requirement for operators of websites aimed at kids under 13 years old, but declined to answer repeated questions about why the YouTube Kids algorithm used different inputs than the original site’s algorithm.

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Summary of “27 Must-Have Apps You Don’t Know About”

Have you ever wondered what products or apps you’re missing out on? It’s easy to find the most popular ones in a particular category-but what about the hidden gems? One of Product Hunt’s community members David Spinks has the same question.
He asked other users: What’s one app you use a lot that most people don’t know about?
The community responded with over 220 product recommendations.
Here are 27 of our favorites-from a plug-in that helps you write better, to a Mac volume booster, to an automated website that tracks just about everything in your life.
Read on for morebut be ready to go down an app blackhole for the next few hours.

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Summary of “Want to Create Your Own Apps? Apple Will Teach You How to Code-for Free”

Maybe you have a cool app in mind that you would like to develop, but you don’t know whom to hire to code it, much less have the money.
No problem: For DIY types of people, Apple has released a free app development curriculum in the iBooks Store.
While the curriculum is designed for high school and community college students – and select schools will start offering the curriculum this fall – you don’t have to attend school to learn to code in Swift, Apple’s programming language.
In case you aren’t aware, you can also learn to code with Swift using Swift Playgrounds.
Granted, downloading a set of textbooks and teacher guides isn’t the same as taking classes; then again, for many people self-paced learning is the best kind of learning.
You can learn to code whenever you have time, not on someone else’s schedule.
The app economy is already huge, and the automation economy – and the need for the ability to, if not program, at least understand the technology and issues underlying automation programming – will grow exponentially in the years to come.
Plenty of people already do: According to Apple, Swift Playgrounds has been downloaded more than one million times, and the add-on “Everyone Can Code” has been downloaded nearly half a million times.

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