MacBreak Weekly 409
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Topic: Apple to cease development of Aperture, Disney theme park's wristband ID could shed light on Apple's wearable strategy, recent hires suggest Apple is working on its own speech recognition for Siri, CarPlay coming to 9 new automakers' vehicles, Apple launches new iPod touch, and more.
Recorded: July 1, 2014
Published: July 1, 2014
MacBreak Weekly 409: A Little Less Fur
Apple to cease development of Aperture, wearable strategy, better Siri coming, and more.
- Sarah Lane ( )Google+)
- Alex Lindsay ( /Google+)
- Andy Ihnatko ( /Google+)
- Rene Ritchie ( /about.me)
- Sarah: Leo is on holiday on Maui
- Andy: Will try to avoid bemoaning career choices through the show.
- Alex: In Rwanda preparing for national celebration of the end of the genocide
- Renee: It's Canada Day! Also known as Confederation Day.
Aperture is being dumped
- Andy: Spends more time in Aperture than gaming and is sorry to see it go. It is possible that Apple may have a replacement but not ready to announce.
- Alex: Have been concerned about some stability issues in Aperture in the past, will wait to see what "Photos" offers
- Sarah: Does Apple want to move away from the Pro Photographer area?
- Renee: Apple seems to want to move towards the 'prosumer' market. iPhoto wasn't enough, but Aperture was too expensive
- Alex: Apple looks to what 90% of the people need 90% of the time
- Sarah: Tech•pinions - Understanding Apple's Wearable Strategy
- Andy: How Disney uses the digital wristband is an excellent example of how a wearable technology would be useful
- Sarah: Disney uses the wristbands, linked to a credit card, to eliminate the need to carry cash, unlock doors, track children, etc...
- Renee: Apple is at it's best when it is solving problems
- Sarah: Looking at a wearable by when?
- Andy: October
iTunes U update
- Sarah: Does anyone here use iTunes U?
- Andy: I have it, I'm proud to have it, but I don't use it
- Alex: We are excited about the idea, but not sure how it will fit into our program
- Sarah: Current implementation is hard to navigate
- Alex: It's not for everyone, it takes a special quality for self-paced training
- Sarah: Coming to 9 new automakers
- Alex: Day to day integration of iPhone with car is more important and wanted than many other 'features' offered
- Andy: Excited that there are many makers willing to support both CarPlay and Android Auto
Siri improvements coming?
- Sarah: Wired-Siri Will Soon Understand You a Whole Lot Better
- Renee: The technology is only going to get better/faster as we go along
- Andy: It is not about full functionality, but effective usage
- Sarah: Microsoft has demonstrated "neural networking" with Skype
- Andy: The technology needs to become more conversational
- Alex: There are predictive elements that need to be implemented
- Sarah: Apple just released a new commercial geared to parents
- Renee: Apple is no longer showing "things" but how they integrate into our lives
- Sarah: Apple has released 16G iPod Touch with rear camera
- Sarah: A recent poll showed people want better battery life over a bigger screen
Picks of the Week
- Rene's pick: Slack for various
- Team Communication/Virtual Office
- Alex’s pick: Litely – Litely LLC (iPhone) for free
- Easy filters to apply to images on iPhone/iPad
- Andy's pick: Rookies: Create Your Own Pack of Personalized Baseball Cards – Rookies (for iPhone) for free
- Let's you design your own baseball style cards
- Sarah’s pick: [https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/snapseed/id439438619?mt=8&uo=4&at=11laQn Snapseed – Nik Software, Inc. (for iPhone) for free
- Also an image filtering program
- VSCO Cam® – Visual Supply Company for iPhone for free
- Litely reminded me of VSCO
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