All Things Apple Weekend Update – 31st Aug 2014

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Weekend Update is a weekly dose of All Things Apple. We curate the best Apple related articles that have been published throughout the week. These include news pieces, guides, editorials and even reviews. Here is this weeks curation of Apple related articles, by us and others that you cannot afford to miss -

All Things Apple Weekend Update – 31st Aug 2014

Instagram Launches New Time-Lapse App Called “HyperLapse”

The best VPN solution for iOS and OS X – The Sweet Setup

Apple’s iPhone Event Will Be Sept 9th (And We’ll Be There) – Gizmodo

Two Countries, Two Vastly Different Phone Bills – NYTimes

The fashion case for mobile phone covers – Financial Times

Two reasons now might finally be the right time for iPhone to gain NFC – GigaOM

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say – Columbian Journalism Review

iOS First. Android Much, Much Later – Haywire

Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media – 9to5 Mac

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Instagram Launches New Time-Lapse App Called “HyperLapse”

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Instagram has just launched its second app called HyperLapse, which lets users capture time-lapse videos using the camera on their iPhones (yes this is an iOS exclusive as of now). The app uses several algorithms to let you capture super-fast yet stable time-lapse videos.

I’ve always been interested in time-lapse photography, and till now have been using the Frameographer app for the iPhone by StudioNeat.

Based on my initial impressions and on the videos put up by Instagram, the technology behind HyperLapse is much more superior than the technology in any other time-lapse app for the iPhone. But for me what sets this app apart is the interface. It is just so easy to use – you start of by recording a video, once you are done recording the video you decide what speed you want your video to run in, and you are done!

I strongly believe in simplicity, and I think that is exactly what will help Instagram differentiate itself from the others. I’ve always found time-lapse photography to be too much work, but with HyperLapse, that isn’t the case. That is why I am expecting this app to be a game-changer.

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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 24th August 2014

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Weekend Update is a weekly dose of All Things Apple. We curate the best Apple related articles that have been published throughout the week. These include news pieces, guides, editorials and even reviews. Here is this weeks curation of Apple related articles, by us and others that you cannot afford to miss -

All Things Apple Weekend Update – 24th August 2014

How To Disable Notifications for iTunes

Conjecture Regarding Larger iPhone Displays - Daring Fireball

The Control Strip - 512 Pixels

How does the iPhone hold up against a serious camera? – The Verge

Apple’s iMessage Is Being Taken Over by Spammers – Wired

The slow death of buttons in iOS – Simone Rizzo

This is how Twitter is starting to fundamentally redefine itself – Dan Frommer

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How To Disable Notifications for iTunes

As I have mentioned before, I love listening to and discovering new music, and since the release of iOS 7, I have been using iTunes Radio all the time on both my Mac and on my iOS devices. Unlike the iOS version, the iTunes app for the Mac does a peculiar thing whenever it plays a new song – it pushes out a notification for every new song that it plays. This is super annoying for a person like me, who constantly has music playing in the background. Besides, there is practically no benefit if you ask me.

Luckily there’s a quick fix for this -

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  • Click on Preferences within iTunes
  • In the General tab, you will find a section dedicated to notification
  • Uncheck the “When song changes” box

Thats it. No more annoying notifications, everytime you play a new song.

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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 17th August 2014

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Weekend Update is a weekly dose of All Things Apple. We curate the best Apple related articles that have been published throughout the week. These include news pieces, guides, editorials and even reviews. Here is this weeks curation of Apple related articles, by us and others that you cannot afford to miss -

All Things Apple Weekend Update – 17th August 2014

Apple Airs New ‘Your Verse’ iPad Adverts

Thoughts on Apple’s Employee Diversity Report

Welcome to Slices of Apple, an inside look at what makes Apple great – TUAW

Tinkering – Louie Mantia

Diversity of Various Tech Companies By the Numbers – Pixel Envy

My iOS Screenshot Generation Workflow – MacStories

NSFW: I’m not overcompensating, I swear – iMore

The Best Podcast Apps for iPhone – Anxious Machine

By request: The Mac gamer – GameSpite

Eve wasn’t invited: Integrating women into the Apple community – MacWorld

Simplifying the Bull: How Picasso Helps to Teach Apple’s Style – NYTimes

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Thoughts on Apple’s Employee Diversity Report

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Key numbers from Apple’s Employee Diversity Report 2014

Yesterday Apple published its “Employee Diversity Report” which provides a demographic breakdown of Apple’s global and US-based workforce. The report reveals that out of the 98,000 employees that Apple has, 70% are male. Looking specifically at the US, approximately 55% of Apple’s workforce is White, 15% Asian, 11% Hispanic, and 7% Black.

 

Apple is committed to transparency, which is why we are publishing statistics about the race and gender makeup of our company. Let me say up front: As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page. They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them. We are making progress, and we’re committed to being as innovative in advancing diversity as we are in developing our products. – Tim Cook

At my day job, we have been expanding our team, and I have been slightly involved in the hiring proccess. I strongly feel that having a diverse work-force is an extremely important goal for any company. That being said, I don’t think that it should be forced. The most important thing that needs to be ensured is that the person being hired is good for their job, irrespective of their demographic background. I think what companies “can” strive towards is to ensure that they are above the industry average.

Beyond the diversity numbers, what stood out to me is the story of one of Apple’s employees. Kim Paulk is a Specialist at the Apple Store on West 14th Street in Manhattan. Kim has a medical condition that has impaired her vision and hearing since she was a child. Customers rave about Kim’s service, and they say she embodies the best characteristics of Apple. Her guide dog, Gemma, is affectionately known around the store as the “seeing iDog.”

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Apple Airs New ‘Your Verse’ iPad Adverts

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Earlier today, Apple aired two new ads as part of their “Your Verse” campaign, which highlight how two people use their iPad. The first ad showcases how Jason Hall uses his iPad to organize Michigan’s biggest weekly bicycle ride, aimed at building community and showing off the great City of Detroit. Some of the apps that he uses are Prezi, Penultimate, and Phoster. Hall uses Prezi to tell his story through pictures and fun transitions, and he uses Phoster to design Facebook flyers.

 

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Since I am a musician, the second ad that Apple aired today, appealed a bit more to me. It showcases how a band from Beijing use the iPad to sample sounds from their surrounding, and record music on the go, using apps like iMPC, Music Studio, and iMaschine. I haven’t really used any of these apps but I frequently use Apple’s own Garageband app for the iPad to create and record music everyday.

I would also recommend that you watch the first ad of the series, which features a heart-wrenching voiceover by Robin Williams taken from the movie -  Dead Poets Society.

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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 10th August 2014

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Weekend Update is a weekly dose of All Things Apple. We curate the best Apple related articles that have been published throughout the week. These include news pieces, guides, editorials and even reviews. Here is this weeks curation of Apple related articles, by us and others that you cannot afford to miss -

All Things Apple Weekend Update – 10th August 2014

Apple Drops Lawsuits with Samsung Outside The US

Brief Thoughts on Apple’s Hire of Musa Tariq

Is The iWatch Going To Launch in September?

Apple Claims to Support 629,000 European Jobs, European Developers Take 32.5% of App Store Revenues – MacStories

Indians Flaunt 4-Year-Old IPhones as Apple Builds Appeal – Bloomberg

MacIntel: The End Is Nigh – Monday Note

The Best RSS App for the iPad Is Unread – The Sweet Setup

I Still Can’t Be Ok With Just My iPhone – The Brooks Review

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Is The iWatch Going To Launch in September?

It looks like Motorola’s designers tried to draw as much attention as they could to the 360′s stupid flat-tire display shape.

The only way this could get funnier would be if it doesn’t even ship until after Apple announces their wrist wearable thing next month.

This post on DaringFireball was followed by a tweet from his account that offered a clarification -

“By the way, I have no idea whether Apple is planning wrist thing for September or October, just making a joke.”

I am not sure whether he was actually joking, or if his clarification is just damage-control. Either way, I don’t see Apple launching its first new product in 4 years, during a shared event. I strongly feel that even if Apple ends up announcing its wearable next month, it will be at a dedicated event.

Long story short, Apple may end up announcing the iWatch in September, I just wouldn’t expect it to be announced at the iPhone event. I could be wrong, but time will tell.

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Brief Thoughts on Apple’s Hire of Musa Tariq

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Earlier this week, 9to5Mac reported that Apple has hired Musa Tariq, the former social media head at Nike Inc. Tariq will be working as the Digital Marketing Director, for Apple Retail, which means that he will report to Angela Anherdts, who he has worked with in his days at Burberry.

I am extremely intrigued by this hire, considering that Apple isn’t very active on social networks. The company doesn’t even have an official Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus account. But is this hire really about social media? Is it really going to reflect into Facebook pages for Apple and each of its products? Or is there more to it? I think the answer is more obvious than it seems.

Apple isn’t hiring Tariq because he knows how to leverage social networking sites. I fore-see Tariq building relationships that help Apple make a cultural impact. Think of the cultural impact of the iPod, the iPhone, the Beats headphones, or even the cultural impact of Nike shoes (which Tariq was responsible for). Any executive can set-up social media accounts and drive social engagement for a brand as big as Apple. But not everyone can partner with footballers, actors, musicians, and more to launch products and drive engagement through campaigns.

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