Russia says it thinks Apple and SAP are using their software to spy, so it wants both companies to hand over their code. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the motives behind Russia's demands and look at what could happen if both companies refuse to comply. They also jump into the middle of Amazon's latest posturing in its ongoing book pricing fight with Hachette.
This week’s roundup of new apps includes a celebration of Blue Note, one of the greatest labels in jazz—and music—history. But if that's too heady for you, we've also got Sharknado.Blue Note 75
The diamond anniversary of a legendary jazz label is celebrated in the Blue Note 75 iPad app. Immerse yourself in the history of the music: If you have a Spotify, Rdio, or Deezer subscription, the app ties into those accounts to give you album-length dips into the history being described. (Other users can listen to 30-second sound clips and buy albums and singles directly from iTunes.) In addition to timelines, artist catalogues, and more, the app also includes an interactive magazine featuring news and other information about jazz today.
Russia doesn't trust the United States government or Apple, so it is asking for source code from the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker to look for clues showing the devices are being used to spy on its citizens and government officials. The country also wants source code from SAP citing privacy concerns.
The Mac Observer Spin: Targeting Apple and SAP with the code request makes sense considering both are high profile companies that are unlikely to cooperate. That may be exactly what Russian officials are hoping for, or they may simply be posturing by naming popular and well known companies.
Hey, remember when the New York Times accused Apple of deliberately obsoleting iPhones? Let’s do that again.
Writing for the Times, Harvard economics professor Sendhil Mullainathan notes that Laura Trucco, a Ph.D. student in economics at Harvard, checked Google results for “iPhone slow” searches and found they correlated with launches of new phones. This is apparently a thing you can do to get credit toward a Harvard Ph.D.
The iPhone music identification app Shazam is getting a little less mobile, but in a good way. A new version for OS X was released on Thursday that offers the same discovery features as its iPhone counterpart, but designed to live in your Mac's menu bar.
The Mac Observer Spin: Not having to scramble for your iPhone in a coffee shop to Shazam a song that's playing sounds pretty cool.
AgileBits, the maker of the popular password management app 1Password, is ready to move beyond auto-filling website logins only in their own iPhone and iPad app and plans to bring that functionality to any app that taps into its API in iOS 8. With 1Password support built into other apps, users will be able to enter their user names and passwords with Touch ID, and AgileBits has a video showing just how seamless the process can be.
The Mac Observer Spin: One touch login via Touch ID and 1Password is a perfect example of why Apple needed to open up iOS more. Features like this will make the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch so much easier to use.
If you’re still fiddling with title bars and thin window edges to move and resize windows, Moom and Zooom can make window management easier and more convenient. In this week’s video, I show you how each of these utilities can improve your windowing workflows.Transcript
OS X has changed dramatically over the years, but working with windows in OS X hasn’t. You still move windows around by their title bar, and you resize windows by dragging a tiny area along the edge.