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26 Jun 23:36

How a Pro Photographer Edits iPhone Photos

by Michael Hession
How a Pro Photographer Edits iPhone Photos
Photo: Michael Hession

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As a photographer, I do most of my photo editing on a desktop computer with a giant screen. But like most people, I also take loads of pictures with my phone, and I often employ mobile apps to sharpen and polish those iPhone photos before sharing. The bevy of tools and adjustments in the best photo editing apps can be truly overwhelming. But don’t panic: In the video above, I walk through my basic workflow for quickly editing photos in one of our favorite apps, Adobe Lightroom.

You don’t need a deep knowledge of Lightroom to get great results. In this video, I focus on the basics first, such as exposure, and getting the most detail out of highlights and shadow areas. Then, I establish a look with contrast and white balance adjustments. Finally, I adjust specific hues and regions of the image. Check out the before-and-after results:

A dull image of a hillside on a seashore.
The original photo, shot with an iPhone XS. Photo: Michael Hession
A fully saturated image of a hillside on a seashore.
The edited version. Photo: Michael Hession

Every photographer has their own preferred methods for getting great results, and this is just one path that happens to work for me. Once you get familiar with the tools and figure out your own techniques, I think you’ll find it endlessly gratifying to control your photos and make them come alive without resorting to prefab filters.

Watch on YouTube

26 Jun 23:36

Runs on the Librem 5 Smartphone – Week 1

by Bryan Lunduke

As we steadily work towards the release of the Librem 5 smartphone (Q3 of 2019), we’re taking a look at one new application (or game, or feature) running on the Librem 5 Development Kit every single day.

Below is the first week worth — Solitaire, web browser, system tools, note taking… just all over the map.  Some of these are mobile optimized applications.  Others are desktop Linux applications, running unmodified on Librem 5 development kit hardware.

What will the next week hold?  Which applications and games will we take a look at over the coming week?  Who knows!  (Well.  I do.  But I’m not telling.)

Side note: If you pre-order the Librem 5 before July 31st, you save $50.  And fifty bucks is fifty bucks.

Day 1 – Solitaire (also on YouTube)

 

Day 2 – Gedit and Apt (also on YouTube)

 

Day 3 – Web Browser (also on YouTube)

 

Day 4 – GNOME Calculator (also on YouTube)

 

Day 5 – GNOME Dictionary (also on YouTube)

 

Day 6 – Evince Document Reader (also on YouTube)

 

Day 7 – Annotated Note Taking with Xournal (also on YouTube)

The post Runs on the Librem 5 Smartphone – Week 1 appeared first on Purism.

26 Jun 23:35

RT @RyanJohnNelson: Petition to bring back the timeless snark of these wartime tube posters. P͟l͟e͟a͟s͟e͟. pic.twitter.com/i6ZRkYq90j

by RyanJohnNelson
mkalus shared this story from ottocrat on Twitter.

Petition to bring back the timeless snark of these wartime tube posters. P͟l͟e͟a͟s͟e͟. pic.twitter.com/i6ZRkYq90j






Posted by RyanJohnNelson on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 3:40pm
Retweeted by ottocrat on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 6:45am


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26 Jun 23:35

To the lady swerving her Nissan Micra all over the M25, eating her dinner with a fork from a bowl *behind the steering wheel* I hope they teach you to drive in hell.

by ottocrat
mkalus shared this story from ottocrat on Twitter.

To the lady swerving her Nissan Micra all over the M25, eating her dinner with a fork from a bowl *behind the steering wheel* I hope they teach you to drive in hell.


Posted by ottocrat on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 6:33pm


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26 Jun 23:34

Make no mistake: Britain is on the cusp of a constitutional crisis of epic proportions

mkalus shared this story .

Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/PA Images

As this is an article focussing on Boris Johnson, a man who parted company with honesty some decades ago, let us focus on truth. Specifically, five truths. First, Johnson wants to be prime minister and in four weeks, almost certainly will be. Second, a majority of MPs in the House of Commons do not think he is up to the job. That is, almost all opposition MPs and almost half of all Tory MPs. Third, both Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are advertising their determination to take us out of the EU without any further delay, even if that means a no-deal crash-out. Fourth, a majority of MPs are implacably opposed to no-deal.

Which takes us to our fifth truth: we are either heading for a political crisis in July, or October, or both.

Let’s start from basic principles. The EU will not renegotiate the backstop because it has no incentive to do so. Its leaders would sacrifice their own leverage, shatter their own political cohesion and credibility, throw a small member under the bus to appease a departing one, and strengthen a political opponent who once literally compared them to Hitler. They would be idiotic to back down to the UK now, and they will not. This, then, is the bottom line.

Johnson and Hunt, however, have established their own parallel bottom line: that we must leave without a deal rather than revoke Article 50. Johnson told the BBC on Monday that both Labour and the Conservatives would face “mortal retribution” if we did not leave on 31st October, deal or no-deal. On Tuesday he insisted that no-deal must be “do or die” (likely the latter). Meanwhile, over the weekend, Hunt—let’s remember, the more serious and credible candidate—discussed a factory near Kidderminster which relies on EU trade and would be “wiped out” by no-deal. Without pausing for breath or apparently thought, he then declared that “if that was the only way to deliver Brexit, then I’m afraid we have to do that, because that’s what people have voted for.” Ignore the fact that a majority of voters, who in 2016 were guaranteed increased prosperity and free trade, emphatically did not vote for their fellow citizens to lose their jobs. This is now our political reality, and this is our next prime minister’s starting point.

And so here we are. The EU will not renegotiate the deal. The prime minister will not request a new extension. We therefore revert to the control Brexit intended to take back: the sovereignty of parliament.

Now we know that a new PM will almost certainly take us to the brink in October, parliament may finally feel compelled to take the initiative. The Tories will announce their new leader on 23rd July. May will conduct her final Prime Minister’s Questions the following afternoon, then visit the Queen to tender her resignation. The day after that, MPs begin their summer recess. The scene is set for chaos.

It now seems increasingly likely that parliament will test the confidence of the government before that recess begins—possibly on the Tuesday, after the Tories unveil their new leader, or even the Wednesday, before May has reached Buckingham Palace. Why would it not? Labour’s strongest and most consistent Brexit policy has been to reject no-deal. Now that is effectively the government’s default policy, it will perceive both a duty and opportunity to stop it.

The SNP, Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and Greens will support the vote, as will, surely, the current and erstwhile members of Change UK (even if it means losing their seats in a subsequent election). We then turn to the small core of Remain rebels still on the Tory backbenches. Dominic Grieve and Ken Clarke say they would bring down the government in order to prevent no-deal. Tobias Ellwood, a current minister, has told the BBC that a dozen MPs, including himself, would join them. And so the first question is, would they do so next month? After all, since Johnson has already made his ultimate intentions plain, they cannot give him the benefit of the doubt because there won’t be any. Why, in that case, let him take us on a direct route to the autumn cliff-edge?

If they do go on the offensive, we could be heading for a major constitutional crisis. Johnson will in practice have lost the support of the Commons before he even begins. The subsequent turbulence is difficult to overstate. The Queen could potentially be dragged in if the Commons demonstrates its lack of confidence before she invites Johnson to form a government. Buckingham Palace would consider this anathema and do everything possible to avoid it. The Tories might have to call upon a caretaker leader, such as David Lidington, who would command the House’s confidence. In any event, an immediate election would ensue.

Alternatively, let us suppose that Grieve and Clarke decide to indulge Johnson for a few weeks, and allow him his courtesy meetings in Brussels where his fellow leaders smile politely and tell him to go away. Parliament returns in September—by now in its longest session of sitting days in centuries—and Johnson has an urgent decision to make. Assume he goes for no-deal. He has calculated that parliament will support him. He is wrong.

MPs have no appetite to usher in an economic crisis. They have repeatedly rejected no-deal in Commons votes, and polls show two-thirds of the public agrees with them. Johnson would be mistaken to rely on the parliamentary vote two weeks ago in which MPs declined to seize control of the Commons agenda. Many members considered it was the wrong time for a vote, and Tory whips had assured them that there would be other opportunities to defeat no-deal. The motion, in the end, failed by 11 votes. Three MPs who voted with the government had previously resigned in order to stop no-deal, while other MPs who would have supported the motion were, for various reasons, absent. A future, clear motion to stop no-deal will almost certainly not fail. In this circumstance, it is difficult to see how Johnson survives.

The second possibility is that Johnson successfully requests an extension after all. His fragile coalition will fall at the first hurdle. You cannot tell moderates you will secure a deal, simultaneously tell the European Research Group that you will go for no-deal, and appease them both. The hardliners have no personal investment in Johnson and will not hesitate to bring him down if he betrays them. Johnson will lose a confidence vote and his government will fall.

The third scenario is that Johnson fails to secure an extension. Parliament must then answer the most fundamental question of all: whether it should revoke Article 50. The UK enjoys this unilateral right, and quiet Tory moderates have said that they would exercise it. Only a tiny number of Labour MPs would oppose. Johnson would not last the rest of the week.

We therefore face two potential blow-ups: a full constitutional breakdown in July, or a straightforward political crisis in September or October. They will trigger either an election or referendum or likely both. Beneath it all, the truth remains the same as it always has: a no-deal exit is the least likely option, and we are in for many more months or years of national chaos.

26 Jun 23:32

Brett Terpstra writes about how scripting runti...

Brett Terpstra writes about how scripting runtimes are being removed from the Mac in the next OS release.

This is actually distressing, and not that much attention has been paid to this.

I’m one of those people who just use whatever’s on the system. I don’t think I’ve ever installed a different version of Ruby, and I don’t even know how.

But the ability to run Ruby scripts is hugely important to me — for one thing, this blog is generated by a set of Ruby scripts running on my Mac.

26 Jun 23:31

Direct and Indirect Interfaces

The iPhone is the first — and only? — direct interface that is both great and hugely successful. It’s direct in the sense that you touch things directly on the screen.

The first time I used an interface even remotely like that was the first time I ever sat in front of a computer, sometime in the ’70s — it was a PLATO system at the University of Delaware. (Elementary school field trip FTW.)

But it took a long time before the technology advanced to the point where direct interfaces could be a mass-market thing.

Indirect Interfaces

Even though we have this wonderful thing of touching directly on the screen, indirect interfaces are still everywhere. If you have a hardware keyboard connected to your iPad, you’re using an indirect interface with iOS.

And of course there’s the digital crown on the Apple Watch, the remote you use with your Apple TV — and the keyboard and mouse or trackpad you use with your Mac.

Indirect interfaces are part of the future of computing. The future is diverse and complex, and indirect interfaces are a necessary part of the future — because I’m not going to get up and touch my TV screen.

I remember when potato chips were potato chips. Then one day barbecue-flavored chips came along. Then sour cream and onion. Now you can get potato chips of all kinds! It’s crazy, but people have their favorites. The future is like potato chips.

The Mac

The thing about the Mac is that it’s always used via indirect interface. When you have a hardware keyboard and a precision pointer that takes very little energy to move, then you can do things that would be non-ergonomic for a direct interface.

You can have giant monitors — and even multiple monitors — and whip that pointer from place to far-away place with little effort. You can make targets smaller, due to the precision, which means you can make information and controls quite a bit denser. You can put features in menubars, because menus are much easier to get to and navigate using an indirect pointer.

Though this kind of interface is roughly as old as those early touch-screen PLATO systems — and therefore mature, and therefore boring to a lot of people — there’s still so much to be said for the efficiency that it provides. You can see more, and do more, with less physical energy. For eight hours a day, five days a week — if not more, for some people — it matters.

There’s a cognitive cost, I think, but it’s paid up-front and then ingrained, and most of us have forgotten how we learned to use a Mac in the first place. (I was almost certainly older than you when I first started using a Mac, and I only kind-of remember.) (You also have to learn iOS, too.)

And many iPad users see the benefit of indirect interfaces — plenty of people ask their iPad app-makers to provide full control via keyboard. They want to be able to navigate everything without having to touch the screen. I get it! It totally makes sense. I want that too.

But here’s what I think: the future does include machines that are built, like the Mac, entirely around the idea of indirect interfaces. There will be enough people that value efficiency that this isn’t going to go away.

There are, of course, plenty of tasks that are truly best-suited for an iPhone or an iPad. Absolutely. But for many productivity tasks, the force-multiplication that an indirect interface provides makes a big difference to many people.

You may value other things. You may move between both worlds pretty easily. Different people like different kinds of potato chips — but sour cream and onion doesn’t have to disappear so that barbecue may thrive.

26 Jun 23:31

Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for the Mac and iOS Updated with Styling, Apple Pencil, and Other Features

by John Voorhees

All three of the apps in Apple's iWork productivity suite received a substantial update this week. Changes varied by app and across platforms, but the lion's share of the revisions improved the apps' flexibility, text styling, and image handling capabilities, and, on iOS, Pencil integration.

The Mac versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote and their iOS counterparts now allow text to be styled with gradients and images. There are also new outline styles. Images, shapes, and equations can be placed inline in text boxes, which allows them to move with the text box when it's moved, and the apps use face detection when photos are added to a document to determine where they should go intelligently.

In Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS, a double-tap of the Apple Pencil toggles it between two modes: scrolling and selection, and drawing. The apps' dictionaries can also be modified now using a new 'Learn Spelling' function. Altering the size and color of bullets, adding custom bullets, and changing indentation levels for bulleted lists is available in all three apps as is changing the borders of cells in tables. Finally, all three apps have new chart editing functionality for styling series, adjusting the spacing between columns, and adding trend lines, among other things.

Most of the remaining changes are to Pages and Numbers. Both iOS and Mac versions of Pages and Numbers have added the ability to link text to other pages of a Pages document or sheets in Numbers. Also, On both platforms, Pages can copy and paste pages of a document or sections of one between two different documents and reapply a master page to return a document to its default style state. There's an English-language template for creating novels in Pages on iOS and the Mac too.

Finally, both versions of Numbers use a new, more powerful 128-bit calculation engine in its spreadsheets and add the ability to insert rows into filtered tables.

It's great to see all versions of the iWork apps getting an update. I don't use Pages or Keynote regularly, but Numbers has become an app that I rely on most days and, I appreciate the fact that Apple has kept the functionality of both the Mac and iOS versions close to each other even if it means maintaining two separate sets of code.


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26 Jun 23:20

Clark Eats at Hojo's

by peter@rukavina.net (Peter Rukavina)

Clark reports on the experience of his family eating at Hojo’s Japanese Cuisine, a new restaurant “in the old Pat & Willys.”

As is the case with most restaurants in Charlottetown, the cost was about 2-3x the price of a similar meal in Hsinchu, but unlike the “fries-with-that” places that litter the city, it’s a worthwhile treat.

Relative to 25 years ago, when we arrived here in Charlottetown, the proportion of “fries-with-that” restaurants has dramatically decreased; there was a time when that was almost all you could get if you ate out.

Today, within walking distance of my office I can get bibimbap at three different places; we have two Vietnamese restaurants, three Thai restaurants, and three Indian restaurants. Our 1993 selves wouldn’t recognize the place.

26 Jun 23:19

"I realize there hasn’t been a lot done in the province in the last 100 years as far as bicycle goes..."

by peter@rukavina.net (Peter Rukavina)

Some encouraging discussion about cycling during Question Period in the Legislative Assembly yesterday, prompted by a question from Steve Howard, Green Party Shadow Critic for Transportation, Infrastructure, and Energy:

Mr. Howard: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Electric bikes are another emerging trend. These can be used to get around outside of winter months. This combination of active transportation and small scale electrification will become more prevalent. Are there any plans to encourage the uptake of electric bikes?

Speaker: The hon. Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy.

Mr. Myers: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. At this point we haven’t even gotten a program off the ground to help people get into electric cars, so we’re working towards that. As we talked about in House here last week, I believe our solar option is stage one to living a sustainable lifestyle and as I’ve said to you in private discussions, I believe that electric vehicles is clearly stage two – something that I’m committed to work towards, it’s something that our government is committed to work towards and I’ll take any recommendations you have seriously and I’ll bring them back to our efficiency people and to our energy people and make sure that they get on the agenda.

Speaker: The hon. Member from Summerside-South Drive.

Mr. Howard: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The active transportation network’s bike lanes and regulations will be sufficient to encourage the safe use of these of these types of active transportation. The range extension that electric assist affords means it would become much easier to bike into town from rural areas – meaning we will see an uptake in bicycles on our highways. Can we expect to see any improvements to highway planning infrastructure that will accommodate the inclusion of more bicycle traffic?

Speaker: The hon. Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy.

Mr. Myers: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. So we have a sustainable transportation committee – the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Change; him and I set that up not that long ago. We have a strategy that we’re about to unveil that’s going to cover a number of topics, one of them will be active transportation links and how we plan to deal with them moving forward in the future, so yes, it’s on our agenda. I realize there hasn’t been a lot done in the province in the last 100 years as far as bicycle goes. Prior to that probably there was. At this point, since there are some vehicles on the road there’s been very little done to accommodate any other type of vehicle on the road. Yes, it’s something that we’re looking at. It’s something that’s in our planning, and it’s something that we’re going to try to get to as we build new highway structures across Prince Edward Island.

I’m happy both that the question was asked, and also the spirit of the reply.

26 Jun 23:19

If I'm 84

by peter@rukavina.net (Peter Rukavina)

I met this morning with Shayne Connolly, my personable life insurance broker. While reviewing our coverage he scrolled by the section of the PDF that had my actuarial age at death as 84.

It wasn’t so much that this was news to me as how casually it floated by.

According to the US Social Security actuarial tables, my probability of dying in the next year is 0.65%. By the time I’m 84 it goes up to 8%. If I live to 119, I’ll have an 88% probability of being dead with a year.

In this, as in all things statistical, the words of the late Stephen Jay Gould in The Median Isn’t the Message are helpful:

We still carry the historical baggage of a Platonic heritage that seeks sharp essences and definite boundaries. (Thus we hope to find an unambiguous “beginning of life” or “definition of death,” although nature often comes to us as irreducible continua.) This Platonic heritage, with its emphasis in clear distinctions and separated immutable entities, leads us to view statistical measures of central tendency wrongly, indeed opposite to the appropriate interpretation in our actual world of variation, shadings, and continua. In short, we view means and medians as the hard “realities,” and the variation that permits their calculation as a set of transient and imperfect measurements of this hidden essence. If the median is the reality and variation around the median just a device for its calculation, the “I will probably be dead in eight months” may pass as a reasonable interpretation.

26 Jun 23:18

Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display now available in Canada

by Brad Bennett

Amazon’s new 5.5-inch smart display, the Echo Show 5, is now available to order in Canada.

The compact device comes in at $99 CAD and offers most of the major features from its larger sibling, the Echo Show.

First of all, the new device has a physical shutter that covers the camera, in addition to a switch that disconnects both the camera and the microphone digitally.

Amazon is also adding voice commands that allow users to delete their conversation history with Alexa.

So far, in the time we’ve spent with the Show 5, which is equipped with a decent little speaker and sports a design that’s compact and perfect for a desk or a bedside table.

Follow along with MobileSyrup for the full review in the coming weeks.

The device comes in both ‘Charcoal’ and ‘Sandstone.’ You can also order them in bundles with various Ring Doorbells.

You can check it out on Amazon.ca here.

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26 Jun 23:16

Airbnb bringing in nearly double the expected PST and municipal tax in B.C.

by Bradly Shankar
Airbnb sign on wall

Last year, Airbnb agreed to remit provincial and municipal taxes to the Government of British Columbia.

So far, the arrangement — which is intended to improve “tax fairness” for all British Columbians — has proven to be nearly twice as lucrative than expected.

According to numbers Airbnb provided to Global News, the home rentals platform has handed over $14 million CAD in PST to the B.C. government in the first six months since it began collecting taxes on October 1st, 2018. The government says money generated from the PST will go towards creating affordable housing.

Further, Airbnb says it remitted an additional $4 million in municipal tax to the government. Each municipality will receive a portion of this tax to be used on tourism promotion funding.

When the agreement was signed last year, Airbnb estimated it would remit $16 million in its first year of tax collection. In just half that time, the company has already collected nearly half that amount, putting it on track to hit almost double the original estimated sum within the next six months.

The B.C. government is the only jurisdiction in Canada to require Airbnb to remit PST. Altogether, the tax works out to about 11 percent of the rental fee that would have gone to Airbnb prior to the deal.

Airbnb lists more than 31,000 B.C. homes on its platform.

Source: Global News

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26 Jun 23:15

Google adds option to automatically delete user location history

by Jinqiao Wu
Google

Google will offer a new feature that will automatically wipe out your location history after three or 18 months. Users can still manually wipe their slates clean, but Google is making it less of a chore.

The tech giant also stated that the new privacy protection mechanism is set to go live on Wednesday, June 26th, for Google users. However, Google also pointed out it will take some time for the new feature to reach all users’ Google account settings pages. For the time being, at least one Google account at MobileSyrup does not see the option.

Back at I/O 2019, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that the Mountain View search giant would roll out a slew of tools for its users to keep track and protect their data privacy. Starting May 8th, users could also let Google to routinely erase their web and app activity data in a three or 18 months interval.

Here is how to activate the new feature (Web&App Activity + Location History):

  • Go to myaccount.google.com and log in.
  • Click or tap “Data and Personalization” on the left panel.
  • Click or tap “Location History” or “Web&App Activity” in the “Activity controls” card depending on what you want to do next.
  • Click or tap “Manage Activity.”
    You should see the option that authorizes Google to delete your data periodically.
    There might be a button that reads “Choose to delete automatically.”
    If you don’t see the option, come back in a few days.

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26 Jun 23:15

Canada and California partner to reduce vehicle emissions

by Bradly Shankar

Canada has partnered with the U.S. state of California to tackle vehicle climate pollution.

As part of the new cooperation agreement, Canada and California will work together on their respective regulations to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from all kinds of cars, SUVs and trucks.

Instead, Canada and California will collectively push electric vehicles, which will help both parties meet their zero emission vehicle targets. Further, Canada and California will share best practices and technical information about regulating cleaner fuels.

As the fifth-largest economy in the world, California has become a pioneer in the battle to cut down vehicle emissions, making the state a notable partner for Canada. As of now, one in ten new cars sold in California is a plug-in car, while half of all plug-in cars sales in the U.S. to date (nearly 600,000) were made in California.

Canada is also looking to draw inspiration from California’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, has displaced 3.3 billion gallons (about 12.5 billion litres) of petroleum-based fuels with low-carbon alternatives such as renewable electricity, diesel and natural gas.

For its part, Canada is developing a Clean Fuel Standard that looks to cut emissions by 30 million tonnes (30 billion kg) in 2030, which works out to taking seven million cars off the road.

Additionally, Canada is working towards having 100 percent of light-duty vehicles sold in the country be emission-free by 2040. To help with that, this year’s federal budget offers Canadians a rebate of up to $5,000 for qualifying zero-emission vehicles. As well, other tax incentives will be offered to businesses looking to upgrade to zero-emission fleets.

Meanwhile, California is looking to have five million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030. As part of that, all automakers in the state are required to have zero-emission vehicles make up a portion of their sales.

Source: Government of Canada

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26 Jun 23:15

Apple buys Drive.ai to continue its self-driving projects

by Brad Bennett
Apple car header from twitter user @idiggapple

Apple has purchased self-driving technology startup Drive.ai for an undisclosed amount of money.

The Cupertino tech giant is reportedly hiring the startup’s engineers, product design staff, buying its assets and using its self-driving vehicles.

Drive.ai is reported to be worth around $77 million USD (roughly, $101 million CAD) by Axios. That said, Apple was likely able to purchase the company for less than that amount. Two years ago the Drive.ai’s value was at $200 million USD (roughly, $262 million CAD).

The was using its autonomous vehicles to shuttle workers around a business park in Frisco, Texas and to ferry people from Arlington, Texas to Dallas Cowboys games.

The Drive.ai deal is an ‘acqui-hire,’ meaning that Apple purchased the company mainly for its employees rather than its tech, according MacRumors.

Apple is working with Volkswagen to build self-driving vans to move its employees around Apple Park.

Apple’s Titan self-driving project has been all over the place in the last few years. While the company has confirmed almost no information about the project, Apple has reportedly changed the focus of its self-driving efforts a few times.

Source: MacRumours, Axios

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26 Jun 23:14

LG wants webOS to show up on more platforms

by Jinqiao Wu
LG partnership

LG is on its way to expand webOS, which usually appears on LG smart TVs and fridges, by bringing it to vehicles, robots, and other smart home products.

On June 26th, the South Korean electronics giant said it has partnered with Qt, a Finnish software development company, to make webOS a better platform for developers to swiftly integrate into their products.

LG tried to drive up webOS’ adoption by launching an open source version in 2018. In many ways, the partnership shows that the company is taking another step to make webOS more appealing to a broader audience.

Some also see the collaboration as LG’s answer to Samsung’s growing operating system called Tizen. After all, the two companies now share a similar ambition of dominating the software aspect of smart home appliances, cars, wearables, and other potential markets.

The Linux-based webOS also went through a few hands over the past decade. Launched in 2009, it is the brainchild of the now-defunct smartphone company Palm. HP bought Palm and webOS in 2010 but largely failed to revive the operating system in the consumer market. Three years later, LG acquired most of the webOS from HP, save for the patents, for use on its own smart TVs.

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26 Jun 23:14

Tesla’s senior production executive quits the EV company

by Brad Bennett

Another Tesla executive has left the company.

The automaker’s vice president of production at the Fremont factory has quit for an undisclosed reason.

The executive’s name is Peter Hochholdinger and before spending three years with Tesla, he worked as a production executive at the Volkswagen Auto Group.

When Hochholdinger first joined the EV company he was tasked with building a cost-effective production method for the Model 3.

The Model 3 is currently Tesla’s most important car and the company has had issues ramping up its production to meet consumer demand.

Since Hochholdinger joined Tesla, the manufacturer has been able to get the Model 3 production off the ground, even if things were a little shaky at the start. 

It’s a mystery why the executive left the company, but he’s not the first to leave within the last few years, reports Reuters.

Source: Reuters

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26 Jun 04:37

Enjoyable though the distractions have been, on tomorrow’s show we will invite Conservative members to explain their continued support for Johnson. I’m particularly interested in the suspension of belief in all the ‘values’ they’ve spent their lives claiming to consider crucial.

by mrjamesob
mkalus shared this story from mrjamesob on Twitter.

Enjoyable though the distractions have been, on tomorrow’s show we will invite Conservative members to explain their continued support for Johnson. I’m particularly interested in the suspension of belief in all the ‘values’ they’ve spent their lives claiming to consider crucial.


Posted by mrjamesob on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 8:25pm


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26 Jun 04:10

6 Great Features in Windows 10’s New Game Bar

Chris Hoffman, How-To Geek, Jun 25, 2019
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I know it's just a think for gaming, but under the hood the Windows Game Bar has a lot more potential, as explained in this article. "While this tool is focused on gameplay, it also makes an excellent desktop screen recorder. Open the game bar, click the record button, and it will record whatever application is on your screen—complete with microphone input, which you can toggle on or off from the panel." You can also chat on Xbox Live - something that would be great if it weren't limited to Xbox. So pretty much any Windows 10 user is a couple of clicks away from being able to produce their own live learning content.

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26 Jun 04:09

On the horrible human rights abuses perpetrated by the USA

by Liz

Just a note that it is completely horrifying that the US government continues amping up its focus on concentration camps, detention centers, etc.

AND also, no one at all should be in prison or jail as it currently exists and this is just one more manifestation of an unsustainable multigenerational injustice of the growth of the carceral state, or prison industrial complex, or both. Abolish prisons and abolish ICE. This is the greatest horror of our time and country and it has been so for all my life. Ethically I should probably focus whatever of my energies aren’t going towards my job in open source software, into fighting the carceral state. Must think about how to do this and look for good organizations to join & support. Donating to bail people out is one thing, for immediate relief of a few people, but it needs huge legal, cultural, structural changes to stop what’s happening and try to undo the incalculable harm…

kthanxbai, Just had to get that off my chest.

26 Jun 04:09

Outlines on the Medium - jaslar

I look forward to your thoughts. I think you're right that many of us are moving to cloud-based apps, just because that's where the net is going generally, and we have multiple platforms. Maybe we need another environmental scan or two.
26 Jun 04:09

Apple Is Opening a 2k Person Engineering Office in Seattle

The Seattle Times: Apple says it plans to turn Seattle into ‘key engineering hub’ with 2,000 new workers:

Apple plans to add 2,000 software and hardware jobs in Seattle within the next five years, starting with 200 additional jobs this year, company officials said Monday at a news conference with Mayor Jenny Durkan.

The company is leasing all the office space at 333 Dexter Ave. N., a complex of two 12-story buildings nearing completion at Dexter Avenue and Thomas Street, one block west of the core Amazon campus in South Lake Union.

The office space could accommodate more than 3,000 employees.

This is pretty huge. I've been telling everyone at Apple who would listen that an engineering office is needed in Seattle. There are a ton of great programmers up here who don't want to leave because they own a hosue, love the weather, or want to stay away from the insanity that is Silicon Valley. We're overflowing with talent.

Hopefully it's not just Siri and Maps positions, but jobs that work on apps or frameworks too.

Would I be tempted to work for Apple at this point? Probably not. I'm still happy doing my own thing. But I know plenty of people who would seriously consider it.

26 Jun 04:08

Feature Toggles (aka Feature Flags)

Feature Toggles (aka Feature Flags)

I'm a huge fan of feature flags as a way of managing feature releases and keeping incomplete code in master as opposed to maintaining long-running branches. Recently I've found myself pointing people to this essay by Pete Hodgson - it's a great overview of feature flags (here called toggles) and I particularly like how it splits them into four categories: Release Toggles, Experiment Toggles, Ops Toggles and Permissioning Toggles.

26 Jun 04:08

Twitter Favorites: [PatheticRambler] @GARandall Not a fan of the Tragically Hip.

Emily Kroeker @PatheticRambler
@GARandall Not a fan of the Tragically Hip.
26 Jun 04:07

Twitter Favorites: [nicolehe] Something about my dress makes my phone’s camera glitch and I think that’s sick https://t.co/Xm0JZlfJAg

Nicole He @nicolehe
Something about my dress makes my phone’s camera glitch and I think that’s sick pic.twitter.com/Xm0JZlfJAg
26 Jun 04:07

Hypernomicon, Philosopher-Created Research and Productivity Software for Philosophers - Luhmann

Free and Open Source
Multi-Platform (Mac, Windows, and Linux) (but not mobile)

Hypernomicon is a personal productivity/database application for researchers that combines structured note-taking, mind-mapping, management of files (e.g., PDFs) and folders, and reference management into an integrated environment that organizes all of the above into semantic networks or hierarchies in terms of debates, positions, arguments, labels, terminology/concepts, and user-defined keywords by means of database relations and automatically generated hyperlinks (hence ‘Hyper’ in the name).

News article: http://dailynous.com/2019/06/25/philosopher-created-research-productivity-software-philosophers/?fbclid=IwAR1OlF8axSJHrbpGx9IxvcMYrqzDCrlxMIsy7NTRvGPiT4sqn7wVtvlpYCc

Product web page: http://hypernomicon.org/

Since there is no iOS app I won't be using this or even trying it out, but thought it would be of interest to other list users.
26 Jun 04:06

Michael and Jack got married long before same-sex marriage was legal in the U.S. — 48 years later, they're sharing their heartwarming story pic.twitter.com/PoqDU5kfdD

by nowthisnews
mkalus shared this story from nowthisnews on Twitter.

Michael and Jack got married long before same-sex marriage was legal in the U.S. — 48 years later, they're sharing their heartwarming story pic.twitter.com/PoqDU5kfdD


Posted by nowthisnews on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 6:03pm


649 likes, 151 retweets
26 Jun 04:06

Microsoft’s next Surface Pro could get a Snapdragon processor variant

by Patrick O'Rourke
Surface Pro 6

Microsoft’s next iteration of the Surface Pro, which is tipped to release in 2020, could get an ARM processor variant. This would be the first ARM-powered Surface since 2013’s Surface 2.

According to Windows Central and Petri, ‘Excalibur,’ the internal codename for a version of the Surface Pro, is rumoured to be powered by Qualcomm’s new 8cx processor ARM processor. To be clear, Microsoft will also sell an Intel processor version of the new Surface Pro, according to the report.

Given the first ARM-powered Windows devices to hit the market last year were Ultrabooks, it’s not surprising Microsoft is also planning to release a Surface Pro featuring the same processor chip technology.

Microsoft is rumoured to be working on several new Surface devices set to be released at some point in 2020, including a new Surface Laptop, Surface Book, and an already mentioned Surface Pro.

Windows Central is reporting this year’s changes to the Surface line mostly consist of hardware improvements. That said, it looks like Microsoft is finally ditching the Surface Connect port in favour of USB-C, which is a great move on the tech giant’s part.

Rumours are also circulating regarding Microsoft working on a dual-screen 2-in-1 Surface device that is capable of running Android apps codenamed ‘Centaurus.’ 

Source: Windows Central, Petri 

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26 Jun 04:06

Hans Zimmer creating sounds for future BMW electric cars

by Bradly Shankar
Hans Zimmer BMW

German automotive maker BMW has tapped Oscar- and Grammy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer to create sounds for future electric vehicles.

The Lion King composer is working with BMW sound designer Renzo Vitale on the sound of the BMW Vision M NEXT concept, which is set to launch soon, as well as future BMW electric vehicles.

According to BMW, the growing range of electric vehicles has created a “gap in the emotionality of the driving experience” in the driver’s seat. Specifically, BMW notes that electric vehicles are known for driving silently, which it says “may lead to an alienation between driver and vehicle.”

With that in mind, BMW is looking to enhance the overall vehicle experience using sounds that were created by a celebrated composer like Zimmer.

“I have always been a BMW enthusiast. As a kid I used to recognise my mother coming home by the sound of her BMW,” said Zimmer in a statement. “I am thrilled to get the chance to design the sound of future electric BMW’s and create emotion for the future electric driving experience.”

It’s currently unclear if Zimmer plans to incorporate his infamous “BRAAAAM” sound from Inception into BMW’s vehicles.

Via: Elektrek

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