Benjamin Mayo for 9 to 5 Mac:
By hooking relevant parts of the iOS system code via a jailbreak, detailed here on GitHub, iOS turns pressure data from Apple Pencil into pressure data for 3D Touch interactions. This is neat for two reasons: iPad Pro does not normally support 3D Touch (a feature currently exclusive to iPhone 6s) and its an unorthdox use for the Apple Pencil sensors, which is generally focused on drawing and sketching.
While it does require a jailbreak on the iPad Pro, this is seems nifty utilizing the Apple Pencil in this way.
Square introduces Apple Play compatible payment reader
Square announced a new wireless NFC Reader that's compatible with Apple Pay. This allows merchants to accept Apple Pay as a form of payment on a contract-free basis.
What seems particularly nifty with the NFC Reader is it wireless connects to your iOS device. Square is pretty cool system for small merchants, but my experience has been a little awkward where the merchant has to pull out a personal device, connect it, then get it linked up before processing a payment. The NFC Reader may streamline this process.
The NFC Reader is available for reservation and sells for $49.
Report compares law enforcement unlocking iOS and Android devices
Some interesting bits in a November, 2015 report issued from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office on smartphone encryption. i think the key point here is a backdoor access for lawful use by law enforcement could also potentially be used by anyone.
For Android devices:
Forensic examiners are able to bypass passcodes on some of those devices using a variety of forensic techniques. For some other types of Android devices, Google can reset the passcodes when served with a search warrant and an order instructing them to assist law enforcement to extract data from the device. This process can be done by Google remotely and allows forensic examiners to view the contents of a device. For Android devices running operating systems Lollipop 5.0 and above, however, Google plans to use default full-disk encryption, like that being used by Apple, that will make it impossible for Google to comply with search warrants and orders instructing them to assist with device data extraction. Full-disk encryption has not yet been implemented as a default on all Android devices running Lollipop 5.0 and later systems
Generally, users have the option to enable full-disk encryption on their current Android devices, whether or not the device is running Lollipop 5.0, but doing so causes certain inconveniences, risks, and performance issues, which are likely to exist until OEMs are required to standardize certain features. As of October 5, 2015, approximately 23% of Android users were running Lollipop 5.0 or higher.
Compared to iOS:
For Apple devices running iOS 8, Apple can no longer comply with unlock orders. iOS 8 prevents Apple from accessing data on the device unless Apple has the user's passcode. But, Apple does not keep users' passcodes. Thus, it is no longer possible for Apple to extract data as it did for devices running prior operating systems. According to Apple, as of October 19, 2015, approximately 61% of all Apple devices currently in use run iOS 9, and approximately 30% use iOS 8. Only nine percent use an earlier iOS version.
Multibeast 8 updated for El Capitan hackintoshes
MultiBeast, the ultimate post-installation utility, has been updated to version 8.0 for OS X El Capitan. This version contains updated bootloader, drivers and fixes specifically for OS X 10.11.
MultiBeast makes it easy to configure a DIY hackintosh build using off the shelf component. With official support for El Capitan, MultiBeast streamlines the process to get up and running.
Horace Dediu's Apple Pencil Review
Linked here, a screen shot of commentary written entirely using the Apple Pencil, which also functions as a review.
Apple offering Magnetic Charging Dock for Apple Watch
A new Apple Watch accessory is launching this week. The Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock is an interesting gadget that basically looks like a disk to lay the watch flat while charging. The middle also flips up into sort of a donut mode to rest the watch sideways in nightstand view.
The dock is all white silver similar to the Apple Watch charging cable. The Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock fits either the 38mm or 42mm models nd delivers 5 watts with included cable and power adapter.
You can order it now online for 1 business day delivery or pick up in stores starting Friday. It sells for $79.
Jony Ive on the Apple Pencil
Ive in an interview with Wallpaper:
What we found is that there's clearly a group of people that would value an instrument that would enable then to paint or draw in ways that you just can't with your finger. And I suspect that this isn't a small group of people. I don't think it's confined to those of us who went to art school.
I don't fit into that group, but the Pencil is kind of neat and after tinkering with various iPad stylus designs for the last five years I can appreciate how seamless it does work. It's responsive and the palm rejection seems to work very well. Basically as if you were writing on paper.
Cook: No convergence of iOS and OS X
Tim Cook in an interview with Independent.ie:
"We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad," said Cook. "Because what that would wind up doing, or what we're worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You'd begin to compromise in different ways."
Of course, it's in Apple's interest that customers buy both Macs and iOS devices, but the right product for the right job makes a lot of sense. Multiple tools that do things really well can be better than a single multi-tool that's more of a jack of all trades and master of none.
Also Apple has handled product cannibalization pretty well in the past. The iPod is a good example where Apple could have hobbled other products to protect the then high flying iPod hardware.
Report: Waze and unintended consequences in LA Traffic
An interesting piece on how Waze causes some unintended consequences. Essentially trying to better route Los Angeles traffic is sending parades of commuters into residential side streets not designed to handle such traffic volumes.
Joe Flint for The Wall Street Journal:
Area resident Leon Sturman abandoned his morning gym trip because of the hassles of getting off his street. Now, he gets up extra early to move his wife's car into the street when there is no traffic, to make it easier for her to get on her way.
"Sometimes people don't let you out and you have to sit here and wait to get out of your own driveway," he said. "That's just really unconscionable."
App Store searching gets better
Sarah Perez for TechCrunch:
If you used the search keyword "Twitter" as a test of the algorithm's intelligence, you would have seen more relevant results after November 3 than in the past, but popular paid applications like Tweetbot weren't on the list. But following this newer change, the search results improved again. Not only did Tweetbot appear (it shot up to No. 4 in the search results, as Launch Center Pro developer David Barnard spotted yesterday), other well-known Twitter applications like Twitterrific (No. 5) also moved higher up the list, while Instagram finally disappeared from the top 10.
It seems not long ago I had better luck finding a particular or general app by searching Google rather than the App Store itself.