Bare Bones Software released a major update to its popular text editor BBEdit. Version 12 brings support for macOS High Sierra, tons of new features/improvements, and fixes. One that jumped out at me is new support for column-delimited text and ways to manipulate this info. This sounds like a task required a switch over to Excel.
I've been using BBEdit off and on for probably close to 20 years. I've been using the free Textwranger for recent years because it better fit my simpler needs. Textwranger has been discontinued and those features are available as free within BBEdit. The full suite of tools cost $50 with upgrade options available.
Visual history of the iPhone's guts
Bloomberg and iFlixit collaborated on a cool site documenting the significant components of all the major new iPhones. The site promises to include minor versions such as the iPhone S and future devices such as the soon-to-be-released iPhone X. Each entry offers an overview of changes, noteworthy component changes and estimated component costs. Also offered is the not very relevant build cost adding up estimated component costs.
The story of the device's evolution is readily available to anyone willing to crack an old phone open and look at what's inside. To understand this, we partnered with iFixit, the website known for publishing detailed "teardowns" of each phone, and IHS Markit, which produces estimates of the cost of electronics components. Then, with an EBay account and a little help from Sunny Lin, the founder of Simple Mac, an iPhone repair shop in New York, we got our hands on each iPhone model and opened them up. Here are the results.
US Department of Justice touts "responsible encryption"
"Warrant-proof encryption defeats the constitutional balance by elevating privacy above public safety," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a speech at the US Naval Academy today. "Encrypted communications that cannot be intercepted and locked devices that cannot be opened are law-free zones that permit criminals and terrorists to operate without detection by police and without accountability by judges and juries."
Essentially it appears the idea floated is to have companies hold keys to customer's encryption. Follow the massive Equifax data breach, not to mention other government breaches, I don't see any reason citizens should have confidence in such a mandated solution.
Report: Apple strikes deal for Spielberg's Amazing Stories reboot
The Steven Spielberg's popular 80's sci-fi/fantasy show is coming back and Apple reportedly snagged the rights to the program.
The Wall Street Journal via The Verge:
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the company has struck a deal to revive the Steven Spielberg anthology series Amazing Stories. The filmmaker's Amblin Entertainment production company will be producing 10 episodes of the new series with NBCUniversal's television production unit, with a budget of $5 million earmarked per episode. No details about Spielberg's specific involvement as a director are mentioned, but according to the report, he will likely serve as an executive producer on the new series. Hannibal's Bryan Fuller will serve as showrunner.
It will be interesting to see whether the program will be a part of Apple Music, stand-alone, or some other service.
Two-thirds of Americans own an Apple gadget
Via MacRumors, 64-percent of Americans in a CNBC survey indicate they own at least one Apple device. That's kind of crazy, but seems indicative not only the popularity of the iPhone, but also the variety of Apple's consumer electrics.
One interesting tidbit on demographics:
Apple device ownership rates dip below 50 percent in the 2017 survey for Americans with incomes under $30,000, retirees, and women over the age of 50. CNBC reported that the "wealthiest Americans" own 4.7 Apple products per household, while the "poorest" have one. Other statistics include 3.7 devices per household in the West of the United States, while households in the South owned 2.2 devices on average.
Twitter may add bookmark feature
Twitter product manager Jesar Shah has announced the company is working on a "save for later" bookmarking feature for tweets so users could mark a tweet that interests them and return to it later to view its contents.
Usually when I want to save something on Twitter, I'll send it to pocket. Either the tweet or the link in the tweet. On YouTube, I like the save for later playlist, and this could be something similar when you find something interesting, but need to loop back to give it full attention.
Benchmarks show iPhones technically don't get slower over time
An interesting report using benchmarks over time of different iPhones.
Our benchmarking data shows that, rather than intentionally degrading the performance of older models, Apple actually does a good job of supporting its older devices with regular updates that maintain a consistent level of performance across iOS versions.
That said, there are some factors that might affect people's perception of performance after updating an older device with a newer version of iOS. An update might add new features that use more resources or require more processing power. New apps developed for the latest models might not run as smoothly on older devices. Conversely, apps designed for an earlier version of iOS might not take full advantage of optimizations in the latest version. And then there is always the psychological effect of knowing that there is a new and improved model available, which can make your own device seem outdated.
iOS 11 actually has been real mess for me on the iPhone 7. Lots of springboard restarts and freezing/unresponsiveness. I finally did a full restore and that seems to have made big improvements. A typical users, however, may just blame Apple for sabotaging their phone at the same time as releasing new models.
Netflix Raising Prices
Netflix is raising prices of two of its three streaming plans within the United States. The basic plan will remain $7.99 while the single HD plan gets a $1 bump to $10.99 and $2 for the four screen plan to $13.99.
The new pricing is in effect immediately for new plans and will increase for current users based on their next billing cycle.
Netflix has a huge library of original and second-run content that makes the new prices still a great value.
iOS 11, High Sierra support expected in upcoming Final Cut Pro X update
9 to 5 Mac reports Apple is prepping an update to its Final Cut Pro X video editor supporting new features in both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. While those OS features are available now with recent releases, tools to create content for those features have yet to arrive.
Final Cut Pro X users will be happy to hear Apple is planning an update that will arrive before the end of the year that will include support for macOS High Sierra and iOS 11 features.
While we've learned the update will include support for "many" of the new features in High Sierra and iOS 11 released to the public last month, perhaps the most notable will be support for H.265 High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) that arrived with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.
The update is currently expected sometime later this year.
Report: Apple and Qualcomm's modem war
Bloomberg has an in-depth report on the ongoing patent litigation between Apple and Qualcomm. Qualcomm reportedly generates $7.7 billion a year in royalties and Apple supplies $2 billion of that. The center of these fees is the CDMA patent that operates the cellular voice and data features. Apple recently has challenged the fees publically and behind the scenes arguing the cellular features are no longer special among the many components driving features of modern smartphones. As a result, the fee structure is anti-competitive and should be restructured.
Because Qualcomm spends more on R&D than any of its peers, its modems are the most advanced. For years, Apple considered Qualcomm's to be the only modems good enough for the iPhone. That, Sewell says, is why Apple put up with Qualcomm's licensing scheme for years. If Apple refused to pay the royalty, Qualcomm could cut off its modem supply, forcing Apple to rely on inferior chips. That calculation changed in 2015, when Apple began working with Intel Corp. to develop a modem that was used in some versions of the iPhone 7. "What prompted us to bring the case now as opposed to five years ago is simple," Sewell says. "It's the availability of a second source."