Tag Archive for ‘Joe Caiati’

Apple Plans Siri for Mac in OS X 10.12 ➝

Mark Gurman, reporting for 9 to 5 Mac:

Apple currently plans to use its next major release of the Mac operating system, known as OS X 10.12, this fall to continue to expand Siri across its product lines. Last year, Apple implemented Siri as cornerstone features of both the Apple Watch and new Apple TV, and for 2016, Siri is planned to finally make its way to the Mac.

I was discussing this on Twitter with Joe Caiati and Keenan Schneider earlier this morning. We came to the conclusion that Apple should just kill Launchpad on OS X and put Siri on the F4 key. Because nobody uses Launchpad.

But perhaps a more rational approach would be for Apple to mimic iOS’ home button functionality with the F4 key — press for Launchpad, hold for Siri.

Some of the Sweet Setup’s Favorite Apple TV Apps ➝

I finally got around to ordering the new Apple TV this past week. It arrived on Friday and I’ve been spending the weekend testing many of the more interesting apps available for tvOS. This piece by Joe Caiati was the first place I looked for recommendations on which apps I should try first.

Don’t Be Daring Fireball ➝

Joe Caiati:

John wrote like a mad-man in the beginning of Daring Fireball’s infancy and he kept writing and kept writing until his audience trusted and supported him. That is what has allowed John to have DF’s current format of commentary on link posts with bigger pieces written in between. […]

It is going to take hard work. Not everyone will be an overnight success, but if writing is a passion, you are going to want to get better each time you hit “publish”.

Here’s my take: don’t lean on link posts and expect them to get you to where John Gruber is. The long form is an essential part of the equation that cannot be overlooked. Rather than discouraging the use of link posts, Joe is encouraging a mindset.

For me, links are an important part of my workflow. They serve as a repository of articles that I can quickly recall months or years later with the site’s search bar. They allow me to make more than 120-character comments on news stories — which is typically about the length you’re afforded on Twitter when tweeting a link. But most importantly, they’re often a jumping-off point for longer form articles that I didn’t know I had in me. I can’t count the number of times I sat down to write a short link and ended up with far more to say than I originally expected.

New OS X Threat is Not So New ➝

Joe Caiati, regarding the recent Mac malware scare:

Adware like VSearch and Genieo have already been able to be installed surreptitiously on a Mac without a user’s password. Prior to yesteday’s findings, this type of software would be installed via a malicious browser extension which would download in the background and install without user authentication. […]

Regardless, don’t assume that your Mac is safe. I’d recommend that you run a piece of software called AdwareMedic (which appears to have been acquired by Malwarebytes) to scan for any adware and malware that could have found its way onto your Mac.

I haven’t run anti-malware software since I switched to the Mac in 2006. But since then, market share numbers have started shifting at an increasingly rapid pace. Maybe it’s time I consider installing AdwareMedic, just in case.

Twitter’s Biggest Mistake ➝

Joe Caiati:

Even if Twitter changed their API rules tomorrow, what developer is going trust Twitter to make their living building a third-party client?

The damage is done. If Twitter reversed their mistake six months after the API change, then it may have blown over, but years later, I would be surprised if any developer saw Twitter as a viable platform to spend their time on. It still amazes me that with all of Twitter’s bad leadership and questionable decisions, they’ve still grown to become a successful company.

I’m a bit more optimistic than Joe, but this is a concern that I failed to mention when I linked to Evan Williams’ comments last week. Developers will certainly be hesitant, but I think those that jump in could find success and other developers will be quick to follow.

Google Photos: Parent-Tested, Nerd Approved ➝

Joe Caiati set his parents up with Google Photos and they were delighted to have access to all of their photos in one place. And, Joe had the peace of mind knowing that their photos are going to be safely backed up in perpetuity. The service seems like the perfect, no-hassle solution to backing up one of the most important parts of your digital life. Assuming they’re aware of the privacy concerns, I wouldn’t hesitate to setup one of my relatives with it as well.

‘How We Handle Your Account Information in Spark’ ➝

A plain-english explanation of how Readdle handles the personal information of Spark users. I’m glad they published this, as it leads me to believe that they’re a group trustworthy individuals. They take privacy and security very seriously and are willing to go above and beyond to protect personal information.

(Via Joe Caiati.)

The Fight for the Stream ➝

Joe Caiati:

This move to streaming is Apple’s acknowledgement that the buying habits of a decade ago’s generation has vastly changed compared to today’s and in order for them to continue as a top player in music distribution, “all-access” streaming needs to be a part of that. I am very much so looking forward to the announcement, but Apple’s competitors are not.

Streaming music companies like Spotify and Rdio are going to have a hard time retaining customers when Apple’s service is built into the OS. It’s Apple’s fight to lose, but I wouldn’t count on it.