Lattner Says Tesla Autopilot Was ‘Irresistible’ »

Chris Lattner, in an interview with Joe Rossignol at MacRumors:

This was a very difficult decision, because I care deeply about the technology and people at Apple and because I could see myself staying there for many more years. In the end though, the opportunity to dive into a completely new area and work with the amazing Tesla Autopilot team was irresistible.

I believe him, but I still can’t help but wonder what the hell is happening with Project Titan.

Connected #125: Tiny Adorable Fort »

This week on Connected, Myke and I were joined by Dan Moren to talk about home assistants, Apple’s television dreams and the Mac mini.

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Kbase Article of the Week: Macintosh IIfx Requires A/UX 2.0 or Later »

A/UX was a version of Unix Apple worked on from 1988 to 1995. It deserves a whole series of posts on this site, which I’ll get to eventually.

I was surprised to find several articles about it on Apple’s support site, including this one:

To run A/UX on the Macintosh IIfx, you must have A/UX 2.0 or any later version. Version 1.1 gave you this particular error message, because it doesn’t know how to use the IIfx DMA SCSI scheme. If you want to use A/UX on a IIfx, you must upgrade.

I really should pick up a Macintosh IIfx at some point. That thing was a badass machine in its day.

Behind the Scenes of the Ellen Feiss Ad »

Back in 2002, Zachary Frechette interviewed Ellen Feiss, star of the most memorable of Apple’s “Switcher” ads:

How did you get involved with the Apple switch campaign in the first place?
It’s kind of a funny story. I’m friends with the son of the director, Errol Morris. I’m friends with his son Hamilton. I went with him after school, him and two of my friends. We didn’t think we were going to make ads; we were just going to get the free set food. So we go there, and they’re like, “We need a couple more people, so I guess the three of you can make ads.” So we all made ads, and me and Hamilton’s got picked. I had no idea I was going to do it until I got there.

Is the story you told true?
Oh yeah, it’s definitely true.

via John Voorhees

macOS Sierra Beta Adds System Features to ‘Significant Energy’ List »

Joe Rossignol at MacRumors:

On the latest macOS Sierra beta, when a Mac’s display is set above 75% brightness—or at least 13 out of 16 notches—a new item called “Display Brightness” is listed under the battery menu.

Clicking on “Display Brightness” lowers the Mac’s brightness to 75%. Likewise, when we updated a new MacBook Pro to the fourth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3, the display’s brightness was automatically lowered to 75%. This is the same brightness level as Apple used during its latest MacBook Pro battery tests.

Many notebook users have long known that screen brightness can have a big impact on battery life, and now Apple’s software will point a finger at its hardware. As weird as that is, I think macOS should provide as complete of a picture as it can when it comes to battery range.

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SpaceX Holds Successful Return to Flight Mission »

Loren Grush:

SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket today from California — over four months after one of the company’s vehicles exploded on a launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket took off just before 1PM ET from Vandenberg Air Force Base, putting 10 satellites into orbit for communications company Iridium. After the initial takeoff, SpaceX was also able to land the Falcon 9’s first stage on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. It was the first successful launch of the Falcon 9 since August, as the company was forced to ground all of its vehicles following the September explosion.