Welcome to Macintosh Season 3 Announced »

Mark Bramhill’s “Welcome to Macintosh” is a brilliant podcast about my favorite computer platform. On August 18th, he’s back with season 3.

This season is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $17,000 to cover travel and other costs. If you backed it, you’ll have access to behind-the-scenes content and extras.

I’m really excited about this. It’s going to be a long seven days.

Thirty Years After Launch, HyperCard Live on at The Internet Archive »

Jason Scott:

On August 11, 1987, Bill Atkinson announced a new product from Apple for the Macintosh; a multimedia, easily programmed system called HyperCard. HyperCard brought into one sharp package the ability for a Macintosh to do interactive documents with calculation, sound, music and graphics. It was a popular package, and thousands of HyperCard “stacks” were created using the software.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hypercard, we’re bringing it back.

“Bringing it back,” indeed. The Internet Archive now has an online library of stacks you can use.1

I’m just a year older than HyperCard, and by the time I made it to the Mac, it was already long gone, but going through these archives has really opened my eyes as to how powerful and flexible this software was.

  1. If you have stacks laying around on old floppy disks, you should upload them. 

A Silent, 10-minute Song is Climbing the iTunes Charts »

Nathan Ingraham at Engadget:

If you’ve ever plugged your phone into your car stereo, only to have the same song start playing every single time, I have some good news for you. Yesterday, a true internet hero named Samir Rezhami released a song on iTunes that’s just 10 minutes of silence — and he named it “A a a a a Very Good Song.” Since the iPhone starts playing music alphabetically when you plug it in to many car stereos, that usually means there’s one song that you hear whether you want to or not. Many songs starting with the letter A have probably been ruined thanks to this quirk — but if you download Rezhami’s creation, you’ll instead have plenty of time to queue up the songs you want to hear.


HomeKit Support Added to IKEA Trådfri Smart Lighting System (Updated) »

Tim Hardwick at MacRumors is reporting that IKEA's Trådfri smart lighting system now support Apple's HomeKit.

The lights require a Ethernet-based gateway, not unlike the Philips Hue bridge, although Hardwick also reports that the Trådfri bulbs can work with a Hue bridge.

The bulbs run anywhere from $12 to $18 a pop, which is roughly what Philip's dimmable LED bulbs cost.

Update: Turns out, MacRumors was incorrect. IKEA says support is coming this fall.

Kbase Article of the Week: If iTunes Doesn‘t Recognize your iPhone, iPad, or iPod »

Here’s an article I hope goes away at some point in the near future:

If you connect your device to your computer with a USB cable and iTunes doesn’t recognize your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, get help.

When iTunes on your computer doesn’t recognize your connected device, you might see an unknown error or an “0xE” error. If you do, follow these steps and try to connect your device again after each step.

Messages in iCloud Removed in new iOS 11 Beta »

When Apple announced iOS 11, one feature mentioned was “Messages in iCloud,” which promised to keep your iMessages in sync and backed up to iCloud for easy restore onto a new device. It’s not a headlining feature, but one that would make life with iOS devices a little bit nicer.

Looks like the feature was pulled from today’s iOS 11 beta release:

The “Messages in iCloud” feature has been removed in iOS 11 beta 5 and will ship in a future software update to iOS 11. Users can continue to receive and store messages on each device, and they can continue to backup and restore messages using iCloud Backup.

I agree with Jason Snell that it sounds like this is coming later, as part of a later update to iOS 11. While that’s a bummer, this is important to get right, so I’m fine with it.

While we’re on the topic of iOS 11, I’ve been running the public beta on my 10.5″ iPad Pro and it’s been really nice. When today’s release ends up in the public beta channel, I may sacrifice my iPhone to it as well.

LTE-Enabled Watch Rumored »

Mark Gurman, Scott Moritz and Ian King:

Apple Inc. is planning to release a version of its smartwatch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks, a move designed to reduce the device’s reliance on the iPhone, people familiar with the matter said.

Currently, Apple requires its smartwatch to be connected wirelessly to an iPhone to stream music, download directions in maps, and send messages while on the go. Equipped with LTE chips, at least some new Apple Watch models, planned for release by the end of the year, will be able to conduct many tasks without an iPhone in range, the people said. For example, a user would be able to download new songs and use apps and leave their smartphone at home.

Sitting pricing — and cellular plans — aside, this is a product I am definitely interested in. I go for bike rides on a regular basis1 and always take my iPhone 7 Plus with me. While having music and podcasts stream from my phone is much easier than the watch, safety is the primary reason. I don’t go anywhere I can’t be reached by my loved ones, and on a bike, having the ability to call 911 can become a very real thing in a heartbeat.

A cellular Apple Watch would be great in this scenario. The Plus is a giant pain the ass to take with me, and I’d love to leave it behind.

Oh, and then there’s this, by John Gruber:

It’s hard to overstate just how big a deal this could be. No mention in Businessweek’s report, though, of the all-new form factor that I’ve heard is coming for this year’s new watches. That tidbit came from an unconfirmed little birdie, though, so I wouldn’t bet the house on it.

I’d dig a thinner, lighter Watch, but I’d take more battery life and LTE first, and cramming those things into a smaller chassis would be really impressive.

  1. And runs on a very irregular basis.