Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn




Why Apple’s Weather App for iOS Sucks


A video on Macworld today reminded me how bad Apple’s Weather app for iOS is. Serenity Caldwell shows how to use this app, but neglects to point out that it’s one of the hardest weather apps to view. Here are two weather apps, side by side. On the left is Apple’s app; on the right […]

The Committed Podcast Discusses Amazon, Publishing, and More


On this week’s episode of The Committed podcast, Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths and I discuss the current kerfuffle between Amazon and Hachette over ebook pricing, the changes to Gatekeeper – the security feature in OS X that works with sandboxing – in OS X 10.9.5, and more. Listen to The Committed, Episode 45: Not Orwellian.


iWant: A Solar-Powered Magic Trackpad


I love my Magic Trackpad, but it eats batteries. Wouldn’t it be great of Apple made a solar-powered Magic Trackpad? The entire surface could be solar cells; or just, say, an inch or so at the top. Batteries last a month or so, which isn’t long enough.

Is Apple Finally Getting Rid of the Glare?


Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is preparing to release a non-reflective iPad. Output of the larger iPad may be restricted by manufacturing complications related to the use of a new anti-reflection coating, which Apple plans to add to the device to make the display easier to read, said one of the people. Apple’s embrace of […]

The Committed Podcast Talks about Churn


On this week’s episode of The Committed podcast, Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths and I discuss the latest small update to the Mac Pro line, leading us to a discussion of churn, or how often we change Macs and iOS devices. We all have different strategies, and the discussion also looks at the value of buying […]

Let the Beats Go On: European Commission OKs Apple’s $3B purchase of Beats


“The European Commission issued a press release to say that the Apple-Beats deal cleared under the EU Merger Regulation legislation. The goal of the EU’s merger policies is to examine such deals and "prevent harmful effects on competition."

“Apple has confirmed it will buy Beats for $3 billion, making it the company’s largest acquisition ever. Beats is best known for its premium headphones, but also recently launched a subscription music streaming service that was the key to Apple’s interest.

“The commission said on Monday that although both Beats and Apple sell headphones in Europe, their combined market share is low and the two companies are not close competitors. The EU noted that headphones from Apple and Beats "differ markedly in functionality and design."

It was also said that major headphone competitors, such as Bose, Sennheiser and Sony, would remain in the marketplace after the Apple-Beats deal closes.”

via European Commission OKs Apple's $3B purchase of Beats.

It’s now up to US regulators to issue their approval, and it would be surprising if this didn’t happen soon.

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