The Grenfell Tower fire puts everything into perspective. People lost families, friends, possessions and it’s hard to see who is helping them apart form themselves. Heartbreaking.
As for me, last week wears really busy but I’ve now got a week off work. However it didn’t get off to the best of starts with our boiler being condemned on Friday. New one being fitted this week which will cause quite a bit of upheaval…and probably a new kitchen will be required. Sigh.
More WipEout, more Ready Player One. Half way through and it’s so good.
Inside Walt Mossberg’s gadget museum – The Verge
Mossberg looks at the cirtical tech releases from his long career.
The 10.5” iPad Pro: Future-Proof – MacStories
I picked up the 10.5 this week alongside a pencil and keyboard. What an awesome device…more from me on this soon.
WordPress parent Automattic is closing its San Francisco office because its remote workers never show up — Quartz
Automattic, the technology company that owns WordPress.com, has a beautiful office in a converted San Francisco warehouse, with soaring ceilings, a library, and a custom-made barn door. If you like the space, you’re free to move in. The office at 140 Hawthorne went on the market after CEO Matt Mullenweg came to the realization not…
Flxible and mobile working is the future.
WWDC 2017 — Some Thoughts – Learning By Shipping
Putting some of the major announcements of new platform technologies in context. What are the implications for ARKit, Core ML, SiriKit. Also ow does iOS 11 and the iPad Pro 10″ improve “productivity’.
More thoughts on WWDC.
The secret origin story of the iPhone – The Verge
Great read…although it’s kicked up a bit of controversy.
Life and death in Apple’s forbidden city – the guardian
Another extract from the same book, the ugly side of the devices we all love so much.
Apple’s Tim Cook on Donald Trump, the HomePod, and the Legacy of Steve Jobs – Bloomberg
The head of the most valuable company in the world talks to Bloomberg Businessweek Editor Megan Murphy.
Cook opens up a little more…and loves AR.
London tower block fire: What went wrong at Grenfell Tower? – YouTube
Investigators are trying to establish how a fire in a London tower block was able to spread so aggressively and so fast. A renovation of the building was com…
Background to the Grenfell fire.
5 Fires That Shaped Modern London – NYTimes.com
Why do we need a disaster to shape rules and regulations?
Grenfell Tower cladding: Claims fire-resistance would have cost just £5,000 | London Evening Standard
Anger is growing over claims a series of safety failings led to the Grenfell Tower disaster after it emerged contractors could have spent just £5,000 more on fire-resistant cladding. A “Justice for Grenfell” rally is set to take place in Westminster on Friday evening, while numerous distraught residents have demanded answers from politicians over the blaze that killed at least 17 people on Wednesday.
If this is true then words fail me.
London fire brigade boss: ‘It was a massive risk, but it’s our job to go in’ | UK news | The Guardian
This exciting Brexit future feels like all the rubbish bits from the past | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian
By default I link to one Marina Hyde post every week, but she’s that good.
How Newspapers Lost Their Monopoly On Influencing Voters In The 2017 General Election
The Sun and the Daily Mail sell 3 million copies a day between them. But their decades-long claim to dominating public opinion may have finally come to an end.
A good thing.
Winners of the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest 2016 – The Atlantic
Amazing photo’s to lift the spirits
Developers Who Use Spaces Make More Money Than Those Who Use Tabs – Stack Overflow Blog
Bonkers. And you should use tabs, not spaces.
Different languages: How cultures around the world draw shapes differently — Quartz
A week is a long time in politics. Roll back six weeks and no one could have predicted what we’ve seen in the last few days. May is a busted flush. Indyref 2 looks dead…but I’m sure brexit or some other significant and material change will bring it back into the limelight. As for me, looking forward to a week off work from this Friday.
WipEout Omega on the PS4 launched and is stunning. If you like anything about the original series you will love this.
What a fucked up week. Politics, terrorists and all the while the predominantly right wing media twist everything to suit their will. Hoping next Thursday will be a day of reckoning. Fearing it won’t be.
At least there’s WWDC to look forward to.
Really enjoying Ready Player One. I can see me getting more into Audiobooks thanks to this.
Two days from now and we’ll have just sat through the WWDC 2017 keynote. WWDC is predominantly a software event with focus on new iOS and macOS releases but Apple’s hardware has been stagnating so expectations for Monday are high. What do I hope/expect?
- iOS improvements especially for iPad. My iPad is 3 1/2 years old and I want to see a jump in functionality for iPad users.
- A new iPad! I’d like to pick up one along with a keyboard and pen. I’m not sure what to expect from new hardware although the rumours of an in-between size of the two current pro’s and more glass/less bezel sounds pretty compelling.
- macOS – hope Apple can show the Mac a little love. I like the idea of going to macOS 11 and linking numbering to iOS but doubt it will happen. Hopefully there’s something on the software front as I expect any Mac hardware updates will be CPU only. How about killing iTunes which has been on many people’s wish list for years? Fingers crossed.
- Photo’s. Really needs some love after a promising start especially when compared to Google Photos.
- One more thing…Siri speaker? I’d prefer a 4k Apple TV at a reasonable price to be honest.
A fairly modest list of wants really. It will be interesting to see what’s shown that hasn’t been predicted or talked about, and also how they stack up against Google and Facebook and the industry in general which is focussing on AI and AR. Changing of the guard, my tastes changing or the appeal of something new? All I know is Apple isn’t delivering for me like they used to. Roll on Monday.
More crazy hours at work meant for another tiring week but hopefully thats all done for a while. Thanks to a quirk at our place and despite tomorrow being a UK holiday…we don’t get it so no rest for the wicked. Booking a week off in June though to top up the batteries.
Caught up with Logan. Loved it even though the ending was telegraphed through the film. Finally a good Wolverine movie, and my favourite X-Men film.
Also got into Ready Player One, via Audible as I find long reading quite dull. Hour and a half in and I’m hooked. What can I say – #dannywasright
Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer – Recode
Tech was once always in your way. Soon, it will be almost invisible.
Walt Mossberg is the tech writer and this is his last column. Loved his articles and recently enjoyed his Ctrl-Walt-Delete podcast. Will be missed.
Heroic humour or Katie Hopkins? This was a week to choose British values | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian
Fantastic column from Marina Hyde…and hopefully the beginning of the end for the horror that is Hopkins.
‘Corbyn wrong to link foreign policy to terror’: UK defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon – YouTube
Fallon made to look foolish by Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Delicious.
A Year of Google Maps
Detailed look at Google Maps constant improvement and Apple Maps relative stagnation. Google Maps still the top of rme.
BBC One – Glasgow 1967: The Lisbon Lions
Great documentary – well worth a watch.
James Bond on Twitter: “Bond, James Bond. Nobody does it better. We remember Sir Roger Moore. https://t.co/kalCFEslFY”
Nice tribute to Sir Roger Moore who passed this week but still a shit Bond in my opinion.
Essential apps for switching from Mac to Windows – Charged
If you’re making the jump from Mac to Windows like I did, you’re probably missing some of your favorite apps. Here’s a selection of my favorite Windows apps.
Some good Windows apps recommended here.
How Anker is beating Apple and Samsung at their own accessory game – The Verge
Inside the portable battery pack giant
Anker really is the goto for accessories.
Emmanuel Macron on Twitter: “À Bruxelles, unis avec nos alliés de @NATO. https://t.co/7nyaoI8hki”
Can’t get bored of this…two fingers to Trump from Macron.
Cover Story: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Definitive Preview | Vanity Fair
Star Wars devotees who can’t wait for December need look no further. With exclusive access to writer-director Rian Johnson, plus interviews with Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, and others, V.F. presents the ultimate sneak peek at The Last Jedi—and Carrie Fisher’s lasting legacy.
Some good info on the upcoming movie without anything being revealed. Roll on December.
‘Progress is painfully uneven’: Baltimore, 15 years after The Wire | Television
15 years! Sad to see so little has changed in Baltimore.
Game of Thrones Season 7: Official Trailer (HBO) – YouTube
War is coming.