SFO Testing Beacon System for Blind Travelers

Josh Lowensohn, writing for The Verge:

San Francisco Airport is testing out location-aware beacons to help visually-impaired people navigate around one of its newest terminals, a program it could roll out to the rest of the airport if successful. An early version of the system was shown off to press today for use on Apple iOS devices, though SFO also plans to make it available for Android users and eventually expand the system to serve up information for those who can see.

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Read ‘The Magazine’ Archive Free for a Limited Time

My friend and The Magazine editor and publisher, Glenn Fleishman, writes on his blog:

We have published about 200 articles since October 2012 on a huge range of interesting subjects: reintroducing wood bison back to Alaska, the background to serious cosplay from people who make elaborate and fantastic outfits, the last performance of Trek in the Park in Portland, a woman named Amelia Earhart who retraced her namesake’s worldwide trip (successfully), DIY medical equipment, and, wow, a lot more.

The archives are free for all to peruse for a month — 4 weeks, Glenn says — in line with the new app launch.

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‘Introducing the 1Password App Extension for iOS 8′

David Chartier, in a post on the AgileBits blog:

Throughout history, the greats have always sought a “holy grail.” The Dude really wanted that new rug. Indiana Jones searched for… well, the Holy Grail. Today, we’re happy to say we built our holy grail: automatic 1Password Logins right in iOS 8 apps.

The video embedded here, produced by our fearless co-founder Dave Teare, speaks for itself. Thanks to Apple’s incredible new developer features in iOS 8, third-party apps can let 1Password fill Logins without the user ever leaving the app. Yep, complete with Touch ID for unlocking the vault. Yep, it’s this awesome.

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Android, the Turd of An OS

Jim Dalrymple, in response to yet another story on Android malware:

I’m shocked at the lack of security in this piece of shit operating system. SHOCKED!

This is classic Dalrymple; he’s been on fire lately.

Apple Refreshes Retina Display MacBook Pros

Per Cupertino’s press release:

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features dual-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz and 8GB of memory, up from 4GB in the entry-level notebook. The 13-inch model can also be configured with faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz. The top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has a new, lower starting price of $2,499. The 15-inch model features faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, 16GB of memory, up from 8GB in the entry-level notebook, and can be configured with quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.0 GHz

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‘The New Typewriter’

MG Siegler, on writing using an iPad:

I’ve been thinking about this recently when wondering why I like to write on my iPad so much more than my computer. It’s not that the iPad is “better” for writing, it’s that it’s decidedly less distracting. Yes, you still have access to Twitter, Facebook, and the like. But it’s not open in a window just next to the window you’re composing in. It’s a different app. Sure, there are push notifications, but you can easily switch those off. Or let them pile up.

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On Levi’s Stadium

Ryan Lawler, writing for TechCrunch:

Levi’s Stadium, which had its ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday, is a beautiful arena. It comfortably seats 68,500 fans and can add additional seating to hold 75,000 for events like the Super Bowl. There are two giant screens on either side of the field, with a viewing area of 19,200 square feet between them.

But that’s the kind of thing that we’ve come to expect from new modern arenas. What’s really cool about Levi’s Stadium is the technology that has been built into it.

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OS X Yosemite Public Beta Launches Tomorrow

Jason Snell, reporting for Macworld:

On Thursday, fall will come early for hundreds of thousands of Mac users when Apple releases its first public beta of OS X Yosemite. The public-beta program, announced during Apple’s annual developer conference in June, lets regular users download and test pre-release versions of OS X. Apple says the first million users to sign up at the OS X Beta Program website will be able to test Yosemite before the OS is released to the general public in the fall.

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FiftyThree Announces FiftyThree SDK

From a post on the FiftyThree blog:

Today we’re thrilled to announce the FiftyThree SDK, the simplest way for app developers to integrate Pencil’s powerful creative features into their own apps.

We built Pencil to make creating on the iPad simple and natural with features like blend, erase, adaptive palm rejection, and the simplest Bluetooth pairing with Kiss-to-Pair™. Now with the release of our SDK, app developers anywhere can bring the Pencil experience to new platforms for creativity whether it’s games, document editors, music, or even museum installations.

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‘The Notebook Everyone Loves’

Apple yesterday posted a new ad for the MacBook Air, “Stickers”:

I liked this ad — surprising that (a) Apple actually made a new MacBook commercial; and (b) that Apple used all the third-party imagery. Also notable is the appearance (albeit brief) of the classic, six-color Apple logo.

In terms of analysis, Matt Panazarino at TechCrunch and John Gruber at Daring Fireball have good, similarly-aligned takes on the ad.