'Steve Jobs' Dumped Out Of Movie Theatres

Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs movie had another disastrous showing at the box office over the weekend. With earnings declining more than 69 percent from the previous weekend to just $823,000, the movie was dumped from 2,072 screens — more than any other film.

Shouldn't have been there in the first place.

Mobile, Ecosystems And The Death Of PCs

With the upcoming release of the iPad Pro (on Wednesday), the discussion surrounding the death of the 'personal computer' has been reinvigorated.

Ben Evans has a great article about the topic:

On this basis, instead of thinking of 'tablets and smartphones' as one category and 'PCs as another, we should think of larger screen and smaller screen devices. That is, you will have something you carry with you (a 'phone') and may or may not also have something with a larger screen that stays mostly at home or in your office. In the past you might have chosen between a laptop or desktop - today you choose between a laptop, desktop or tablet, depending on what you want to do with it. That is, perhaps we should think of tablets as being as much 'PCs' as desktops and laptops are. 

Attorney General Tells Daily Fantasy Sports To Stop Taking Bets

NY Times:

The New York State attorney general on Tuesday ordered the two biggest daily fantasy sports companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, to stop accepting bets from New York residents, saying their games constituted illegal gambling under state law.

The cease-and-desist order by the attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, is a major blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that introduced sports betting to legions of young sports fans and has formed partnerships with many of the nation’s professional sports teams. Given the New York attorney general’s historic role as a consumer-protection advocate, legal experts said the action will most likely reverberate in other states where legislators and investigators are increasingly questioning whether the industry should operate unfettered by regulations that govern legalized gambling.

“It is clear that DraftKings and FanDuel are the leaders of a massive, multibillion-dollar scheme intended to evade the law and fleece sports fans across the country,” Mr. Schneiderman said, adding, “Today we have sent a clear message: not in New York, and not on my watch.”

I'm in no way an expert on gambling laws, but I think most of us saw this coming.

Apple TV Orders Start Monday

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company's new Apple TV would begin shipping next week, hitting the promised October deadline. Orders will start on Monday and the first of them will begin to ship later in the week.

No details on when orders start, but it's getting close.

Mossberg: The Steve Jobs I Knew Isn't In This Movie

Walt Mossberg over at The Verge:

In 2015, the brilliant writer Aaron Sorkin made a movie loosely based on a famous, powerful, contemporary American business figure — the technology innovator Steve Jobs — that showed him in a bad light. He, too, took artistic liberties with the character, and with events. But, his entertaining work of fiction isn't labeled for what it is. It's called Steve Jobs and is based in part on Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of the man.

As a result, for the multitudes of people who didn't know the real Steve Jobs, Mr. Sorkin's film, which opens nationally Friday, will seem like a factual, holistic portrait of a great man, despite the screenwriter's continuing protests that it's no such thing and wasn't meant to be a "biopic."

Unlike Mr. Sorkin, I did know the real Steve Jobs, for about 14 years — the most productive and successful 14 years of his career. I spent scores of hours in private conversations with him over those years, and interviewed him numerous times onstageat a tech conference I co-produced. And the Steve Jobs portrayed in Sorkin's film isn't the man I knew.

Well said.

iStat Menus for Mac

Long before I was a Mac user, I loved to tinker with PCs. I built them myself, continuously bought new parts to upgrade its performance and loved seeing how well it could run the latest software.

Years later I fell in love with the fluidity of the Mac and how it just works. The rest they say, is history.

One thing I had always missed from my tinkering days is monitoring the performance of my machine. Things like, active CPU processes, available memory, operating temperature and much more. It may not seem important to most people, but I loved being able to see it.

Despite being less upgradeable hardware-wise, OS X still offers the ability to see this data, however viewing it in the Activity Monitor is less than ideal.

This is where iStat Menus for Mac comes in. It’s a brilliant utility that runs in the menu bar of your Mac and shows you all the data you could ever desire to know about your machine. The best part is it’s completely customizable. You can configure iStat Menus to show precisely the information you want to know. 

Not only does iStat Menus show you the strain being put on your hardware, it shows you exactly what software is causing it. I love being able to see what programs are using my battery most - or which ones are transferring the most data through my network connection. 

The amount of data available through iStat Menus is astounding - and hard to live without once you’ve had a try. Due to the amount of Mac apps that live in the menu bar, the real estate has become quite valuable, but iStat Menus earns it’s spot.

There’s a trial available for iStat Menus here, or you can just buy it right away for $18.

If you’re anything like me, you won’t be caught without it.

Paste for Mac

Cut - Copy - Paste.

It’s been part of the computer experience for as long as I can remember, but even so, it’s not one of the things that immediately comes to mind when you think about the most important features of OS X.

Despite being as important as it is - the process of copying, then pasting text, pictures or links has been unchanged over the years. In the computer industry, this means one of two things: it can’t be improved or no one can think of how to improve it.

After using Paste for Mac these past few weeks, I can confidently say there is a better solution - and it’s available on the Mac App Store.

Paste for Mac is a fantastic utility that runs in the background of your Mac and stores a history of everything you cut or copy, regardless of whether it’s text or an image. Nothing changes about the way you Cut or Copy, it’s still the same keyboard short of Command + X/C.

However, where Paste for Mac show it’s brilliance is when you activate the (customizable) keyboard shortcut of Command, Shift and V.

Doing so will bring an Expose-style interface that shows you a running sideways list of everything you’ve cut or copied. The best part is that above your clipboard history, Paste shows your active application right above. This means if you’re writing an email, for example, you can easy click and drag previously copied text to your email draft.

The brilliance of Paste is in the implementation. It feels right at home on OS X, almost as if it was designed by Apple. Every time I use Paste for Mac, I wonder why this hasn’t been a core feature of OS X since the beginning.

Paste for Mac is one of those apps you’ll have a hard time living without. Once you have it on your Mac you'll wonder how you managed without it. I can’t recommend it enough.

Paste for Mac is available on the Mac App Store for $6.99.

Tweetbot 4

I can't believe I forgot to mention this a week ago, but Tapbots released a great new version of their Twitter client, Tweetbot.

Believe me, if you use Twitter, you should own this app.

Why The Steve Jobs In Aaron Sorkin's Move Could Have Never Saved Apple

The movie is full of fictions. Many are minor details. One character accuses Jobs of having "multiple billions of dollars"—but the movie ends in 1998, and Jobs didn’t actually get that kind of money until 2006, when Disney bought Pixar (a company that isn’t even mentioned in the movie). Other fictions are major, including several invented confrontations between Jobs and Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, Mac genius Andy Hertzfeld, and ex-CEO John Sculley. And then there’s the grand fiction of omission in the final act, which hinges on an imagined reconciliation between Jobs and Lisa—the daughter whose paternity he once denied—before his 1998 introduction of the iMac. Moviegoers have no way of knowing that by 1998 the real Steve Jobs had been married for seven years, was raising three children with his wife, had brought Lisa under their roof, and had been profoundly changed by his family life in the slow-yet-sudden way that is so common to so many people.

I want to see the movie, but I'm not sure I can enjoy it with all these major inaccuracies.

Ulysses for Mac Review

I’ve had a nasty habit for as long as I’ve been an online writer: I often write in a non-autosaving web browser window.

I’m not quite sure why I’ve always defaulted to this wretched habit - but I have - and it’s cost me on more than several occasions. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been close to finishing an article when an accidental swipe on my Magic Mouse causes my browser window to go backwards and *POOF* my work is gone.

I usually sit there in disbelief for a few minutes, desperately trying to refresh the browser in hopes my lost work can be magically brought back from the depths of the internet. 

It never comes back.

A few weeks ago this happened once again - and I decided I needed to find a solution. I’ve used Byword for years, but something was missing. I needed a more comprehensive writing tool, one that I’d actually enjoy using.

That tool is Ulysses.

In the past I’ve heard a lot of good things about Ulysses. A full-featured text editor, complete with a built-in file browser and notes function. But that’s not all. It has a beautiful user interface which you can customize with thousands of user-created themes. For longer articles, Ulysses supports breaking it into several linked parts so you can stay organized. It even has a tagging system so nothing ever becomes lost.

In fact, that may turn out to be one of my favourite parts of Ulysses. I’ve long lived in a archaic mindset of saving all my documents in the Documents folder on my Mac. Only, when I get rushed, I save it on my Desktop. And when I’m remote, I save it in Dropbox. If you write a lot of articles like I do, things get disorganized quite quickly.

With Ulysses, I can sync all my folders (both local and remote) into one interface for easy browsing and storing of all my works. On top of being incredibly easy to sort through, it’s also quite fulfilling to see all of my documents in one program. I feel accomplished every time I load up Ulysses.

There’s so much more I love about Ulysses which I haven’t mentioned. Simply put, it’s the best - and most comprehensive - text editor available for Mac. Any journalist, aspiring writer, or student shouldn’t be caught without Ulysses. It will keep you organized, make you feel more accomplished and most likely, make you a better writer.

Ulysses is available for Mac for $51.99 with an iPad app also available for $22.99. Don’t hesitate, buy it now.

It should go without saying that this article was written in Ulysses and not in an unrecoverable browser window.

Napkin for Mac Review

Several times over the course of any given day, I have to annotate an image. This could be something as simple as drawing an arrow to show my grandparents where to click on their iPad, or something more difficult like explaining to developers how to structure a new feature.

For years my tool of choice was Skitch. It was the simplest and quickest way to annotate images, that is, until Evernote purchased it. Now, Skitch is a downright nightmare.

It didn't take me long to find a better solution luckily as I stumbled upon Napkin.

Napkin is the application for anyone who needs to annotate images. It's quick, painless and powerful - everything that Skitch was or could've been.

With Napkin, it's dead simple to add an image and mark it up with arrows, shapes, text, and more. It's incredibly simple to export your finished product - just click and drag to share.

Annotating images is something that designers, developers, artists, teachers and journalists need to do on a daily basis. If you fall into one of these categories, you can choose to make it difficult on yourself, or you can use Napkin. It's that simple.

Napkin is available on the Mac App Store for $39.99. Save yourself loads of time and download it now.

Stop Googling. Let's Talk.

Fantastic piece from Sherry Turkle at the New York Times about the effect smartphones have had on our youth:

To reclaim conversation for yourself, your friendships and society, push back against viewing the world as one giant app. It works the other way, too: Conversation is the antidote to the algorithmic way of looking at life because it teaches you about fluidity, contingency and personality.

This is our moment to acknowledge the unintended consequences of the technologies to which we are vulnerable, but also to respect the resilience that has always been ours. We have time to make corrections and remember who we are — creatures of history, of deep psychology, of complex relationships, of conversations, artless, risky and face to face.

TIME Doesn't Understand The Ad-Blocking War

Meanwhile, the optimists out there believe the ad blocking wars will simply result in better ads. Apple blogger John Gruber, for instance, thinks consumers will choose to “whitelist” less obtrusive ads. It’s a hopeful premise, but it assumes users will take a proactive role in allowing ads from sites they like and want to support, effectively working harder to still see ads. In reality, most top iPhone ad blockers so far lump Gruber’s own ad network in with the most annoying animated advertisements, leading Gruber to ask: “Are we fighting ads or are we fighting garbage?” But that’s not a distinction most readers make.

I think it is - and I think they have. Otherwise we may not be having this conversation.