'I told myself I wouldn't use the iOS 9 Beta'

I've avoided using Apple beta software for the past few years after being burned several times with buggy software. It's a beta for a reason, and I use my devices far too much for work to take a risk of losing data or productivity.

This being said, today I installed the iOS 9 beta on daily iPhone 6 Plus.

iOS 8 has been far too buggy for me lately to not give iOS 9 a chance - and so far it's been stable - far more stable than 8.4 was for me.

I won't publish any thoughts on iOS 9 until it leaves beta. For now, you can rest knowing it appears to be a much more stable release than iOS 8 was.

How Is The Apple Watch Doing?

Benedict Evans on what the Apple Watch means to him:

The simple answer is that it gives you lots of small conveniences. Walking directions are a good example: no more pulling your phone out to check the route every block as you walk through a city, just glance at your wrist. No more pulling your wallet or phone out to pay, just tap your watch and wave it over the terminal. No more pulling your phone out to see where the meeting is as you walk down the hallway, just glance at your wrist (it's not a coincidence that Apple uses 'Glances' as a UI model). And triaging notifications is very different - instead of fishing your phone out to see what that buzz was, flick your eyes down and see if you need to deal with it now or later. These are some of mine, but this is software, and like the iPhone or iPad this is just glass - it can be anything. The difference is that this glass can be in your eye-line all the time. 

Marc Newson Interview

My favorite app is: "Flightradar24. It tracks every plane in the world, moving in real time. It tells you where the plane is going, at what speed, what altitude, the type of plane. It’s an incredible bit of technology."

Interesting.

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace

New York Times with an expose about working at Amazon:

At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.” The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another’s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others.

Sounds brutal.

 

The Ethics of Modern Web Ad-Blocking

I completely agree with what Marco's thoughts:

Web publishers and advertisers cannot be trusted with the amount of access that today’s browsers give them by default, and people are not obligated to permit their web browsers to load all resources or execute all code that they’re given.

I recently started using Ghostery on my computers, and a simple homemade iOS content blocker that I may release for iOS 9’s launch. The web performance improvements with these are staggering, and the reports of quite how much Ghostery is blocking on most pages is shocking and disgusting.

I just installed Ghostery today and it's disturbing how many unauthorized scripts are running on my favourite websites.

 

Amazon’s Dash Buttons

Lauren Goode from Re/code:

There are a couple different ways to look at Amazon’s Dash Buttons. The first, and most obvious, is that they are a gimmick. But these buy buttons also support a shopping experience that involves almost zero interaction, whether that means browsing store shelves (IRL!) or tapping a touchscreen to browse and buy virtually.

Like many others, I thought it was a joke at first, but I can honestly see the appeal (especially when it comes to consumable products).

The New Xbox One NFL App

Microsoft has redesigned the app with a fresh interface and added what it's calling Next Gen Stats, which leverage the data fed from the trackers in every NFL player's uniform. Next Gen Stats replays look like they were pulled right out of Madden or another football video game, and they display information such as velocity, top speed, and distance traveled for each player on the field. Viewers can see the exact routes that each player took during a play and analyze just like a coach on the field. Microsoft says that the new app supports fantasy football programs from NFL.com, CBS, and Yahoo, and it will let fantasy players track their teams and stats in real time every game day.

This is great and all, but last year the app was so slow that it was irrelevant.

Windows 10 Review From Walt Mossberg

Windows 10 will finally give the great majority of PC users, who still use Windows 7, a familiar but improved upgrade. However, by making that upgrade free, Microsoft may be dampening, not boosting, the market for new PCs, at least in the short run.

I regard Windows 10 as a solid, evolutionary operating system that’s likely to be a good bet for people who like Windows. But don’t upgrade until more of the bugs have been worked out.

I've had the chance to use Windows 10 a bit over the past week, and I must say it's by far the best version since 7.

Reeder 3 for Mac Public Beta Now Available

Months after its original announcement Mac RSS app Reeder 3 has made an appearance in the form of a public beta. Reeder 3, which will be available as a free update for Reeder 2 owners, features an updated interface, including a transparent sidebar, and an overall look more in tune with OS X Yosemite.

In addition the new interface, Reeder 3 features a number of useful updates, like unread and starred counts for your smart folders, private browsing support, and fullscreen support for minimized layout mode. The app has added full support for Instapaper for saving articles to read later, and more features from your favorite RSS services are now supported.

I've been using the beta for a few days now and it's been reliable. One of my all-time favourite Mac apps has gotten even better.