Connected 33: The Robocop of Apple Watches

This week, with Myke on the road, Federico and I were joined by David Smith to talk about Tim Cook and WatchKit apps.

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On Don Draper's Carousel pitch

With Mad Men's final run starting a week from today, The New York Times has published an interview with John Hamm, focusing on some key moments in his character's time on screen. The first story is about one of the best moments in the show:

Here's what Hamm says about it:

It’s an important moment in the development of the character, where people go, ‘Oh, this guy’s not just a sweet-talking guy in a fancy suit. He’s a soulful person.’ It was beautifully shot. We didn’t really want to use a working slide projector, they’re crazy noisy, so we had some digital thing. But the slides looked wrong somehow. We had to fix that and make them smudgy. At some point we ended up just running the slide projector in the room. I don’t know [how people were reacting to the speech]. I wasn’t exactly running back to the monitors, seeing how every line was landing. I was pretty focused on myself.

That attention to detail is what makes Mad Men so special, and scenes like this so damn powerful. I'm excited to see how it ends.

Tim Cook to give away his wealth

Adam Lashinsky’s piece on Tim Cook is worth reading, even if there’s not a ton of new information about Apple’s CEO shared in it.[1]

There, is however, a good bit about how Cook is handling his wealth that, as far as I know, is new:

He plans to give away all his wealth, after providing for the college education of his 10-year-old nephew. There should be plenty left over to fund philanthropic projects. Cook’s net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, is currently about $120 million. He also holds restricted stock worth $665 million if it were to be fully vested. Cook says that he has already begun donating money quietly, but that he plans to take time to develop a systematic approach to philanthropy rather than simply writing checks.

It’s unclear from this article if Cook’s move is part of the well-known Giving Project, but either way, it’s a clear extension of what Cook’s been talking about from taking the reigns of Apple: using technology (and the wealth created by it) to impact the world for good.

I love it.

  1. Calling the company “the iBehemoth” in the dek is cringe-worthy, though.  ↩

Gary Allen, on the end of ifo Apple Store

In a post titled "My Work Here is Done:"

So, I’m doing to focus on my family and friends, drop the demands of writing and get back to what it was before—just fun. I won’t be writing new stories, but will attempt to keep up with some of the list-type material on this Web site for reference.

I'll miss Gary's insight into Apple, as well as his obsessive love of detail. Over the years, we have traded emails several times, and he's always been very kind and very helpful. Best of luck, friend.

On the MessagePad 2000

My buddy Thomas Brand has put together a nice set of links to celebrate the 18th birthday of the Newton MessagePad 2000.

I owned a 2000 for several years in college, complete with Wi-Fi card, keyboard and carrying case. It synced contacts, calendars and more with my PowerBook G4 via an ADB/USB adaptor. I could send and receive email, take class notes and more all on the little green machine.

While some of my classmates would use laptops, no one was using anything like the Newton. This was around 2005 — two years before the iPhone would be announced. Needless to say, I got some looks, but I didn't care. The Newton was fast, easy to use and offered a lot of things that just weren't possible at the time without a laptop.

I ended up selling my MessagePad to pay off my wife's engagement ring, but every once in a while, I cruise eBay looking for a replacement. One of these days, I'll pull the trigger.

Connected 32: I Misplaced That Civil War

This week's show is a fun one:

Stephen, Myke and Federico talk about some Italian history, TeleText’s current state in Sweden and then answer listener questions.

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More on Apple Retail Watch training

Mark Gurman:

Apple is pushing for retail employees to initiate conversations that build trust, enabling the employee to serve as a valued fashion advisor during the purchase process, similarly to how traditional watches are sold. Apple Watch sales training programs will take place for Apple retail staff over the course of the next two weeks, teaching entirely new sales techniques to encourage iPhone upgrades, assist with gifting, and guide customers in watch and strap choices.

Don't miss the leaked training image: