"It's a Database That Could Explode"

I was thrilled to be the guest on episode three of TechTonic:

The digital world is largely a byproduct of Apple computers. Along with Stephen Hackett, Joe and Joshua discuss the ways that life changed for everyone over the last 30 years with the Mac. They also review our affair with photos, and the ways at present that we manage our ever-growing photo library concerns.

Glide launches Kickstarter project

The Glide team:

Building an app yourself is hard work. Normally you need a lot of technical skills that most people don't have. Glide makes it easy to create beautiful apps that look professional right from the start.

You simply put text, images and movies into folders, and Glide will build the app for you. When you change the content, the app updates automatically.

We have created a number of award winning apps using Glide, but we believe that everyone should be able to afford their own app. This Kickstarter is our way of making this happen.

This looks super awesome. Choose a template, build it out with files on Dropbox and boom, hello app. Seems like magic.

AnandTech reviews the new MacBook

As always, read the whole thing, but this bit jumped out at me:

From a design perspective then the end product is clearly a Mac laptop, but it’s a Mac laptop that’s more tablet-like than any before it. From the small size, to the low weight, the choice of a Core M processor, the passive, fanless cooling system, and of course the choice of metallic colors, the MacBook pushes against the line that separates Apple’s laptops from their tablets.

The MacBook comes with some serious trade-offs, as Ryan Smith outlines in his in-depth review, but in many ways, this machine is the future.

iFixIt tears down the new MacBook

A couple of thoughts:

  1. While this MacBook may have very few parts compared to the machines of yesteryear, this computer looks trickier to work on than even other late-model notebooks. Adhesive and proprietary pentalobe screws abound.
  2. Putting the battery and logic board on the bottom case and the keyboard on the top case is a change from recent machines. The unibody architecture uses a thin bottom case as just a cover, with all the guts screwed into the top case. Clearly that didn't work in a design this thin, but it isn't a completely new concept. Pre-unibody MacBook Pros (and aluminum PowerBooks) and MacBooks had the components resting in the bottom case, but on those machines, the top case come off to access them. The MacBook is a hybrid of these construction methods.
  3. Even though I disliked they keyboard when I tried it, and have no need for a machine in this class, I still kinda want a MacBook.

Connected 35: The Pospicle Rumor

This week, on the Relay FM podcast with the most colorful logo:

This week, the boys are joined by Jason Snell to talk about Photos.app, then wrap up “Becoming Steve Jobs.”

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Apple opens ResearchKit

Apple, on GitHub:

You can get started with ResearchKit by visiting GitHub, now available to all developers for free under the ResearchKit BSD license. Be sure to check out the Overview tab for great links to documentation and sample code to help you start building your research app today. You can even share your favorite modules with the global research community by creating an issue or claiming an existing one from our issue list and send us a pull request.

With ResearchKit having the potential to change medical research forever, the fact that Apple's doing this in the open is just icing on the cake.