Lynch mob

lynch Apple has hired Adobe’s former CTO, Kevin Lynch. Gruber and Dalrymple are pointing out how vehemently he beat the Flash drum while at Adobe. Lynch even made an embarrassing, adolescent video I’m sure he now regrets.

I have faith that Apple is smart enough refrain from hiring someone who would a detriment to the company. [1. Don’t say, “John Browett.” I don’t want to hear it.] Let’s let him put in, oh, an eight-hour work day before we question his motives and Cook’s ability to hire decent people.

“Incredibly sad” [Update]


These photos are making the rounds this week. The first is from the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI back in 2005 (see update below). The second, the announcement of Pope Francis I on March 13, 2013. On one hand, it’s a testament to how Apple has changed the world, as Cult of Mac points out. On the other, I agree with Sam Soffes:

“This makes me incredibly sad…go outside, be present with the people you love when you’re with them, or go make something. Staring at your little screen isn’t doing anything for you.”

Update: I got it wrong.

The photo labeled “2013” does depict the announcement of Pope Francis I on March 13.  However, the photo labeled “2005” was taken during the funeral procession of Pope John Paul II, according to the Washington Post. Those events were separated by several years, but also, as Emi Kolawole points out, those images represent “…a very different mood and event type. There was no one addressing the crowd from the balcony [in the 2005 photo], for example. So, the comparison isn’t quite accurate.”

Kolawole then comments on other images of jubilant Catholics celebrating the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican City, roughly two weeks after the 2005 funeral photo was taken. There are some cameras and recording devices visible, but significantly fewer than in the 2013 image.

A couple of things here. First, I failed to do my research. I apologize for that. Second, concerns about our tendency to view life’s significant moments through a glowing screen are still valid. Reader Chris Thompson sent this message via email (reprinted here with his permission):

“I have a different take on the Vatican cell phone picture. Those people aren’t using devices to detach, they’re using them to lock down something deeply important in their lives. I believe they’re connecting MORE with the moment. I’m with you that people check out and fall into their devices at times when they should be interacting with their friends and loved ones.

But that’s not what’s happening here. Every one of those people [in the 2013 photo] has their arms far above their heads. They’re taking photos and/or movies of an event, which, for anyone interested enough (Catholic faithful enough?) to actually go to the Square to watch is an extremely important event in their lives.

They’re not playing Angry Birds (Or, as a friend quipped, watching The Borgias).

They’re CREATING. They’re commemorating. They’re recording an event which moved them enough to stand with 100k other people in the dark rain to barely see a man they considered to be God’s messenger on earth. So, I’d ask, would your opinion of the photo be different if each of those phones were a Canon or Nikon DSLR?”

Good point. Again, apologies for getting my facts wrong. Also, comments are open.

Apple most admired, desperate

Fortune has identified Apple as the world’s most admired company for the sixth year running, despite Forbes’ assertion that it would not happen this year:

“[Apple] is likely to drop from the number one spot on Fortune’s list of ‘World’s Most Admired Companies.'”


Speaking of  Forbes, let’s not forget this recent gem:

“Apple is acting out of desperation.  Tim Cook has been talking about innovation but not many seem to believe him.  At Goldman’s conference, Tim Cook said that innovation culture at Apple has never been stronger. Perhaps Apple leaked details of iWatch to put some meat on the statement by Cook.”

Forbes suggests that Apple leaked an iWatch rumor in a desperate attempt to demonstrate that it’s still an innovative company:

“[another] theory is that Apple found out about a watch-like product that Samsung is working on.  A Korean website, Ruliweb, has leaked screen shots of Samsung Altius; many consider this to be equivalent of iWatch.”

Equivalent of a product that doesn’t exist? Neat. And yes Forbes, random, nondescript images from Asian websites no one has ever heard of represent the height of accuracy , reliability and integrity. Also, many people “seem to” not believe in Tim Cook, or they actually don’t? Have you spoken with “many” people about this? Did they convey this to you directly? Maybe it just seems that way.

And I’m certain Apple’s senior executives saw a photo that may or may not represent a watch that only exists as a rumor and thought, “OMG we better pretend to have something better!” Yes, I’m sure that’s exactly how the world’s most admired company operates.

What if “watch” is the wrong word?

Many tech blogs have published articles about the possibility that Apple is working on a new, wearable device. For lack of a better term, most are calling it a watch. I suspect that’s inaccurate.

Imagine that Apple isn’t specifically designing a watch, but the next step in its portable devices. Something that does much of what iOS devices do today, only in a novel way, and in a smaller form factor. Small enough to be, say, attached to one’s wrist. It’s understandable to think of this thing as a watch because that’s the logical point of reference. But Apple excels at skating to where the puck will be, not where it is, and most of us can’t see that far ahead.

Australian Department of Treasury swaps Blackberry for iPhone

The Australian Department of Treasury has announced its intentions to ditch its Blackberry devices and take on iPhone 5s. According to CNET, the department’s chief information officer Peter Alexander noted the change:

“We’re going to use Apple devices as our corporate platform — iPhones and iPads for now. Basically because iOS has been evaluated by Defence Signals Directorate.”

The department will adopt 250 devices in total. As RIM just announced the new Blackberry 10, timing is bad for the Canadian company. “With the new one being launched, it’s almost too late,” said Alexander. “Maybe it’ll catch up, maybe it won’t.”


Apple warns against jailbreaking

Apple has posted a support document meant to dissuade users from jailbreaking their iPhones:

“Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks iOS. It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of iOS is a violation of iOS end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.”

That’s as cut-and-dry as it’s going to get.