My Wish List For WWDC, 2014

WWDC starts tomorrow. It’s basically Christmas for developers and tech nerds.  Here’s a short list of things I’d like to see announced from Apple along with their respective likelihoods:

-A multitasking panel for Siri that allows quick access to previous interaction (unsure)

-Localized functionality for at least some Siri-related tasks (probable)

-The ability of Siri to use Google’s knowledge graph instead of Bing (unsure)

-A Siri API (unsure – but the Shazam rumors are interesting)

-A “hands-free” Siri option (unsure – would be so great)

-Better inter-app communication (probable)

-PDF storage support in Pages (unsure – seriously, Apple – enough, already)

-All Notification Center items being actionable (probable)

-Map previews in Calendar appointments (probable)

-Public transit in Maps (near certain)

-More info in Maps (near certain)

-Updated aesthetic for OS X (near certain)

-Siri on OS X (probable)

-A larger iPhone (near certain)

-Healthbook (near certain)

-The iWatch (a man can dream, right?)

 

If Apple introduces only half of these items, I’ll be happy. Despite its shortcomings, it is still the company that makes app development a pleasure, and WWDC is the time when devs both celebrate new tools and reflect on just how cool of a thing it is that they do.

All will be revealed tomorrow at 10am Pacific (1pm Eastern).

The Hypocrisy of Google

Daniel Eran Dilger, writer for AppleInsider, has outdone himself. His latest piece on Google’s stance on patents is both a philosophical critique and a lesson in tech history. Dilger argues:

In a world without patents, small inventors and startups like Google could be easily crushed by companies capable of using their own competitive ideas against them, the same way that Google today demands the right to use Apple’s patented ideas to “compete” against Apple in the market…At the same time, Apple’s success with iOS as a mobile platform for native apps has had a tremendous impact on the web. New services are targeting users with apps rather than the web-based platforms Google has long dominated, and mobile audiences are using apps rather than starting their searches in the browser via Google…The absolute inability of Android’s enthusiasts to recognize Apple as anything other than a evil amalgamation of fallacious badness has few parallels outside of North Korea’s official stance on the United States. The difference is that Android users have the facts in front of them…Google’s erection of a mass delusion of Android competence and even superiority is quite an exceptional feat, unmatched only by the wild hypocrisy of a company that owes its very existence and virtually all of its success to patents pivoting so dramatically to now take the position that patents are evil and that it should have an unfettered right to benefit from everyone else’s inventions without any compensation.

Intellectual property matters.

Apple knows that.

Google forgot when it became profitable.

This is what iOS looks like on a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 display (Video)

This is what iOS looks like on a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 display (Video)

Jonathan Lace:

Interesting simulation of what the next iPhone will look like size-wize…

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

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Over the past couple of months, it’s been rumored that Apple’s iPhone 6 will feature a larger 4.7-inch display. Several mockups and schematics have appeared online that mimic this rumor, but we won’t have confirmation until Apple announces the iPhone 6 later this year.

Instead of waiting for the rumors to be confirmed, we thought it would be fun and useful to create a physical iPhone 6 simulator. Doing so, would give us an idea of what iOS would look like if it were running on a 4.7-inch display

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Review: “For Love Of Animals” by Charlie Camosy

There are only a handful of books that challenge our way of thinking. Most of those books are from our days in college and graduate school. After we enter our careers and become more established/stubborn in our thinking, those books number even fewer. For Love Of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action is one that manages to do just that. In these brief but profound 134 pages, published last year on the feast of St. Francis and based solidly on principles in traditional Catholic social teaching, Fordham University Ethics professor, Charlie Camosy, makes a consistent, well-reasoned case for why everyone, and Catholics in particular, should abstain from meat, especially factory-farmed meat, in their diets. Earth Day seems like an appropriate date to publish a long overdue review. Continue reading

Easter and Evolution

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“If Christ has not been raised, then your faith is futile.”- Paul the Apostle

if…Christ is to be completely acceptable as an object of worship, he must be presented as the savior of the idea and reality of evolution.” - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

These two quotations, from Paul the Apostle and Pierre Teilhard, frame the importance of reconciling the belief in the resurrection that Christians celebrate at Easter with the dynamic cosmology at the heart of the scientific theory of evolution. For 2,000 years, the story of Jesus has been told on the backdrop of a static, geocentric worldview. Thanks to the advent and discoveries of modern science, our view of ourselves and our place in the Universe is radically different than that of Jesus or those who first encountered him. As a result, any attempt to witness to Christian faith must make sense within a worldview informed by science, if it is to be considered seriously. What follows are some stream-of-consciousness reflections made over a few days on this problem, based on the basic philosophical premise that theological and scientific truth cannot conflict. I am fully aware that this is speculative theology and, as such, prone to error. But I also believe it to be based on an honest engagement with both Church teaching and modern science. I trust any criticisms will bear this in mind. Continue reading