Apple Pay

Interesting. A few years ago, this would definitely have people’s fingers and thumbs in it interacting with the screen.

Apple endorsing other brands is also new, and perhaps it’s just me but all of the products/bags look like dodgy CGI. Perhaps a deliberate affordance to being in Ive’s white world.

Still. Very different from how things used to be.

AAaaah, lovely nostalgia.


August 22nd 2015 Tags :

Study finds trauma passed on to children’s genes

Interesting findings from Rachel Yehuda at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York

The impact of Holocaust survival on the next generation has been investigated for years – the challenge has been to show intergenerational effects are not just transmitted by social influences from the parents or regular genetic inheritance, said Marcus Pembrey, emeritus professor of paediatric genetics at University College London.

“Yehuda’s paper makes some useful progress. What we’re getting here is the very beginnings of a understanding of how one generation responds to the experiences of the previous generation. It’s fine-tuning the way your genes respond to the world.”

Most of this goes over my head, but like many things in nature, intuition leads you to some version of this adapting genetic footprint.

by Simon C Roberts

“It’s not climate change, it’s everything change.”

Writer Margaret Atwood revisits her 2009 post six years on.

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Keep reading to the end, else you’ll find yourself miserable. A lot in here but here are a few bits and pieces :

Those living within an energy system, says Lord, may disapprove of certain features, but they can’t question the system itself. Within the culture of slavery, which lasted at least 5,000 years, nobody wanted to be a slave, but nobody said slavery should be abolished, because what else could keep things going?


There are many smart people applying themselves to these problems, and many new technologies emerging. On my desk right now is a list of 15 of them. Some take carbon directly out of the air and turn it into other materials, such as cement. Others capture carbon by regenerating degraded tropical rainforests — a fast and cheap method — or sequestering carbon in the soil by means of biochar, which has the added benefit of increasing soil fertility. Some use algae, which can also be used to make biofuel. One makes a carbon-sequestering asphalt. Carbon has been recycled ever since plant life emerged on earth; these technologies and enterprises are enhancing that process.

Sounds pretty cool. Creativity is vital in the green energy industry.

by Simon C Roberts


Why is it that a 3rd party music service is more directly integrated across multiple platforms than the platform owner itself?

Apple is bringing this idea of an ecosystem to the floor, but it seems to be failing to capitalise with some of it’s simplest products.

Comparing Spotify to iTunes, you’d struggle to think which of these products was created by the platform owner.

Spotify can continue playing on device A where device B left off. It can choose songs to be played on device B from device C, whilst downloading a playlist to device A. All of these devices are designed and manufactured by Apple, and yet the Apple music ecosystem is nowhere near as well implemented as this upstart.

Slow, confusing iTunes Match, A non-existant “social” integration (Ping, lol), iTunes Radio’s US-only Pandora/LastFM also-ran, Questionable Genius selections, Managing “Authorised” devices. It all takes it’s time and it’s toll on a supposedly premium experience.

It also disappoints in the supposedly simple functionality whereby you have a song on your computer, and you want to put it on your high-end mobile phone. The most fundamental of tasks — “take this song and put it on my phone” — and it’s a multi-step needlessly complicated process that pays no attention to the way we live our digital lives.

No wonder streaming music services are so popular.

Traditionally, tight integration between software and hardware have been enough to differentiate Apple from the rest, but in a world where organisations must integrate software, hardware and services the biggest company in the world is falling short, and put to shame by well-integrated third party applications.

Spotify on iPad

Spotify on iPad



by Simon C Roberts