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The Internet stood still today in hopes that Apple’s WWDC ’14 would give them the first glimpse of the near future in tech. They were, for the most part, sorely disappointed.
There were no new devices, no cool gadgets, no hotly anticipated iWatch, no new iPhone, no line of sick Macbooks. Sure, they finally debuted Healthbook — renamed “Healthkit” — but we’ve known about that for months. Otherwise, they showed off an iOS upgrade, some cosmetic changes to OSX, and a new programming language called “Swift” that’s sending the code community into a frenzy.
Well, that was quite the slog. For two hours today, the Apple execuatti showed off the company’s new products to excited developers (and press) at the company’s WWDC keynote in California, and boy, aren’t we living in the golden age of personal computing.
For roughly the first hour and a half, Apple honchos attired in their finest business casual clothing showed off new products and generally drummed their chests. There’s the new operating system called Maverick (cue breathless John McCain jokes on Twitter), a revamped Safari browser that might make us peel away from Chrome, new MacBooks with extended battery life and a redesigned Mac Pro that looks like a Darth Vader shake weight.
Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!
Apple went all-in on Steve Jobs’ vision of a PC-less future at WWDC, says Steven Levy. [Wired]
Speaking of Mr. Jobs, in 1987 he applied for security clearance and had to admit that yes, okay, there was a chance someone one day might try to blackmail him. [Threat Level]
Meanwhile, you might want to make sure LulzSec hasn’t jacked your Twitter password. And that is why you reel in those third-party authorizations. [PC Mag]
Here, for the love of God, we’ll even be a little servicey and direct you to directions for better passwords. [Information Week]
Feeling a little… targeted? Perhaps it’s because Microsoft and Yahoo are offering politicians the ability to sell highly customized ads. Will this election ever end?[ProPublica]
When we were freshmen, all we got were dorky lanyards. Now the incoming class at Seton Hall University gets Lumia 900s. [Engadget]
It’s not a cyber cold war until the wild-eyed conspiracy theorists show up. [MSNBC]
This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.
FYI, this wk! ==> NYC’s SXSW aka NorthSide Festival, TradeShow & Job Fair in Brooklyn. Wearable tech, Connected cars, Next industrial revolution. Speakers incl. Silicon Alley’s 1st billionaire Jon Oringer (Shutterstock) & Chad Dickerson (CEO, Etsy). Happy hours + pool parties! You should go, yo! :)
WWDC is the yearly conference Apple holds for developers, and is often when Apple debuts its most exciting new products before they release. This year, while the Internet is lighting up with live-tweeters and people frantically searching for a preorder page, you can kick back and watch a live-stream of Tim Cook preaching to his most loyal congregation. Read More
Apple is ramping up signing labels for the upcoming launch of its iRadio streaming music service. [TechCrunch]
By October, Android is set to takeover Apple in becoming the world’s most popular app platform. [The Telegraph]
Mozilla and Foxconn are partnering to produce no more than fewer than five devices because that’s what we need. [TNW]
A New Zealand court ruled that Megaupload creator Kim Dotcom should get back some of his seized property because the police were overzealous in confiscating things before deciding if they were relevant to the case. [Naked Security]
Townsquare Media Group is relaunching three defunct Aol Music blogs if you missed reading whatever “The Boot” was. [AllThingsD]
Apple in Your Eye
In an interview yesterday at the D conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook promised, “We have some incredible plans that we have been working on for a while.” If you’re talking about that smartwatch, pal, we’ve already moved on to Google Glass. [AllThingsD]
Apple is stepping up the pace of its acquisitions, though. [AllThingsD]
Aviary is expanding to Tokyo in June, with 50 million monthly users in hand. [The Next Web]
Perhaps disappointed with the results of its no good, very bad commercials, Facebook now wants to invade your consciousness via television-show product placement. [Valleywag]
After a small advertiser revolt, Facebook is finally cracking down on groups dedicated to rape and violence against women. [Businessweek]
It seems Apple’s implacable customer service department finally met its match, in the form of China’s state-run media.
Dear 20 or so religious recap followers,
You probably noticed that I took last week’s episode off. I could give you a list of reasons: it was really busy at work, I was trying to wind down for Thanksgiving, and catching the West Coast feed starting at 10 p.m. Pacific is a bitch. But ultimately, I just didn’t feel like watching it. The first two episodes left me narcoleptic and an unopened Xbox game seemed like more fun.
But Nitasha, Betabeat’s editor, convinced me to give it one last try. Well, I’m glad I did. I managed to stay awake for the entire episode! And it was definitely the most authentic of the season. It may have helped that I was getting texts from Gabe Rivera, founder of the famous tech news aggregator Techmeme, that my startup and I made an appearance in this week’s show. (Gabe was in NYC at the time and claims that he was just “flipping” through the channels). My favorite subject was going to be on . . . me!
Reddit’s “IAmA” question-and-answer sessions can be thorny territory for celebrities brave enough to wade into the seething, snarking masses. Redditors who catch the scent of bald PR stunts can rhetorically (and gleefully) crap on promotions-friendly scripts and set them on fire. Comedian, author and Expedia.com naked traveler Michael Ian Black has just braved the wilds of the web’s premiere link aggregator and as far as we can tell, survived.
Reflecting on Woody Harrelson’s no-good, very bad Reddit experience a few months ago, Betabeat asked Mr. Black to comment on the session.