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John Siracusa’s OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

John Siracusa:

Ah, the old tension: which platform does Apple love more? iOS continues to dominate Apple’s business in terms of unit sales, revenue, and profits. Last year, some Apple watchers had openly wondered whether Apple would even bother updating the look of OS X. And yet for the past several years, Apple has loudly and publicly insisted that it remains committed to the Mac as a strong, independent platform. Yosemite aims to fulfill that commitment—but in an interesting way.

Always enjoy these. Pop it into your long-form article saver of choice and chip away over the next 4 days.

Will.i.am Made A Smartcuff Called Puls

Casey Newton at The Verge:

After two and a half years of development, Will.i.am finally unveiled the smart “cuff” he has been working on with his consumer electronics company, i.am+. The Puls is a wearable wristband that tells time, but “it’s not a watch,” the Black Eyed Peas singer said repeatedly on stage at Dreamforce in San Francisco.

No no no no no no no no

Earlier in the presentation, an AT&T executive said the device is “enabling a millennial to fashionably tweet from her wrist while clubbing,” marking the first time those words have ever been in a sentence together.

No no no no no no non ono nonono nono onn on ono no no no god why is this happening

At the end of the event, Will.i.am brought models out on stage who were wearing clothing that contained battery packs capable of transferring battery power to the Puls as long as part of it remained in contact with the sleeve.

Guys, just excuse me for a second. I have to attach my smartcuff to my smartjacket so I can charge it up before we go to the club. Otherwise I won’t be able to fashionably tweet.

From my wrist.

I would do that, because I am a millenial. And that’s what we totally do.

You know what? Whenever I read these kinds of posts (or livestreams), I start thinking about how feasible quitting all tech and becoming say, a lumberjack, or a oil rig worker would be.

Sure, it’d be difficult, but why not?

There’s no smartcuffs in the forest.

There’s no clubs, or watch-like devices that “aren’t a watch” on an oil rig.

I could never ever have to read or use the term “wrist-tweeting.”

I’ve realised that in tech, Will.i.am is my anti-muse.

There will also be a solid-gold Puls and one with gold and diamonds, Will.i.am said.

Of course there will be. Of course.

(thanks for the tip-off @bogusjimmy! You’re killing me.)

What Does An Improved Android Wear Look Like?

Jason Murray at Ausdroid:

Google’s due to deliver a big update to Android Wear in the coming weeks, supposedly bringing it up to the Android L code base and adding a number of new features like GPS and Bluetooth audio support.

With that in mind, I thought it was time to highlight some things I’d like to see tackled in Google’s nascent wearable operating system – hopefully before it starts to grow too big.

Really enjoyed this. It’s obvious Jason digs the concept of a wearable and is using his watch every day, but there’s still a big list of low-hanging fruit to fix.

I got a feeling in 8-10 months we’ll be penning the “What I want to see in an updated Apple Watch” post as well. I’m kinda excited actually; it’s tremendous fun to witness new computing platforms evolve and change like we saw during the last 6-7 years in smartphones.

Embracing Reality At Microsoft

Bethany McLean at Vanity Fair:

Embracing reality is also a huge change at Microsoft, where some joke about the “reality-distortion field.” As one explains it to me, life under Ballmer, and to some extent even Gates, was “‘Let’s get on I-90 and drive to Hawaii! We’ve got beer, we’ve got snacks, it’ll be great!’But then you say, ‘Oh, wait, you can’t get to Hawaii on I-90.’They say, ‘Yes, you can! It’ll be great! Let’s go!’” As this person says, “It can be really good but also really freakin’draining.”

This is a great piece on how Ballmer, Gates and Nadella all intertwined during Satya’s ascension to Microsoft CEO.

I can’t say they’re out of the woods yet, but I think everyone agrees that ‘retiring’ Ballmer was the right thing for the future of the company.