I had more to show for myself than usual on this holiday-shortened week, and I can thank Apple and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for much of that.
6/30/2015: Why The Tech Industry Hates Patent Trolls, and You Should Too, Yahoo Tech
I’d written and filed this column two weeks earlier, then shelved it so I could turn around a post on LastPass’s security breach. I’m glad we could finally get this thing out, but I fear that not many people read it on the day that Apple Music launched.
6/30/2015: Apple Music, the newest player in a crowded streaming field, WTOP
Washington’s news station interviewed me about my first impressions of Apple’s new music service. I emphasized how limited Apple Music’s device support is compared to that of Pandora or Spotify–even factoring in Apple’s upcoming, unprecedented shipment of an Android app for the service.
7/1/2015: CE Week Report: Are Robots Limping Forward or Finding Their Stride?, Economy
7/1/2015: Will Apple Music Kill Your Data Plan?, Yahoo Tech
I had thought that this would be an easy story to write, but then I realized that Apple had not bothered to document the bit rates used by Apple Music’s streaming–which are significantly higher than Pandora’s bit rate, though not as high as some coverage would have you think. I also had to batter my way through some math, an experience that reminded me how many decades it’s been since my last math class.
7/2/2015: We Do Need Digital Fluency, But We Don’t All Need To Code, Yahoo Tech
I’d written this reaction to the previous Friday’s event with McAuliffe at one of Capital One’s Tysons Corner offices on Monday, but my editors elected it to hold it for a slower time in the week. That made sense to me.
7/5/2015: Some restrictions apply to Apple Music song matches, USA Today
I wrote and filed a different Q&A column on Thursday, then decided that Apple’s undocumented imposition of DRM on matched copies of your own music was a timelier topic. That delayed the start of my long weekend until around noon Friday, but in the bargain I have a completed column in the can that we can run whenever I get around to taking a vacation.