Most World Cup teams used Mac-only software from Sportstec to improve game performance


Out of the 32 teams that qualified for the 2014 World Cup, 18 used Sportstec software for statistical analysis, in-game tracking, and more. Of the final four, Brazil, Argentina, and the Netherlands all employ Sportstec technology.

They don’t mention Germany, they are using some technology from another dimension apparently.

Trailer for EXODUS: Gods and Kings

Looks cool and it has a very good cast.

Senior Apple Maps engineer drives off to Uber


Uber, the car service that’s irritating taxi companies everywhere, has poached a senior Apple engineer who was a lead on Apple Maps.

There is a joke about Apple Maps here, but I’m not going to say it.

Smartphone Truths and Samsung’s Inevitable Decline

Ben Thompson, Stratechery

Ultimately, though, Samsung’s fundamental problem is that they have no software-based differentiation, which means in the long run all they can do is compete on price. Perhaps they should ask HP or Dell how that goes.

In fact, it turns out that smartphones really are just like PCs: it’s the hardware maker with its own operating system that is dominating profits, while everyone else eats themselves alive to the benefit of their software master.

Time will tell. The Dell reference is interesting, since Michael Dell famously said that Apple should shut down and return the money to its shareholders (or something to that effect), and now Dell is the one struggling. Will Samesung’s superiority complex and mocking of Apple customers in its ads come back to haunt them in the long run like Dell’s comments?

iPhone 5s is the Top Selling Smartphone Worldwide


If, this study is right, which is not certain because these companies never fully explain how certain they are about their numbers or how they get them, then I’m sure someone is right now writing a post about how this means Apple is doomed and Samesung is innovating. Apple can not win by selling just two (or three) models, not having an open operating system, not offering big, bigger and are you kidding me? screen sizes, blah blah blah.

Paradise Lost: Aerial Images of Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest


We are fucking up our planet with atrocious speed.

Inside App Extensions: Apple, Inc’s new Widgets & Keyboards similar to Android’s, but secure

Great article at 9to5 Mac, by Daniel Eran Dilger, explaining extensions in iOS 8.

A Robot will park your car at Düsseldorf Airport in Germany


The robot measures the vehicle, picks it up with a forklift-like system, and takes it to the back area, where it will position it in one of the 249 parking spots reserved for automated valets. The machine is capable of carrying standard cars weighing up to 3.31 tons.

The introductory rate for robot valet parking at Düsseldorf is 29 euros ($39.59) per day or 4 euros ($5.46) per hour. Although the airport is targeting business travelers in a hurry, the service is open to anyone.

This is an awesome idea, expensive, but awesome.

This iPhone 6 concept looks great.

The rumors are flying high. We’ve all seen the prototypes with the ugly bands on the back, which don’t make any sense with Jony Ive design style. This concept looks about exactly what I would expect the new iPhone (let’s call it iPhone 6 for now) to look like. Designers Tomas Moyano and Nicolàs Aichino made these, and they look awesome. Click the image to go see the rest, and of course keep in mind this is all rumor and speculation at this point.

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Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Teaser

Great show coming to an end.

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