Guy Gets The Store’s First iPhone 6, Then Immediately Drops It

We got special shirts, staffed up for the launch — and then nothing. — An employee at a Bay Area AT&T store talking about the Amazon Fire Phone launch. He estimates they sold 10 of the phones in total — likely a contributing factor in the 99.9% price cut. (via parislemon)
In the world of apps, the discovery process is different, and the ability to advertise against it is more difficult. I predict app adverts will be coming to a Google Play store near you, very, very soon. Comment on The Next Phase of Smartphones by Benedict Evans

What is Apple up to?

So I watched the Platforms State of the Union last night. Yes, I know, I’m behind the times; WWDC was so a week and a half ago.

What struck me most was how they kept talking about how the APIs and Swift would make code more efficient and execute faster. This struck me as odd because of a complimentary thought: given the hardware we have today, why do we need code that is even faster?

Now, don’t get me wrong. As a budding computer scientist™, I appreciate what Apple is doing. I don’t just appreciate it, I admire it and hope that one day, I too can make such a contribution to the tech world. But on the other hand, neither the A7 nor the Core i7 are slouches. So yes, it’s nice when you have to execute less instructions and get more bang–this means you’ll have better battery life and can do even more–but the question I’m asking is given the current hardware, why do we need languages that are exponentially faster than C? What are we going to be doing in the next near future (say, 3 years or less) that is going to require that the overhead in existing languages is unacceptable. Said differently, what are going to be doing in the near future that will require every bit of hardware possible to solve some task?

Whatever that may be, (and I hope it’s not helping governments, corporations or individuals spy on people) it makes me slightly anxious–in a good way–to wonder what is just around the corner.

In designing Prime Music, we wanted to remove the barriers between you and the music you love. We removed cost. You can listen to the entire Prime Music catalog for free — it’s included in your Prime membership. We removed interruptions. Don’t worry about having your music constantly disrupted by ads… you won’t hear any. We removed listening restrictions. Choose exactly what song to listen to, repeat your favorite song over and over again, or download music to your phone or tablet to listen offline.

—Jeff Bezos in a letter to customers

This is how streaming music should be done.