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For a variety of reasons, from the camera to the app ecosystem to the hardware itself, the iPhone 6 is one of the best smartphones on the market. Maybe even the best. But it’s still an iPhone. The same thing Apple’s been making for seven years. A fantastically good iPhone, but an iPhone through and through. (via iPhone 6 review | The Verge)

For a variety of reasons, from the camera to the app ecosystem to the hardware itself, the iPhone 6 is one of the best smartphones on the market. Maybe even the best. But it’s still an iPhone. The same thing Apple’s been making for seven years. A fantastically good iPhone, but an iPhone through and through. (via iPhone 6 review | The Verge)

NEW SONGS FOR BOOMERS

Tidal Wave - Interpol (from 2014 album El Pintor)

Apple’s ability to seize the moment and preoccupy the press is without peer. Think about it: Absent that showmanship and hype, the company announced two very good-looking, very expensive phones that catch up with consumers’ preference for larger screens, a smartwatch coming after other brands that has an unstated battery life and a payment system that will need buy-in from retailers. All these products require sharing new kinds of data at a time when some of Apple’s most prominent customers had their privacy breached in intimate and embarrassing ways.
(via Unusual childrens’ books - Boing Boing)

NEW MUSIC FOR BOOMERS

Let’s Shake - Brian Setzer (from 2014 album Rockabilly Riot)

If you’re in the mood for rockabilly, here’s Brian Setzer doing work at the same level as the great Stray Cats. Retro? You bet. And just grand.

NEW SONGS FOR BOOMERS

From Now On - Delta Spirit (from 2014 album Into The Wide)

The Truth About Icebergs

(Walt Mossberg in June, describing the theme that will be carried forward this week)

To my mind, the overwhelming theme at WWDC was that your digital life can be better if your phone, tablet and laptop all have the familiar Apple logo. Unlike in the past, it wasn’t just about a better laptop operating system, or a better phone-and-tablet platform. It was all about the advantages you get if you use Apple hardware, software and services for everything.

The biggest new features were about making iPhones, iPads and Macs work seamlessly together, so that people on Planet Apple have no reason to leave, and those toting other brands might be tempted to fully join the Apple tribe.

NEW SONGS FOR BOOMERS

The English Softhearts - Literature (from 2014 album Chorus)

The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes ‘Boots’ theory of socioeconomic unfairness.

Terry Pratchett, “Men At Arms”

This is one of the best breakdowns I’ve ever seen of how expensive it is to be poor. (via sosungalittleclodofclay)