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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Web Wrap Up

Angela Ahrendts just sent all Apple Store employees a 'confidential' video explaining the best, quickest way to get an Apple Watch

The key fact for Apple Watch buyers is that ON-LINE booking and sales for Apple Watch will begin at precisely 8.01 a.m., April 10, United Kingdom time.

It is an open secret among Apple Store employees that for all new Apple launches — especially new iPhones — the best way to get one is to avoid the store on the day of launch and simply buy one online.

AW comment:  8:01 AM UK time is 1:01 AM pacific daylight savings time (PDT)

The time zone web site is:

Apple shows what you can do with the Apple Watch in new videos

Apple Adds New 'Guided Tours' Page to Apple Watch Site

The site includes dedicated videos on various Apple Watch features

The reason Apple is making the Apple Watch: 'Your phone is ruining your life'
because it delivers too many notifications:

Eventually, Apple figured out what the watch would do. It would cut back on phone usage.

This is an interesting idea from Apple, but it seems somewhat flawed.

A watch can deliver us notifications, but the problem will remain the same. We will still be overwhelmed by notifications.

Reader Comment:
have you tried out any smart watches yourself? I have a Pebble that I wore daily for a few months. Glancing at your watch is a more natural and less anti-social motion, in the midst of a meeting or casual discussion, than pulling out your phone and looking down at it.

21 things you didn't know your iPhone could do

5 tricks that will supercharge your iPhone in 5 minutes

21 things you didn't know your iPhone could do

The one thing holding me back from recommending Samsung's Galaxy S6 over the iPhone

The problem is the apps on Android – they tend to be uglier and buggier than their iPhone counterparts.

Review: Buying a contract free, certified used Apple iPhone from Gazelle

15 things you didn't know you could do with your iPad

What it was like to buy the very first iPad at the Apple Store 5 years ago

The new MacBook is Apple's thinnest, lightest laptop ever. But it's also a major step backward.

The device's processor is weaker than one included in Apple devices four years ago.

Photos of the inside of the device also reveal that the actual logic board — the brain of the computer — has been shrunk down to a tiny size to make room for all the batteries required.

See Apple’s new spaceship campus in huge new aerial shots

Here's how much musicians make online from Spotify, iTunes and YouTube

In 2010, data journalist and information designer David McCandless published an infographic on his Information is Beautiful website showing how much musicians earned online from sales and streams of their music.

It caused quite a stir within the music industry

5 simple internet safety tips from one of Google's information security engineers

The Era of Humans - Ending Soon

I believe the Era of Humans will end in my organic lifetime. I expect to see the first humans transfer their minds into non-organic vessels (meaning software, maybe robot bodies) within twenty years. In fifty years, no human will want to suffer through an organic lifestyle. It just won’t make sense.

If you dismissed my opening paragraph as ridiculous, you are probably not up-to-date on technology. This is real, and probably inevitable, with normal advances in technology. You can debate timing, but the folks with the most knowledge of this field see it coming.

All that technology gadgets need is a good track record of “leadership” and your organic body will follow it like a slave.

When the illusion of free will is gone you will have nothing to lose by moving your mind to software.

Note:  One wildcard in my prediction is that research on extending organic life is coming along nicely.

Reader Comment:
The evidence that free will is an illusion is at least in part the result of a bias inherent in our methodology for studying it. The scientific method is predicated on the ability to reproduce results and thus useful for studying things which are reproducible, i.e. causal. Because free will is not subject to causality (by definition) we'll never find scientific evidence for it. The best we can do is indirect evidence via randomness, which would presumably have some sort of probability distribution associated with it.

Reader Comment:
Personally, I'd wager that free will is an illusion, too. It's just a bit mind-boggling to think that me writing this reply is not my choice (as I perceive it to be) but the inevitable result of a chain of events that began 13.8 billion years ago. That's an extraordinary amount of setup for something so mundane.

Reader Comment:
"No Free Will" means you are no longer responsible for any of your decisions. It was the programming.
You achieve complete absolution for all of your sins, as does the whole world.

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