Date Archives April 2015

The Chopping Block - Week of April 25th

Jony Ive & Marc Newson Discuss Apple Watch – Vogue

28 Apple Watch Tips and Tricks – iMore

Some Things I’ve Done With  Apple Watch In 11 Hours – Eric Alba

The Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles – SB Nation

Why One-Way Street Are Bad For Everyone – Washington Post

How Google Saved YouTube – Ars Technica

An Oral History of Mad Men – Clickhole

The Women of Don Draper – Tumblr

Cost Obsessions Around The World – Fixr


Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013

Earlier in 2013 the company was struggling to turn preorders of its vehicles into actual sales. As Musk put his staff on crisis footing to save Tesla, he also began negotiating a deal to sell the company to Google through his friend Larry Page, the search giant’s co-founder and chief executive officer, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deal.

It’s likely this was around the time Apple was in the mix as well.

Custom Apple Watch Faces

John Gruber of Daring Fireball:

I don’t expect Apple to open up watch faces to arbitrary designs, even when the full Apple Watch SDK ships later this year. If they do allow third-party faces, I think it’ll be through design partners hand-selected by Apple. (The Mickey face is arguably an example of this already.) The idea of fully-customizable watch faces is right in the sweet spot between the differing philosophies of Google (anything goes) and Apple (tightly controlled). Apple Watch currently offers 10 different faces, and most of those faces offer a lot of customization regarding which complications are visible, and the tint colors. It’s a lot of fun to play with, but here’s the thing: there is no way to set up a watch face that is ugly, or that doesn’t look very Apple-Watch-y. Even the Mickey face looks like an Apple Watch Mickey face, because of the San Francisco font on the hour markers and the complications. That is by design, and I don’t see that changing.

I couldn’t agree more. I can’t see Apple allowing developers to make *potentially* hideous watch faces.

Apple Details Heart Rate Sensor In Apple Watch

Directly from Apple:

The heart rate sensor in Apple Watch uses what is known as photoplethysmography. This technology, while difficult to pronounce, is based on a very simple fact: Blood is red because it reflects red light and absorbs green light. Apple Watch uses green LED lights paired with light‑sensitive photodiodes to detect the amount of blood flowing through your wrist at any given moment. When your heart beats, the blood flow in your wrist — and the green light absorption — is greater. Between beats, it’s less. By flashing its LED lights hundreds of times per second, Apple Watch can calculate the number of times the heart beats each minute — your heart rate.