NFL Game Pass To Offer On-Demand Games On Apple TV

The NFL will reportedly offer U.S. fans full games on the Apple TV for the first time on July 31, when it will launch an overhauled, domestic Game Pass service on multiple platforms.

Subscribers to the service will gain access to all 256 regular-season games on-demand, although live streaming is being restricted to out-of-market preseason games. Beyond this, subscribers will be able to watch any game dating back to 2009.

If this report is true, live games won’t be available.

Apple In Legal Hot Water With Retail Workers

According to US District Judge William Alsup’s ruling:

In stores where searches were performed by the manager on duty, some employees say they had to scour the store to find a manager and wait until that manager finished with other duties, such as assisting a customer. Where searches were performed by a security guard, some employees had to wait until a security guard became available. Some employees sometimes had to wait in line. Employee estimates of the duration of the whole process, including both searches and wait times, range from five minutes to up to twenty minutes per search, with extremes occurring during busy periods such as product launches or holiday seasons. By contrast, managers estimate wait times at only a few seconds.

During my time at Apple Retail, this policy was enforced. I don’t remember it ever taking 20 minutes, but I can definitely imagine that being the case at larger flagship locations.

Who's Actually Buying iPods These Days?

So who are iPods for? They’re for people who don’t have a smartphone, and that’s about it. This makes complete sense, though. The smartphone came in and ate so many products’ lunch. Apple’s iPhone can do everything these iPods can do and do so much more as well.

While I don’t agree with all of this article, it does make some good points.

Password Sharing And Why Netflix/HBO Can't Stop It

Netflix, HBO and other Internet video-subscription providers are theoretically leaving megabucks on the table from customers nefariously sharing login info with nonpaying users. So why aren’t they aggressively trying to block the millions of freeloaders gorging on “Game of Thrones” or “Orange Is the New Black”?

The simple reason? They haven’t figured out a way to stop people from sharing accounts without affecting the user experience.

The New iPod Touch

Sporting an A5 processor from three years ago, many believed the iPod Touch may be discontinued, but in a (somewhat) surprising press release, Apple has announced a new iPod Touch complete with an A8 processor.

☆ Distractions

I’m writing this article on my iPhone. 

Maybe the fact I’m writing this article on my iPhone isn’t as big of a deal as why I’m not writing it on my 27-inch iMac. 

I type faster on my Mac. I have access to a full suite of powerful editing tools. It’s way easier for multi-tasking and probably more ergonomic. But there is one thing my iMac has which makes it difficult at times to use as a writing tool. 

Distractions. 

I’m a easily distracted person on many levels. It’s something I’ve come to terms with the past few years – just how easy my mind can wander into ‘la-la land’ – away from where it should be. While it’s not always a bad thing to be distracted (I can think of a few ways to argue the opposite), it’s most troubling when I write. 

I write for many reasons. I write because I love it. I write because it’s a creative output. I write because I enjoy having a body of work to share with family and friends. 

But I don’t write because I have to. 

This is where my tendency to become distracted is a problem.  

My writing flow often starts with a gut feeling to be creative. 

The Process

“I’m going to write,” my mind would say if it had an external voice. 

I load up my iMac, launch my favorite text editor (Byword) and I start typing away. 

“Music! I forgot music. Feels strange to write without music,” my mind says once more. 

I load up iTunes and start playing some music. I notice I have unread tweets so I switch to Tweetbot. I wonder if there are any good vinyls on Amazon right now and decide to take a look. 

I kid you not, this is how my mind works. Before I know it I’ve completely given up on writing and find myself lost browsing the Internet, wondering what I was doing in the first place. 

The Solution

When I write on the iPhone, I don’t have this problem. Opening an app creates a single vision where all external distractions are tamed. 

Something about how iOS is designed helps me to forget that distractions are a home button press away. My mind is not tempted to wander.

Instead I write. And write some more. 

Before you mention full-screen Mac apps to me, don’t bother, I’ve already tried. It didn’t help. 

While there’s still a spot for the Mac in my life, I enjoy exploring alternatives, mainly the iPhone. It’s easy to dismiss the power of this extremely thin computer that fits in your pocket and has all-day battery life.

For me, it could easily be the best writing tool of our generation.