The Limits Of Human Vision

Adam Hadhazy, BBC:

A million colours; single photons; galactic realms quintillions of miles distant – not bad for the blobs of jelly in our eye sockets, wired to a 1.4 kilogram sponge in our skulls.

To add a bit of context:

Our visual system is quite a remarkable design.

* Tetrachromats are people who have an extra fourth cone cell allowing them to perceive 100 million colors.

Why There’s Nothing Quite Like iPhone

Apple:

The fact that there are over a million and a half capable, beautiful, inspiring apps on the App Store. And each and every one was reviewed and approved by a team of real live humans. With great taste. And great suggestions. And great ideas.

And here’s John Gruber:

What irks here, fundamentally, is that Apple is taking credit for the great apps in the App Store, rather than giving credit to the third-party developers who make them.

Humility and Apple don’t mix very well.

Jim Dalrymple Got 99% Of His Music Back

Jim Dalrymple:

It’s been an interesting and confusing day. I arrived at Apple this morning to talk to them about my issues with Apple Music and to hopefully fix my problems. The good news is that I have about 99 percent of my music back.

This is good news. But the following is not:

Apple said my music was never deleted and that it was in the cloud the entire time. Before Apple Music, iTunes Match would show me all of my songs—matched, uploaded, and purchased. However, if you turn off iCloud Music Library and Apple Music, iTunes Match will only show your purchased content now. There is no way to separate iTunes Match from the iCloud Music Library. Before, you would turn off iTunes Match—now you would turn off iCloud Music Library.

iCloud Music Library. iTunes Match. Apple Music. Three different brands doing three different things, and confusing everyone. (Forgot: There’s Beats Music, too.)

At this point, I’m just glad to have most of music back, but I still have no idea what happened to the other songs, for sure.

Apple’s got work to do if songs are ripped into bits as they are being classified as part of one system or another.

Here’s an idea: How about branding the experience of listening to music — the ones we own and the ones we don’t — on Macs and iOS devices as simply Music?

Nature Changes The Urban Brain

Gretchen Reynolds, The New York Times:

These results “strongly suggest that getting out into natural environments” could be an easy and almost immediate way to improve moods for city dwellers, Mr. Bratman said.

Gregory Bratman is a graduate student at the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University and studies how urban living affects our psychology. Bratman et al. published a paper titled “Nature experience reduces rumination and subgenual prefrontal cortex activation”. You can read the abstract at PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America), but here’s the really short version: Urbanization is linked to increased levels of mental illness like depression and urbanites can improve their moods by being exposed to natural environments.

Z Camera

The Z Camera is claimed to be the world’s smallest interchangeable lens Micro Four Thirds (MFT) 4K camera. Think of it as a Go Pro with a MFT image sensor and interchangeable lenses. Renamed E1, it’s on Kickstarter, and ends August 15, 2015. Looks good, but I can’t help but think Panasonic, Olympus, or Go Pro might simply purchase the company.

   
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