Something New Is Coming to the Music Industry

Quoted from the upcoming print edition of Exclusive: U2 and Apple Have Another Surprise for You:

“I think it’s going to get very exciting for the music business,” Bono tells Time, “[it will be] an audiovisual interactive format for music that can’t be pirated and will bring back album artwork in the most powerful way, where you can play with the lyrics and get behind the songs when you’re sitting on the subway with your iPad or on these big flat screens. You can see photography like you’ve never seen it before.”

Source: Billboard

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Tap Tap

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door;
Only this, and nothing more.”

- Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven

In order to produce a truly stand-out watch, Apple had to radically improve upon or create new methods of interaction. Otherwise, the Apple Watch would just be a shrunken-down phone/pad.

The human input and output of the Apple Watch mainly focus on watch-face interaction and the “Digital Crown” controller, which on its own is quite clever. But one i/o feature that I find sublime is the ability for the watch to send and immediately receive taps via the “Taptic Engine”.

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Taptic might be powered by some sort of tiny electromagnetic solenoid, or perhaps a deep-base speaker. What it enables is for people to send a series of taps to each other.

The possibilities for subtle and silent communication are endless.

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Liveblogging

Apple Computer’s product events are where modern liveblogging was born. This has come a long way from manually refreshing Maccentral’s page while at work!

Macworld today is making use of CoveritLive to create an embedded text and image feed from the big event. Others have rolled their own solutions, usually employing javascript and polling to update the in-page event blog.

And Apple, possibly jealous of the real-time coverage or just wanting to present their own view of their event, has now hoisted up its own liveblog featuring a video feed, updates indicator, and big, boxy posts.

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Conversations

Chatbots and digital assistants like Siri cannot yet achieve the conversation abilities of fictional AIs. Still, it seems as if computer voices — most commonly heard in phone trees and audio mapping devices — are attempting to ape their calm demeanor.

Check out HAL 9000′s silk-voiced cousin SAL 9000.

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