AMITIAE - Sunday 12 June 2016
Cassandra: WWDC Notes (3) - First Movement: On the Road Again
By Graham K. Rogers
After a shower, I checked and one of the ladies who cleans said that it was out until 4pm. And that included the lifts. As my own cleaning lady was due, I tried to phone her, but she arrived (far earlier than usual) having climbed the nine flights. I had seen the Electricity Company at work in the middle of the road a couple of days before, but had not seen the warnings that power would be cut: I found them later - all in Thai of course.
Overnight, there was news on the venues in San Francisco which were being decked with logos and flags already. There was also continuing noise about Siri. Many feel that this feature of Apple's iOS and OS X is about to see a significant upgrade. A few more sources followed up on the new blue iPhone 7 model rumour that appeared the day before.
A late check of email found a survey from Apple on my iPhone use. As the email was totally in Thai, despite being sent to an email address that is clearly not of a Thai, I shall ignore that.
I also spotted another Apple doom article. With all the expectation of a Siri upgrade tomorrow, CNN Money have "Can Apple save Siri?" (Heather Kelly). I had problems making it past the first paragraph. She questions the integration qualities of Siri and her expert suggests this needs to have the ability to hold a back and forth conversation. With the inability to remove many users' faces from their screens, this would totally isolate users. Look around. Smell the flowers. On Siri, someone found that there was a mention by of the Finder (Benjamin Mayo, 9to5 Mac), making some wonder if the rumoured Siri for Mac is to take a bow.
There are also suggestions that Apple is looking at ways to expand the usefulness of ApplePay. This is slow, apart from in major markets and I have few hopes of me being able to use this in Thailand despite recent news that Apple was actively seeking to expand in Asia. I hope I am wrong, but conservatism - except when banks are making wild investments - is a heavy brake.
At Taipei, after a shower, I had access to free WiFi and did some catching up. I noticed that as the plane landed the time on the Apple Watch changed to the correct time in Taipei and as I accessed other devices (Mac, iPhone) those too were corrected. That saved some bother.
Other news: I get fed up with the constant checking of bags, devices, even belts at airports - twice on one journey with the transfer. While at Taipei I noticed a couple of gate changes and then an announcement of a flight delay to Hong Kong. I guess this may have been prudent fallout from the earlier explosion at Shanghai, although in the end it may have been caused by firecrackers. Why would anyone take firecrackers to an airport?
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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