Mega Festival Coming This October

First reported by the LA Times last week, Goldenvoice (the organizer of Coachella) has landed some of the biggest headliners on the planet for a mega-festival. Slated for later this year, the event will take place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, the same location Coachella takes place. The tentative plan is for Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones to open the festival on October 7th. The following day, Neil Young and Sir Paul McCartney will headline. Finally, The Who and Roger Waters [Pink Floyd] will close the event on October 9th. Unlike other festivals, particularly Coachella, the artists will perform full sets. It also appears that the festival will consist of only these six artists. I was originally suspicious of this report, but it appears to have been confirmed by Neil Young’s manager and the Who’s Roger Daltrey.

Frankly, this is a once in a lifetime event. I am a huge Paul McCartney fan and am willing to travel a great distance to see him perform. Throw in the Stones and I am sold. An event like this would limit my availability to attend Austin City Limits, but it would be hard to turn down a lineup like this.

Fitbit Data Used In Criminal Trial

A woman in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania was convicted of making a false police report based on Fitbit tracking data. Essentially, police used the woman’s Fitbit to show that she was awake and on the move during the period in which she told police she was asleep. The idea that mobile data — whether that data is from a Fitbit, other smartwatch, or smartphone — is being used by police is not surprising. Nevertheless, it’s important to recognize what data our gadgets track and how easy it is for that data to be extracted.

This topic relates to Apple’s recent stance against creating a backdoor to iOS. Our devices track a myriad of information, including health data, location, and financial information. It’s incredibly important to keep this information secure, particularly when it can be accessed by simply plugging the device into a laptop.

Star Wars Rogue One: Trailer 1

The initial trailer for Star Wars Rogue One hit the internet today. Embedded above, the trailer shows a rebel getting assigned with the task of infiltrating the empire in order to recover information about a dangerous weapon (read: the death star). If that sounds familiar, it is this information that the rebel’s use to topple the empire at the end of A New Hope, the original Star Wars film.

Rogue One will be released December 2016.

iOS > Mac OS X?

I read an interesting article today wherein Ben Brooks, the author, described his switch to an iPad Pro as his primary work machine. He argues that iOS is a more advanced operating system than Mac OS X because, in large part, of its simplicity. He notes, “When I look at what people are clinging to on OS X, I see a group clinging to the very things which make computing more complex. We always give way to ease of use.” To summarize Brooks’ point in one line: “I really like Mac OS X, and the MacBook, and would have no problems using them, but knowing what it is like to be on iOS only now — with that knowledge — there’s no way I don’t want to be on iOS.”

In contrast, in a recent video I suggested — mostly incidentally to the message of the video — that iOS isn’t as robust as OS X. To me, multitasking just isn’t there yet in iOS. I still have concern about using an iPad beyond simple media consumption, as my current iPad 3rd generation is basically a netflix and spotify only tool. Moreover, I have my doubts about being able to utilize an iPad for the intense research and writing that the law profession entails.

On the other hand, unlike Brooks, I have yet to really try. In the next few weeks I will be picking up a new 9.7″ iPad Pro. Besides just replacing my older iPad, I’m hoping the power of a new flagship will allow me to test the iPad platform as a viable creation tool, both in terms of media content and in regard to academic/career work. I will be sure to share my thoughts on both points. In the interim, I’m interested in hearing your thoughts. Is iOS, as Brooks asserts, the superior platform? Or, is iOS still too immature?

Fitz and The Tantrums HandClap

In 2014, Fitz and The Tantrums became one of my favorite new bands. In fact, I saw them perform the same set twice that summer and enjoyed every moment of it. Their energy and lyrics kept me extremely engaged, in spite of my favorite song Tighter not being played. If you haven’t herd any of their music before, give a listen to their 2013 album More Than Just A Dream and I’m confident you’ll get on the bandwagon.

On June 10 of this year, Fitz will be releasing a new, self-titled album. I’m counting down the days. In the meantime, the first single from the Album — titled HandClap — was released today. Give it a listen below. I’ve listened to it about ten times through this writing. My initial impressions: extremely catchy, upbeat, and enjoyable. If the album flows from this track I’ll be incredibly pleased on June 10.

Check out the current 2016 tour dates if you are enticed.

iPhone Pro

Rumors have splashed across the internet about an upcoming product dubbed the “iPhone Pro.” Some rumors suggest that this will replace the iPhone x+ while others state it will be a special and supplementary version of x+. Jon at technobuffalo seems skeptical of the name change. Nevertheless, I do believe that Apple will look to adopt the Pro nomenclature for the iPhone line this year.

For one, Apple already does this with their Macbook and iPad lines. The Pro term makes laptops and iPads easily and quickly distinguishable from their less powerful siblings. Plus, the Pro terms makes a higher price tag more palatable.

Moreover, Apple has no qualms with renaming their products to simplify product lines. When the retina iPad 3rd generation was released, it wasn’t called iPad 3. Rather, it was simply called the new iPad. Continually adding modifiers to a product name makes it more and more confusing to follow. Does iPhone 11 plus ultra edition sound clean and simple to you?

Overall, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least for Apple to rename their iPhone lineup in 2016. Perhaps iPhone SE for the 4″ device, simply iPhone for the 4.7″ device, and iPhone Pro for the 5.5″ device. This change, based solely on my reasoning and not the rumor mill, clarifies the lineup beautifully.

Apple Music To Stream DJ Remixes

I love DJ mixes. Combinations of previously separate tracks with tempo changes, interesting transitions, and bass drops are extremely creative and exciting to listen to. However, these remixes pose a problem. The DJ mixing these tracks may not [probably does not] have the legal rights to use the underlying intellectual property [i.e. the original recordings]. Billboard is reporting that Apple has found a solution.

Apple has partnered with Dubset, a company that “use[s] a proprietary technology called MixBank to analyze a remix or long-form DJ mix file, identify recordings inside the file, and properly pay both record labels and music publishers.” Essentially, Dubset eliminates the licensing problem by automatically detecting which tracks are used in a mix and paying the appropriate entities.

I’m not currently an Apple Music user [Spotify for days], but this partnership along with other Apple Music advantages [Cough cough Taylor Swift Streaming] may change my preference. Stay tuned.

Jony Ive Interview


A new interview with Jony Ive hit the web this week. Although Charlie Rose interjects too often, the video is incredibly fascinating. Ranging from the his relationship with Steve Jobs (always an interesting topic to explore) to taking pride in design decisions, the interview peals back a layer on a critical Apple executive. If you are interested in design, art, or technology, this is definitely worth a watch.

Okeechobee Music Festival Review


Early this month I was down in Florida attending the first Okeechobee music festival. In spite of this being the inaugural year of the festival, it was pleasantly well executed. The campgrounds we clean and easy to get to. The festival grounds were only a short distance away and the water refill stations were both easy to find and quick to access. Moreover, the lineup — headlined by Mumford and Sons and Kendrick Lamar — was phenomenal.

As with any first generation product, there is some room for improvement. Most importantly, the volunteers need a little more training and instruction. My buddy misplaced his wallet and each time we asked for the location of the lost and found we were directed [sometimes rudely] in contradicting directions. The festival organizers should also work to improve cell reception at the campsites. However, this is mostly nitpicking.

Overall, Okeechobee was a fantastic experience. I had an unforgettable time in Florida and look forward to year two.

Below is a playlist of all my coverage for Okeechobee: