Confirmed: Mega Festival Coming This October

Update:
This festival was confirmed as Desert Trip.

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?