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The makers of Duet Display and Luna on life after Apple’s Sidecar

Of all of the WWDC announcements this week, Sidecar got me the most excited. I’m on the road a lot these days, and apps like Duet and Luna have been lifesavers. They’ve afforded me the ability to carry around a reasonably sized laptop, with an optional second screen in the form of the iPad.

Both products have their respective strengths, but I’m very interested in seeing how native second display support for iPad plays out, and I’m sure I’m not alone among their current customers. Having already demoed the macOS Catalina feature a few times at the event this week, I’m pretty impressed with the implementation.

The latency is barely perceptible, and the array of features with the Apple pencil is impressive. The iPad Pro was wired in the demos, due to the oversaturated nature of wireless technology at these sorts of shows, but the combination Bluetooth/wireless feature allows users to go unplugged as well — certainly a useful thing when setting up at coffee shops and the like, which I often am when traveling.

Those who’ve offered secondary display technologies have no doubt seen the writing on the wall for a while now — well before rumors of Sidecar’s arrival began swirling in recent weeks. Even so, the arrival of native support could prove detrimental — or potential even fatal for those who’ve staked their claim on these sorts of clever work arounds.

It’s a phenomenon we’ve seen played out nearly every time there’s a new version of an Apple operating system, from Konfabulator with Dashboard to Moment with Screen Time. In fact, it’s a phenomenon that happens so frequently, it’s commonly as “Sherlocking,â€� a reference to Watson, a search app that was effectively kneecapped by Apple’s Sherlock and later Spotlight. Producing a third-party work around for existing functionality in someone else’s ecosystem is a tough road to hoe.

“I knew that this was something that could happen at any point, that’s something I would have expected from day one,â€� Duet Founder and CEO Rahul Dewan told TechCrunch. “I don’t think there was a ton of surprise. It’s really just confirmation. We’ve been a top 10 iPad app for five years in a row. I think we basically proved the market.â€�

Matt Ronge, CEO of Luna maker Astro HQ was less enthusiastic in his assessment of this week’s news. “We are frustrated with the way Apple has treated their third-party developers,â€� he said in statement offered to TechCrunch. Ronge says Apple initially expressed support for the project and even asked Luna to demo the product, but the relationship ultimately never advanced far beyond that. We’ve reached out to Apple about the specifics of the meetings.

The news has left both Duet and Astro reassessing their respective value propositions. Apple is certainly pitching the product toward creative professionals, as evidenced by the demos at the event, which largely revolved around the use of Apple Pencil for things like 3D design. Both startups believe they can can continue to differentiate themselves by targeting pros. After all, the Catalina implementing will likely — at first — be a more utilitarian approach, given that it’s baked directly into the operating system.


“The plan has been for the past about two year to become more of a company for remote tools, for remote workers and people that are traveling a lot,â€� says Dewan. “That’s that’s the way we’ve been positioning, first by adding on these features, like remote desktop. We have actually a couple of other big product launches that are not connected to the space this summer. We should be fairly diverse.â€�

Ronge echoes the sentiment. “Moving forward, we’re going to double down on serving the creative pro community. While Apple builds features to satisfy the masses, we’ve always committed to building products with rich features and deep customization for professional creative workflows. For example, Astropad Studio comes with features like Magic Gestures, per-app shortcuts, and custom pressure curves.�

Both parties also cite Windows users as a potential way forward. “We’ve been hearing about a large number of creative pros moving from Mac to Windows,� says Ronge. “We will go where our customers go, and the future of our company is going to be in cross-platform creative tools.�


Source: TechCrunch

From GoPro to Lenovo, Trump’s tariffs will make tech from Mexico more expensive

While the Trump Administration’s efforts to place tariffs on Chinese exports to the U.S. have obvious consequences for American businesses and consumers, Trump’s Mexico tariffs might have a much more immediate and potentially economy-killing effect.
Source: Digital trends

Sign In with Apple sticks it to Google and Facebook, for the good of everyone

Apple wants you to use its new Sign In with Apple service, which promises to free you from password hell, without selling your soul to the advertising devil. Is it worth using when it launches this year?
Source: Digital trends

Trump blasts NASA plans for moon return on Twitter, despite own policy – CNET

The president’s tweet contradicts his administration’s Space Policy Directive 1, which is all about getting back to the moon.
Source: CNET

Lyft sues San Francisco to block other bike sharing companies – CNET

The Ford GoBike owner is suing to prevent other bike sharing services from operating in San Francisco.
Source: CNET

Xbox E3 sale: Save $100 on the Xbox One X, get discounted games and more – CNET

Microsoft is slashing the prices on Xbox consoles, games and controllers this month.
Source: CNET

Lyft sues SF over bike-share program

Lyft is suing the city of San Francisco, claiming that the city is violating its ten-year contract with Lyft that would give the company exclusive rights to operate bike-share programs. San Francisco, however, says the contract does not apply to dockless bike-share, but only station-based bike-share.

In its lawsuit, Lyft is seeking a preliminary injunction or temporary restraining order to prevent the city from issuing permits to operators for stationless bike-share rentals.

Although SF previously allowed Uber-owned JUMP to operate its stationless electric bikes, that was supposed to be a one-time exception since Motivate, which Lyft eventually bought, was not yet ready to deploy its stationless electric bikes, the lawsuit states. JUMP’s pilot expires on July 9, 2019 but now the city is seeking additional operators to deploy stationless electric bikes.

“We are eager to continue investing in the regional bikeshare system with the MTC and San Francisco,” a Lyft spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch. “We need San Francisco to honor its contractual commitments to this regional program — not change the rules in the middle of the game. We are eager to quickly resolve this, so that we can deliver on our plans to bring bikes to every neighborhood in San Francisco.â€�

Lyft says it has tried to avoid litigation but that the SFMTA has refused to participate in its dispute process.

“As we will explain to the court, the agreement between Motivate and the City was about a docked bike share system,” John Coté, communications director for SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement to TechCrunch.  “It does not give Lyft the right to a monopoly on bike sharing in San Francisco. Lyft can seek a permit for dockless bikes on equal footing with everyone else.â€�

You can see the full complaint below.


Source: TechCrunch

Civilians will soon be greenlit to rocket to the International Space Station – Roadshow

Got $50 million lying around? Then an outer space vacation may be in your future.
Source: CNET

Lyft's Lawsuit Against San Francisco Is Bigger Than Bike-Share

Lyft’s bike-share company, Motivate, had an exclusive contract with the city for its docked bike program. But if San Francisco allows a dockless bike program, Uber could muscle in on Lyft’s territory.
Source: Wired

E3 2019: How to preorder all the new games – CNET

Loads of new titles will be announced. Here’s how to get your hands on the ones you want ASAP.
Source: CNET

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