» The Talk Show #117: I Touched Ron Johnson

I joined John Gruber on this week’s edition of The Talk Show where we talked Apple Watch, Apple’s quarterly results and that time I touched Ron Johnson.

» Layers

Layers is a design conference with a terrific lineup going on in San Francisco the week of WWDC. Definitely looks like a great way to spend the week if you didn’t score a WWDC ticket. Or, heck, if you did. Since Apple can’t create more space for WWDC attendees, it’s nice these conferences are springing up to coincide. It’s a good week to be in San Francisco.

» Paving the path to their doorway

The Verge’s Tom Warren covering Microsoft’s Build conference:

iOS and Android developers will be able to port their apps and games directly to Windows universal apps, and Microsoft is enabling this with two new software development kits. On the Android side, Microsoft is enabling developers to use Java and C++ code on Windows 10, and for iOS developers they’ll be able to take advantage of their existing Objective C code.

Trying to make things easier for developers was long one of Microsoft’s pillars. It’s never really made for better applications but it did make for more applications and at this point they’ll take what they can get in mobile.

» Click

An Apple Watch adapter that lets you use traditional watch bands with the Apple Watch.

(Via Dan Moren)

» Apple Reports Record Second Quarter Results

Apple’s press release:

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended March 28, 2015. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $58 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share.

Huge iPhone number, iPads down again, Macs flat.

» Turning This Car Around #59: Let’s Get Physical. Or not.

On this week’s edition of America’s most ripped dadcast, we talk about physical education. And Apple Watches.

» Passive-aggressiveness, a two-act play

Act 1: Goldman Sachs estimates that Google only makes 5 percent of its mobile search revenue from Android and that 75 percent comes from iOS.

Act 2: this Google maps image find.

UPDATE: Looks like this was a prank, probably by someone outside Google. Still passive/aggressive, just not by Google.

» The Rebound #31: Cramming the Excess Loop

Apple Watch orders, Lex’s MacBook Pro and crappy Bluetooth headphones.

» Happy 25th anniversary to TidBITS

Adam Engst looks back on 25 years of publishing TidBITS. I first heard of TidBITS when I bought Adam’s “Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh” in the very early 1990s and was thrilled when TidBITS published one of my silly pieces back in 2002. Other than that one piece, TidBITS has been consistently professional and informative over the years while other sites have come and gone. Congratulations to Adam and Tonya and best wishes for the next 25.

» A different kind of ‘in your face’

Apple’s updated environmental page:

We don’t want to debate climate change. We want to stop it.

Tim Cook’s Apple can be almost as “we don’t care what critics think” as Steve Jobs’s Apple. Personally, I like this a lot more than “you’re holding it wrong”, not that that didn’t have a certain charm to it.