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Thu, Aug 13, 2015The Only-Minority-In-The-Room Edition

Apple Partners With Code2040 To Improve Diversity In Tech, by Brendan Klinkenberg, BuzzFeed

On Wednesday morning, the most valuable company in the world announced a partnership with Code2040, a nonprofit trying to close the diversity gap in the tech industry. That mission, in part, comes down to the organization’s fellowship program. Each year since 2013, Code2040 has accepted a class of fellows — “top performing Black and Latino/a college level computer science students,” per the organization’s website — and given them both on-the-job skills as well as tools to help them prepare for situations that might arise when you’re the only minority in the room at work. Then, it places them at prestigious internships in the tech industry.

Apple Left Racist, Sexist Ringtones Unchecked For Years, by Marissa Lang, San Francisco Chronicle

On Monday, after a call from The Chronicle, Apple removed dozens of offending ringtones and at least one app from HaHaas Comedy that allowed users to access long lists of “funny Asian” and “gangsta Indian” ringtones.

Some, like the ringtone titled “For Best Friend (Ghetto)” by Asian Andy, had been available for purchase for more than four years.

Doing Business In An iPhone World

A Leaked Memo From Apple Describes A Huge Packaging Redesign Initiative For Its Retail Stores, by Jim Edwards, Business Insider

All suppliers of bags, cases and other knick-knacks in the Accessories section of Apple stores will only be allowed to sell products if the boxes they come in feature a white background, with typefaces approved by Apple, and product shots that conform to Apple’s preferred angles, the memo says.

Why Shopping Apps Are Struggling To Break Out, by Ian P. Murphy, RetailDIVE

But retailers’ native apps face an uphill battle: It turns out there’s a limit to the number of apps a consumer will use. On average, according to Forrester Research, smartphone users spend 85% of the time on their phones using native apps, but the majority of that time is dedicated to just five apps—and breaking into that top five is a challenge for any app dedicated to a single brand.


Apple Issues Rare Software Update For 7th-Gen iPod Nano Devices, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

Apple on Wednesday released an unusual standalone update for the seventh-generation iPod nano, making unspecified changes to the media player's proprietary operating system.

Let the Apple-Music-on-iPod-Nano rumors begin.

Apple Updates Boot Camp With Windows 10 Support, by Husain Sumra, MacRumors

The Most Annoying iCloud Music Library Issues We Hate To See, by Kirk McElhearn, Intego

CIO: 7 Mac Migration Dangers To Avoid, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

Former Speek Exec Offers New Way To Tour D.C., by Zoe Sagalow, Washington Business Journal

The goal, according to the app’s website, is to provide a local tour guide to inform users about a city and the city’s main attractions in a format that allows users to travel at their own pace and on their own schedule.

Google For iOS Updated With Always-On ‘Ok Google,’ Improved Local Search Results, More, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

You can now say “Ok Google” while on any webpage to get detailed answers about whatever topic your researching. For instance, you could say “Ok Google, where was he born?” while reading an article about Paul George. You could also say “Ok Google, how far away is this place?” while reading about a restaurant or shopping location.

Setlists 2 Brings Tons Of New Features For Avid Musicians, by Dan Thorp-Lancaster, iMore

The basic crux of the app is that it helps you ditch paper setlists in favor of digital organization. In addition, you can use the app to show lyrics and chords to your songs while you're practicing or playing a show.

PDFpen 7.3 For Mac OS X Improves Scanning, by MacTech

Bringing Grayscale To Life With Codijy Color Magic 3 For Mac, by Steven Sande, Apple World Today

Twitter Takes On Messaging Apps By Removing 140 Character Limit From Direct Messages, by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac


Swift-Er SDK, by Apple

Parting Words

The sequel to Eats, Shoots & Leaves is a lot steamier.

— You can call me Q (@QuintinForbes) February 15, 2015

Thanks for reading.