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Sun, Aug 30, 2015The Loudest-Activists Edition

Apple Takes Washington, by Tony Romm, Politico

A private conference in Washington with the attorney general (in itself a rarity for many tech magnates) would have been unthinkable for Cook’s irascible predecessor, Steve Jobs, who actively disdained D.C. Cook, much as he sought to shirk Jobs’ shadow as CEO, had also endeavored quietly to rethink his company’s relationship with the nation’s capital, becoming a leader not only ready to engage its power brokers but challenge them openly when it mattered most.

In the months since Edward Snowden’s surveillance leaks rattled the tech industry, Cook has become one of corporate America’s loudest activists on a range of issues. He’s met with members of Congress. He’s reached out personally to top administration officials, including, most recently, Holder’s replacement, the newly minted Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Cook has brought his name and Apple’s brand to bear in major national debates, especially same-sex marriage and equality. And his brand of passionate, targeted political activism has furthered his company’s vast political agenda, from advancing tax reform in Congress to addressing the pitfalls of surveillance—a privacy debate that continues to confound the nation’s capital.

Loose Ends And Hiccups

Migrating To A New Mac In The Real World, by Michael E. Cohen, TidBITS

So I packed up my old iMac, took out a credit card, and within minutes walked out of the Apple Store with both my old iMac and a new iMac with 5K Retina display. I drove home, anxious to discover whether Time Machine really would do what it was supposed to do. Would it “just work”?

The answer is “more or less”; I did get all of my backed-up files restored, and most of my settings as well, but there were more than a few loose ends and hiccups along the way.

Follow-Up Music

Apple Did Not Stop Tidal From Streaming Drake’s Set At Katrina Benefit, by John Paczkowski, BuzzFeed

Drake’s decision not to participate in Tidal’s live stream of the Lil Weezyana Festival was precisely that — Drake’s decision. And sources familiar with the situation tell BuzzFeed News that Apple did not threaten Tidal with any legal action whatsoever — let alone one with $20 million in liabilities attached to it. “No one even knew this was going on until the Post piece hit,” one of the sources said, adding that it’s not even within Apple’s power to file such a suit.

Previously: Tidal Faces $20M Lawsuit Over Drake’s Apple Music Deal, by Emily Smith, New York Post


Johns Hopkins Taps Apple Watch, ResearchKit For Upcoming Epilepsy Study With Eye On Seizure Prediction, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Seeking deeper insight into epileptic seizures and their effect on the human body, Johns Hopkins' ResearchKit study will collect heart rate sensor and accelerometer data from Watch, gyroscope data from iPhone and dynamic user feedback to track a variety of biometric measurements during a seizure episode, according to a source familiar with the project. The iPhone and Watch apps, now in beta testing, are slated to go live on Sept. 18.

An App Connects Users With Start-Ups That Are Hiring, by Jonah Bromwich, New York Times

But while Planted isn’t likely to hook users up with their dream jobs, it does excel at identifying real start-ups that are actually hiring. The job search is demanding and exhausting, and one of the hardest parts is simply finding new places to apply. Planted helps to solve that problem.

This App Will Teach Your Kid To Play The Piano, by Jordan Shapiro, Forbes

These days, developers are trying to create video games to teach just about everything. It seems pretty clear that learning through digital play can be extremely effective. So there’s a race on to build the best apps and games to teach each and every subject. I recently tested an iPad app designed to teach music and I was reminded of a few key things we should all keep in mind about learning through digital play.


Apple Removes Mixi’s Monster Strike From Japanese App Store, by Serkan Toto

So far, Mixi itself isn’t saying much. The company did, however, update the official Monster Strike page with a message that indicates Apple saw problems with a serial code input form inside the app and asked to remove it.

Parting Words

now that's art.

— rstevens Ʒ (@rstevens) August 29, 2015

Thanks for reading.