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Tue, Sep 8, 2015The Could-Not-Comply Edition

Apple And Other Tech Companies Tangle With U.S. Over Data Access, by Matt Apuzzo, David E. Sanger And Michael S. Schmidt, New York Times

In an investigation involving guns and drugs, the Justice Department obtained a court order this summer demanding that Apple turn over, in real time, text messages between suspects using iPhones.

Apple’s response: Its iMessage system was encrypted and the company could not comply.

Government officials had warned for months that this type of standoff was inevitable as technology companies like Apple and Google embraced tougher encryption. The case, coming after several others in which similar requests were rebuffed, prompted some senior Justice Department and F.B.I. officials to advocate taking Apple to court, several current and former law enforcement officials said.


How To Breathe Life Into An Old Mac, by Christopher Phin, Macworld

What follows is tried-and-tested pragmatic advice to keep your Mac happily and gainfully employed for many years to come.

Hider 2 Lets You Easily Hide Your Mac Data From Prying Eyes, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

Hider 2 doesn’t just make your files invisible, but actually copies them to its your vault and deletes them as if you'd performed an "Empty Trash" action. When you toggle an item’s switch to Visible, the MacPaw app copies the item back to its original location. That's an innovative idea, but it does mean that hiding-encrypting/unhiding-uncrypting large files can take some time.

Local Nurse Designs Arrhythmia App, by Paul Deaton, Iowa City Press-Citizen

“I just really fell in love with programming, the whole creative process,” he said. “I had to design the whole app, I worked really hard on getting the look of it to be professional and simple in operation. Being on the edge of technology is the place to be.


Decoding Steve Jobs, In Life And On Film, by Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times

But all these efforts to paint Jobs as a hero or a villain miss a larger truth: He can be both and still be worthy of acclaim... You don’t have to be an “Apploonian” to appreciate that he has an authentic claim on changing the world during this last generation.

Humanizing Technology: A History Of Human-Computer Interaction, by Steve Lohr, New York Times

“I think human-computer interaction designs have had as much impact as Moore’s Law in bringing the web and mobile devices to the world,” said Ben Shneiderman, a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Parting Words

Conference idea: TEDIUM. It features some of the most boring Medium contributors delivering TED-style talks. About algorithms and big data.

— Evgeny Morozov (@evgenymorozov) September 7, 2015

Thanks for reading.