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Tue, Sep 29, 2015The Inform-And-Educate Edition

Apple Blows Up The Concept Of A Privacy Policy, by Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch

Apple is blowing that up a bit today by expanding on its privacy page and presenting its policies in clear language, with extensive supporting data. Whether it’s government information requests (94% of that is trying to find stolen iPhones, and only 6% is law enforcement seeking personal information) or how consumer-facing features like iMessage, Apple Pay, Health and HomeKit are set up to protect user information; the sense is one of confidence in its stance.


This is the template for all other tech companies when it comes to informing users about their privacy. Not a page of dense jargon, and not a page of cutesy simplified language that doesn’t actually communicate the nuance of the thing. Instead, it’s a true product. A product whose aims are to inform and educate, just as Apple says its other products do.

The Business Of Stealing Attention

Reform Advertising… Before It Is Too Late, by Jeff Javis, Medium

It may be heretical (but it wouldn’t be my first heresy) to suggest that we in journalism schools should be the ones to start this process of fixing advertising. And no, I don’t mean we do that by teaching integrated mass marketing communications and other such abominations of the craft and the language — not advertising as story-telling, certainly not fucking “brand journalism.”

No, I mean that we in journalism schools should be the ones to stand up for quality and to convene the discussion of setting standards for what it means to truly serve our communities, not merely feed them messages, ours or advertisers’. It is our job to reconsider and reinvent the very business model of journalism and its support. For who else will do it? Advertisers and their agencies will not. Desperate-unto-dying media companies will not. Technology companies could — but beware, for then we’d only be ceding more of what we used to do to them.

No, if journalists are not going to stand up for serving the public with honest and quality, who will?

Beyond Ad Blocking — The Biggest Boycott In Human History, by Doc Searls


Cellular Usage Through The Roof Since Installing iOS 9? Wi-Fi Assist May Be To Blame, by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet

Wi-Fi Assist switches your iPhone to using your cellular data plan if you happen to be in a spot where Wi-Fi coverage is poor. This sounds great in theory, but if you're not on an unlimited data plan then all this extra pressure on your metered data plan could result in a nasty shock when you get your next bill.

First thing I turned off after I installed iOS 9.

Bartender 2 Will Keep Your Mac's Menu Bar Tidy, by Joseph Keller, iMore

As with the original app, Bartender 2 allows you to hide menu bar items in a small drawer, letting you easily access them while reducing clutter at the top of your Mac. But Bartender 2 has also features some new capabilities.

FolderGlance Still A Great Mac OS X Utility After All These Years, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

FolderGlance lets you preview files directly from the contextual menus, as well as move, copy and make aliases of selected files at locations you browse to.

Stop Searching, Pick A Channel And Watch Videos With Huge, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice

Recent News: A Smart, Fast News-Reader For Your iOS Device, by Joe White, AppAdvice


Apple Releases Xcode Update With Fixes For App Thinning Bugs, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today released a 7.0.1 update for Xcode, and according to the release notes, the new version of the software include fixes for bugs related to App Thinning.

XcodeGhost: Was Apple Negligent?, by Kenneth van Wyk, Computerworld

In practice, this means that if your app opens and writes to a file, Apple will ensure that you’re using a published API to do that. It will make sure that your app behaves as expected with regards to that file. But if you choose to put client information into that file without encrypting it, that’s really not Apple’s concern — nor should it be, if you ask me. That is business-level security and must be applied by the developer.

So from Apple’s perspective, the XcodeGhost malware was simply a deliberate feature of the infected apps. They’d been signed by their developers, so they contained that tamper-evident seal. The apps behaved as documented.

The Jocks Of Computer Code Do It For The Job Offers, by Ashlee Vance, Bloomberg

It would be nice to tell you that sport coding is riveting to watch. And it would be equally nice to dish on the charms of the sport’s current superstar programming god. The reality of the situation, however, is that sport coding does not offer much in the way of high drama or charismatic personalities. Still, sport coding has gone relatively unnoticed for too long. It’s a form of competition that rewards natural talent, perseverance, and teamwork. And, even more crucial for life in 2015, being a good sport coder is a surefire way for an 18-year-old to get noticed by the thousands of companies looking to rain money down on talented software developers.


L.A. Unified To Get $6.4 Million In Settlement Over iPad Software, by Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

Under that contract, Apple agreed to provide iPads to L.A. Unified while Pearson provided curriculum on the devices as a subcontractor. As a result, the settlement was with Apple, even though the dispute concerned the Pearson product. Under the agreement, Apple will pay the district $4.2 million.

Apple’s “Hella Ugly” New Font Backlash: From Cool Standard To The New Comic Sans In One iOS Update, by Scott Timberg, Salon

Sure, Apple is a scary, world-dominating corporation that cruised on its reputation for cool until it had pulled us all under its spell and established sweatshops all over the world. But this font is harmless. Compared to, say, Papyrus or Brush Script, San Francisco is really fine.

The Ultimate iPhone Camera Comparison: How Does The iPhone 6s Camera Compare To Every Other iPhone Generation?, by Lisa Bettany, SnapSnapSnap

I present a 9 iPhone comparison from all iPhone versions taken with Camera+ including: the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and the new iPhone 6s, in a variety of real-life situations to test each iPhone camera’s capabilities.

A Little Easier

More of this everywhere please.

— Marc Clancy (@clangaz) September 28, 2015

Thanks for reading.