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Fri, Oct 2, 2015The Bad-Guys-Too Edition

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'Privacy Is A Fundamental Human Right', by NPR

"National security always matters, obviously. But the reality is that if you have an open door in your software for the good guys, the bad guys get in there, too. Think about what happened in [Washington, D.C.] with ... literally tens of millions of employees of the government getting their data stolen. And so we think that our customers want us to help them keep their data safe. ..."

"I don't think you will hear the [National Security Agency] asking for a back door. ... There have been different conversations with the FBI, I think, over time. ... But my own view is everyone's coming around to some core tenets. And those core tenets are that encryption is a must in today's world."

Tim Cook To Receive Human Rights Campaign's Visibility Award For LGBT Efforts, by AppleInsider

The Human Rights Campaign announced Thursday that it will present Apple CEO Tim Cook with the Visibility Award at its 19th annual National Dinner next month, an event honoring high-profile public figures who fight for LGBT equality.

How Steve Jobs Fleeced Carly Fiorina, by Steven Levy, Medium

Ms. Fiorina’s trainwreck stint at HP has been well documented. But I want to address one tiny but telling aspect of her misbegotten reign: an episode that involved her good friend Steve Jobs. It is the story of the HP iPod.

The iPod, of course, was Apple’s creation, a groundbreaking digital music player that let you have “a music library in your pocket.” Introduced in 2001, it gained steam over the next few years and by the end of 2003, the device was a genuine phenomenon. So it was news that in January 2004, Steve Jobs and Carly Fiorina made a deal where HP could slap its name on Apple’s wildly successful product. Nonetheless, HP still managed to botch things. It could not have been otherwise, really, because Steve Jobs totally outsmarted the woman who now claims she can run the United States of America.


Say Goodbye To Repairing File Permissions In El Capitan, by Peter Cohen, iMore

Manual disk permission repair simply isn't necessary anymore. El Capitan automatically repairs file permissions during software updates and changes. So don't worry that the repair permissions option isn't available in Disk Utility anymore. It's become redundant, thanks to improved file integrity in El Cap.

Tweetbot 4.0 Becomes The Best Alternative Twitter Client For iPhone And Now iPad, by Romain Dillet, TechCrunch

The main reason why is that this app is a pure joy to use. It looks fantastic and works amazingly well, especially when you see it in action.

Tweetbot 4 Review: Bigger Bot, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Tweetbot 4 offers a dramatic overhaul of the iPad app, bringing a new vision for a Twitter client that's unlike anything I've tried on the iPad before.

Carrot: Weather With Attitude, by David Sparks, MacSparky

Best of all though is that the app has a sense of humor. It's kind of malicious but since that matches my own attitudes toward weather, it's perfect.


Safari View Controller And Automatic Safari Reader Activation, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

I think this is a great way to provide a "readability" mode in apps by combining the benefits of Safari View Controller with the convenience of Safari Reader. I hope that more apps will consider this option.


Apple Diversifies Board, Elects Former Boeing Executive, by Dawn Chmielewski, Re/code

James A. Bell, a former chief financial officer and corporate president of Boeing, has been elected to Apple’s board of directors.

The appointment of Bell, an executive with decades of experience in finance and strategic planning who is also black, comes at a time when the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Congressional Black Caucus have been calling on Apple and other technology companies to diversify their boards of directors. Bell fills the vacancy left by Mickey Drexler’s departure earlier this year.

Apple Likely Trying To File For 'AirPods' Trademark, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

We have been unable to find a concrete link between Apple and the AirPods trademark, but the evidence we've gathered is highly suggestive that Apple is indeed behind the filing. Assuming this is indeed the case, speculation then turns to the reasons why Apple is interested in the name.

My wish-list for a wireless earpod: all-day battery life. charge via lightning just like the Apple Pencil, and usable while being charged.

Amazon To Ban Sale Of Apple, Google Video-Streaming Devices, by Spencer Spoer, Bloomberg

The Seattle-based Web retailer sent an e-mail to its marketplace sellers that it will stop selling the Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast since those devices don’t "interact well" with Prime Video. No new listings for the products will be allowed and posting of existing inventory will be removed Oct. 29, Amazon said. Prime Video doesn’t run easily on its rival’s hardware.

Amazon Is Banning Apple TV And Chromecast. And That’s Gross, by Brian Barrett, Wired

Both companies are acting out of self-interest, but the degree to which that disjoints its customers’ expectations couldn’t be more different. You go to the Apple Store looking for Apple products; you go to Amazon looking for whatever you want. By the end of October, at least in this instance, you won’t be able to find it.

Live Photo Is The New EXIF

I am guessing something like the following will be happening to someone soon...

  1. Someone takes a photo -- most likely a selfie on his or her brand new iPhone 6S;

  2. Someone takes a look at the photo, does not notice anything wrong, and shares it to other people or to the entire internet;

  3. Some other people notices this is no ordinary photo, but an Apple Live Photo, watches the video portion of the Live Photo, and finds incriminating evidence, or wardrobe malfunction, or something interesting.

  4. That someone is now famous for his or her 15 minutes.

Parting Words

this is an outstanding semicolon

— Chris Heller (@c_heller) October 1, 2015

Thanks for reading.