MyAppleMenu - Sun, Oct 11, 2015

Sun, Oct 11, 2015The Sensitive-Articles Edition

Apple Is Said To Deactivate Its News App In China, by Paul Mozur and Katie Benner, New York Times

Beijing generally insists that companies are responsible for censoring sensitive content inside China. In Apple’s case, that would mean it would probably have to develop a censorship system — most Chinese companies use a combination of automated software and employees — to eliminate sensitive articles from feeds.

For now, Apple seems to be avoiding the problem by completely disabling the service for users in China.


Piano App Gets Me Playing, by Nicola Davis, The Guardian

The new Skoove app promises to ‘make your musical dreams come true’. It’s good, but doesn’t hit all the right notes for a learner.

Not Sure What To Read? These Apps Open Up Poetry’s Riches, by Sara Keating, The Irish Times

When Faber & Faber announced its publication of TS Eliot’s narrative poem The Waste Land in a sumptuous digital edition, in 2011, it was a landmark in literary publishing and evolving digital formats. It allowed the integration of the copious annotations that most contemporary readers need to unlock its codes with minimal disruption to their reading experience. Scholarly perspectives, audio recordings (including a reading by Eliot himself), manuscripts: it offered the entire package necessary to penetrate the writer’s best-known work and brought a new readership to a difficult modernist work.

Boston Children's Hospital Rolled Out Their New Hep-C Tracker Program And iApp That Relies On ResearchKit Exclusively, by Patently Apple


Government Will No Longer Seek Encrypted User Data, by Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger, New York Times

The Obama administration has backed down in its bitter dispute with Silicon Valley over the encryption of data on iPhones and other digital devices, concluding that it is not possible to give US law enforcement and intelligence agencies access to that information without creating an opening that China, Russia, cybercriminals, and terrorists could also exploit.

With its decision, which angered the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, the administration essentially agreed with Apple, Google, Microsoft, and a group of the nation’s top cryptographers and computer scientists.

The Lost Art Of Getting Lost, by Stephen Smith, BBC

Discovery used to mean going out and coming across stuff - now it seems to mean turning inwards and gazing at screens. We've become reliant on machines to help us get around, so much so that it's changing the way we behave, particularly among younger people who have no experience of a time before GPS.

We're raising an entire generation of men who will never know what it is to refuse to ask for directions.

Two Browsers Family

Like many, I use Safari as my default browser, and Google Chrome as my web browser with Flash.

And starting now, I am also using Google Chrome as my web browser for web sites that doesn't work with Ad Blockers turned on.


Thanks for reading.