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Tue, Oct 20, 2015The Over-And-Over Edition

Tim Cook Says New Apple TV Coming Next Week, Reveals 6.5m Paying Apple Music Subscribers, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Cook announced that Apple Music has 6.5 million paying customers, a far cry from the 20 million Spotify has. Nevertheless, Cook said that people love the human curation aspect of the platform. For himself, Cook said that he was in a rut, listening to the same songs over and over before Apple Music was launched.

Follow-Up Passwords

When A Leak Isn’t A Leak, by AgileBits

Despite the security of AgileKeychain remaining intact, Dale reminded us that its time to move on. The OPVault format is really great in so many ways and we should start sharing it with as many users as possible.

We’ve already started making changes to use OPVault as the default format. In fact, the latest beta of 1Password for Windows does this already. Similar changes are coming to Mac and iOS soon, and we’re planning on using the new format in Android in the future. Once all of these things are complete, we will add an automatic migration for all 1Password users.


Responsibility, by Matt Gemmell

You enjoy the grace of an industry that’s horrible to women. You knew exactly what was going to happen, even before she started getting the rape-threat emails. You’re free to respond or to ignore, always, but you’re not entitled to turn a blind eye.

Mindfulness of mob reactions is the price of your follower count. Your status has privileges and consequences.

You can’t have one without the other.

Regret, by Ben Brooks

Arment has a chance to try to right a wrong here. I think this one is going to weigh on Arment if he doesn’t try to make it better.

Good people can and do say stupid and mean things. Arment did both. But good people always realize they fucked up at some point, and that’s when the regret sets in.

This time it is not the type of regret about being wrong over a blog — it is the type of regret knowing that you attacked someone undeserving of it, and that by saying nothing you passively condoned others piling on that person.

Giving & Receiving Criticism, by Sonya Ellen Mann

Even when a critique is offered unpleasantly, the only two productive reactions are 1) neutral curiosity — e.g. “Can you tell me more about why you say that?” — or 2) complete non-engagement. Far better to ignore someone whose critiques annoy or offend you than to blow up at them.


Apple Maps Adds Amtrak Routes In Northeastern U.S. And Transit Directions For Boston, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Supported routes include the Northeast Regional, Acela Express, Keystone, Lake Shore Limited, Pennsylvanian, and Maple Leaf, many of which operate between cities in the Northeastern United States.

Paint The Stress Away With Color Therapy, Coloring For Adults, by Sandy Stachowiak|, AppAdvice

Create beautiful pictures from the many options and then share or save them. Images range from animals to mandalas to gothic and there are several color palettes to make your creations as unusual, pretty, or soothing as you like.

Living With: Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard, by William Gallagher, MacNN

When You Need Inspiration, A New App Can Spark It, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice


Hundreds Of Apps Banned From App Store For Accessing Users’ Personal Information, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Hundreds of iOS applications have been pulled out of the App Store, following a report from analytics service SourceDNA, which uncovered a group of applications that were extracting users’ personally identifiable information, including their email associated with their Apple ID, device and peripheral serial numbers, and a list of apps installed on their phone. The applications in question had been using an SDK from a Chinese advertising company called Youmi which was accessing this information by way of private APIs, the report found.

Tesla, Apple, And The ‘Secretly Terrible’ Engineer Conundrum, by Jeff Whatcott, VentureBeat

The change that needs to happen is one where employers start recruiting people who have a solid foundation of skills and a desire to keep learning. This means changing your hiring practices from over-screening job applicants and no longer treating job interviews like cross-examining a hostile witness. Instead, focus on more foundational issues like cultural fit, intellectual clock speed, and background.


How Emojis Find Their Way To Phones, by Jonah Bromwich, New York Times

An obscure organization that standardizes the way punctuation marks and other text are represented by computer systems has in recent years found itself at the forefront of mobile pop culture, with its power to create new emojis.

A new batch is under review, a process that takes months. But don’t call the pictorial system a language, unless you want an argument from Mark Davis, 63, a co-founder and the president of the Unicode Consortium, the group that serves as the midwife to new emojis.

Something Besides MediaCorp Please

Will I be able to find out what apps are available for Apple TV in Singapore, without having to buy an Apple TV just to visit the Apple TV App Store?


Thanks for reading.