MyAppleMenu - Sat, Oct 24, 2015

Sat, Oct 24, 2015The Grasping-At-Reasons Edition

Apple's EULA Gives It License To Invade Your Privacy, Government Claims, by Andrew Crocker and Parker Higgins, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Apple filed a reply to this brief that matches our position that the government has overreached: "The fact that Apple’s devices include software, and that such software comes with licensing requirements, does not change anything. See Reply at 13-15. Apple’s licensing agreement does not establish a connection between Apple and the private data its customers store on their devices. It does not, for example, permit Apple to invade its customers’ devices uninvited or prohibit those customers from re-selling their devices to someone else absent consent from Apple. It merely places limitations on the customers’ use and redistribution of Apple’s software (limitations that are common to the industry)."

DOJ Dismisses Apple's Arguments Against Decrypting iOS Communications, by Dell Cameron, Daily Dot

Andrew Crocker, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has filed a brief in the case, said it's irrational for the court to compel Apple to turn over information it doesn't already possess. “This is just the government sort of grasping at reasons why Apple is somehow already involved in the case,” he told the Daily Dot by phone.

The Justice Department's flat-out rejection of Apple's brand-integrity concerns was dismissed too hastily, says Crocker. “The government sort of waved its hand and said ‘those aren't relevant concerns here.’”


Apple Launches iCloud For Windows 5, Adds iCloud Photo Library Access, by MacNN

Now on version 5, the utility allows users of Windows 7 and newer access to and allows modification of photos, videos, mail, calendar, files, and other data stored in Apple's cloud storage service.

Review: The Philips Hue Bridge 2.0 Brings Apple's HomeKit Bliss To The Popular Lighting System, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

6 Disk Utility Changes In El Capitan, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

Disk Utility has stayed more or less the same for years, but Apple has given the Mac power user’s much-loved maintenance tool a big overhaul in El Capitan, making it look different and removing familiar tools, including the popular "Repair Permissions" command.


Social Anxiety, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

To Reach Seniors, Tech Start-Ups Must First Relate To Them, by Paula Span, New York Times

“Our job is to make our patients’ health problems as little a part of their lives as possible,” Dr. Covinsky said. “My fear is that if you make people conscious of falling all the time, they’ll just stop walking.”

Éteindre La Radio

It is the first time in my history: I stepped into a taxi last night, and instead of having the usual drivel from local radio stations blasting out of the radio, I found the taxi driver listening to a learning-French on a book-on-tape.

I haven't found any taxi driver listening to podcasts yet, though.


Thanks for reading.