The Solving-Death Edition Monday, August 29, 2016

Apple Needs To Get Better At Dying, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

I understand that privacy issues must be addressed. I agree that it is not always appropriate for a parent to see their child’s digital lives without expressed permission.

But surely Apple and the rest of Silicon Valley have the in-house legal muscle to create industry-wide frameworks for expressed permission?

Distraction With An iPad

Apple iPads Are As Good As Sedative For Kids Before Surgery: Report, by IANS

New research shows that allowing children to use iPads to distract them before surgery requiring general anaesthesia is as effective at lowering their anxiety as conventional sedatives.

Intelligent Shoots

Microsoft Pix Review: iOS Photography App Uses Artificial Intelligence To Rival Apple’s Camera, by Jackie Dove, Macworld

In my experience, Pix worked well on some photos to improve face rendering, boost exposure, and fix composition and backlighting. The hyperlapse video and cinemagraph features add to the app’s creativity. But it did not consistently outperform the iPhone’s built-in Camera app. Pix does offer meritorious results in some situations, so I recommend giving it a shot to see how it works for you.


Can Foreign Tech Companies Win In China?, by Edward Tse, TechCrunch

Local leadership is critical and appropriate empowerment by the global headquarters to the local leadership to do the right things is essential. While for some, the market is not open or they are not welcome, for many, the opportunities are right there. China is not easy, but why should it be? It’s tough for everyone, no matter if one is foreign or not. And no one can be sustainably successful if they don’t observe, learn and adapt.

Why Tim Berners-Lee Is No Friend Of Facebook, by John Naughton, The Guardian

What Zuck conveniently omits to mention, though, is that he is embarked upon a commercial project whose sole aim is to make the world more “connected” but less open. Facebook is what we used to call a “walled garden” and now call a silo: a controlled space in which people are allowed to do things that will amuse them while enabling Facebook to monetise their data trails. One network to rule them all. If you wanted a vision of the opposite of the open web, then Facebook is it.

The Things You Might Be Doing That Will Force Your IT Guy To Start Spying On You, by Jake Swearingen, New York Magazine

Still, the real giveaway is often just your behavior on the job — and not necessarily what you’re doing online. “The main reason I get involved is when there is already a suspicion that something is happening,” says Paul. “This most often comes from non-technical sources such as attitude or personality.”

Bottom of the Page

Where is the accessibility settings in iOS that turns all gray and tiny text into black and bold text? My eyes really need that.


Thanks for reading.