The Black-Friday Edition Friday, November 25, 2016

Apple's Black Friday Event Kicks Off In United States With Free Gift Cards Worth Up To $150, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple's special Black Friday shopping event is now live in the United States and Canada, offering customers free Apple Store gift cards worth up to $150 or CA$200 with the purchase of selected Apple products today only.

Behind Apple's New Festive Frankenstein Holiday Ad, by Fast Company

Inclusion is and has for a long time been one of Apple's core values, and I think we've looked for a couple times throughout this year to communicate that to the world. I'm sure you've seen the Maya Angelou "Human Family" spot from the Olympics, which was an opportunity to talk about it when the world was watching. What a great time to talk about inclusion, and in some ways, the holidays are similar. We wanted to put out a message from Apple around this time of year that reminds everyone that what drives us as human beings is the desire for human connection.

This Is Apple’s Special Tool To Help Customers Recover Data From The New MacBook Pro’s Non-removable SSD, by Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac

Apple’s new customer data migration tool is specifically designed for the new 2016 MacBook Pro to allow access to the SSD even if the logic board fails and or the machine doesn’t boot. It includes a logic board holder with power adapter that allows repair staff to insert your logic board and SSD and connect it via USB-C to MacBook Pro to transfer data.


House-Hunting In Hong Kong With The App That Sees Dead People, by Katie Kenny and Michael Forsythe, New York Times

Building on the success of Pokémon Go, a local company has created a smartphone app that superimposes property listings on street views. Point your phone at a building and the units for rent or sale pop up, complete with prices.

But on occasion, cartoon ghosts appear next to an apartment tower, representing an unnatural or unexplained death that took place there.

In Hong Kong, this is a big deal. Many people believe that living in a place where someone committed suicide or, worse, was murdered, brings all sorts of bad fortune. Those units, even years after such a death occurred, are discounted around 20 percent, sometimes 50 percent if the death was particularly gruesome.

Want To Get Social? Barrie Entrepreneurs Have An App For That, by Sue Sgambati, Barrie Today

With getWyred, you need to go out and be at a place to access your cameras or interact with people - the opposite of other social media platforms.


Automating Expense Reports, by And Now It's All This

This is a relatively long post about a relatively short script. It synthesizes several small workflows I’ve used over the past few years, and to explain the synthesis all the parts have to be explained, too.

Apple Releases macOS 10.12 Sierra Open Source Darwin Code, by Jeff Benjamin, 9to5Mac

The release builds on a long-standing library of open source code that dates all the way back to OS X 10.0.


Apple Mysteriously Stopped Disclosing How Much It Spends On Ads, by Lara O'Reilly, Business Insider

Companies are not required to split out their advertising spend from their general SG&A expenses figure, and most don't want to share that kind of data with competitors. Nevertheless, it's unusual that Apple has suddenly stopped doing so.

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