The Fits-My-Pockets Edition Saturday, January 28, 2017

How Christian Feichtner Photographed Chernobyl With His iPhone, by Andy Butler, Mobiography

As strange as this may sound, but my main motivation is because I love to travel light. No more heavy and cumbersome equipment. Previously, I needed a DSLR and notebook computer but now I can do the same thing on a single device which fits into my pockets.

Apple's 'Differential Privacy' Policy Invoked For Opt-in iCloud Data Analysis In iOS 10.3, by Mike Wuerthele, AppleInsider

Apple's upcoming iOS 10.3 update will include an opt-in for collecting data from iCloud accounts, which will in turn be used to improve "intelligent features and services such as Siri," according to people testing the current beta.


Journaling Apps That Inspire, Organize And Keep Out Snoops, by Kit Eaton, New York Times

With a new year comes big changes, and keeping a journal is an excellent way to keep track of the challenges each day brings. Why kill trees when there are great apps to use instead?

My journaling app of choice is Bear, a free iOS download. While it’s not specifically a journaling app, its note-taking abilities are fantastic. It can also be used to make a useful journal-like document.


Designing For iPad Power Users, by Matt Gemmell

The needs of iPad power users aren’t conceptually different from those of desktop or laptop users, but the nature of the hardware and its capabilities tends to cause some things to be overlooked. Based on my own experience, here’s some stuff that you, as a developer, should think about implementing if your customers are working with their iPads.

The short version is that you need to think of your app as a workhorse for professionals. You want to eliminate friction, promote efficiency, and let people work the way they want to; that’s all just common sense. For a touch-screen tablet device running iOS, that means considering some of the stuff below. I won’t labour any of the points, because you’re a designer or developer and you can do your own research and thinking, but you do want to capture the market of people who want to get away from old-style computers, and enjoy the freedom of working with a more human device. The writing is on the wall.

Instead Of Leaving A Job, Why Not Take A Pause?, by Rachael O'Meara, New York Times

Pauses bring employees a renewed sense of purpose and alignment. Exploring new interests or lifelong passions, taking a class, or spending time with family that otherwise wouldn’t happen are all big payoffs. Employees can reflect on what matters in life and take action to align their behavior with that. Employees end up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated — a feeling that is likely to have a ripple effect on their job and their co-workers when they return.

New leadership and growth opportunities emerge from these pauses. Newer or less experienced employees can fill interim roles and learn new skills. This leads to more fully engaged team members, which leads to greater flexibility and adaptability across a team or company.


Apple CEO Cook Makes The Rounds In Washington: Meets Hatch, Ivanka, by Edward C. Baig, USA Today

Apple CEO Tim Cook has apparently been sharpening his political skills.

Apple Joins Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM And Microsoft In AI Initiative, by Romain Dillet, TechCrunch

Following Bloomberg’s report, the Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society (what a name) officially announced that Apple is joining other tech companies as a founding member of the AI initiative. Companies will work on research projects, AI best practices and more.