The Cobalt-Supply-Chain Edition Saturday, March 4, 2017

Apple Cracks Down Further On Cobalt Supplier In Congo As Child Labor Persists, by Todd C. Frankel, Washington Post

Apple said it has temporarily stopped buying cobalt mined by hand in Congo while it continues to deal with problems with child labor and harsh work conditions.

A Washington Post investigation last year detailed abuses in Congo’s artisanal cobalt supply chain, showing how miners — including children — labored in hazardous, even deadly, conditions. Amnesty International and other human rights groups also have alleged problems. Earlier this week, British broadcaster Sky New published an investigation that alleged continued problems in the cobalt supply chain.

It’s An Apple For Teacher As iPad Learning Booms, by Andre Rhoden-Paul, The Argus

Hove Park School has been re-awarded recognition as an Apple Distinguished School for its iPad digital learning scheme.

Each student at the Nevill Road school has an iPad with a number of specialised apps, giving students more creative freedom.

The Sleakening, by Silvia Killingsworth, The Awl

Humans are constantly looking for little cubbies to put their secrets in. You should just accept right now that the Slack leak can and probably will happen, but you shouldn’t let that change the way you use it. Even if you take things to Signal, you will never achieve true vacuum-sealed privacy, because privacy is a system and not a space. It’s a contract, not a stipulation.


Apple’s Latest iPad Pro Videos Highlight Note Taking And Decluttering, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Apple released two more short ads on YouTube highlighting features of the iPad Pro. The first, called ‘take better notes’ starts, like similar recent videos, with a tweet: ‘My math notes are a mess since I’m half asleep.’ In response, the narrator explains ‘You know, iPad Pro and Apple Pencil have revolutionized the way we take notes.’


Implicit Swift Dependencies, by Daniel Jalkut, Indiestack

So “Always Embed Swift Standard Libraries” doesn’t always embed them.


Apple Execs Vying For Original Movie, TV Deals, by Claire Atkinson, New York Post

There have been reports in recent weeks about Apple looking to kick-start a business in original TV programming.

But the meetings last week — including sit-downs between Apple SVP Eddy Cue and Paramount Pictures and with Sony TV and film units — make it appear as though Apple may be aiming at a bigger deal.

Scientists Can Now Store Digital Data In DNA With 100 Percent Accuracy, by Farnia Fekri, Motherboard

Scientists have been talking about using DNA to store data for years, but the application's been limited so far by high cost and errors in the data. Today, in a study published in Science, researchers announced they've made the process 100 per cent error-free and 60 per cent more efficient compared to previous results—approaching the theoretical maximum for DNA storage.

Ode To The Void, by Kyle Paoletta, Real Life

The internet is a void to pour these thoughts into, without any expectation that they will be noticed or commented upon. It is a record — lasting, but ephemeral — that can be left bobbing on the sea, bumped into and noted by the Blogspot trawlers, and then swiftly forgotten with the rest as our attentions wander. And our indifference does not nullify their existence. They have a weight that the constant conversations happening in other, more fashionable quarters of the internet don’t: They are borne not of the attempt to share information — breaking, just in, updated — that will pass almost immediately into history, but rather of an earnest attempt to do just that: exist. They ask nothing of us, no like, no cartoon heart, no signal boost. They simply exist as lodestars in our noisy void, intimate resting places for our screen-soured eyes. It cannot be said enough: they exist. They do what we all hope to continue doing, and they are reminders that that goal should not be taken lightly.