The Smart-Working Edition Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Tools I Use To Work Smarter, by Mike Vardy, The Sweet Setup

A lot of my smart working habits are conveyed in the personal productivity approach I use (which I discuss in greater detail in The Productivityist Playbook). But I also use tools to help with the processes that fall outside – or augment – my regular workflow. These tools go beyond the usual (task app, email app, etc.), and some of them aren’t digital at all.

Apple’s China Problem, by Ben Thompson

The fundamental issue is this: unlike the rest of the world, in China the most important layer of the smartphone stack is not the phone’s operating system. Rather, it is WeChat. [...]

Naturally, WeChat works the same on iOS as it does on Android.4 That, by extension, means that for the day-to-day lives of Chinese there is no penalty to switching away from an iPhone.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Announces $1B Fund For Advanced Manufacturing Jobs On CNBC's Mad Money, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Cook went on to say that Apple is always looking at new ways to create jobs in the United States, and said the company will "bring things to market" in regard to growing its the employee, developer, and manufacturing base. Cook also highlighted the $50 billion Apple spent purchasing from U.S manufacturers over the last year, including sourcing materials from 3M (adhesive) and Corning (iPhone and iPad glass).

Apple Releases New Job Creation Numbers, Says It’s Already Responsible For 2 Million U.S. Jobs, by Catherine Shu, TechCrunch

Apple updated its U.S. job creation web page today with figures from 2016. Though Apple refreshes the site every year, this latest update coincides with CEO Tim Cook’s announcement during a CNBC interview that the company has formed a $1 billion fund to promote advanced manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

Apple Steps Up Its Effort To Emphasize Its Economic Impact, by Michael Liedtke And Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press

The Wednesday report on U.S jobs is its fourth update, but the first to include a state-by-state breakdown of Apple employees.


Apple's decision to provide detailed information about the locations of its U.S. employees could help the company win support from lawmakers eager to protect jobs in their states, Enderle said. "It gives senators something to push back with, recognizing that Apple is a real risky company to target anyway because its products are so popular with people."

Apple Store Along Orchard Road To Open Soon, by Today

On Wednesday night (May 3), the barricades outside the store at Knightsbridge Mall were taken down — revealing a white facade with its store name “Apple Orchard Road”.

Three large red icons — consisting of a red apple, a heart, and a red dot — adorn the storefront. The icons have been dubbed “Apple Loves the Little Red Dot”, according to a press statement from the company on Thursday.


Apple’s First Clips Update Improves Live Title Text Editing And More, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

The new version improves Live Title text editing and includes a few other changes as well.

Fast Time Zone Conversions With Zones, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

While I've mostly learned to perform time zone calculations in my head, it can still be difficult when I'm dealing with cities I don't know, or when countries change to DST in different periods of the year. I still appreciate a good utility that converts time zones for me.

Brother's Entire Lineup Of Mobile Printers Now Certified By Apple's Made For iPhone Program, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Brother today announced that every series in its mobile printer lineup now features at least one model certified by Apple's MFi Program.


Apple's App Analytics Platform Now Includes Info On Where Customers Discover Apps, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today announced that its App Analytics platform in iTunes Connect now provides developers with insight into where customers discover apps, a welcome change that will give developers more information on where app referrals are coming from.

Apple Reportedly Keeping App Affiliate Rate At 7%, Dropping In-app Purchase Rate To 2.5%, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

While some clarity from Apple would be nice, it seems like last month’s statement was largely misinterpreted and that app affiliate rates are staying at 7 percent, while in-app rates are dropping to 2.5 percent.

Damage, by Matt Gemmell

No company has done as much damage to the perceived value of software, and the sustainability of being an independent developer, as Apple.

Not that other companies wouldn’t have done the same thing — they would have. It’s just that Apple was the successful one.


Diary Of An Ex-Apple Intern, by Michael Grothaus, Fast Company

So how do you get an internship at these coveted companies? I spoke to Maxime Britto, who is now a software engineer and the founder of Purple Giraffe, a French online school for mobile developers. But before he founded Purple Giraffe, he got his start at Apple working as an intern. In his own words, here’s how he did it and what the experience was like.

Microsoft Gets Serious About Hardware, by Dina Bass and Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Microsoft’s emergence as a hardware player coincides with a perceived lack of innovation at Apple, where Macs have been taking a back seat to the iPhone. It has been almost seven years since Apple last redesigned the Macbook Air, the computer most similar to Microsoft’s laptop. The latest MacBook Pro, released more than 500 days after its predecessor, was panned by professionals who deemed it underpowered and too hard to use. Apple, which once poked fun at Microsoft during developer conferences with the tagline, “Redmond, start your photocopiers,” recently acknowledged it had alienated Mac loyalists and pledged to do better. The upshot: Microsoft has an opportunity to steal Apple’s customers and establish itself as a gadget powerhouse.


Before long, a company whose hardware mostly consisted of peripherals like keyboards and mice (and briefly a line of plush, interactive Barney and Teletubbies dolls) was turning out sleek, brushed-metal machines that, if not revolutionary, were inventive and consumer-friendly.

Thousands Of Veterans Want To Learn To Code — But Can’t, by Andrew Zaleski, Backchannel

But after he left the army in 2013, Molina and his family moved back to his native Oregon. As he weighed his options, he decided that a code school was his best bet to keep learning. He needed an immersive program, but on a faster timeline than college could offer — he had a wife and three daughters to support. But he couldn’t afford the programs on his own, and the military didn’t recognize code schools as legitimate enterprises.

“I could not use my GI Bill to go to code school. That was the number one roadblock,” Molina says.

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I am just a little disappointed that the first Apple Store in Singapore is going by the name Apple Orchard Road, and not by the simpler Apple Orchard name.


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