The My-Gosh Edition Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Apple’s Tim Cook Barnstorms For ‘Moral Responsibility’, by Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times

“One of the things that hits you,” he said, is “all of the major acts, legislation, that happened during just his presidency.” His eyes widened as he listed some: “You have the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Act, you have Medicare, you have Medicaid, you have several national parks, you have Head Start, you have housing discrimination, you have jury discrimination.”

“Regardless of your politics,” he continued, “you look at it and say, ‘My gosh.’”

Mr. Cook’s comments weren’t a dig at President Trump so much as they were a critique of Washington’s seemingly perpetual state of gridlock.

And now Mr. Cook is one of the many business leaders in the country who appear to be filling the void, using his platform at Apple to wade into larger social issues that typically fell beyond the mandate of executives in past generations.

Apple Reportedly Holding iPhone Event On September 12th, by Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge

Apple is reportedly holding an event on September 12th to launch the next iPhone, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

Rethinking The Role Of Smartphones, by Tim Bajarin, TechPinions

But what really helps me see these premium smartphones in a new light is that what we now have is a full-fledged personal computer that fits in our pockets and gives us much more power to do almost everything we can do on a laptop or PC, minus the heavy lifting productivity and extended graphic editing you still want to use a PC or laptop due to its bigger screen and keyboard. Just as important is the fact that smartphones put the personal in personal computing. PC’s and laptops can be shared with others, but our smartphones are our personal computing devices that in almost all instances are used only by us individually. That makes it the most important personal computing tool we have and one that we become tied or attached to all of the time.


These new premium smartphones are full functioning PCs with almost all the functions and versatility one needs to handle almost anything they want to do with a digital device. While price still matters, when one sees them as a real PC in their pocket, the idea of paying as much as $1000 for these new premium smartphones might make more sense.


5 Must-have MacBook Pro (2017) Accessories, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

I’ve been using a MacBook Pro with touch bar for a few months [...] I’ve also been working with some of the software and accessories you can pick up for these systems. Here are five items I think you’ll find useful.

Five Essential Dropbox Tools You Might Be Missing, by David Nield, Popular Science

Since its launch in 2007, Dropbox has become a leading product for fast and efficient file syncing between computers and the cloud. You can use it to keep files up-to-date across multiple computers, collaborate on work with other people, and back up your most important information. But are you really using Dropbox to its full potential? Up your storage game with these five advanced hacks for the app.

A New App Uses AI To Turn Your Smiles And Frowns Into Emoji, by Rachel Metz, MIT Technology Review

Marcin Kmiec, one of Polygram’s cofounders, says the app’s AI works by capturing your face with the front-facing camera on the phone and analyzing sequences of images as quickly as possible, rather than just looking at specific points on the face like your pupils and nose. This is done directly on the phone, using the iPhone’s graphics processing unit, he says.

20 Cool Command Line Tricks For Windows And MacOS, by David Nield, Gizmodo

The command line (or Terminal for you Mac fans) is a throwback to a simpler age of computing, before mouse pointers and application windows and desktop wallpaper. Back when it was just you and a window full of text. Operating systems have long since evolved beyond the humble command line interface, but there's still no better tool for quickly disseminating complex information in your operating system — and you can actually do some other pretty cool stuff with them, too.


Apple Wants To Sell 4K Movies For $20 In iTunes, But Deals Not Yet Agreed Ahead Of September Event, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple has not yet finalized deals with movie studios for 4K content, according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal. The clock is ticking as Apple readies a 4K Apple TV unveiling for September 12, and naturally the company wants to announce a sizeable 4K content ecosystem to back it.

Apple, Accenture Team Up On iPhone, iPad Apps For Businesses, by Stephen Nellis, Reuters

Accenture helps large companies write new software and adopt new technology. The company will create special teams dedicated to helping its customers, which include banks and retailers, write iOS apps. Apple employees, including software engineers and user-interface designers, will work alongside Accenture engineers on the teams.

Does Microsoft's Brass Still Believe It Has A Chance In The Phone Market?, by Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet

In 2015, Nadella said Microsoft was not going to try to make another me-too consumer phone or phone OS. Instead, "for business customers, it's about custom apps they want to deploy onto those endpoints with management and security," he said.


But if businesses don't find Microsoft's mobile productivity, security and management capabilities interesting enough, is there any point in the company trying yet again to infiltrate the mobile-phone market?

Bottom of the Page

With iPad Pro and iOS 11, Apple has probably finally started the first step in making the iPad a good general-purpose computing device.

Next: can Apple cannibalize the iPad by also turning the iPhone into a good general-purpose computing device?


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