The Fingerprint-Demands Edition Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Government Wants Your Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone. Should That Be Allowed?, by Matt Hamilton and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times

It marked a rare time that prosecutors have demanded a person provide a fingerprint to open a computer, but experts expect such cases to become more common as cracking digital security becomes a larger part of law enforcement work.

Woman Ordered To Provide Her Fingerprint To Unlock Seized iPhone, by Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica

The case highlights the ongoing balancing act between security and convenience and how the law treats something you know (a passcode) as being quite different than something you are (a biometric). Under the Constitution, criminal defendants have the right not to testify against themselves—and providing a passcode could be considered testimonial. However, being compelled to give up something physiological or biometric (such as blood, DNA sample, fingerprint or otherwise), is not.

Doing So Much For You

Tim Cook Calls Wall Street Response To Q2 Earnings A ‘Huge Overreaction’ In CNBC Interview, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Cook acknowledged that the company “clearly” didn’t meet Wall Street’s expectations last quarter, but attributed much of it to a slower upgrade rate this year versus the abnormally high rate last year. In the end, Cook says all that matters is that customers are happy.

Tim Cook: In A Few Years People Will Say, 'How Could I Have Ever Thought About Not Wearing This Watch?', by Nick Statt, The Verge

"In a few years, we will look back and people will say, 'How could I have ever thought about not wearing this watch?' he said. "Because it's doing so much for you. And then it will all of a sudden be an overnight success." Cook still very much believes in Apple's core vision of delivering products consumers didn't know they wanted. "We are going to give you things that you can’t live without," he added. "That you just don’t know you need today."

"We are going to give you things you can't live without."

Languages And Emojis

Inside “Emojigeddon”: The Fight Over The Future Of The Unicode Consortium, by Charlie Warzel, BuzzFeed

Emails seen by BuzzFeed News reveal an emerging tension at the Unicode Consortium — the 24-year-old organization that was established to develop standards for translating alphabets into code that can be read across all computers and operating systems.

The series of frustrated messages show a deepening rift between those who adhere to the organization’s original mission to code old and obscure and minority languages and those who are investing time and resources toward Unicode’s newer and most popular character sets: emojis, a quirky periodic table of ideograms and smiley faces that cover everything from bemused laughter to swirling, smiling piles of poop. The correspondence offers a peek behind the scenes of the peculiar and little-known organization that’s unexpectedly been tasked with building what some see as the first digital universal language.


Canadian Red Cross Launches App To Help Prepare For Emergencies, by CBC News

Be Ready alerts users about weather conditions that could prompt emergency situations such as floods, forest fires and tornadoes. It uses data feeds collected by the Weather Network.

The app also helps educate how to prepare themselves and their homes "before, during and after disasters and emergencies."

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Just Released A Motivational Alarm Clock App, by Chris Welch, The Verge

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson gets up at 4AM pretty much daily, while the rest of us mere mortals are still fast asleep and probably drooling. The hugely successful pro wrestler and Hollywood star has said that such an early wake-up call has a lot to do with his soaring career trajectory, and now The Rock wants to help you wake up in the morning. He'll even sing to you. Today Johnson announced The Rock Clock, an alarm clock app for smartphones that's available on both Android and iOS. It's free, and there aren't any in-app purchases hiding anywhere. The Rock Clock, says Dwayne, is all about setting your goals and waking up early enough each day to tackle them. And to get it out of the way, there's no such thing as the snooze button. Do you think someone like The Rock hits that thing multiple times every morning?

Marco Arment's Quitter Aims To Keep Your Mac Distraction-free, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Quitter is a simple utility that lets you automate the closing and hiding of distracting apps.


Typically Clean Apple Dips Its Toes Into Use Of Made-up Metrics, by Francine Mckenna, MarketWatch

The SEC has promised more scrutiny of any use of non-GAAP by companies that is misleading or fraudulent. And there’s a possibility that more regulation for financial and non-financial metrics that lack consistency and accountability, as well as potentially quality, may be on the way.

Apple’s financial statements, however, says UBS analyst Steven Milunovich in a report that came out before the most recent 10-Q, “embody the same user-friendly nature as its products in only reporting GAAP numbers.”

Apple's Plan For Refurbished iPhones In India Faces Opposition, by Saritha Rai, Bloomberg

India has rejected Apple Inc.’s request to import and sell refurbished iPhones to the world’s second largest mobile population, a telecommunications ministry official said Tuesday. The U.S. company’s application has been turned down, the official said, asking to not be identified, citing official policy.

Teen Uses Lawn-mowing Money To Fund Apple Collection, by David Pierini, Cult of Mac

A 10-year-old kid in Maine finds an iMac G5 on Craigslist and arranges to trade a minibike and a snowblower for it. The computer was supposed to be for games and homework. It instead proved to be the first piece in what is becoming one of the most significant private collections of Apple devices in the United States.

Now 15, Alex Jason is on the verge of opening a public museum that will feature rare prototypes, a bound original copy of Steve Wozniak’s Woz Pak coding notes for the Apple II, and even a rare Apple I that may be the only one in existence with working original chips.

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