The Journey-To-Apple Edition Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Post-internship At Apple: A Letter To You, by Kat Slump, Medium

I do not want to talk about how amazing Apple was and how much I’ll miss it, although that is definitely true. Nor do I want to explain what I did all summer, because in truth it was all top secret stuff.

However, I would like to talk about my journey to Apple.

Cook's Journey

Cook Must Transcend Jobs’ Legacy At Apple, by Financial Times

A lot can go wrong at any company, especially a very large one. That accounts for the shortening of chief executives’ tenures. It is easy to make strategic errors under pressure from consumers, shareholders and regulators, or steadily to lose touch with what made a company great. Merely avoiding these pitfalls for five years is itself an achievement.

In addition, Mr Cook has made his personal presence felt. He has defied short-term shareholder pressure to return more of Apple’s $232bn cash pile and resisted the idea that he is there solely to serve their interests, rather than that of consumers and society as a whole. He has taken strong and salutary stands on social issues, including his declaration that he is gay.

Tim Cook's Next Five Years As Apple CEO Will Be Different From His First, by Harriet Taylor, CNBC

Though Cook has yet to prove he can be as innovative as the charismatic Jobs, he has successfully steered the franchise and maintained its position as the world's most valuable company.

"Historically, founder-led companies go through existential crises after the founder is gone," said Asymco analyst Horace Dediu. "The fact that Apple didn't implode, but has grown, means mission accomplished."

iOS For Everybody

Looking Back At iOS Accessibility’s Biggest Milestones, by Steven Aquino, 512 Pixels

With the final release of iOS 10 drawing near, it’s fun to marvel at just how mature the operating system has become since its inception. The App Store, app extensions, third-party keyboards, widgets, and more — these all are features that have come since the early days of “iPhone OS 1.0.” As someone who’s been using iOS every day for the last nine years, it’s been exciting to watch the OS evolve over time.

As iOS has evolved, so too has its accessibility features. What started as a small feature set has grown into a comprehensive suite that has won Apple critical acclaim as the best in the industry for its remarkable breadth and depth.

With this sentiment in mind, here’s a look at what I consider to be five milestone iOS accessibility features.

How To Kid-Proof Your iPhone Or iPad, by Jill Duffy, PC Magazine

There are a few settings inside iOS that let you lock down your device so that a curious kid (or a naughty friend) can't poke around apps that contain sensitive data. Additionally, there are some settings that block adult content without restricting access to the entire device, which are useful for older kids who might deserve a little more freedom to surf and play.

Free Music

Apple Announces 2016 Apple Music Festival In London, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple today announced its 2016 Apple Music Festival, a free annual concert series that will see big name artists performing at the London Roundhouse. This year's event will take place from September 18 to September 30.

Process Your Words

It Makes No Sense That Word Processors Are Still Designed For The Printed Page, by Ernie Smith, Motherboard

What's my problem with word processing, the problem that has led me to write this piece? Well, it comes down to a fundamental belief on my part: In some ways, modern editing tools have failed to shake the formidable legacy they created for themselves.

For decades, word processors evolved with printers, taking on features like typography and layout, but the problem is that printers eventually became less important as a way to communicate—and a lot of modern word processors (looking at you, Word) never took the time to change course when the internet became a thing.

Freewrite Electronic Typewriter Review: I Fell In Love With The Worst Computer Money Can Buy, by Michael Nunez, Gizmodo

The Freewrite is a simple machine. It has one button, a full keyboard, and a tiny e-ink screen that can barely update fast enough to keep up with the average typing speed. The device is built for one thing: writing stories, and syncing them to the cloud.


How To Digitally Erase All Your Stuff When You Quit Your Job, by Michael Duran, Wired

It’s your last day at your job. There will be tears! Between the cheesy sendoff at the morning meeting and the after-work happy hour, you have to do something very important: back up all your stuff and securely clear your computer. Be smart about it with these steps.

Microsoft Security Update Brings 64-Bit Support To All Mac Office Apps, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Microsoft today release a new update for its Office 2016 for Mac apps, introducing small performance improvements, bug fixes, and 64-bit support across the Office lineup.

Want To Hunt Bank Robbers In Your Spare Time? There’s An App For That, by Matthew Dessem, Slate

Back in the day, if you wanted to catch a bank robber, you had to put together a posse, call in Melvin Purvis, or hire a woman in a red dress: the stuff of glamour and drama. But these days not even vigilante justice is safe from the long, dull arm of Silicon Valley. On Friday, the FBI released a mobile app for iOS and Android called Bank Robbers. It promises to be the Uber of bank robbery investigations, at least in the sense that it seems kind of unsafe and it doesn’t pay.


Failing, by Ben Brooks

The advice given that an entrepreneur needs to “fail early and fail often” is some of the worst advice we can give people. The central point of this advice being it is only through failure which we can learn. This advice seems to stem from the more often cited phrase “we learn from our mistakes” or “you’ll only do that once, before you learn” — which are both sound ways of learning — but are distinctly different from failure.

Bottom of the Page

Insomnia stroked again -- I was awoken at around 12 midnight earlier this morning, and I couldn't get back to sleep. Now I worry: was it really a failure to get back to sleep, or did I just gave up going back to sleep?

Today, I tried just lying in my bed. I tried drinking water. I tried drinking milk. I tried listening to a podcast so that I can hide all my anxiety away. I did get sleepy at a few points through the night -- but my body simply refused to get back to sleep.


Thanks for reading.