The Political-Crap Edition Thursday, September 1, 2016

‘No One Did Anything Wrong Here And Ireland Is Being Picked On... It Is Total Political Crap’ - Apple Chief Tim Cook, by Adrian Weckler and Michael Cogley, Irish Independent

"It's total political crap," [Tim Cook] said.

"They just picked a number from I don't know where. In the year that the Commission says we paid that tax figure, we actually paid $400m. We believe that makes us the highest taxpayer in Ireland that year."

Everything's Going Wireless

The Best iPhone Camera Add-On Just Learned A Ton Of New Tricks, by David Pierce, Wired

The DxO One is a $500 palm-sized camera with a one-inch, 20-megapixel sensor as good as any point-and-shoot. It’s also an accessory that plugs into an iPhone’s Lightning port, uses your phone as a viewfinder, and dumps its gorgeous shots right into your Photos app for you to filter at will. Now, the company’s announcing a huge software update to the One that gives it wireless capabilities, and a line of accessories thats let you take the One places you’d never dare to bring your phone.


Machine Not Learning, by And Now It's All This

Siri knew perfectly well I was going south on Isenberg. Not half a minute earlier, she’d been telling me how to turn off Isenberg to get to the interstate. And she’d been tracking my location continuously since I left the hotel. The context was there, but it wasn’t used.

How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics For Artificial Intelligence, by John Markoff, New York Times

For years, science-fiction moviemakers have been making us fear the bad things that artificially intelligent machines might do to their human creators. But for the next decade or two, our biggest concern is more likely to be that robots will take away our jobs or bump into us on the highway.

Now five of the world’s largest tech companies are trying to create a standard of ethics around the creation of artificial intelligence. While science fiction has focused on the existential threat of A.I. to humans, researchers at Google’s parent company, Alphabet, and those from Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft have been meeting to discuss more tangible issues, such as the impact of A.I. on jobs, transportation and even warfare.


Looking For A New Job? These Free Apps Can Help, by Kit Eaton, New York Times

In a volatile economy, many Americans are on the job hunt. But with the days of scanning the classifieds in a newspaper long behind us, one of the best ways to find a new gig is with the help of an app.

The Best Apps To Schedule Tweets On iOS, by Brian Sutich, The App Factor

Scheduling tweets is one of the most popular ways to make your social media presence shine. While Twitter’s official app still doesn’t offer the option to schedule tweets, there are a few apps on iOS that can make the process simple.

Now You Can Order Papa John's From Your Apple TV, by Angela Moscaritolo, PC Magazine

The app lets you build your desired pizza, topping by topping, and order it right from your TV.


The post-Jobs Apple Has Soared Financially, But Lacks A Breakthrough Product, by Walt Mossberg, Recode

When Jobs was CEO, he dazzled the tech world by running the table with a string of new products that other companies scrambled to match: the iMac, the iPod, the iPhone, the MacBook Air, and the iPad. That’s a hard act to follow, and Apple has struggled to do so in the last five years.

Cook’s biggest hardware bet, the Apple Watch, which began shipping last year, dominates the tiny global market for smartwatches, but has yet to become either the tech must-have or the popular fashion accessory it was meant to be. A new model may appear as soon as next week, with a completely revised user interface, which is in effect an admission that the initial interface wasn’t good enough.

Mike Birbiglia’s 6 Tips For Making It Small In Hollywood. Or Anywhere., by Mike Birbiglia, New York Times

Write. Make a short film. Go to an open mike. Take an improv class. There’s no substitute for actually doing something. Don’t talk about it anymore. Maybe don’t even finish reading this essay.

Bottom of the Page

Every time I purchase an Apple product and I cannot find any Apple stickers in the package, I feel cheated.


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