The Diversity-And-Inclusion Edition Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Apple's Top Management Largely White And Male, But Overall Workforce Trending Toward Diversity, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Specifically, 73 of Apple's top 107 executives and senior officials and management are white males. Only 20 females, 15 of whom are white, fill those seats. Last year only one Hispanic or latino employee —one man —was among Apple's top ranks, a number that increased to two people this year. Another 14 senior staff members are Asian, up from 12 in 2015, while 3 are black or African American.

Apple’s Holiday Ad Is All About Inclusion, by Romain Dillet, TechCrunch

Every year, Apple releases a holiday ad just in time for Thanksgiving. These ads are a bit more interesting than your average product advertising as the company uses this opportunity to promote different values. This year, Apple wants to tell everyone that they should be nice with everyone around them, beyond their families and friends.

Memory Support

Why The MacBook Pro Is Limited To 16GB Of RAM, by Ben Slaney, MacDaddy

LPDDR4 is not supported by Intel’s CPU, and the DDR4L (another low voltage RAM type) standard is not finished yet. So desktop class memory (plainly spoken DDR4) would be the only option if they wanted to go past 16GB.

So then the question would be: How much power are they really saving by using LPDDR3E memory over the DDR4 memory they could have used which is supported by the very same CPU?

Phil Schiller Again Defends Touch Bar MacBook Pro's 16GB RAM Limitation, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

"The MacBook Pro uses 16GB of very fast LPDDR memory, up to 2133MHz," Schiller said. "To support 32GB of memory would require using DDR memory that is not low power and also require a different design of the logic board which might reduce space for batteries. Both factors would reduce battery life."

Bad Video

iPhone 'Prank' Video Crashes Apple Smartphones, by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian

The video from the Sina Weibo-backed video sharing app Miaopai plays normally in the iPhone’s video player. Once the video is finished it can take up to a minute for the iPhone to lock up, requiring a forced reboot to recover it.

Most people are unaware anything has happened, continuing to use their smartphone until it either won’t turn back on or locks up in an app, the home screen or with a spinning loading logo on a black screen.


Apple Teases Upcoming Black Friday ‘One-day Shopping Event,’ Suggesting Possible Return Of Discounts, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple today unveiled a new webpage teasing the upcoming Black Friday shopping holiday. On the webpage, Apple touts that it will be holding a “one-day event” this Friday, much like other retailers do.


Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend On It., by Cal Newport, New York Times

The idea of purposefully introducing into my life a service designed to fragment my attention is as scary to me as the idea of smoking would be to an endurance athlete, and it should be to you if you’re serious about creating things that matter. [...]

A dedication to cultivating your social media brand is a fundamentally passive approach to professional advancement. It diverts your time and attention away from producing work that matters and toward convincing the world that you matter. The latter activity is seductive, especially for many members of my generation who were raised on this message, but it can be disastrously counterproductive.


The Reverse Of The Halo Effect, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

The decision to pull out of displays and routers — and Applescript and automation? — may make sense from a point of view that can be expressed in a spreadsheet, but it may not make sense from a psychological point of view.

Are GPS Apps Messing With Our Brains?, by David Dobbs, Mother Jones

The broader strategy comes from Yale historian Bill Rankin, whose book, After the Map, charts the rise of GPS. Rankin says he finds it helpful to distinguish between "coordination" (just get me there), for which a simple route suffices, and "familiarity," for which a cognitive map serves best.

Coordination, Rankin notes, is why the military developed global positioning to begin with: It's just the thing when you want to put a cruise missile into a bunker or supplies into a storm-struck village. But truly knowing a place means mastering its landscape, and for that you need a cognitive map. As an undergrad in Houston, Rankin began marking his favorite jogging routes on a paper map pinned on his wall. He stayed in shape and learned the town in the process. Know why you're traveling, he advises, and choose your navigation mode accordingly.