The Longer-Than-It-Should-Have-Been Edition Saturday, December 3, 2016

Apple Just Addressed The Flaw That’s Been Randomly Shutting Off iPhones With 30% Battery, by Kif Leswing, Business Insider

"We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs. As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected shutdowns to occur. It’s important to note, this is not a safety issue."

Reported 2016 MacBook Pro Graphics Issues Likely Caused By Third-party Software, by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Initial reports were unable to pin down a root cause of the errors, but sources familiar with matter informed AppleInsider that overaggressive or otherwise sloppy code distributed in third-party software is to blame.

Phone Encryption: Police 'Mug' Suspect To Get Data, by Dominic Casciani and Gaetan Portal, BBC

Officers realised crucial evidence in the investigation was concealed on a suspect's iPhone - but it would be unobtainable if the device was locked.

So a covert team seized it in the street while the suspect was on a call - beating the security settings.


A Key Apple Health Technology Executive Has Left The Company, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Yoky Matsuoka, who joined Apple Inc. in May as an executive to help run health technology initiatives, has left the iPhone maker, according to people familiar with the matter.

Matsuoka was hired to lead teams involved with the company’s HealthKit tracking software, the CareKit tool for managing patient medical care, the ResearchKit framework for conducting medical studies via Apple devices, and related machine learning algorithms.

Apple VP Paul Deneve Disappears From Apple Exec Bio Page, Now Reports To Jeff Williams, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple’s vice president of special projects Paul Deneve has disappeared from the Apple executive bios page on Apple’s website. [...] His removal from the biography signifies a change in management structure; Deneve now reports to Apple COO Jeff Williams rather than Tim Cook directly.


Photoshop Express 5 For iOS Review: Adobe Boosts App With Brilliant Collage Feature, by Jackie Dove, Macworld

With Photoshop Express 5, users now get their photo editor and special effects filters alongside a brand new module for creating expert collages.

Carpool-Kids Takes The Hassle Out Of Carpools, by Mike Matthews, TidBITS

Carpool-Kids has been rock solid for us in the few months we’ve been using it. The subscription calendars and notification system work well for keeping everyone in the loop — we haven’t forgotten a child or missed an event yet. [...]

The Carpool-Kids app is bright, clean, and simple to use. If you’re in a carpool, and check it out and save yourself the headaches involved with a lot of back-and-forth email or text messaging.

Apple Store App Now Lets You Order Accessories From The Apple Watch, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

You can now make purchases from the Apple Store with just a few taps on your wrist. The latest version of the Apple Store app for Apple Watch lets you actually purchase accessories that you’ve favorited from your account.

IBM And Apple Set To Transform Education Through IBM Watson Element For Educators, by Julia Ramirez, University Herald

IBM and Apple worked together in combining their strengths in targeting the education market. IBM Watson Element for Educators, the companies' latest iPad app, aims to give educators a more holistic view of the interests, accomplishments, learning activities, and progress of students in grade K-12.


Apple Tells Feds ‘New Entrants’ To Auto Industry Should Get Same Testing Rights As Incumbents, by Jordan Novet, VentureBeat

The letter is the clearest indication yet of Apple’s ongoing interest in and knowledge of autonomous vehicles, despite reports that Apple was rolling back plans to build its own vehicle.

Apple Founder Street Name Shakes Paris Suburb To The Core, by AFP

He changed technology and how the world communicates. Now, five years after he died, Apple founder Steve Jobs may be remembered in another way -- on a Paris street.

"Rue Steve Jobs" is among names shortlisted for one of the new roads in the French capital's southeastern 13th arrondissement that will lead to a new incubator for hi-tech start-ups.

How Otto Defied Nevada And Scored A $680 Million Payout From Uber, by Mark Harris, BackChannel

It could be the plot of an Ocean’s Eleven movie: A team of daring engineers heads to the wilds of Nevada to create a dazzling spectacle, defy officials, and walk off with a $680 million jackpot.