The Rotating-Elevators Edition Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Apple's Other Big Reveal On Sept. 12, by Alex Webb

The entrance to the venue sits underneath a silver disc, whose supporting glass panels make it seem to float 20 feet above the surrounding clearing. The auditorium itself occupies four underground stories, and to get there, journalists will descend a staircase spiraling down alongside the walls.

It also boasts two custom-made rotating elevators, which turn as they ascend and descend so that passengers enter and exit by the same door even as they go in and out from different directions. So far, so Apple—the more elegant single door, with its complex engineering, preferred to the more obvious double-door solution.

Apple Updates Apple TV ‘Events’ Streaming App Ahead Of iPhone 8 Unveiling Next Week, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple this evening has updated its Apple Events app for Apple TV ahead of next week’s iPhone 8 showcase.

Apple Uses iOS 10 Tips App To Start Teaching iOS 11 Features, by Roger Fingas, AppleInsider

Apple has begun pushing out Tips notifications to iOS 10 users, encouraging them to get familiar with some of the features coming in this fall's iOS 11 —perhaps a sign that the update is as little as a week away.

Believe In The Power Of Dreams

Tim Cook Urges Congress To Keep DACA Alive In Letter To Apple Staff, by Brian Heater, TechCrunch

Over the weekend, Tim Cook reaffirmed his support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Obama era policy that allows some illegal immigrants to defer deportation. After Attorney General Jeff Sessions took to a podium at the Department of Justice earlier today to confirm the administration’s decision, Cook emailed Apple staff a long memo urging Congress to make the policy permanent.


“On behalf of the hundreds of employees at Apple whose futures are at stake,” Cook writes, “on behalf of their colleagues and on behalf of the millions more across America who believe, as we do, in the power of dreams, we issue an urgent plea for our leaders in Washington to protect the Dreamers so their futures can never be put at risk in this way again.”

Apple, Microsoft Offer To Defend Dreamers From Deportation, by Klint Finley, Wired

Microsoft and Apple are offering the most full-throated defense of "Dreamers"—undocumented individuals who have been in the US since they were young and registered with the federal government to get work permits.

"If Congress fails to act, our company will exercise its legal rights properly to help protect our employees," Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith wrote in a blog post Tuesday, shortly after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the administration would stop accepting new applications and seek to "wind down" the program. "If the government seeks to deport any one of them, we will provide and pay for their legal counsel," Smith wrote, of the 39 Dreamers who work at Microsoft. He said the company would also seek to intervene in those cases.

Tech Leaders Respond As The Trump Administration Announces Plans To End DACA, by Brian Heater, TechCrunch

The tech community hasn’t minced words since the president announced that he was strongly considering ending the Obama era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy last week. Several of technology’s most high-profile executives added their name to a letter calling on Trump “to preserve the DACA program,” and asking Congress “to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act or legislation that provides these young people raised in our country the permanent solution they deserve.”


App Launched To Help Monitor Diabetic Foot Ulcers, by The Diabetes Times

“The standardisation feature of the app is, however, only the first stage of what we will go onto achieve.We are now incorporating more sophisticated algorithms, which allow for state-of-the-art monitoring and prevention of foot ulceration over time.

“This will be a very useful clinical tool for healthcare professionals to monitor ulcer healing and is a major advantage over the current approach, which is mainly based on subjective judgement.”

Yoink Takes Mac Drag And Drop To The Next Level, by Jeffery Battersby, TidBITS

In short, Yoink acts as a temporary holding spot for items you drag and drop from the Finder or any other app, letting you store them for use later in other applications.

Think of Yoink like a virtual shelf for your Mac. Drag files or other items to it and they sit there, right at hand, until you’re ready to drag them off the shelf and into another app or folder.

Best Apps For Fashion Designers, by Sandy Stachowiak, AppAdvice

Sketch your ideas, mix and match, and create the perfect design wherever you go. These apps keep you prepared for when inspiration strikes.

Best Document Signing Apps For iPad: Sign And Send, No Pen And Paper Required!, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Not only is the iPad a great tool for reading and managing documents, but it also makes it easy to add an electronic signature to pretty much anything, from lease agreements to permission slips. There are several apps that let you sign documents and send them on their way, and below, we've collected the best out there.

Moleskine Launches Paper Planner That Syncs Appointments To Cloud Calendars, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

It should come as no surprise, then, that a company with expertise in both physical and digital realms would put that skill to use creating a system that seamlessly blends both worlds.


Apple's Refusal To Approve India's Anti-Spam App Angers Regulators, by Saritha Rai, Bloomberg

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has been trying unsuccessfully to get its Do Not Disturb software included in the App Store. The program lets people share spam call and text message logs with the agency, which uses the data to alert mobile operators to block the spammers. Apple has said the app violates its privacy policy, according to the regulator.

Apple To Sell $5 Billion Of Debt To Fund Buybacks, Dividends, by Molly Smith, Bloomberg

Apple is about three-fourths of the way through a program that’s returning $300 billion of capital to shareholders by the end of March 2019.

As Push Notifications Pile Up, Publishers Look To Get More Targeted, by Max Willens, Digiday

In the past six months, publishers ranging from CNN to Bustle to The Guardian have deployed new strategies to get readers involved in their push strategies as competition for home-screen real estate heats up: According to mobile developer Urban Airship, publishers are sending 40 percent more push notifications per month compared to two years ago.

The push craze has heated up because pushes work, and now that mobile visitors now account for a majority of most publishers’ traffic, push notifications have grown from a curiosity into a core component of many publishers’ engagement and retention strategies.