The One-Handed Edition Tuesday, November 7, 2017

iPhone X Camera Review: Guatemala, by Austin Mann

With a screen size larger than the 8 Plus (5.8” vs 5.5”) but with a body about the size of the 8, the iPhone X meets the best of all the worlds. I love shooting with it one-handed, it’s more nimble & discreet but I can still see the large image while shooting and it’s just beautiful to share images with.


I really like the iPhone X - it’s fresh, it’s fast, it’s beautiful and it’s really fun to shoot with. I'm still adapting to its new interface but the size is right, screen is(great for sharing photos on and the improvements on the telephoto lens make it a no-brainer.

One Week With The iPhone X, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

As I mentioned in my initial review, the silver iPhone X looks better than I anticipated. Both phones have a black front bezel, which is good. The shiny silver stainless steel ring is gorgeous, bringing back memories of the original iPod. And the back plate is a sparkly, shimmery silver-white that really looks amazing.

The space gray model, on the other hand… is kind of boring.

Moving Money

The Facts About Apple’s Tax Payments, by Apple

When Ireland changed its tax laws in 2015, we complied by changing the residency of our Irish subsidiaries and we informed Ireland, the European Commission and the United States. The changes we made did not reduce our tax payments in any country. In fact, our payments to Ireland increased significantly and over the last three years we’ve paid $1.5 billion in tax there — 7 percent of all corporate income taxes paid in that country. Our changes also ensured that our tax obligation to the United States was not reduced. We understand that some would like to change the tax system so multinationals’ taxes are spread differently across the countries where they operate, and we know that reasonable people can have different views about how this should work in the future. At Apple we follow the laws, and if the system changes we will comply. We strongly support efforts from the global community toward comprehensive international tax reform and a far simpler system, and we will continue to advocate for that.

Apple's Secret Tax Bolthole Revealed, by Paradise Papers reporting team, BBC

After the EU announced in 2013 that it was investigating Apple's Irish arrangement, the Irish government decided that firms incorporated there could no longer be stateless for tax purposes.

In order to keep its tax rates low, Apple needed to find an offshore financial centre that would serve as the tax residency for its Irish subsidiaries.


Apple chose Jersey, a UK Crown dependency that makes its own tax laws and which has a 0% corporate tax rate for foreign companies.

What Are The Paradise Papers And What Do They Tell Us?, by Nick Hopkins, The Guardian

The files show the offshore empire is bigger and more complicated than most people thought. And even companies such as Appleby, which prides itself on being a standard bearer in the field, have fallen foul of the regulators that try to police the industry.

The files set out the myriad ways in which companies and individuals can avoid tax using artificial structures. These schemes are legal if run correctly. But many appear not to be. And politicians around the world are beginning to ask whether they should be banned. Are they fair? Are they moral?

Winning Money

Apple Has Finally Won $120 Million From Samsung In Slide-to-unlock Patent Battle, by Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge

After years of sparring in the courts, Apple has once and for all claimed victory over Samsung to the count of $120 million. The Supreme Court said today that it wouldn’t hear an appeal of the patent infringement case, first decided in 2014, which has been bouncing through appeals courts in the years since.

The case revolved around Apple’s famous slide-to-unlock patent and, among others, its less-famous quick links patent, which covered software that automatically turned information like a phone number into a tappable link. Samsung was found to have infringed both patents. The ruling was overturned almost two years later, and then reinstated once again less than a year after that. From there, Samsung appealed to the Supreme Court, which is where the case met its end today.


Let Your iPhone Tell You When To Go To Bed, by Arielle Pardes, Wired

Bedtime gives you exactly what you need: consistency. There's no opportunity to set dozens of different alarms at different intervals (including the six you use to wake up, spaced out ten minutes apart, to get the maximum snooze time without oversleeping). Bedtime won't even let you use your own song as an alarm, forcing you instead to choose from a pre-selected list of nine wake-up sounds. And that's fine. Too much customization turns the process of going to bed into a negotiation. In Apple's feature, there is simply sleep and wakefulness; a bedtime and the time your alarm goes off in the morning. What you do in the intervening hours is completely up to you.

Artificial Intelligence Is Putting Ultrasound On Your Phone, by Megan Molteni, Wired

If Jonathan Rothberg has a superpower, it’s cramming million-dollar, mainframe-sized machines onto single semiconductor circuit boards. The entrepreneurial engineer got famous (and rich) inventing the world’s first DNA sequencer on a chip. And he’s spent the last eight years sinking that expertise (and sizeable startup capital) into a new venture: making your smartphone screen a window into the human body.

Last month, Rothberg’s startup Butterfly Network unveiled the iQ, a cheap, handheld ultrasound tool that plugs right into an iPhone’s lightning jack. You don’t have to be a technician to use one—its machine learning algorithms guide the user to find what they might be looking for. With FDA clearance for 13 clinical applications, including obstetric exams, musculoskeletal checks, and cardiac scans, Rothberg says the new device is poised to disrupt and democratize the medical imaging industry in the same way the Ion Torrent, his DNA sequencer, once made inroads against genomics giant Illumina.

Microsoft's Who's In App Now Lets You Plan The Perfect Night Without iMessage, by MSPoweruser

Instead of switching between a variety of apps and contacts to get everyone on the same page, using Who’s In app users can find activities with Bing, suggest times to meet, allow friends to vote for the best option and more.


iOS 11.2 Will Let Developers Offer Introductory Pricing For Subscription Apps, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Apple is introducing a new App Store pricing feature for developers starting with iOS 11.2. Apps that use auto-renewable subscription pricing will soon be able to offer special introductory pricing for new customers.

Bottom of the Page

I have 'missed' the entire 3D Touch introduction and refinements over the couple of years, and is now experience it for the first time on iPhone X. And, to me, it is fun and satisfying to just press on the screen and get a click response. I can do this the whole day happily.

On the other hand, I've also tried the lightning earphones for the first time last night, and it was not successful. The iPhone X refused to acknowledge the existence of the earphone and continues to play on it's speakers.


Thanks for reading.