The Face-Id-Powered-Fart-App Edition Thursday, November 9, 2017

Best Third-party Apps That Take Advantage Of The iPhone X's TrueDepth Camera, by Mike Tanasychuk, iMore

The iPhone X's TrueDepth front-facing camera is taking the selfie world by storm, with its infrared camera, flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient lights sensor, 7-megapixel camera, and dot projector. Basically, the front-facing camera is now roughly as good as the rear-facing camera on the iPhone 5S.

This means that third-party apps that use the front-facing camera can help you take advantage of all the front-facing camera power and do more with your iPhone X. Here are the best apps that take advantage of the TrueDepth camera.

Of Course Someone Already Made A Fart App For iPhone X's Face ID, by Alejandro Tauber, The Next Web

“If you’ve ever heard of ‘hello world’ as the simplest program you can possibly write in any language, I like to write the ‘hello world’ but with farts for any new technology.” And thus, iOS developer Hung Truong created the first Face ID-powered fart app for Apple’s flagship anniversary phone. Behold:

Opening In Cupertino

Apple To Hold Apple Park Visitor Center Grand Opening On November 17, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

According to a sign posted at the building shared on Twitter, the new Visitor Center will officially open on November 17th, while employees and other Cupertino residents have been invited to the grand opening event.

In The Loop, by Nick Compton, Wallpaper

Where Infinite Loop, Apple’s previous home, is a sprawl of separate buildings, The Ring is a unified whole. And it would be easy to see this new closed loop as Apple’s culture of secrecy made physical. It’s a culture that Ive is quick to defend. There is no ‘moon shot’ division at Apple, publicly declaring its ambitions to cure cancer or establish a new Eden on Mars.‘The way that we work is quietly,’ Ive says. ‘We are conspicuously different in that and it is an important part of who we are.’

And criticism of the building’s hunkering insularity seems to misunderstand what it is there to do. It is a building about process. And Ive is clear that for his design studio as for all Apple employees, it will mean a new way of working. ‘That’s one of the things that I am absurdly excited about. At the moment, there are a number of physically really disconnected design studios, and now we can share the same studio. We can have industrial designers sat next to a font designer, sat next to a sound designer, who is sat next to a motion graphics expert, who is sat next to colour designer, who is sat next to somebody who is developing objects in soft materials. And adjacent to every set of closed offices there is a very large open area of collaboration. It’s not just a corridor; these are large spaces that are repeated all the way around the building.’

Money Movement

To Understand The Benefits Of Tax Reform, Start By Understanding Apple's Taxes, by Shawn Tully, Fortune

Surprisingly, the plethora of confusing terms makes the taxation of multinationals look more complicated than it really is. Mastering the details is a wonkish exercise to be sure. But no exercise is more essential to understanding how multinationals react to a U.S. tax code that imposes rates far higher than those in competing nations, and creates an irresistible incentive to stash profits abroad, when that cash could earn bigger returns stateside. Indeed, examining Apple shows why sweeping tax reform is so important, not just because it would lower rates, but chiefly because it would free our tech, pharma, and auto titans to invest their worldwide capital wherever it earns the biggest returns.

So based on Apple’s financials for FY 2016 (ended in September), here’s a six-part guide to taxation for multinationals. It’s important to emphasize that Apple actually pays a lot of tax compared to other U.S.-based corporations with immense foreign earnings, and takes a highly conservative approach to tax accounting.

Telling Stories

HBO Launches Steven Soderbergh’s Interactive Storytelling App ‘Mosaic’ Ahead Of TV Premiere, by Todd Spangler, Variety

Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh’s latest project, “Mosaic,” is launching first as an app that lets viewers choose the narrative outcome of a murder mystery.

Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon Morning Show Drama Lands At Apple With 2-Season Order, by Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter

The tech giant has picked up the untitled drama with a straight-to-series, two-season order (20 episodes total). Aniston (Friends) and Witherspoon (Big Little Lies) will star, exec produce and co-own the show alongside Michael Ellenberg's Media Res company, which produces the show for Apple. Sources describe the pricetag on the show as comparable to other premium fare with big stars attached. As for how racy it will be, that's still to be determined as there are no scripts for the drama yet.

Encyrpting Your Phone

Apple Says It Immediately Contacted FBI About Unlocking Texas Shooter’s iPhone, by Nick Statt, The Verge

Apple is refuting the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s account of the aftermath of the Texas gunman’s attack this past Sunday, saying it reached out to the bureau “immediately” to offer assistance in getting into the gunman’s iPhone and expedite its response to any legal process. The attack, which left 26 dead and many more injured, was committed by now-deceased Devin P. Kelley, who is confirmed to have been carrying an iPhone that may have crucial information about his activities in the lead up to the shooting.


Workflow 1.7.7 Brings Drag And Drop Integration, iPhone X Support, And More iOS 11 Changes, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

The marquee addition of this release is full support for drag and drop in iOS 11, which is especially impressive on the iPad as it allows you to trigger actions based on content you drop into a workflow.

Comparison: The Best Apps For Identifying Fonts With Your iPhone, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

What you may not know is that your iPhone can automatically identify fonts for you from photos, thanks to new apps that are harnessing the power of machine learning to analyze photos. I took a look at the best options available to see which may be right for you.

Zynga Debuts 'Words With Friends 2' Eight Years After Launching Original iOS Game, by Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors

In terms of gameplay, Words With Friends 2 plays the same as the original, offering up a word-creation board game against your friends in an asynchronous multiplayer experience. Additionally, Zynga said that it has added in a few new features to the sequel, "requested from the Words With Friends player community," including a Solo Challenge that pits you against an AI bot, a team versus team Lightning Round, and an enhanced Social Dictionary.