The Music-Sharing Edition Thursday, November 23, 2017

Apple’s Holiday Ad Shows Off Wireless AirPods And A Stunning Dance Performance In The Snow, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

It’s the eve of Thanksgiving in the United States and as has become tradition, Apple has shared its annual holiday ad for the year. The new ad called “Sway” features a brief appearance by the new iPhone X, but mostly revolves around AirPods and sharing an experience with music with someone special.

Apple's Beats Supports Kaepernick In Pulsating New Ad, by Chris Matyszczyk, CNET

A new ad from Apple-owned Beats, narrated by Michael K. Williams, tells you not to listen. To anyone.

Interspersing the tales of tennis great Serena Williams, actor and singer Kris Wu, actor Michael K. Williams and soccer star Neymar, the ad suggests that to succeed you have to shut off your ears to conquer your fears.

Kids, The Great Outdoors And Technology, by Alistair Waters, Lake Country Calendar

It may seem counter-intuitive to many parents, but a UBC researcher says children are able to engage in nature and have fun outside, even with a mobile device in their hands.

Maxine Crawford, a PhD candidate in psychology at UBC’s Okanagan campus, said today’s parents seem to struggle with getting their technology-addicted children outside—without their devices. Indeed, Canadian children in Grades 6 to 12 spend more than seven hours a day in front of some form of screen. But Crawford said all is not lost, and getting children to engage with nature is not impossible.

Apple Has Very Few Stores In Communities Of Color, by Brian Josephs, The Outline

New York’s northernmost borough is the city’s most diverse, has the lowest income per household, and is the only borough without an Apple Store after one opened up in Brooklyn’s predominantly white neighborhood of Williamsburg last year. This trend holds true on a national scale. That means 251 of the 270 stores, or 93 percent, are located in majority-white ZIP codes. Of the 19 that are not located in majority-white ZIP codes, eight are in ZIP codes where whites are still the largest racial bloc.


Apple told me it couldn’t comment on the record about what criteria it uses to decide where new stores are built or the demographics of its stores’ neighborhoods, but USC Marshall School of Business professor Ira Kalb reasoned that the company is “going after the high-end of the market, so their store location choices typically go after areas that are considered upscale.” Thus, it’s likely that the racial disparity is a consequence of locating stores in wealthier neighborhoods — note how there’s no Whole Foods in the Bronx either. Apple Store neighborhoods have a median household income of about $73,475 per year; black American households earn a median average of $38,555, according to the ACS estimate for 2016. The median household income in the Bronx is $34,299.

iPhone Supplier Stops Illegal Overtime, by BBC

Foxconn, a main supplier for Apple's iPhone, says it has stopped interns from working illegal overtime at its factory in China.

It comes after a Financial Times report found at least six students worked 11-hour days at its iPhone X plant in Henan province.

Apple: We Can Promote Freedom Of Expression In China As We Block VPN Apps, by Seung Lee, San Jose Mercury News

In their letter to Apple, Cruz and Leahy expressed concerns about Apple “enabling the Chinese government’s censorship and surveillance of the Internet.” Apple’s vice president of public policy, Cynthia Hogan, responded Tuesday, saying the company is not happy to yield to Beijing but the alternative of not cooperating is worse.

“We believe that our presence in China helps promote greater openness and facilitates the free flow of ideas and information,” wrote Hogan. “We are convinced that Apple can best promote fundamental rights, including the right of free expression, by being engaged even where we may disagree with a particular country’s law.”

Apple promotes other fundamental rights in China, such as a “strict supplier code of conduct” to promote better working conditions in factories, education of supplier employees about their rights and safety regulations and environmentally responsible practices, according to Hogan.

Philip Hammond Just Declared War On Tech Firms Like Amazon And Apple That Avoid UK Tax, by Shona Ghosh,, Business Insider

Hammond announced the initiative in the 2017 budget on Wednesday, saying the government would tax British royalties held in offshore accounts from next year.

He said: "There is a wider concern ... in the business community about the tax system in the digital age."


Hammond didn't name names, but a Treasury source said the rule change would feasibly apply to big tech firms like Apple, Amazon, and Uber, which use complex offshore arrangements to minimise their taxable income in the UK.


A Game That Reduces Snoring? There's A MN-based App For That., by KARE11

Krohn says the root cause of snoring, in most cases, is weak upper airway muscles. Unlike many anti-snoring devices, Soundly attempts to help train "players" to strengthen those muscles through a voice-controlled game.


The game works a bit like old games like Space Invaders, except you use words to manipulate your avatar from left to right on the screen. Players say "naw" to move left and "knee" to move right.

Best Music Apps For Apple Watch, by Luke Filipowicz, iMore

Your Apple Watch can help you get things done, but sometimes, you're the most productive when you have the right song playing.

Don't go through your life without music, download these excellent music apps for your Apple Watch and take your favorite tunes with you!

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Impressions: Nintendo Should Be Ashamed, by Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica

As a result, this isn't Animal Crossing. This is a scam. Nintendo should be ashamed for attaching such predatory practices to one of its most family-friendly properties, and nothing short of a full-scale redesign will fix the FarmVille-level rot within this shiny-looking game.


Why You're Resistant To Being Productive, by Mo Bitar

Rather than taking the advice of another person in matters of personal productivity, just listen to yourself. What are your whispers saying? Ask yourself “Why am I not doing the work I should clearly be doing?” and listen to the answers your mind starts shouting. The right answer will always be echoed. It’s just a matter of listening.

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