The Reboot-To-Activate Edition Sunday, December 3, 2017

Face ID Not Working On iPhone X After Updating To iOS 11.2? A Reboot Should Fix It, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

In most cases, simply turning off the iPhone X and turning it back on again will make Face ID activate successfully. It is reassuring that this is not a persistent issue.

Jony Ive Is Sensitive About Criticism Of Apple's New $5 Billion Campus — He Calls It 'Bizarre', by Kif Leswing, BusinessInsider

"I can't imagine another time in the future that we get to try to make something that is for us, not in any indulgent, ghastly, selfish way, but we make it for us to try and help us do better. To make better products. To be able to easily collaborate and bump into other people," Ive said in the interview at the Hirshhorn Museum. He continued: "And we spend a lot of time there, we spend more time than in our own homes."

That's not to say that Ive, who is one of the most powerful people at Apple, isn't open to constructive criticism. He just doesn't want to hear any about the new campus.

Activists Occupy Paris Apple Store Over EU Tax Dispute, by AFP

The members from Attac, a group that seeks alternatives to unbridled globalisation, invaded the expansive two-level store near the Paris Opera for several hours -- leaving only after they were assured of a meeting with management.

"One hundred Attac activists occupied the Apple store" to demand the company "pay its fair share of taxes in the country in which it really operates," spokeswoman Aurelie Trouve said.

Apple's Tim Cook Says Developers Have Earned $17 Billion From China App Store, by Reuters

Apple Inc’s chief executive Tim Cook said developers using its platform in China number 1.8 million and have earned a total 112 billion yuan ($16.93 billion), representing roughly a quarter of total global App Store earnings.

Cook shared the data on Sunday during a speech at China’s top public cyber policy forum, organized by the Cybersecurity Administration of China (CAC), which oversees internet regulation including censorship.

Internet Must Have Security, Humanity, Apple Chief Tells China, by Bloomberg

“The theme of this conference -- developing a digital economy for openness and shared benefits -- is a vision we at Apple share,” Cook said. “We are proud to have worked alongside many of our partners in China to help build a community that will join a common future in cyberspace."

Cook’s comments come at a pivotal point for the company’s future in China, which is now its biggest market outside of North America. It relies on the sale of hardware and services in the world’s most populated country to propel revenue and profit growth. But the efforts required to stay in China’s good graces are causing tensions with civil libertarians and politicians at home.


Underscores, Optimization & Arms Races, by Anil Dash, Humane Tech

Eventually, most people who were publishing on the web said they didn’t want to do anything to risk diminishing their Google ranking, and our team had pretty much no choice but to switch to letting people publish web addresses using dashes. I genuinely felt like we had caved in. Caring so much about a single punctuation mark was, of course, an absurd hill to die on, but having Google coerce us into changing our software, and our aesthetics, felt like the first step toward a slippery slope of further concessions.

But the truth was even worse. Despite my misgivings about Google, I didn’t notice a more nefarious pattern that was established at the same time. A whole community had formed around trying to guess how Google’s algorithm worked, and that community very quickly built an entire infrastructure around reverse-engineering the algorithms that drive attention and popularity on the web.

Google was teaching us that the way to win on the web is to game the algorithms of big companies.