The Pay-Cash Edition Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Apple Pay Cash Money Transfers Launch In US On iPhones, iPads Running iOS 11.2, by Neil Hughes, AppleInsider

Both sender and recipient need to have Apple Pay Cash configured for the feature to work. If the recipient has not yet enabled it, the iMessage app will display an eror, saying the user "cannot receive payments sent with Apple Pay at this time."

Apple Adds Gift Card Compensation To Apple Watch Recycling Program, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple partners with a company called Brightstar for this exchange program and payouts range from $50 to $175. The process is rather simple and just like trading in a smartphone anywhere else.

Apple Releases tvOS 11.2 For 4th And 5th Generation Apple TV Models, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

tvOS 11.2 brings a new Sports section to the dedicated TV app, which offers up access to live sports games through integration with the ESPN app. The Sports app can be accessed through a new "Sports" tab at the bottom of the app, and it offers up custom content based on team preferences and current sports seasons.

After Becoming Paralyzed, This Drummer Thought He'd Never Play Again, But His Music Teacher Had A Trick Up Her Sleeve, by Joseph Gonzalez, The Epoch Times

Christopherson downloaded 75 apps on the first day she looked into helping Ethan this way, trying to find something that would work; she really wanted Ethan to keep playing.

Because of the discovery, Ethan was able to join the band again! Christopherson said how the new method was “exactly the same as his classmates, just a different mode.” It was like he had never left, and she certainly didn’t want to make Ethan feel any different because of it.

Don't Swipe Away Apps On Your iPhone, by Andrew Griffin, Independent

That's why experts repeatedly warn people that it's not a good idea or habit to swipe away apps. And that's starting to become clear in the way the phones are being designed.

The latest reminder and confirmation that the behaviour isn't helpful is in how Apple designed the iPhone X to work. It subtly made it far more difficult to swipe away apps and shut them – apparently so that people will feel less compelled to do so.

On Apple Embracing YouTube, by John Gruber, Daring Fireball

I’d argue that it’s not so much that Apple has lost the video platform battle to YouTube, but that the open web has lost the battle. Apple has never attempted to create a rival service to YouTube. Prior to its embrace of YouTube, what Apple used to do was publish video content on its website, using the HTML5 <video> tag.

The Best Way To Preserve Macintosh Software From Floppy Disks, by

Is that archival standard preservation? Probably not, no. But it's a practical method to ensure that this software can be enjoyed again by my fellow enthusiast with almost no effort whatsoever, and that's what floats my boat!

Ireland Expects Apple Back Tax In Escrow Account In First Quarter, 2018: Minister, by Reuters

More than a year after the EU order, Dublin’s slow pace in recovering the money has landed it in court. Ireland is now seeking an investment manager and a custodian to operate the account and expects to appoint both next month.

“We have now reached agreement with Apple in relation to the principles and operation of the escrow fund,” Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe told reporters before a meeting with European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

Apple CEO Backs China’s Vision Of An ‘Open’ Internet As Censorship Reaches New Heights, by Simon Denyer, Washington Post

“Cook’s appearance lends credibility to a state that aggressively censors the internet, throws people in jail for being critical about social ills, and is building artificial intelligence systems that monitors everyone and targets dissent,” Maya Wang at Human Rights Watch in Hong Kong wrote in an email.

“The version of cyberspace the Chinese government is building is a decidedly dystopian one, and I don’t think anyone would want to share in this ‘common future.’ Apple should have spoken out against it, not endorsed it.”


Apple Starts Sales Of SIM-free iPhone X Models In U.S., by Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider

Apple's SIM-free models support both GSM and CDMA networks, making the device a prime candidate for frequent travelers or customers who constantly jump networks. Being an unlocked model allows for later activation on any telco that supports iPhone.

Apple Releases New Color Choices For Apple Watch Sport Band & iPhone X Silicone Case, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The company quietly made the Apple Watch Sport band available in new color choices, while the color lineup for the iPhone X’s Silicone Case was also slightly expanded.

The Best iPhone X Cases, by Nick Guy, Wirecutter

Anker’s Karapax Touch is the epitome of what a great case should be. We know from years of feedback from readers, Wirecutter staff, and family and friends that most people want a case that’s slim, plainly designed, reliably protective, and inexpensive. The Karapax Touch is exactly that—it’s a simple case that hits all the right notes.

LandingZone Docking Station Makes Life More Convenient For 12-inch MacBook Users, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

The docking station allows you to connect a monitor, hard drives, printer, smart phone, headphones, speakers, headsets, tablet, etc. The MacBook can be used open or closed while it's locked in the docking station.


How To Fool A Neural Network, by Katharine Schwab, Fast Company

An autonomous train is barreling down the tracks, its cameras constantly scanning for signs that indicate things like how fast it should be going. It sees one that appears to require it to increase its speed–and so it does. A few heartbeats later, the train narrowly avoids a derailment. Later, when a human investigator inspects the sign in question, they see something different–a warning to slow down, not speed up.

It’s an extreme rhetorical, but it illustrates one of the biggest challenges facing machine learning today. Neural networks are only as good as the information they’re trained on, which had led to high-profile examples of how susceptible they are to bad data riddled with bias. But these technologies are also vulnerable to another kind of weakness known as “adversarial examples.” An adversarial example occurs when a neural net identifies an image as one thing–while any person looking at it sees something else.

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Living in a city for (almost) the entirety of my life, I am used to hear sounds and noises constantly. Our family's flat is next to a semi-major road in our town, so I continue to hear the occasional vehicle noise throughout the night, even with the windows closed. And given the 'open-office' culture-virus that permeates companies here in Singapore, I am not expecting noise reduction to be part of my working life anytime soon.

And then, thanks to many people working on many different things, we have a healthy audio-ecosystem on my iPhone. I regularly have four different audio sources to accompany me: audio-books, podcasts, Apple Music, and BBC. And I can replace (almost) every minute of useless noises with useful sounds. Some I do pay full attention to the text, while other times they serve as background noise to mask the real background noise.

Side benefit: Covering up my bad thoughts too.


I also haven't seen any real stars in years, too. (Well, except, you know, the Sun.)

Maybe there should be an AR app that puts the stars back.


Some people will squeeze stress balls when they are stressed out or tired or bored. Other people will spn fidget-sinners.

Me? I do 3D-touch on my iPhone.


Thanks for reading.