The Blocking-Cookies Edition Saturday, April 7, 2018

Full Transcript: Apple CEO Tim Cook With Recode’s Kara Swisher And MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, by Meghann Farnsworth, Recode

"I wanted to know what’s something that we as individuals could do starting today to protect our own privacy and then start fighting for the privacy of each other?"

"It’s a great question. One, I would make sure I understood the privacy policy of every app and website that you frequent. Every one of those. And I think that ... The problem would be is they’re 20 pages long and written by lawyers and that is one of the problems in and of itself, they’re not written in plain English because they don’t want people to understand them. But I do think it’s important that people try to understand what it is that you’re giving up, and I think in many cases you might elect to do something different than you’re doing, maybe go to another business or whatever that has a policy that is more in line with your values. So I think that’s the most important thing is to become deeply aware. I would also — if you’re very concerned about privacy — I’d go into private browsing mode. We placed that in Safari, and so that will prevent some things from happening, not everything. I would think about blocking cookies, these little things that follow you everywhere you’re going and so forth. I would be, if you have kids or if you’re a guardian, I would be extremely careful as to what they’re doing, because I think that the preying on kids is the worst thing in the world that can occur and it is something that I deeply worry about. Yeah."

Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls #MeToo, DACA And Parkland Student Activists ‘Heroes’, by Zameena Mejia, CNBC

While paying tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his death, Cook said that the student survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Fla., the activists of the #MeToo movement and those defending Dreamers and DACA are working effectively for change.

"These heroes know that patience is an indulgence that we cannot afford," Cook said.

Apple CEO Tim Cook 'Deeply Offended' By 'DACA Situation', by Catherine Clifford, CNBC

Apple CEO Tim Cook has doubled down on his objection to repealing DACA, an immigration policy which temporarily protects certain young, otherwise undocumented immigrants from deportation.


"The DACA situation is not an immigration issue. It's a moral issue. This is a moral issue," Cook says.

Apple Says Repeal Of EPA Carbon Plan Would Threaten Investments, by Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Repealing the plan would jeopardize the country’s position in the race for investments in clean energy, particularly its competition with China, Apple said. It was the first public comment by a company on the proposed repeal of the plan, which has never been implemented because of legal challenges.

“Repealing the Clean Power Plan will subject consumers like Apple and our large manufacturing partners to increased investment uncertainty,” the California-based company said in a filing to the agency.

Plenty of iPad

2018 iPad Review: Content Creation With Compromises, by Samuel Axon, Ars Technica

I tried using the Apple Pencil on both this iPad and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro side by side. I could tell the difference in three ways. First, the low-end iPad is louder and just feels a little bit worse to draw and write on. It's because of that air gap in the display, and it's because the display isn't laminated the same way. Tapping the Pencil down on this iPad is very noticeably louder than doing so on the Pro, and something about the screen just doesn't feel quite right to draw on, by comparison.


Second, I could sense that the low-end iPad was just a little bit slower to respond to my Pencil's position than the Pro when drawing lines on both of them simultaneously. This is probably because of the difference in screen refresh rate—at peak performance, the Pro comes in at 120Hz and the low-end iPad comes in at 60Hz.

iPad 2018 Review: Practicality Over Luxury, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

I’d wager that for most people, the $329 sixth-generation iPad is plenty of iPad at a pretty great price. For everyone who demands more, there are other options. As a fan of the iPad, I’m glad Apple has decided to offer both kinds, because not everyone needs to spend $600 or more on an iPad. For $329, you can get an iPad with the power and one of the banner features of the 2016 iPad Pro. That’s pretty great.

iWork 4.0 For iPad Review, by Jeffery Battersby, Laptop Magazine

There's a lot to like about the latest iteration of iWork, especially on an iPad that supports an Apple Pencil. The trio of apps works nearly flawlessly, although you may find that you're limited in environments where Microsoft Office or G Suite apps rule. [...]

iWork's collaboration features are excellent, and the addition of new features specifically for the Apple Pencil brings interesting new uses. However, those options may be limited depending on how good you are at drawing and creating your own content using a pencil.

When Should You Replace The Tip Of Your Apple Pencil?, by Serenity Caldwell, iMore

But though the Pencil needs no regular sharpening like its namesake, its plastic nib can wear down and get damaged over time. Having recently replaced a Pencil nib, I wanted to quickly run through the decision and replacement process for everyone else curious about the life cycle of their stylus.


Apple Lights Up Shinjuku, by Apple

Apple Shinjuku opened this morning in Tokyo, welcoming thousands of customers to experience Apple’s latest retail design for the first time in Japan.

Gallery: Line Of Nearly 500 Customers Estimated At Grand Opening Of Apple’s Shinjuku Retail Store, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

Located in one of Tokyo’s most distinguished shopping districts, Apple Shinjuku occupies a highly visible first floor space in the Shinjuku Marui Main Building, where a 37-meter glass facade with curved edges illuminates the street outside. Several hours before Saturday’s 10 a.m. opening in Tokyo, Apple fans lined the sidewalk outside the store, which has been landscaped with Longstock Holly trees sourced locally by Apple.


Twitter Postpones Platform Change That Would Cut Off Third-party Apps, by Chris Welch and Dieter Bohn, The Verge

In response to the furor on Twitter, the company has announced it is “delaying the scheduled June 19th deprecation date.” In a thread, the developer relations account further said the company it “will provide at least 90 days notice from when the Account Activity API becomes generally available” and that “more specifics on timing [are] to come.”


Apple May Be Overthinking The New Mac Pro, by Chris Davies, Slashgear

In short, Apple’s more advanced ecosystem of modularity is fine, just as long as the more mundane type of modularity is there too. That still means being able to add graphics cards, and extra storage, and other new components, without being tied into an expensive or otherwise limited form-factor or connectivity type. Apple made that mistake in 2013, and has been hearing about it for five years now. Here’s hoping the message sunk in.

Apple Hires Former Amazon Devices CTO For Software Role, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

McCormack previously led software for HP Inc., according to his LinkedIn profile. Before that, he was an executive in Google’s Advanced Technology and Products group. He spent several years at Inc. as chief technology officer of the devices group and a vice president of software for Kindle gadgets.

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iOS has a low-power mode, for when you are running low on battery.

Maybe it should also have a low-data mode, for when you are running close to monthly mobile data limit.


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