The Freedom-To-Spark Edition Wednesday, June 20, 2018

How Apple’s Legendary Advanced Technology Group Changed Our World, by Jesus Diaz, Fast Company

The ATG was founded in 1986 by Larry Tesler, a computer scientist who had previously worked at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center–aka PARC, the birthplace of the graphic user interface–before moving to Apple. The group’s mission was to create breakthrough technologies that didn’t need to be products. The theory went that the ATG’s computer scientists, shielded from the company’s day-to-day grind, would have the creative and professional freedom to spark the Next Big Thing in consumer tech.

From 1986 to 1997, isolated from the fray at One Infinite Loop, Apple engineers and scientists crafted breakthrough technologies like HyperCard, QuickTime, QuickTime VR, and Apple Data Detectors. These inventions–even if they don’t exist today in their original form–shaped how computers, smartphones, and even the web itself works today.

Apple ‘Raised The Bar’ For Enterprise IT, by Jonny Evans, Computerworld

If you can determine the vitality of a platform within a sector by the activity it generates, then the appearance of new Apple in the enterprise-focused start-up, Fleetsmith, speaks volumes. I caught up with Zack Blum, CEO and co-founder to see why he thinks the enterprise is Apple’s space today.


Three Ways To Get Great Audio While Filming On Your iPhone, by Serenity Caldwell, iMore

Whether you have an iPhone 6s, an iPhone 7 Plus, or a fancy iPhone X: the iPhone microphone isn't too shabby at close distances, but when you're trying to film in a crowded room, it's not quite enough.

Here are a three ways to avoid tinny, awkward or terrible sound when shooting iPhone video!

Anchor Brings User-Friendly Podcasting To The iPad, Complete With Editing Tools, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

One major change is that the iPad version loses access to the full database of Anchor podcasts for listening. While I'd prefer the iPad app retain full functionality from the iPhone, the message behind this move is clear: the iPad app is all about content creation, not consumption.

This different focus between iPad and iPhone versions extends to the fact that the new editing tools are currently iPad-exclusive. Anchor says it may expand them in the future to its web and iPhone apps, but for now at least, if you want to edit your Anchor show without needing an external app, you'll need an iPad on hand.

Adobe XD Updated With Overlays And Fixed Elements, Lightroom CC Gains Preset Syncing, More, by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac

The changes are designed to speed up the editing process and to make working between applications across various platforms more seamless.


Apple Chief Tim Cook Condemns ‘Inhumane’ US Detention Of Children, by Ciara O'Brien, Irish Times

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has criticised the Trump administration for the detention of children separated from their parents at the border between US and Mexico, calling it “inhumane” and “heartbreaking”.


Speaking in Dublin on Tuesday, Mr Cook described the situation as “inhumane” and said Apple would be working with people in the US government to try to be a “constructive voice” on the issue.

Apple, Facebook, Google, Uber, And Other Tech Giants Speak Out Against Immigrant Family Separations, by Alex Kantrowitz, Caroline O'Donovan, Davey Alba, William Alden, Ryan Mac, Katie Notopoulos , Leticia Miranda, BuzzFeed

Several of Silicon Valley’s top executives at its largest companies have spoken out against the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that separates migrant children from their parents at the border. Statements condemning the practice have poured out in the past few days, and many tech leaders have also encouraged people to donate to nonprofits that help support migrants and their families at the US border.

This isn’t Silicon Valley’s first dustup with the Trump administration on immigration. In January 2017, many of the same companies and CEOs pushed back on the administration's travel ban.

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If we are indeed living in a simulation, maybe it's time to hit the reset button and try something new?

Of course, the reset button (probably) was not activated that past few times previously in our history, so either we are not living in a simulation, or this is one experimentation that we probably wouldn't enjoy.


Thanks for reading.