The Hand-in-Hand Edition Thursday, January 17, 2019

It's Time For Action On Privacy, Says Apple's CEO Time Cook, by Tim Cook, Time

This problem is solvable—it isn’t too big, too challenging or too late. Innovation, breakthrough ideas and great features can go hand in hand with user privacy—and they must. Realizing technology’s potential depends on it.

That’s why I and others are calling on the U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation—a landmark package of reforms that protect and empower the consumer.

Domino's Pizza Defeated In Court Over App, by BBC

Domino's Pizza has been told its website and app must be made fully accessible to blind people, after losing a legal case in the US.

It follows a complaint from a blind customer who said he first struggled to change toppings and then was unable to complete a pizza's purchase using the company's iPhone app.

Health Watch

Johnson & Johnson And Apple Collaborate On New Heart Health Program Aimed At Accelerating AFib Diagnosis, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Johnson & Johnson today announced that it has entered into a research study with Apple to investigate whether a new heart health program using a Johnson & Johnson app in combination with the Apple Watch's irregular rhythm notifications and ECG app can accelerate the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation.

Apple Is In Talks With Private Medicare Plans About Bringing Its Watch To At-risk Seniors, by Christina Farr, CNBC

Apple has been in talks with at least three private Medicare plans about subsidizing the Apple Watch for people over 65 to use as a health tracker, according to people familiar with the discussions.


Apple Watch might be pricier than other trackers, such as the Fitbit, but insurance executives say they'd work with Apple if the company can show that it helps its members detect potentially serious health problems before they require an expensive intervention.


Apple Pay In Australia Now Lets Users Switch Between Visa And Eftpos On Compatible Debit Cards, And Avoid Credit Card Fees, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple Pay now supports dual-network debit cards in Australia. This enables users to avoid credit card fees at merchants that support eftpos (electronic funds transfer) at point of sale.

The Easy (And Free) Way To Make A Budget Spreadsheet, by J. D. Biersdorfer, New York Times

It’s January and you’ve gone and done it: You’ve resolved to keep better track of your personal finances. But deep down, you’re not sure where to start. Sure, you can buy accounting software, sign up for a service or poke around your bank’s online offerings for money management. But don’t overlook what is probably the best option of all: a simple and free spreadsheet you make yourself.

Never used spreadsheet software before and not quite sure what it does? Relax, using it to make a budget is easy, because someone has already done most of the work. Here’s how to get started.

GoodNotes 5: The MacStories Review, by John Voorhees, MacStories

With version 5, the GoodNotes team has taken my favorite iOS note-taking app and refined every aspect of the experience. The update retains the simplicity of the app's design but does a better job surfacing existing functionality and extending other features. The result is a more flexible, powerful app that plays to its existing strengths – which current users will appreciate – but should also appeal to a broader audience than ever.


“This Is Not A Product”: The Apple Developer Transition Kit, by Stephen Hackett, MacStories

In his keynote introducing the switch to Intel, Steve Jobs introduced the weirdest Mac of all time: the Apple Developer Transition Kit.

An Intel Mac inside a Power Mac G5 body, the Apple Developer Transition Kit (or DTK) was made as a way for developers to work on their x86 applications before the first Intel Mac shipped to customers.

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Perhaps there will not be an Apple Developer Transition Kit for the ARM-Mac. Maybe developers can just use their existing iPad Pro instead.


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