The Compensating-License Edition Friday, January 25, 2019

Apple Reverses Course, Will Now Pay The Winners Of Its ‘Shot On iPhone Challenge’, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple explains that it believes artists should be compensated for their work, thus winning photographers will receive licensing fees.

Apple News Launches In Canada, Tapping Former Rogers Executive To Lead, by Josh O’Kane, The Globe and Mail

Apple Inc. is launching its Apple News app in Canada, bringing with it both a promise to support journalism and the potential hazards that come when publishers share content with a tech giant.

An early version of the app was released on Thursday for developers and will be available to Canadian iPhone, iPad and Mac users to download for free next week. It will feature content from outlets including the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Radio-Canada, CTV News, La Presse and the Toronto Star, with more publishers to be added over time, including The Globe and Mail.

How To Use Organization Expert Marie Kondo's Tips To Declutter Your iPhone, by Todd Haselton, CNBC

It sounds silly, and maybe I'm reading too far into Kondo's teachings. But, if it works for the home, shouldn't it work for where we focus our eyeballs all hours of the day — our phone screens? I tried it and it worked for me.

Plus, all of this shouldn't take long. Consider spending just 30 minutes over lunch to get started. You'll be surprised by how far you get. And, after I did it, I felt a lot less stressed looking down at my phone.

Here's how to de-clutter your iPhone using some of Kondo's teachings.

Up, Down, Sideways: Apple’s Personnel Changes Point To Its Priorities, by Dan Moren, Macworld

Over the last few weeks alone, for example, there have been several stories about Apple personnel changes; look closely enough and you can start to get a clearer indication of where the company’s interests lie at present.

Security Matters

Malvertisers Target Mac Uses With Stenographic Code Stashed In Images, by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

Researchers have uncovered a recent malicious advertisement campaign that’s notable for its size, scope, and resourcefulness: a two day blitz triggered as many as 5 million times per day that used highly camouflaged JavaScript stashed in images to install a trojan on visitors' Macs.


Apple Shares Special ‘Shot On iPhone’ Short Film For Chinese New Year, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

The moving 6-minute video is directed by Jia Zhangke and tells a story about family and home visits during the Chinese New Year holiday. Entitled “The Bucket,” the short film was shot with an iPhone XS.

Microsoft Office Debuts On The Mac App Store, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Office 365, which includes the company’s flagship Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook productivity apps are free to download but require a subscription available via an In-App Purchase to create and edit documents and to send and receive email messages.

Apple Music Tablet Support On Android Exits Beta, Now Available For Everyone, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

On Android tablets, Apple Music now includes easier access to the different sections of the app. Along the bottom, there is a new navigation bar with quick access to “Library,” “For You,” “Browse,” and “Radio.”

Work On The Go: 3 Free Time Tracking Apps For Your iPhone, by Joe Mellor, The London Economic

You may use a time tracker for your iPhone not only to optimize billing, but to organize yourself as well. If you work on the go, you encounter tons of distractions with the most treacherous of them hiding inside your phone.

Facial Recognition For Dogs? App Helps Reunite Lost Pets With Owners, by Juliette Dryer , First Coast News

Facial recognition is nothing new. Facebook can recognize you in an uploaded photo and your iPhone can recognize your face to unlock the device. Now, facial recognition is being used to help reunite lost pets with their owners on the First Coast.


How To Be Successful, by Sam Altman

I’ve observed thousands of founders and thought a lot about what it takes to make a huge amount of money or to create something important. Usually, people start off wanting the former and end up wanting the latter.

Here are 13 thoughts about how to achieve such outlier success. Everything here is easier to do once you’ve already reached a baseline degree of success and want to put in the work to turn that into outlier success. But much of it applies to anyone.


iOS 12.2 Includes ‘Hey Siri’ Setup Interface For Rumored AirPods 2, by Guilherme Rambo, 9to5Mac

One of those changes, which is currently hidden from public view, is the addition of a new setup screen that’s used when configuring AirPods. This new setup screen clearly states that the user will be able to talk to Siri with AirPods or iPhone by saying “Hey, Siri”.

Passwords And Muscle Memory, by Brent Simmons, Inessential

What I realized is that — probably for many years — I didn’t actually know my password. I couldn’t have told you what it is. I just relied on my fingers to know it. And since it always worked, I never thought to question it.

And then, one day at random, my fingers failed. And the more I tried to figure it out — trying things that seemed likely — the more I worried I was fuzzing my muscle memory.

Apple Watches Are Sending Police To Your Location, by WTVF

The Emergency SOS feature on the Apple Watch automatically calls the local emergency number, but if you're not careful it can happen by mistake.

Facebook And Google Need To Start Paying Journalists What They Owe Us, by Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate

The problem is not audience. Instead, the problem seems to be that it’s gotten harder and harder for news outlets to make money off of the readers they have because such a huge share of advertising spending is sucked up by Facebook and Google, with what’s left increasingly going to Amazon.