The Blow-Away Edition Saturday, March 2, 2019

Cook Says Apple Is 'Rolling The Dice' On Future Products, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said he has "never been more optimistic" about where the company is today and where it’s heading. In a pep talk to investors, Cook said the iPhone maker is “planting seeds” and “rolling the dice” on future products that will just “blow you away.”

Speaking at the company’s annual general meeting in Cupertino, California, Cook reiterated that the iPhone maker is still on track to double revenue from services in 2020 from the nearly $25 billion in 2016. Referencing speaking notes on an iPad, Cook touched on several of the company’s product categories.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Hit Out At Companies Like Facebook Again: Anything That Collects Personal Data And Uses It Against Customers 'Should Not Exist', by Troy Wolverton, Business Insider

Responding to a question at its annual shareholder meeting here about how the company views privacy, Cook warned about "someone" assembling detailed dossiers on just about everyone and using that information to "pit one group against the other."

"The idea that someone has built this enormous, detailed profile of you and of everybody in this room and then takes that detailed profile to ... stir the pot, this is offensive to us," Cook said, adding, "We think that's it's just wrong to do, and it should not exist."

Tim Cook Says Conservative Apple Employees Who Feel Shunned Should 'Come Talk To Him', by Troy Wolverton, Business Insider

Apple welcomes employees with "all" political viewpoints, CEO Tim Cook said Friday, adding that employees that felt ostracized because of their political views should talk to him.

Cook's comments came in response to a question at the company's annual shareholder meeting at its headquarters here. The questioner said she had a friend who worked at the company who doesn't "share the left-wing view" and suggested that the friend felt uncomfortable or even hated because of her views. She asked Cook how he would advise her friend.


Apple Expands 'There's More To iPhone' Campaign With New Videos, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

A new "Why iPhone" page on Apple's website in each country highlights reasons why an iPhone is "more than the device in your hand," ranging from Apple's environmental responsibility to iOS 12 performance improvements to the privacy of features such as Face ID, Apple Maps, and, yes, FaceTime.

5 Beautiful Mind Mapping Apps To Help You Think Outside The Box, by Saikat Basu, MakeUseOf

A map helps you discover a new place. A mind map can take you to fresh thoughts and ideas. Mind mapping isn’t a recent discovery; it has existed since the third century. Now, it has got its due because you need new ways to think and organize information. And you need to think outside the box too.

Try putting a mind map to unexpected uses. Maybe, use it as a morning journal or retain a book you just read. You can do a mind map on paper or you can turn to these clean and clutter free mind mapping apps.


Nobody Likes The 'Idea Guy', by Tyler Tervooren, Riskology

A great idea that never comes to life is worth nothing. How much would you pay your smartest friend for her best idea? Nothing, of course—you’ve got plenty of your own!

But an average idea you dedicate yourself to can make you rich. Look around at all the businesses in the world, and most of them are pretty boring, run-of-the-mill companies. Look at most successfully self-employed people. A lot of them are doing fairly average things.

The difference is that they do these average things very well. And that, in its own way, makes them remarkable.


Guy Kawasaki: At Apple 'You Had To Prove Yourself Every Day, Or Steve Jobs Got Rid Of You', by Gy Kawasaki, CNBC

In the Macintosh Division, you had to prove yourself every day, or Jobs got rid of you. He demanded excellence and kept you at the top of your game. It wasn't easy to work for him; it was sometimes unpleasant and always scary, but it drove many of us to do the finest work of our careers.

I wouldn't trade working for him for any job I've ever had — and I don't know anyone in the Macintosh Division who would.

The End Of An Era For HBO - And For Television, by David Sims, The Atlantic

The departure of Plepler means he can exit on a high note, with HBO still airing well-regarded TV, boasting a healthy subscriber base, and putting up solid profits. But it’s still a sign that things are probably about to change for good. Seeing an executive get emotional farewell tweets from celebrities is rare, but Plepler has gotten an outpouring of support from associates such as Jeffrey Wright (who said there were “not many like [him]”), Alex Gibney (who hailed him as a “powerful impresario and creative force”), and David Simon (who called him a “genuinely wise shepherd”). In saying goodbye to a collaborator, they’re also bidding farewell to a more bespoke approach to art that is likely on its way out at the company, and in the world of television at large.

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An app that I am using on my iPad Pro uses the keyboard shortcut Cmd-Q to do something other than Quit. Everytime I uses this keyboard shortcut, I feel weird, that something is wrong with the universe.


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