The Privacy-and-Security-Concerns Edition Sunday, April 28, 2019

Phil Schiller Lays Out Apple's Case For Cracking Down On Screen Time Monitoring Apps, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

After reading the article, MacRumors reader Zachary Robinson emailed Tim Cook to express concern over the situation, and earlier today he received a thorough response from Phil Schiller outlining that Apple's removal of these apps is due to their use of Mobile Device Management (MDM) technology to monitor everything that happens on the user's phone.

Schiller notes that MDM technology is intended for enterprise users to install on company-owned devices, giving them easy access to and control over those devices for management purposes. The alternative usage of MDM technology by third-party developers for screen time monitoring or parental controls raises significant privacy and security concerns, however, and Apple has moved to address those issues.

'I Feel Naked Without Them': Will AirPods Spark The Next Major Computing Wave?, by Ben Gilbert, GeekWire

As I think about the other technological member of this pocket-dwelling quartet, there’s a nagging parallel. The smartphone started as a better phone, and ultimately became the basis of a new, era-defining wave of computing. Could AirPods be the same? Could they be Apple’s dark horse strategy to own the future of technology, masquerading simply as “better headphones?” After all, AirPods have sold faster than almost any other Apple product in their first two years, including the iPhone and the Apple Watch (estimates are over 40 million). And Apple is already gearing up to launch new models.


We Ranked The 30 Most Beautiful Apple Stores In The World, by Dave Smith, Business Insider

In many ways, Apple stores have come to represent Apple's other devices, like iPhones and Mac computers: They are beautiful, forward-thinking, and meticulously crafted around the customer.

Many Apple stores reside in malls around the world, but some of the most beautiful stores are architectural marvels themselves. That's why we wanted to round up and rank the most beautiful Apple stores in the world.

Notability Review For MacOS And iOS, by Lloyd Coombes, The Digital Fix

It seems strange to review a piece of software that acts as a pen and paper, but after using Notability it's clear to see what it brings to the table. The price is fair for the number of options on offer, and the only downside is that it requires two purchases to be able to unlock both versions. With that said, we recommend that you do - Notability makes the simple act of making notes feel fun and useful.

Overcast Adds Simple Podcast Video Clip Sharing, by John Voorhees, MacStories

Expanding clip sharing to add video support is an excellent addition to Overcast. Whether you're promoting your own show or want to share a snippet of your favorite show with friends, Overcast has made the process so simple that I expect we'll begin seeing many more of these clips on Twitter, Instagram, and on other social networks very soon.


Nine Things Developers Want More Than Money, by Rob Walling

One of my early programming jobs was for a web consulting startup during the dot-com boom. There were 7 of us (we grew to 17 during the height of the boom) shooting each other with water pistols, throwing Nerf footballs around the office, and cranking out insane amounts of caffeine-driven code. We learned a new language every project and were always on the cutting edge.

I remember thinking that a company across town could have offered me a $15,000 dollar raise and I wouldn’t have taken it. The motivation factors were overpowering.

Women Did Everything Right. Then Work Got 'Greedy.', by Claire Cain Miller, New York Times

American women of working age are the most educated ever. Yet it’s the most educated women who face the biggest gender gaps in seniority and pay: At the top of their fields, they represent just 5 percent of big company chief executives and a quarter of the top 10 percent of earners in the United States. There are many causes of the gap, like discrimination and a lack of family-friendly policies. But recently, mounting evidence has led economists and sociologists to converge on a major driver — one that ostensibly has nothing to do with gender.

The returns to working long, inflexible hours have greatly increased. This is particularly true in managerial jobs and what social scientists call the greedy professions, like finance, law and consulting — an unintentional side effect of the nation’s embrace of a winner-take-all economy. It’s so powerful, researchers say, that it has canceled the effect of women’s educational gains.


The Devastating Consequences Of Being Poor In The Digital Age, by Mary Madden, New York Times

Our research suggests that low-income Americans, and in particular, foreign-born Hispanic adults, are disproportionately reliant on mobile devices as their primary source of internet access. While internet connectivity has become essential to these communities, it also creates privacy and security vulnerabilities that they don’t feel prepared to navigate. The survey findings illustrate a substantial demand for educational resources among low-socioeconomic-status groups, but many feel as though it would be difficult to get access to the tools and strategies they would need to learn more about protecting their personal information online.

How This One Font Took Over The World, by Rachel Hawley, The Outline

When I close my eyes and think of a word, I picture that word in Gotham. I am cursed with the compulsive need to identify every typeface I come across, but even if you do not suffer this particular affliction — if your relationship to typography resembles your relationship to air, a constant interaction so seamless you hardly think about it unless something goes seriously awry — you know this font. If you’ve been online, seen a billboard, gone to a movie theater, or walked down the street with your eyes open, you’ve seen Gotham.