The Coverage-Collaboration Edition Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Apple Partners With ABC On 2020 Presidential Coverage In The Apple News App, by Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Apple announced today it will collaborate with ABC News on coverage of the upcoming 2020 U.S. presidential election in its Apple News app. The efforts will kick off with the Democratic primary debate on February 7, 2020, in New Hampshire, and will feature ABC News videos, live streams, plus FiveThirtyEight polling data, infographics and analysis during key moments in the 2020 election.

Apple Shareholders Set To Vote On Human-rights Policies, by Sam Shead, BBC

Apple removed a mapping app during the Hong Kong protests, leading to criticism that it pandered to Beijing.

Campaign group SumofUs called on Apple to disclose certain human-rights policies in a resolution filed on 9 September.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission rejected Apple's appeal to block the resolution this month.

Catalina 10.15.2 Has Changed Gatekeeper’s Dialogs To Confuse Notarization Status, by The Ecletic Light Company

Do you remember that dialog shown by Gatekeeper when you first open a notarized app, telling you that “Apple checked it for malicious software and none was detected”? Well, that sentence has now vanished. Instead, that dialog now looks very similar to the pre-Catalina dialog for non-notarized apps.


Apple Releases New Firmware For AirPods 2 And AirPods Pro, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Putting the ‌AirPods‌ in the case, connecting the ‌AirPods‌ to a power source, and then pairing the ‌AirPods‌ to an iPhone or an iPad should force the update after a short period of time.

Photoshop For iPad Gains ‘Select Subject’ Feature, by Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch

Adobe says the 2019 version of Select Subject on iPad and on desktop provides better selection edges and works almost instantly, even on iOS. Behind the scenes, the feature is actually a bunch of different machine learning algorithms working together to make the selection, refine the selection, de-artifact the edge and more. The end result is that you can get a very usable subject cut out that allows you to easily recompose, or independently edit subject and background very quickly and with very little, if any, manual refinement required.


Apple And Hackergal Take Hour Of Code To The Next Level, by Rene Ritchie, iMore

Hackergal runs workshops using Everyone Can Code, Swift Playgrounds, and Xcode all the time. When I asked why Apple and Apple technologies, instead of Chromebooks and the like, Lucy explained that the experience for the children, being able to use a friendly and intuitive device, with software that gets out of their way and doesn't keep getting in their way, just leads to better results. And Lucy's team was incredibly good at engaging with the children. They played a few games to get started, then dove right into Swift Playgrounds.

Turning Ideas Into Action, by Mike Schmitz, The Sweet Setup

I know that when you get inspired, it can be tempting to to just jump in and start working while motivation is high. But I want to caution you not to just jump in and do the work without thinking about it first. Resist the urge to begin a project as soon as you see the first thing you need to do to get started. You’ll save yourself a lot of headache if you take a little bit of time to think about it first.


Apple’s ‘Assembled In USA’ Mac Pro Is Made In China For International Customers, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Today, the Mac Pro is arriving to the first customers who ordered the new modular machine and >em>MacGeneration received a picture from a reader that the Mac Pro for Europe is indeed made in China, not the US.

'Helpsters' Pop-up Appears In New York City's Chelsea Neighborhood, by AppleInsider

Apple is taking to the street (quite literally) to promote its Apple TV+ original series "Helpsters," with the company preparing to open a show-themed pop-up location in New York City.

Apple CEO, Pakistani Activist At SJSU To Talk Tech, Educating Girls, by Jessica Aguirre, NBC Bay Area

Apple CEO Tim Cook joined Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban as she rode the bus to school, to talk about their shared goal of educating girls around the globe.


The partnsership is aimed at educating girls in Aghgnaistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey and Nigeria, countries where girls are routinely denied the right to learn and where Apple and Yousafzai are now pushing for equity and education for all.

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