The Still-in-Talks Edition Monday, February 10, 2020

Taiwan's Foxconn Approved To Resume Zhengzhou Plant Production: Source, by Reuters

Taiwan’s Foxconn has received Chinese government approval to resume production at a key plant in the northern China city of Zhengzhou, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Monday.

But the company, which makes smartphones for global vendors including Apple, is still in talks with the government to resume production at another plant in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, the source added.

How Apple Is Using Its iPhone And Apple Watch To Improve Your Health, by David Snelling, Express

The Apple Watch and iPhone are two of the most popular gadgets on the planet but there's a lot more to them than simply sending a text or checking the latest posts on Facebook. Over the past few years, these devices have become increasingly advanced and one of their most powerful features is the ability to monitor your overall fitness.


AI-powered Symphonia App Turns Singing Into Instrumental Music, by Stuart Dredge, Musically

French startup Symphonia claims that its iPhone app is “the future of music composing”. Released this year, it uses AI to help people turn their musical ideas into actual music.


Apple's Swift Programming Language Is Headed Towards 'World Domination' — Here's Why Developers At Uber And Airbnb Are Placing Their Bets On It, by Rosalie Chan, Business Insider

As an open source language, it's been able to attract a community of developers who can try it out, give feedback, and make their own contributions to the language. Similarly, Apple has released free tools that help developers get the most out of Swift, and that same community has released many of their own, to match.

Another reason is that it capitalizes on Apple's loyal fanbase. To many developers, supporting Swift as open source is a positive sign that Apple, the company that controls the App Store on which they build their businesses, wants a friendly relationship.


Taika Waititi Slams Apple’s MacBook Keyboards After Winning First Oscar, by Sam Byford, The Verge

“Apple needs to fix those keyboards,” he said. “They are impossible to write on — they’ve gotten worse. It makes me want to go back to PCs. Because PC keyboards, the bounce-back for your fingers is way better. Hands up who still uses a PC? You know what I’m talking about. It’s a way better keyboard. Those Apple keyboards are horrendous.”

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Remember when Apple pulled out of Macworld Expo, the company hinted that it will want to announce products on its own schedule?

I wonder how much control Apple has over this year's schedule.


Regualr people heard about Apple's horrible keyboards? Wow.


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