The Level-of-Comfort Edition Monday, March 2, 2020

These iPhone Apps Know How You'll Spend And Save Money — Even Before You Do, by Greg Iacurci, CNBC

Now, financial firms are working to build second-generation services that automate even more of everyday financial decisions, making the process easier and more hands-off, especially for those who have a hard time budgeting, said Arielle O'Shea, a banking specialist at NerdWallet.

"If you're financially comfortable, you don't have to count [your] dollars," O'Shea said. "These apps are trying to bring that level of comfort to everyone."

Apple CEO Tim Cook Said The Trump Administration Directly Intervened To Help The iPhone Maker Break Into India, by Isobel Asher Hamilton, Business Insider

Tim Cook told Fox Business that local laws forcing it to partner with a local retailer is what prevented it entering the market for so long.

"I see India as a huge opportunity for us, for years we could not enter there unless we entered there with a partner [...] and we did not want to do that, we wanted to maintain control of our brand and so forth," he said.

Apple will no longer have to find a partner as, according to Cook, the Trump administration lobbied on Apple's behalf.


These Psychological Tips Will Stop You From Checking Your Email All The Damn Time, by Nir Eyal, The Next Web

I’d stopped charging my phone by my bed for some time, so that was no longer a problem. But to go a step further, I turned off email notifications on my phone. Not seeing the red jewel hovering over the Gmail app icon on my phone would reduce the temptation, or so I thought.

Unfortunately, that idea backfired. The app icon was still on the home screen, implicitly telling me what to do every time I used my phone. “Open me! I have something special for you!” it seemed to scream.

Although I can’t kill the email app on my iPhone completely (Apple doesn’t allow it), I did the next best thing. I buried it.


Why The Success Of The New York Times May Be Bad News For Journalism, by Ben Smith, New York Times

“The New York Times is going to basically be a monopoly,’’ predicted Jim VandeHei, the founder of Axios, which started in 2016 with plans to sell digital subscriptions but has yet to do so. “The Times will get bigger and the niche will get nichier, and nothing else will survive.”

Janice Min, the editor who created Us Weekly and reinvented The Hollywood Reporter, said the Times’s broadening content mix poses a formidable obstacle for other digital subscription businesses.

“Because we’re talking about the publishing business, it’s all still kind of sad, but in this parallel universe people talk about The New York Times in the way people in Hollywood talk about Netflix,” Ms. Min said. “It’s the tail that wags the dog, and it’s also the dog.”

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