The More-Than-Pay-Tax Edition Monday, June 22, 2020

Apple CEO Tim Cook On The Nexus Of Technology And Social Change, by Ed Forgotson, CBS News

"Well, you can see that we do a lot more than pay taxes,' Cook said. "We turned the company upside-down to help the world on COVID, and donated all of that, hundreds of millions of dollars. And so, I think my own view is, you pay what you owe in taxes. And then you give back to society. And Apple is clearly doing that."

COVID-19 is affecting more than just the company's bottom line. Apple's multi-billion-dollar California headquarters is nearly empty – and Tim Cook would like nothing more than to get his people back under one gleaming roof.

"That is the biggest challenge I would say in what we're dealing with,' he said. "The thing that I worry that we'll be missing is the serendipity that we all count on. And for that reason I can't wait until we're all back together again."

The App Store Debate: A Story Of Ecosystems, by Steven Sinofsky, Learning By Shipping

Today we’re hearing all the examples of good actors who say they want to do good things. We’re not hearing from bad actors who would have destroyed the smartphone experience — maybe even prevented the app revolution from happening.

Imagine a world of apps that simply exist to steal your credentials or swipe information from a device? Imagine apps that interfere with other apps or simply reduce battery life. Imagine an app store filled with apps that simply render web sites.


19-year Old App Developer Believes Coding Can Be A Catalyst For Change, Rich DeMuro, KTLA 5

Ongele tells me she wants to make the world a better place and the power is in her keyboard.

“Coding has a really unique ability to be able to impact so many people with just a few keystrokes,” said Ongele, who is home on an extended break from college due to the pandemic.

Ongele describes herself as a hacktivist – in a good way.


Apple Will Remove Thousands Of Unlicensed iPhone Games In China, by Zheping Huang, Bloomberg

Developers and publishers in China have been told that their iOS games will need licenses to continue operating from July, according to people familiar with the matter. The decision ends the unofficial practice of allowing games to be published while awaiting authorization from the country’s slow-moving regulators.

This has until now allowed games such as Grand Theft Auto, whose gory depictions of violence are unlikely to ever pass muster with Chinese censors, to be available within the country’s borders. China’s regulators require all games that are either paid or offer in-app purchases to submit for review and obtain a license before publication, and major Android app stores have enforced such rules since 2016. But unapproved games have flourished on Apple’s iPhone platform.

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Many, if not all, of the WWDC videos must have already been recorded and ready to drop, right? And there's no leak whatsoever of any of these videos? Interesting.


There are many times when I double-tap on my AirPods, and nothing happens. But I was just adjusting my AirPods, and the music paused. Cool.


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