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  • Competing Interests

    August 19, 2016
    Khürt Williams

    I enjoyed reading the Washington Post Tim Cook interview. The interview was wide in scope and really gives you a window into the mind of Apple’s CEO. I recommend it. One section that raised my eyebrows was the discussion of security and privacy. This issue is a fascinating one to me because Apple has taken such a leading role in advocating privacy rights for consumers. As Tim explaned in the interview, “Customers should have an expectation that they shouldn’t need a PhD in computer science to protect themselves.”

    Elsewhere in the interview, Tim talks about Apple’s mission.

    The DNA of the company is really what I was talking about there. The North Star has always been the same, which for us, is about making insanely great products that really change the world in some way — enrich people’s lives. And so our reason for being hasn’t changed.

    I absolutely believe the folks at Apple get out of bed in the morning to make great products. However, it really isn’t that simple. If you don’t believe me, perhaps I could interest you in a 16GB iPhone. Making insanely great products has always required compromises. Apple has to make a profit if they want to stay in business and every Apple product (just like any other company’s product) that comes to market requires thousands of small compromises. That’s always come with the territory but until recently, I’ve never really thought of Apple having a competing North Star. Now I wonder.

    Privacy is a big deal to Apple. Tim explained:

    Privacy, in my point of view, is a civil liberty that our Founding Fathers thought of a long time ago and concluded it was an essential part of what it was to be an American. Sort of on the level, if you will, with freedom of speech, freedom of the press.

    I think this is more than CEO puffing. I think Tim, and the rest of Apple leadership, feels this in their bones and they are absolutely willing to go to bat for consumers on the issue of privacy. They took a drubbing over the San Bernardino case and I suspect they’d do it all over again. The question, however, becomes what happens when protecting consumer privacy gets in the way of making insanely great products? If Apple’s unstoppable force hits its own immovable object, who wins?

    There are plenty of consumers already getting off the Apple services bandwagon in favor of Google precisely because the way Google does everything on its servers results in some insanely great user experiences. Apple is responding by trying to get those types of services on-device–as opposed to the less private cloud storage as Google does. We’re early days on this but it seems, at least for the immediate future, that the cloud service solution is better, faster, and more adaptable than on-device.

    If Tim Cook were sitting here right now, I suspect he’d argue that the 2016 version of an insanely great product is one that (in addition to many other features) protects user privacy and going back to the issue of compromises, it’s probably better that you not let somebody else index all of your photos, even if that would make it easier to search out pictures of canteloupes. I agree with that particular compromise but as we move into the next few years, I think the goals of great products and protecting user privacy aren’t always going to align.

    Read more at MacSparky


  • iOS 8 and the new iPhones – A tour of all that is new from Apple

    October 7, 2014
    Khürt Williams
    PRINCETON MACINTOSH USERS GROUP PRINCETON, NJ 08540 CONTACT: Khurt Williams PHONE : 609-375-8479 EMAIL: publicity@pmug-nj.org PMUG site: http://pmug-nj.org/ TOPIC: iOS 8 and the new iPhones – A tour of all that is new from Apple SPEAKERS: Dave Hamilton of the MacObserver and MacGeekGab podcast LOCATION: Princeton Theological Seminary, Stuart Hall, Room 6, (Alexander St), Princeton, NJ. See http://pmug-nj.org/ for map and directions. WHEN: Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m. FREE: Open to the public Details iOS 8 ...

  • Tim Cook on Apple and Privacy

    September 26, 2014
    Khürt Williams
    Tim Cook: A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product. Source: www.apple.com See on Scoop.it – From the Apple Orchard

  • Credit Where Credit Is Due: Ming-Chi Kuo Nailed It

    September 26, 2014
    Khürt Williams
    Sometimes claim chowder comes out tasting good. Source: www.macrumors.com See on Scoop.it – From the Apple Orchard

  • Why Now for Apple Watch

    September 26, 2014
    Khürt Williams
    Good piece by Ben Thompson: The question, then, is why 2015? After all, there are some key ingredients missing in the Watch, the most obvious being the lack of cellular capability. Source: stratechery.com See on Scoop.it – From the Apple Orchard

  • ‘Stacking Silly Pundit Tricks to Burn for Warmth’

    September 26, 2014
    Khürt Williams
    The Macalope: Look, all you need to do is get an Android phone from HTC for build quality. Then get an Android phone from Sony because their cameras are so good. Then get a Galaxy Note from Samsung for the largest screen. Source: www.macworld.com See on Scoop.it – From the Apple Orchard

  • Afterlight 2.6: Support for iOS 8 Photo Filtering Extensions

    September 26, 2014
    Khürt Williams
    Joseph Keller, iMore: You can now use Afterlight’s filters and editing tools without leaving the iOS Photos app. Simply open the available extensions when editing a photo, hit More, and turn Afterlight on. Source: www.imore.com See on Scoop.it – From the Apple Orchard

  • PMUG September Meeting

    August 28, 2014
    Khürt Williams
    PMUG members Chris Boraski, Rob Golding, Laura O’Neill will share their experiences with Technology.

  • The Greenest Company in Tech

    July 15, 2014
    Khürt Williams
    Apple is the greenest major tech company, according to a new report by Greenpeace. In the organization’s Clean Energy Index, which ranks companies based on clean energy usage, as well as use of other energy sources such as natural gas, coal, and nuclear, Apple scored 100 percent. By comparison, Google only scored 48 percent, Facebook received 49 percent, and Amazon Web Services was awarded ...

  • is iLife dead?

    July 15, 2014
    Khürt Williams
    While Apple could include Photos under the iLife rubric as the replacement for iPhoto, I doubt that the company will do so. Rather, I suspect the new app will be marketed much like iTunes, as a standalone app that’s bundled with the operating system. If so, this would technically mean that only two apps remain as part of iLife: iMovie and GarageBand. Macworld

  • PMUG June Presentation – A Basic Introduction to Adobe Lightroom

    May 27, 2014
    Khürt Williams
    A Basic Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Adobe Lightroom gives photographers a way to import, organize, process, and export their photos from start to finish. Underlying the program’s workflow is its ability to edit images without permanently altering the original files. Alan Kesselhaut, founder of Princeton Photo Workshop, will show the many aspects of Lightroom. Alan’s presentation will include: A basic overview of Adobe Lightroom and the Library ...