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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


  • Java patched again, Snow Leopard users blocked from older version (Updated)

    February 4, 2013
    Khürt Williams
    See on Scoop.it – From the Apple Orchard Update: Apple’s Java team has quickly responded to the patch with a revised JVM for Snow Leopard, OS X 10.6. The Java for Mac OS 10.6 Update version 12 (APPLE-SA-2013-02-01-1) is available in Software Update, according to an Apple security email. Khürt Williams‘s insight: Aaarrrgghh!!! See on www.tuaw.com

  • Take Care of Your Taxes with TurboTax 2012

    February 4, 2013
    Khürt Williams
    See on Scoop.it – From the Apple Orchard For people like me that hate paperwork, tax season can be a terrifying time of year. The tediousness of entering a slew of financial information and the fear of a potential audit makes the whole process one that I dread. Khürt Williams‘s insight: TurboTax is free in the Mac App Store.  You pay for filing your taxes. See on ...

  • The Path To Being A Great Social Networking App Is Paved With Privacy Issues

    February 4, 2013
    Khürt Williams
    See on Scoop.it – From the Apple Orchard Hot on the heels of its settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over the privacy charges it received last year, Path has found itself in yet another privacy issue. Khürt Williams‘s insight: FREE software/service = No Privacy.  Unless you are paying to access a social network you have no privacy. See on appadvice.com

  • Deal: Get Your Very Own Remote Controlled Helicopter For Only $29

    February 4, 2013
    Khürt Williams
    See on Scoop.it – From the Apple Orchard With our latest deal, you can take a trip back to your childhood with your very own remote controlled helicopter. The Sub-Zero Chopper zips around effortlessly at your slightest command. Khürt Williams‘s insight: Attach a small remove video camera and this makes for a nice way to do some neighbourhood surveilance.  Oh .. wait …  See on www.macgasm.net

  • Twitter hacked, 250,000 passwords compromised

    February 4, 2013
    Khürt Williams
    See on Scoop.it – From the Apple Orchard Twitter has informed users that their service had been hacked and that 250,000 usernames, email addresses, session tokens, and encrypted/salted passwords had been compromised. Khürt Williams‘s insight: Looks like it’s time to change your Twitter password. Again. See on www.imore.com

  • 25 Stories From The Week That You Probably Missed

    February 4, 2013
    Khürt Williams
    See on Scoop.it – From the Apple Orchard It’s odd that the biggest story this week had less to do with Macworld, but more to do with a prominent iOS developer cribbing John Gruber’s “math post” to predict that there will be an iPhone math or whatever the Galaxy-esque iPhone might be called. See on www.macgasm.net

  • January Meeting : Exploring Digital and Unique Resources at Princeton Public Library

    December 20, 2012
    Khürt Williams
    Want to learn a new language? Read an ebook? Listen to and download songs by your favorite artist? Locate information about your ancestors? Have a sample of your writing reviewed by an expert? You can do all of this (and much more) for free through Princeton Public Library’s digital resources. Librarians Janet Hauge and Erica Bess will highlight a selection of some amazing and ...

  • Snapseed: the Best Photo Editing App for iPhone & iPad is Now Free

    December 7, 2012
    Khürt Williams
    See on Scoop.it – From the Apple Orchard Snapseed is far and away our favorite mobile photo editing app for iOS, and it just got even better because the best image editing app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is now free. See on osxdaily.com

  • Former Windows Vista hacker now hardening OS X, iOS at Apple

    December 7, 2012
    Khürt Williams
    See on Scoop.it – From the Apple Orchard Noted security researcher Kristin Paget—known for her work that helped to beef up the security of Windows Vista—is now working at Apple as a Core OS Security Researcher. See on arstechnica.com

  • Miro Video Converter 3.0

    December 7, 2012
    Khürt Williams
    See on Scoop.it – From the Apple Orchard Miro Video Converter 3.0 Nice update for Miro Video Converter: Keeping with the original simplicity of Miro Video Converter that has made it popular with all of our users, the updated Miro Video Converter comes with a great new look. Just drag and… See on www.macstories.net