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Headlines

Probably the biggest issue in Apple’s adoption of machine learning is how the company can succeed while sticking to its principles on user privacy. The company encrypts user information so that no one, not even Apple’s lawyers, can read it (nor can the FBI, even with a warrant). And it boasts about not collecting user information for advertising purposes.

Long profile on Apple’s AI story and how they’re improving Siri along the whole platform with machine learning while protecting our privacy.

Investigators discovered that a company called the NSO Group, an Israeli outfit that sells software that invisibly tracks a target’s mobile phone, was responsible for the intrusions. The NSO Group’s software can read text messages and emails and track calls and contacts. It can even record sounds, collect passwords and trace the whereabouts of the phone user.

In response, Apple on Wednesday released a patched version of its mobile software, iOS 9.3.5. Users can get the patch through a normal software update.

These are nasty security vulnerabilities, you should advise family and friends to update to iOS 9.3.5 quickly.

On the morning of August 10, Ahmed Mansoor, a 46-year-old human rights activist from the United Arab Emirates, received a strange text message from a number he did not recognize on his iPhone.

“New secrets about torture of Emiratis in state prisons,” read the tantalizing message, which came accompanied by a link.

The whole story around how the security issues, fixed with iOS 9.3.5, have been discovered. Fascinating and terrifying.

News

Apple’s ambitions in the health sector continue to expand, with its digital health team making its first known acquisition—personal health data startup Gliimpse.

In the last three years, Gliimpse has built a secure platform where consumers can manage and share their own medical records and info.

Apple held all-hands meetings with retail employees this weekend to introduce major new changes, including new and renamed positions, a new credo, and new store layouts, according to multiple retail sources.

Alicia Keys, Bastille, Britney Spears, Calvin Harris, Chance the Rapper, Elton John, Michael Bublé, OneRepublic, Robbie Williams and The 1975 Headline Festival’s 10th Anniversary.

Apple Music Festival runs from September 18 to September 30 and live performances will be made available live and on-demand to Apple Music members from their Apple devices.

Reviews

Great retrospective on five milestone iOS accessibility features.

Rumors

Apple Inc., seeking to capitalize on the popularity of social networks, is developing a video sharing and editing application and is testing new related features for its iPhone and iPad operating systems.

So Apple is working on its own Snapchat-style video-sharing app for 2017… not sure they should pursue their social network quest. Do you remember iTunes Ping?

Apple Inc. is planning a new iPhone feature for Japan that will enable users to pay for mass-transit rides with their smartphones instead of physical payment cards. A future iPhone will include technology called FeliCa, a mobile tap-to-pay standard in Japan developed by Sony Corp., according to people familiar with the matter.

Most of the speculation about Apple taking control of its Mac CPU is about switching the instruction set to ARM. That’s possible, of course, but problematic in many ways. (You wouldn’t be able to use Boot Camp to boot into Windows, for example.) This is just an idle rumor from a year ago, but it’s intriguing to think about Apple designing their own SoCs for Mac with the help of AMD.

That could explain why almost all Mac haven’t been updated for ages, intriguing indeed!

Intel’s recent pledge to expand its business making chips for others highlights its ambition to snatch chip orders for Apple’s popular iPhones from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. as early as 2018, industry experts said.

So Intel would build CPU for iOS and AMD x86 CPUs for the Mac? 🙃

Others

Cook has made a massive bet on R&D and by implication on future products.

In-depth analysis with a lot of comparisons and charts.

A Kickstarter project for a high-performance desktop GPU that can plug into a MacBook via Thunderbolt and is compatible with the Oculus Rift VR headset has raised its backing target of $50,000 in less than 24 hours.

Awesome project, if it really works as advertised, it’ll be really useful for a lot of people. ⚡️

It’s about time!

64-bit GUI applications have been supported since OS X Leopard in 2007.

Finally

In December 2012, I started a company with my friends Brent Simmons and Dave Wiskus. We named it Q Branch. In June 2013, we launched our first and only product: an iPhone notes app called Vesper.

Yesterday, we announced that development was ceasing, and we’ll soon be shutting down our sync server. I am terribly sad about this. I love Vesper. I use it every day. I mean that in the present tense. I still use it. When we pull the plug on the sync server, I’ll stop, but until then it’s my go-to notes app. In my career, the only things I’ve done that I’m prouder of are writing Daring Fireball and the creation of Markdown.

Insightful analysis around what they could have done differently to avoid such unfortunate end.

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