Kevin Mitnick writing for Wired:
If you use Gmail, for example, a copy of every email sent and received through your Gmail account is retained on various servers worldwide at Google. This is also true if you use email systems provided by Yahoo, Apple, AT&T, Comcast, Microsoft, or even your workplace. Any emails you send can also be inspected, at any time, by the hosting company. Allegedly this is to filter out malware, but the reality is that third parties can and do access our emails for other, more sinister and self-serving, reasons.
While most of us may tolerate having our emails scanned for malware, and perhaps some of us tolerate scanning for advertising purposes, the idea of third parties reading our correspondence and acting on specific contents found within specific emails is downright disturbing.
The least you can do is make it much harder for them to do so.
You have to be pretty dedicated to jump through these hoops and also insist others do so on your behalf. It's an interesting read though to understand and your information can be tracked.
A look at iPad Rehab repair service
Jones is the head of iPad Rehab, a small, independent repair shop that fixes broken devices sent in from around the country. By helping people hold onto their phones and tablets for longer, Jones and her colleagues are helping to curb the growth of e-waste, a global problem with no end in sight.
This is a cool video of their operation. Basically they repair parts of a component that if brought to Apple to repair would simply replace the entire component.
Special edition 1984 Seiko watch to go on sale in Japan
Japanese watch maker Seiko is teaming up with Tokyo-based retailer Nano Universe to sell a limited run of Chariot series watches. What makes the Chariot so special? Well, it was the minimalist watch design Apple co-founder Steve Jobs sported in a 1984 Norman Seeff portrait that later made the cover of Time Magazine.
The watch will only be sold in Japan and has a list price of about $180. 1,982 watches will be made in white watch face and another 300 with a black watch face.
Report: 5 teams working on wireless charging for next iPhone
Reuters (via MacRumors)
Apple recently joined the group backing Qi. But there are still at least five different groups working on wireless charging technology within Apple, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
It would Apple is working hard on bringing some kind of wireless charging to the next iPhone. I'll be curious if this will just be inductive charging or actual charging without wires. The Apple Watch uses a magnetic inductive system, similar to other phone designs. iPhone users to date needed to use specialized cases and charging mats to charge without plugging something.
Apple issues statement on Trump change on transgender guidance
This week, the Trump administration recalled guidance issued from the U.S. Department of Education under President Obama. The guidance was suspended under a court order and now the situation leaves individual states to determine how to handle the issue.
Apple in a statement to Axios:
"Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination," the company said in a statement to Axios. "We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections."
Apple's new headquarters has a name and move in date
Apple today announced that Apple Park, the company's new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April. The process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is scheduled to continue through the summer.
Apple made this announcement two days prior to what would have been Steve Jobs' 62nd birthday. In his honor, Apple will name its large on-site theater the Steve Jobs Theater, which seem fitting given his famous keynote presentations at Apple.
iOS 10 adoption rate nears 80%
Just over five months after iOS 10 was released to the public, the operating system is now installed on 79% of active iOS devices, according to the latest adoption data shared by Apple.
I think a driving force with adoption rates is Apple frequently nags you to upgrade and there's generally little reason not to do it other than the inconvenience. Apple has recently address that too recently, however, with the ability to postpone updates overnight.
MKBHD Reviews Beats X
Youtube Marquese Brownlee has a nice review of the new Beats X wireless headphones. Basically offers good noise isolation, eq is towards the bass, but the limitation is it's not ideal for working out. He called it the best Beats headphones, with the caveat that not everyone is the ideal beats customer.
Overcast 3.0 for iOS
The popular podcast app Overcast has been updated to version 3.0:
Overcast 3 is now available, and it's a huge update, mostly in the design and flow of the interface. I've been working on it since last summer, informed by over two years of testing, usage, and customer feedback.
I've been playing around with it and overall a lot of nice changes. Some annoying things have been fixed, like deleting episodes was tedious and often accidentally played if swiping one at a time. Other stuff has been moved around like the playback effects that take some getting used to.
Porche 911 running Doom?
Not really, but this is great.