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On Tuesday I wrote about Bill gates choosing the song "Two of Us" by The Beatles as symbolic of his relationship with Steve Jobs—something Mr. Jobs himself suggested in a joint interview the two gave. That sparked a friend of mine to point me to this performance video of the song by The Beatles from 1970. It's a straight ahead promo video, recorded more than a decade before the launch of MTV, but I always enjoy seeing The Beatles.
Bryan and Jeff go deep in this episode of the Apple Context Machine on surveillance, whether or not the government is "Going Dark" due to encryption, and security, of the lack thereof, in the Internet of Things. They also talk about Apple's reported plans for wireless charging.
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Bill Gates did an interview for the BBC's Desert Island Discs, a series that gets to know famous people by talking about the songs they would take with them to a desert island. All of his picks are interesting, but it's why he picked "Two of Us" by The Beatles to represent his relationship with Steve Jobs that will stand out to Apple fans.
Man, do I love the Internet. The ReDiscovered Future project has posted a video of the introduction of It took place on October 12, 1988, in the the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. According to the introductory credits, it was tracked down as part of preproduction research for the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie, and was assembled (and restored) from two VHS tapes. This media event was Steve Jobs's first public presentation after his departure from Apple. The quality is terrible, despite the restoration, but considering the source material came from VHS tapes that are decades old, it's astounding we have anything to see at all. Check it out.
Google, or rather the new parent company called Alphabet, overtook Apple Inc. to become the world's most valuable corporation Tuesday. The two companies switched places after Alphabet jumped on its December quarterly earnings report, helped by a decline in Apple's shares. Bryan Chaffin explains why Wall Street values the two companies so differently.
Harvard University released a study on Monday titled Don't Panic: Making Progress on the "Going Dark" Debate. It might also have been titled Governments Shouldn't Freak Out about Encryption: The Internet of Things is a Surveillance Playground. Bryan Chaffin explains.
Adobe has done something pretty clever. Let's call it a stroke of genius, even. The company has produced a series of four turorial videos called The Joy of Sketching with Bob Ross and Adobe Photoshop Sketch. The short pieces demonstrate using Adobe Photoshop Sketch on an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil using a Bob Ross impressionist (Adobe thanked Bob Ross Inc. for its help producing the videos, meaning it was done with permission). Below is Episode 1, but you can find Episode 2, Episode 3, and Episode 4 on YouTube. All in all, it's good exposure for Adobe and Apple's iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. [Via 9to5Mac]
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Did you know you can do dictation on an iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus even when you're offline? Mac Geek Gab listener Kevin Barry did and he was kind enough to let us know. And TMO, being the kind folk we are, wanted to pass it on.