It’s Time for Action on Privacy, Says Apple’s CEO Tim Cook by an author (Time)

One of the biggest challenges in protecting privacy is that many of the violations are invisible. For example, you might have bought a product from an online retailer—something most of us have done. But what the retailer doesn’t tell you is that it then turned around and sold or transferred information about your purchase to a “data broker”—a company that exists purely to collect your information, package it and sell it to yet another buyer.

The trail disappears before you even know there is a trail. Right now, all of these secondary markets for your information exist in a shadow economy that’s largely unchecked—out of sight of consumers, regulators and lawmakers.

Let’s be clear: you never signed up for that. We think every user should have the chance to say, “Wait a minute. That’s my information that you’re selling, and I didn’t consent.”

Image from flickr.

Woot! Best thing I’ve read all month! I fully support this. The EU GDPR document was a not a riveting read but is a punch to the groin for data aggregators and brokers. And it put in place fines, 4% of revenue, for violations. We need similar legislation here.

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The government has used tracking technology in printed documents to unmask anonymous writers.

Not all printers’ tracking information is readily visible. Some of the documents we obtained about this technology showed that there is a subsequent generation of tracking technology, which apparently works by slightly rearranging dots that the printer is expected to print, rather than by adding new dots. Anyone using a color laser printer should assume that it uses some kind of tracking mechanism, whether or not tracking dots are visible in its output.deeplinks

The new iPad Pro.

There are also ergonomic issues: To use two-handed gestures, your iPad can’t be in your hands. So these are gestures primarily intended for iPads that are on a table, in a case, in a lap, or otherwise someplace where you’ve got both hands free to manipulate data. That’s limiting, but it’s also freeing—these large devices are far more likely to be put into situations like that, and if you consider a future with even larger iOS devices, two-handed gestures should become an even bigger part of the interface story.Jason Snell

Apple CEO, Tim Cook on technology.

While he calls AI “profound” and increasingly capable of doing unbelievable things, on matters that require judgment he’s not comfortable with automating the human entirely out of the equation. “When technological advancement can go up so exponentially I do think there’s a risk of losing sight of the fact that tech should serve humanity, not the other way around.”MIT Technology Review

Apparently, memory boosting games are a crock of shit.

All isn’t lost though; where specialised brain training games failed, regular games, inclusive of Mario Kart-style experiences and more conventional hobbies like blackjack and bridge, succeeded. Alzheimer’s Research UK, while stopping short of linking stimulating hobbies to the prevention or cure of degenerative brain disorders, notes that people who play card games have better cognitive abilities and even larger brains.High50

The HomePod is $350.

It’s really meant to be a “smart” music listening device that you can get answers from… that’s it.Nuclear Bits

Photography trends.

The great 20th-century American landscape photographer Ansel Adams, when asked what camera he used, famously answered: “The biggest one I can carry!”The Online Photographer

Every Saturday, I share a list of inspiring or interesting articles that I read during the week. Here’s what I read this week.

  • Aperture—ƒ/5.6
  • Credit—Khürt L. Williams
  • Camera—X-E1
  • Taken—2 August, 2013
  • Focal length—37.4mm
  • ISO—640
  • Shutter speed—1/60s

That last sentence is powerful. It brought back memories of some of the things I learned during my two-year experience with The Landmark Forum, The Landmark Forum in Action, The Advanced Course and The Self-Expression and Leadership Program. I learned that living an extraordinary life means being less concerned with the outcomes of my action but staying focused on being in action. Focusing too much on the results can lead to fear and uncertainty. These, in turn, can lead to inaction.

Right now I am struggling to focus on the things that produce the “numbers” in my life. I want to put in the effort that will help me be productive for my clients and hence continue to produce the results necessary to meet my financial goals. That means investing some time, effort and money into training and being focused on my client’s needs.

But I’m not talking just about financials. I want to be focused on doing the things that produce results for my family. Putting in quality time with friends and family. I want to put in the effort that will produce the results of intimacy and compassion. I want to produce the results of a successful marriage and confident resilient children.

Perhaps it’s time for a Landmark Forum refresher.