» App Christmas is saved

PCalc developer James Thompson:

Just had a phone call from Apple – decision has been reversed, no changes required to PCalc’s widget. Thanks to everybody for their support!

This is a great outcome. It’s not at all how the system should work, but it’s a great outcome.

» Turning This Car Around – 37: Teens on the Corner

In honor of Halloween we do terrible Count Floyd impressions. And I’m instantly filled with remorse.

» ‘I’m Proud to be Gay’

Tim Cook:

For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.

Personal success stories like Cook’s are incredibly important to people still suffering from bigotry. Good for him for telling his.

» Nope

Dan Frommer on CurrentC:

When it comes to actually paying, the system gets even more cumbersome. CurrentC describes the process on its support site: You need to select a “Pay with CurrentC” option on the register, activate your phone, open the CurrentC app, enter a four-digit passcode, press the “Pay” button, “either scan the Secure Paycode that the cashier presents (default) or press the Show button at the bottom of your screen to allow the cashier to scan your Secure Paycode,” select the account you want to pay with, and then press a “Pay Now” button.

Not only will I never use this system, I will strangle the first person I’m behind in a checkout line who tries to use it.

» More App Store approval fun (actual fun not included)

PCalc developer James Thomson:

Apple has told me that Notification Center widgets on iOS cannot perform any calculations, and the current PCalc widget must be removed.

This despite PCalc being listed in the “Great apps for iOS 8″ under Notification Center widgets.

» The Magazine’s Year Two Book

Just backed The Magazine’s hardcover edition of selected works from its second year of narrative journalism which, if it meets its goal, will include a piece by me.

Hey! You know who else loves my writing? You do!

Shh. Yes, you do.

» Spotlight privacy

Rich Mogull, on a tear, writes about that SPOTLIGHT IS SENDING ALL YOUR SEARCHES TO APPLE, MICROSOFT, YOUR MOM AND EVERYONE ELSE thing from last week.

While Apple has made, and continues to make, security and privacy mistakes worthy of criticism, the original Washington Post story in this particular case was not only factually wrong, but incorrect in ways even basic research would have revealed.

» Caught in the middle

Rich Mogull on Apple Pay versus CurrentC:

By refusing to use Apple Pay and focusing on CurrentC, merchants are acting more out of a sense of revenge, with a nod toward profits, than in the interests of their customers.

Just another battle between competing forces that care little about you, the actual customer. Enjoy!

» What’s it all about?

Taylor Wofford, writing for Newsweek on Gamergate:

The movement, insofar as a group of people obsessively complaining about something on Twitter deserves to be called a movement, claims that whatever sexism or misogyny exists within its ranks is the fault of outliers. The real GamerGate is about media ethics, they say.

But an analysis by Newsweek found that Twitter users tweeting the hashtag #GamerGate direct negative tweets at critics of the gaming world more than they do at the journalists whose coverage they supposedly want scrutinized.

You don’t say.

ADDED: Andy Baio dug into the numbers on his own and found Newsweek’s sentiment analysis to be lacking. It was only able to automatically classify 10 percent of tweets as positive or negative, so it just classified everything else as “neutral”. So their results are anything but representative of the majority of tweets.

» ‘Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out Apple Pay’

The Verge’s Dante D’Orazio on the news that some merchants are shutting off NFC to try to protect the market for their own system:

The app, when it launches next year, won’t replace your plastic credit card. Instead, it will withdraw directly from your checking account when you pay at the cash register with a QR code displayed on your Android or iOS device.

So… ha. Instead of paying with a credit card using an obfuscated token process I’m going to give retailers my checking account information and trust that it won’t get hacked?

Right. I would say “good luck with that” but it’s become a cliché and I don’t, in fact, wish them good luck with that. I hope and predict that they will fall flat on their faces. I have no love of the major credit card banks, in fact it pains me to have to use my Bank of America card for Apple Pay right now (my credit union isn’t a partner yet), but there is no way in hell I’m trusting K-Mart and Best Buy with my checking account information.