After 5 Rejections, Apple Accepts App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes

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Persistence, it turns out, does pay off. After rejecting it five times, Apple has finally approved an app that tracks every U.S. drone strike and sends a push notification to users every time a flying robot carries out a deadly mission around the world.

Josh Begley, the data artist and developer who made the app, finally got through Apple’s careful approval process on Friday, more than a year and a half after the first rejection by the company’s App Review Team

It took persistence, but it took also some semantic trickery. Begley got the app approved because he removed the word “drone” from the name of the app and from its description. For the first three attempts, it was called Drones+, then Dronestream for the last two. This latest, successful time, it’s called Metadata+, and Begley initially submitted it with no content or functionality, adding the archive of strikes later Read more…

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Talks Equality in Award Speech

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Last year, Apple’s leading social-good message focused mostly on improving the working conditions for laborers at its factories in China. However, in recent months, Apple CEO Tim Cook has increasingly turned his focus toward equal rights in the workplace, an issue he addressed again in a rare speech in New York this week

Cook was accepting a lifetime-achievement award from his alma mater, Alabama’s Auburn University, during a ceremony at the United Nations headquarters in New York City

“Growing up in Alabama in the 1960s, I saw the devastating impacts of discrimination,” Cook said in the video. “Not far from where I lived, I remember very vividly witnessing a cross burning … This image was permanently imprinted in my brain, and it would change my life foreverFor me, the cross burning was a symbol of ignorance, of hatred and of fear of anyone different than the majority.Read more…

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