Katie's Week in Review: May 28, 2017

It’s hard to believe that May is almost over and WWDC is just a few short weeks away. Things are buzzing in The Apple community. Here are a few links of note for the week ending May 28, 2017:

  • Apple’s HR head Denise Young Smith moving to newly created Inclusion and Diversity VP role - 9to5Mac - Denise Young Smith is moving to a new role at Apple. Smith will now run diversity programs under the newly created position, reporting directly to Tim Cook.
  • Apple officially launches ‘Today at Apple’ with special events at all 495 stores worldwide - 9to5 Mac - The new effort plans to bring educational sessions to Apple sStores with topics ranging from photo, video, music, coding, art, design and more. The efforts seem to be focused on turning Apple Stores more into a meeting and idea centers rather than just retail shops.
  • Nokia and Apple sign agreement, settle all litigation - Apple PR - Remember Nokia? While they aren’t as active in the phone business anymore they apparently still hold a lot of patents. The two companies have settled all litigation related to patent disputes and agreed to a multi-year patent deal in a move the companies say “moves their relationship from being adversaries in court to business partners.”
  • Supreme Court Just Killed Marshall Texas Patent Troll Business - The Mac Observer - Oddly enough this case had nothing to d with technology. However, the big takeaway here is the Court ruled that patent infringement cases must be filed where the defendant is incorporated, not just the patent-friendly Eastern District of Texas.
  • Introducing Travel Mode: Protect your data when crossing borders - 1Password - We’ve spoken a lot on MPU recently about keeping your data secure when traveling across borders since our electronic devices are subject to search and seizure. 1Password has introduced TravelMode, just in time for WWDC, to allow users to remove sensitive information while traveling and re-download it once they’ve reached their destination. Smart.
  • Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer - The Verge - Walt Mossberg, penned his last weekly column before his retirement. I’ve followed Walt for years and will miss his regular presence in this space. Thanks for everything, Walt. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement.