A quick thread. This article has been freaking people — vice.com/en_au/article/… — and I understand why, because in 2018 it seems any horrible thing is possible. But I'm going to officially call bullhonkey on the basics, and here's why.
The author confirmed to me via DM that he was doing his test on an iPhone. He'd talk towards the phone, without launching any app, and saw his ads change. BUT: on iOS, any app recording you in the background triggers a giant red symbol to appear in the upper-left corner!
In other words, if you're using iOS, YOU WILL KNOW if an app is recording your audio secretly on your phone. If Facebook was doing this, the corner of your phone would be red 24/7. There's no way around it. (Except maybe if your phone is jailbroken.)
Apple Park Visitor Center is a detail fanatic’s dream. From the curved glass, to the super clean perimeter fence (no cross braces), to the world’s nicest fire extinguisher cabinet, to the tiny tiny perforations in the wood ceiling to eliminate room reverb.
Everything was the fanciest version of everything. The elevators were the good ones from Japan — Mitsubishi I think, but unbranded of course. That means they were fast, the door close button actually worked, and you could double tap an accidental floor button press to cancel it.
I peeked under a real nice chair in the visitor center out of curiosity. (I can’t help it!) This ain’t IKEA. More on the chair:
I found a higher-res version of that photo of coolest-person @SusanKare, and I wish I could zoom and enhance on every single toy, note, and scrap of paper. I can only make out the "1983-84 Texaco-Metropolitain Opera Radio Broadcast Schedule". imagazin.mk/wp-content/upl…
Super eagle-eyed @davehayden recognized the paper pinned up on the left — it's an illustration from the original MacPaint manual! How have I never seen these incredible robots before!
And here's one more figured out! I'd love to see close-up of that billboard. (Chris, just in case you didn't know, was Apple employee #8!) The answer: