⓱life – Steve’s Wish – The True Definition of Courage

There’s a new “feature” in iOS 10. It’s buried deep within the refreshed Health App and it deserves a lot more attention than it has received. It allows any adult iPhone user to become an organ donor right from their smart phone.

It was something Steve Jobs felt strongly about having had a liver transplant himself. Unfortunately his illness did not allow to see his dream to fruition. Today his successor, Tim Cook, oversaw the unveiling of this life-saving service.

From Apple’s July 2016 Press Release:

“Over 120,000 Americans are currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant — and every 10 minutes, a new individual is added to the national transplant waiting list… On average, one person dies every hour in the United States waiting for an organ transplant because the demand for lifesaving transplants far exceeds the available supply of organs… Apple’s mission has always been to create products that transform people’s lives. With the updated Health app, we’re providing education and awareness about organ donation and making it easier than ever to register. It’s a simple process that takes just a few seconds and could help save up to eight lives…”

Your health information is provided securely to Donate Life America and never shared with Apple.

Please give serious consideration to this option – it is your unique opportunity to make a lasting gift to the whole of humanity.

There has been much talk this week about what constitutes “Courage“. I would argue that confronting your own mortality and considering the health of others after your own passing fulfills any imaginable definition. 

The following video may be hard to watch. But to see a humbled Steve Jobs posthumously thank his liver donor is a moving tribute to the power of this noble act…

You can get more information at DonateLife.net.

From the iPhone home screen select the Health App > Medical ID > Organ Donation > Sign Up

Non-iPhone users can also enroll in the program at RegisterMe.org.

Submitted by Dr. Andrew Leavitt at 17orbits.com

⓱security – the Mobile Encryption Debate Redux


FBI Director James Comey has announced that the mobile phone encryption debate will soon resume in earnest. This is in contrast to the House Committee on Homeland Security report that followed the initial hearings. The Committee’s research and expert consultants determinied that Apple was right to deny the FBI a back door to their encryption software. The timing of this statement is unexpected considering that just last month the NSA’s hacking tools were stolen and Russian hackers interfered with U.S. elections.


⓱apple – Official Keynote BINGO Card for the Fall 2016 Apple Special Event

My BINGO Card this year is equal parts history, folklore, intuition, humor, leaks and wish list. Print out your card and play along.

After a decade of iPhone keynotes we don’t get too many surprises. This distraction should make things a little more interesting.

Unlike traditional BINGO we’re trying to fill the whole card instead of just the traditional up /down /across /diagonal. BTW: It always ends in a tie since were all using the same card.

print pdf: 2016 Apple Keynote BINGO Playing Card