Cooks vs Trump moves, AI partnership, hacker jailed, Apple solar, Editors Keys, FileMaker citizens, 10.12.4

Editors Keys has new overlays for MacBook Pro keyboards – they protect against spills, make the keys quieter and show functions clearly
Editors Keys has new overlays for MacBook Pro keyboards – they protect against spills, make the keys quieter and show functions clearly

Apple CEO Tim Cook pledges support to employees affected by President Trump’s immigration order — In the wake of executive orders from US President Donald Trump limiting immigration from a group of seven countries, Apple CEO Tim Cook has written to employees to reaffirm Apple’s pro-immigration stance, and advising affected staff will receive support from its human resources and legal teams.

Apple joins partnership on Artificial Intelligence as a Founding Member — Apple’s commitment to the artificial intelligence community is even stronger now that it’s officially a founding member of the Partnership on AI. The organization was created to help shape the future of artificial intelligence technology in an open way.

Second hacker who targeted celebrity Apple accounts sentenced to 9 months in prison — A Chicago man who pleaded guilty to hacking into the Apple email and cloud storage accounts of multiple celebrities in 2014 was on Thursday sentenced to nine months behind bars.

Apple’s solar power plants igniting US clean energy economy — Apple is very much into solar power. The company has made a commitment to clean energy and has been building solar power plants both in the US and China. John Martellaro has looked into Apple’s efforts with solar energy and its many new installations and puts what Apple is doing in perspective with some numbers.

FileMaker 2017 State of the Custom App Report: citizen developers are improving business processes — FileMaker has released the “2017 FileMaker State of the Custom App Report,” which examines how citizen developers are creating custom apps to solve real business challenges and increase job satisfaction. The global report is based on surveys of hundreds of citizen developers across North America, Japan and Europe.

Editors Keys launch new keyboard skins for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar — Editors Keys has launched shortcut keyboard covers for the Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The new keyboard covers protect the laptop from dust and liquid spills, in addition to offering over 150 shortcuts for programs such as Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X and the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of programs. [Not sure if you can buy these here so you may have to mail order them. But if you sign up for the email list, you get a 5% discount code valid on everything at EditorsKeys for 24 hours.]

Apple releases public betas of macOS 10.12.4 (and iOS 10.3) — Apple has released a new public beta of macOS 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3. If you’re not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.