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ExtraBITS for 22 September 2014

Tim Cook features heavily in ExtraBITS this week, with the second part of his interview with Charlie Rose along with another interview in Bloomberg Businessweek. Also, some bad news for tinkerers: the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 is only for Apple Pay, at least for now.

Bloomberg Businessweek Profiles Tim Cook — Bloomberg Businessweek has published an exhaustive profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook (be sure to check out the astonishingly ugly cover shot). The article focuses on how Cook handled taking over from Steve Jobs, and the challenges he faced. It also includes a brief digression with SVP of Design Jony Ive to discuss the process of creating the Apple Watch.

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Tim Cook and Charlie Rose, Part 2 — The second part of Charlie Rose’s interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook is now online. Cook discusses Apple’s views on privacy in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, his personal heroes, and what Apple values. “We want to leave the world better than we found it,” Cook said.

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The iPhone 6’s NFC Chip Only for Apple Pay — If you were hoping to tinker with the new near-field communication (NFC) hardware in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, we have bad news: it can be used only for Apple Pay, at least for now. Security Editor Rich Mogull suspects this was a limitation demanded by the banks. On other manufacturers’ devices, the NFC chip can be used to read signals from NFC tags and invoke a variety of actions.

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