Apple CEO Tim Cook on iPhone addiction, avoiding social networks, paying corporate taxes, and more

“The head of Apple, Tim Cook, believes there should be limits to the use of technology in schools and says he does not want his nephew to use a social network,” Samuel Gibbs reports for The Guardian. “Cook was talking at Harlow college in Essex, one of 70 institutions across Europe that will use Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum, it was announced on Friday.”

“‘I don’t believe in overuse [of technology]. I’m not a person that says we’ve achieved success if you’re using it all the time,’ he said. ‘I don’t subscribe to that at all,'” Gibbs reports. “‘I don’t have a kid, but I have a nephew that I put some boundaries on. There are some things that I won’t allow; I don’t want them on a social network.'”

“The world’s largest taxpayer remains subject to fierce criticism of its tax affairs, including revelations in the Paradise Papers that, after Ireland tightened taxation rules, it secretly shifted two subsidiaries to Jersey,” Gibbs reports. “Of the Paradise Papers, Cook told The Guardian: ‘I probably haven’t read everything that’s been written, so I wouldn’t want to pass judgment on it. The right way to address multinational tax is a worldwide thing, because if not, it becomes a tug of war between countries saying, ‘I want this, I want that.””

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: So, put down your iPhone once in a while (and, no, that doesn’t mean picking up your iPad or MacBook!) and stay off Facebook!

That’s very sound advice. (Also, you must have to be a near-billionaire CEO to be an uncle who can set limits on nephews, because if any of us uncles – or any of our uncles – tried that… let’s just say that it wouldn’t go over very well!)

We haven’t had personal FaceBook accounts for many years now. And happily so.MacDailyNews, May 11, 2017

Beyond the privacy aspect, Facebook is Creepster Central. It’s a Narcissists’ Paradise. In general, yuck. — MacDailyNews, March 27, 2015

‘Paradise Papers’ leak reveals how the rich use tax havens, from Apple Inc. to Bono to Queen Elizabeth – November 7, 2017
Facebook developing ‘Portal’ gadget which will let it put microphones and cameras in people’s homes – January 11, 2018
Facebook is giving the US government more and more data – December 21, 2017
Former Facebook exec: Facebook is ‘destroying how society works’ – December 11, 2017
In bid to curtail ‘revenge porn,’ Facebook wants you to send your own nude images via Messenger – November 8, 2017
Apple CEO Tim Cook: Russian Facebook ads didn’t elect President Trump – November 2, 2017
Young people are leaving Facebook – August 22, 2017
If you haven’t already, it’s time to remove Facebook from your life – May 11, 2017
How to delete your online existence, while saving your data – March 1, 2017
Free ‘Data Selfie’ tool reveals how creepy Facebook tracks and studies your activity – February 17, 2017
Facebook begins tracking non-users around the internet – May 27, 2016
Former Facebook workers: We routinely suppressed conservative news – May 9, 2016
FCC won’t force Google and Facebook to stop tracking you – November 6, 2015
European Commission: Don’t use Facebook if you don’t want to be spied on – March 27, 2015
Edward Snowden’s privacy tips: ‘Get rid of Dropbox,” avoid Facebook and Google – October 13, 2014
Tim Berners-Lee: You should own your personal data, not Google, Facebook, Amazon, and advertisers – October 8, 2014
Facebook conducts massive psychology experiment on 700,000 unaware users, and you may have been a guinea pig – June 28, 2014
Why Apple really values your privacy – unlike Google, Facebook, or Amazon – June 25, 2014
U.S. NSA used Facebook to hack into computers – March 12, 2014
How to permanently delete your Facebook account – December 16, 2013
Study finds link between number of Facebook friends and ‘socially disruptive’ narcissism – April 10, 2012

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. I think it’s great advice, but what’s good for the goose doesn’t appear to be good for the gander – the iPad commercial I keep being bombarded with (the one that shows a child alone, everywhere, except for their trusty iPad, and whose parents apparently couldn’t be bothered to teach them what a computer is. BTW, an iPad IS a computer, millennials are sooo good at missing the forest for the trees, but that is a separate conversation) expresses precisely the opposite intent. I suspect that, as it does, silicon valley will pick up on this sentiment, treat it as a fad and an opportunity to generate $$$, and then start creating useless tools that epically miss the point. So shallow, and so predictable.

    1. Actually the kid does have friends in the commercial.
      She signs some boys cast on the iPad and then shows another friend who is sitting near by what she signed.

      But other than that, I thought the commercial was a little creepy too.

      1. It’s a strange commercial, super you-go-girl tech whiz glued to her iPad doesn’t know what a “computer” is (such a clever and sophisticated joke, only childless weirdos in New York ad companies could have wrote it), makes her look like a dolt.

  2. As MacDailyNews so aptly pit it
    “Beyond the privacy aspect, Facebook is Creepster Central. It’s a Narcissists’ Paradise. In general, yuck. — MacDailyNews, March 27, 2015”

    It is up to parents to control what their kids do with electronics not the computer makers. It’s like saying car companies have to put safeguards in car for when teenagers are driving them. Helicopter parents are always looking for the easy way out and blaming others for their mistakes that they commit as parents. Let’s get real people. Take control of your own lives and not expects others to do your work.

    1. Exactly. Parents should install seat belts in cars because parents know best. Why expect car makers to make it easier to operate their products safely? Corporate profits must come first over customer experience or safety or ability for less tech savvy parents to manage. /S

  3. I gave my abusive ISP the boot last month and liked it! (Hint: Speculum). The result has been that I get a lot more work done at home (non-net work that is). I’ll be reconnecting at some point, when I’m offered a reasonable price. But I’m happily finding I’m not addicted to the net. Good change is good. Bad ISPs are bad.

        1. ‘Degradation’

          My state’s Attorney General is suing the company for fraud on behalf of all customers/victims. Well deserved. The company requested that the lawsuit be tossed out of court thanks to FCC Dictator Agit Pai killing net neutrality. But seeing as this is a fraud case, it’s irrelevant to net neutrality. Of course, from personal experience, these cases take ages to resolve and get money out to victims.

          Meanwhile, I’m pestering the other evil alternative ISP to expand their network half a block to MY house. Zzzz

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