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DT Daily: China accuses Apple of spying, author authors a video game, Tesla wants to hire military veterans

Today on DT Daily: China calls out Apple for spying, a video game from a renowned artist and veterans, Elon Musk wants you (to work for Tesla).

While everyone is rightfully worried about privacy and security in our digitized, hyper-connected world, it seems the people who run China may be paranoid about it than most.

According to recent story on China’s state-run TV, officials there are worried about a feature on Apple’s iPhone known as “frequent locations,” which does indeed track the movements of users for various reasons. Chinese officials think one of those reasons is to steal state secrets, and they point to revelations made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden that they say indicates the US government is using smartphone tech to glean sensitive information.

Apple just fired back in a public statement, saying the data is simply for providing better information to the phone’s user, and they promised they are not collecting information and passing it along to the U.S. government.

It’s summer time, E3 is long over and you should be outside tuning up for that half-marathon or American Ninja Warriors instead of playing video games.

But if you are still parked in front of your console, check out the new game from noted author and comic book creator Neil Gaiman. Gaiman has worked with the game designers at The Odd Gentlemen to create Wayward Manor, the intriguing tale of a little ghost – you – who has to oust a colorful cast of real people before he can make a home for a calm afterlife in said manor. Here’s a link to the game’s site and an interview with Gaiman.

We’ve heard a lot sad stories about American military veterans having a tough time once they get back home from long tours of duty, so it was good to hear a bit of good news about how one booming company is looking to hire them. That company is Tesla, and big boss Elon Musk says he wants to hire as many veterans as he can to build his slick electric cars. But why? As usual, Musk has thought it through and says veterans are a great fit for his growing company.

Musk says veterans are disciplined, hard workers, natural team leaders and have a high degree of technical skill from their training in the modern, high-tech military. That makes them a good fit for making his cutting-edge machines, and while 300 veterans already work for Tesla, Musk says 600 more are in training. We’ve got a link to the Tesla job list here, so take a look if you’re interested.

Your host today is Caleb Denison.