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I believe Mainland China users will almost certainly have their data accessible by at least some of their government agencies as a condition for approval of the device or tech for use in China. Hasn't that been the pattern? Perhaps the US is not so different if we were to know the entire story.
Users might not care. Chinese government agencies? They may care. In addition and as noted in a previous post it may not be possible to entirely disable access to location-reporting.
http://www.tuaw.com/2013/12/30/2013-rumor-retrospective-all-the-leaks-were/MacRumors has an excellent record of accuracy. Ming? 50/50. 9-5? Gurman is supposedly near-perfect when his articles are based on primary sources."... no issue whatsoever with 9to5 Mac's reporting of rumors derived from its own original sources. They obviously work hard to get this information, and it almost always turns out to be either wholly or substantially accurate. The problem is, it's hard to...
I'd guess that once Apple sent out the notices to app buyers that refunds would be available that a lot more than $32M was claimed by them.
iPhones, iPads, Galaxy Tabs nor any other western tech would NOT be permitted in China if they don't bend to Chinese government requests. I can't imagine it would not include access to citizen data and location. IMO it's only a matter of time before any cloud services available to China's mainland will be restricted to those with China infrastucture and China storage of user data.Dropbox won't offer Chinese government access and they're now blocked in China. Google won't...
The Chinese Government prefers policing these things themselves rather than letting users make the choice.
Twitter and Google are both blocked in China. I guess those two don't pay as well? Concerns about Apple, Google and tracking, particularly with regard to cloud services, were mentioned at least a month ago in the US media....http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-0614-google-china-20140614-story.html#page=1and in China.http://rightwayssuccess.blogspot.com/2014/06/foreign-tech-firms-pose-threat-on.html
Microsoft smart-watch plans apparently do include cross-platform compatibility. Yup, both Android and iOS.http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2014/05/29/exclusive-a-microsoft-smartwatch-is-coming/
Have you read anything about it in the last year?
http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2014/01/apple-inc-will-provide-full-consumer-refunds-least-325-million.It didn't go to government coffers.
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