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  • Uber sued for $5M over 'Hell' app used to track Lyft drivers

    We get it...the tech media has a hard on for painting Uber as evil.

    I don't typically take such extreme tunnel vision views on issues like this. For instance:

    1. If it is against Apple's rules for Apps to collect UUID's of iOS devices, why is possible to do with a simple app submitted to the App Store? I know all about how they deliberately tried to get around Apple's rules by geofencing Cupertino and making that behavior not work in that locale, in hopes of defrauding the testers. But that doesn't answer the question of why it is possible for an App to even access the UUID in the first place? Uber found an efficient way to prevent loss and abuse of their own app, and they employed it. The only thing they did 'wrong' was violating Apple's rules and then deliberately hiding it from them.

    2. When Uber was being lambasted over their App tracking a user's location after the ride had ended...the tech media refused to even acknowledge how the entire Uber product revolves around location tracking, and you're going to begrudge them additional location data once your ass is out of the car and it doesn't serve your interest any more? Seems pretty absurd. Users give up ridiculous amounts of location data to other apps for the dumbest reasons imaginable. They choose this to get upset about. Even though Uber made a strong case for why the data is valuable...not so they can know where John Doe is 20 minutes after his ride, but to aggregate information on the behavior patterns of demographics using Uber, to better place drivers in the future, to make the service even more reliable. Are people already not even impressed when they pick up their phone needing a ride, and there is a Uber 5 minutes away? Heck, I'm still pretty impressed.

    3. How is the Hell app anything but brilliant? Assuming it is using publicly available information and they are not hacking Lyft to get the data.

    4. I'm unclear how Uber could possibly "not have permission to operate" anywhere. What government bureaucrat is sitting on that? Well, obviously the ones they refuse service to.

    5. "People within the company have also been accused of stalking journalists, celebrities, and ex-lovers." This is not a company policy or practice so it just a meaningless slander when voiced like this in the context of company doings.

    I don't really know why I'm defending Uber here...maybe because I see them as one of the few actual good ideas to come along in the last decade, and I can smell a media smear campaign from a mile away.
  • Production of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said to be affected by unspecified Samsung OLED problems

    As Upgrade/Lease programs enter another year of maturity, it is prime time for Apple to release a flagship model that goes for $1,000+ USD has come. For most buyers, or should I say lessees, it will be just a few dollars more per month than their previous iPhone was. 

    Apple is going to yet again make a lot of money on iPhone this year.
  • Google Photos now streams photos, video to Apple TV via AirPlay

    Wow Photos via AirPlay. How 2010 of them.
  • How to disable homescreen rotation on Apple's Plus-series iPhones

    mike1 said:
    I would love for them to add the ability to rotate  the home screen icons on any iPhone, not just the + models.
    No you wouldn't. You only think so because you haven't seen it. Apple has, which is why they said 'nope'.
  • Analyst speculates Apple's OLED 'iPhone 8' could ditch embedded fingerprint sensor

    Apple is more invested in Touch ID than 90% of the other technologies in iPhone. They aren't getting away from it any time soon.