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  • Mark Zuckerberg was ready to pounce on Apple's data practices at Senate hearing

    Comparing Facebook to Apple, which often touts itself as a bastion of user privacy and data security, Zuckerberg's notes say the two companies' policies are "similar." He relates installing an app on iPhone to users logging into Facebook -- both request access to certain information that can, in some cases, be sensitive.

    Zuckerberg also claims there are "lots of stories about apps misusing Apple data," though he never sees the company inform its customers of such events. It is "important you hold everyone to the same standard," Zuckerberg concludes. 
    Zuckerberg is one arrogant prick. The people are trying to hold Facebook "to the same standard" as Apple, but I'm afraid the politicians have all already been paid off.
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  • DriveSavers launches passcode-beating iPhone cracking service for the public

    mfryd said:

    If they have reverse-engineered Apple's private key from the public key, then their claims are quite believable.  If they've been using their corporate spare computer cycles over the past few years to look for this, perhaps they have gotten lucky?
    A few problems with this thesis:

    1. Apple's private encryption key is more valuable on the black market than having to solicit orders from random end users with questionable means to pay.
    2. The sale of a company's private encryption key on the black market is likely to attract law enforcement.
    3. The computing power necessary to derive Apple's private encryption key is unlikely to be found in a single, non-state actor.
    4. If a solution to #3 can be found, the solution is more valuable than the private key itself. Indeed, it would make the person who discovered it the richest person alive.

  • Apple responds to investor criticism over heavy smartphone use by children, says parental ...

    As a "tech-savvy" parent who tried to "do my job" of monitoring and configuring an iPad for the use of my child, I was very quickly scratching my head looking for the following. * Day/Time access schedules. * App blocking. * Internet filtering. --- Schedules were nonexistent, Total App blocking is restricted to "some" 1st party apps only - I could block face time but not messages or email. Other apps could only be restricted by content ratings that I don't control. Internet filtering was purely based aforementioned ratings... no provision for black or white lists. The only way to block you tube was to not install the app but even then they could access it via safari... unless I block safari but then they would have no internet browsing at all. Bare minimum doesn't even begin to describe what is offered. At least they restricted store and in app purchase options... eventually. And just to be clear, I'm purposely omitting any third-party solutions. I believe this should and in many cases needs to be provided by Apple due the level of system access required.
    Have you looked at Apple Configurator 2?

    Apple Configurator 2 on the Mac App Store - iTunes - Apple
  • How Apple Pay beat the odds because of great design

    There was a video floating about that showed that these portable FlashPay (wireless) payment terminals could be tapped against a person's wallet without them knowing and the amount would be debited from their account. And this is where Apple Pay is simply superior; it wouldn't work unless you trigger the phone/watch to payment mode.
  • Zuckerberg says iMessage biggest competitor to Facebook's messaging services, takes dig at...

    WhatsApp doesn't store your messages? Really? So what actually happens when you type a message and hit send, and the person you're messaging is on an airplane or otherwise cannot receive messages?
  • Study: iPhone 6 has highest failure rate among iPhones -- but Samsung's rate is higher

    Soli said:
    220 million iPhone 6 in the world. The 2nd most popular  phone in the world is bound to have problems .
    48.4 million of those failing seems reasonable to you? No idea how many iPhone 5S' Apple has sold, but it only has a failure rate of 5%.
    Not trying to be mean, but are you sure you know what you're commenting on? It doesn't say there are 48.4 million iPhones 6 that have failed. That is the wrong inference. It says that their "failure rate" for iPhone 6 in their sample is 22%, for their definition of "failure".

    Here's an analogy. Say you run a garage and you service all sorts of cars. Let's say you fix X number of Toyotas. Of these X quantity of Toyota cars, 22% are defined to have "failures". Does this mean 22% of *all* Toyotas of this particular model have this particular problem? Of course not, that would be silly. But that's what you're inferring. This is what is called a biased sample i.e. they are reported to be failures because… they have failed, and that's why there was a study in the first place. This is not a report about the total number of iPhone 6's still in use.
  • Android O, Google's response to Apple's iOS 11, will be revealed next Monday amid solar ec...

    gatorguy said:

    Here's what I suspect will be a surprising list of the Android enhancements that have been made available in just the past four months, totally independent of any OS update and available to almost any Google Android user regardless of OS version.
    gatorguy said:
    Comparing OS versions between iOS and Android is a bit misleading anyway. With iOS new features are delivered only via an OS update. With Android many of the very latest features are available to nearly every user.  Android owners aren't as dependent on the latest OS version as iOS users might assume.

    Is that a good excuse for OEM's to be so horribly bad at rolling out OS and security updates when Google sends them out? Not at all. It's stupid and lazy and not at all buyer friendly. But Android owners aren't actually missing out on as much as an iOS user who can't  or won't take advantage of an OS update for whatever reason. 
    First of all, those Google apps are individual app updates. They are not considered essential parts of the operating system, which is why they are on Google Play. If they were essential to the operating system, then there's a contradiction. i.e. how would you download an essential part of the system when it can't even boot up in the first place? Secondly, even if we don't agree on what constitutes an operating system, some apps DO require a minimum OS version e.g. Google Allo requires Android 4.1 and above. I couldn't be bothered to check the other apps.
  • Kanye West delivers impromptu 'keynote' at Washington Apple store

    I feel sorry for Kim and the kids. It's a shame. SMH
    As any married person knows, it's because of Kim and the kids, that's why he's acting crazier than usual.
  • Apple offers fix to avoid Swiss scrutiny over Apple Pay's interruption of rival payment ap...

    Before the tinfoil hat conspiracy theorists chime in, Apple generally has sensible defaults. NFC causes something to launch, in this case the default is Apple Pay/Wallet. If some random app can cause anything to launch, that wouldn't be iOS, it would be Android. Then you'd see that video of a random dude with a handheld POS terminal tapping random strangers' asses, hoping to trigger payments. Then there'd be an outcry over Apple's lack of security consciousness and we'd have another round of "Apple is doomed!" articles.
  • Qualcomm urging Chinese courts to extend sales ban to iPhone XS & XR

    rcfa said:
    Apple should just make a hostile takeover of Qualcomm, fire the entire management without golden parachutes, sell off the assets, hire key personnel, and liquidate the rest.

    That would give the kind of signal that would stop this sort of nonsense.
    Why? Too expensive funancially and pr wise... it is better to wait it out. With that behavior, Q will be belly up in no time.
    Agree that QCOM is overvalued. Current market cap at around $70B, even if Apple fails in recovering the $1B in dispute, the net value change is 1/70 = 1.4%. Easily within a day's trading range.