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  • Google adds VPN to iPhones using Google Fi plans

    Encryption by itself solves nothing. If it did, everything on the Internet would be secure because every character on the Internet is encoded in ASCII, which is a code with a key. What matters is the algorithm, key production, and key management. A VPN may use a good algorithm, but the session keys are held by the VPN provider, in addition to yourself, which could completely negate the security of both the algorithm and the key.
  • Philips Hue to introduce new bulbs in September

    Every day I use over a dozen Hue bulbs in my home, and perhaps the frequencies they use are too crowded from my neighbours' own devices, (so your results may be better) but during the course of the day there are always random bulbs with "No Response." As I write this I have three Hue bulbs saying "No response." I've switched zigbee frequencies, with different results, but never get very good results. I'm done with Hue (I think the real problem is zigbee) due to many daily failures to work properly. I'll wait for bulbs that use Thread.

    By the way, despite what the manufacturer claims, the bulbs are all dimmer than incandescent bulbs, and it takes extra bulbs to get the same amount of light. So unless you have the vision of an owl, get the brightest bulbs you can get, since they are all supposed to be energy efficient anyway. And don't bother with colour bulbs, which cost way too much extra and are rarely useful.

  • Intel-based MacBook Pro is Intel's latest anti-Apple campaign target

    That chart isn't distressing for Apple users, it's actually comforting. Only a 10% difference, despite the fact that Intel's data uses a chip that hardly anyone owns yet.
  • Apple shouldn't use privacy & security to stave off competition, EU antitrust head warns

    In an interview with Reuters, Vestager agreed with Cook that privacy and security are important factors for consumers, but warned the Cupertino tech giant against using concerns about them to fend off competition.
    I guess the health and safety of drugs shouldn't be a motivating factor of drug companies either. 
  • EU winding down Apple Music antitrust investigation, charges expected

    If I were Apple I would start off by asking the EU: "Under what EU law does Apple even need to sell third party software that competes directly with Apple's own software?"
  • Apple ad spot highlights Ping iPhone capabilities of Apple Watch

    I don't need this feature as my Apple Watch has its own phone built in.
  • GE rebrands smart home business as CYNC, HomeKit support coming soon

    Expensive camera.  Money sucking monthly subscription to get remote access.  Competition has cameras that don’t require the subscription. 

    I don’t think this camera will be very successful. 
    The camera's data is sent to the cloud, and possibly stored unencrypted on servers in China. Which the CCP government has access to. And GE thinks we don't care to know what is happening with our data.
  • Apple says hardware leaks harm consumers

    The "Apple lawyers" alluded to in this story are actually lawyers from China who are subcontracted by Apple (which this story didn't report.) I presume these lawyers are trying to help Apple by using local laws to punish the leakers (who appear to be unaffiliated with Apple or its subcontractors.) However these lawyers do not appear to be holding to American standards of law or human rights. I guess they don't have to, since they live in a dictatorship, not in the US. But Apple in the USA should have told them that they need to respect all human rights as defined both in local law and also in the US constitution.

    Personally, if I was Tim Cook, I would fire those lawyers (that is, if they were previously instructed to respect US laws.) However Cook seems very friendly to that dictatorship and I can't see him doing that.

  • Kaspersky Password Manager generated easily cracked passwords

    Neither this article nor the ZDnet article asked whether this "mistake" could have been created ON PURPOSE. I suppose ZDnet and AI would never consider the idea that crypto code coming from a country that has nukes aimed at us would ever do anything intentional to harm us. I wonder how many other "mistakes" there could be in that product.
  • Apple hit with patent infringement lawsuit for selling a smart water bottle

    Kuyangkoh said:
    zeus423 said:
    hexclock said:
    Xed said:
    I'm not sure what's more ridiculous, this lawsuit or a smart bottle to monitor your water intake.
    LOL. I was thinking the same thing. I wonder how much tracking do we need for everything we do?
    How about a companion device to track the rate of urination. Just clamp it on and go… so to speak. 
    Beat me to it! I was going to suggest the water bottle needs to monitor intake and output.
    Hahahahahaha, what goes IN must goes OUT 
    The problem is that water leaves the body in three different ways. You already know the first way. The second way is by sweat, and you lose about 0.4 liters of water per day that way. The third way is by exhalation. You lose about 0.4 liters of water from exhalation every day, too. Add those two numbers up and it just about equals how much liquid you lose from the first way.