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  • iPhone unlocking firm Grayshift faces extortion demands after data breach

    I’m quite pleased this firm developed this product. It shows the fuss the FBI and other law enforcement agencies is unfounded, that it’s the responsibility of others to work out solutions to get at the data rather than ask the manufacturers to solve law enforcement’s problems.

    It also shows the lack of willingness of the FBI and other law enforcements agencies to sacrifice security for freedom (which is very shortsighted because it solves an immediate problem while creating a much bigger one) is even more problematic, because the problem can be solved.
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  • Huawei cloning Apple parts, rewarding employees for tech theft

    tulkas said:

    It's always made me laugh when the haters bash everything Apple and then use clones of Apple products. It's like they are trying to clown themselves. 
    The worst part is that people’s selective memories are exploited, so what was once a risky Apple innovation and criticised by others then becomes seen as standard and obvious. They’re not even aware they’re using clones of Apple products.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook rips into 'absurd' Wall Street Journal report on Jony Ive's departure

    Yes, because the major news outlets never run news that is deliberately misleading or absurdly biased...
  • Here are the five biggest iPad Pro problems, because no device is perfect

    Apart from that, having a trackpad or mouse is another fundamental requirement to making a computer a computer, as it's much quicker and easier to navigate and move files around. There are so many things on a computer that are tough to accomplish with touch controls alone.

    To me this is classic problem people have shifting their computing perspective to see the iPad as a real computer replacement. It’s sort of like switching between automobiles—you don’t say the Hyundai Elantra is not a ‘full’ car because you can’t accelerate to pass other cars as quickly as a McLaren P1. Instead you adapt your driving style to compensate for the differences, which inherently means accepting and adapting to limitations. Undoubtedly if everyone grew up driving a McLaren P1 people would resist the Hyundai Elantra as a ‘real’ car, saying you can’t do this or that with it.

    I’m not meaning to say you can do everything on an iPad, but you also can’t do everything on a ‘full’ computer. But that doesn’t make either less of a real computing device. I can’t write this post on my computer because I’d never casually take my MacBook Pro as I’m out and about. If everyone grew up with iPads and didn’t know anything about desktop/laptop computers, we’d undoubtedly think they were too cumbersome and overly complex to accomplish most tasks.

  • Mouse support in iOS 13 and iPadOS includes USB and Bluetooth devices

    Good, mouse support doesn’t belong on touch devices (except in exceptional circumstances). If you want to use a mouse then use macOS.
  • Tim Cook changes Twitter name to 'Tim Apple' in response to Trump gaffe

    It’s funny watching people make an issue of this. We quickly dismiss and forget our own stupid word mistakes, but then are quick to jump on Trump about it with a deceptively hidden suggestion that he’s stupid for saying it.

    If anyone is making an issue out of this like they would toward a friend, then great. Enjoy. Otherwise, your hypocrisy is showing.
  • Apple insists App Store 'not a monopoly,' expects to win in court

    ralphie said:
    You just proved the whole case. You have a choice of Walmart or Costco, etc. with iOS the developer has NO choice.
    Apple isn’t trying to eliminate competition or even (directly) remove choice. Are you perhaps too young to remember that Apple didn’t even want to provide developers with a means to develop apps for the iPhone initially?

    That was for security reasons, and that’s the primary reason the App Store is the only means of app distribution.

    Some of the people who are fighting Apple’s approach maybe believe they have a noble cause, but all that will happen if they’re successful is to weaken the security of users’ devices and hurt Apple’s image (as nefarious apps end up on unsuspecting users’ devices). And Apple should make their devices less secure so that a small percentage of users can save a few dollars? How asinine.

    Apps are so cheap, thanks to Apple. Or are you also too young to know how much software used to cost before the App Store?
  • Editorial: Can Apple News+ kill 'fake news' and save journalism?

    Fake news? It astounds me that people blind themselves to fake story after story being published by top news agencies. I can’t even remember the last time I read an objective news story about an important cultural issue. 

    For instance, we’ve been hearing about Trump’s ‘collision’ presented as if it were fact by major news outlets, for years.

    Further, if some evil people in Russia went to gatherings of homosexuals and killed them simply because they were gay we’d be continuously hearing and reading about it as if it were the worst and most significant thing that has happened. However, when the same thing happened to Christians we have ‘leaders’ not even willing to identify them as Christians. Censoring news because it doesn’t fit a cultural agenda is also fake news.

    We live in a country where fake news is the majority of news presented to us.
  • France approves digital tax measures against Apple despite US pressure

    pjs_socal said:
    I am surprised that it took EU countries this long to enact these kinds of taxes. It’s common knowledge that Apple (with help from Ireland) took advantage of loopholes in international tax laws to reduce their tax burden. Of course, Apple has done nothing illegal, but it’s completely within each country’s rights to change tax laws to close those loopholes.
    On one hand you may be correct, but on the other hand (one you were not speaking about...) taxes just in general are outrageously high and collecting these is just another failed attempt at governing. These taxes are a burden put on citizens not out of fair altruism by recouping money lost through ‘loopholes’ in tax laws, but rather out of a general attitude of turning toward increased taxes in an attempt to make up for inefficiency and greed.

    We’ve gotten so used to this that we’re barely phased by it (outside of temporary moaning and complaining) even though everyone knows this is just a money grab.

    I firmly believe the government can be run generously with a 10% income tax collection (and no sales tax). We just need to change our attitudes about tax and the responsibilities of the government.
  • Video: iPhone XS Max versus Galaxy S10+ photo quality comparison

    S10+ excelled in these shots. There's no doubt. It has a much better camera system. Good work, Samsung.
    ‘Much better’? The most accurate language would be ‘very slightly better, and partially based on opinion’. It’s like when there’s a benchmark and a phone is 5% faster and the reviewers say the faster phone ‘destroyed’ the slower one, and then failed to mention that the increased speed in this particular benchmark may not benefit all users.