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  • Refurbished, high-end iPhones are suffocating the growth of cheap new Androids

    tmay said:

    One wonders why an avowed Samsung Galaxy 8 user on an Apple blog cares so much.
    Perhaps it's  because I used to own an Iphone (and I liked it), I help friends/family with their tech (Mac, Windows, Android, IOS, Chromebook), and I wouldn't rule out purchasing an Iphone in the future nor would I hesitate to validate a friend/family members decision to purchase an Iphone????

    I read and post in Windows and Android blogs regularly too, by the way!  And I have defended IOS in said blogs from time-to-time when warranted!
    muthuk_vanalingamavon b7
  • Apple's iCloud key in takedown of notorious Russian botnet operator

    adm1 said:
    Quite unsettling how easily the US can monitor anyone, anywhere around the world. Especially nabbing someone who you think would be clued up on security etc.
    This has been well documented in the internet and mobile phone age.  If one chooses to use the internet and mobile devices, then one is leaving a digital trail.  I find the symbiotic relationship between governments and technology companies interesting in that the govts "wink wink" at technology companies collecting, storing, profiling, and profiting from all of our personal information.  In return, all of the tech companies (including mobile phone companies and ISPs) cooperate with the govts in some manner upon request.

    If it's stored ANYWHERE, eventually it can be found!

    It makes no difference if this guy was using an Iphone, Android phone, Blackberry, Mac, Windows computer, etc.  They would have found him as this guy (like all of us on these sites) is constantly engaging with the modern world with credit cards, tech devices, airline travel, high end vacations, etc.  Therefor, he is leaving a digital trail.

    No sense getting all upset about it.  It's just how it goes.  Just about everyone in the world benefits from modern technology -- even folks without electricity and internet.  One trade off is governments can find you if you choose to use mobile technology and and the internet.  That's why terror groups now use burner phones w/encrypted chat programs.  But even the leaders of these terror organizations now only use couriers.

    Oh, and I got one more for you!  You are all being tracked by Google no matter if you use an Android device, Chrome Browser, or another search engine.  Look up "Browser Fingerprinting."

    Deal with it! Or stop using this tech!
  • European Commission opens 'in-depth' investigation into Apple's acquisition of Shazam

    I think some of the EUs "enthusiastic" willingness to investigate U.S. tech companies is because with the exception of Spotify all of the leading tech companies are based in the U.S. and Asia. That said, I think some of what they do is warranted and I think the U.S. Congress should also turn up the heat a bit on the tech companies in certain areas. That said, I am not sure the Shazem acquisition merits an investigation. However, Apple could avoid troubles by leaving the hooks to Google Music and Spotify. Break out the popcorn!
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 review roundup: Predictable smartphone plagued by 'creepy' AR Emoji, iss...

    I get a kick out of all the Samsung and Google bashing on AI and other Mac blogs when there are and have been so many Samsung components in Iphones past and present as well as Google services tightly integrated into the ecosystem.  Not to mention Icloud is now hosted in the Google cloud.

    I have a Galaxy S8 and it is a REALLY NICE device.  Not to mention I appreciate $30 for a 128GB storage card on top of 64GB out of the box.

    I have owned Iphones and IPads in the past.  They are also nice devices. 

    Samsung's premium phones (with exception of the Note 8) have historically been great devices!