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  • TikTok can collect users' biometric data according to its new privacy policy

    I have said this before, but I’ll say it again. The CCP has a reasonable dataset of Asian faces for their biometric tracking but not for any other race. So by enabling the collection of a massive dataset of these other nationalities means they will be able to more easily track foreign nationals within their borders. It also means that if they take over another country, they can quickly implement the same social tracking system to control the population.
  • Report finds AirTag enables 'inexpensive, effective stalking'

    There is another point that seems to be getting lost in the noise of this thread. This kind of monitoring is not the domain of stalkers only, perpetrators of domestic violence also use this type of coercive control. The added benefit for them, from what I can see is that the AirTag will never go into alert mode, as the tag comes home each night and never makes it to the three days away.

    I think the release of this product was probably a little premature, and more time needed to be put into the safety measures to stop this type of usage.
  • Foxconn CEO headed to Wisconsin after Trump meeting at White House

    chasm said:
    I prefer a semi-independent Taiwan, but I really wonder if the US would defend the island if China opted to fully absorb it. In any event, Gou has a LOT of explainin’ to do about his con job in Wisconsin (not the first time Foxconn has “played” a US state, incidentally). I wonder if Trump even remembers that he and Gou broke ground on the nonexistent factory two years ago?

    Just to be clear: although Trump grandstanded and exaggerated Foxconn’s deal (as he is wont to do), the blame for this rotten deal falls squarely on Republican former governor Scott Walker. He was both a rotten governor and a rotten human being.
    The US would be obligated to militarily defend Taiwan. What that means exactly would be above my pay grade.
    It wouldn’t come to that if Gou wins the election. If China came asking for Taiwan to submit, Gou would just roll over and submit because that’s what a high level member of the CCP does.
  • Apple removes Siri team lead as part of AI strategy shift

    command_f said:
    I played with Alexa the other day on a friend's Sonos: I was impressed and amused. I have never been impressed by Siri. The actual speech parsing is good but the reaction to so many enquiries is just to display a web page on the display; this defeats the object in many cases. A rethink is overdue if Apple intends to compete in this area.
    Totally agree. It is one of the many reasons I hardly use Siri at all. It would be nice if there was some real functionality built into the assistant.
  • Facebook guidelines explicitly allow calls for death of public figures

    This news makes it very tempting to start calling for something to happen to the almighty Zuk. ;-)
  • US House of Representatives to recommend break up of Big Tech firms

    gatorguy said:
    This would be an excellent way to dramatically slow down innovation and the deployment of integrated, seamless solutions that customers love.

    Frankly, I hard a hard to guessing how you would "break up" Apple in any reasonable way.  Is it just a matter of imposing on Apple the requirement that they support competing app stores?  Is so, that's not a "break up."

    Likewise, how do you break up Facebook when their main product is a single worldwide social network?  Or do you just do the reasonable thing and not allow them to acquire additional social networks?

    I fully expect that wiser heads will prevail and people will bring up all the other examples of feared monopolies that turned out to be temporary "winners" that were ultimately unable to prevent the rise of competitors and/or the radical evolution of their market.  For example, how did that big, bad Microsoft monopoly on desktop PC OSes and core office software work out?  Sure they are still the leading vendor in those spaces, but they face serious competition.  How about AOL's dominant position in the ISP market?  
    Some proposals in the US and elsewhere suggest Apple's hardware business being separated from the services: App Store, Apple TV, Apple Music, etc would become a standalone business with separate executive management and ownership. In the US the recommendations will include a ban on certain types of mergers, such as on “future acquisitions of potential rivals and start-ups” by major platforms.

    Going by this rationale that would also mean the end of “Smart TV’s” as they have software loaded onto hardware by the same manufacturer.
  • Apple releases watchOS 7.3 with Unity watch face, wider ECG support

    What is the deal with no ECG function for Australia yet?

    Any chance AppleInsider would be able to chance an answer down on what the hold up is? Is it on Apple’s side or is it on the Australian government’s side?