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  • USB-C on iPhone is good - but not as an excuse for a bad law

    ova said: By the way, is the current UK prime minister elected by the people?  Did not think so. 
    Your message was so unnecessarily condescending, I felt compelled to reply. In the UK we elect a government, we don’t elect a leader. Hence ‘prime minister’ not ‘president’. 
  • Apple rejecting apps that collect data for 'device fingerprinting'

    It’s a tough balance. Apple here is doing this for consumer privacy reasons, however on a corporate level it’s also a strategy to weaken competition or at least influence them heavily out of self-interest. It’s a slippery slope.
    And it’s also one more example of how they are using their market dominance to decide what is acceptable and not (hence anti-trust cases).
    Lastly, Apple has proven to be hypocrites themselves when dealing with China and Russia where they gladly bend their own rules and values to sell more products and services. They want to have it both ways.

    So although I like what they do out of personal interest (consumer privacy), on a corporate level I am concerned about this behavior, because there is more to it than we consumers realize.
    I'm wary of this ideas that 'there is more to it than we consumers realise'. Apple have a proven track record of making decisions that benefit users, sometimes these don't benefit them (Siri being not so great), and sometimes the benefit isn't clear to the lay user - giving up floppy disks, CD, firewire, moving to usb-c, keeping Lighting connectors... . I hear a lot the argument that there must be something going on, but in 45 years this just hasn't been shown to be true. This simply isn't the case for other big tech firms.

    The China/Russia argument is not as simple as that. You can't make change unless you are in the game, to simply not work with the Chinese or Russians would not benefit anyone. Apple also has to abide by US law, which not everyone agrees with either!

    It shouldn't be their place to push the privacy drive, but in the absence of governments that understand the issue, let alone that are willing to challenge 'big tech', this is really the only option. Watch how many states will be lobbied to fight on the behalf of other big tech companies to challenge these 'pro-consumer laws', instead of embracing and regulating effectively in line with what we know is a better way.  
  • Ex-Apple lawyer guilty of insider trading gets a slap on the wrist, avoids prison

    charlesn said:
    Well, this should send a clear and powerful message to aspiring white collar criminals everywhere: If you can't do the time, definitely DO the crime, since there's essentially no penalty for trying and getting caught! Unfriggin-believable. Someone caught stealing a Macbook at an Apple store would get a stiffer sentence. 
    Spot on. Most, if not all, criminals have experienced a lifetime of difficulties and their criminality is not chosen, but often criminal acts of stealing, for example, are the least worst of very limited options. This guy, whilst probably had something going on that pushed him down this route, committed a knowingly huge offence and then chose to lie to the court. Without his power, money and privilege, he’d have gone to jail for a long time.

    This is why our minority brothers and sisters are so disillusioned and angry. Often held back or limited in their access to financial security, when compared to those born into privilege (and I speak from a position of white privilege). Where is their leniency or opportunity to fight the courts for far smaller crimes?

    money = power. 
    Until that changes, we will all continue to see our planet, mental health in our children and communities destroyed. I recommend Gabor Mate’s “the myth of normal”… 

    If you think this is wrong… well the 15 year ago me would have agreed with you. I’ve been lucky enough to work with people and recognise that we are all entitled to a good and enjoyable life, but that our current systems of power actively deny people that basic right, to the benefit of the few. 
  • Developers cautiously welcome prospect of third-party app stores

    avon b7 said: Users will benefit from having more choice and that choice obviously includes choosing not to use third party stores. It is a win win. 
    It's the other way around. Users benefited from iOS and the App Store having a different approach from desktop operating systems. Software prices got significantly cheaper. Security was improved. Smaller app developers getting the same contract terms as the titans of legacy desktop software made for better competition. 

    The EU is going to find all this out the hard way, unfortunately. Forcing iOS to become a Windows/macOS clone won't help consumers at all. 
    Absolutely right. EU is acting in the best interest of the big companies who are pushing this change, not small developers and not consumers.

    I am struggling to see the upside, other than proving that Apple have worked EXTREMELY hard on security and privacy and this will only validate their approach. 

    I don’t think the average person has any idea how hard it is to keep software security flaw free. Who is going to allow their ‘third part apps’ access to their camera, photos, location data and contacts?

    I’m interested to see how this plays out. 
  • USB-C on iPhone is good - but not as an excuse for a bad law

    I think this has become very polarised. Do we ‘do what we are told’ or ‘do what the F we like’? Well, bad stuff happens in both scenarios, and sometimes some agreement and compliance is a good thing. Hence agreed laws not to kill each other, countries banning CFC’s, environmental protections to stop irreparable harm to our shared planet, banning slave/child labour etc. The idea that governments shouldn’t legislate ‘private companies’ at all is as ludicrous as saying governments should be allowed to dictate everything we say or do. Sadly we live in an increasingly polarised world where we fight for one side or the other… to be right or to be wrong. 

    As for lightning and usb, that’s what we are here to discuss, right? The consistency of lightning (and the previous dock connector) vs previous phone and device connectors is worlds apart. Apple really has massively minimised confusion and e-waste, and other companies followed. 

    I am all for being all usb-c, for I too dislike carrying multiple cables. But, I can see why apple have resisted, as the lightning cable has always been a ‘receive power’ and ‘functional device’ end. What happens when I plug my iPhone into my AirPods… does the phone charge the AirPods, or vice versa. Or what if I plug my phone into my iPad… it isn’t completely clear once you move to usb-c.

    And what happens when I plug a non-compatible game controller into my phone… will the average user know what to expect… will it ‘just work’?

    All things that have likely made apple resist. I, personally, am expecting a lot of conversations with leas tech savvy relatives and friends about how you know what happens when you plug x into x…
  • Eufy SmartTrack Card review: A great Find My tracker for your wallet

    Not rechargeable = outdated for the modern age. Time to move past this disposable model - there is no reason a device like this shouldn’t function for 10+ years with a replaceable battery.  

    There really isn’t an excuse for this any more - I’d rather have a product that lasts one year and has a replaceable or rechargeable battery. 
  • iPhone 15 has new battery health controls to prevent charging past 80%

    No doubt that those who are always by a desk or in a car will want to use this feature. I certainly would too. Particularly thinking about the increase in docks and the use of the phone as an office camera, many more phones will be holding a +80% charge that is unnecessary harmful. It’s a feature I understand will make a significant difference to the battery life of those who toggle it on. I think the author of the article has missed the mark on the unequivocal recommendation that it makes no difference.