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  • Contact tracing app vetted by Apple found to share data with Foursquare and Google

    lkrupp said:
    sdbryan said:
    lkrupp said:
    Anyone who downloads and installs these contact tracing apps should have their heads examined. We can’t trust ANY of these bastards, including Apple. ...

    Wouldn’t it be more worthwhile to ‘examine’ the protocols that Apple/Google have published to see if there is some privacy defect? Assuming a rigidly cynical position for all contact tracing efforts could lead to reduced ability to contain outbreaks which would have real world consequences. I hope security experts do vigorously examine contract tracing efforts and I am sure they will. But unless and until a problem is discovered I would encourage everyone to participate so that fewer people get sick and die. Because it is a global pandemic.
    You might have a point IF this were a rare thing. But every time an app like this comes out (for whatever purpose) a security researcher soon discovers it’s phoning home with all sorts of collected data. In the case of this app it was discovered that it was not only collecting data but sending it to third parties, in this case Foursquare and Google.


    The app you refer to was not using the Apple/Google protocol. It was just an app in Apple's app store. Not a sterling endorsement of the app store screening process but if they were security research types that is probably not the job they would have. Also it is not obvious why Foursquare would be interested since the Apple/Google protocol apps are disallowed access to location API's. In other words that article was a red herring though the author might not be aware of how misleading it was.
    muthuk_vanalingamwatto_cobra
  • Contact tracing app vetted by Apple found to share data with Foursquare and Google

    lkrupp said:
    Anyone who downloads and installs these contact tracing apps should have their heads examined. We can’t trust ANY of these bastards, including Apple. ...

    Wouldn’t it be more worthwhile to ‘examine’ the protocols that Apple/Google have published to see if there is some privacy defect? Assuming a rigidly cynical position for all contact tracing efforts could lead to reduced ability to contain outbreaks which would have real world consequences. I hope security experts do vigorously examine contract tracing efforts and I am sure they will. But unless and until a problem is discovered I would encourage everyone to participate so that fewer people get sick and die. Because it is a global pandemic.
    rotateleftbytewatto_cobra
  • 'Apple Glass' details leaked, will cost $499 and work with prescriptions

    sabos said:
    Did Apple learn nothing from the Google “glass-hole” debacle? The issue with these isn’t technical, it’s social. The backlash against people wearing cameras on their faces in public spaces was a genuine phenomenon ...
    Did you read the article? It claimed the product would have a lidar sensor but not a camera.
    boxcatcherlollivercyberzombiewatto_cobra
  • Apple unveils new iPhone SE priced at just $399

    gatorguy said:
    DAalseth said:
    That looks like a nice phone. I had an SE and it was great, I used it for three and a half years. I ended on moving up to an 11 a few months ago for the improved feature set, but I do miss the small size. Love the 11s big screen, but it was nice to be able to keep the phone in my jeans pocket.
    Is this a small phone ala the original? Could be, I've not seen the dimensions. 
    It is 4.7 versus the original SE which is 4 inches diagonal. If they had reduced the bezels and switched to facial recognition it seems like it could have fit into the original form factor. But that would have forced a higher price. I would have happily taken the higher price but this one is definitely my upgrade to my SE rather than any of the phablets that are the alternatives. (I’m fine with big screens. My 12.9” iPad Pro is great but I don’t have to fit it in my jeans pocket. Also, I want big larger iPad).
    watto_cobra
  • 'iPhone SE 2' with A13 will cost $399 says Ming-Chi Kuo


    My guess is that it will not feature a glass back and hence no wireless charging.
    I realize the cow is out of the barn and it isn’t coming back but what we have is NOT wireless charging. It is inductive charging. Wifi is wireless. You just have to be in the vicinity of the wifi hot spot to have network access. You don’t have the ‘glue’ your device to a pad in order to access a network. Inductive charging requires physical connection to your device (e.g. my Apple Watch). It is still connected, there just isn’t a connector and socket.
    GeorgeBMac