Apple Confirms “Back Doors”; Downplays Their Severity
Now lets talk about file relay. Apple is being completely misleading by claiming that file relay is only for copying diagnostic data. If, by diagnostic data, you mean the user’s complete photo album, their SMS, Notes, Address Book, GeoLocation data, screenshots of the last thing they were looking at, and a ton of other personal data – then sure… but this data is far too personal in nature to ever be needed for diagnostics. In fact, diagnostics is almost the complete opposite of this kind of data. And once again, the user is never prompted to give their permission to dump all of this data, or notified in any way on-screen. Apple insists AppleCare gets your consent, but this must be a verbal consent, as it is certainly not a technological consent. What’s more, if this service really were just for diagnostic use, you’d think that it would respect backup encryption, so that everything coming off the phone is encrypted with the user’s backup password. When I take my laptop to Apple for repairs, I have to provide the password. But Apple apparently has admitted to the mechanics behind file relay, which skip around backup encryption, to get to much the same data. In addition to this, it can be dumped wirelessly, without the user’s knowledge. So why does this need to be the case? It doesn’t. File relay is far too sloppy with personal data, and serves up a lot more than “diagnostics” data.
The Apple Rat In Your Pocket
Apple looks to boost iPhone sales in stores with new pre-paid & month-to-month plans
Apple Stores will soon stock up on AT&T GoPhone pre-paid activation kits and SIM cards, and stores will use the existing T-Mobile SIM cards for customers that will choose T-Mobile pre-paid plans. Apple will begin training its store employees on the new pre-paid and month-to-month iPhone sales practices in the coming weeks. Sales staff will promote AT&T’s $60 per month pre-paid plan (with 2.5GB of internet data and unlimited talk and text) to those seeking AT&T plans, while the stores will offer $50/month (1GB LTE data) and $70/month (5GB LTE data) unlimited data plans to customers seeking T-Mobile devices. The activations must be done at the time of purchase in Apple Stores and those devices will be unable to be returned to Apple for a refund.
LTE and T-Mobile. Whoa. I’ll have to think about this when the larger-screen iPhones come out.
This is the kind of thing Apple has needed. I’ve said so since 2010: The Photo Foretelling Apple’s Doom.
This will really help expand their market and might even snag me later this year.
Well done, Apple.
Apple plans to match Microsoft Surface with split-screen iPad multitasking in iOS 8
The feature is said to be designed with the 9.7-inch iPad display in mind, and it is unclear if the feature will work on the smaller-screened iPad mini. The feature is said to work exclusively in landscape mode, which allows for increased screen space.
Wow. That is so lame.
Landscape only? Large iPad only? Two apps only?
If I was at Apple, I’d be damned insulted having it compared to Microsoft Surface — which has to be the model of multitasking for morons (yet is still confusing; go figure!).
April 1, 2014: Apple Buys Beats — which was meant as a joke by music industry expert Bob Lefsetz but is damn well worth reading today in light of the rumors that it’s actually going to happen!
WARNING: From time to time, I get really pissed off and must do a Very Angry Post. This is one of those posts. Stop reading now if you don’t like such posts.
Here, 2011: Apple’s Next Greedy Move: Exclusivity
2014: Apple, Google offering game developers special incentives for exclusivity
Now just STFU when you find what I write hard to believe.
You are the idiot. Not me.
The shit I have to eat from people who can’t think…
Today I’m getting shit over Chinese tablets. Come back in three to five years when practically everyone is using a Chinese-brand tablet.
Outraged authors accuse Apple of destroying Japan’s tech industry
Who is to blame for the dire situation the Japanese electronics industry finds itself in?
“We have been warning people for years, but management are already too old,” Morikawa says. “They just want to survive in their position right now.”
I can’t feel sorry for Japan.
What they blame Apple — one company! — for doing to them, they as a collection of companies did to the U.S. first. In fact, they did worse: We didn’t get even get to supply them with parts. They kept the entire pie for themselves.
Anyway, keep supplying Apple, Japan. It’s just about the only Japanese electronics product people want from your once-dynamic companies these days: Parts.
At the Apple Store yesterday, I went a bit mad and did a bunch of tests (posts to follow). One of which was to finally try Apple TV:
Yellow highlight and comment by me.
The confidential internal slides that show why Apple is making a bigger iPhone 6
There is just something so damn funny about the title of that slide.