China Said to Exclude Apple From Procurement List
While techies casually dismiss these things …
The Apple Rat In Your Pocket
The Apple Rat In Your Pocket, Part Two
… in the real world run by adults, there are major repercussions.
Update, Friday August 8 2014: China: Apple products not banned from government purchases. As I first saw on Weibo this day, the original report was incorrect. So, for now, Never Mind …
According to a Weibo communique from Bigertech, a new Apple Store opened in Jiangbei District, Chongqing North City. It has “glass side walls up to 11 meters, which is currently the highest in Asia Apple store glass wall.”
Apple Secretly Acquired “Pandora For Books” Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon
The details are not clear yet, but the source says, “in broad strokes, the goal that [founder Aaron] Stanton and three of the folks he was working with from the original BookLamp crew is to beat Amazon at their own game.”
“I can tell you that in the next year to 18 months you will see some fairly major initiatives focused on books and reading coming out of Apple.”
Huh. And just earlier today I discussed the problem of Apple and eBooks with Baldur Bjarnason.
If Apple wants to boost sales, they have to treat books like books.
A Kindle book can be read on any damned platform — Kindle device, iOS, Android, Mac, PC.
Books bought from the Apple iBookstore are locked to Apple’s iOS and OS X hardware, period. Who wants book lock-in? No one.
Apple can think better recommendations will help, but if they want to be serious in selling books against Amazon — and with over one billion devices out there, they should — they need to liberate books from their Apple-only grasp.
And on the writer’s side of things, don’t require OS X hardware to submit to the iBookstore.
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.