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
INPAI has done a thirty-nine part comparison of the Xiaomi MiPad to the iPad Mini 2.
The version broken into parts begins here [Google Translate]. The version on a single page is here [Google Translate].
I scanned it. I really don’t need such a comparison because the OSes are so different. Apple is able to tie iOS to hardware in a way no company using Android can.
What I found significant was this:
At the pixel level, the Xiaomi MiPad screen is not the same hardware as the screen of the iPad Mini 2. INPAI says the MiPad screen is the one generally found in all Retina-class IPS tablets and phones in China.
For previous Xiaomi MiPad posts click here
In a sense.
It’s ProWidgets, something available only to people who jailbreak iOS.
See video after the break.
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!).
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.
The screens in this post are sourced from China, via ZOL [Google Translate] so I can’t vouch for them.
But I have to think they got them from the AnTuTu folks or simply ran AnTuTu for iOS themselves.
Let’s pretend for the sake of this post they’re correct.
What they show is something astonishing.
AnTuTu for iOS [iTunes Preview link] is available.
AnTuTu is the benchmarking program that’s been Android-only until now. Many people judge the value of an Android device based on its AnTuTu score.
Now it will be possible to compare iOS versus Android with AnTuTu.
I’m sitting on a bunch of AnTuTu iOS score screensnaps from China that are astonishing. But I don’t trust them. I’m hoping people I know will benchmark their iOS devices and send me snaps to publish.
Let me just say that if these scores are true, 2014 will indeed be the turning for point for tablets that I said.
iambillbil pokes at the new Miracast dongle from Freelander with a variety of tablets and screen resolutions [Google Translate].
This post, despite some mangling by Google Translate, is worth a see. It answers some — but not all — questions that have been asked here about the relationship between a tablet screen, video resolution, and the target TV screen. It’s also interesting that the dongle does DLNA (I’m not sure they all do).
It should be remembered that Miracast sends a compressed stream to the target device. This tends to introduce latency that can be frustrating if you plan to do any work with a mouse or other pointer. But for just seeing things on a large screen — video, photos, web pages — it’s good enough for right now. Of course, there’s always room for improvement. But this is still better than snaking a 10-20 foot HDMI cable from a tablet to a distant TV (when HDMI-out is available — something that’s not on the iFive Mini 3).