Phone users have created shortcuts that allow Apple’s flagship product to automatically record video, text a location to an emergency contact, and even stop police from entering the phone—just in case the iPhone owner has an interaction with a law enforcement officer. Continue reading
The private sector is making a calculated move here after reckoning with the fact that there’s popular momentum for federal privacy legislation following revelations of Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of Facebook data. Companies know that many states have mustered the political will to pass strong privacy protections that address consumer concerns. And they know that Congress is so paralyzed by gridlock that it has been unable to act even where there is overwhelming bipartisan agreement. So many see here an opportunity to try to enact weak federal protections and kneecap state privacy efforts in the process. Continue reading
There’s a lot going on in the news right now, but this story has a happy ending:
The owner of an adult foster care home who operated an open WiFi network has booked a big win against a copyright troll. Thomas Gonzales was accused of downloading the Adam Sandler movie The Cobbler but won $17k last year after being wrongfully targeted. The case went to appeal and in a ruling handed down yesterday by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Gonzales emerged victorious again.
I’m a dedicated Apple user. I use macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and iOS devices. I have been satisfied with their performance and I see no reason to switch. I have many friends who use Windows, Roku, Amazon, Fitbit, Android, or other competitor services. This doesn’t bother me at all. Why should it? Continue reading
I love Apple Music. Ever since I subscribed in June 2016, I knew that I couldn’t go back to the old days. It’s built right into the Music app across my Apple devices and it integrates with my personal music collection. However, I’ve noticed one glitch that happens from time to time: it censors my music. Continue reading
I use Siri quite a bit, but I have to admit that Amazon’s Alexa has surpassed Siri in a number of ways. I think Apple can definitely rebound–and I also find Apple’s take more useful, as Siri will always be in your pocket. However, as an early adopter to the iPhone 4S in 2011, I’m a bit disappointed that Siri hasn’t improved significantly since then.
This isn’t really a revolutionary opinion, I just wanted it on the record.