Nah, I think they've hit on the fact that people just don't care about all the secret interworking details of systems. They just want to do what they want to do, which is usually mundane.
Apple makes well designed stuff with "no user serviceable parts" inside. The marketplace of people who don't like to fuck around with computer stuff has kind of made it clear that by and large this is what they want. ...
I mean, really, think about it: Apple's solution to the "this is why we can't have nice things" problem is: don't allow people to do bad things, but at the cost of not allowing them to do certain good things. In the abstract, it's a compelling bit of social engineering, and when it comes to sales figures it is clear that the market likes this approach.
Fortunately, as others say, I don't think Apple's going to that place. There seems to be a line they don't cross: as control-freaky as they get with the iMobile devices, as possessive as they seem to be about their own platform, they don't seem to have the impulse to own a niche by kneecapping competitors.
Get an android phone and you can turn off letting Google know about you. You lose features yes, but that's because they rely on just that symbiosis. Almost no-one is going to use a third party app store, but the option exists, which means if Google oversteps their bounds you can work around them
"At least 29 apps on Android Market have system level access that would be considered spyware on a PC, S Mobile Systems claimed in a warning study. When installed, the app group gave enough permission that they could represent serious privacy and security breaches. In one example, a mobile banking app was deliberately malicious and ultimately sent login data from an account to the developer's site." (emph. added)
In a blog post this morning, the Dev Team explained that code from analytics firm Pinch Media within some iPhone apps is "specifically designed to track your geographical location through time, then upload that data to Pinch Media." They ... note that the app will first ask permission to use your location information. Once this permission is granted, user location information is transmitted to whomever is tracking the app's usage via Pinch Analytics
Careful, iPhone users: Your smart phone may be smarter than you think.
On Thursday researchers at Finnish cybersecurity firm F-Secure said they have spotted the first known instance of iPhone "spyware" called Mobile Spy, a piece of commercial software that sells for $99 a year.
After two days of fiddling, downloading and uninstalling apps, manually force-quitting programs and waiting for servers to be upgraded, I finally got video calling to work — sort of. Sometimes there was only audio and a black screen, sometimes only a freeze-frame; at best, the video was blocky and the audio delay absurd.
To make video calling work, you have to install an app yourself: either Fring or Qik. But we never did get Fring to work, and Qik requires people you call to press a Talk button when they want to speak. The whole thing is confusing and, to use the technical term, iffy.
Extracting money from users of a program by restricting their use of it is destructive because the restrictions reduce the amount and the ways that the program can be used. This reduces the amount of wealth that humanity derives from the program. When there is a deliberate choice to restrict, the harmful consequences are deliberate destruction.
Going to need to prove this assertion; especially in the face of the market. They sold six iPhones a second over the past three days.
Wrong. If it was about nothing more than control of the distribution channel they could have done it without the many restrictions that drive developers so batty. If you think it's not also about controlling the software that gets on the machine you've absolutely no understanding of Apple. You wouldn't be alone there, but to think they're a Microsoft-style cash-and-solely-cash company is to make a mistake.
Good thing ad hominems aren't ranked by Alexa, eh?
Give an iPhone and an Android phone to a middle aged non tech mom and I promise you the iPhone is easier to understand. -- Dennis Murphy
Mathowie uses mac hardware, merlin mann, gruber... I could go on. Plenty of people that use macs know 'a lot about computers'. -- Dennis Murphy
Apple makes well designed stuff with "no user serviceable parts" inside. The marketplace of people who don't like to fuck around with computer stuff has kind of made it clear that by and large this is what they want -- seanmpuckett
That you believe you know why I, or anyone else uses a mac, is a delusion in your head.
Just because you say the devices are equally easy to use doesn't make it so. For instance, video calling. The reviews on the Sprint EVO remark how you have to go find a third party app to install to make video calling work: -- Brandon Blatcher
A Google account is a requirement for using the Gmail, Google Calendar and GTalk apps.
I appreciate that you are confirming that what I wrote is factually correct.
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