Apple is great on privacy but …

17 09 2018

the most obvious thing missing here is simply this:

You hate Apple’s built-in Contacts app so you go to the App Store and download a 3rd-party replacement. It will ask you for permission to access your contacts – which means the contacts database in which Apple’s built-in app governs data – and boom, all your information is there and ready to use. For what?

Do you know what happens if you grant access to your your contacts, your current location, your mails, etc?

Do you know what happens if you like to revoke access to your Contacts app?

The simple answer is

you can’t know it because the answer is in the developer’s code you don’t have access to.

To ask for the user’s permission before accessing personal information is a step in the right direction. And some of the information these apps are collecting are necessary for them to work properly. But once an app has permission to collect that information, it can share your data with anyone the app’s developer wants to.

This is expressed in the Third-Party Doctrine, a legal theory that holds that people who voluntarily give information to third parties – such as banks, phone companies, internet service providers, developers of apps, e-mail servers, etc – have “no reasonable expectation of privacy.

More …

iMore: Privacy and Developers

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Evening in Malcesine

14 09 2018

Making holidays in Europe with my son, a paragliding nerd, instead of watching the Apple event. This is definitely much more amazing.

The same people using the same phrases about the improved iPhone models every year. Phil Schiller: “It’s amazing. This is the best iPhone we’ve ever made.” Yeah Phil, great news and the company would make a fool of itself if the XS wouldn’t be an improvement.

Yawn!

The iPhone Xs Max is an equivalent to a three week holiday at this beautiful location in Italy. Photos taken with the latest iPhone iterations are only marginal better than those taken with my 6s Plus. Furthermore, in many cases the imagination standing behind a photo counts much more than the quality.

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Technogy for your life

10 09 2018

Needless to say that it’s annoying
to see different standards of charging.

Big companies signed a voluntary memorandum of understanding in 2009. Apple, you also signed this MoU but nothing happened.

E-waste is a growing problem, and the rapid improvements of devices is only making it worse. We use a gadget for a while and discard it once the new model comes out, which, of course, has a brand-new port, rendering your massive collection of charging cables virtually useless.

Inextricably linked with today’s electronic devices are different chargers and cables. It’s obvious that these products are just created to maximize profits for manufacturers of devices and accessories.

Electronic devices are a complex mixture of several hundred materials. A mobile phone, for example, contains 500 to 1,000 components. Many of these contain toxic heavy metals such as Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and Beryllium, as well as hazardous chemicals, such as brominated flame retardants. Polluting PVC plastic is also frequently used.

To just declare the saying

Leave this world a little better than you found it.
(Robert Baden-Powell)to a company’s commitment doesn’t work.

It’s about time to regulate by law.

Look at the image I took with my iPhone 6s Plus. It shows my e-loot and a chaotic approach to charge batteries.

Here’s what you find on the image:

1 iPhone 6s Plus
12 Watt charger + USB-Lightning cable

2 Apple Watch
5 Watt charger + USB-Cable for wireless charging

3 Nokia 6.1
7.5 Watt charger + USB-USB-C cable

4 Microsoft Surface Pro4
25 Watt charger + special cable

5 Lumia 550
5 Watt charger + USB-Micro USB cable

Mobility?

No, if you don’t want to buy all these accessories twice because your devices also need to be fed when you’re in your office.

EU to study need for action
on common mobile phone charger

EU study

The sad aftermath

The small picture in my collage shows the landfill Agbogbloshie, aka Sodom. It’s part of the Ghanaian capital Accra and filled with 250kTons of e-waste from Europe every year.

A new device every year?

Well, then you’re also an essential part of the problem.

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