Why should I care if Apple knows what I do or where I go? They don't make their money by selling other companies access to me. They make money by selling electronics to me.
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You don't know what you're talking about. You have no idea why Google's mapping services are no longer available. You don't know if it was Apple's decision, you don't know if it was Google's decision, you don't know if it was a mutual decision--and you don't know what factors played into that decision. You do know, however, that Apple is evil and therefore, ipso facto, everything's their fault. The end.
Yeah, and that app uses services made available to it (or not) by Google.
You're right, Google isn't obligated to provide anything to iOS. But I suspect they do so because it's making them more money than their entire Android operation. Why is Apple not providing
Yes, I have heard of iAd. And you raise a good point. But the fact that it represents about 0.000001% of Apple's revenue, I somehow trust more that they won't succumb to shady privacy practices. Perhaps you think that's silly. I don't.
No. Apple's business is selling things to me. It isn't selling my information to others. That's Google's model. There really is a difference. I'm not imagining it.
And you know that the reason turn-by-turn wasn't available in the iOS Maps app is because Apple just
The really big players here are Facebook and Google. They both have fantastic amounts of data about you and their business model is entirely advertising-based. I don't think it's "false" or unfair to point this out and express some concern over it.
Your insinuation that the iPhone is substandard, overpriced, lacking innovation and giving little value for money is simply wrong. The 5 is almost certainly the best smartphone on the market today. As was the 4S before it. Anyone who doesn't recognize that it's at least a contender for the top spot is seriously missing something important about personal technology.
Yes, you are a slashdot product. But you'd be even more so if they started selling your information to advertisers or other third parties.
Also, I don't mind if Google wants to recommend a restaurant to me. I at least have some kind of relationship with them. But I'd rather they not allow third parties to grab my personal data to be used later for unknown purposes. That's the kind of thing Apple won't do.
Why is Apple always the villain around here? Remember that one time when Google implemented turn-by-turn directions for iOS maps app? Yeah, me neither. Besides, I trust Apple more. With them, I'm the customer. With Goolge I'm the product...with my personal information being sold to advertisers. Google already reads my email, knows my web searches, sees my RSS feeds and more. I want them also knowing where I go?
Many tech pundits should be surprised. They were so busy writing about what a disappointment iPhone 4S was that they neglected to notice the fact that preorders sold out in one day.
Gawker doesn't suggest that "every iPad owner in the US" may have been exposed. It says every iPad 3G owner may have been exposed. I don't think that's splitting hairs, either, given the short time the 3G model has been available. Things are bad enough without making them seem worse.
Yes, I am a card carrying member of the nerd set. I would never be totally without a more "open" computing device, but that doesn't mean I never want to trade tinkerability and "control" for appliance-like reliability and consistency. Sometimes I do. And I think it's just fine--progress, even--if a few internet devices make that tradeoff. it's not like we're looking at the death of open computing.
You're missing the point entirely. Many people find it more freeing to use a device which does only a few things reliably and well instead of traditional PC with its impressive list of features, non-uniform experience, requiring more knowledge, etc.
Slashdot is largely populated by a tech elite who, if they had their way, would always choose a phone with a command prompt and who wonder why the rest of the world isn't building robots in their basements. But there's a big world out there and sometimes it's okay for the technology to go to them instead of making them always come to it.
I don't think anyone much cares what it's called. Give people something fun and useful with features that are easy to discover and use, something that works as expected every time and doesn't require you to have a bachelor's in software engineering to keep working... they are going to want it and enjoy it. And good for them, I say.
I don't see a future for me where I have no "open computing" device. Like everyone here, I'm too old school for that. But would I get an iPad? Hell yes. I can't recompile the kernel of my television, either, but I still want one.
Oh dear! Nerds have a device or two that isn't for them! That IS a shame.
Perhaps we could aim a few products at the non-technical people out there for once? Computers haven't gotten any easier to use in the last two frickin' decades. Maybe, just maybe, we could allow a few products for them without declaring that the goddamn sky is falling? Hmm?