Apple Hardware, iOS, iPads, iPhone, My Rants

@Apple’s hidden agenda

While Apple’s recent announcement of #Child_Protection is certainly laudable, there are issues in the implementation providing circumstantial evidence of a more #sinister nature. After all, what better banner to rally the troops, than let’s protect the children

First, let’s start when they removed #TouchID and replaced it with #FaceID. after public outcries, they have obstinately lied, promising to bring it back, real soon now. Of course that hasn’t happened, and it makes one wonder…

Might it be that when we unlock our devices with #FaceID, a #hash of your photo is and GPS location are transmitted to a nefarious server. Might not be, but @Tim_Cook has had multiple opportunities to respond, but has been silent.

Secondly, if Apple really wants to help the children, they should use their immense processing power and AI to check photos on #iCloud. Those servers have a lot more power and opportunity to compare hashes when an image is replicated on iCloud, rather than on iDevices.

And I believe there would be a lot less backlash by scanning the iCloud, than what they have proposed. Many other public #services companies do that. After all, there is much less expectation of privacy on the cloud than my own device or PC.

Now let’s understand what they’ve done with #Apps. More and more Apps are only allowed if they store their files in Apple folders, not on their own folders. If you don’t believe me, try to find a #tor #app, which can save in anything than the #Photo folder. Coincidence, I thin not.

Then let’s review how they will scan to protect children. They will scan on our devices, with our #Computing resources and on our dime. But the promise to do what with the hashes they collect? Not upload them until we upload a photo to iCloud? How would that protect children if they know that there is illegal content on one’s idevice but they promise not to alert unless it is uploaded?

Really? How about movies? How about emails between criminals?

I have a theory, which may seem paranoid, but #BigBrother and other #snoop and #surveillance vendors have used, even when illegal; that is, that the reason Apple wants to scan on our iDevices, are, one, because they are afraid we may encrypt them, or (2), they aren’t just scanning photos but #all of our files on a device that can decrypt it, scan it, and re-encrypt it. Which means no #app is safe, #Apple will scan and hash happily away.

Could I be wrong, yes, but their method is awfully suspect of a broader and larger scope than they tell us, including data files and #PII.

This whole thing is akin to giving #Apple a key to our house. They can come in any time they want, search, inventory and take away the inventory. They can then do with it as they will. Don’t believe it? Look what happened in India, China, Russia and other countries. Perhaps @Apple did more to put down the uprising in #HongKong than the Chinese authorities.

#Freedom and #Privacy loving #Apple and @Tim_Cook? Not likely.

Had to add this: #apple included the hash code in #ios14 and has been already collecting our data. How do you like that #privacy?

Note to Apple:

How do I protect myself from Apple spyware in iOS 14 and above. I do not sleep with my door open, and do not let strangers or government agencies in my house without proper judicial warrants. Since you obviously believe it is your right to search through my house for suspicious packages, and you are intent on policing our messages, and fitting chastity belts on my children, I would like to know if I have any recourse than abandoning ALL Apple products.

Better the devil you know, than the friend you don’t.

Apple Hardware, iOS, iPads, Microsoft Hardware

Are #Apple and #Microsoft in collusion to kill the high-end #tablet?

I will refer you to My iPad Pro Wish List. This was a wish list we in the professional community had been putting together for a couple of years before I published my summary. So let’s see how I did:

My iPAD Pro Wish List:

1. I expect 14″ or so
2. QHD
3. True background processing on apps I designate
4. Remote access from my PC/Mac/BSD/Linux
5. Active stylus
6. USB 3 port capable of cow line hub
7. OSX with shell
8. Either provide better on screen keyboard options, or open it up to third parties, NOW

What Apple released in the iPAD Pro:

  1. Check
  2. Check
  3. Nada
  4. Nada
  5. Check
  6. Nada
  7. Nada
  8. Nada

While we’re at it, let’s see what Microsoft released in their Surface Pro 4:

  1. Check
  2. Check
  3. Check/Windows 10
  4. Check
  5. Check
  6. Check
  7. Check – CMD/PowerShell/Bash
  8. Nada

Microsoft appears to be the winner of the Professional Tablet.  Yes I know that MS is providing a souped up version of MS-Office for the iPAD Pro, but the Surface will run Office 365.

So does Microsoft win this race?

No, neither Microsoft, nor Apple wins.  From my perspective, and three years after the above wish list, a Professional tablet at the high end, should have 1TB storage, and 16GB’s of RAM, and be capable of running VMware Workstation or such virtualization. Today it should also have fifteen hours, true battery life.   Apple fails.  Microsoft will work, albeit not with the battery life.  At least Apple doesn’t play games with battery life, when they say ten hours, they mean ten hours of active use.

So Microsoft wins, right.  NO!!!

Both Mr. Cook and Mr. Nadella have priced both devices out of the reach of the ordinary professional.  My current laptop is an HP Envy 15 with a 3200 x 1800 touch screen, 1TB of HDD and 16GB’s of RAM, stock from HP.  I added a 512GB SSD card for less than $300.  The total package cost me about $1,300.

  • Mr. Cook would like me to buy an iPAD Pro for $2,000 that can not run a VM, nor OSX.
  • Mr. Nadella would like me to buy a Surface Pro 4 for over $2,000, with a quarter of the power of my current laptop, to the same specs.

(But here is a secret;  they both have low-end devices with very low RAM and storage, for Corporate use;  you see corporations aren’t interested in power, and the would rather you store and run your data from the cloud than locally;  just in case you thought the low end tablets were for ordinary users).

So either the success of the iPhone and iPAD has gone to their heads, and they believe the can now rip-us off big time by marking up a $100 memory module for $900.00,, or they have both decided and colluded to kill the tablet market.

Which is it?  You tell me.

Apple Hardware, iPads, Laptops and Two-in-ones

iPad Pro

and while I’m at it Mr. Tim Cook, instead of spending time on unneeded frills as the watch you’ve released, you should have spent time on the iPad Pro. My third generation iPad is getting slow, and there is no room left. See my earlier post about what I want to see in an iPad Pro. 

I love the new MacBook, by the way.  I was almost convinced to get a 17″ MacBook but the specs are night and day. And I’ve been waiting for a new iPad. But at this rate I may be getting a new Windows laptop and a Surface Pro 4!

Oh, and I will not be seen driving around in an Apple carriage. Too afraid of what the little critters will do when I park it. 

Ok, so I’m not a comedian, what do you want?

Apple Hardware, iPads, iPhone, Laptops and Two-in-ones, Microsoft Hardware

Rejuvenation of TenGo soft keyboard from Windows CE days for mobile devices

The best soft keyboard for mobile devices in Windows CE days, was TenGO.  This was a T9 type, predictive type-ahead keyboard, however, it provided for two alpha-buttons on each keyboard row, see illustration.  To type you simply entered the word by pressing one of the three six alpha-buttons, and the predictive type-ahead engine did a really cool job of figuring out the word you wanted to enter.  If it was not in the dictionary, you could select the actual letter in the alpha block, by pressing the soft key the number of times the position of the character represented I the block.  For example if you wanted to enter the character ‘d’ outside of the predictive type-ahead engine, you would press the ‘asdfg’ block three times.  Once a new word was entered it went in to the user dictionary and was available to the T9 engine at the next entry of that word.

I hope that the maker of this keyboard, will resurrect it now, not only on iOS but for Windows and Android mobile devices.  It was awesome.  TenGO are you listening?

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Apple Hardware, iPads, Laptops and Two-in-ones

@timcook I’m waiting for the #iPadPro

1. I expect 14″ or so
2. QHD
3. True background processing on apps I designate
4. Remote access from my PC/Mac/BSD/Linux
5. Active stylus
6. USB 3 port capable of cow line hub
7. OSX with shell
8. Either provide better on screen keyboard options, or open it up to third parties, NOW.

I’m really getting tired of companies that provide a great concept device, but then sit on it. IOS did not need a face lift as much as it needed an update of its Human Interface.