* Posts by Paw Bokenfohr

322 posts • joined 11 May 2009

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

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Middle way is of course, as always, the right way.

Of course there's no reason to ban these things, but equally, why should I be forced to breathe the stuff in just by virtue of being in a pub or restaurant or shopping mall where someone decides that because it's legal for them to vape there that they can and will. So, treat them like cigarettes and use them in the same places, and then everyone should be happy.

Except those that believe that their rights extend past the point where they infringe mine. Which they don't.

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Apple Watch is such a flop it's the world's top-selling wearable

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"Congratulations to Apple on becoming the market leader in a market nobody cares about. :)"

You mean that you don't care about.

"Seriously though, I do not see any point to smart watches."

Seriously, don't buy one.

"At the level of simple functionality there are plenty of devices that tell the time and are a hell of a lot cheaper."

Of course. But this is a completely false comparison as you know*.

"As a piece of jewellery or a status symbol a mechanical Swiss timepiece from Rolex or Omega has a lot more credibility."

If by credibility you are meaning cost, then yes. But again, a completely false comparison*.

"All you've got left as a unique selling point is that it can work as a remote control for your smart phone, and that's just not worth the kind of price the smartwatch manufacturers are asking."

Well, that's the only USP you see. But even if we assume you're correct, you mean it's not worth it to you. And again, false comparison* / assumption.

* Because it's not any one of these things, it's all of them, depending on who's buying it and why.

"I guess Apple were hoping to rule the market by doing for smartwatches what they did for smartphones with the iPhone, but the sad fact they just haven't."

You guess that, do you? I guess that Apple never had any such hopes, and just wanted to make a watch that was nicer than all the other brands and build an initially small but loyal fanbase for it and grow slowly from there. With all the money in the world they can wait and see, and design something they love.

"Their watch may be much better than the competition but just doing the same thing better than everybody else isn't enough in this case."

Why not? Seems likely to me that if you have the best product in a category (which for the iPhone is after all just the Apple Watch and the Pebble) then you're most likely to be the more successful.

"You need a killer app, something that demonstrates the worth of smartwatches as a product category as a whole, otherwise they'll remain expensive geek toys with one day battery lives."

No you don't, and no they won't.

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Android Wear 5.1: A more enduring wristjob for your pleasure

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Re: So it's a front end to my phone with a TINY screen?

@ Yugguy: "It's a TINY-screened version of my phone with even shitter battery life."

If you're using it that way, you're using it wrong, and you certainly won't be satisfied with it. It's (whether we're talking Android Wear or Apple Watch or Pebble) a completely different use-case than your phone, they just happen to need a phone* to work right now.

* usually (some don't, and they're even worse)

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Ex-Apple bods suing Apple for bag searches get class-action upgrade

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@ silent_count: "If it's as quick as all that then what's the problem with doing these searches during the time the employees are paid to be there?"

Absolutely true.

But, also, still outrageous. If Apple can't trust any of their employees not to steal their stock, then they either (a) need to get better employees or (b) take a long hard look at themselves and work through their paranoia issues.

In either case, no need for constant bag checks. Sure, if stock goes missing at a particular store, investigate, but this is way over the line.

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iPod dead? Nope, says Apple: New Touch has iPhone 6 brains

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Re: where's the click wheel?

Play/pause/skip/volume are all on most peoples headphone cords.

If you don't have that, you can get ones that do have it, both cheap (http://www.apple.com/uk/shop/product/MD827ZM/B/apple-earpods-with-remote-and-mic?fnode=75) and decent (http://pro.ultimateears.com/products/custom-monitors/for-audiophiles/ue-900s), or of course bluetooth ones have them on-board.

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Apple Pay's Brit biz bashed by banks planning to Zapp it out

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Re: Pay by bonk?

Apple Pay does require that authorisation from you, either in the form of you holding the Touch ID sensor while holding the iPhone to the payment terminal, or, by double-clicking the button on the Apple Watch (which has be pre-authorised when you put it on your wrist, and hasn't been off your wrist since) and holding it next to the payment terminal.

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Re: Sorry don't see the point

@ John Brown (no body): "That's fscking big investment for a seconds worth of convenience though."

Please see my other responses for longer form - I'm not being dismissive here, just already typed it out a couple times, but basically you don't need the watch, it's still better than the current situation without it it's just even better with the watch, and it's really not the convenience that is the big selling point, it's the additional security that's the important thing for me at least.

I agree, nobody is going to buy the watch or an iPhone to get this. Just as nobody would buy an Android phone to get Google Now or GooglePay, but if you already have the hardware, it's an nice additional feature which could save you a lot of hassle in avoiding your card getting cloned.

And what's the alternative anyway? Leave payment systems unchanged forever? Never add any additional features to any phones because some people won't find a use for them or won't like them? Never develop or release new hardware like wearables because some people don't want to buy them / don't have a use for them?

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Re: Sorry don't see the point

@ AC: "So it only works well if I spend another several hundred pounds, at least I'd get a free watch."

I suspect you're deliberately misunderstanding and being sarcastic, but, no it works very well without the Apple Watch too. Without the watch, though, you have to reach in to your pocket to get your iPhone out, so it's best with the watch.

But I'd argue this is still quicker or at least as quick as getting your wallet out and getting the card out of it to pay with, and as quick as if you happen to only have one card and happen to keep that loose in your pocket, but you don't get any of the additional benefits that Apple Pay brings.

For me it's mostly about the tokenisation as every place you use it at makes your card being cloned less likely as it's not possible to clone your card from the details a merchant's system has when you use Apple Pay. I'm less bothered about the <10 seconds per transaction it'll save me (considering I do <1 transaction per day).

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Re: "it's still faster"

@ Lamont Cranston:

Yes, you can just pay without taking the card out of the wallet, if you only have card and your wallet doesn't block the signal.

However, with multiple NFC cards in my wallet (my credit card, a debit card for my account, a debit card for our joint account, an Oyster card) that doesn't work for me, obviously. It also doesn't work for my other half who only has one NFC card; even his leather wallet seems to be enough to block the signal.

And yes, you could put one card in your phone case or something, or use bPay. For me, that's inferior in many ways; no way to chose between accounts (joint account / my own), limited by the £20 contactless limit (which will be lifted for Apple Pay later in the year), or for me the most important which is that it adds no tokenisation security which for me at least is the big advantage (having had my card numbers cloned / whatever twice in the past and it's a pain in the arse).

YMMV as always - this isn't for everyone - nobody's going to buy an iPhone to get it - not everyone will get any utility out of it - some people will be confused by it - but over all this looks to be a good service for me so I'll give it a go and see what happens.

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Re: Sorry don't see the point

I'm assuming you're trolling, but I'll bite.

With the Apple Watch, Apple Pay really comes in to its own, as you don't need to even reach in to your pocket / handbag to get anything out to make a quick payment for a sandwich and bottle of water for example.

Without the Watch, it's still faster (fewer steps, unless you keep loose credit cards in your pocket rather than in a wallet or purse) but there are also advantages such as when perhaps you want to pop out and grab a coffee, and leave your wallet behind at the office. Yes, you may forget your phone too, but then, I can't help you.

There are several ways in which Apple Pay is more secure than an NFC card, so if you're concerned with security, you'd do better to use Apple Pay than the card - not only is the iPhone or Apple Watch useless for payments if it's stolen (unlike a credit card) but you also don't even need to get your cards cancelled or replaced if it IS stolen for some reason because of the tokenisation.

And because of the tokenisation, the next time a businesses database gets hacked like so many have been you also won't be in any danger of being a victim.

Not all of this is unique to Apple Pay. I'm sure that Google Wallet and maybe Zapp will incorporate some of these things too. But it's obvious that there are advantages, if you're willing to give it an honest look.

Whether they matter to you are a personal choice as always.

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Vectone Mobile gone for the week, don't know when it'll be back

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Well, they do offer some good deals to call international destinations, but they do also have a £10 a month unlimited calls, texts, and data plan for the UK. Which has got to be tempting if you're on a tight budget and need a mobile.

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

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I'm a little torn.

I don't like streaming services generally, I prefer to own the music or video or whatever than pay an ongoing subscription and also prefer to have it all on device rather than paying for bandwidth (when it's even available).

However, I do like to have full albums on my iPhone - for example, I have all of the remastered Ultravox albums on there - but rarely listen to them long form in full, and more often listen to playlists of my favourites from an artist or genre. So for me, having access to the full albums on the rare occasion I want to, by streaming, but still to have the music I listen to on balance far more often on the device itself might be a great solution.

Plus, it would mean that I don't need to buy devices with ever bigger storage capacities, which will offset a proportion of the cost of the subscription - the difference between a 64GB and 128GB iPhone 6+ is £90 and whether that is excessive in your view or not, that's the difference, which I can save.

Just need to get over the idea of subscribing to music rather than owning it. I mean, loads of people do it with Rdio and Spotify so there must be something to it.

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Re: How do you un-subscribe?

It's easy to do once you know where it is, and actually in a pretty logical place. In Music, tap the account button (the one that looks like a person in a circle at the top left) and select View Apple ID. Click Manage in subscriptions and slide the slider to off.

What I want to know is, if you have a balance in your iTunes / Apple account thingy, does the subscription come out of that, or does it charge your card each month.

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Apple announces 'Home' iOS 9 app to run the Internet of Stuff

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Re: No interested

+1 for Moon reference.

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Apple patches FREAK-ed out Watch

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Re: Troll template - draft version

Awesome.

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Apple Watch is like an invasive weed says Gartner

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Holmes

Analysis frim analyses Apple.

Finds that they are doing well, and should continue to do well, because they release and have released products and services which people like, and will buy.

News at 11.

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

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I think the idea..

..is that you don't actually need to charge it through the day; it has (ballpark) the same "real world" run time as an iPad so I think that Apple's use case is that the only people who will buy this will be light users - web surfing, doc editing, email (no Final Cut, no Photoshop etc) - and so all they will need to do is to charge it overnight and then use it on battery the whole day.

But I agree, not for me (or us, on this site, even if you're not an Apple hater) because it's just too limited. But it wouldn't be for my parents. Or my sister. Or probably even "most" people (as in more than 50% of the population). So long as you don't consider the cost.

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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But shouldn't a human actually look at the pictures, just once at least?

Obviously so that they're not using computer recognition to test against computer recognition, effectively.

But also, just to protect against this type of issue?

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Can't wait to bonk with Apple? Then try an Android phone

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Re: Late to the party

At least with Apple Pay you get the one-time token so you're protected against the theft of credit card numbers from the retailer (which as we have seen, is way more of a threat than Apple could be) as well as having the convenience of not having to take your wallet out of your pocket. Not that much of a hassle in most scenarios, but better if you're somewhere you don't know isn't unsafe, or if you've lost or forgotten it. And since the payment system isn't always-on, you don't have to keep the watch and phone in RFID protective cases like the cards you already have!

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

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Re: Just goes to show...

Why would anyone mug you for this watch? It's useless once it's taken off. When you put it back on you have to unlock it, so it's as secure as your iPhone really (which as we know from articles on here are less and less of a target for snatches because you can't use them) which is to say one heck of a lot more secure than any other watch out there.

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Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

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Horns was surprisingly acceptable too, which was in large part down to Radcliffe's decent acting. He's not awful, which is nice.

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And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

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I don't understand reporting these stats...

...as that Linux or OSX has more vulnerabilities than Windows when you then go on to say that 80% of the flaws are with third party software.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Paw Bokenfohr

Use http://www.autohotkey.com/ - it's trivial to set up a macro (eg: Crtl-e to make é, Alt-e to make è etc etc) - it's what I do. Can send you my macro if you can't cope ;-)

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Something Coming Through – aliens, LA noir, techno-thriller, dystopia ALL in the mix

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Purchased - it's the right price for an ebook.

+1 purchase for the ebook version - at £2 it's the right price that I'm willing to give it a go without any personal recommendations, which I usually need if I'm actually buying books (rather than using the library) because books are so expensive, even ebooks normally.

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Hacker catches Apple's Lightning in a jailbroken bottle

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Re: There's one TEENSY problem…

There are dozens if not hundreds of cable manufacturers who have MFI certified Lightning cables. Friendly Swede, Anker, Belkin (as you mention), TekNet, Syncwire, and Amazon Basics are just the ones off the first couple of pages on Amazon. Even BelayCords are MFI certified and they're a Kickstarter and have reversible USB plugs too.

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Elon Musk's Tesla set to unveil home storage battery

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Re: Off the top of my head

Could conceivably be Liquid Metal Battery, or perhaps a true Lithium Polymer battery, or maybe he's just punting really cheap current tech through economies of scale?

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Now not even muggers want your iPhone

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Re: Well that's all fine and dandy

That's not really how it works, at least with iPhones (I don't know about Windows Phone or the Galaxy).

There's a remote wipe option (along with "find my iPhone") which yes, killing you would prevent you using, but the activation lock is enabled all the time and prevents you from resetting the iPhone (or iPad) to defaults (thus removing passcodes etc) without inputting the Apple account password of the owner.

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Drinking games: Tapper 1983, this Bud's for you...

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Re: I had the C64 version

+1 for Paradroid.

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

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"people don't seem to value that data, that information, about who they are, where they are or what they do"

I think you miss the point - it's not that people don't value it, it's that they have no way to value it. It's the equivalent of the old granny turning up on the Antiques Roadshow with a missing Turner or Picasso. She had no idea of its worth, just as she doesn't have any idea of the worth of her data.

Possibly she would make the same calculation and conclusion as you did, that she gets value for money for the services she receives, but what sticks in many people's throats is that Facebook, Google, et al go out of their way to obscure how much privacy and data you're sacrificing (how much you're "paying" in this analogy) and also go out of their way to ensure that they are under no obligation to provide anything for any amount of time in any way (T&Cs) in exchange for this cost.

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EE squashes Orange UK: France Telecom's been 'destroying it for years'

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I think using Cellnet would be a good idea.

It's recognisable to most people still (not the yoof of today of course, but anyone 35+ at the very least) and we know it's BT, and it says what is it - a cell network. And costs £0 to research.

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NHS refused to pull 'unfit for purpose' Care.data leaflet

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Re: A shame to lose this

"As always huge debate is raised by a minority when the majority doesn't give a toss."

Yes, but that's because the minority here understands what can happen with this if it's badly managed and unprotected - those of us that work in IT - but the majority don't understand what "big data" is capable of, they don't understand how awful this scheme was.

So, the minority has to educate them. We did. They listened. The government and the NHS were forced to back track.

Democracy (and an educated populace) wins!

Huzzah!

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Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

Paw Bokenfohr

Re: TL:DR....

The UE Boom is stereo.

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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Surely it would have made sense for the show...

...to compare and contrast what happens in these factories for people building Apple equipment with Samsung equipment, and HTC equipment, and Xiaomi equipment?

That way, we'd be able to judge better whether the Apple policies were making things "better" (a value judgement) for those workers assigned to Apple production compared to those assigned to other vendors.

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Apple WINS iPod antitrust fight, jury nixes BILLION-dollar payout bid

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Re: wrong target - Apple had the money but not the obligation

Wrong target if you're thinking about things logically from a legal or technical point of view.

But the lawyers weren't; they were thinking about who had the deepest pockets to make any possible win worth while.

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Buy Your Own Device: No more shiny-shiny work mobe for you

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I didn't see "Promotional Story" or anything...

...but this whole article read like an advert.

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18 million iPHONE USERS HAVE NEVER BONKED to ApplePay

Paw Bokenfohr

Wow! Amazing adoption rate!

Another way to view the stats:

After years of languishing as an unadopted and unloved technology, within just 2 months Apple have transformed the outlook for NFC Payments by getting over 2 million users for their new Apple Pay system, and that when only launched in just the one country (the USA) which has the additional drawback of having limited infrastructure to accept it because of its backwards payments infrastructure not having adopted Chip-And-Pin and subsequently NFC when the rest of the developed world did, starting almost 10 years ago.

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That's not even tax avoidance, that's tax evasion.

And illegal. For him, and for you too, if you know he's going to do it. Which you do, because why else would he give you a discount for cash? It's not cheaper for him to process at the bank than cheque or even debit card, so it's not that - it can only be because he plans not to declare the income.

Poor show.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Re: C'mon

They're solid and reliable, and when you pair them with a nice Rega phono stage, along with an Ortofon Arkiv stylus, they're perfect for archiving your vinyl off to digital formats, because no matter how much of an event listening to vinyl is, it's most certainly not as practical ;-)

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BOING, BOING! Philae BOUNCED TWICE on Comet 67P

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Re: Renaissance

There's been one on the BBC News web site for a while ;-)

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Forget 5G, UK.gov is making 2G fit for the 21st century!

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Re: 2G - 20 years on

"Sometimes I think we in the UK have a 3rd world level of service from the mobile operators."

I think that sometimes too, but then I to places like the US and Canada, and realise that while we may have annoyances with the mobile providers here, at least we're (relatively) only paying third-world prices for them.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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Re: Really in the post KitKat World.... (Or the shape of things to come?)

@ Michael Habel: "Whats's that Movies and Music? Isn't this what the Cloud was made for? I for One love XBMC (Movies), and Google Music... For umm Music streaming."

Streaming will probably be fine in 10 or 20 years time, but not yet; data is too expensive, service too unreliable, and coverage too patchy at present.

And that's if you never leave your home country of course - if you do, you try streaming all your music and movies for 2 or 3 weeks while on holiday or away for work - bill "shock" will be an understatement for what you feel when you get home, and that's only if your provider lets you use more than xxMB while you're off network.

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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@ Johnr: "When you were in the gym and had one on your belt or arm you could adjust the volume , skip and pause without looking at it."

I thought that was what the controls on my headphone cord were for, and that works with an iPod or and iPhone.

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

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Re: Never understood this

@RAMChYLD: "So the consensus is, people don't like being tracked while on a desktop, but is fine with being tracked on a fondleslab or mobe?"

Good catch. Good question. Perhaps people are more ashamed of what they search their computer for than what they search their phone for?

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Re: Slow news day?

@AC: "Apple have finally cottoned on that they can make money from it"

Ugh. No. They're not making money from this functionality.

Note: I cite as many sources for that "fact" as you do for yours.

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Re: Huh?

@Stacy: "Why should Apple also need a copy of the search request?"

This is answered in the article.

Apple takes your request, effectively anonymizes it (by using a fake UID that changes every 15 minutes, thus defeating any attempts by the search provider to build up a tracking profile of you) and then sends it on.

Guess what it all comes down to is: If you leave the functionality enabled, who would you trust more? Apple (who make profit by selling you the hardware) or the search providers (who make money by selling your profile to advertisers)?

Obviously, it's Apple in this binary choice. Only an idiot would argue otherwise.

However, Apple did do a "bad" here. They should have had a big alert come up with an In / Out choice, which would have gotten people's informed consent. Some of us (I would argue probably ONLY the kinds of people who read the Reg) would opt out. Most everyone else would opt in.

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Re: Huh?

@maffski: "I might be thick, but why would it have to send the search to Apple in order to send the search to Google etc?"

Aside from the fact it's not Google, I guess it doesn't HAVE to, but it does, to effectively anonymize your searches from "Google" et al. or they would use your UID to track you - as Apple say, they change this for you every 15 minutes. Not something that "Google" would do for you.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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I don't see what the difference is?

..."when customers can switch operators and technologies in real-time the investment may dry up."

Why?

Why is this any different, really, to now?

I'm sure you'll still be able to buy carrier-locked phones and so on for the forseeable.

However, right now, if I buy an unlocked iPad or Nexus tablet, I can buy a SIM from any carrier I like in my home country, get a SIM-only deal and roll month to month, or indeed have two or more on the go and swap between them if there is poor service at home for example, and when I go on holiday I can get one from a local provider if I like (and I do - I have a Fido SIM from Canada and an AT&T one from the US)

Why does doing it in software make a difference?

Just because you can switch "SIM"s in software rather than physically doesn't mean you won't have to pay month to month or pay any less to the carriers you're choosing.

In fact, it might increase their profits. Off the bat I can think of a couple of ways - they no longer have the expense of manufacturing and distributing all those SIMs, and if you go somewhere on a long weekend, perhaps you can't be bothered to get a local SIM, but if it's just there in software and the offer of a 1-week or fixed-data plan is right there to buy, you may well go for it.

Change ≠ death-of-all-we-have-come-to-know.......

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Apple's iPhone bonk to 'Pay' app launches on Monday

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Re: But, but...

But that's the point - the merchant DOES NOT get the same data - every transaction you make using ApplePay uses a unique token (aka fake CC number). The merchant doesn't know your "real" card number. If they have an attack (hello Dairy Queen, Target, Home Depot, KMart, and others) then whatever information they have on you is USELESS and can't be used.

You're actually better protected using ApplePay than a regular swipe and sign CC in the US or an NFC or chip-and-PIN card in the rest of the world, partly because of these unique tokens, and partly because the CC number can't be read from the phone if it's stolen (like a CC) and there's no way it can be used (like a CC with copying the signature / looking over your shoulder at your PIN at an ATM and then nicking the card for chip-and-PIN).

You don't even have to trust Apple with your CC information - you only have to trust that they are being honest when they say they don't store it in the phone. Which if it turned out they were lying about, would cause massive outrage, so I think we can be pretty sure they're being honest.

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

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Re: works fine for me

Works fine on N-3.

It's N-4 (or N-5 or N-6 depending on how you count) that it doesn't work on.

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