Re: Yes! Someone's remembered TrackMeNot
> The interweb is dead, long live the proprietary and non-transparent app :(
Which is why I don't use apps if I can avoid it and, if I 'must' use one, find as many offline options as possible - offline maps, offline public transport guides, offline Wikipedia, offline dcitionaries/translators. To which I then add a 'firewall'/localhost VPN and block ad-slinging domains, or even complete apps, if I don't feel they need to be accessing the network tp provide me with the service I require of them - my calculator, for instamce, doesn't need to access the Internet (I'll go online in a browser when I want to compare currencies).
> Doesn't that render stuff like TrackMeNot rather irrelevant?
Yes and no, I suppose; it depends upon how much you're prepared to do through a browser rather than a dedicated app. I don't need apps for any service that is the same (or good enough) in a browser - imdb, search engines, news sites, live road/rail/air/tube/bus travel information, hotel booking, etc. can all be done via a browser just like they were in the days before mobile and like they still are on the laptop I'm writing this reply on now.
> It's not pretty, is it.
Nope. It's pretty damn ugly and it's only going to get worse: wait until it's all clod-based AI 'services' and you don't actually have an OS on any of your devices, any apps or any clue where your data goes, let alone any control over it - Alexa, please book me a seat at the restaurant and order me the following meal ... "I'm sorry. I can't do that Dave - you're getting too fat."