The above video shows the late Steve Jobs explaining Apple’s policy in regards to location data and privacy. Now this may have all been true when he said it, but things are a little different now. What Steve explains sounds nice: Each app having to request permission for location data each and every time they want it. But what happens in the real-world is illustrated perfectly every time I launch the Facebook app on iOS:
Every single time I open the Facebook app, I see that the locations services icon is active, which means the current app is receiving location data. Even if I’ve just opened the app to see what’s new on my timeline, Facebook is accessing my location data. Why? This is absolutely not what Jobs communicated when he talked about Apple being paranoid about location privacy.
Let’s say I turn off location services for the Facebook app:
This is all fine and good if I never want Facebook to use my location data. But what if I’m posting some photos from a camping trip I’m on, and I really would like to include my location data in this post, since I think that may be of interest to my friends. I should be able to tell Facebook they can use my location data just this once, right?
So, the Facebook app is suggesting that I just turn on location services indefinitely, and I’m not given the option to temporarily allow access.
So, what happened, Apple? Why do you always have to know where I am, Facebook? Really?
May 24, 2013 – June 1, 2013
My friend told me about this short video contest that SNL is putting on. We had already published this video a while back, but I figured it could make a fun entry in the contest. The final decision is left to the judges, but is heavily influenced by Facebook ‘likes’, so if you can spare a ‘like’, we would very much appreciate it.
Watch + Like: ‘The Walk In’
Thanks in advance, and stay classy out there!
Dear people who support digital rights management,
Today I purchased the third season of a show I have become a fan of recently. I went ahead and paid a premium to get it delivered in full HD. It looks great on my Apple TV, but you know what happens when I try and view the videos on my older Apple 30″ Cinema displays?
Because my 2560×1600 Apple displays use DVI instead of the DRM-riddled HDMI interface, my media refuses to play on them. Is it any wonder why people like torrents? I understand why you don’t want to play the video that I bought on an unknown device – there’s no guarantee I won’t record it to some other source and distribute it to a mass audience somewhere else. But do you think this kind of restriction is going to make me want to purchase from you in the future?
I love the simplicity here.
Homes of Love hosted its annual Dance for Love fundraising party again this weekend at The Square Room. I forget why, but I missed it last year, and was excited to be able to make it this time around. I was not disappointed. It was the best one yet. If you know nothing about Homes of Love, you should have a look at their website and see what they are all about.
Homes of Love works in Southeast Asia and Africa to establish and maintain loving, small, family-structured homes for orphaned and at-risk children. HOL seeks to reach children before they are trafficked, sexually exploited or put on the streets. We take a preventative approach to these problems common to vulnerable children. We are committed to the holistic, long-term care of these children until they become independent adults in their society.
Fa-la-la-la-la. La-la. La-la.
Today I found a persuasive paper that I wrote back in high school. My school had blocked access to davidangel.net, which gave me the perfect subject for my paper.
“Met a lot of people but never knew them. Bought a lot of things and never used them.”
– Stephen Gordon
Listen to/purchase the song here.