My dad was one of the only people with a good-for-life, go-anywhere American Airlines pass. Then they took it away. This is the true story of having—and losing—a superpower.

The man work the golden airline ticket – Narratively.com

Twitter directly contributes to, and profits from, the machines of hatred and white supremacy. Period. It and fellow ad-supported media platforms and publishers—ranging from Facebook all the way back to Fox News—have for a long time. We’re in the Age of Attention, and the insidious incentives of advertising are devouring our humanity whole.

For me, Twitter has become ma ethical and professional dilemma – David Chartier

Nessuno chiede alcun consenso alla persona da trovare salvo a non voler credere per davvero – come forse auspicherebbero i fornitori del servizio – che inviare un sms nel quale si dice a chicchessia che qualcuno lo sta cercando e un link e poi chiedergli una generica autorizzazione all’attivazione delle funzioni di geolocalizzazione del proprio smartphone senza spiegargli chi userà e per quale scopo i suoi dati personali e per fornirli a chi non significhi davvero chiedere e ottenere un consenso libero e consapevole.

Diventiamo tutti 007 alla faccia della privacy – L’avvocato del Diavolo

A flight out of Newark was evacuated when someone sent an image of a suicide vest to multiple Apple devices on the plane as passengers awaited takeoff, the latest warning that Apple’s AirDrop feature can be used for more than flirting and sharing memes.

Flight evacuated after image of suicide vest Airdropped to Apple devices

Have you heard about the best new streaming platform on the internet? It’s totally customizable, works on any device, and, best of all, is basically free. The only problem — and, I mean, come on, it’s barely a problem — is that it might be illegal, depending on how you use it. (In other words, depending on how much piracy you plan to do.) I’m talking, of course, about Plex.

Plex makes piracy just another streaming service – The Verge

As he was looking at his monitor, I opened the new ECG app (Apple uses the abbreviation ECG, whereas doctors generally say EKG) on the Apple Watch Series 4 to take my first EKG. I put my finger on the digital crown and waited while the screen counted down 30 seconds. The Apple Watch classifies your heart rhythm as either AFib, sinus rhythm or inconclusive. My result: inconclusive.

Apple Watch ECG vs. Hospital EKG: Not the results i was expecting – C|Net

Motion smoothing is unquestionably a compromised way of watching films and TV shows, which are meticulously crafted to look and feel the way they do. But its creeping influence is so pervasive that at the Cannes Film Festival this May — the same Cannes Film Festival that so valorizes the magic of the theatrical experience and has been feuding with Netflix for the past two years — the fancy official monitors throughout the main festival venue had left motion smoothing on.

Motion Smoothing Is Ruining Cinema – Vulture

Tinder, nel tentativo di fare la sua parte, nei prossimi giorni inizierà a oscurare i profili dei propri utenti che indicano preferenze sessuali “a rischio” incriminazione quando sbarcano in uno degli Stati in cui il rischio sussiste e a avvertire l’utente di tale rischio.

Se l’utente sceglierà, comunque, di apparire, Tinder, oscurerà i dati relativi alle sue preferenze sessuali.

L’obiettivo dichiarato è quello di proteggere l’utente dal rischio che le Autorità locali possano assumere iniziative contro di lui in ragione dei dati che esso più o meno consapevolmente rende pubblici via Tinder.

La ricetta di Tinder per gay, lesbica e bisex nei Paesi a rischio. Triste ma efficace – L’avvocato del Diavolo

It’s easy to dismiss how reliant a modern lifestyle is on the ability to constantly charge batteries and consume large quantities of data over WiFi. Even minor interruptions to internet and electrical services can be frustrating inconveniences, but how do iPhones, Apple Watches, and Macs fare during an extended period off the grid? I unexpectedly found out this week.

Adapting iPhone and Apple Watch to a 3-day power outage- 9to5Mac

“A small portion of Siri requests are analysed to improve Siri and dictation. User requests are not associated with the user’s Apple ID. Siri responses are analysed in secure facilities and all reviewers are under the obligation to adhere to Apple’s strict confidentiality requirements.” The company added that a very small random subset, less than 1% of daily Siri activations, are used for grading, and those used are typically only a few seconds long.

Amazon and Google use users’ behavioural data to sell targeted advertisements. While they’ve denied that they use voice data for targeting, I still find it slightly more uncomfortable that they may keep records of users’ voice recordings than I do for Apple which doesn’t build huge user data profiles for advertising purposes. In other words, while it’s reasonable to be upset by similar revelations, there are different reasons to be concerned.

 Apple contractors ‘regularly hear confidential details’ on Siri recordings – The Guardian

Molto male, Apple. Basta poco a chiedere all’utente, altrimenti si corre il rischio di passare per un Google qualsiasi…

With Apple putting so much marketing and company effort into differentiating itself on privacy, the company must not only do better than “the other guys,” they must be seen to be doing better than the other guys. this incident is not a good look for the company.

Shawn King – The Loop

e ancor più chiaramente:

Se ti chiami Apple, se negli ultimi anni ti sei erta a difensore civico della privacy globale, hai fatto la prima della classe sfidando – probabilmente a ragione – persino il tuo Governo e accogli i tuoi clienti, sulle pagine del tuo sito dicendo che “tenere al sicuro le tue informazioni personali è un nostro impegno costante”, dire che il tuo genio della lampada non ascolta poi così tanto e, comunque, lo fa al riparo da orecchie indiscrete è davvero troppo poco.

Hey Siri, smetti di registrarmi (o almeno avvertimi!)

IT’S 1:30 IN the morning and I’m pretty sure my girlfriend is dead.

She went out with friends after work to celebrate somebody’s birthday. I opted to stay in and go to bed at a decent hour because I have work in the morning, and also because I am lame. But now I’m awake, staring at the little circular blip on my phone, waiting for it to move.

The terrible anxiety of location sharing apps – Wired.com

Stay Tuned,

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