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Google Photos ‘Free Up Space’ Commercial

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Do you smell smoke? That’s the aroma of a sick burn wafting out of Cupertino. This Google Photos commercial is running during the Olympics, and it absolutely nails Apple right where they deserve to be nailed. This commercial is going to turn millions of people with 16 GB iPhones into Google Photos users. Running out of space is a real problem that real people face — and once storage gets tight, it will remain tight until you get a new phone.

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sherif
2191 days ago
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So where's the regular outraged crew on here that never misses an opportunity to call Gruber a fanboy shill for Apple?
invinciblegod
2191 days ago
I wouldn't call him a "shill" but more "pro-Apple" like his support for Apple in the Amazon Apple book fight.
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Stop Forcing People to Wear Bike Helmets

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Joseph Stromberg, writing for Vox:

For most bikers, this advice is anathema. The importance of wearing a helmet has been drilled into everyone since childhood. And, it’s true that, as study after study has shown, you’re better off with a helmet if you’re in an accident.

But in the world’s most popular biking cities, particularly in Europe, very few bikers wear helmets. And there are good reasons for that: biking, it turns out, isn’t an especially dangerous form of transportation in terms of head trauma. And the benefits of helmets may be overstated. While they do protect your head during accidents, there’s some evidence that helmets make it more likely you’ll get in an accident in the first place.

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sherif
3005 days ago
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This advice is bad for those riding in non-European and non-bike-friendly cities. The security that comes from riding in a big group isn't there if there are few cyclists in your city.
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davenelson
3006 days ago
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I hope the helmet silliness is over by the time Eli is riding regularly.
Atlanta, Georgia

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sherif
3007 days ago
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Apple: Legal Process Guidelines for U.S. Law Enforcement

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Interesting new document from Apple, outlining in detail how they cooperate with U.S. law enforcement agencies and what information they’re capable of providing. This part caught my eye:

Upon receipt of a valid search warrant, Apple can extract certain categories of active data from passcode locked iOS devices. Specifically, the user generated active files on an iOS device that are contained in Apple’s native apps and for which the data is not encrypted using the passcode (“user generated active files”), can be extracted and provided to law enforcement on external media. Apple can perform this data extraction process on iOS devices running iOS 4 or more recent versions of iOS. Please note the only categories of user generated active files that can be provided to law enforcement, pursuant to a valid search warrant, are: SMS, photos, videos, contacts, audio recording, and call history. Apple cannot provide: email, calendar entries, or any third-party App data.

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Apple can intercept users’ email communications, upon receipt of a valid Wiretap Order. Apple cannot intercept users’ iMessage or FaceTime communications as these communications are end-to-end encrypted.

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sherif
3014 days ago
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I like that they made this public. Could just be me, but I sense a "wish we could say no" between the lines.
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satadru
3014 days ago
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Apple leading the way with end to end encryption? Is Google Hangouts end to end encrypted? (Of course this says nothing about facetime or imessage metadata... as I assume Apple can easily pass along WHO you're talking to... which is quite valuable.)
New York, NY
jimwise
3014 days ago
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Interesting set of can/cannot.