Tim Cook on Privacy

»I’m speaking to you from Silicon Valley, where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information,” said Cook. “They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be.«

Apple’s Tim Cook Delivers Blistering Speech On Encryption, Privacy (TC)

Android™ wins

From Verizon’s 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBiR):

Before we get too far, let’s just get this out of the way now — Android™ wins. Not just wins, but Android wins so hard that most of the suspicious activity logged from iOS devices was just failed Android exploits. So while we’d love to compare and contrast iOS to Android, the data is forcibly limiting the discussion to the latter. Also, the malicious activity recorded on Android is centered on malware, and most of that malware is adnoyance-ware and similar resource-wasting infections.

Samsung extra creepy now.

Samsung is warning customers about discussing personal information in front of their smart television set.

The warning applies to TV viewers who control their Samsung Smart TV using its voice activation feature.

When the feature is active, such TV sets “listen” to what is said and may share what they hear with Samsung or third parties, it said.

(Source: BBC, via The Loop)

Mehr als lebensgefährlich

»Also letztens hab ich so’n Zitronenjoghurt gegessen, und dann war der alle, und dann hab ich so den Löffel reingestellt und dann ist der immer umgefallen, der Becher. Also, das fand ich echt schwach vom Universum.«

— Deichkind, vom neuen Album Niveau Weshalb Warum

iMore: Avoid MacKeeper

»I’d posit that if your affiliate marketing strategy is attracting lying douchebags and scum, then you’re the problem as much as they are.«

I hate these ads and therefor the software. I assume there’s a large enough group of switchers from Windows, who learned to be afraid (and probably rightly so), so the first things they install on a new Mac are anti virus scanners and crap like MacKeeper.

Source: iMore


I’m positively surprised that in the German App Store there are only a few morons complaining about the price for eight fantastic new chapters in Monument Valley.

Alan Eustace sets new skydiving world record

Mr. Eustace was carried aloft without the aid of the sophisticated capsule used by Mr. Baumgartner or millions of dollars in sponsorship money. Instead, Mr. Eustace planned his jump in secrecy, working for almost three years with a small group of technologists skilled in spacesuit design, life-support systems, and parachute and balloon technology.

Way more likable than that chauvinistic guy from Austria.