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February 2018

Apple facing numerous class actions over iPhone slow down

When Apple admitted to incorporating a feature that stopped iPhones with old, weak batteries from shutting down by slowing the phone down is facing numerous class actions.
Now, as a user and if you have any old devices where the battery is getting closer to the end of its life (all batteries have a finite life) would you rather have the device just suddenly shut down on you or slow down a little? I know the answer for myself but obviously there are many that see this as an opportunity to extort money for nothing.
Apple has since made changes that give the user a choice and also offered incredibly big discounts in a battery replacement program but obviously this is not good enough for the parasites.
So, how were people actually damaged by this? Did they actually ever notice any change in performance? I doubt it.
There appears to be little ethics when it comes to lawyers and money and according to a post on Zdnet at
https://goo.gl/1rnpMh, they state there are now some 60 cases.
Insanity prevails.


NBN Co pushes back crucial HFC status update

In an article on itnews, They have stated that the NBN Co has delayed a planned update on the state of its HFC network.

Fortunately for me, my HFC connection was completed and despite having many reservations, the speed and reliability have been good to date.

Source article:
https://goo.gl/8bX2Ue

The Trouble With HomePod Reviews

With its HomePod speaker, Apple has once again reshuffled existing genres. As an almost singular representative of the new consumer computational audio devices, HomePod’s slippery algorithms defeat quick and easy reviews.
My personal experience has been very positive. Despite some criticism about Siri, I have found it to work well. The sound quality is excellent with exceptionally good bass for such a small speaker as well as consistent clarity.
Others try to compare HomePod with cheaper speakers but the reality is that you get what you pay for and if it is sound quality you are looking for, the HomePod wins out.

Article source:
https://goo.gl/wH1bJv

Europe seeks power to sieze overseas data

Reuters reported that the EU is preparing legislation to force companies to turn over customers' personal data.
This is a world-wide trend for governments to seek getting access to encrypted data on the premise that it is to keep society safer.
In Australia, there is a movement to have decryption legislation which will allow access to users' data.
The argument is always that this access is to assist in fighting crime and to protect society. Individuals may say that I have nothing to hide so why not but this is potentially very dangerous if governments are able to spy on everyone at anytime. Past experience has shown that this sort of power has been abused by governments to silence or eliminate opposition groups.

Reuters article:
https://goo.gl/SeozfG
ZDNet article:
https://goo.gl/L584Ew

Australia's Notifiable Data Breaches scheme is now in effect

The Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme comes into effect today, requiring agencies and organisations in Australia that are covered by the Privacy Act to notify individuals whose personal information is involved in a data breach that is likely to result in "serious harm", as soon as practicable after becoming aware of a breach.

Source story:
https://goo.gl/GfkcTA

Intel ships Spectre fix for newer chips

itNews wrote a story that says that Intel has developed a stable firmware update to address the Spectre flaw for its Skylake, Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake processors.
See
https://goo.gl/ErGZq7 for more information.

Nikkei again claims ‘weak demand’ for iPhone X despite much evidence to the contrary

In an article published on Nikkei, they once again predict weak demand from the sales of the iPhone X. This, like every other report by Nikkei has always been proven to be false and not based on any real data or facts.
One may wonder why they persist in every year with the same predictions for every iPhone. In the last one the share price of Apple dropped for a short time until they reported record sales and profits. Perhaps that is their intention to affect the market and make profits for some?

As stated in a post on MacDailyNews:
Even if a particular data point were factual it would be impossible to accurately interpret the data point as to what it meant for our overall business… There is just an inordinate[ly] long list of things that would make any single data point not a great proxy for what’s going on. Apple CEO Tim Cook, January 23, 2013

iPhone X was the best-selling smartphone in the world in the December quarter according to Canalys, and it has been our top selling phone every week since it launched. iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus rounded out the top three iPhones in the quarter. In fact, revenue for our newly launched iPhones was the highest of any lineup in our history, driving total Apple revenue above our guidance range… The iPhone X was the most popular and that’s particularly noteworthy given that we didn’t start shipping until early November, and we’re constrained for a while. The team did a great job of getting into supply demand balance there in December. But since the launch of iPhone X, it has been the most popular iPhone every week, every week sales. And that is even through today, actually through January… We feel fantastic, particularly as it pertains to iPhone X. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, February 1, 2018

In another article, it completely contradicts Nikkei.
https://www.barrons.com/articles/a-revenue-supercycle-for-apple-1519147648

MacOS and iOS Updates

Apple has released supplemental updates for macOS to 10.13.3. and iOS 11.2.6 to fix a bug that caused devices to crash when trying to process specific Unicode characters.

The problem relates to rendering certain Indian characters which could cause the device to crash.

Apparently some mischievous people have intentionally inserted these characters to cause problems for those unfortunate to have encountered them.

Its always a good idea to keep devices up-to-date, especially relating to security issues.

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