About two months ago, I started getting sick of tobacco. I couldn’t beat the nicotine addiction, but I also couldn’t stand cigarettes. I enjoy smoking them with friends, or taking an occasional smoke break to relax, but I wasn’t able to keep it there. 2 Cigarettes a day became 4, which became 10, which turned into a pack. It was gross. I genuinely felt sorry for those who had to be around me and smell tobacco and papers on my clothes, skin, and breath. However, I managed to stumble across this article on Gizmodo that’s no longer in existence. The article was reviewing the best disposable electronic cigarette, and while the term is somewhat subjective, the review was still great. With a full box of American Spirit Organics in my pocket, I wasn’t ready to drop $50+ on a good electronic cigarette kit, so the disposables were the way to go.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
About a week and a half ago, social networking giant, Facebook, rolled out a new search feature. It’s still in a waiting list only mode, and as a general rule, I don’t like to write about your general beta in the world of technology. But the new Facebook search, Facebook Graph Search, seemed to interest a handful of avid Facebook users, especially those who remain stressed over privacy.
So, a few weeks ago, the Burner app made its way into the AppStore. I won’t deny that it has significant appeal to me. It’s cheaper than picking up a burner at the gas station for whatever you might need it for. And, yes, there are legitimate uses for a burner. I very rarely use my AT&T line for anything outside of making the occasional phone call to one of my friends. In fact, that rarely happens. iMessage is the way to go. But, for the rare times that I do need to make outgoing calls for legitimate purposes, I will use a Google Voice number. I create a Google account using phony details and then create a Google Voice account, make the call, and never use it again. Though this isn’t anonymous, I’d prefer this to letting some stranger see my number. Draw your own conclusions as to the other uses of a burner cell.
As a friend and fellow tech enthusiast noted, Apple does have a fatal flaw. I do agree, I even go as far as to say that Apple has more than one fatal flaw. I think the prior events today demonstrated some of the flaws in the path that Apple has chosen to take. Naturally, after Steve Jobs death, people are quick to blame Tim Cook for the errors and misconceptions that the company entertains. This shouldn’t be the case; Steve Jobs, if alive, would have made the same choices that Mr. Cook has been making.
Since the iPhone 3Gs, Apple has been surreptitious in the marketing area. All companies do this, but, it’s irked extremely well for Apple. Most people buy into Apple’s flaw that Jason Pensill mentioned, the product refresh. So far, people loved the 3Gs, even though, superficially, it’s not much different than the 3G.
That was, in my opinion, the only time that Apple has fully gotten away with a minor refresh.
The 3Gs was replaced by the iPhone 4, which, superficially, is much different, but, internally, it’s nearly identical. Even though the internals where similar, this was a big upgrade to the people. It was huge.
People had heard rumors of a totally redesigned iPhone 5. They, and I speak for the majority of the tech community, were disappointed on that day. For a company that makes the best phones, the iPhone 4S wasn’t light years ahead of the competition. People were actually mad at Apple for the minor update. Updating the processor and the camera, sticking some half baked software into it, and acting like it was revolutionary was what Apple did. It wasn’t revolutionary, but, due to Apple’s marketing, people bought it.
Look at Android handset makers. A new Android handset is released every month. The company changes one tiny thing, adds a letter to the name of the phone, and ships it. It’s not complete, yet, they market it as a new, complete phone. One should think of the Android update cycles like service packs. Microsoft fixes bugs in Windows and pushes out a service pack. They may do it too often, but they don’t totally ship a new OS, normally. Users would feel cheated. Ripped off.
That’s what’s happening with Android phones.
Unfortunately, after the 4 updated to the 4S, that’s how people are starting to feel about Apple. They’re feeling stretched. There’s a point where it’s okay when a company tries to make the most of product cycles. Android handset makers have taken that way too far. Apple is on the edge. If they update the technology so frequently, they need to change some features that can actually turn it into a new device, not a service pack on an old one. That’s not fair to the consumer.
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It appears as if the Stingray violates the fourth amendment. The one that protects U.S. citizens from unreasonable search and seizure by the U.S. government.
In general, the fourth amendment is interpreted to mean that a warrant must be judicially sanctioned in order for search or arrest to take place.
Under the fourth amendment law-enforcement must receive written permission from a court of law to lawfully search and seize evidence.