I didn’t want to jailbreak my phone, I like Apple’s curated experience and I don’t want to stray from that. However after several more calls to both AT&T and Apple, I made no progress. So I’m turning to you for a final plea.An anonymous 9to5Mac tipster • In an email, sent to Apple CEO Tim Cook, after the reader spent multiple months unsuccessfully attempting to get either Apple or AT&T to unlock his iPhone so he could continue to use the device after moving to Canada. A few days later the reader received a call from AT&T Partnership Operations, with information on how to get his phone unlocked. And while the anonymous tipster never did hear back from Tim personally, the reader’s wife did receive a call from Cook’s assistant, who called to verify that the phone situation had been resolved. source (via • follow)
» One question: Who uses “gunna” as shorthand for “going to?” We thought “gonna” was the standard abbreviation. But all jokes aside, we’re glad this was all just a technological snafu, and not an actual threat.
Apps that collect or transmit a user’s contact data without their prior permission are in violation of our guidelines. We’re working to make this even better for our customers, and as we have done with location services, any app wishing to access contact data will require explicit user approval in a future software release.Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr • In a statement about Apple’s privacy policies, as pertaining to the iPhone. This statement came hot on the heels of the revelation that two Democratic congressman (G.K. Butterfield and Henry A. Waxman) had sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, requesting information about privacy permissions. The inciting incident here was the iPhone app Path, which was revealed to be uploading users’ address books to their company servers without asking permission, or offering any notification. Path tried to curb the controversy by apologizing and offering an opt-out, but the damage to their credibility (and, by association, Apple’s) had already hit. And amidst word that a number of widely-used apps — most notably Twitter — did the same thing, Apple has affirmed that what Path did was a violation of their privacy practices, and has released an update for iOS that allows users to delete the database by switching off location services. source (via • follow)
wherethecrowflies says: No mention of the 14 suicides at that factory in China last year? Must not be important enough for the New York Times..
» SFB says: They’ve covered those issues numerous times before. (By the way, the suicides happened in 2010 and Apple made changes as a result of them.) While it’s clearly a big issue and probably deserved a mention, this article honestly isn’t about that quite as much. Personally, it didn’t bother me it wasn’t mentioned, simply because it’s been covered at depth numerous times before. This is about a particular angle of that whole mess that doesn’t get quite as much play. The stuff about the supply chain being much easier to handle in Asia than the U.S.? That’s a big deal and told me something fairly new. Honestly, I felt this article was angled towards people who already knew about Apple and FoxConn, but perhaps didn’t know the systemic reasons the company moved away from “Made in the U.S.A.” — Ernie @ SFB
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waterman12053 says: I just tried the Iphone Flipboard app with Tumblr. Thought it was quite cool and then suddenly realized that many posts do not appear and it changed the order of them a lot. You seem to have no control over the “editing”. Not too handy, IMHO.
» SFB says: Not having that experience at all. Double checked my own feed, comparing it to the dashboard on my laptop, and it’s every post in order. Not to doubt you, but it’s not working that way for me. — Ernie @ SFB
» Want to pre-order the iPhone 4s in Hong Kong? Too late. You’re stuck waiting in line. The phone will be available in stores this Friday and analysts are expecting “long lines and serial stock outs.” It’s a good sign for when the phone hits mainland China — a date for which has not been announced. It’s led to a black-market Apple-smuggling industry between Hong Kong and China, which is likely to only continue with the iPhone 4S