The theme of this week’s particle debris is that technological advances are happening so quickly that they exceed the ability of even reasably informed people to make informed choices.
We believe that our children are in good hands with Apple.
But first, e of the key elements of the proactive design of the Apple system was the way iOS updates are processed our iPhones and iPads. This is important because we have reached an interesting inflecti point of safety. Instead of ctinuing to make updates making our devices more and more secure, ctinuous updates ly hold up the fort until the next round of updates.
Whether with impressive prescience or good policy, Apple has anticipated the scenario above by taking ctrol of the iPhone update process. Jny Evans at World of the computer explain the process that started in 2007.
Apple plans to do this when it started using subscripti accounting in April 2007.
The author Evans reminds us that system updates were not always free.
It is important to note that operating system upgrades were not always free.
You had to pay for Mac and Windows upgrades. Windows Mobile (at the time a threat) required fees for its updates, but customers were not buying. Palm, RIM, and Nokia have rarely introduced operating system upgrades, preferring a model of “built-in obsolescence” in which customers have to buy new handsets to get a new OS.
Of course, customers have neglected to do so.
Today, 95% of iOS devices run iOS 10 or later. Evans explains, “This means that 95% of all actively used iOS devices run an operating system under the age of 2. No other platform has that.”
This is crucial when it comes to securing the iOS platform against going threats.
Diametric views, Apple and Facebook
Switch from platform security to user privacy Worship of Mac exposes the great ctrast between Apple and Facebook.
Facebook has lost more value today than any other company in history: 120 billi US dollars. The sell-off took place after CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that growing public ccerns about privacy, and the likely respse from lawmakers and regulators, would strike the company where it hurts: in the wallet.
Author Hardy exposes the stark ctrast between the two companies and explores the going stress that Facebook is under as users and the federal government is acquiring a new appreciati for Facebook’s operati.
The entire Facebook business model collects private data users and sells them to advertisers. The people who use its social network are not the customers, they are the products sold.
But the company’s CEO just admits that it’s getting harder and harder. Speaking to investors last night, Zuckerberg warned: “We will ctinue to invest heavily in security and privacy because we have a respsibility to protect people. But as I have said in past calls, we are investing so much in safety that it will have a significant impact our profitability.
It’s weird how a statement that rings so hollow could scare investors away. But we live in strange times.
Finally, e can reasably think of Facebook’s failure if its growth deepens further and government ctrol becomes more and more invasive and disruptive. Meanwhile, Apple ctinues to adhere to the proper principles of security and cfidentiality. At a time when the time for reflecti and management of our lives the Internet is paramount, it is increasingly logical to stick to a company whose values echo ours.