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Alexa Keeps Text Trancripts of Deleted Recordings

1 week 4 days ago

Users can delete voice recordings stored by Alexa. However, Amazon still keeps the text transcript, CNet reported, raising a host of privacy concerns.

When you check your Alexa dialogue history, you can see text next to the recordings like “How’s the Weather” and “Set an Alarm.”Amazon lets you delete those voice recordings, giving you a false sense of privacy. But the company still has that data, just not as a sound bite. It keeps the text logs of the transcribed audio on its cloud servers, with no option for you to delete them. Amazon said it erases the text transcripts from Alexa’s “main system,” but is working on removing them from other areas where the data can travel.


Charlotte Henry

BMW Owners Suffer ConnectedDrive Outage, Affects CarPlay

1 week 4 days ago

Some BMW owners have suffered a ConnectedDrive outage, and it affects CarPlay.

What seems to be happening is that because of the ConnectedDrive outage, cars are unable to confirm that users have paid for the CarPlay option in their vehicle. Because the car can’t make that authentication, BMW owners have no access to CarPlay, nor the other ConnectedDrive features.

BMW has purportedly acknowledged the ConnectedDrive outage to customers, but has yet to comment publicly or offer any sort of timetable on when the issue might be resolved.


Andrew Orr

Privacy is a Luxury Item? Think Again

1 week 5 days ago

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says privacy shouldn’t be a luxury item.  Responding at Computerworld, Jonny Evans writes:

The crux of Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s argument against firms such as (obviously including but never named) Apple is that his company offers convenience in exchange for personal secrets, makes its services available for free, and has a “profound commitment” to protecting user privacy.

Author Evans lays bare the reality of how Google operates and the shallowness of Pichai’s whines.


John Martellaro

iRingg Ringtone Creator for Mac: $9.95

1 week 5 days ago

We have a deal on iRingg Ringtone Creator for Mac, an app that let’s you create ringtones for your iPhone on your Mac. It also offers direct to iPhone transfer, so that in one-click, you can wirelessly transfer your new ringtone into iPhone’s default ringtones section. Plus, it lets you create ringtones from audio you find on the Internet. This Mac app is $9.95 through our deal, half off retail.


Bryan Chaffin

In its Current Business, Google Can Never Beat Apple’s Privacy

1 week 5 days ago

Google is in the center of the news lately. It recently had its annual developer conference, and CEO Sundar Pichai wrote as dumb of an editorial as Mark Zuckerberg. Karissa Bell writes how Google is “borrowing from Apple’s privacy playbook.”

Google is trying to beat Apple at its own game, and with much, much, cheaper hardware.

I commend Google for making its data collecting practices relatively transparent. But as long as it earns the majority of its revenue from advertising, it will never meet Apple’s privacy standards.


Andrew Orr

Nike Training Club Gets a Premium Subscription With Master Training

1 week 5 days ago

I’ve been using Nike Training Club for a year now, and it’s a great fitness app. Version 6.0.0 brings a premium training subscription. You’ll get workouts hosted by Nike Master Trainers in 4-6 week programs, with expert nutrition advice, wellness guidance including mindset, recovery, and sleep. The app brings new workout formats like on-demand classes and whiteboard workouts for gym-style training. Apple Watch support for the premium program is coming in the future. Finally, workout reminders help you says motivated to continue your routine. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases).


Andrew Orr

Playing Games on Phones More Popular Than Playing on Consoles

1 week 5 days ago

Gamers play more on their phones than on consoles. Cult of Mac reported on a survey by trade body the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) that found 65 percent of American adults play video games, using a smartphone 60% of the time. By comparison, a console is used 49% of the time.  No wonder Apple launched Apple Arcade.

About half of all Americans use their phone to play games, according to 2019 Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry released today by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), an industry trade association. “Americans play video games to have fun, relieve stress, learn, and spend time with family,” said ESA acting President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis. “This innovative form of entertainment touches on every part of society and improves how we play, work, and live.


Charlotte Henry

Apple is Biggest Company in Ireland

1 week 5 days ago

Apple was once again named the biggest company in Ireland by the Irish Times. The newspaper said that the company continues to lead as it puts all non-US sales through the country which keeps it leading the pack. Google was in second place.

Apple, with turnover figures of almost €120 billion for its Irish operation, continu[es] to dwarf every other company which operates, or is headquartered, in Ireland. Yes, the US gadget giant is by far and away Ireland’s largest company, although it should be noted that the company, which recently made a larger leap into services, has not updated the figures for 2018, so the ones we are using are those which emerged as part of a European Commission investigation into its tax affairs. This process revealed that Apple puts all its sales outside of the US through Ireland, hence the scale of its Irish related sales.


Charlotte Henry

Apple Park Now Has a Rainbow Stage In The Middle

1 week 5 days ago

Drone videographer Duncan Sinfield uploaded his latest footage of Apple Park Wednesday. Most noticeable is a new rainbow stage right in the heart of the company headquarters. I wonder if Apple plans to host gigs or events there? The stunning 4K video also gives you a sense of the sheer scale of the location. Mr. Sinfield started filming Apple Campus 2 in August 2015, when construction was still ongoing.


Charlotte Henry

Will Marzipan Apps Be Locked to the Mac App Store?

1 week 5 days ago

Dave Mark brought up a good question regarding Jason Snell’s article, which is about how the Mac won’t be locked down like iOS with the introduction of Marzipan apps.

Will I be able to download a Marzipan app from a developer’s site and just run it on my Mac? Or will Marzipan restrict apps to the Mac App Store?

I have a feeling they will be restricted to the MAS. If Mark Gurman is right, Apple plans to merge iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps into a single download. After that, the two App Stores could be merged. Locking Marzipan apps would be the logical first step down that road.


Andrew Orr
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