Amazon, Google, and Apple have moved past monopoly status to competing directly with governments

Amazon, Google, and Apple have moved past monopoly status to competing directly with governments… and winning© Reuters / Dado Ruvic (inset: Reuters / Pascal Rossignol)

US Senator Josh Hawley is demanding a criminal antitrust probe of Amazon as the e-commerce behemoth’s powers grow to rival the government’s own. Google and Apple, too, are now ordering governments around.

Amazon “abuses its position as an online platform and collects detailed data about merchandise so Amazon can create copycat products under an Amazon brand,” Hawley charged in a letter he sent to US Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday. The senator (R-MO) demanded a criminal probe of the e-commerce giant, accusing it of engaging in “predatory and exclusionary data practices to build and maintain a monopoly” – a textbook violation of antitrust law.

Charging that Amazon has gained unprecedented monopoly power through the sheer wealth of data it has collected on its users, allowing it to clone sellers’ products and undercut them on price, the senator likened the company’s “capacity for data collection” to “a brick and mortar retailer attaching a camera to every customer’s forehead.” With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the lion’s share of commerce online, Amazon has assumed near-omnipotence.

Even if all of Hawley’s allegations – derived from a Wall Street Journal investigation published earlier this month – are proven 100 percent true, it’s questionable whether the Justice Department would be willing (or able) to punish Amazon … Continue reading >>>

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Coronavirus:The tone of reporting is changing from hysteria to scepticism

Don’t trust Apple or Google with coronavirus data, says German app developer

from RT, 14 April 2020

A German app developer has warned that the Covid-19 pandemic gives Silicon Valley tech giants perfect cover to suck up personal data. However, while the government may intervene, the tech firms aren’t known for listening.

Apple and Google unveiled an app last week that uses bluetooth connections to trace the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Put simply, the app tracks whether a smartphone user has come in contact with another, infected, user. Similar apps rolled out in South Korea and Singapore have been credited with arresting the spread of the deadly pathogen … Continue reading >>>

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‘They’re preparing people for microchip implants’: Tennis legend Marat Safin shares coronavirus conspiracy theory

Russian tennis legend Marat Safin has suggested the coronavirus pandemic could be a pretext for the mass implanting of microchips into humans, as the former world number one gave an unexpected take on the crisis.

“I think they are preparing people for ‘chipization’ [chip implants],” Safin, 40, said in an Instagram chat with Russian outlet

“Back in 2015, Bill Gates said we’ll have a pandemic, that the next enemy is a virus, not a nuclear war.

“They did a simulation at the Davos [economic] forum of what it would be like. I don’t think Bill Gates is a predictor, he just knew.

“I think with this virus the situation isn’t like what we’re being told, but people believe it all, the horror stories on TV.

“Some people believe civilization will end, I don’t believe that. We’ll just be going around with chips soon,” Safin added, continuing his unorthodox take on the current crisis.

Bill Gates may have created coronavirus to microchip people – Roger Stone

from New York Post

White House advisor Roger Stone suggested Monday that Bill Gates may have had a hand in the creation of coronavirus so that he could plant microchips in people’s heads to know who has and has not been tested for COVID-19.

“Whether Bill Gates played some role in the creation and spread of this virus is open for vigorous debate. I have conservative friends who say it’s ridiculous and others say absolutely,” Stone told Joe Piscopo, host of the radio program “The Answer” on 970 AM, who had asked about conspiracy theories regarding the pandemic.

“He and other globalists are using it for mandatory vaccinations and microchipping people so we know if they’ve been tested. Over my dead body. Mandatory vaccinations? No way, Jose!” Stone told a fawning Piscopo, who referred to President Trump’s longtime adviser as “a legend.”

Gates has long been an outspoken advocate for preparing for a global health crisis like coronavirus … Continue reading >>>

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Apple The Latest Silicon Valley Crooks To Face Justice?

A drop in the value of appple shares has pushed the godlike technology corporation back below Microsoft’s market capitalisation for the first time since May 2010,  taking a big enough bite out of Apple’s valuation to lose the company its spot as the most valuable US company.

Earlier today , Apple share proces tumbled after reports that the US Supreme Court appears willing to allow a lawsuit to go forward that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps.

As Associated Press reports, the court has heard arguments in Apple’s effort to shut down an antitrust lawsuit.

Chief Justice John Roberts was alone among the nine justices in seeming ready to agree with Apple.

The suit by iPhone users could force Apple to cut the 30 percent commission it charges software developers whose apps are sold exclusively through Apple’s App Store.

A judge could triple the compensation to consumers under antitrust law if Apple ultimately loses the suit.

Justice Stephen Breyer used to teach antitrust law at Harvard Law School. He says the consumers’ case seemed straightforward.

Apple argues it’s merely a pipeline between app developers and consumers.

A ruling against Apple could result in hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties. The company is sitting on almost a trillion dollars in cash. Though fanboys are claiming this would be a fleabite to Apple, which is holding a billion dollars in cash, things are more complicated than that. Apple’s cash mountain is profit (from robbing users with their monopolistic marketing policies) offshored to avoid tax. The moment they start repatriating that, the taxman is going to be on their case.

And as is usually the case with these tech companies that think they are above the law, once the case reveals how they have stolen from users, public trust will evaporate. That’s what will really hurt.

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Has The Tech Backlash Begun

The world of high tech, Internet based businesses have had things all their own way as governments and regulators meekly stood aside while tech companies played fast and loose with users data, (not talking about the data gathered from our explorations of their sites or personal details we volunteer, but the practice of ‘data mining,’ scraping up personal details from our hard drives,) destroyed whole industries, turned the high streets of our towns and shopping centres of our cities into deserts, made “not-fit-for-purpose” an acceptable quality for goods on sale, and dehumanised the whole process of buying and of socialising.

It was inevitable there would be a backlash, not from business rivals, politicians sweetened by campaign contributions and fearful of being dubbed anti – progress or anti – science have let the tech industries get away with murder – literally in some cases. The resistance was always going to come from ‘we the punters’.

For almost two decades we have complied with exhortations to ’embrace change’ even when it was clear the change was not for the better, we have been pushed into shifting most of our financial business online, trusting financial details and our money to a notoriously insecure medium, we have been squeezed into buying from online retailers, knowing through mainstream media that ‘customer service’ was a completely alien concept to the bosses of these organisations, and we have accepted an increasingly impersonal world where increasingly our interfaces are with robots.


So it is encouraging that we are seeing headlines like:

What’s happening? Bernie Sanders Agrees With Trump: Amazon Has Too Much Power

Independent Vermont senator and 2016 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders echoed President Donald Trump in expressing concern about retail giant Amazon. Sanders said that he felt Amazon had gotten too big on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, and added that Amazon’s place in society should be examined.

“And I think this is, look, this is an issue that has got to be looked at. What we are seeing all over this country is the decline in retail. We’re seeing this incredibly large company getting involved in almost every area of commerce. And I think it is important to take a look at the power and influence that Amazon has,” said


After the backlash against Facebook over the past few weks for privacy abuses, and the backlash led by President Trump against Amazon, is there something bigger going on. Are these things connected? Yes, they probably are, but not in a way that either Trump or Sanders has clued in to. Someone who has, a for now lone voice, is Dave Stockman, a financial pundit who describes himself as a Washington insider turned iconoclast. Here’s what he wrote last week.

It is said that even a blind squirrel occasionally finds an acorn, and so it goes with The Donald. Banging on his Twitter keyboard in the morning darkness, he drilled Jeff Bezos a new one – or at least that’s what most people would call having their net worth lightened by about $2 billion:

“I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!” You can’t get more accurate than that. Amazon is a monstrous predator enabled by the state, but Amazon’s outrageous postal subsidy – a $1.46 gift card from the USPS stabled on each box – isn’t the half of it.

The real crime here is that Amazon has been exempted from financial regulations, and the culprit is the central banks’ malignant regime of Bubble Finance. The latter has destroyed financial discipline entirely and turned the stock market into the greatest den of speculation in human history. That’s why Bezos can kill established businesses with impunity.

The casino allows him to run a pernicious business model based on “price to destroy”, rather than price for profit and a return on capital.Needless to say, under a regime of sound money and honest capital markets Amazon would be a far more benign economic creature. That’s because no real investors would value AMAZON’s money-loosing e-Commerce business at $540 billion – nor even a small fraction of that after 25-years of profitless growth.

The bubble economy that was forced into being by Barack Obama’s stupid and economically illiterate Quantitative Easing policy and ultra-low rates, which saw central banks buying up trillions in what used to be sound assets, corporate bonds, and allowing massive buybacks that allow companies to While stocks nominally trade at astronomical rates, but actual traded volumes are low. Buybacks allow companies to reward managers and senior staff with stock, and then buy back the shares they have paid in lieu of salary or bonus, thus avoiding tax and holding their own stock while running on borrowed money, escaping financial scrutiny. The system allows them to inflate stock market capitalisation and raise their ‘value’ to astronomical levels by inflating the value of shares and capital assets. The system enabled a company like Amazon to kill off its competition, which consists of many thousands of retailers, all the time running a balance sheet loss on paper.

These financial policies have allowed not just Amazon, which though Trumps favourite target currently, but many of the most ‘valuable’ tech companies to expand at an exponential rate without having to account to investors for absence of dividends and thus elbow their way into our lives in ways designed to seem beneficial to us at first, but in reality resulting in less variety, less competition, and thousands fewer jobs. For too long they were the darlings of the media and the stock markets; the creations of the brightest and best among us, according to ‘the narrative.’

For some of the creations of our tech Olympians it’s easier to see the inevitability of disaster than for others. Tesla, Uber, Airbnb are all struggling right now, but more will follow. What you may notice is that two of the three sell noting but ‘cool.’ Tesla also may pretend to be a real car company, but in reality they sell stocks to investors, basing their pitch on promises they cannot fulfill.

Even Apple may not be immune from the carnage even though they make and sell real things they make real things! Apple CEO Tim Cook may have sought to distance his company from the likes of Facebook on morals and ethics, he can’t deny that Apple sells a zillion phones to a large extent because everybody uses them not so much to look at Facebook and Alphabet, Uber and Air BNB apps because there are many cheaper pieces of kit out there that will do the job just as well. People buy Apple in order to be seen using Apple gadgets, so what Apple really sell is social kudos. If data ethics are the only problem Cook sees ahead, he’s in trouble.

Silicon Valley infighting shows that the industry does have an idea what is going wrong, in ways that should have already led to many more pronounced worries and investigations.

Mr. Cook, who has long sought to differentiate Apple on privacy matters, contrasted its focus on selling devices with Facebook and Google’s ad-based businesses that are built on user data. Asked what he would do if he were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Mr. Cook replied: “I wouldn’t be in this situation.”

Facebook hasn’t responded specifically to criticisms, but the hostility of those who live in the same glass palaces has provoked adverse comments from its own former vice president of growth, Chamath Palihapitiya. “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works,” Mr. Palihapitiya said at a talk at Stanford University in November.

We can expect to hear much more in the same vein over the remainder of this year. Big Tech is changing the world in more ways than one. And spying on people Facebook-style is merely one of a long list of them. Facebook doesn’t build the devices people use to see what their friends had for breakfast, Apple does that, but it’s the way Apple sells those gadgets that makes it vulnerable. Moreover, Apple profits hugely from stock buybacks, the practice of rewarding senior staff with company stock which they can then sell back to the company, thus incurring a lowrer tax liability than income from salary, so it fits in Stockman’s bubble finance definition of Amazon, too.

The failure of politics to investigate, and act against Facebook style ‘dopamine – driven’ feedback loops which exploit a vulnerability in human psychology in order to maximally waste your time and sell you product after product that you never (knew you) wanted is bordering on criminal negligence. They all made the mistake of thinking they could get away with it forever. What was that somone once said about not being able to fool all the people all the time.

Neural Networks, Deep learning and Algorithms Will Never Develop Into True Artificial Intelligence.

IBM Lays Billion Dollar Bet On Artificial Intelligence System Called Watson: They’ll Lose
This publication has always been sceptical of the claims made by computer scientists that’the thinking computer is just around the corner’. The fact is pointy heads have been saying arificual intelligence would be with us in two or three years for the past forty years. And the old computer professional who owns the site says we are no nearer than when he wrote his fisrt program.

Nothing Good Has Come Of The InternetWhen a technophobe denounces the internet as anti – social, anti jobs, a force for dumbing down or a waste of time it can easily be dismissed but when the CEO of a major technology company like Sony saays nothing good has ever come of the internet we should perhaps listen..

The Robotification Of Human Society Is being Implemented

Are you ready to surrender your humanity to science, accept having computer chips implanted in your skull that will link your brain to the internet (via a Google server) and let your life be controlled by machines? That’s what The Controllers are planning for you …

Internet Access As A Human Right?A survey carried out by the BBC found a majority of people around the world believe internet access should be a basic human right. We suspect a bit of statistical rigging because the majority of people in the world live below the poverty line and probably have more urgent priorities than surfing the net.

Is The Internet Making Us All Stupid.The more gullible and wide eyed among academics like to burble ecstatically about how the internet has ushered in a new age of creativity. We have to wonder just how much time these self styled experts have spent surfing scial networking sites

Web Induced DementiaIn most civilised societies there are laws governing what outrageous claims advertisers can make for their products. This does not apply on the web it seems, where ‘revolutionary new world changing technology’ means ‘not fit for purpose’

Computer Cops Will Arrest You Before You Commit A Crime
Innocent until proved guilty has always been a basic principle of British and before the Union, English and Scottish justice. Since late in the ninth century when King Alfred signed into law the Liber Judicialis, the presumption of innocence has stood.Thinking of committing a crime was not punishable, only in George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” has Thought Crime ever been a punishable offence. Until now …

Is Technology Creating Physical and Psychological Hazards In The Digital Age?
Scientific research used to be the area of work that trailblazers, those with an unquenchable desire for new experience and a hyperactive sense of adventure wanted to be involved in. Now those who label themselves ‘scientists’ seem to have become the high priests of an ultra – conservative religion, determined at all costs to block progess that may lead to understanding that the dogmas of the past are just wrong

The Mummers: The Controlling system And The Illusion Of Freedom
We live in a world of deception, where truth is an ephemeral thing, slippery as an eel and shadowy as a spectre. What we are expercted to perceive as reality is just spin and misinformation designed to ensure the elite maintain their control. There’s eff all you can do just get on with your life, say the shills for big government and authoritarianism. But are we really nothing more than slaves of the system?

Google’s Brave New World Of Artificial Intelligence – And The Destruction Humanity
Almost every day we hear scientists burbling about artificial intelligence and how very soon machines will be smarter than humans. As scientists are nowhere near as smart as humans its hard to see how science can build something smarter. The problem is of course we don’t understand what contsitutes intelligence – those who think academic qualifications are the only indicator are retards. So where will this madness to replace us with machines end?

Transhumanism – What The Elite And Their Science Whores Have Planned For You
Transhumanism, the creation of – or turning us into – part human, part machine cyborgs is generating a lot of discussion and a lot of spontaneous ejaculations in the scientific community as they contemplate having their brains replaced by a computer. There are no limits on the ambitions of scientists fantasies, they even envisage creating robots that can interbreed with us, but how much is realistic?

Don’t be Evil, Google Will Do It For You
Google have abandoned their “Don’t Be Evil motto. Good thing really, they are becoming more evil every day. The latest plans to integrate our brains with their servers may seem like a science fiction freaks wet dream, but these creepy nerds are serious …

Google wants to change the way you see the world
News Used To Be Important – Now It’s Just EntertainmentPeople talk about technology, mainly television, cellulat telephones and the internet having given us an unprecedented ability to communicate. But have they? OK, we can trade meaningless messages with strangers on the other side of the world, we can join the cacophony of social netwoks where everybody yells at once and nobody listens, or we can sit in isolation, shouting inmto the void. But none of those are communicating. Technology has actually inhibited communication. …

Google Evil Empire In New Privacy ViolationOnce again the neo-Nazi nerds at Google are in trouble for playing fast and loose with our privacy. Google have bypassed browser privacy setting to track our movements on the web, the bettrer to target us with ads for poxy shite no sane person would buy. What is it these arseholes find difficult to understand about the idea that in the real world or cyberspace same rules apply …

Google Has Comptely Forgotten ‘Don’t Be Evil’ As The World Domination Agend Gathers PaceAt last Google has been caught stealing information from a business rival rather than private induviduals. Will people now wise up to these scumsucking pirates of the internet search engine world.

Science Brings Doomsday Closer – scientists announced we are nearer to a global catastrophe than we were a year ago

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You Get What You Deserve.

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Wikileaks Vault7 Release Reveals CIA Contamination Of Apple Devices

WikiLeaks latest from the Vault 7 documents which related to the CIA’s electronic espionage programs to monitor the electronic communications of everybody in the free world has been dubbed ‘Dark Matter,’ and reveals the specially developed techniques to enable hacking of Apple products. In a statement on ‘Dark Matter,’ WikiLeaks said Thursday’s release includes details of the ‘Sonic Screwdriver’ project, described by the CIA as a “mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting.” (Sonic screwdriver is named after a fictional high tech tool featured in the Doctor Who science fiction TV series.) The spy software was developed by the CIA Embedded development branch.

What makes Sonic Screwdriver far more sinister than other hacking tools used by security agencies is that it is embedded in the device’s firmware which means it is part of the operating system, thus it cannot be removed even by highly skilled users, it will simply reinstall itself every time the operating system is rebooted.

More sinister still, while mainstream commentators are saying that access to the firmware means the CIA have ‘assets’ in the Apple supply chain or are able to intercept shipments of devices and tamper with the system before the goods reach retailers, all coyly avoid mentioning the most obvious means of getting CIA spyware into Apple devices is by direct collaboration between Apple and the security services.

Outrageous as this may seem, it is widely known that high tech corporations in the electronic communications business owe much of their phenomenal success to collaboration with US government agencies. The ‘postern gates’ (back doors) installed operating systems and browsers are the best known examples of this.

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How To Be Totally Uncool (By TryingTo Look Cooler Than You Are)

Many of the 4700 people camped outside the Apple store on New York’s 5th Avenue in the picture above are unemployed (and very likely being paid cash in hand by others to queue for days). Few, if any, among either the campers or the buyers will spend $3,600 for a “gold” iPhone like someone in China just did. But those who are buying will gladly pay hundreds of dollars, or in the case of those who budget to the last penny every month to maintain the lifestyle their social pretensions demand, simply lease with zero money down, the latest and greatest aspirational gadget to show they are cooler than they actually are.

If we are brutally honest, the new iPhone 6 does little that the iPhone 5 technology was not capable of doing, but some people are so enslaved by the “cool person” image they imagine owning the latest Apple technology endows them with, they simply don’t care that they are junking their old gadget for the sake of a few bells and whistles.

No doubt when the latest Warmageddonist scare goes around these folks will joing the ‘save the planet’ screeching never pausing to think that the fractions of grammes of rare earth metals their new gadget contains have done as much environmental damage as driving a family car for a year (I made that up for effect, its not an actual statistic.)

Here’s a typical Apple worshipping airhead talking about why he had to get an iPhone 6 on the day they were released. From USA Today:

Chris Johnson, 53, who waited in line at the Apple Store on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the goal was to get a new phone and to get one faster than his girlfriend. “My girlfriend, she pre-ordered, so I’m just trying to beat her.” said Johnson. “She thinks I’m crazy to be out here, but I think she’s crazy to pre-order because you may not get yours for 7-10 days. I want to pretty much guarantee.

How insane in are those people outside the main Apple store in New York? Well it was highly publicised that customers could have ordered the iPhone online and have it delivered on launch day. Ah but to the apple cult crowd its about being seen to be a desperate fanboy (or girl) whose self esteem depends on owning fashionable gadgets I suppose. Dunno about you, but I pity people who can’t understand that genuinely being cool involves not giving a flying fuck what other people think about you.

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Google buys Nest for $3.2 billion: Does this home automation acquisition point to ‘the internet of things’?

Google’s $3.2 billion (£2bn) acquisition of Nest, a company that specialises in building sleekly designed, internet-connected products for the home, has sent shockwaves through the tech community – and for good reason.

Last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas aimed to promote the idea that the ‘internet of things’ (adding computer chips, memory and software to ‘dumb’ appliances) will the next big thing in technology, with Cisco CEO John Chambers predicting that the market will be worth $19 trillion by 2020.

But despite this hype, most ­of the products soon to be available don’t hold much attraction for the average consumer on the average income. Do you really want a washing machine that can text you to complain about supermarkey own brand detergent? Or a microwave which you can have on the meaning of life?

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Peter Nieh, a partner a Lightspeed Venture Partners and a Nest investor, ­told the Financial Times that the company’s “magic” was its ability to “marry software and hardware in a way that makes them sing together in a customer experience.”

from The Financial Times
Nest’s brilliance is that it cuts through this confusion, creating technologies that have been hailed for their ease-of-use, attractive design, and for actually solving problems rather than creating them. They’ve only release two products so far (and these are only on sale in the US and Canada) but both have been extremely well received.

The Nest thermostat learns users’ habits – you set it manually a few times and it will pick up and automate temperature changes depending on your routine – whilst the Protect smoke-detector takes some obvious steps forward by being easy to turn off (you can wave your hand at it), connecting up to your mobile for peace of mind on the move, and adding carbon monoxide detection to the traditional set up.

If you are thinking that the “Internet of things” bollocks sounds a lot like the kind of hype Apple would use to sell a fairly standard cell phone with a cutesy pie logo for three times the price of an equally serviceable phone from a less hyperbolic manufacturer, you could be onto something. Nest CEO and co-founder Tony Fadell is a former Apple executive e known as the “godfather of the iPod”, and many are surprised that the company was sold to Google and not the world’s most hypocritical fascist corporation.

Business Insider went so far as to suggest this could be down to a long-standing animosity between Fadell and British-designer Jony Ive (credited with the look of Apple’s most famous products and now head of industrial design at the company).

Apple has not yet revealed any plans to get involved in the ‘internet of things’ market, but it has a number of products in its portfolio that could fit into the nerd’s wet dream lifestyle. iBeacons, for example, has been described as an “indoor GPS” that tracks your exact location in a house (for apple fanboys who are so thick they don’t know whether entered a room intending to have a dump or make a cup of coffee), whilst Siri’s voice recognition would also be useful in issuing commands at home (enabling thick fanboys to tell their dishwasher to make them a cup of coffee – well at least it would taste like Starbucks).

There’s nothing definite from Apple yet, but when it comes expect it to arrive presented in a drab grey box and be hailed as a design masterpiece and fanboys to queue for days to get their hands on one from the first batch, only to have to go straight to the back of the queue again to wait for the arrival of version 2 to replace their now obsolete and unkool version 1.

Beyond the stupid factor that will make some people buy a pointless gadget just because a technology company tells them to, there are privacy issues to consider here. Big internet players are known beyond any reasonable doubt to play fast and loose with users’ privacy. In using the internet we give up personal data in exchange for services whether we intend to or not. Google has been one of the biggest privacy violators, using info about its users to created personal profiles which it sells to advertisers enabling them to hit is with targeted ads. Adding information about your home habits would surely be a step too far for most people.

Fadell has given assurances that Nest’s privacy policy will remain unchanged. To anyone who knows Google however it seems pretty inevitable that before very long your Nest enabled domestic appliances will be linked to a Google server so they can gather even more info about users’ daily routines.

On top of all these drawbacks, what about the security issue. We know, thanks to recent leaks and whistleblowing that Microsoft, Google and other technology firms have built postern gates into their software to allow government agencies to collect users data. And we know that no internet connected device is 100 per cent secure. Do we want to surrender control of our lives to Washing Machines, Microwave Ovens, Television sets and crazy OCD-bell-end hacker cliques with names like Anonymous or The People Of Evelyn Tent?

How hard is it to set the washing machined for cool wash? not as hard, I would guess, as recovering cash siphoned from your bank account or convincing a court it was not you who used your credit card account to subscribe to a kiddie porn website, but your washing machine, after you had fallen out with it over skid marks in your guzzies.

New From Apple – SP iPhone

With the usual ballyhoo, which as iusual amounted to Much Ado About Nothing (we’re nothing if not cultured at this blog), Apple computer launched its latest iPhone offering this week iPhone 5 with iOS 7. As usual the Apple fan club are raving about innovation, technical brilliance and how Apple are years ahead of the competition in smart phone technology. And as usual the new iPhone costs far more for equivalent specification and will do nothing that the latest Samsung Galaxy, Sony Eriksson Xperia or Nokia Lumina cannot do (and the competition does most things rather better). So what does the iPhone offer for your money? The video below explains it all.

Once again Populis have taken the ability to embed videos from me. Here’s a link – it’s worth a click.

Latest from Apple – iPhone5 NSA

‘Fraid it’s true, the blessesd Jobs was a government agent, even more diligent in giving government agencies access to Apple users privacy that Bill Gates and his Microsoft backstabbers when it came to putting your privacy on the line online..

So what kind of products can we expect from Apple in future. We can only speculate what features will be built into the I Watch but we guess only a fool or someone who facied sharing their most intimate details with NSA and GCHQ agents would take one into the bedroom at night.

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Isn’t it time we curtailed the criminal careers of the crooks and scumbags who have hijacked communications technology and turned what should be a great way of communicating and finding information into a criminal scam for corporate fascist who want to rob innocent and vulnerable people.

What drew Boggart Blog’s attention to the criminality of the internet technology industry is the case of Sam Vesty, a father-of-three who plays Rugby for Bath and has two caps for England.

Now I would not say Sam is innocent and vulnerable even if I thought he was because he’s probably a lot bigger than me. However it wasn’t Sam who was taken advantage of by technology scammers but his young sons.

The boys, aged six and eight, were playing the game on his iPhone after memorising his password. They managed to spend more than £1,000 an hour creating their own mini monsters in a popular game.

During this time they bought virtual food for the monsters 54 times, paying up to £69.99 a time for a “mountain of food” for each monster. Now you might think that the kind of cupid stunt who would pay £70 a pop of very real money for virtual food to feed virtual monsters in a virtual world deserves to get robbed. We agree.

Those irritating, technology addicts tossers and tosseresses who walk around waving their iPhones in our faces to show they are so kewl they are happy to pay twice the price for a gadget that does half the job simply because it has an Apple logo deserve to be robbed. But Sam’s boys were six and eight, they’re not stupid, they’re just children.

The app thyat robbed Sam’s iPhone is free to download but various extras, known as “in-app billing”, require cash payments to move up levels and develop monsters.In other words you click an icon and you account is automatically billed. Now I can think of at least three consumer protection laws that breaks.

Mr. Vestey only became aware of the bill when he received an email from Apple’s iTunes store charging him for “one mountain of food” at £69.99 last month.

He then checked his account and saw the damage.

He wrote on Twitter: “My kids did £3,200 playing a game called tiny monsters – it was £69 for some food for virtual monsters. Absolutely disgusting.”

He admitted he had left his sons alone with the phone and although the app needs a password for purchases to be made he said he boys had learnt it off by heart. Yeah, kids are good at that kind of thing and very bad at understanding money (even when they are 38 and 34 if it’s Dad’s money) which is why kids and computer automated billing systems don’t mix.

Bosses of the company that markets the game tweeted back to Vesty, asking him to get in touch. When he did the cash was eventually refunded after Tiny Monsters Ltd. accepted the purchases were not authorised by the user.

Pity really, I would love to be able to report that Sam and some of his Rugby playing mates had gone round to the firm’s office to “have a word.”

FFS It’s A Phone

The iPhone 4s went on sale around the world to great rejoicing from worshippers of Thre Byted Fruit. Devotees of Apple technology cult queued all night outside Apple stores, killing fatted calves, sang hymns and chanted prayers, and did everything associated with ancient religions except the ritual defloriation of virgins (well these are neerds you know.)

Sadly the worshippers wete disappointed. The heavens did not open to reveal a golden staircase ascending to the light, nor did Almighty Jobs send personal text messages to his disciples.

In the Temples Of Mammon sccountants and cashiers raised their arms to the skies and roared Ker – CHING as the great and gullible threw their gold cards towards the hungry mouths of the Chip and Pin Cherubim. (Sorry, did you think Cherubim were those cutesy pie little fat babies on cheap Christamas Cards? Think again. They’re flesh eaters.)

It’s a moblie phone for fuck’s sake. An overpriced one at that.

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