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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's roundup of iPhone 6 news

Everyone Is In Love With The iPhone 6

The real reason you'll wait in line for an iPhone

Waiting in line for an Apple product -- time wasted is camaraderie gained.

by standing in a crowd, shoppers see themselves as making the right buying decision - a concept known as "social proof".

It isn't just consumers who are taking pleasure standing in line: Retailers also recognize the value of keeping shoppers waiting, say experts. That's because waiting crowds create attention - and that attention can translate into sales even after the initial frenzy has died down.

Insane Lines For The iPhone 6 From Around The World

iPhone 6 review: Apple's cure for Android envy

The One-Paragraph iPhone 6 Review

There’s no easy way to use the iPhone 6 Plus with just one hand.

When Apple announced the 6 Plus, I noted that it had included a feature that allows you to pull the top buttons halfway down the screen by double-tapping the home button. I did not anticipate that I would quickly come to rely on this feature for almost everything I need to do on the phone.

I’m not ruling out the possibility that I’ll eventually grow dexterous enough with the 6 Plus that its virtues begin to overshadow its limitations. But at this point, I’m also not ruling out the possibility that I’ll be back in line at that same AT&T store within two weeks to exchange it for something more manageable.

iOS 8, thoroughly reviewed
A big, developer-centric update completes the overhaul started in iOS 7.

11 pages of info.

Living in the UK and travelling around Europe and the Americas (and occasionally to Asia and Australasia) it's fascinating to see how payment technologies differ in different parts of the world. Apple's announcement of Apple Pay has thrown those differences into stark relief, as it shows just how far behind the rest of the world the US lags.

In the UK we've been using the Chip and PIN technologies that are just starting to roll out in the US for more than a decade now (it was a novelty to actually use my PIN in a Dallas Walmart back in May). Chip and PIN is widely credited for significantly reducing credit card fraud in the UK, by using the card to encrypt transactions from store to payment provider.

As admirable a technology Apple Pay is, its reliance on biometric identification risks affecting user acceptance of NFC-based payments — and not just for the user, but by society at large.

Payment technologies need to be simple, just like the ultimate payment system: cash.

Apple Won't Decrypt Your iPhone, Even if the Government Requests It

Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. So it's not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8," says Apple.

Still, anyone who wants to be certain his or her data is safe from prying eyes of the government(s), should disable iCloud data storage altogether.

How To Keep Apple From Sharing Your iPhone Data With The Police

By locking personal data down so companies themselves can't access it, they sidestep the issue of whether or not to comply, and avoid being accused of obstructing justice.

Since iOS adoption rates tend to be high, it won't be long before Apple has very little access to devices running iOS. Whatever you're texting about, Apple won't be the one to rat you out.

Apple Versus Cops
With the release of its latest phone software this week, Apple took an important step forward in protecting the privacy of its customers by giving them more control over their data.

Apple’s new policy change comes months after the Supreme Courtunanimously ruled that law enforcement agencies must obtain a warrant before they can search phones, except in rare circumstances.

Thieves have already figured out ways to unlock iPhones; police with warrants can do the same.

Apple could face heat from police on refusing data access, expert says

Apple’s tight privacy strategy on devices running its iOS 8 operating system will make life more difficult for law enforcement, warns one retired police official.

Apple may have quietly signaled that it's received a secret Patriot Act order

Apple's last two transparency reports, which include the last half of 2013 and first half of 2014, dropped the canary — or at least changed the language in it — suggesting the company may have been ordered to hand over records under the Patriot Act. Now the report only reads this: "To date, Apple has not received any orders for bulk data."

Gigaom has noticed that the latest Apple transparency report, covering Jan 1-Jun 30 2014, has eliminated the line that says that the company has received no secret Patriot Act "section 215" requests, which come with gag orders prohibiting companies from discussing them.

Apple is one of several companies whose transparency reports contain these warrant canaries.

15 Awesome Things We Learned From Steve Jobs' 1985 Playboy Interview

What Tim Cook Doesn't Think Enough People Know About Steve Jobs

He was a great teacher," Cook told Rose. "This is something that’s never written about him."

11 Tiny Design Features That Show Apple's Insane Attention To Detail

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