Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Sep 2015 15:13 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

For the past few years, we've been in a relatively healthy balance when it comes to our smartphones. Both Apple and Google provided us with relatively decent platforms that were pretty straightforward to use, provided us with interesting and useful functionality, and at mostly decent price points. In return, we accepted a certain amount of lock-in, a certain lack of control over our devices and the software platforms running on them. I felt comfortable with this trade-off, whether I was using an iPhone or an Android phone at the time.

Recently, however, I've been feeling like this balance in iOS and Android is tipping - and not in the right direction. The users' interests have taken a decided backseat to corporate interests, and the user experiences of the two platforms in question have, consequently, suffered, and I see little in the future to counteract this development

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RE: Content Blockers = control?
by galvanash on Sat 5th Sep 2015 02:45 UTC in reply to "Content Blockers = control?"
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I'm not an Apple apologist, though I'm sure I might get called one, and I dislike the lack of control I have over my iPhone as much or more than most of the readers here. But Apple does seem to be "fighting for the user" a bit more these days, and content blocking is primarily about defanging adtech and all of its privacy-violating bulls**t

I'm usually the one going out on a limb defending some usually harmless change Apple or Google makes. But this...

I'm sorry but I have to agree with Thom on this one. This is just Apple cashing in on some anti-google sentiment while its still hot. If this was really about "defanging adtech", why does Apple still run an advertising network? When (if?) the other shoe drops and they get completely out of the advertising business I might give them a wee bit of credit, for now this is just self interest at work.

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