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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It's really not that bad
by leos on Fri 4th Sep 2015 15:24 UTC
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

In other words, Apple would gain strict control over what kind of news you get to see on your iOS device. Does that sound like a desirable situation to you?


How exactly is Apple gaining control over what kind of news you see on your iOS device?
Google Chrome and Firefox have adblockers you can enable in them. Does that mean Google and Mozilla have "strict control over what news you get to see on your desktop?"
No, it's nonsense of course.

The Safari adblocker might be a user feature and it might be a stick to get people to sign up to the News app. Very likely it is both in that Apple wants to develop their service and they also have the luxury of not depending on advertising so they can give the users what they want here.

The default Apple Watch app sucks I completely agree. All the other bundled apps are at least somewhat defensible, and I can see the advantages of having a base set of functionaility on every phone out there. Apple Watch is 100% useless to 99% of the population and should never have been included.

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RE: It's really not that bad
by WereCatf on Fri 4th Sep 2015 15:35 in reply to "It's really not that bad"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

How exactly is Apple gaining control over what kind of news you see on your iOS device?
Google Chrome and Firefox have adblockers you can enable in them. Does that mean Google and Mozilla have "strict control over what news you get to see on your desktop?"


Neither Google or Mozilla is the provider of the adblocker. It's whoever made the adblocker one uses and its lists who is in control of such. Apple, on the other hand, is themselves the provider of the adblocker and its lists.

Edited 2015-09-04 15:36 UTC

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RE[2]: It's really not that bad
by leos on Fri 4th Sep 2015 16:53 in reply to "RE: It's really not that bad"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

Still nonsense. Is Adblock controlling the news you see? No of course not. They are blocking ads using well defined rules. Safari ad blocking is the same thing and entirely within the control of the user. Apple has no control over the content you can access through safari.

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RE[2]: It's really not that bad
by leos on Fri 4th Sep 2015 17:02 in reply to "RE: It's really not that bad"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

Never mind that Apple is not proving the content blocker, they are only providing the framework just like Mozilla and Google. Third parties will be able to write the actual content blockers.

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