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Apple iPhone XR Review; New Messenger; Tim Cook Goes on the Attack
 

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October 24 · Issue #104 · View online
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Apple iPhone XR Review; New Messenger; Tim Cook Goes on the Attack

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The iPhone XR. Last month, Apple unveiled three new phones: the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR, but it only shipped two of them. We waited almost a month for the more affordable iPhone XR to arrive and, guess what? It was worth the wait. The aluminum and glass body phone has all the power and smarts of the XS and XS Max. Yes, you lose a 2X camera and the screen is only LCD, but the iPhone XR makes up for all that in several crucial ways. You can learn more in my full review. If reading an almost 3,000 word review isn’t for you, watch my YouTube review, instead.
Apple iPhone XR: The Review – Lance Ulanoff – Medium Apple iPhone XR: The Review – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Get the message. For all of Facebook’s recent troubles, I’m still on it and so are most of the people I know. If you’re on Facebook, you’re probably also on Messenger, the direct and group messaging system that’s long been a part of the Facebook universe, so long that it’s become a gunked up, confusing mess. A new update that should be arriving on your phones anytime now is designed to simplify and streamline the mobile app. This may be one of the first times a Facebook update pleases you.
Facebook is rolling out a redesigned Messenger focused on simplicity - The Verge Facebook is rolling out a redesigned Messenger focused on simplicity - The Verge
Apple vs. There is a fundamental business model difference between Apple and Google and Facebook. Apple makes money selling hardware and services while Facebook and Google sell you or, more specifically, your data. It’s how they drive advertising. Granted, they anonymize the data and Facebook and Google clients don’t have direct access to you, but they ads they deliver are driven by your interests and information. In the past, Apple CEO Tim Cook has subtly drawn attention to these differences, but now the gloves are off. In a speech before 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners Cook tore into companies (he didn’t name them) who sell access to our data to third-party companies. Here’s a key quote: “Our own information — from the everyday to the deeply personal — is being weaponized against us with military efficiency.” It will be interesting to see if Google or Facebook respond in any way.
Apple’s Tim Cook makes blistering attack on the “data industrial complex” – TechCrunch Apple’s Tim Cook makes blistering attack on the “data industrial complex” – TechCrunch
Game Boo. Halloween is officially a week away, which means it’s already invaded every part of our waking lives, including gaming. Fortnite, arguably one of the most popular games – across all platforms – on the planet already lets players dress up in wacky outfits. Now people can buy themed Halloween costumes and compete in “spooky” challenges.
'Fortnite' celebrates Halloween with themed outfits and challenges 'Fortnite' celebrates Halloween with themed outfits and challenges
Would you wear these? Google Glass didn’t kill the smart glasses industry. The concept simply went into hiding and has reemerged with lessons learned. North’s Focals are a good example of how far this wearable category has come. Dead-on, they look exactly like regular glasses. The technology lives in both stems, which are abnormally thick. The glasses work like a wearable heads-up display and aim to deliver information, communication, and directions without distraction. I spoke to the North co-founder about them.
Are You Ready to Try Again with Smart Glasses and Alexa? Are You Ready to Try Again with Smart Glasses and Alexa?
P.S. I didn’t win. You Didn’t win. But there’s a party in South Carolina
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