Apple Does Privacy Right!

Technology Obsession Commentary by Mitch Santell

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Apple iPhone Xr Will Be A Hot Seller in 2018/2019

Every year Apple parades it’s the newest version of the iPhone. After the official pitch and presentation by Apple, I notice that there are three kinds of articles that come out regarding the latest technology upgrades.

The first kind of article will explain how Apple has lost its edge and they used to be better when Steve Jobs was alive.

The second kind of article will explain how these are the best Apple products ever.

The third kind of article will tell you the reason to switch to Windows or Samsung or some other type of system.

The one thing that most people don’t get is this: Apple does not use their customer data for marketing purposes. Tim Cook says that “privacy is a right,” provided to its customers. As a customer, this gives me so much comfort that while I have seriously looked at products like the Samsung Note 9 and the new Google Pixel Phone 3 coming out, it is what Apple does best! Apple protects customer data.

Protecting customer data is the number 1 reason I keep going back to Apple, Inc.

Parting shot: Ever notice how most Apple customers will pick a particular product and say that “this is the best product that Apple ever made.” Right now I have an Apple iPhone 7plus that works perfectly, and I anticipate that I’ll keep it for at least one more year.

The big seller? I think that Apple’s new iPhone Xr with a starting price of 749.00 dollars USD. This phone is remarkable for what it does, and the phone is at the right price point.


Apple’s privacy stance is a huge ‘competitive advantage’ over Facebook and Google (AAPL)

Apple’s business model focuses primarily on making money through its hardware, instead of on internet and software, which creates a heavy reliance on advertising for revenue. That makes it largely insulate the company from the European Union’s strict privacy protection laws. 

“Although Apple sometimes speaks of privacy on moral grounds—Tim Cook says ‘privacy is a fundamental human right’—its business model makes emphasizing privacy easier than for Google or Facebook,” Steven Milunovich, a UBS analyst, wrote in a note to clients.

Google and Facebook, on the other hand, will likely feel more pain because of their heavy reliance on advertising to drive revenues, Milunovich says. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect on May 25, will restrict the kinds of data that companies can collect and requires consumers to opt-in to marketing campaigns, as well as give users more of a choice in what they would like to disclose. A Deutsche Bank analyst said the law could even wipe out as much as $2 billion from Google’s revenues, for instance.

By contrast, Apple’s privacy policy does not allow its users’ data to be shared for marketing purposes, and it could turn out to be the company’s biggest “competitive advantage,” Milunovich says.

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9/11 America Is Fully An Empire in 2018

Careful Reflections After 9/11 by Mitch Santell

There are still millions of people in America and around the world that believe that 9/11 happened precisely as the government and the mainstream media said that it happened.

The best way to wake up is to give a story time and distance. To show you how embedded a lie can be promoted over many years and perceived as truth, I guess we need to go back to the Apollo 11 landing. So you know it was faked, right? Now you will think I am crazy or maybe you won’t follow my blog anymore but here is something that will make this 9/11 like no other you have ever remembered!

Fifteen years after Stanley Kubrick’s death, a video surfaced with Stanley Kubrick’s admitting that he was hired by the U.S. Government to create the moon landing.

The 20 minutes that you will invest to watch and listen to what Mr. Kubrick has to say will hopefully wake you up to the moon landing hoax. To pour salt on the wound, I have seen many videos on YouTube where an expert from NASA states that they lost all of the original video footage and even all the notes and paperwork related to Apollo 11.

Just as important is that maybe you’ll now question the official story of not only the Apollo Space Program but the biggest deception of all, 9/11.

I’ll have some more to say about 9/11 in the next couple of posts as it relates to my own story, but this is an excellent place to start.

 

The Best Apple Laptop in 2018 Is Here!

Commentary On The Best Apple Laptop To Buy in 2018 by Mitch Santell

Your new Apple Laptop is here for 2018, and it is none other than the MacBook Air. It is still one of Apple’s best workhorses ever, is super lightweight, has a lot of ports and yes even the keyboard is backlit and works.


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Netflix, Look Away In 5 Seconds

This just in by Mitch Santell

Many years ago a dear friend of mine in the movie business told me that Ben Stiller paid extra money not to have anyone look at him while on a movie set. While I thought this was a bit extreme, I think Netflix has set a whole new standard.

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The new sexual harassment policy started by Netflix is a bit overboard. It all boils down to this when you are in production you have 5 seconds to look away; otherwise, a charge of “sexual harassment” can be filed against you by management.

Check out more here: http://bit.ly/2wOz3GC


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Life Used To Be So Much Easier Back in the Day!

As part of an effort to further the goals of the #MeToo movement and enforce more stringent sexual harassment guidelines in the workplace, Netflix has independently implemented a series of feminism-inspired rules for some of their employees who work on shows like “Black Mirror” in the United Kingdom.

Among the most bizarre of these new rules is Netflix’s directive to film crew members that they should never “look at anyone for longer than five seconds.” This appears to be an attempt to stop all flirting in the workplace, and to be fair, it is quite hard to imagine how sexual harassment could take place at Netflix in the absence of normal social interactions where people look at each other while having conversations that last longer than five seconds.

Even more here: http://bit.ly/2M8lLcS

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Is Blogging Really Tedious?

One of the best written pieces that I have found on Blogging. May it help you as much as it did me! Have a nice Labor Day weekend!

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We have all heard the saying, “Blogging is a lot of hard work.”

Is that saying a true one?

Or is it a myth?

If you were to choose ten bloggers randomly and ask them, “Is blogging really a lot of hard work?”

The majority of them would probably say, “Yes!”

Now, I believe that there are certain factors that can make blogging easy or hard for a blogger.

So, let us discover what those factors are together.

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5 Reasons Why I Need To Blog

You are about to read one of the best postings I have ever read about blogging.

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I have been blogging longer than I could actually remember (It all started many years ago when I was on Blogger).

I remembered seeing a blog online and saying to myself, “I can do that!”

Okay, back then blogging was not as sophisticated as it is today. The average blog post many years ago, was basically an online diary — it was a blogger’s space to post what they did on a specific day (And, those blog posts back then, were very short in comparison to the word count of the blog posts that bloggers publish today).

Now, I am very happy that blogging has evolved; it is more than an online diary.

Bloggers can use their blogs to entertain and educate the masses.

So, one should not underestimate the power and the influence that blogging has.

Blogging has grown on me; it is hard to imagine myself not…

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Apple & Spotify, What are you doing?

Reflections On Streaming Rip-Offs by Mitch Santell

Every month I put out 14.99 and pay it directly to Apple, Inc. for a family streaming plan.

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This is what I pay for a family plan. Is it a rip off?
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Spotify Rips You Off Just Like Apple, Inc.

The reality is only some of your money is paid to the artists you listen to.

The rest of your money (and it’s probably most of your money) goes somewhere else. That “somewhere else” is decided by a small group of subscribers who have gained control over your money thanks to a mathematical flaw in how artist royalties are calculated. This flaw cheats real artists with real fans, rewards fake artists with no fans, and perhaps worst of all communicates to most streaming music subscribers a simple, awful, message: Your choices don’t count, and you don’t matter.

Read the rest here: http://bit.ly/2wasXPY

 

Apple, Now 1 Trillion Dollar Company!

Technical and Social Musings about Apple Written by Mitch Santell  

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What will Apple, Inc. do with your data in the cloud?

I’m not embarrassed to admit it. When the iPhone came out in 2007, I saw the potential that the device had to mess people up. Usually, I say that we are analog people in a digital world but based on current observations I think so many of our young people have been cloned off and are too distracted to think. 

Apple, Inc. is at the crossroads of how it will forward as a company because when a company as large as Apple, Inc. allows all of it’s iCloud Chinese customers to have their data moved to Government servers, you are looking at a privacy nightmare.

Do you have to ask yourself, “When will this happen in America? I don’t know because I have followed Apple’s privacy policies closely and my data always felt safer with Apple than with their competitors. If you are a regular follower of my blog you know that I have written about Apple before.

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Evolution of Apple Logo!

Apple Transfers Chinese Users’ iCloud Data to State-Controlled Data Centers

There’s terrible news for Apple users in China. Apple’s Chinese data center partner has transferred iCloud data, belonging to 130 million China-based users, to a cloud storage service managed by a state-owned mobile telecom provider—raising concerns about privacy.

Back in February this year, Apple moved the encryption keys and data of its Chinese iCloud users from its US servers to local servers on Chinese soil to comply with the new regulation of the Chinese government, despite concerns from human rights activists.

For this Apple controversially signed a deal with Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD), a Chinese company who gained operation control over Apple’s iCloud business in China earlier this year.

Now, that sensitive data, which includes users’ emails, text messages, pictures, and the encryption keys that protect it, has been passed on to Tianyi cloud storage service, a business venture managed by government-owned mobile operator China Telecom.

Read the rest here: http://bit.ly/2n9xRZv

What did Steve Jobs think about Apple and Privacy?

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Do something new🎆

August could be your best month ever to start something new.

Living what you love

We all have dreams, goals, objectives we have set before us. We all have that dream self employing business we wish to start up. We have drawn knowledge from both schooling and experience. We read books over and over and over again. And at some point, we work. Working what everyone else is working. Sooner or later, comfort doing the usual creeps in. Not long than we can notice, we work and spend. And there, our lives goes in circles and circles.

Time passes, but our acheivement is not propotionate to time passed. Why???…. We need to stop doing the usual. Try out something else. The greatest of people who have achieved are not people who dwelt on a source of income for so long. They are those who understood the principle of adopting various income source to generator more and more of it….

I recently attended a seminar that…

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Apple Has Something Big Up Their Sleeve

Nostalgic Reflections by Mitch Santell

After Steve Jobs, I have been searching my heart and soul for what is going to be Apple, Inc.’s saving grace. When Steve Jobs passed on the DNA that is Apple, a piece of the company died when Steve did. Not an easy thing to admit because I was inducted into the Apple Cult early on in 1984.

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1984 512K Fat Mac with External Disk Drive.

In 1984 I purchased a Fat Mac for 3,700.00 Dollars plus Tax in Los Angeles. Now fast forward to 2018 and look where Apple is now.

Apple can’t stand still, and it is trying not to be a casualty of its own success.

Apple has something big brewing. What is it? Apple is about to overtake Spotify as the top paid streaming service. There is a reason for this. The reason is Apple incredible relationship with its customers.

The streaming market is being fine-tuned. If you are a songwriter and artist, you are going to have to pay very close attention to what each of these streaming companies is doing.

Spotify is being as innovative as Apple in that the company is allowing artists to sign themselves to Spotify as a real artist giving them more control of their content.

Many companies offer the same product, but their pricing scheme is related to how they can accumulate the most amount of customers.

Take a deep breath investing a few moments in listening and watching what is happening at Napster. (Yeah, man, they are still around)! The company is now called Rhapsody / Napster. The new company adds 24,000 new streaming tracks every 24 hours. The company has their payout structure in place and are paying top dollar to the artists and companies.

Time to reflect on where the market is shifting. Let me know your thoughts. I’ll expand further on the challenges that face Apple and why but in the meantime, check out this reflective talk between Bill Patrizio, President & CEO, Rhapsody Int’l – Napster (USA) interviewer: Mark Mulligan, Managing Director & Analyst, MIDiA Research (UK)

Nostalgia here: http://bit.ly/2uqy5hQ

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