And they finally see the light. Nothing good will come out of Facebook’s Libra. www.theverge.com/2019/10/1…

Is there something similar for the Philippines? A republic act that has penalties for those who violate? www.usatoday.com/story/mon…

Star Trek:Picard is going to be an awesome series. Seeing the reunion of the ST:TNG with ST:V’s Seven of Nine makes it even more exciting. Can’t wait for January. Engage!

Whoever believes him is a FOOL www.theverge.com

Mark Zuckerberg promises Facebook won’t be biased against Elizabeth Warren

Android users, be careful. There is no patch available yet. arstechnica.com

Attackers exploit 0day vulnerability that gives full control of Android phones

Tsk tsk apple.news

Taken at the same vantage point - at 0.5x and 1x. :)

An empty meeting room… people are late. Tsk tsk.

Now THIS is bad! I know a lot of people who have accounts here. tsk tsk. thehackernews.com/2019/09/z…

Android users, pay attention to who created the apps you’re downloading. If you think it is suspicious, chances are you are right. arstechnica.com/informati…

Micro.Blog iOS app request – Shortcuts support please. ;)

This is interesting news that will affect that anti-“fake news” bill being deliberated in Congress and Senate. techcrunch.com/2019/09/2…

Start with privacy and fine Big Tech apple.news

Only use software from those you can trust. BTW, isn’t uBlock Origin different from the one mentioned here, uBlock? thehackernews.com/2019/09/b…

Should urban planners change the way they design? Your Navigation App Is Making Traffic Unmanageable - IEEE Spectrum

You can’t trust all of these VPN services. Android users, please make sure you delete these apps.

Philippine Statistics Authority, please read the signs

This is actually why I am overly concerned about the Philippine National ID initiative. Knowing how the government works - budget, personnel, procurement - there is a high chance of citizens’ data will be breached/hacked/exploited externally, or worse, internally (think of one of the gov’t owned and controlled corporations).

If I am not mistaken, the model used by lawmakers is India’s Aadhaar, which does not have a great track record in securing their data as well.

Before embarking on something like a national ID registry, maybe a thorough IT security audit of critical infrastructure needs to be done first. Audit BIR, PhilHealth, LTO, Local Government Units, COMELEC (oops, already breached!), GSIS, SSS, as a start. Ensure that they are standards compliant in securing data at the very least.

w00t! More and more are signing up for “Sign in with Apple”. This is going to be good for all users. Can’t wait for web services to add this. www.manton.org/2019/09/1…

Another awesome technical review of Apple’s camera system iPhone 11 Pro Preview: The Camera Hardware Changes - Halide

I cannot wait to get iOS 13 on 90% of devices out there. Die Facebook Die! techcrunch.com

Get popcorn for iOS 13’s privacy pop-ups of creepy Facebook data grabs

It really is stupid to trust Facebook with your data. There is a reason why Zuckerberg calls its users “DUMB F*cks!” www.vice.com

Internal Documents Show Facebook Has Never Deserved Our Trust or Our Data

Commuting music :) music.apple.com/us/playli…

Yet another study that shows why @PHCHED @Deped_PH and @DICTgovPH need to ban schools and teachers from using Facebook @upsystem apple.news

What happened to Apple’s Tick-Tock schedule?

The Apple iPhone design schedule goes tick-tock. Tick is when they introduce a new design, and tock, the S-year, is when the use the same design and refresh the internals, with a couple of new features thrown in.

The release of the radically Home-button free iPhone X two years ago was the tick year. Last year’s XS, obviously is a tock, or S-year. This year, however, is another S year that followed last year’s S-year. Yes, it is indeed kinda out of sync with Apple’s schedule.

Whilst I do not have inside information on how Apple decisions, I can, however, just speculate. Apple’s product line-up goes far back. The iPhone X was probably two-three years in the making, the same can be said of the others. Apple does not release a new, innovative design, just for the sake of it. Yes, Apple isn’t perfect, but Apple has a better track record than most in having more hits than misses.

This year is very different. Speculating further, Apple must have intended 2019 as a tick year – a newly designed iPhone. That would mean that Apple’s supply chain investment should have started last year – that is just how Apple rolls, investing new machines at Foxconn in China. The new machines are needed for the new design.

The US-China trade relationship is very volatile - you cannot predict what will happen next. This uncertainty is very risky for the likes of Apple to invest in Foxconn in China. So Apple is maximizing what it already has in Foxconn - the machines to churn out iPhone X designed devices, hence the X-series, and now the 11 series. If I read the tea leaves right, Foxconn is feeling the pinch as well, and perhaps planning to add manufacturing facilities outside of China.

I am sure that next year’s iPhone will re-start the tick-tock schedule, and perhaps with Apple investing in another manufacturer, or with partner Foxconn, but in another country, which has a solid trade relationship with the US.

What do you think?

On Apple Watch Series 5

I am so happy that Apple did not add another health-related sensor on the Apple Watch Series 5, or I am in trouble! I skipped the Series 3, and now I’m skipping the Series 5. The Series 4 that I am using now works wonderfully. Sure, I’d love that Always-On display, but my use case of having that is very limited. The compass function is nice to have, but I am rarely in need of a compass - besides, I am rarely without the iPhone anyway. Same with the International Emergency Calling feature.

If only the local telcos will support the LTE models of the Apple Watch!