Well, this has been a banner week for Apple, hasn’t it? When we recorded this episode a few days ago, Apple had launched a webpage for users to remove the free U2 album from iTunes, and facing media allegations that the new iPhones were prone to bending.
Well, it turns out that the “Bendgate” allegations were overblown, so instead Apple made a MUCH MUCH bigger goof-up: their iOS 8.0.1 update broke cellular reception and Touch ID functionality for up to 40,000 users who installed the update before it was pulled. We would have had so much fun slamming Apple for this screw up, except it happened right after we finished recording this week’s show.
So instead, here are our remaining tech headlines this week:
- Encryption Measures in iOS 8 Prevents Apple From Accessing User Data on Devices for Feds; Apple Offers Privacy and Government Information Request Details
- Apple Fans’ Tight Pants are Bending the iPhone 6 Plus
- Samsung Debuts Galaxy Alpha on Sept. 26; Carriers Begin Pre-orders for Galaxy Note 4
- Amazon tests smart home gadgets, expands hardware lab
- Chinese E-Commerce company Alibaba goes public in biggest IPO ever, raising $25 billion; What Alibaba Does
- Emma Watson Nude Photo Threat was a Marketing Stunt to Shut Down 4Chan
In a slightly-renamed segment, “Be Patient… Let’s Make This Less Confusing,” Douglas extrapolates one of the points of Tim Cook’s open letter on privacy to discuss the business models of user data, and what they mean in terms of how different companies use your data in digital cloud services, social media, and the specific case of payment management services like PayPal, Google Wallet, and Apple Pay. Josh then acknowledges the 125th anniversary of Nintendo.
Episode Duration: 1:17:19
On This Episode: Douglas Bell and Josh Feldman
Download: Tech tAUk Reloaded #41 (37.1 MB MP3)