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Engadget continues excellent work as official Apple mouthpiece

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    Ray7

    I don't think it was the whole 'location data being stored on the phone' that was the problem (after all, no one should really be surprised by Apple's poor attitude to security by now) but the incredibly mealy-mouthed way it was reported, as though Engadget was desperately trying to appear unbiased while equally desperately trying to protect its advertising dollars.

    Don't get us wrong, we're not letting Apple off the hook here -- we also want to know why the company needs to collect and maintain so much of our location data for such a long time. And why is it so easily accessible? But we, as consumers, have to pay better attention if we want to reserve the right to scream foul.

    Yup! It's your own fault, not Apple's!

    Meanwhile, on the same page, they report on Microsoft's recently granted patent for buying stuff through mobile apps, and go for a deliberately more sinister tone:

    Many of us use apps to buy stuff these days, whether its grabbing the latest e-book from Amazon, or a Groupon for a day of pampering at the local spa. Seems obvious now, but it wasn't (at least according to the USPTO) in 2004, when Microsoft filed a patent application for the idea -- and that application was recently granted. The patent claims a way to make purchases through an network-connected portal with a "streamlined interface" (to "streamline" the process of parting you from your money, no doubt).

    Oooh, the evil b******s

    Yeah, I know it's just a blog and not a serious attempt at journalism, and I know that encouraging fights in forums is the way they make their money, but I don't think a little balance is too much to ask for.

     

     

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    vesuvius

    For me it was the plebians on the BBC reports that took the biscuit.

    Most of them said they did not care that Apple were collating this information. The general public are really quite foolish and like Magpies going for the shiny objects

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    Bass

    Does Apple really pay Engadget all that much? Most of the ads I see on their site are for Android phones.

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    Bas

    Most of the Apple ads I see on Engadget are called "articles".

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    magicalclick

    @Bas:

    I don't think you can pay them to write an article. But, Apple can certainly do 100% discount or more on the apple merchandise Engadget bought. Or stuff they "donation". But, not really "paying".

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    Ray7

    , Bass wrote

    Does Apple really pay Engadget all that much? Most of the ads I see on their site are for Android phones.

    Most of these so-called news-sites will protect their biggest advertisers. The problem with Android is that there are a lot of companies advertising phones, not a single massive advertiser like Apple, paying to push one single phone. If all the Android suppliers got together under one umbrella then it would be a different story.

     

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