Shares of Facebook parent company Meta (FB) sank to a 52-week low on Thursday, following a disappointing Q4 earnings report and news that the social networking giant is struggling to contain the damage from Apple’s (AAPL) iOS privacy changes called App Tracking Transparency (ATT).
Friends phone & kindle are driving her & Me nuts. It seems Amazon whats to use Google as a way to take you .
Thanks for any replies, Derf
Now the bottom line … With these user protections in place Facebook and many other internet domains stand to gather less user information and therefore have less of your personal information to sell advertisers. Facebook takes a financial hit. IMHO you gain.
PS - I use many Apple devices and have a Kindle and buy things at Amazon. I’ve experienced no difficulty with any of these.
On those platforms we've had no problems of any kind. As a matter of principle for at least fifteen years I've done everything possible to avoid use of any service offered by Google, as it was evident to me many years ago where this whole tracking/privacy/advertising thing was headed.
With respect to Amazon, certainly there's a great deal of search operation within Amazon itself when you're looking for various products. I have no idea if Amazon does all of that itself, or possibly uses Google or some other search provider to help power it's internal searches. In any case, I've never experienced any suggestion of a connection to me as an Amazon customer and Google.
As a general comment on the whole tracking/privacy/advertising issue, we have never joined any "social" organization such as Meta (nee "Facebook") which on the face of it has absolutely no reason for existence other than to abuse user privacy for financial profit. Immense profit, at that.
After receiving and activating the replacement phone, I can call wifey, but the same damn thing is still happening when I try to call my son--- whose provider is THE SAME COMPANY. And he uses an Apple phone. A "smart" phone. ("Smart." Ya, right.)
I second that! I get my news from the few surviving professional journalistic organizations. And I don’t mean cable or the “Happy Talk” & “Weird Weather” (somewhere) that has become the network news (but does not “become” it!)
Stay Tuned, Derf
Flip phone user here, Derf
ADDED - Just remembered how I resolved that. Shut off the wifi on my iphone and just used the cellular signal. That didn’t seem “suspicious” to one or both parties and was able to get logged back in.
I remember a day long ago when we didn’t have to know how to communicate with artificial intelligence. (:
...Some BOT (presumably) figured out that it could not really be ME, in a different country..... I created a 2nd, alternative account. Then some stinky-ass BOT discovered the same person, ostensibly, with two accounts, at the same address. I was locked out of both.
So, I created a FB account with a totally silly name I created out of thin air. With a false hometown and address, and for email, I offered my "junk" email account, which I never look at, unless some outfit insists on being provided with an email address. (I also have a spam phone number that I saved and use, when I'm able to do so, too. It's some fake, unethical scumbags from India, claiming to be Microsoft Repair. So, I let them deal with each other.)
News these days? Paywall in front of the major newspapers, or you must allow the ads. Nope. Just... Nope. So, it's PBS and Aljazeera for me, currently. I do grow tired of Judy Woodruff, who likes to EMOTE so very much. The questions of interviewees are most often of the softball variety. Al Jazeera covers more of the world, too.
(T-Mobile and a flip-phone made by Alcatel, which T-Mobile has stopped selling.) Such a way of doing business!!! "The customer was provided with a phone we discovered is faulty. We tried to fix it, but couldn't, because we are just middlemen. So we don't have to take responsibility for anything. Back the customer into a corner via deliberate choice of words. Present the issue as one in which there is no alternative but to upgrade and have the customer pay the extortion-fee to upgrade, after the customer was already sold a faulty phone--- by which the customer is obligated to pay us every month, anyhow. So, create some pretexts. Re-frame the problem in order to divest this moneymaking operation from its responsibility to its customers. and hope the customer is not CRASH--- who is retired. Who has nothing but time. And who knows how to think critically, and call their bluff when they back away from the REAL problem."
Thanks for your time, Derf
The only problem is for Meta (FB), among others, because Apple now gives users the clear option of not being tracked by third party apps, which cuts into those third party's advertising revenue.
Today, after installing the latest IOS 13 the emailed backup files won’t load onto the Deja app. Seems to be something inherent in the new IOS. So those backups are useless. There’s a second way to do this: Create a “Dropbox” account and backup and retrieve Deja files on that. So far. So good. But a lot of hassle.
My ipads also back up their entire content to Apple’s cloud automatically. So Deja files should be there. But using that method would require replacing everything on the ipad, rather than just the Deja files. I suppose Apple would prefer I use their own in house apps for record keeping. But I like Deja and it would be a mamouth undertaking to transfer all those files to Apple’s own system.
@Old_Joe is right about not fixing what ain’t broken. But if I followed that advice all the time my devices would all be running the same software they were using 20 years ago and probably wouldn’t even support most of today’s applications.
It’s hard to imagine life before ipads and iphones. I remember buying something produced by Dell maybe 20 years ago that fit in a shirt pocket and stored contact information. No phone function. Used to actually “wow” some people when I’d whip it out to look up a phone number, flight information or other stuff.
And my 5th generation ipad is running IOS 15.2.1 With automatic updates which load overnight I pay no attention. Probably should. No. Not planning to reach out to anyone at this time. I ran a test this morning and was able to save the files to DropBox and than retrieve them on a different device. And, as I suspect you know, all the contents of ipads (including files) can be backed up to Apple’s cloud. But if necessary, I will reach out.
I see 2 possibilities here (1) It’s a software glitch that will clear up in time or (2) Apple notified developers of the change months back - because I first noticed the “Drop Box” backup option in the Deja App only a month or two ago. They may have added it in anticipation of the change, There’s also the possibility that using an email other than icloud would work. But that’s a last resort because most of them scan your email. I’d rather trust Apple with my trove of data.
PS - There appears to be a “contact us” option inside the Deja app. If I run into any issues I’ll contact them. This has been an extremely reliable app.
From Yogi’s attachment: “ - Added support for backup and restore via Dropbox. You can access this feature by going to DejaOffice Settings Backup & Restore, then choosing "Use Dropbox" when prompted. Restoring a backup file no longer requires a DejaOffice restart”