Has App Privacy Gone Too Far?

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I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine about technology and the impact it’s had on our privacy. He shared his concern about the way people are sharing almost everything about themselves on the web with little concern. I could sense he was looking to me for a counter argument.

There are plenty of ways technology can benefit us without the need to divulge all our secrets. However, there are cases where the more information you share about yourself, the more useful technology can be to you. This is a trade off we make and it should always be up to us what information we’re willing to share.

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Why I chose a Retina MacBook Pro over a MacBook Air

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The Premise
Around 6 months ago I accidentally cracked the screen on my 2010 13-inch MacBook Air. Don’t ask. It was still usable so I held out for Apple’s WWDC 2012 announcements before making any hasty decisions.

MacBook Air cracked screenApple announced some great updates to their range of Airs and Pros, including the introduction of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display (rMBP). Although tempted, I had all but decided to hold out for another year to see if a Retina MacBook Air was released. The very next day, the crack on my MacBook Air screen worsened…

With the cost of a replacement screen almost as much as a refurbished 2011 Air, the decision was made for an upgrade. I purchased the 13-inch MacBook Air.

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iPad 3 Predictions

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With the iPad 3 almost upon us, and my iPad 1 already sold, there’s not much left to do but guess what Apple have in store for us.

Retina Display
The obvious prediction. It’s been a while since I remember something being so certain before an Apple product launch. Of course the one thing we can be sure of is that nothing is certain.

Maybe not iPhoto exactly, but Gruber made a prediction and I tend to agree. It’s great having a higher resolution screen, but there needs to be something to take advantage of it. Photos on the iPad are great. There’s no easier way to browse photos with friends and family than on the iPad. Especially if you use AirPlay to an Apple TV. The one thing that’s missing. A way to manage your photos straight from the iPad.

1080p Movies
Again, what better way to show off retina display than 1080p movies. Currently HD movies from iTunes are 720p, which just won’t do justice to that beautiful Retina Display. This also lends to the rumor there’s an Apple TV update imminent.

Gaming has already been a big sell for the iPhone 4S and I don’t see it stopping there. The iPad 3 will bring along improved hardware no doubt. Along with Retina Display, this means an improved gaming experience.

In my haste to get my predictions down, there were a couple I missed…

Not really a prediction. There doesn’t seem to be a reason why Siri won’t be ported to the iPad.

Photo Stream & iOS 5.1
This would be the perfect opportunity to release iOS 5.1 to the public, hopefully bringing along some much needed improvements to Photo Stream. There are some glaring issues with Photo Stream. One of the biggest being the inability to control what photos appear in the stream, or for that matter, delete individual photos in the stream. This granular control is desperately needed if Photo Stream is going to be of any use.