Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Two more reasons not to by Apple iPhones #friedbraingate and #concertgate



It's bad enough trying for a replacement under warranty for #bendgate from the dodgy 'geniuses' at Apple, and now two more technological 'woes' have emerged from Apple's technological crevasse.

#friedbraingate:

There are reports that suggest that Apple's new iPhone, emits twice as much radiation as Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, that of course before you get the Note to self incinerate, a fanststic feature if you're a secret agent.

Data states that the radiation SAR for the iPhone was 1.166 watts per kilogram (W/kg) compared to Samsung's Note at 0.517 W/kg.

#concertgate:

Users who purchase iPhones of the future may not be able to take photos or videos at concerts, theatre stage or movie screens.

This a vastly flawed action by  Apple, assuming that all users are pirates?

What if you need to take a photo or video for legal purposes, e.g. of a criminal action?

You then will be able to sue Apple for damages as a result.

Apple reminding people that they are nothing more than corporate slaves?

Note to self: ALL bad 'Apples' belong in the garbage can.

#friedbraingate: See (text only) article from 29 Sep 2016 by news.com.au of the headline:

New iPhone reportedly emits twice as much radiation as Samsung handsets, according to South Korea

APPLE’S iPhone emits twice as much radiation as Samsung handsets, according to a new report. 
Apple’s main competitor in the smartphone market is Samsung and the two companies are constantly trying to get the edge over the other.

The South Korean tech giant recently admitted to rushing the release of its latest Galaxy Note 7 to beat Apple’s iPhone to market, which the company says contributed to an exploding battery issue that forced a global recall.

While Apple has largely got the better of the smart phone wars in the past decade, radiation emissions may be one area where Samsung takes the cake.

Apple’s iPhones and iPads had the highest electromagnetic radiation specific absorption rate, known as SAR, out of electronic devices sold in South Korea, reports tech website ZDNet.

However there is a reason to take the finding with a grain of salt because the figures have come from a state-backed study in South Korea — a government which in the past has shown a tendency to support its business sector under dubious circumstances.

Nonetheless according to the data from the country’s National Radio Research Agency the average radiation SAR for iPhones was 1.166 watts per kilogram (W/kg).

In comparison the handset released by Samsung this year showed an average SAR recording of 0.517W/kg.

In both the United States and South Korea, the SAR limit for devices is 1.6 W/kg, so the iPhone is still well under the regulated limit.

The US Federal Communication Commission says anything under 1.6 W/kg is considered perfectly safe, but notes there is still further research to be done when considering the prevalence of radiofrequency (RF) energy in an increasingly wireless world.

“Those evaluating the potential risks of using wireless devices agree that more and longer-term studies should explore whether there is a better basis for RF safety standards than is currently used,” the US government body says.

There is scant evidence to suggest that consumers should be worried about the level of radiation emitted by their electronic devices such as phones, but it hasn’t stopped some companies from trying to capitalise on the largely unfounded fears.

Australian company Lif3 has produced a smartphone chip which it says is proven to reduce mobile phone radio exposure by up to 95 per cent.

Why? Because the company believes that “the mobile phone safety movement is spreading around the world”.

Whether that’s true or not depends on who you ask, but maybe Samsung wishes it were.


#concertgate: See (text only) article from 4 Jul 2016 by news.com.au of the headline:

Apple develops ability to kill iPhone cameras at live events


THE iPhones of the future may be a bit less fun to use at rock shows with Apple experimenting with new technology that would see them disappear from crowds at concerts and other events.

The tech giant has won a patent for a new technology that uses an infra-red signal — beamed from a concert, theatre stage or movie screen — to shut down an iPhone’s camera, disabling it from taking photos or videos.

The technology under development may be a response to gripes from artists like Adele and Jack White, miffed that fans have used their phones to broadcast shows live to thousands of other, non-paying viewers.

Start-up companies such as Yondr which turn concerts into “no phone zones” by implementing what is effectively a mandatory coat check, but for your phone, have emerged in recent years.

Among the artists to use such services include Alicia Keys, Dave Chappelle, the Lumineers and Louis C.K.

Apple’s patent filing this week indicates that video functions would only be disabled by the infra-red sensors if an iPhone is pointed toward their positions on the stage — because after all, the selfie is an inalienable right.

So users would still be able to snap photos and shoot videos of their friends in the crowd, just not of the on stage action.

Apple also suggested that the infra-red signals could be used in other scenarios to enhance what users see on their screens, providing extra information on artworks at museums or products at stores, for example.

Sports fans also have used live-streaming apps such as Periscope to broadcast from games — a practice that got temporarily banned by America’s National Football League until early this year.

The patent’s approval — as is the case with hundreds of other Apple patents — won’t necessarily mean a future rollout of the feature.

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