Everyone fails to recognize that the decentralised nature of Android is–while being a “mainstream flaw”–is one of its greatest strengths. Yes, Google wants to have more control over its operating system, but that goes against the very nature of what they intended when they began developing it. The point of the matter, though, is that very little would change if that asshole had used Android instead (considering the likely application of Paranoid Android in such a case). Actually, the whole matter would likely be less of an issue politically because there is not one entity to subpoena. The FBI could subpoena Google to do something, but Google could (in good faith) say that there is nothing they can do if an alternative OS were installed. The takeaway here should not be how much more secure iPhones are (they aren’t necessarily), but that compulsory cracking like this is dangerous to freedom at large.
“There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all.”
Justice Antonin Scalia
Source: What Apple’s FBI Standoff Says About Google’s Android Security | Re/code
Tim Cook and Apple are telling the US Government to get bent, and for good reason: encryption is vital to our individual security and to undermine that is to undermine our entire society. If the “good guys” can have a backdoor into your house, it’s only a matter of time before the bad guys copy the keys.
If your first reaction is to shrug and say, “I have nothing to hide,” I hate to break it to you, but you’re not clever enough to understand the implications, so go sit down at the kids’ table and let the grown-ups argue.
As a side note (full journalistic disclosure): If you read this website, you already know my opinions on Apple are complicated, but I do use a 2010 Macbook Pro daily, and I encourage most “casual users” to consider adopting OSX machines as their daily drivers. Despite this, I do loathe iOS since the move to “flat design”, and I vehemently refuse to “upgrade” OSX past Mavericks for design reasons as well as “integration features” that annoy me.
A Message to Our Customers
Source: Customer Letter – Apple
What happens when you take an iPhone, install the latest version of Android on it, then tell Apple fans that it’s the newest iOS? Hilarity, that’s what.
Our evidence suggests that the zombie apocalypse can’t be more than a few years away now…It’s time to get in training.
Adrian Hon, Game Designer for Zombies, Run!
I caught a glimpse of this new augmented reality game earlier this month in Wired magazine’s GameLife blog, back when it was still seeking funding via Kickstarter.
In Zombies Run! you play the part of “Runner 5,” an anonymous hero who has to search a post-apocalyptic on foot for weapons and supplies while outrunning an unseen horde of zombies hot on your tail. I have to say, the concept is quite intriguing, and might actually provide an excuse for the otherwise sedentary to get out and beat the pavement a little bit. The really cool thing is that the game will grow and evolve as you play; being available on both iPhone and Android devices, the potential for DLC add-ons, patches, and story updates is virtually limitless.
I’m actually rather excited about this particular app, as it might be a little more exciting than the Runkeeper app that I currently use. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the constant feedback I get while running (I’m a bit of a data junkie), but Zombies seems to build on that extra little incentive–that need for survival. It might be just enough to get the adrenaline pumping.
Heck, with it’s February scheduled release date, it might even get me in shape for next year’s Run For Your Lives 5K.
Author’s Note: This question was posed on Formspring. Feel free to ask any questions to me at http://www.formspring.me/matteargle and perhaps I will answer it in a future post!
Zelzega asks: What’s the best free iphone app for tracking fitness? I currently have Electric Miles (dailymile), Kinetic Lite, and Runkeeper. I love that Kinetic Lite connects to both dailymile and runkeeper, but which is the best?
As far as iPhone goes, I have no real idea considering I don’t carry one. In general, though, I use RunKeeper and Fitocracy. I’m not into tracking everything I eat, but RK does fantastically for my cardio, and Fitocracy imports from it so I don’t have to reenter anything. Fitocracy hasn’t developed a native application yet, but their mobile site is fully-featured and quite accessible.
The best part about Fitocracy is that it gamifies exercise. The site was started by a couple of stereotypical nerds who wanted to appeal to other stereotypical nerds through the two most powerful words in our language: LEVEL UP! The concept is that one earns points by performing certain exercises, thus increasing your overall capabilities–all in traditional RPG fashion. I have to admit, the formula works, especially in keeping me focused on strength training (which has always been something I avoided).
In short, the best application out there is the one that works best for what you want to accomplish. I want to have fun, and I’m a data junkie, so RK and Fitocracy work best for me. Try some of the applications listed in the apps section of the RunKeeper website. You’ll likely find one you like.