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    PUBLIC DEFENDER By Brian Livingston Visuals sent from iPhones and iPads via iMessage are seriously degraded, sometimes unrecognizably so, when receive
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    • #2473271

      I say BRAVO! to Apple. Only those who want the USA DEAD support Google. It is a very evil company and no one should support it EVER. BLOCK GOOGLE on your computers and NEVER, EVER purchase an Android phone. (Besides, why are you so addicted to smart phones that you send videos from them)? Jeez. Smart phones are a waste of money far better spent on high grade DESKTOP COMPUTERS. Plus, with the refusal of most in the USA to learn how to safely and properly use computers, smart phones, etc NEVER EVER use your real name or photo, etc and never send videos! No wonder that this country is DEAD and GONE.

    • #2473303

      The downside of enabling this on a Google Fi phone is that it seems that you can no longer text, make calls, or listen to voicemails on the web at https://messages.google.com/web/, as described here: https://support.google.com/fi/<wbr />answer/6188337?visit_id=<wbr />637973838530168436-68364541&p=<wbr />stopsyncing&rd=1#stopsyncing&<wbr />zippy=%2Cstop-sync-of-texts-<wbr />calls-and-voicemail

    • #2473306

      I say BRAVO! to Apple.

      Agree.

      But, Apple will have to relent after EU new digital laws that mandate full interoperability of all messaging apps (I think it can’t be done).

    • #2473353

      Videos and text isn’t the only source of problems with iphones.   I have a couple of current plantronics bluetooth headsets, as well as a newer jabra.  None work as well on my iphone as on an android.  some features don’t work on the iphone.  And there is the habit of iphone disconnecting the headset just as a call is answered, or in the middle of a call.  How nice is that?  I have spoken with plantronics engineers, who explained the issue is that apple doesn’t support bluetooth standards.  they implement bluetooth in their own (shoddy) manner.

      My experience with my iphone and friends’ macs indicates that apple doesn’t deserve their reputation and high prices.

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    • #2473478

      Android can be implemented without subscribing to Google’s “evil empire”. It is open source and can be “de-googled” except for losing access to the Google Play Store. There are other stores for loading or sideloading Android apps. Even without rooting the phone or using a substitute ROM, many of the privacy concerns surrounding Google can be limited in Android.

      If you think Apple is pure and innocent regarding privacy, you are living in a dream world. And they are no better than Google on security. Apple’s Walled Garden is as much of an assault on consumer freedoms as anything about Google and their products and services.

      We are not going to have a flame-war of Apple vs. Google here in the Forums, are we? Just asking.

       

      -- rc primak

      • #2473523

        I have not gotten an android phone because of privacy concerns re: google.  I haven’t found information about what needs to done to stop phone info going to google.

        can you point me to info regarding how to de-google an android phone?

        thanks

    • #2473639

      We are not going to have a flame-war of Apple vs. Google here in the Forums, are we?

      Might be nice to learn how other people maximize their privacy and try to stay out of their tentacles and still have left some smartphones functionality?

      * _ the metaverse is poisonous _ *
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        Might be nice to learn how other people maximize their privacy and try to stay out of their tentacles and still have left some smartphones functionality?

        They use iPhones..:-)

        • #2477288

          Funny remark about iPhone.

          But de-Googled Android is a possibility. You do lose access to the Google Play Store.

          I tried a “de-Googled” Android phone for a week 

          https://www.laptopmag.com/features/i-tried-a-de-googled-android-phone-for-a-week 

          The article does not advocating hacking your way into paid Google Play apps without signing in to your legitimate Google Account. (Third party “play stores” are essentially doing this.) The one act of signing in to your Google Account would put you right back into Google’s embrace, with all the consequences. Not doing so would get you banned if you got caught using any sort of workaround.

          -- rc primak

    • #2477318

      I have an Android phone.  The Google account with which it is associated is a throw away account with a fake name that is several years old.  I don’t upload videos from my phone, never have.  I offload them to my PC, and upload from there.

      Create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates, in case you need to start over!
      We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do. We don't all have to do the same things.

    • #2477412

      rc Primak: “The one act of signing in to your Google Account would put you right back into Google’s embrace, with all the consequences.

      Well, the problem with that is this: when one subscribes and setups one account with some really good Web site of high interest — no, not “More Coeds Gone Wilder”, but something like “The World Science Festival”, a site that has tons of wonderful videos of full-lecture length, where some renowned scientist who can explain things in detail to the educated layman right here, or where other perhaps less renowned but very competent and knowledgeable person explains in depth some important topic and makes it interesting. And they speak in a dialog with an equally knowledgeable as well as interesting host.  For example: the other night I listened to one hour and fifteen minutes with Leonard Susskind at Stanford explaining the topic of the Higgs boson, with the necessary previous introduction to the concept of quantum fields, and it was outstanding. And another with a panel that included none other than Gerard T’Hooft from Utrecht University in Holland, discussing why nobody, each one of them included, really understands quantum physics, but many use it anyways because it works. Just like my Mac.

      Now this: the site is setup as a YouTube channel, and to log in there one needs to use the same user ID and password than with Gmail. So … So I just bit the bullet and subscribed under such terms.

      My excuse is that I still want to live in the XXI century. Not a great excuse, I know, but is the best one I have right now.

      And I use to access the “Festival” site, either Waterfox, with the usual various security and privacy addons handed down from Firefox (they are both Mozilla), or Vivaldi, also with decent protections.

      But even so.

      Ex-Windows user (Win. 98, XP, 7); since mid-2017 using also macOS. Presently on Monterey 12.15 & sometimes running also Linux (Mint).

      MacBook Pro circa mid-2015, 15" display, with 16GB 1600 GHz DDR3 RAM, 1 TB SSD, a Haswell architecture Intel CPU with 4 Cores and 8 Threads model i7-4870HQ @ 2.50GHz.
      Intel Iris Pro GPU with Built-in Bus, VRAM 1.5 GB, Display 2880 x 1800 Retina, 24-Bit color.
      macOS Monterey; browsers: Waterfox "Current", Vivaldi and (now and then) Chrome; security apps. Intego AV

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