Lockdown - privacy app for iOS

I was sure I saw a link to this from Daringfireball, but can't seem to find it again. Anyway. I've been running Lockdown on my phone for a couple of weeks now, and it's been working great. It's an app that integrates with the VPN feature in iOS, so all network requests get pushed through the app for filtering. It doesn't actually do a VPN, but uses that as a hook to block domains that are requested in any app. [Read More]
privacy  ios  vpn 

ghost media in iOS8 photos

I've been noticing this for awhile under iOS7, but had been hoping it was a storage bug that would have been fixed in iOS8. Nope. I "cheaped out" by only springing for the 16GB iPhone5, which means that I effectively get 12GB of space for stuff like apps, music, photos, etc… Shouldn't be a problem, but I've been hitting the cap pretty regularly now. I've resorted to deleting big apps, deleting all of the music that I'd put on the phone (thankfully the train ride is very short now), but still the danged phone reports no free storage. [Read More]

map war

A quick test, to compare Apple's Maps app from iOS6 with the new Google Maps iOS app that was released today. All screenshots are roughly centred on the same spot around my office on the UofC campus, taken on a godphone 5. normal map view. Apple iOS Maps on left, Google iOS Maps on right… satellite view, Apple iOS Maps on left, Google iOS Maps on right… 3D view, Apple iOS Maps on left, Google iOS Maps on right… [Read More]
google  maps  ios 

gruber on control of software vs. privacy

John Gruber, commenting on Dave Winer's post on why he uses Android rather than iOS: Fear of Apple is about losing control over the software on our computers. Fear of Google is about losing control over our privacy. That's the best, clearest description of the difference I've seen. I don't care what anyone else uses. But I value my privacy more than I value the ability to compile the kernel behind my operating system. [Read More]