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Stop Watching Us

A coalition of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across the political spectrum. And this is not just personal privacy -- it's businesses, too. I've personally spoken with leaders of several tech & financial enterprises who are moving their data from U.S.-based networks out of concern for their commercial secrets.

Rule of law and due process were key competitive advantages for the U.S.  The damage that mass surveillance programs have done to America's reputation is almost incalculable. It must stop and meaningful oversight of the U.S. intelligence apparatus must be restored, or we will find ourselves alone on our own Internet, while the rest of the world routes around us.  (video 3+min)
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I love how anti-immigrant some people are.

My position: I welcome all refugees to our country. Furthermore, #immigration must not be restricted for reasons of race, religion, political creed, age, or sexual preference. I therefore call for the elimination of all restrictions on immigration, the abolition of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Border Patrol, and a declaration of full amnesty for all people who have entered the country "illegally".

We need a true path to #citizenship for all that want it.
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I'm not suggesting it is a free open border, I don't think anyone would go that far. We still have a process in place, we still need to know who is here, but we can't deny people just because they're from Mexico or wherever. Restrictions should be on a case-by-case basis and no based on discrimination.

Daniel Griswold has a great article on how we could revamp the immigration process: http://www.lp.org/issues/immigration

"For those workers already in the United States illegally, we can avoid 'amnesty' and still offer a pathway out of the underground economy. Newly legalized workers can be assessed fines and back taxes and serve probation befitting the misdemeanor they've committed. They can be required to take their place at the back of the line should they eventually apply for permanent residency."
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Highly recommending Upstream Color. Brilliant film for anyone who wants something that will provoke thought.
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I think I like what I see #Google is doing and it makes me wonder, what is #Apple doing? I understand Apple's approach, they want to simplify their products for the best end user experience, but some times, I think you can simplify too much and end up with a product that is very static and can only be marketed to people who don't want to change. There's a reason why #Samsung's TV ads portray us #iOS users as old fogies and the Android user as the cool hip kids who are changing the world.

This isn't meant to diminish what iOS developers are doing, I've seen some amazing things, especially with children who suffer from disabilities, the iPad is an amazing tool, but Google is clearly either caught up or about to catch up on Apple even in this space. Android is a rocksolid mobile platform and it doesn't seem to me that Apple is taking this threat seriously enough.

Apple has yet to have a single product announcement this year, and from the rumors I've read, it doesn't seem like they're going to have anything that will blow us away or even compare to Google's I/O Keynote announcements. Even +Paul Thurrott said, "This is how you hold a tech conference."

As much as I can't stand what Microsoft has done with #Windows 8's new #Metro, err, #Modern UI, I still applaud them for making bold decisions, albeit the wrong ones, to try and fight against the competition. I'm not seeing Apple make any bold decisions under Tim Cook's leadership.

That's not to say they won't, we're a little less than a month away, so the rumor-mill should continue to pick up steam as we head toward June, and I'm very interested in seeing what Johny Ive's flat iOS 7 might look like; but will a flattening of the UI really fix the core issues with iOS?

One thing that Microsoft definitely got right with Windows 8 is allowing the end user to remove the stock apps if they so choose. And if they want them back later, then all they have to do is search for them in the Microsoft Store. Brilliant! Apple? Hello? I don't use any of the stock apps except for Clock & Calendar, and the latter is only because Apple doesn't allow third parties to integrate deeper into the OS.

Here's a short list of other issues Apple really needs to fix:
1. iCloud sync
2. iMessage. One of my most loved and hated features in iOS 6. It is so completely unreliable, especially at syncing across devices (Apple needs to look at what Google has done with #Hangouts)
3. Live app icons (weather icon should update with current weather)
4. FaceTime is just rubbish (again, Apple needs to look at what Google has done with Hangouts)
5. Siri (absolutely pointless compared to Google Now)
6. Depleted battery notification is annoying (let us have an option to turn this intrusive notification off)
7. Power users need an easier way to get to WiFi, Cellular Data & Bluetooth settings
8. Maps. Seriously, why are Maps still so horrible almost a year later? Let us choose which Maps app we want as default!
9. Merge Camera Roll & Photo Stream and extend the saved photos to, umm, say, forever? Google offers 15GB free storage Apple, what's up with screwing up for more money on top of the premium we've already paid for your devices?
10. DEFAULT APPS! This is an easy, no brainer request. Apple could easily implement an interface in Settings to change default apps. Stop telling us what we can do with our phone and let us make those decisions. Most #iPhone users are probably adults capable of making the decision, "Do I want Apple Maps, which is incredibly unreliable or Google Maps, which will get me to my destination?"
11. Do Not Disturb should be tied to Calendar. If I set an appointment in Calendar, I should be able to also set DND for that scheduled time.
12. Notification Center needs a clear all button. Simple as that.
13. Without #NFC, what's the point of #Passbook again?

I'm an Apple fanboy. But I'll be honest, there's been some points over the last two years where I've been really tempted to switch to Android, but considering all the money I've spent in this one ecosystem, it is a tough sell. A tough sell that is becoming increasingly easy with each passing year.

Google seems to get it, whereas I'm still trying to figure out Apple's longterm plan. As an iOS user, I'm tired of living in 2008. We've had apps for five years now, time to let us make some big boy (or girl) decisions on what we want to do with our own devices.
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I agree Aaron, Apple makes some of the best hardware that is artificially limited by a mobile operating system that has hardly advanced in 5 years.
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iOS 7 is finally here! I have been using it for a while now on my iPhone 5 and have thoroughly enjoyed the changed Apple has made. I do believe that this is a major step in the right direction, but there's still plenty of room for improvement.

I've written about what iOS needs before, but I feel an update is needed now that 7 has officially been released. This is my iOS 8 wishlist (although, no objections to Apple adding these in a 7.5 update):

1. Default apps: This is an easy, no brainer request. As iOS stands today, there's no way to change default apps, so we’re stuck with the stock Calendar, Email and Safari apps. Apple could easily implement a Default Apps panel in Settings to fix this for the end user and offer public API's for developers for hooks into the mobile OS.

2. Alternative keyboards: Is there another mobile OS that doesn’t allow or have these builtin? I want a predictive keyboard. I don’t need to own a Blackberry 10 to know I want that predictive typing experience (http://jmw.me/1eULSlu).

3. Widgets: Widgets could make iOS an extremely powerful OS without ever having to open up an app. A quick glance at the widget and you know the information you were looking for. Tristan Edwards (http://jmw.me/17TexU5) has done a fabulous job putting together what tasteful widgets should look like on iOS 7

4. Multiple user accounts: I've read where some are predicting that this could be implemented on the iPad easier now with the fingerprint authentication that could be in the upcoming iPad 5. This is based purely on speculation, but it makes sense. I for one hope this is the case.

5. Do Not Disturb: I appreciate Control Center a lot. I believe it is one of the best new feature for end users in iOS 7. But I’d still like to see DND tie into the Calendar app so that I can set an appointment to auto turn on DND.

6. Paid Upgrades: I know end users would hate this, but for developers, it seems like a no-brainer and I still don't understand why Apple hasn't allowed this yet. As more developers want to continue putting food on the table, they're going to start putting "new versions" as separate apps, cluttering the App Store. Paid upgrades allows devs to offer a smaller fee for existing users, while charging a bit more for new users. Come on Apple, FIX THIS.

There are obviously more things to fix, but these are my top six. What are yours?
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Almost a month ago I wrote (https://plus.google.com/u/0/107886161915503462534/posts/AXgSSiWHme8) what I'd like to see Apple fix or add in iOS 7, let's see how they've done so far:

1. iCloud sync
- If they fixed it, it wasn't mentioned and hasn't leaked out yet)

2. iMessage. One of my most loved and hated features in iOS 6. It is so completely unreliable, especially at syncing across devices (Apple needs to look at what Google has done with #Hangouts)
- I don't see that iMessage has been touched for multi-device Apple ID's. I'm really hopeful that this gets fixed during Maverick & iOS 7 beta period.


3. Live app icons (weather icon should update with current weather)
- The only icon that has been fixed is the Clock app. I'm hoping that this is the foundation of future live icons. I also hope that Apple has an API for this that just hasn't been mentioned or released yet.

4. FaceTime is just rubbish (again, Apple needs to look at what Google has done with Hangouts)
- FaceTime did get a major update with Apple adding in VoIP, but it still needs to be merged with iMessage and let everything be controlled within that one app that syncs across devices (ala Hangouts)

5. Siri (absolutely pointless compared to Google Now)
- Siri still seems to be less powerful than Now, but Apple did make some major strides in beefing it up. Still slow, WAY too slow, at responding to requests.

6. Depleted battery notification is annoying (let us have an option to turn this intrusive notification off)
- Still has an annoying notification that pops up when the battery is at 20% & 10%. Let me turn this off. I HATE IT!

7. Power users need an easier way to get to WiFi, Cellular Data & Bluetooth settings
- Control Center

8. Maps. Seriously, why are Maps still so horrible almost a year later? Let us choose which Maps app we want as default!
Still uses TomTom. Apple should have bought Waze and implemented the crowdsourced information from them. But then again, Apple has proven time and time again, they don't get social.

9. Merge Camera Roll & Photo Stream and extend the saved photos to, umm, say, forever? Google offers 15GB free storage Apple, what's up with screwing up for more money on top of the premium we've already paid for your devices?
- No change here, which is really too bad.

10. DEFAULT APPS! This is an easy, no brainer request. Apple could easily implement an interface in Settings to change default apps. Stop telling us what we can do with our phone and let us make those decisions. Most #iPhone users are probably adults capable of making the decision, "Do I want Apple Maps, which is incredibly unreliable or Google Maps, which will get me to my destination?"
- I had overly high hopes here, but no, Apple still artificially limiting the end user experience.

11. Do Not Disturb should be tied to Calendar. If I set an appointment in Calendar, I should be able to also set DND for that scheduled time.
- No change. While not exactly the end all of features, this would be really nice. I suppose Apple feels that giving us the quick access to DND in Control Center should suffice, but I still feel this feature is needed.

12. Notification Center needs a clear all button. Simple as that.
- Still no change here.

13. Without #NFC, what's the point of #Passbook again?
Since no new iOS hardware was announced, won't know if NFC will be supported by Passbook until iPhone 5S/6 is announced/released.

So not many features I wanted really made it in. So far, I feel iOS 7 a featureless update that focused more on changing the UI and not the actual UX (user experience) and that is really too bad because Apple has an opportunity here to leapfrog Android and Windows Phone.

Sure there's a lot of nice additions, the Control Center being a major one, but then there's useless additions like the dynamic wallpaper with panoramic wallpaper.

I am still holding onto hope that some of these changes will come with future betas, but a nagging feeling suggests I'll have to continue to wait another year until iOS 8.
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Here's some meme-candy for you Android fanboys.

This is actually pretty funny.

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Constitutionalist Conservative Libertarian, supporter of Israel and self-proclaimed nerd.
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