» ‘Treasonous Trump’

Writing for Tom’s Guide, Marshall Honorof explains why Donald Trump calling for Russia or other parties to hack Hillary Clinton is a very, very bad thing to say.

Whatever you think of Clinton (and I am not a fan of hers, for the record), she is still a citizen of the United States. When someone seeking the countryꞌs highest office calls down the wrath of a foreign power on her, that should disqualify him immediately as a serious contender for the presidency. Make no mistake: Cybercrime can be a form of terrorism, just as sure as a bombing or mass shooting, and if Hillary Clintonꞌs privacy isnꞌt safe under Trump, whose would be?

» Nintendo releasing throwback mini NES

Pretty good week for Nintendo as it looks forward with Pokémon Go and back with this charmer of a console. 30 games for $60 is a pretty good deal and it comes in an adorable form factor. Not much not to like.

» Niantic working on a Pokémon Go security fix with Google


We recently discovered that the Pokémon GO account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user’s Google account.

It’s nice they’re trying to fix it. But, really? That never came up?

UPDATE 7/14: The update has been released and it’s a good thing, too. Out and about playing with some other people we found the ones logging in with Pokémon Trainer Club accounts had periodic but extended outages and weren’t able to connect. Those logging in with Google accounts had none. (Your mileage may vary.)

» Pokemon Go has full access to your Google account

If, like me, you signed into Pokémon Go with a Google account (which is highly likely since the only other way to do it is by creating a Pokémon Trainer Club account and that system has been down for days due to the popularity of the game), the game has full access to your Google account.

In other words, it can read your emails, send emails as you, see your calendar… everything. Full access. That’s what that means. (UPDATE 7/14: Some later claimed that was not actually the case, it was less access than feared. Regardless, it was too much access.)

So, that was fun while it lasted.

(Via David Chartier.)

» ‘Apple won’t aid GOP convention over Trump’

Politico’s Tony Romm:

Apple has told Republican leaders it will not provide funding or other support for the party’s 2016 presidential convention, as it’s done in the past, citing Donald Trump’s controversial comments about women, immigrants and minorities.

Unlike Facebook, Google and Microsoft, which have all said they will provide some support to the GOP event in Cleveland next month, Apple decided against donating technology or cash to the effort, according to two sources familiar with the iPhone maker’s plans.

I don’t know who this “Apple” is but they sound like a bunch of losers, not winners like Trump. Sad!

(Via Farhad Manjoo.)

» Tony Fadell out at Nest

Not terribly surprising giving the back-and-forth of late. Expect Fadell to rocket to the top of the crazy list of people to replace Tim Cook because, well, because he’s available now.

» The nausea problem for Virtual Reality products

Steve Baker writing on Quora:

The killing blow for me comes from a series of US Navy studies on sim sickness. Simulator sickness in U.S. Navy flight simulators.

What they found was that even without nausea – there was a measurable degree of confusion and disorientation after prolonged exposure to VR experiences. This disorientation is the reason why the US Military advises against flying a plane or even driving a car for 24 hours after being inside a simulator.

I don’t know if Baker is being overly pessimistic or not. This seems to not affect most people to the degree it does me, but my own experience with VR has been extremely problematic in exactly the way Baker describes. I’m not down on VR for any other reason, I just don’t want to spend $500 to puke in a helmet.

I mean, I’d really rather not pay anything to puke in a helmet. That’s just the way I was raised.

(Via Kontra.)

» Trailer Trash, Episode 1

Everyone loves podcasts. This is a verifiable truth. To that end, Jon Armstrong and I have created another, to feed your insatiable hunger for the medium. Think of Trailer Trash as Siskel and Ebert, except looking at trailers of upcoming movies instead of the actual movies themselves. Also, without the award-winning journalism. Still. Each episode is just about 20 minutes so you can get back to listening to other podcasts.

In our inaugural episode we look at trailers for X-Men Apocalypse and Star Trek Beyond.

Didi analysis

Yesterday news broke that Apple was making a $1 billion investment in Didi Chuxing, the Chinese competitor to Uber. Unlike some other pundits, I like to sit on the news for a while in order to let my thoughts gel before putting my hands to the keyboard.

After thinking about it for a while, my first conclusion is “Wow! That’s a lot of money!” If I had that much money I’d invest $1700 of it in a new iMac and put the other $999,998,300 into a diversified mutual fund. But Apple has more money than I do! So this is more like when I invest in a sandwich.

And I eat sandwiches for lunch.

The Reuters article says that this is…

…a move that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said would help the company better understand the critical Chinese market.

I’d think maybe you could buy a book or something for less than that. I dunno.

The tech giant’s rare investment gives it a stake in two burgeoning waves of technology – the sharing economy and car technology…

The sharing economy? What the hell is that? I don’t even with this.

Apple is trying to reinvigorate sales in China, where it has come under greater pressure from regulators, and Cook is traveling to the country this month.

He should see those terra cotta warriors. Amazing.

Cook said in an interview that he saw opportunities for Apple and Didi Chuxing to collaborate in the future.

Oh, wow! I assumed this was the end. This is interesting.

“After all the hints about the service business and what they would like to do in the future, it’s all starting to fit together,” he said.

Surveying a pile of jumbled up pieces from various different puzzles, the analyst gestured to it broadly and said “It’s all starting to come together.” Then he smiled awkwardly.

Didi Chuxing is a poster child for Chinese technology, a critical sector in Beijing’s goal to shift the economy toward higher-value services.

I keep reading that as “Did Chuxing” and expecting the sentence to end in a question. It never happens.

“There’s a lot of things we can work on together,” [Jean Liu, Didi’s president] said when asked whether Didi Chuxing would help Apple’s government relations in China.

This is probably significant in some way but I have no idea how.

Well, rest assured that we’ll be hearing more about this in the future as cars and China and investments play a very important roll in the sharing economy with the cloud and services and such.

Very interesting.

» ‘An iTunes bug, not Apple Music, may be to blame for disappearing music libraries’

A bug that causes people to lose stuff is pretty bad no matter what’s responsible for it. I never connected Apple Music to the library where I have all my ripped music and I thought I would be safe from this bug but maybe not.

iTunes seems like it’s continually making desperate pleas to be relieved from duty.