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Survey Results on Why Android Users Switch to iPhone
Michael Potuck, reporting for 9to5Mac on a survey of Android switchers conducted by CIRP:
The top reason was actually an issue with the Android experience. Over 53% of respondents said they moved to iPhone because of problems with their Android smartphone. Specifics cited were “their old phone did not serve them, because it was aging, needed repair, or had some deficiency that affected their user experience.” The second most common reason to switch was for new features on iPhone like “a better camera, enhanced accessory options, or a more intuitive user interface.” […]
Finally, just 6% of those who switched from Android to iPhone said they made the move because of iMessage and FaceTime.
It’s easier, and more comfortable, for Google to argue that it’s all about the green bubbles. The hard truth is that iPhones and iOS are simply better overall.
★ Thursday, 1 June 2023

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Beginning in 1943, the War Department published a series of pamphlets for U.S. Army personnel in the European theater of World War II. Titled Army Talks, the series was designed “to help [the personnel] become better-informed men and women and therefore better soldiers.”
— Read on heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/may-29-2023

Fascism, the U.S. government document explained, “is government by the few and for the few. The objective is seizure and control of the economic, political, social, and cultural life of the state.” “The people run democratic governments, but fascist governments run the people.” 

“The basic principles of democracy stand in the way of their desires; hence—democracy must go! Anyone who is not a member of their inner gang has to do what he’s told. They permit no civil liberties, no equality before the law.” “Fascism treats women as mere breeders. ‘Children, kitchen, and the church,’ was the Nazi slogan for women,” the pamphlet said. 

Fascists “make their own rules and change them when they choose…. They maintain themselves in power by use of force combined with propaganda based on primitive ideas of ‘blood’ and ‘race,’ by skillful manipulation of fear and hate, and by false promise of security. The propaganda glorifies war and insists it is smart and ‘realistic’ to be pitiless and violent.” 

Tom the Dancing Bug: Center-Normalized News, two truths for the price of one news channel | Boing Boing:

Poll: Most Americans say curbing gun violence is more important than gun rights | MPR News:

There’s a whole generation moving towards voting age that have 0 tolerance for ownership or open carry. If current owners don’t curb the expansionist tendencies of their representatives before that generation reaches demographic majority, expect to see a full ban of firearms coming.

Target pulls some LGBTQ+ merchandise from stores ahead of June Pride month after threats to workers | MPR News:

“Since introducing this year’s collection, we’ve experienced threats impacting our team members’ sense of safety and well-being while at work,” Target said in a statement Tuesday. ”Given these volatile circumstances, we are making adjustments to our plans, including removing items that have been at the center of the most significant confrontational behavior.”

Let me translate that – “We’re giving in to conservative terrorists instead of holding to support for the most vulnerale of our communities.”

Daring Fireball: Today Is the Launch of Max, and It Sucks Even More Than I Thought It Would:

This much moronity I expected. But it gets worse. As Judge documents, with the new app they’ve once again dropped tvOS’s excellent native video player for a custom video player that utterly sucks: “up next” support in the TV app is now broken or missing, HDR and frame-rate match are gone, the new video player doesn’t support the Siri remote’s jog support, no picture-in-picture, and no support for the wonderful “What did they just say?” feature (speak that to your Siri remote and the video jumps back 10 seconds or so and temporarily enables subtitles).

HBO Max was a really good tvOS app. Max is a poor one.

The built-in tvOS player is really good, and apps that use it get a great experience to wrap their own content discovery experience around. Dumping that, probably to exploit telemetry data, makes this a non-starter for me… Though I was already tapped out on “max” due to the direction they’re dumping CNN and platforming partnerships with a noted transphobic author.

Survey: Surprising to some, veterans are less likely to support extremism | MPR News:

The Pentagon continues to investigate the case of Air National Guardsman Jack Teixeira, accused of leaking sensitive intelligence. The military apparently missed signs that Teixeira was possibly stockpiling guns and preparing for a race war.

Last week Pentagon officials admitted that they only implemented one of six major recommendations to counter extremism in the ranks. And the recent guilty plea of an active duty Marine who broke into the capital on Jan. 6, 2021, gives the impression that veterans and some military fill the ranks of extremist groups in America.

But those individual cases give the wrong overall impression, according to a new nationwide survey of veterans by the RAND Corporation, a nonpartisan think tank.

“We found that support for extremist groups and also extremist ideologies were lower than what we see in representative surveys of the general public,” said Todd Helmus, a senior behavioral scientist at RAND.

Doesn’t actually surprise me – It’s not like they’re cops.

DeSantis got his governorship with help from a cast of shady characters:

DeSantis didn’t just go to Parnas for money; he also used him as a go-between for invitations to other potential wealthy donors and for advice on his campaign. The $50,000 contribution was just a small part of the total funds the foreign agent sent DeSantis’ way. Parnas and Furman were known to have given at least $400,000 to Republican candidates in Florida, most of it going through a Trump-aligned Super PAC. In addition, one of the fundraisers that Parnas arranged for DeSantis donated $115,000 to DeSantis’ 2018 campaign

Jerusalem: Journalists attacked as Israeli nationalists march in Old City – BBC News:

Thousands of Israeli nationalists have been marching into the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, with violence directed at media covering the event.
The flag parade is part of Israel’s Jerusalem Day, marking its capture of the east of the city in the 1967 war.
A group of marchers threw stones, sticks and bottles at Palestinian and foreign journalists at the Damascus Gate entrance.
They also cheered and chanted racist slogans, including “Death to Arabs”.
Far-right Israeli cabinet ministers have joined the procession. One of them, National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, declared: “Jerusalem is ours for ever.”