The Dark Side Of Apple

The Dark Side Of Apple

The arrogance of Apple has led to iMazing 3rd party software to better manage your Apple devices.
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Recently a good friend of mine, who is a tech head like myself, was up for a new phone and began contemplating making the switch over from an Android to an iPhone. I begged and pleaded with him. "Don't go to the dark side. You are a true technologist and you can't cave to a company that still, to this day, disables very basic features of its phones and tablets in order to force you to spend more money with them," I said.

Don't get me wrong. In my house, there are many Apple devices, namely for my wife and kids: iPads, iPods, and iPhones. For them, they work. FaceTime, shared messaging (so my wife can keep tabs on my 10-year-old daughter), iCloud calendaring, and, most importantly, "find my iPhone" are key features for these devices which you cannot get on Android phones in an easy, unified way.

To be honest, these aren't the only perks Apple offers. For example, the hardware (design/specs) is always way above the competition and the user experience is also great. However, with all this marvel, the arrogance of Apple in not allowing people to do a few basic things with their products is unforgivable.

For example: file management.

What happens when you reach your storage limit on an Android device? If it's photos and videos (like it often is for my family), you connect the device to a computer, back everything up, and delete what you don't really need or just swap in a larger Micro SD card. At least this is the case with most phones. Manufacturers are beginning to remove this function, as they have somewhat succumbed to the dark side of Apple.

Apple could have easily created these functions within iTunes, but I believe the dark side wants you to buy into iCloud storage, convincing you that you need to spend more money on the next Apple device.

A second example: music.

How do you take a song on your Android phone and make it your ringtone? You simply select the song and choose "make this my phone ringtone." I can switch songs any time and can even have different songs for different people.


Apple, in contrast, forces you to buy the song or go through a process on iTunes to convert each and every song to a ringtone, then push these files back onto your iPhone. This is a waste of everyone's time and I believe is done solely to encourage you to take the easy route and spend even more money.

You would think that the world's leading technology company would allow you to do these simple tasks, right? Wrong. They want you to spend incremental money on devices and storage. Bottom line: it's all about the Benjamins here.

But have no fear: help is here!


After many failed attempts of trying 3rd party software to help me pull stuff from my Apple devices, I came across some amazing software that makes this process painless. The software is called iMazing, and you can download it at www.imazing.com for either MAC or PC. iMazing allows you access all data on your Apple device, export it, and delete it easily. A "1 user license" is only $34 and well worth it!

What's more, iMazing also allows you to go inside applications (ie: Video Star, Voice Recorder, Instagram, etc.) and pull out embedded data files. All things you can't do on iTunes. For example, projects on video star that typically take up a lot of space, are easily exported then deleted to free up space. You can even put the projects back any time using iMazing.

I recently spoke with Gregoio Zanon, Co-Owner of DigiDNA the company that produces the iMazing software. One of the more popular features of the program is extracting text message threads from the phone, for both legal and romantic reasons.

Zanon shared: "It's very popular for couples that get engaged to export their texts and make a book of them to look back on their courtship."

A new feature just released with iMazing is the ability to back up the "state of an application." Let me translate: You can backup a game you've spent weeks playing to free up space and copy it back onto the device and restore it to exactly where you were.

Lucky for us, Zanon offered all our readers a 20% coupon when purchasing an activation code. Just use ODYSSEY after your 15-day trial when purchasing an activation code at www.imazing.com.


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So, to my good friends and all of you who have succumbed to the dark side of Apple, the force is strong with iMazing. Be true to your techie heart and never, ever rely on the Dark Side to meet all your needs. Give iMazing a shot. You won't be sorry.

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I'm An 18-Year-Old Female And I Will Never Be A Feminist

Honestly, I'd rather be caught dead than caught calling myself a modern-day feminist.
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"A man told me to have a good day... I'm triggered." How ludicrous does that sound? Tune in because that is the extent of modern day feminism.

Sure, I think boys are stupid and that I'm probably better than 90% of the male population, but that doesn't make me a modern-day feminist. Now I believe that woman should stand up for themselves, and Golding's quote: "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been," is by far one of my favorite quotes... but modern day feminism is not something I want to be associated with.

I'm all for "anything you can do I can do better," and "We can do it!" but realistically speaking in some situations, that isn't feasible. As an 18-year-old woman who works out regularly, and is stronger than the average female, I couldn't carry a 190-pound man back to a safe zone after he was shot on the front line of a war even if I tried. It is not anatomically possible for a grown woman to be as strong as a fully developed male.

Reality check: Men and women are not equal.

They are not physically equal, they are not mentally equal. Modern-day feminism is equality between the two genders, but corrupt and on steroids. I support what feminism used to be. I support women who work hard and have goals and ambition... not girls who hate men and stomp around with no shirts on to piss off the public. Feminism has developed into a polluted teaching that young men and women are plunging into.

We are built dissimilarly.

The human brain is literally an organ that is sex oriented. There is a cognitive difference, that singlehandedly destroys gender equality.

I will not spend my time running a revolution against anyone who likes Donald Trump. I am not going to binge watch Trump's twitter in an effort to start some leftist gob of drama. I refuse to be part of this head hunt to attack all Republicans on the newest Instagram post made about how feminism is stupid. I do not hate men, and society would crash and burn without the successful men and women who work together to create what we call the United States of America.

Why, you ask? Why are the 15-25 year olds of our society clinging to feminism? They are hopping on the rapidly growing bandwagon where all the hipsters, feminists and Trump haters reside. It's "cool" to hate Donald Trump. Twitter is a world of liberalism, hatred and fake love towards all. Social media is where this generation is living — and modern-day feminism brews there.

We need to keep separation in the household within roles.

We must raise our children to do what they are best at rather than trying to do something they are incapable of just to prove an irrelevant point.

Women must stand up for what they believe in and be strong in their shoes, while not getting so caught up in what your modern day feminist says she thinks is right.

We cannot let this briskly changing society sway us away from what is going to keep the world working precisely.

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President Trump's Government Shutdown Is A Threat To National Security

Airports now have fewer screeners and security agents, which entails shutting down security lines or conduct more brief security checks.

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Just as Americans were settling in for the holiday season, President Trump initiated a shutdown of the federal government by rejecting any budget that did not include funding for a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. There is a four-way wrangle between, Mr. Trump, senators who are for the wall, senators who detest the wall, and senators who are clueless about what to do next. About 380,000 of federal government employees(civil servants and government contractors) are on unpaid leave while another 420,000 essential security personnel (FBI agents, Border Patrol, Secret Service agents, airport security agents, etc.) are working without pay. The shutdown began on December 22, 2018, and is still continuing in mid-January, 2019.

Mr. Trump's is asking for over $5.6 billion of homegrown American taxpayer dollars to complete the wall. Neither Mexico nor Central America countries have indicated any desire to pay for it, another promise Trump campaign on. Mr. Trump states that "Drugs, terrorists, violent criminals, and child traffickers are entering our country" with consequences of "drug debts, violent murder, gang violence." Of course, we cannot allow that to happen. From his "state of emergency" and "TEXT BORDER" advertisement, it looks like America is in a war zone.

But are we?

A concrete or steel wall might be practical if there were a stamped of drug dealers, gangs, and violent criminals charging toward the U.S.-Mexico border. The only war zone there is on the U.S. Senate floor, where neither party nor the president can come to a conclusion about border funding. President Trump is also pushing for the establishment of the United States Space Force to keep our country safe. The issue is that if the country can't even maintain a ground force at the southern border, how can there be a Space Force?

On a more serious note, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be missing their first paycheck. While raising the minimum wage is debatable, receiving no pay is not. This past Christmas, many federal employees, and their families had to cut back on Christmas gifts and spending in general as they face financial hardship. That's not even the worst part. The 420,000 essential security personnel are forced to work for no pay because America cannot be kept safe without them. Recently, close to 21% of TSA employees, who work in airport security, have called in sick. The men and women who work in airport security usually earn an average starting salary of $15.50 an hour. Airports now have fewer screeners and security agents, which entails shutting down security lines or conduct more brief security checks. Longer lines will lead to more frustrated passengers and lateness for those traveling for business purposes. It is very likely that airports will move towards looser security check since impatient crowds of people aren't going to sit still. It is also possible that more people will avoid flying and drive instead-if the route is driveable.

Due to the government shutdown, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is now unable to make forecasts for hurricanes and other natural disasters. These forecasts could save countless lives by preparing for necessary evacuation and alerts well in advance.

National parks are unstaffed, but not closed. Americans can visit them without paying an entrance fee, but it is "go at your own risk." Bathrooms are unmaintained or closed, there are no rangers to ask for guidance or help, and few if no one to call in an emergency.

The FDA is affected by the shutdown, meaning food safety inspections will be conducted even less frequently, which will increase one's risk of foodborne illness, especially the elderly, those with weak immune systems and younger children.

While the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is still in operation, but the staffing is down to 45 percent, which will reduce their capability to detect and prevent cyber security threats. These individuals already overworked, and not paying them would only decrease their morale, further lowering productivity. DHS was also received one of the lowest ranks in the best places to work in the government, which can lower prospects for seeking new employees to fill vital roles in government cybersecurity.

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