Evil assimilated to evil
Summary: Dwindling sales and financial concerns (in addition to buybacks) lead Apple to pretty much the same horrible policies as Microsoft, including enormous aggression and back doors
“Cook [is] promoting Microsoft,” iophk wrote. “He did not need Microsoft before for Apple to grow to what it has become.”
Indeed, based on this article, Apple is following Microsoft’s financial ‘crookery’ [sic] by buying its own shares to create an illusion of stability. Microsoft seems to be relying on government help (being a surveillance mole) for its existence and Apple too joined PRISM right after Steve Jobs had died. Given the patent strategy, it has become hard to distinguish between Apple and Microsoft. Like Microsoft, Apple is now a giant in decline  and there is no sign of turnaround. Apple is now focused on just ‘innovating’ more “Rounded Corners” and “Curved Display”, based on a pro-Apple site  (Apple uses such patents in litigation against Android/Linux) and back doors are consciously left open in both iOS and OS X, confirming what we learned from last year’s NSA leaks (claiming that Apple was providing back doors and making its software easy to infiltrate). █
Related/contextual items from the news:
Following a report from Mac Otakara yesterday claiming the iPhone 6 will feature a curved glass display and an all-aluminum rear shell, French website Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] and designer Martin Hajek have partnered up to showcase renders visualizing such a device based off of the recent information.
Notable computer security researcher Kristin Paget, who worked on Apple’s security team before leaving for Tesla in early 2014, has taken to her blog (via Ars Technica) to criticize Apple for fixing more than a dozen security flaws in iOS weeks after patching them in OS X.