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Beware Country-Specific iTunes Stores

If you buy an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and you happen to be a user of the iTunes Store in more than one country, take note which country's store you're viewing in iTunes when you plug in the device for the first time. This will be the country the device will register with, and you will be forever barred from purchasing or even updating free apps from anywhere else. The only way out is to delete everything on the device and do a full restore.

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Siri Usage Generates Privacy Concerns

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In an MIT Technology Review article reprinted on Mashable, David Talbot covers the emerging privacy concerns surrounding Apple’s storage of questions addressed to Siri. Apple says that the recordings are used only for Siri’s operation and to help improve understanding and recognition, but privacy wonks worry that the voiceprints could be used to identify the speakers. Where should the privacy line be drawn between providing services that require storage of personal information and worrying about Big Brother?favicon follow link

 

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Richard  2012-06-30 01:00
Siri will only find businesses in North America ? I keep asking Siri "When will you find business in Australia ? " I do this in the hope of getting someone's attention at Apple - but I don't think its working. Also I notice Sire does not like to print cuss-words - Is this censorship or what ?
David Scott  2012-07-02 12:28
Not censorship. Siri has been retracted to US businesses only since it's release due, presumably, to its beta status. But iOS6 will enable such searches outside of the US.