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Apple Is Sneaking Something Very Creepy Into Their New iOS Updates

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When Orwell penned 1984, the dystopian novel that was meant to be a hyperbolic commentary on the way the British government produced propaganda and conducted surveillance, he couldn’t have possibly imagined just how advanced data collection technology could have become over the following seven decades.

And he certainly couldn’t have imagined that we’d be willingly paying for our own “telescreens” to carry around in our pocket and record everything we say and everywhere we go.

While most of our attention lately has been on the social media tech giants, Apple has quietly added something to their software agreements that will give most people chills.

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When you update your iOS, you will now be agreeing to the establishment of a “trust score” to be determined based on your device usage.

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Yes, really.

The Blaze reports:

Apple has quietly introduced “trust scores” that will be assigned based on how users use their iPhones and other devices, Venture Beat reported.

The scores are derived by tracking the number of calls and emails made on Apple devices, an update to the company’s privacy policy states.

Apple claims the content of the communications is not used, and it can’t tell whom you called or what was said on the calls, Business Insider reported.

The score’s only stated purpose is to detect fraud. Apple did not provide specific examples of how this would work.

The provision appears in the iTunes Store & Privacy windows of iOS and tvOS devices:

To help identify and prevent fraud, information about how you use your device, including the approximate number of phone calls or emails you send and receive, will be used to compute a device trust score when you attempt a purchase. The submissions are designed so Apple cannot learn the real values on your device. The scores are stored for a fixed time on our servers.

Venture Beat noted that the provision is unusual partly because it includes Apple TVs, which are not used to make calls or send emails.

“As such, it’s unclear how Apple computes the device trust score for iTunes purchases made through Apple TVs, but there’s other potential ‘information about how you use your device’ that could be scraped and abstracted,” the report states.

Various published reports also noted that the wording in the policy could allow for a broad interpretation.

“The method is reminiscent of an episode of the dystopian TV series ‘Black Mirror,’ in which people are rated on their interactions with other people,” the Independent reported. “In the episode, ‘Nosedive,’ the ratings are used to determine a person’s socioeconomic status, affecting their access to health care, transport and housing.”

To mix up my references to classic dystopian literature about tyrannical post-Western societies, we truly are living in a brave new world.

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CNN Medical Analyst Wants To Cancel Christmas: ‘We Just Can’t Do It This Year’

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Well, it seems the radical left in this country, especially the folks who work for mainstream media outlets, are just chomping at the bit to ruin the holidays for everyone, which isn’t all that surprising given how much they seem to hate the reason for the season in the first place. CNN medical analyst, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, appeared on the network where he said that “we just can’t do” Christmas “this year” because of the coronavirus. “So the next big holiday is obviously the Christmas, New Year’s holiday where people tend to travel, want to travel, want to be with family, but we just can’t do it this year. We’re going to cause needless deaths and particularly that’s among people we really care about, you know, our most vulnerable, our grandparents, our parents, our neighbors,” the doctor said. “We can’t travel this year. We need to stay home. This is a sacrifice that Americans can make and we should be making it for each other. Stay home, mask up, we’ll have a great series of holidays next year. We’ll really have something to celebrate next year,” Reiner stated. via Daily Wire: Reiner also said anyone who traveled for Thanksgiving “should be quarantining.” “They should be quarantining for probably seven to 10 days and then getting tested. That’s what they should do. If they just go back to what they were doing — going back to work, they are going to spread the virus. So much of this virus is spread by asymptomatic folks. So stay home for more than a week, get tested, then go back to work,” he said. “This virus is, you know, no longer isolated to certain enclaves in the United States. It’s all over the country. And when people travel from place to place, they just…

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Moderna Files For Emergency Approval For New Coronavirus Vaccine

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Moderna released a statement on Monday saying they are going to ask the Food and Drug Administration to give emergency approval to its new experimental COVID-19 vaccine. This makes Moderna the second company to file this request, following hot on the heels of Pfizer who filed their application earlier in the month. Moderna stated that new data shows their vaccine as being 94.1 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 infection. Pfizer’s effective rate was 95 percent. via Daily Wire: “We believe that our vaccine will provide a new and powerful tool that may change the course of this pandemic and help prevent severe disease, hospitalizations and death,” Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said in a statement. Bancel said last week that 20 million doses will be available by the end of the year. The FDA’s vaccine advisory committee is set to meet Dec. 17 to review data from the two companies. Pfizer said on Nov. 9 that its developmental vaccine for COVID-19 may be 90% effective at inoculating people against the disease. The rate of effectiveness was calculated by analyzing early data from 94 trial participants in a study involving 43,538 subjects from all over the world. The small early sample means that the protection rate could change by the time the study ends and all the participants are accounted for, according to the AP. One of the major differences between the two vaccines is that the one being produced by Moderna does not need to be put in sub-zero storage, while Pfizer’s does. This makes the Moderna vaccine much easier to distribute. A third vaccine is also in the works from AstraZeneca and Oxford University. This particular vaccine is said to be 90 percent effective. Guess now we’re just playing the waiting game to see which of these companies gets approved first. They…

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