What’s green & white and doesn’t sound like a Parrot.

My new i phone….

Google has decided it will change its privacy policy, well not so much change as start to enforce it. Basically all the information it has about you will be shared all across the Google platform unless you say no. This is a simplistic analysis and a much better one is at http://preview.tinyurl.com/7hb9jtg but Apple has decided on a different strategy.

They’ve implemented a new product called Siri. It allows you to talk to your i phone and set up meetings, send messages, add reminders etc all by just talking. It sends to Apple your first name, your nickname, your address book contacts, name, nicknames and relationship with you and your music preferences etc.  It’s grreeat.

Unfortunately it also renders my car’s hands free device useless in fact it turns it into a hands on device. I do the same as I usually do when driving – press a green button say who I want to phone and my Parrot dials the number. But with Siri on I go through the same routine and my car says to me “here’s that number you dialled” and requires me to locate my i phone, look at the screen and press the number to confirm it got it right and actually dial it (while crashing into the back of the car in front of me). I’ve gone from a hardcore parrot that did everything I wanted to a nanny Parrot that won’t allow me to do anything at all. (Sounds like a Disney movie with Robin Williams in the lead role).

It also allows me to moan “I was hands free and legal until Apple stepped in…”

No problem. I’ll turn off Siri while I’m in the car then it will work. Success. Why was I fretting? Such a simple fix.

Then I read the bumph on my phone about Siri and it says. “If you turn off Siri Apple will delete all your user data as well as your recent voice input data.”

So the database I’ve been building up which helps Siri know me and serve me as a good slave should is deleted from Apple’s database when I turn off Siri to use the hands free parrot in my car. Google keeps all my data forever even though I don’t want it to but Apple deletes it the instant I stop using one of its products. Every time I enable Siri again it’s like teaching a baby to speak.

No parrots were harmed in writing this article. And before you ask.  This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed ‘im to the perch ‘e’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is metabolic processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s kicked the bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!

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