Water pistol emoji, Windows privacy, new PPTP VPN


Apple’s water gun emoji change is causing a bit of controversy — The decision by Apple executives to replace a cartoon revolver emoji with one of a squirt gun is a “combination of childishness and anti-gun demagoguery,” according to the Second Amendment Foundation, a tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group “focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms.”

Study reckons lots of Windows users would switch to the Mac for more privacy — 61% of Windows users would switch to Mac OS X for more privacy, according to a new survey by OnePoll on behalf of security and privacy advice and comparison website Comparitech.com. Evidently, there’s a lot of concern about the amount of data Microsoft collects via the Windows Store.

The Shimo VPC client is ready for PPTP VPN on macOS Sierra — In regards to Apple’s recent announcement that PPTP VPN will no longer be supported by their built-in VPN client on macOS Sierra (due this fall), the folks at Feingeist Software say their VPN client for Mac Shimo is ready for PPTP on the new operating system. A demo of Shimo is available for download. Registration is approximately US$56 (about NZ$79).