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Of course NSA spies, that's their job as defined by US law. Of course, they aren't supposed to be doing so much spying on law-abiding US citizens but they are our spy organization, just like every other country has theirs. No foreign leader can honestly say they were surprised when Snowden opened his big mouth because they are doing the same thing we're doing and have been doing since the dawn of time.
Not sure why everyone is getting their panties in a twist. China has every right to test Apple products. This story didn't say anything about Apple source code. As a developer, I have access to some Apple source code and Chinese developers have the same access (except for encryption algorithms that aren't allowed outside the US). As for the US government not inspecting products themselves, that's not really true. Many government organizations perform all sorts of testing,...
No, they wouldn't. Apple would turn into a software company just like Google and Microsoft and all phones would be cheap garbage running Android. Apple sells a complete product, which also happens to be the best phone and software combination going. Try letting those co-workers work instead of trying to chat with them all the time. Also educate them on why Apple phones are better and get them to buy one, then you don't have to use inferior apps on your iPhone (if you even...
However, these satellites won't be in geosynchronous orbit because they have to travel very fast to keep gravity from causing them to fall back into the Earth's atmosphere. There would have to be a lot of satellite shifting to make this work. There's also a lot of space junk in LEO so it would be interesting to see how many of Elon's satellites have accident avoidance (and forgiveness :-) ). Saying OTA transmissions of 750 miles would not have any latency is a stretch...
Railroads aren't a particularly good analogy for the internet of today. Freight trains own the rails, with passenger trains only allowed on tracks when freight trains aren't running. Not all tracks are open to every train company, in fact most tracks can only be used by the train company that owns them. The home delivery lines are the only ones really owned by the internet companies and the only ones that really matter. iMessage and Netflix are like specialized locomotives...
I hope the Student Privacy Pledge becomes law because the insane state of Illinois just came out with a law that takes all freedom away from students. Illinois law now gives school administrators the legal right WITHOUT a subpoena or warrant to demand a student's social media password. What's going on in this country?    ---A letter sent to parents in the state states that "If your child has an account on a social networking website, e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,...
Here's a different way to compare the various CPUs using Geekbench benchmarks. The numbers are as of today using released and tested devices. (Too many to simply make a chart so I'm only listing URLs with the top CPU in each listing.)   http://browser.primatelabs.com/android-benchmarks  Single core test Android, HTC Nexus 9, NVIDIA Tegra K1 Denver 2499 MHz (2 cores) 1895 Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Exynos 5433 1300 MHz (8 cores) 1175 (included 2nd place since Tegra...
Flat fee? Which consortium? Ericsson wants a very high flat fee for their FRAND patents and what makes you believe Qualcomm wouldn't demand just as much? Apple pays for Qualcomm patents as well as other for other patents but if they could manufacturer their own LTE chip for less money than paying Qualcomm for the chip plus all the other patents costs, then it would make financial sense. Apple doesn't steal IP but they also don't like paying more for it that they should. An...
 This statement is way off base. Apple provides great chips for themselves, which constitutes a tremendous amount. They don't need to make chips for anyone else to be successful. They are making money for themselves by reducing the cost of iOS devices. Almost every other phone and tablet provider is using OTS garbage (sorry Qualcomm) that is competing for bottom end devices. Top end devices that try and compete with Apple are not making much money at all. Qualcomm and...
Except of course for all those standards-essential LTE patents Ericsson is suing Apple over. Since Ericsson is suing in the anti-Apple court of East Texas, they will benefit from the corrupt judges who almost always side against Apple in IP cases. If Apple really wanted to get around Qualcomm and Ericsson's patents, it would have to develop and patent the next level of cellular technology. Even if this happened, I'm sure the Chinese and Korean companies would simply ignore...
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