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Unfortunately this is not a sure thing because LGBT persons are not among the "protected classes" listed in federal anti-discrimination law. The most obvious hypocrisy in these state "religious freedom" laws is that under federal law, businesses open to the public may not discriminate against employees or customers of different religions. The idea that people's "religious freedom" is violated by being forced to deal with gays is ludicrous when, for example, a business...
The Isaacson book will be retitled Unbecoming Steve Jobs. Collect the two-part set!
What are the limits? Could an app do text to Braille with this?
Siri gets offended if you say Cortana.
 From what I've read of Snowden, he probably was more likely to support Republicans back when he first joined the military and the intelligence community, but after he was in, it was the Bush administration's practices that disillusioned him. He said he did not vote for Obama, he voted for a third party, but he believed Obama's promises to correct Bush abuses, enough that Snowden waited to disclose the NSA's secrets until Obama had proved to be a disappointment, not only...
This whole case has always been upside-down. Let's prosecute Apple for violating antitrust laws in a way that increased competition!
A car would be a gigantic leap into a strange new industry, but the iPod and iPhone were steps of that kind. The product category of personal computers that Apple was founded on is now a minority of its revenue. Apple is much bigger now and can take bigger steps. Becoming a car company would be very hard, but Apple has more cash than it took for the U.S. to put men on the moon. Is there a question whether Apple could be more successful than, say, John DeLorean? DeLorean's...
You're either suggesting that decades to life in supermax prison is a just punishment for principled civil disobedience or you're willfully ignoring the substance of my comment. It is not a matter of belief or patriotism in Snowden's ability to get a fair trail, it is a legal certainty that he cannot. According to experts who have written about it, the laws Snowden is charged under do not allow a defense other than trying to prove that the criminal act did not occur....
If iOS starts supporting a stylus officially, Apple should bring back its Newton handwriting recognition technology as an alternative to covering a large portion of the screen with a keyboard. As the few people who were still using Newton in 1998 will never stop telling anyone who'll listen, it was finally working really well just before Jobs killed it.
It's  disingenuous to portray his being in Russia as political hypocrisy. He's in Russia because the U.S. cancelled his passport after he'd landed at the Moscow airport, which made it impossible for him to choose to be anywhere else. His choices are Russia or U.S. prison. It would serve no purpose to stand trial in the U.S. because laws he's charged under won't allow him to present a defense based on why he did it. Anything he'd want to say in court to justify his actions...
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