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Yuck, I wouldn't touch LG or Samsung owing to experiences having to support their devices, and the extremely high return/warranty repair rate. I'm not sure if things have changed since, but a quick search on Google suggests LG/Samsung have their fingers in way too many pies to actually engineer solid products. I'll also point out again the correlation is that these devices were given away for free or almost free, hence many people were getting them thinking they were...
The Mini is popular where you need a Mac but it's not your primary machine. It's perfect for iOS development/cross-development (eg with monogame/xamarin) and is reasonably powerful enough and portable enough to be used as a HTPC or taken to convention settings when there is power available. That said, the lack of OS X on more capable desktop/laptop hardware is often a deciding factor in what Mac or PC someone buys. I'm not terribly fond of the Apple Laptop designs, as I...
Apple will have to support NFC "for payments" at some point because MasterCard/Visa/Amex already does so, and likewise most transit systems are switching to NFC as wellAnd then you have this:http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/09/24/android-nfc-hack-lets-subway-riders-evade-fares/I don't see Apple enabling "NFC pairing" or "NFC devices" as alternatives to bluetooth, though there may be some pressure to do so if it has NFC capability. For all we know, NFC might just be a...
They don't have to hold the device hostage when they are using incompatible technology or frequency bands. This is why you can't switch between Verizon and any "normal" GSM carrier, because Version doesn't operate on GSM at all. You can only use a LTE device that supports both carriers bands, and even then, nobody is using VoLTE yet, it's mostly just LTE for data.Like in the US, the value of removing carrier lock (aka SIM lock) is dubious at best. It should be done...
A special dividend is a bad idea, because that just gives away the companies money for no benefit for future and past share holders. That's the kind of thing you do when the company is about to implode. Same with buying back stock. Buying it back for any reason other than to take advantage of foolish bears trying to push down the stock is just foolish. Over time the stock dilutes because of stock options that vest, and when those are sold, they end up back in the common...
I'm hardly the audiophile, but that's oversimplification.The average non-audiophile, probably is fine with 10$ earbuds, and the stock-speakers that come built into their ipad/iphone/imac. People like me will spend the extra 300$ or so and build a full surround system for their most-used form of entertainment (eg TV or Computer) and will not bother with anything expensive for any other device. Audiophiles buy the expensive (and goofy looking) "surround sound" headphones to...
99% of the people are simply not software engineers. The smaller portion of people can learn software engineering, tend to cling to what they know for as long as possible, even when the writing is on the wall.For example. Java and Flash are two things you should absolutely not be using to write software. The future of Java is unclear because Oracle has a record of propietarization. Likewise with Flash, Adobe has done the same since it acquired it from Macromedia. All those...
Everything has diagnostic capabilities, just it seems these should not be running unless developer mode is turned on and the device screen is unlocked. So nothing new here. Theoretically someone could craft data to make a MITM attack against the the services and an actual trusted device, or pretend to be the trusted device, but this still is far more limited than the clickbait sites would have you believe.
NFC isn't dead end, just it's kinda misused. Apple has to support it, because NFC is what contactless payment cards use for various things. Here's a practical application, tell the watch to go into "contactless card mode (transit)" and use it to get on and off trains and buses. That's far more practical than whipping out the phone or keeping a dozen NFC cards in a wallet. A NFC chip part would be on the bottom part so you don't need to tilt your arm in an awkward angle to...
1) Microsoft wields monopoly power if you look only at OS and Desktop Office software. Where Microsoft overstepped heavily was not in shipping MSIE with Windows 98 but with cramming a bunch of broken technology into it like the Web wouldn't evolve, and we've only recently managed to dispose of standards-broken MSIE6 and 7 because of this. Apple ships Safari with their OS too, in much the same way as MSIE in Windows, but unlike Windows, it's in a lot more pieces (the...
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