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Yes. I just tried to redownload an old HD purchase that now has the new extras. This is the dialog that popped up: So there is a choice between higher quality cloud based extras or lower quality local ones. I wonder why the new extras are cloud only?
Humanity won't ever run out of jobs. It used to be that 80% of people worked in agriculture in order to feed everyone. Nowadays we are so efficient at agriculture we get the same amount of food (actually more, hence the obesity problem) with only 5% of the population. I'm sure at the time there were people saying society was doomed, as the farming jobs dried up.   So now we are getting better and better at making manufactured goods. Some day soon only 5% of people will...
If someone tries to import a malformed document, the app should pop up a dialog saying "Import failed: Malformed document." It shouldn't crash.
It's an interesting point about Twitter's rise being closely linked to Apple, I hadn't considered that. A Share Extension is in some ways the modern equivalent of a printer driver (if you think of the web as replacing paper).
Maybe if an app crashes within 24-hours of buying it, the iDevice could automatically pop up a dialog "This app has crashed. Would you like a refund? Y/N" Apple has the level of OS/Store integration to enable that.   That would sure encourage proper debugging :)
Well, one possible new use of unskilled labour might be looking after the elderly, with aging population issues?   Eventually the whole idea of identical mass produced devices will go by the wayside, because it is not ideal. It is the 1800/1900s way of doing things. Ideally, whatever situation you find yourself in, you want the ability to manufacture a custom device for that situation on the spot. e.g. your backpack contains a personal mini-factory.
If you want to play Flash videos on your Mac without installing Flash player and without installing Click To Flash, just go in to Safari Preferences, Advanced Tab, and select "Show Develop Menu in Menu Bar". Then, when a site says "Sorry, Flash is Required to Play This Video" select Develop menu->User Agent->Safari iOS 7 iPad. Your Mac will reload the page pretending it's an iPad. 9 times out of 10 the site will be fooled and will send you an HTML5/H.264 video.
The difference is, Steve Jobs had taste. That means he was very picky about what he liked in music (Dylan), clothes (Levis), cars (Mercedes) etc. And when he found something he liked it was a rare find, so he wanted to own it and keep it. Most people aren't like that, they're happy to let just random anything wash over them.
Well, I disagree with your premise that plugin frameworks are required for people to make good use of their apps. What is required to make good use of an app is that it have good functionality. Yes, that can be implemented by plugins but it can also be implemented by Apple themselves. And for reasons already stated, I think we would be better off if Apple simply kept a close eye out for innovations in 3rd party photo apps/keyboards and wasted no time in creating their own...
A list of fixed vulnerabilities is indeed a sign that a system is getting safer. But it's also telling that 3 years after the OS X sandbox came out (Lion was RTM in July 2011), they are still fixing issues (10.9.4 is only a few days old). The Plugins framework constitutes a whole new attack surface that will have to go through it's own period of breaking in. And it's an attack surface that includes things such as photos, and the keyboard itself. Where I'm coming from is my...
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