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That's perhaps good news for those of us who're budget conscious--in my case a writer's budget. Not offering Siri would mean less load on Apple's huge server farm and less day-to-day expense. Until now, I've been less than impressed with the rumors of prices of this new phone. Pricing it about $100 less isn't going to work. People will either pay more for the style of the top iPhone or say 'to heck with Apple' and go for a cheaper Samsung phone. Carefully cutting out...
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It's the last two words that throw off people who've spent the entire ad wondering who this mysterious "we" is. Try for a moment to recall anything "designed in California" in recent decades that impresses. Only a handful of states have worse public schools. The prisons are so crowded, a court has ordered criminals released onto the streets. Taxes are high. Government budgets are out of control. To please construction unions, the state is spending billions on a train to...
I'm glad Apple is making it easier to report map errors. That's been Google's strength. A few years back I asked Google Maps to give me a bike route from my place to the University of Washington. The route they gave would have been great except that they had me traveling CW around a lake where only CCW bike traffic is permitted. I reported that and, a couple of weeks later, got a thank you email from Google. Bringing Maps to Macs brings up a question that's mystified me...
I'm delighted that B&N is staying with epaper devices. It's more of a natural for a bookseller than tablets. And, whether they realize it or not, Amazon is leaving an opening in the market that they could fill. Amazon never developed the potential of their epaper devices and seems to have lost interest in them since the Fire came out. B&N might consider: 1. An epaper-based ebook subscription service. Pay so much per month, and you get to chose from a wide selection of...
Apple favoring battery life over CPU power by choosing to go with a slower Haswell chip and no Retina display makes good marketing sense and, in this case, good marketing means the most happy customers. Keep in mind that Apple never splatters computers all over the marketplace like Dell. It carefully targets specific segments with a particular computer. * The MacBook Air targets those who don't need a powerful computer at all, as well as those who need a second, on-the-go...
Between vandalism, cloudy days, and that battery fading away after a couple of years, this idea makes little sense to anyone who's not a politician posturing as a green. Much better would be more AC outlets in parks and public areas. Limit them with a 5-amp breaker is electricity costs are an issue. They'd be far more reliable and much cheaper to maintain than this solar silliness. You could also use them with laptops and to fast-charge a tablet.
Quote: "It's fascinating to see how this CC transformation is separating the wheat from the chaff! ;-)" Or put another way, separating those who'd rather gripe and complain than work. I joined CC yesterday and I've been as busy as a bee today. Having the latest of everything updated constantly should up my productivity enough to pay for the subscription and more. I just hope cloud sharing can be device-selective. I'd rather not clutter the MacBook Air I'm planning to...
The fact that Steve Jobs didn't initially want iBooks is most interesting. It almost makes this mess of a dispute worthwhile, that and learning what Apple believes its market share to be--an impressive 20%. No wonder Amazon is unhappy. No wonder it whistled for the DOJ to do its dirty work. Of course, that's not really surprising. From the start, Apple hasn't had its heart in selling ebooks like it has in selling music. I spotted that early on, particularly as month after...
Ah, but what's the battery life on these Haswell MBAs going to be like. That's what I wonder. If the battery life isn't a bit beyond ten hours, I don't see any reason to upgrade my sturdy little white MacBook. I'm strong enough not to notice a couple of extra pounds. That and I'd like to see WiFi-ac in place of the now old n-standard. I try not to upgrade my laptops until they come with the latest WiFi standard.
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