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If the NY Times is right that Apple paid $100 million for these free downloads, the currently Apple has paid about $50 per download. That money would have been better spent offering free apps, music, and ebook downloads with the purchase of new Apple devices. That way, people would get what they want and they'd establish a buying habit.
Google and you'll discover a host of articles about how Bono-U2 once paid straight Irish taxes when they were the lowest. When those taxes went up for entertainers with large incomes, Bono-U2 switched to a tax-evasion scheme called the Irish-Dutch Sandwich to continue his tax avoidance. Here's but one article on the topic.   http://www.finfacts.ie/irishfinancenews/article_1026589.shtml   I seem to recall reading that Apple uses a similar ploy. Perhaps that's one reason...
Fortunately, I had auto downloads (Preference-Store) turned off. It's bad enough that some of what I pay Apple is going aggressively tax-evading Bono-U2. It'd be worse if their music were cluttering my hard drive. Note too this Guardian article in which Bono says, in essence, that the sales of their latest album were down because the public is stupid, or as Bono put it: "And I suppose we've made a work that is a bit challenging for people who have grown up on a diet of...
This demonstrates something that matters. Apple and Adobe share something in common. They often work hard to put the proper fit and finish on their products. Both, however, use the open source Hunspell in their products and it has a woeful lack of finesse. In OS X apps that use Hunspell, I'm routinely left amazed by its utter inability to make spelling suggestions. About a third the time it hasn't a clue? Even a single missing letter or transposed pair of letters leaves...
Make all the tunes in iTunes free? Now why didn't I think of that!   Sigh, it wouldn't work. Apple owns those iCloud servers and can charge or not charge as it so chooses. All those musicians won't be happy not getting their 70% royalties. Neither would I about my books in the iBookstore. I'd end up living in a dumpster. Not good. Dumpsters smell. I would smell. I'd have no friends. My life would be miserable.   But Apple makes enough money selling gadgets to cover the...
Is it really worth the bother of collecting $0.99. Apple should offer that to anyone who's bought an Apple product recently and be done with the penny pinching.
Nothing that interests me worth $349. I would love a simple $19.99 device that only sensed motion (while sleeping or jogging) and vibrated to alarm either to wake up or to signal a phone call. The last would be great in places where a ring creates problems.
Don't targeted attacks require numerous repeated tries, with everyone and everything in their life being tried as a password? Apple should have at least caught and flagged those repeated attempts.
This isn't just for app developers. Those who're publishing through the iBookstore will find these changes apply to their iTunes Connect account too. One bit of good news. Apple has finally clarified on their resources page when users should download iTunes Connect (for OS X 10.6 and later) or 3.1 (apparently only 10.9 and later). Version 3.0 was so dreadful, even under 10.9, it would crash on my Mac mini after just entering two fields of data. I do have one gripe. I...
Sounds like there might be more going public than yet-another iPhone and an iWatch. If I were to guess, that structure is for a host of vendors who have new hardware or software for the health and sport features Apple will be pushing. They'd want ample 'hands on' space, so Apple is providing it for them. If so, Apple will probably leak or go public with that in advance to attract a wider-than-usual audience. Mac media might want to be ready with fitness and medical...
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