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Actually no, the entire Australian mining industry contributes less than 6% of Australia's GDP. (In 1900 it was 10%.)It's a significant export earner certainly (making up a little over a third of Australia's total exports), but by no means as significant as many people seem to think (thanks in no small part to an industry that is well practised at blowing it's own horn). Less than 2.5% of the workforce is in mining.As has been the case forever, Australians (like Americans...
I don't know about the Europeans but in Australia the ATO has provisions in the legislation that allow for it to determine if a particular scheme of arrangement has been entered into primarily to avoid paying tax, even years after the fact. If they decide yes it was setup and used primarily to avoid tax they can go back and bill the company (or individual(s)) for the tax thus avoided. Apple Australia being "owned" by a shelf company in Ireland might be considered such a...
It's only a matter of time before Apple comes under pressure to do the same thing in other places like the USA and probably the UK and France as well. And sadly they'll probably cave, Apple have shown a distinct lack of courage when it comes to anything political and/or controversial previously, e.g. that drone strike info app. Once again this time they caved just because stories started appearing in the press and online, apparently they weren't advised by the Chinese...
The problem is that switching to AMD buys Apple little, a smaller less advanced chip designer for their Macs (though there might be potential for some models of Macs to use AMD chips, e.g. Future models of the Air), and switching away from x86 altogether loses them the Windows compatibility that has helped them convince many to switch from Windows and thus boosted Mac sales considerably. The most likely non-x86 choice is ARM of course and while that is great for portable...
Interesting that the link to 3rd party nav apps in the store omits TomTom. And not just in the US store either, I noticed the same thing in the Australian app store too. Given they are one of the data sources for Apple's Maps app perhaps this indicates Apple are unhappy with the quality of the info they are getting from TomTom?
Only 40 people went to work and ended up in hospital, no one was killed at work today. Such a relief, I was worried there might be a problem there, something serious that might even delay my new iPhone!
What I don't understand is that 'rubber banding' is clearly a software patent, and as far as I know (or thought I knew) software patents are not recognised in Europe (indeed virtually anywhere outside the USA), so how can this be ruled on by a German court? Clearly it has been so I guess the software patent situation isn't as black and white as that... Really this is the heart of the problem - software patents are the major issue, should they be recognised in the first...
Maybe. But USB would greatly complicate both iPod and iOS device accessories - docks, speakers, chargers, car accessories, etc. (This same smaller dock connector has to trickle down to the iPods too don't forget.) It would also increase Apple's unit manufacturing costs, particularly for the lower-margin iPods, and hurt profit margins. USB 3.0 isn't as cheap as 2.0 yet and even 2.0 probably costs more than the current 30-pin dock connector.   Currently building...
1. Whenever a site gets an accurate photo of any new Apple part or device Apple immediately demands they be taken down. Lawyers are launched at whoever uses them. Hasn't happened with any of the supposed new iPhone parts or these new dock photos. That means they're very likely either fake or deliberate Apple disinformation. Same for the shots of supposed new iPhone back shell and motherboard.   2. Going from a 30-pin to 19-pin dock connector is easy for both Apple...
The new Java update fixed my problem launching Stanza on Lion that started with the first update. I was about to give up on Stanza and accept it was just too old but now it's back to working fine again. Obviously the first Java update broke some existing apps and that has now been corrected.
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