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Last year I listened to a tech guy who is familiar with much of the things done by the covert spy agencies of the USA. He said that for more than a decade these alphabet agencies have been using programmed hardware bits installed in computers to have full access to them. This included iPhones. They grab devices before or after they are sold to certain people and install the bug. Unless somebody opened up the machines and had full knowledge of what belonged on those mother...
Firefox for phones, Ubuntu for phones, and more GNU/Linux OSs. will function just fine in the Kremlin and China. It will just take a while for enough manufacturers to adopt their systems. This will give a leg up for Android.   If Apple wants to survive in those nations it had better become an open source provider. Why shouldn't it? Apple makes money on hardware right? That is what is always said here so often. If India ever has the same concerns Apple will make their...
It is time for companies to honor their obligations or get fined. Companies should not be allowed to alter the terms of service whenever they want but not allow users to alter the terms of service regarding the cell phone carriers. This is a good sign that the FCC is leaning toward Net Neutrality.
In 2007 I started watching Apple for Mac Mini updates. It didn't happen until late 2008. Every refresh of the Mini has been disappointing. When the form factor change happened it was interesting but the chips were still only coming up to match what other manufacturers already had out for many months. If history repeats it will be the same way again. Though it is time for the Thumderbolt 2 connector to make its debut in the Mini. Will they put a quad-core chip in the base...
So Apple finally decided to get around to fixing a problem that is over three years old? I wouldn't consider that great customer support.
Does this mean that the building is being manufactured in Germany and assembled in the USA? How sad that Apple couldn't get the whole thing built in the USA. They're treating the thing like a Mac Pro computer. The parts are coming from outside the country and being assembled here.
GNU/Linux systems are getting so easy to use that Dell, Lenovo, Acer, ASUS, and maybe even HP will start promoting Ubuntu as a full function OS. Right now Ubuntu has just as many great features and even more software than are available for OS X. It might not be the well known software but it functions just fine. When I owned a Windoz machine I used Open Office for my word processor not Microsux Office. Any of you who use Ubuntu will have seen that Yosemite has borrowed...
Apple is notorious for removing threads. Two threads I started were removed. The first one was about their lack of updating the Mac Mini. Someone brought up Hackintosh. I mentioned that there were people doing it with the then new Dell 101 netbooks. That is all that I wrote and the thread was deleted. Nobody on the thread was promoting doing it or saying they did it. Just the mention that some people were doing it caused the tread to be deleted.  The next one was about...
The easiest and most capable machines for this school system will be Chromebooks. Google handles all of the updates. They have a powerwash function that can reset them to factory settings in just seconds. They have keyboards. There are touch screen versions available. Data can be stored in the cloud instead of on the devices. They cost much less than iPads plus keyboards. A couple of Chromebook manufacturers are making specialized education models that are built with...
This is just more proof that Apple is a tablet and phone company not a computer company. In time when all of the big software vendors let their programs run in browsers in the cloud, there will be no need for powerful computers. As long as the graphics chip can handle the data streaming across the internet everything will be fine. It also means that any OS will be able to function with those services. This means that OS X or any future versions of it will be obsolete for...
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