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  • Android creator Andy Rubin plans AI-equipped smartphone with edge-to-edge display, ceramic...

    Is this story being announced to commemorate the 10th anniversary of him deciding to copy the iPhone?

    Guess he's trying to get ahead of the curve this time around.

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  • Here's every Apple HomeKit product announced at CES 2017 coming later this year

    I've been pretty damn frustrated with homekit so far. I have a Lyric sitting in a drawer and I've been holding out on buying lighting because of the expected hassle. I installed the schlage door lock that I bought from the Apple store (in its nice, Apple-specific packaging) and the *&^%ing thing doesn't even work with iPhone 7 (the tech had me do the set up on my old iPhone 6, but the homekit was too buggy to use, and then it disconnected completely; it's now a $200 dumb lock.) An idevices outdoor plug wouldn't install. Still no homekit compatible garage door opener apparently (although one is supposedly coming). The only smoke/CO alarm I've found has terrible reviews on amazon; not reassuring for a safety device. Why bother creating a platform like this if it's going to be so difficult to use? I can't be the only one with these frustrations. The homekit app was my favorite part of iOS 10. Unfortunately it's been a huge disappointment for me.

    In case anyone is interested: I have the nanoleaf aura and it is really great and could not be easier to set up. It's the only functional item on my Apple Home control panel.
  • Corporate brands, UK government pull ads from Google's YouTube over extremist hate group v...

    I can't believe this is still an issue. Even by google standards this is ridiculous. google has known about this for years:

    google's response, back in 2015, was to whine and exaggerate how hard it is. Pretty pathetic. They were basically saying it's not a priority and they don't want to dedicate resources to it (i.e. they want to keep raking in the ad dollars). 

    This is classic google. They were even arrogant enough to imply that they're a useful public utility, and that other people and states should come in and help filter the terrorist propaganda for them. 
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  • Google to ape Apple's 'Subscriptions 2.0' payout policy without customer retention stipulation

    I imagine google as a small child, aimlessly stumbling around the pre-school playground until they see another kid enjoying a toy, then they start throwing a tantrum because all of the sudden they have to have that toy. Hurry Phil, find a shiny object to distract them with so we don't have to hear them whining!

    Seriously though, is there an Apple product google hasn't tried to copy? They tried like 6 times with the TV. Oh, and of course they mocked Siri as useless until they saw people enjoying it, now they have entire products built around their version of it. I'd be sad if it wasn't so damn funny.
  • MCX sells one-time Apple Pay challenger CurrentC to JPMorgan Chase

    If Chase drops Apple Pay I'll drop them. No hesitation.

    Edit/add: Looks like I'm not the only one.
  • As Apple hypes original content, Disney & Google sever ties with popular YouTube star PewD...

    I know someone who's a big fan of PewDiePie, and so I actually watched his response videos to the sign controversy. He basically paid some guys whose entire shtick is to get paid to hold up any sign while laughing and jumping around in a silly way. It was clearly meant to be an obviously over the top joke, and I have to admit that juxtaposition of those silly guys holding up such a ridiculously morose sign was kind of funny. But, clearly, others may legitimately feel differently about it.
  • Google sells off Terra Bella satellite unit to Planet Labs

    gatorguy said:
    cali said:
    Notice something?

    Goog is always selling off companies/tech it acquired while I can't remember the last time Apple sold any part of its business. Can you?

    tells me Apple actually buys things it can utilize and....utilizes them bringing in profit. 
    Yup. Before Ruth Porat came on board so many of the Google acquisitions seemed like spur-of-the-moment buys. She's brought a little sense to it all. 
    What a relief. Now I can finally sleep at night.
  • Apple exposes how it teaches new languages to Siri, staying ahead of competition

    It's genuinely impressive and good news that Siri is capable in so many languages.

    However, I am still continually frustrated with just the basic functionality, and I know I'm not alone. The most recent frustration: since siri, somehow, cant understand "call ____ on ____ street," I entered my local pharmacy in my contacts as "Midtown Walgreens." Then, inexplicably, when I say "call midtown walgreens" siri's reply is "I couldn't find any wallgreens locations in midtown, here are some walgreens locations that are near you" (this is nearly verbatim IIRC). And of course, multiple, logical work-arounds didn't work; they never do with siri. For example, "call midtown walgreens from my contacts," siri's response was, and I'm not joking, "I couldn't find the contact 'contact midtown walgreens' in your contacts."

    Siri is endlessly frustrating.

    I have a strong feeling that Apple's issue with Siri is something along the lines of 'the perfect is the enemy of the good,' in that Apple is focusing on advanced functionality while neglecting simple, basic functionality.
  • How to change the email address linked to your Apple ID

    Any idea why an email address can't be used as an Apple ID? I ditched my long time internet providers' email and now I'm stuck with an old yahoo email as my Apple ID.
    This. Anyone that started an iTunes ID before getting an Apple ID, which I'm guessing applies to a lot of people, is screwed. How has Apple not fixed this yet? Especially after coming out with Apple Music, which required me to use my itunes ID (a gmail account I'm unable to ditch because of this). So frustrating. Not cool Apple.
  • Logitech announces schools-only Rugged Case & add-on keyboard for Apple's new budget iPad

    This is a brilliant design. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple had a lot to do with it (while not wanting to put their brand on it). It's perfectly functional for it's purpose, and is also aesthetically pleasing, while at the same time not looking "fancy," and thus decreasing the perception/criticism that schools are being frivolous with their money by buying iPads (which invariably occurs, despite the iPad's clear value over a clumsy, spyware-ridden chromebooks or androids).