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  • Is Apple getting Siri-ous in the face of Amazon's Alexa Echo?

    For over a year I had been wanting something like an echo to try out some smart appliances.    I had wanted Apple to come out with a Echo competitor a home Hub or expanded apple TV.

    Back in the summer DED did a similar article 
    Which lead me to wait thinking it would be shortly released this past fall.   Well I was wrong and in November finally got an Echo.   Its great.   I'm so impress with how Alexa can understand me from the other room even with a television on.  Love it.    So much nicer than picking up a phone.

    While many of DED's stories are very informative I don't see a need to attack these other products whenever one of the other ones receives favorable press.

    Siri may have been expanded to other platforms like the watch or Mac but I don't find it any more useful now than two years ago.    I don't know anyone who thinks its much more than a frustrating joke to use it.    It's your grandfather's Oldsmobile of AI.

    I think that Apple is really behind the times.    I would find the watch and AirPods much more compelling if Siri was better.   If Amazon does deliver another phone (yes the first fire phone was a joke) I will take a look at it and may switch because Amazon has a big Ecosystem themselves.

    Apple would be foolish to think that people are forever locked into their products even when they are the best now.

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  • Apple, Google, Uber vow not to take part in Muslim registry

    This database remains very unlikely to be created.

    But if it does then every loyal American reading this post should register for it. I certainly will.

    Muslim American are Americans and we need to defend our fellow Americans, through the dilution of an unconstitutional database if necessary.
    The Census is basically creating a database of everyone and is constitutional.   Shouldn't be a problem with this.

    This probably won't happen because it will probably be blocked by the Senate or liberal courts.
    Besides Trump already gave into public opinion in not investigating Hillary.

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  • Editorial: Uncertainties of a dysfunctional American government likely to hurt Apple's performance

    1.   The only one who criticizes the press as much as Trump is DED.

    2. Obama's stimulus act included $8 Billion for high speed Trains but nothing ever came of it.   Trump will definitely build his wall.

    3.   Apple is against Trumps immigration policies only because they wanted more H1b visas and Hillary was going to give them to the Tech industry to pay them off for their support.
  • How Google's lack of human curation spreads and monetizes fake news

    I thought it was Facebook that elected Trump (not Google).    I guess its ok when the left attacks the media (but not when Trump does).

    Yeah It's probably time to Close this thread down.   LOL.

  • Apple replaces iPad Air 2 with A9-equipped 9.7-inch iPad starting at $329

    macxpress said:
    I don't think price was the issue.
    Oh yes it was. The iPads- especially the "Pros" are grossly overpriced.
    There's not much reason to buy a iPad Pro if you are not an artist.   Apple should include mouse support for when you are using the keyboard.   And they should add Mult-user support.  Size amounts should be 64, 256, and 512GB.   That would be impressive along with faster charging using USB Type C to lightning.
  • Apple A10 Fusion in iPhone 7 family surprises, exceeds pre-release expectations

    Put this chip in Apple TV with a much better SIRI to use as both an XBox and Echo competitor.
  • App Store trends suggest top Christmas gifts: VR, drones, cameras, Amazon Echo

    fallenjt said:
    cali said:
    I wonder how Apple Watch did...

    the fact Alexa is even on the charts or being gifted shows Siri needs an overhaul.
    I don't believe Apple can make a Puck size Siri media device at $50.
    Hopefully Apple is smart enough to not do a Siri device with this current Management (Cook, Ive, Cue).     A Echo/Google Home device by Apple with SIRI would be to much of an embarrassment.    Cook has too much of a history of cheaping out on components and manufacturing problems (Intel Modem, MBP batteries, long delayed Airpods). Lame design from Ive won't be able to be covered up by making a new product thinner with the really pathetic SIRI front and center.
    Phill Schiller won't get any holidays off if he had to spin a Apple Hub.

    Alexa is so easy to interact with.   If Google can add the same flexible to its assistant then Google Home can become an even bigger hit.
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  • AT&T, Verizon join firms pulling millions in ads from Google, YouTube over hate, terrorist...

    justme12 said:
    "… the offensive and extremist content that saturates YouTube." That would be liberals, the leftists and democrats - but Google supports that ideology 100%. So that content stays on Youtube. Google seems to support the vast amount of Muslim terrorism also - that content stays on Youtube too. Google has been in bed with the federal government for many years. Mostly democrats - but a lot republicans also. The Google corporate motto of "do no evil" has always been a sham. It's all they do. As long as it harms America.
    Didn't Google join Apple and attacked Trump plan to temporarily put a halt to the Terrorists from the 7 countries.   The tech companies will do anything to support the liberals letting illegal aliens and terrorists into the country in return for more H1B visas
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  • Apple investigating accessory that turns iPhone, iPad into full-fledged touchscreen laptop...

    I always wondered about the logic of purchasing and then lugging around 2 separate computer systems that do essentially the same functions and the only real difference being screen size?
    ...   Carrying an Apple Watch and an IPhone -- that's ok and it's not what I'm talking about.

    But carrying an IPhone and an IPad and a MacBook are just totally, absolutely redundant. Almost a crazy kind of stupid.  They each are supporting:  systems board, batteries, memory and processors that are each capable of doing what the other formfactor is doing.   The only real difference is screen size and external keyboard & touchpad.  

    So, OK!  Let's Do This!  It's time to leave the 20th century!

    But, there is another, more important reason:  Apple is getting killed by the Chromebook.   Parents, schools and kids simply don't want to shell out $2,000 when $200 gives them what they need.   But, they all carry IPhones.   By plugging them into a light, thin, dumb terminal that supplies a large screen and professional quality keyboard you have everything you need at less than the cost of a Chromebook -- and Apple preserves its youth market.
    They should definitely do an iOS laptop.  
    500 million potential users who have iPhones but don't need the power of the MAC.  They would feed into services via the iOS App Store.

    Could easily do 9.7 inch in the polyCarbonate from the 5C for 299.

    Then also premium based on the iPadPro starting at 899.
  • Editorial: An ad-free, premium social network... from Apple

    "Apple is in a unique position to fix a series of ugly problems with social networking"

    No, they are in a unique position to fail any such attempt.

    Their history is filled with repeated failures in this field. They show no evidence that they understand it at all. The technology basis for such a system is also largely a failure (iCloud).

    What could possibly convince anyone that this a good idea?
    You are right.   Last thing Apple needs to do is to try to take on FaceBook in a failed attempt at social networking.   
    (I'm a little surprised DED didn't advocate buying Twitter to shut Trump down).

    Don't divert programmer/development resources to something like this.  How about fixing iTunes on the Mac and windows.
    How about making SIRI actually work better and with the ability to work without a network connection