Soli

About

Username
Soli
Joined
Visits
34
Last Active
Roles
member
Points
4,825
Badges
2
Posts
2,841
  • Samsung's fix for red-tinted Galaxy S8 screens forces users to self-calibrate

    georgie01 said:
    Let's not get too pompous here.  Apple was quick to tell us we were just "holding it wrong."   
    Well, to be fair, the iPhone 4 issue was not a technology failure but was a result of Apple's failure to account for usage scenarios.

    The red screens are a technology failure, and Samsung is dismissing it as user preference. How we hold a phone is mostly a preference, and Apple did the right thing by modifying the design of the 4s to account for more user preference. Fixing colour issues is not simply satisfying user preference because it's a failure whether the user cares about it or not (unless Samsung isn't aiming for colour accuracy...). 
    No -- to be fair it wasn't an issue at all. As Jobs demonstrated during the media event, intentional signal attenuation (death grip) could be triggered in other phones of the day as well, but in the real world carrier data showed no issue in actual dropped calls. 


    ...he shows at 18:45 that carrier data proved it dropped <1 % more often than the 3GS, and had 2/3s less returns than the 3GS, and while <1% was more than they'd like it to be, it showed the death grip signal attenuation wasnt actually a problem IRL.

    It was a media hoopla over nothing. Which is why they continued to sell the 4 unchanged for years to come. Dropped off tech media news cycle and kept on selling.
    I think the GSM iPhone 4 is still their longest selling model.
    watto_cobra
  • Apple slashes affiliate commission rate on apps from 7 to 2.5%

    macgui said:
    ronn said:
    How nice of them to give an entire week's notice.
    Does this change affect you?
    How is that even relevant and why do you care?
    Who the hell asked you?
    You asked him.
    coolfactor
  • Apple slashes affiliate commission rate on apps from 7 to 2.5%

    sog35 said:
    Its time to charge Uber 0.5% of all sales on the app.

    Its ridiculous that Uber gross BILLIONS in sales and yet pays Apple $0.

    While struggling app designers have to pay Apple 30% on every App sale.
    1) Why is Uber a part of this converstion?

    2a) Just Uber? How is that fair?

    2b) if you don't like, say, Amazon, should 0.5% of their revenue go to Apple, too? How about other services, like, say, DirectTV that also offers an app to watch shows with your all-you-can-eat monthly subscription?
    gatorguyfastasleepbigpics
  • Apple slashes affiliate commission rate on apps from 7 to 2.5%

    ronn said:
    How nice of them to give an entire week's notice.
    Does this change affect you?
    Why does a change have to directly affect you for you to be concerned by it. Imagine if said I cared about women's right and you sugested I shouldn't because I'm male.
    revenantradarthekatfastasleepsingularitybestkeptsecret
  • On its 2nd anniversary, Apple Watch settling into role as fitness & notification wearable ...

    brucemc said:
    2old4fun said:
    bitmod said:
    I looked at one last week. The Apple store employee was touting the health feature of tracking pulse.
    I told them my phone can also check my pulse. I then proceeded to show them how as they had no idea you could.
    As the watch still needs to be paired to the phone - the only advantage of the watch is a little bit of convenience.

    I could see it being handy for the fitness enthusiast who wants to monitor pulse while working out, (you have to be still for phone to work).
    At this point in time thou, I still can't find a compelling reason to get one.
    Anyone who is going to drop some serious cash on a watch for fashion isn't even going to consider a techy watch. They are going to get something mechanical that can be passed down to grandchildren. What's the shelf life of these watches? A couple years?

    I think it would have to replace a phone to be compelling - and that tech is at least 10 years away.


    The only advantage of a iPhone is a little bit of convenience. Being able to use ApplePay without taking my phone out of my pocket is a little bit of convenience. Being able to read and respond to text messages without taking my phone out of my pocket is a little bit of convenience. Being able to answer my iPhone when I left it in another room is a little bit of convenience. Being able to use "Hey Siri" to turn on/off lights in my home is a little bit of convenience. At some point all of the "little bit of convenience" adds up to a large amount of usefulness. I am 76 years old and fitness is not a major concern (but my doctor says it should be) but being able to do these other things is very nice.
    That is really it.  There are a number of functions which add up to an enjoyable user experience for me - but not any one "killer app".  Little things like timers and alarms which go off with a vibration but no sound, so it only alerts me without interrupting others.  Navigation left / right turns with taptic only.  Using Apple Pay on the watch multiple times every day (flip out the arm at the drive through...no need to dig into pockets for watch or phone).  Seeing the temperature, or next meeting, at a glance.  I am not a fitness junky, but greatly appreciate seeing how many active calories I am working through each day, and it helps to motivate to exercise more.
    Or even just seeing who is sending you a message or calling before you get your phone out. It's a huge time saver and it's also less impolite to glance at your wrist for a split second over taking several seconds to pull out phone during a meeting or conversation.
    2old4funchiaradarthekatwatto_cobra