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  • iPhone 11 versus Galaxy S10e -- Benchmark and hands on comparison

    To go with its passable facial recognition, the S10e also has a built-in ultrasonic fingerprint sensor in-screen. The fingerprint sensor is more secure than Samsung's facial recognition, but it too was fooled with a quick 3D printed fingerprint. That's not something everyone is going to have as a resource, so it should be good enough for most users.

    I am pretty sure the S10e doesn't have an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor in-screen, the scanner is built into the power button.  I believe only the S10 and the plus/max/big version have the fingerprint sensor built into the screen.
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  • Samsung poised to challenge Apple at retail in US with first full-scale stores

    Soli said:
    MacPro said:
    Perhaps this is in anticipation of 5G interconnectivity and they will showcase a wide range of products from refrigerators to smartphones, all made by Samsung all communicating.  That's something Apple won't be able to do as easily.  
    If they stock their store with large items like home applicancs I think they’ll fail. Those items are large, dont sell in great numbers, aren’t a major draw like CE, and would have logisticsl issues in a typical store like Apple uses.

    i can see Samsung noting they have TV and home appliances, but I’d wager the focus will be on smartphones, headphones, tablets, PCs, and other CE.

    Agreed, from warehousing, displaying and delivery, large appliances and even TV's take up a lot of space and not everyone has a car/truck that can fit a 65 inch tv.  They can currently rely on retailers for delivery and installation, so unless they partnered with a 3rd party I don't see that happening.  I think it will be focused on smaller CE devices.  I don't think they will provide the same level of support/repair capability that you get in an Apple Store, which leaves me wondering how they plan to differentiate from Best Buy, Fry's or any other big box store.

    Anecdotal experience.  I have an Galaxy S8 through my work, and its not a bad phone.  Nice hardware, but it just falls short in some key ways.  The Bixby button is flat out terrible and you can't truly deactivate or reassign it and battery degradation and performance have really became an issue(device is close to two years old).  I would say it does 90% of things at a high level, but its just missing some of that final polishing I feel like you get with an Apple product. 

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G now on sale via Verizon, but can only use 5G network in two cities

    avon b7 said:
    wallym said:
    I think 5g is much further out than anyone thinks.  I remember 4g took forever to rollout.  5g requires so many more towers/access points, which means physically going and doing things, that it’s going to be a while before it means anything to anyone.
    Industry thinking is the exact opposite. That 5G will roll out faster than any previous generation (government issues permitting).

    Agree with the fast roll out, but this is the wrong modem and wrong type of 5G.  the X50 modem(from my understanding) only allows for the millimeter wavelength 5G bands.  This gives you the massive speeds, at the cost of terrible range(I think max of 200 yards).  The X55 modem I believe supports other bands, and will allow for much greater range(at the cost of some of the speed) and allows for building penetration.  I personally wouldn't buy a device until at least the X55 that comes out later this year, which supports both mm wavelength and the sub 6ghz bands, so you can get wider coverage and the ridiculous speeds in certain areas.  Basically, the currently available modem does support all 5G, and is already outdated.

    Edit:  So, looking at Qualcomm's website, the X50 does support sub 6 bands, but not completely.  Its has half the supported standards of the X55, doesn't allow 5G/4G spectrum sharing and doesn't integrate the LTE modem.  IE, the X50 looks like a half baked product per Qualcomms own website(comparison towards the bottom)

  • Editorial: Why Apple's first port of the new TV app isn't to Android, but to Samsung's ant...

     Yes there is a nexus of Tizen UI and Netflix's app. The combination is pretty awful. Apple's UI can also be criticized, and sometimes it does glaringly irritating things. But there was actual thought put into tvOS and its HIG, and apps generally make sense, even if one can imagine ways that they can be better. Tizen's TV UI looks like Microsoft's Windows 98 designers were rushed into the future and set loose on a TV project. It's just bad IMO. And it seems to go out of the way to invent bad ideas, rather than just being simplistic.    

    You realize you just keep shifting the goalpost on your argument.  Your original statement that I took issue with was that Tizen was "inscrutable".  I don't believe that pushing a single button, scrolling horizontally to an app, then pushing a button again is "impossible to understand or interpret".  This is why I said you were engaging in hyperbole.  The bottom line is its a simple interface.  You get a lot of baggage that comes with Samsung, but the UI itself is intuitive. 

    Since you shifted the argument to how difficult Netflix is in Tizen, it has essentially the same interface in AppleTV.  You scroll down through categories, the overall menu/search is hidden.  Bad app design does not make a bad UI. One of the worst things in the AppleTV app ecosystem right now is the different behaviors between apps.  In YouTube(both the regular and TV app) advancing by 10 seconds requires a tap on the edges(which I prefer).  Other Apps(Netflix/Amazon Prime) require a press(touchpad click) on the edges.  This isn't bad UI design, this is inconsistent implementations by the individual apps. 

  • HomeKit support lands on Amazon's Eero mesh routers

    Soli said:

    I bought them for my mother's ridiculously large house right before Amazon acquired them. The HW, SW, and setup have all been great. Apple's existing routers weren't ever going to be good enough since they don't have a proper mesh option. I don't think I'd buy them today because of Amazon, but I also can't argue with the results.

    PS: Unfortunately, she hadn't been using the Eero routers for the last several months. An ISP tech came out to the house and convinced her that her routers weren't good and that she needed their modem/router combo for an additional monthly cost. ߤ젏f course her range and speeds are considerably worse now, which is why she contacted me… which she should've done before all this happened. I got her back onto the Eeros, but she's still paying the monthly fee to the ISP. :sigh:
    Just an FYI, I don't know who your mothers provider is, but at least with Spectrum they can remotely turn off the wifi(all their modems now include wifi).  They pulled the same crap with my parents, but I was able to get them to refund the couple months they charged the $5.00 wifi fee.  I could care less about the the amount charged, its just seeing them take advantage of a generation that may be less technically inclined pisses me off(for essentially a downgraded experience from an older Asus gaming router). .
  • Apple granted patent using hinged OLED screen as a dynamic iPad or Mac keyboard

    I'm officially old now, the idea of trying to type without tactile keys sounds horrific.  I would understand for a future ipad if they wanted to make it foldable, but I do not want a MacBook that doesn't have a legit keyboard.   Now if they could do a near seemless design with some form of raised keys built into the display(which I don't think is anywhere near feasible atm), then I would be interested.  But for my use case, on a work machine, I want a physical keyboard with raised keys.  I type slower on laptop keyboards with less depth as is.
  • Sony opens preorders for noise-cancelling, fully wireless WF-1000XM3 earbuds

    iqatedo said:
    I remember active noise cancellation talked about in the 1970s as a possible means to quietening jack hammer compressor noise. How far the tech has come though with microelectronics. I recently purchased Sony's WH-1000XM3 wired headset and find the loss of outside audio cues almost overwhelming. The systems plays well with Macs and the iPhone too.

    I bought the XM3's prior to a flight earlier this year, I tend to stress out from all of the ambient noise(plane engines, people, crying kids, etc) and these things completely changed the flying process for me.  Its definitely disconcerting at first, but now I would not step on a plane without them(or Bose Quite Comfort, which supposedly are very similar).  Assuming I can toggle the noise cancelling on and off without having to go into the app and that they work half as well as the over ear version, these will be a day one purchase.
  • Amazon adds True Tone-style warm display to new Kindle Oasis

    You can, though, get the Kindle app for iPhone or iPad and turn those far more capable devices into e-readers.

    The distraction-free nature of Kindle is a real selling point, but for value for money, iOS with the Kindle app is gigantically better.

    I will preface this by saying I am a bit of a Kindle evangelist(e-readers in general, so if you prefer Nook or Kobo, similar arguments would apply).

    I would argue for a single use case, the Kindle is a fantastic value and does what it advertises as well or better than just about any device.  If you are a frequent reader and value avoiding eyestrain, then IOS and the kindle app(or android, windows or mac and the kindle app) do not offer more value for the money.  I have been using a Kindle Voyage(which replaced a first gen Kindle Touch) and I will gladly continue to pay 200+ for a device that is still going strong over 4 years later.  Yes, it is not a multi use device like anything running iOS, but that doesn't mean those devices offer more value for the money.  For a strained comparison, iOS is a multiuse tool like a Leatherman, its really good at everything, where as the Kindle is just a really good knife. 

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  • Apple could begin producing its own car with a 'next level' battery in 2024

    People forget that gasoline is a battery - a chemical battery. Gasoline can even be constructed at home using water and carbon dioxide. 
    Yes, instead of putting electricity directly in the car, lets use electricity to create "gasoline" with whatever % energy loss there is, which I would assume is fairly significant like the production of Hydrogen is.   Then we put that in your car, which then loses another 12-30% of that energy through energy loss(heat/friction).  Best case scenario, your losing bare minimum 15%(realistically closer to 30%) of the energy in creating the fuel, then another 12-30% when burning the fuel, not including the transportation cost of the fuel unless you propose that it is created at every gas station.  Then you have the equipment cost that goes along with that.  Or we can just take the electricity(really easy transport, infrastructure already in place, minimal energy loss), put it directly in a car, and only have the energy loss in that vehicle, which is already more efficient that a combustion engine.
    So there's no heat/friction in an electric car? And currently we already have transportation of fuel to gas stations, so that's not an issue at all. In fact, some people will create the gasoline locally on their property, so it's an improvement on the whole situation.

    And you argue that electrical power distribution is "already in place" and you suggest that gasoline distribution is not already in place. How many errors can a single person write in a single post?

    Why do you oppose improvements to the current system? What's wrong with improving the status quo? You must be an AOC supporter, who wants to throw away all gas powered cars and airplanes.
    Wow, going with politics when common sense fails...

     Electric cars use energy more efficiently than internal combustion, its not even arguably.  To your second “point” of course we have infrastructure for transporting gasoline, it’s loading it into trucks and trains that’s also consume gasoline or diesel in order to transport the fuel.  By that idea, we should all just use generators at our homes instead of relying on electric lines, since that is efficient?  Their is also the energy used to refine the fuel in the first place.

    Your not seeking improvement, you want to maintain the status quo because change is scary to you.  But history shows you either embrace change or get left behind.  There is nothing political about wanting cleaner more efficient transportation.
    That's not the reason I support gasoline. I told you that when gasoline is made from water and CO2, it is 100% clean. You didn't dispute that, so you know I'm right. The reason I support gasoline when it's made from water and CO2 is because it is clean, and because we already have the automobiles that use it. Since you haven't said how you expect to make people  like me start using electric cars, I presume you want to take away my freedom to choose gas cars. I have to assume that because you are refusing to explain your position. My position is the status quo, so there's no more I need to say. Your position is unclear. You don't say how you intend to force your views on purchasers.

    By the way, I never argued that electric isn't more efficient than gas, so stop harping on that. That has nothing to do with my point.

    Once again, I presume you want some method to outlaw gas powered cars. Please deny that. I believe in freedom to choose what kind of cars we want. And it seems that you oppose freedom. 
    The whole point is that it isn't efficient.  Your being intentionally obtuse.  You have to input lots of energy to convert various sources into a "clean fuel".  That clean fuel then loses efficiency due to general inefficiency of the combustion engine.  I addressed all of this, you just ignored it.   I am not saying gasoline cars should be outlawed, I am saying that your "clean gas" is not only inefficient, it will be expensive.  It costs $90 per tank(manufactured fuel through hydrolysis) to fill up a hydrogen car, to only get 400 miles.  I believe it costs between $6-$12 to get the same mileage out of a Tesla, and the electricity is readily available.  Your not helping your cause by repeating freedom, you just sound like your triggered and need a safe space.  We don't need to "Outlaw" the gasoline car, you can be a "cool diesel bro" if you want, I am saying market forces are accelerating towards electric cars.  
  • Only 'iPhone 12 Pro Max' will feature fastest mmWave 5G, report claims

    I just don't think mmWave is going to catch on or be widespread in the next five years.  When current advertisement include "Partial coverage" in all of the limited cities that have had a rollout, it doesn't look promising.  I think Tmobile's bet on the mid and low band 5g is going to payoff big for them in the next year or two.  They have massive amounts of midband spectrum, which doesn't require a antennas on every block and can actually provide service inside of buildings, unlike mmWave.  Basically, as long as the 12 comes with sub-6 5g modem, I wouldn't be too concerned.  

    As to what the benefit 5G could potentially provide, everything high speed mobile devices(laptops and such) to creating actual competition in the home internet market where many parts of the US only has one provider, as well asIOT and other constantly connected devices.