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  • Matias seeks to fill void left by Apple with new Wired Aluminum Keyboard

    If you use 'Shift + Option + Volume' on the keyboard you get the 64 levels without fiddling with the fiddly volume dial.
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  • iOS release of 'Fortnite' rakes in over $25M in first 30 days

    adm1 said:
    MacPro said:
    If ever there were proof needed that 'Free apps' with 'in-app purchases' should be avoided this is it.  The term 'trap' comes to mind.
    No one is forcing folks to spend money.
    How stupid do you think people are?
    they're not stupid, but some are definitely fooled into thinking a freemium game is cheaper by paying just a few pence or pounds every so often vs paying up front to own it entirely. They'll often end up paying at least 10x the price of a regular game and still not have unlocked the whole thing.
    There are no game unlocks for Fortnite, the IAPs are for customising the avatars, everyone plays on equal footing regardless of $s spent.
  • Apple releases iOS 11.4 for iPhone and iPad with AirPlay 2, Messages in iCloud support

    When you announce a new software feature, that does not mean that it is ready. Sometimes when developing software things arrive that were not foreseen and major structural changes need to be done. All these armchair commenters about how such and such is late have never developed software or hardware. Software at this level, near perfect up time over millions of instances is not hard, its near impossible, and the slightest hitch in the system will be laughed all over the net, I for one am pleased that when things are hard the delay them until they are ready, rather than deliver a lesser experience.

    At least they have delivered, some companies announce flashy new stuff then realise that they are shooting for the moon and quietly don't ever say anything more. 
  • More pictures of Apple's custom badge reader for Apple Park pop up in FCC filing

    macgui said:
    All three comments made me laugh.

    But I'd really be interested in the design of the badges more than the readers.
    I think that with the listed technologies the "badges" will be iPhones or Apple watches, that way they get finger/face authentication at the same time.  Anyone can steal/lose a badge but using the apple pay security makes that harder.

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  • Apple cuts 2TB iCloud plan to $9.99, Family Sharing access expands in iOS 11 & High Sierra...

    Incredible, Apple cuts the price of something by 50% and people come to complain about price gouging and upsell.
  • Verizon says 5G coming to 30 US cities by end of 2019

    The Eiffel Tower is one of th most important transmission towers in Paris. It will be one of the first places covered by 5g in Paris. 
  • November set App Store's 'highest monthly sales ever,' says Apple's Schiller

    Perhaps the increase in sales is from the increases in product pricing and requiring more seperately purchased tongles for everything. An ethernet and normal usb tongle for every computer sold adds up fast
    Yes, that works every time, increase prices, that increases sales, its almost linear ;-)
  • HomePod private beta could be testing voice calls, multiple timers

    How the heck does Siri not already allow you to set multiple timers.  Baffling.
    iOS does not have multiple timers, Siri is is a voice interface to iOS functionality, so it is normal that Siri does not allow this. There are probably hundreds of apps that allow multiple timers on the app store so this has never been a major problem, It still amazes me how much noise this one function can generate on the echo chamber.
  • If you want to sue Apple over FaceTime eavesdropping and live in Canada, now's your chance...

    While Apple is certainly the target of frivolous and ambulance chaser lawsuits, here the one issue I have is them waiting a week after they knew about the issue to shut it down and/or even notify people. Confidential information is discussed on FaceTime and not immediately taking action is not acceptable. Similar to the whole Facebook thing and how long it took them to revoke the Enterprise certification. Apple needs to react to these things in a timely fast manner if they want the trust of the customers. 

    That said unless people can prove they were harmed the lawsuit is a money grab for the lawyers as I'd guess 99% of the class. 
    Can you begin to imagine the nimber of bug reports that apple gets in a week that nee to be sorted through, the may be large but that does not mean unlimited resources, all bug reports take time to check, I think that a week is incredibly short, most companies take a lot longer than this to acknowledge a bug let alone try and fix it. I think most people think that a few minutes with an editor and bugs simply fall away. When people have never developed code, they should refrain from commenting on reactions. The same can be said for most jobs where people comment without having any idea of the complexity.
  • Editorial: After disrupting iTunes, Spotify demands a free ride from Apple's App Store

    knowitall said:
    Apple does this for €100 (or so) per year (this means your app disapears if you doesn't pay!) which is fairly costly.  

    If you don’t pay any apps on the App Store stay there. You can no longer upload but you can develop and install on any connected device