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  • Disgruntled MacBook Pro users petition Apple to recall defective keyboards

    I believe that if people think there is an issue then they are free to lobby the manufacturer, no matter who they are, to fix the problem.

    In my case, I held off my purchase as long as I could as I was concerned about the keyboard based on what I was reading online. I was like many in that I tried the keyboard in the store and thought it was the worst thing I have ever used and just couldn't see myself using it at all.

    I ended up making the purchase, more due to my employer moving to provide Macs rather than the BYOD approach and my hating the specs that they picked for the machines.

    I've had mine a few months now and is the keyboard louder than the old one? Yes.

    I decided to put a keyboard protector on as soon as I bought it to keep any crumbs etc (I have a very bad habit eating over my machine) out of the mechanism from day one.

    The keyboard takes some getting used to and I would say it will always be louder than I like but it is not as loud as it was when I tried it in store. There is also something to be said that once you get used to it you reduce the amount of force you use when belting the keys as you type. In fact, this might be the first keyboard which I haven't simply continued to use like the old mechanical typewriter I used in High School.
  • Everything new in Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro

    herodotus said:
    Sad. Most people who buy laptops for business and general use buy 15” laptops and now Apple has made them unaffordable and added capabilities most users don’t need or want while removing feature like hdmi, MagSafe, functions keys (touch bar is stupid) and USB-a that people need and they still have the worst most unreliable keyboard in the industry. Customers want a 15”laptop, 4 core, Intel only gpus. Now apple does not have an affordable 15” laptop. I am buying an dell XPS and running win10 and unbuntu. Apple just lost a customer. John ivy and tim should be fired for ruining the MacBook family. Apple is brain dead stupid. Steve jobs is crying in his grave,
    Strange. I must be looking at a different Apple Website.

    For the same price I paid for a 2017 15" MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD, I can now buy a 2018 15" MacBook Pro with 32GB RAM and 2TB SSD. 

    Not sure how it became more unaffordable with the 2018 release. 
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  • Questionable slide leak hints Apple abandoned rear-mounted Touch ID on 'iPhone 8'

    To quote Roger Murtaugh - "That's pretty f***ing thin." Given a "Mesa" is defined as "an isolated flat-topped hill with steep sides, found in landscapes with horizontal strata." How do we know they aren't just talking about changes to the Lens / Flash Assembly / Bump, that seems to stick out a bit like a "Mesa" on the current phones.
  • Phil Schiller again defends Touch Bar MacBook Pro's 16GB RAM limitation

    jungmark said:
    Has any professional used a MacBook Pro  and run into any issues with 16 GB? I've seen a review where the reviewer opened every Pro app he has (and then some) and didn't run into issues while using them. 
    I'm still running my Macbook Pro (Mid-2012) with 16GB of RAM as my primary work computer.

    I've never quite worked out if I an technically a "Pro", but I do Software Systems Implementations and Development and run various Virtual Machines in the process. To that end I will get close to using most of the RAM depending on the VM (and where I sourced it - one department issued a VM that needs 32GB to run but I can launch portions of it on my current one.)

    I do have 32GB on my iMac so I can run the bigger ones there when required.

    I have been quite puzzled by the various reactions, it's not as if Apple had a 32GB Macbook Pro last year and this year they don't.

    And it's not as if the laptop being thin was some new concept they applied to this years model for the first time.

    And it's not as they have never dropped a port before.

    Personally, I'm still contemplating the purchase but then again I'm in no rush given how old the current one is and it doesn't feel like it's going to have issues anytime soon (knock on wood).
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  • Apple-marketed robotics firm Anki goes into shutdown mode

    A shame, but not completely unexpected.

    In Australia, Anki Overdrive took way too long to get over here and when it finally did we got the "Fast & Furious" licenced pack which I know I was never interested in.

    In essence it was a beefed up slot-car set targeting the tech generation. That is going to be a pretty small market, I can count on one hand the number of colleagues I spoke to about it who were interested in it. And, not a single one of us actually did buy it.

    I think they really needed a couple of things. 

    1. A selection of cars and a base frame kit to allow slot-car enthusiasts to buy into the concept (it did have a number of advantages over the more expensive digital slot car systems but car model range was not it)
    2. A cheap entry path to allow parents to consider the set as a suitable racing car set. This might even mean providing a controller outside of the App for kids without phones / iPods.

    Sure, they would never have been able to complete with the $22 cheap sets available. But, targeted right I would have expected them to grab a good slice of the $200+ level sets and into the even more expensive digital sets targeting the slot-car enthusiasts.
  • Apple sends top executives to lobby Australian government over proposed encryption laws

    lkrupp said:
    Being a devil’s advocate I see most techies are vehemently opposed to any kind of cooperation between tech companies and the government regarding encryption. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are regularly trotted out. So let me ask a loaded question. If a terrorist attack occurred in your town and family and friends were killed who would you blame for not knowing about it or doing something to stop it? Would you blame the government? Why? It would also seem you are willing to accept the fact that more of us could be killed at any point because authorities are blind to what is being planned. The price of freedom from government snooping is sudden and arbitrary death?

    Really, I would just like to know who you will blame for the next attack. The same government you despise?
    This is Australia, we have no Bill of Rights ( the government is pretty much free to do what they like until called out or the next election (when they would likely get tossed for whatever they have / have not been up to).

    As somewhat of a 'techie', I'm not opposed to Tech Companies assisting lawful investigations using suitable means. I'm opposed to deliberate weakening of security in a vain attempt to increase their ability to 'snoop'.

    Let's take iMessage as an example. Right now, you can converse on that platform and the messages are encrypted. Now, let's assume that we get to the point where the public and private keys have to be stored by Apple and provided under a legal request so that intercepted and encrypted messages can be accessed by investigators. 

    How does that change things for the regular person? Well, it doesn't unless you begin conversing with someone the government is watching and then your keys may be sought and your messages accessed. 

    How does a terrorist react? I'd expect that they would simply pre-encrypt anything before sending it meaning that while the law can now access iMessages they still will not be able to read the actual content they are interested in.

    So, I fail to see how we managed to achieve anything by allowing this. Worse still, given the various governments lack of ability to keep stuff secret and away from hackers and the like mean that this action is more likely going to end with the only regular preson's data being inspected and made available.
  • Apple's failed Ping showed how hard it is to create a music service

    I don’t know, I actually liked Ping. It did all I was actually after. It allowed me to follow artists I was interested in and get updates on what they were up to so I knew about new albums, concerts etc. The “social” aspect with friends was never of any interest to me, which is also why I have not done the same with Facebook and don’t use Twitter etc.
  • Flaw in Zoom's Mac client allows websites to turn on user cameras without permission

    dysamoria said:
    I hate software that installs always-on anything.
    Worst still are those that don't clean up after themselves when they get removed and leave the door wide open.
  • Fitbit's new financial worries are just its latest in a long line

    I've been using Fitbits for years and on the whole I'm fine with their offerings, the lack of a tru Apple Health sync is somewhat annoying. However, the glaring issue which has been with their gear now for 18 months or more is the fact that you can only have one FitbitWatchOS device on an account at a time.

    Previously, I had a Fitbit One, Charge 2 and an Ionic on my account for different use-cases. Ionic as a watch during the day. Charge 2 for sleep monitoring, and the One for gardening.

    The Charge 2's sensors failed and so I replaced it with the Charge 3, only to discover that what seems to be an upgrade of a Fitbit Health Monitor was actually now running FitbitWatchOS and you cannot have it and the Ionic on the account. No literature mentioned this... TO THIS VERY DAY THEY DON'T MENTION IT!

    If you cannot support your existing customer base who are happy to own multiples of your devices! Or be opening honest with the marketplace! What hope have you got attaching and keeping new customers?

    I've gone from recommending their offerings when people asked to suggesting the look at the Apple Watch or other players because I don't believe their motivation is aligned with their market anymore.