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  • Tim Cook refutes negative IDC Apple Watch report, says early holiday sales set new record

    I obviously cannot speak for anybody else, but I still like my first gen Apple Watch, and continue to wear/use it everyday.
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  • IBM seeing great returns on over 277,000 Macs and iOS devices issued to employees

    eightzero said:
    I've been of the opinion that companies and governments that employ tech workers (individuals that use computers as a production device) should cease employing IT professionals. Just maintain a wifi network and printers. Then give all employees some sort of allowance to buy their own machine. When it breaks, they have to pay to fix it. If it never breaks, they keep the difference. Simple economics will solve this problem neatly. People care about their property, and will participate when they have a personal interest in the outcome.
    There is so much wrong with that. 
  • Test finds HomePod's Siri 'at the bottom of the totem pole' in smartspeaker AI

    Test finds HomePod's Siri 'at the bottom of the totem pole' in smartspeaker AI


    Those from cultures that do not carve totem poles often assume that the linear representation of the figures places the most importance on the highest figure, an idea that became pervasive in the dominant culture after it entered into mainstream parlance by the 1930s with the phrase "low man on the totem pole"[26](and as the title of a bestselling 1941 humor book by H. Allen Smith). However, Native sources either reject the linear component altogether, or reverse the hierarchy, with the most important representations on the bottom, bearing the weight of all the other figures, or at eye level with the viewer to heighten their significance.[27]Many poles have no vertical arrangement at all, consisting of a lone figure atop an undecorated column.

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  • A year with MacBook Pro: reviewing Apple's 2017 pro laptop models

    I liked this article. Thanks! With that said, I especially liked how it lacked an overuse of the phrase, “with that said” or one of its many variations.

    That said, I recently read an article on another tech site, and it was about the same size as this one. However, it used either “with that said,” “ with all of that said,” or “that said” 21 times.

    With all of that said, thanks.
  • Apple's Cook calls $1 trillion value 'milestone,' says result of corporate values

    crowley said:
    mr.wilsyn said:
    $1 Trillion dollars isn't quite as impressive when adjusted for inflation. In 1918, five generations in the past it equaled $60,000,000
    There weren't any companies worth even close to $60bn in 1917.  The first U.S. company to top a single $bn was US Steel, and that was in 1903.  That's equivalent to about $30bn when inflation-adjusted.

    By 1917 (presumably not that different from 1918), U.S. Steel was still the most valuable company in the USA, but it still only had a market cap of $46.4 inflation-adjusted.

    $1tn is very impressive.

    $60,000,000 = 60 million, not 60 billion. Not that it matters to me ... just that it seems you went to all that trouble to Google and all, which suggests a level of pride in accuracy to me. So, I thought I’d help out a bit. I’m also not sure if the person you quoted meant to actually type $60,000,000. Maybe they meant to type $60,000,000,000? In which case, you’d probably be right ... but again, it doesn’t matter very much to me.
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  • FBI & other US branches join Justice Department in Cambridge Analytica investigation

    This whole fiasco reminds me of that James Bond movie with Pierce Brosnan in it. The one where a worldwide media conglomerate made a play for world domination. Damn ... what was the name of that one?
  • How to free up your Mac's internal storage by moving your iTunes Library to an external dr...

    abolish said:
    abolish said:
    This article should have mentioned iTunes Match. That has more or less obsoleted this method. Combined with iCloud Music Library it totally frees you from the burden of managing an external drive -- plus it's stored in the cloud so you get an offsite backup of your precious music collection as well. It is Apple's primary solution for this exact problem. I get that there were some rare problems reported with it years ago but it's worth at least discussing here, in an article about "how to free up your Mac's internal storage by moving your iTunes Library..."
    iTunes Match and the similar but not identical feature in Apple Music will be discussed in a future tip. 

    This solution requires no paid service.
    Purchasing an external hard drive costs money too -- X2 if you want a backup.

    All I'm saying is this article should have mentioned iTunes Match / iCloud Music Library. While there are some small differences, the bigger picture is this is the Apple's primary solution for this local storage problem. High quality cloud storage easily accessible from all your devices. In that context this external drive method is much more niche, so it would be informative to explain the (rare) niche conditions under which you might want to explore it.
    iTunes Match only works for music files. Not much use for those that have a lot of personal video files that were not purchased from the iTunes Store. The method in the article addresses that. Your method does not.

    Scope of the article was defined at the beginning, and it stuck to that topic. Technically, there is nothing wrong with the article itself. The author “could have” adjusted the scope of it, but they didn’t, and that’s their choice.
  • Apple limits 2016 MacBook Pro models to 16GB of RAM to maximize battery life

    Guess I'll be spending $3,000 on a loaded Surface Book instead.

    Oh wait, it only has 16GB RAM as well. Why isn't anyone complaining about Microsoft skimping on RAM? Or releasing an "updated" Surface Book with hardly any changes from last years version?
    Most likely because this site isn't called microsoftinsider.com, and Apple customers are some of the more "passionate" ones out there.
  • Gooligan malware roots 1M Android phones in "largest Google account breach to date"

    Sounds like a decent opportunity to make some easy cash by running a small business to re-flash affected devices. Re-flashing is not "complex" at all. Android SDK installed on a supported system, plug device into USB port, run one small command to unlock boot loader, one command to reload android image, and one command to lock boot loader.

  • Three Apple PR specialists leave company for new jobs at Ford, Tesla

    g-news said:
    As a PR specialist myself, I can't blame them for leaving.
    Agreed. After things like saying in the iPhone 7 keynote that headphone jack removal was the future, and then about 2 months later releasing MacBook Pro's that still had it in them ... kinda hard to look good when trying to explain that.

    People can justify that particular item anyway they like to coincide with their views, but can't much argue the fact that it sends a contradictory signal to the general public.