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  • Video: How Apple's Intelligent Tracking Protection in Safari works

    It’s even worse than what this article outlines. I’m a designer and was playing around with creating custom textures in Procreate. I wanted to make a custom bark texture. So I image searched “bark” with DDG - I’m fairly certain, it’s my default - (in safari). I used an image on the second or third row & Never thought another thing about it until a few days later. When I got an email... to my personal freelance email from a company called “Bark”. The aim of bark (supposedly, I’ve never contacted them yet) is to match designers with people who need designers to design things for them (for next to nothing no doubt). Somehow it dawned on me about my search a few days earlier. I went back to safari and did an image search with DDG. scroll scroll..... nothing seemed to pop out as unusual. So researched with g!... scroll scroll......

    and and there it was.

    amongst nothing but pictures of bark. A little logo I recognized from a bizarre, unsolicited email. A little icon of a dog barking.

    i don’t know what’s going on there, but it’s incredibly powerful, insideous, and creepy as shit. I don’t know if Apple has solved for this thing exactly, but I applaud their efforts in this area and perhaps they will get to this type of spying in the future if this measure is not effective against it yet.
  • Apple begins selling 18W USB-C power adapter separately for iPhones & iPads

    Came for the whining. Not disappointed.
  • Slack is latest major service to drop standalone Apple Watch app

    Having just recently gotten a gen 1  Watch, I have to say, I really like it. Set my lunch timer with it, use Apple Pay with it, respond quickly to some texts, set up reminders, use remote, log into my work Mac (home Mac too old :( ) and even took an emergency phone call from my wife at work (was an actual emergency) when I happened to leave my phone on the other side of the building.

    However, I only use one non-Apple app regularly.

    now that I’ve been using it a month or so, I can see why devs have been tapering off on development.  Watch is a very Apple product which works incredibly well with all the features and conveniences of the Apple ecosystem and makes certain parts of being in the Apple ecosystem even more convenient. But it doesn’t really make a lot of sense for much else other than that. I’ve used Shazam a couple times, but hell even that’s Apple now. And that one other app I do use could be accomplished with reminders if I really wanted to. The only other app I wish was on the watch is a Bluetooth door key for my work so I didn’t have to fiddle with the phone app. Doubt the devs will ever get to it though, but that didn’t stop me from requesting it! 

     Watch is a fantastic little piece of tech and will obviously only get better with each new release, but it’s general usefulness beyond Apple’s ecosystem, for me, has yet to materialize. 
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  • Samsung's 'Infinity Flex Display' demo shows future of foldable smartphones

    Material fatigue is going to be a challenge.
  • Apple encourages developers to adopt subscription fee structure in new video

    I know it’s the way of the future, doesn’t make it any less lame. 
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  • Apple's Trent Reznor says YouTube built on stolen content, pushes Apple Music

    mattinoz said:
    Still really really weird to read Trent Reznor as a corporate employee.
    Sure it's Apple and he has a high level position with lots of authority but still weird.
    You act like you forgot about Dre.
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  • Google pays Fossil $40M for smartwatch IP to compete with Apple Watch

    qwwera said:

     Their current wearables are pretty bad.

    Because they're not a design company. They're a data-mining, ad-supported, Internet search company.
  • What it was like to give up my Apple Watch after three years of constant use

    stanhope said:
    Dragging the phone around is indeed a drag.  I have had an apple watch since the first version and I am delighted with how the device has come along.  The apple watch 3 has relegated my $17,000 Cartier Panther and several other expensive watches to the jewelry box.  I will be right there when preorders start for the AW4.  The nice side benefit is that when you go to sell one, the price holds up nicely.
     I was at the Apple Store two days ago and max they would pay $200 for my 42mm LTE Nike Series three that cost just shy of $500.  

    You'll likely get more selling to a private party. Apple’s going to resell it... like trading a car in; you’re always going to get a worse deal.

    chasm said:
    Like some of the other commenters, I am still using my Series 0. I never upgraded because ... this one still works fine. Only just now, 3.5 years later, am I realising that I must now charge it every night -- rather than every other night when I first got it.  

    FWIW I turned off raise to wake. Cuts battery usage almost in half for me.

  • Laurene Powell Jobs' Emerson Collective contributing to $100M funding round for Boom Super...

    "Our interest in boom is driven by its vision to enable greater human connection and more empathetic natural and cultural experience through ecologically conscientious design," advised Emerson Collective managing partner Andy Karsner in a press release.

    That’s some fluffy PR speak there.

    Yeah, then again 100M for a project like this is a pretty small sum.
  • iPhone X beats out Galaxy S10+ CPU in alleged benchmark testing

    slurpy said:
    Can someone fucking explain to me how "iPhones are underpowered compard to Android" is still an extreme common meme I see on the internet, especially in comments? I mean, I understand that Apple haters are mostly delusional, but there must be SOMETHING they think they're referring to, considering the facts are the complete opposite and the iPhone wipes the floor with pretty much everything out there and has been doing so for years.
    What I hear nowadays mostly is how awesome it is to be able to tweak & customize your phone. fiddling around with settings & changing colors & shit. Stuff I simply don't have time for. From what I can tell there are two types of android users. 1) The morons that don't care and use their phones for crappy pix here & there, texting, facebook & the odd phone call, Maybe memes. And it's cheep as crap. Also this is the VAST majority of Android user as far as I can tell. 2) The tech-obsessed geekbro(ette) who builds their own PCs, is balls-deep in Google apps, and doesn't give a rip that they've signed away their rights for Goog to use any of their data as they see fit but hey, it's free. They have good jobs, but no actual hobbies other than dweebing out on the latest technobobble and making sure their lawns don't have any weeds. 

    Everyone else uses iPhone. That's my take anyway.