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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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  • Use your new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil with these updated apps

    The new iPad Pro looks impressive. I have been very happy with my original iPad Pro. Whilst I have issues with the keyboard and pencil the large screen continues to impress, My initial thoughts were to upgrade to the new model for the enhanced screen resolution and performance. I had a look at the new MB Air and was equally impressed with the new model. I did some pricing comparisons and concluded it would be cheaper to buy the MB Air than an iPad Pro with keyboard, cover and pencil. Whilst the i5 Intel chip is relative old , the latest incarnation has excellent power consumption from a battery life perspective. 

    The Apple announcement highlighted the power of the iPad Pro showing games and Adobe Photoshop running. So what is the better option? The MB Air is a real laptop whereas the iPad Pro is a laptop replacement. Perhaps the answer lies in the Operating System? Thoughts and comments appreciated.
    Personally I have no need for a laptop. I have an ‘09 Mac Pro at home that I need to do the brain swap on, and at work I’m on a 2015(?) 5k iMac. As much photoshop and sketching as I do I basically can’t live without the iPad Pro + Pencil. Well I did but the iPad 4 and intuos stylus was... well it got me by.

    I have to have a desktop for 3D modeling apps & rendering, but if I didn’t have to have a desktop for those things I’m pretty sure choosing the iPad Pro over a laptop would be pretty easy. I guess if you’re doing a lot of writing, or spreadsheets, or presentations a laptop would be better since doing those things are kinda optimized for that style UI, but I rarely do that stuff, so. iPad is a no-brainer for me.
  • 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.

  • Microsoft surpasses Apple, retakes crown of world's most valuable company

    Microsoft is Office. 

    If office tanks, all of Microsoft goes with it. Windows as well.

    And really, all there is to Office is Excel. Nothing about anything else in that suite is worth anything to anyone. Word. SUCKS. PowerPoint. SUCKS. The only reason they get used is because they’re already on the computers they use for Excel. 

    If Apple made Numbers on par with Excel and perhaps (less importantly) improved pages a little, they would absolutely CRUSH office. And Windows. And MSFT. It’s gotta happen at some point right?

  • Scientific community up in tentacles over Apple's 'upside down' squid emoji

    bitmod said:
    Apple is doomed
    Tim & Jonny obviously out of their gourds & no longer fit to run Apple.