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  • EU hammers Google with record $2.7 billion antitrust fine for illegal search manipulation

    Or to put it another way, the EU has stomped on some blatantly anti-competitive activities and Google have to pay something for having broke the law. If they don't like the laws of a territory they can always stop trading there.

    Back a few years when Google used to rank your website by relevance to the search (remember those days ?) our website was top of almost every possible relevant search. After 6 months of being bombarded by and rebuffing telephone calls from Google "suggesting" we started paying for Adwords we suddenly, overnight, fell off a cliff to the extent that even I couldn't find our entry using the same search words.

    Miraculously within hours of signing up for Adwords, guess what ? Yes, we were back at the top again.

    So I don't have a problem with the fine.
    [Deleted User]hydrogenwilliamlondonericthehalfbeesphericpropodfotoformatclemynxpalominecali
  • Siri has commanding lead in users over Google Assistant, Samsung S Voice in the US

    STOP PRESS "product with far larger installed base has more users" SHOCK HORROR !!! Is it such a slow news day ?

    Having said that, it's a shame Siri is utter dogsh!t. Everyone tries it at least once intentionally, then loads of times accifentally - usually with similar results. I've rarely found an instance when manually searching wouldn't have been at least as quick as Siri.
    williamlondonking editor the grateavon b7techrules
  • White House says FBI wants access to one iPhone, not blanket backdoor from Apple

    josha said:
    Didn't Apple say it was impossible to break into the latest iPhones and iOS ?

    But if it has the touch entry, hasn't the FBI tried the touch of that dead terrorist's fingers.

    I recall when a well know top end car had a touch function to start it,
     thieves who took over a few of those cars from the owners,
      cut off a few fingers so they could leave the owner at the roadside.
    They could if they could somehow retrofit a 5C with Touch ID.....

    But it's OK to ask Apple to put a whole lot of resource into solving this one single phone problem. I'm sure it would only be this one iPhone. No other ones. Honest. Would we lie to you ? After the US DoJ went after Apple so evenhandedly over the old iBooks thing and all I'm sure Apple are only too keen to help.
    h2pnolamacguymwhiteAnibrakkenwilliamlondon
  • As Apple's GPU plans go public, Imagination fears becoming a tech orphan

    "In March 2016, Apple reportedly engaged in "advanced talks" with Imagination regarding a potential takeover. At the time, Apple owned about 10 percent of the company, while Intel owned an even larger stake."

    Daniel, Intel had already sold their stake (Feb 2015) when the Apple approach to take over Imagination happened (Mar 2016).

    JinTech, Imagination's assertion is that they feel after 10 years (plus another 1-2 before being ditched) of supplying IP, engineering and integration manpower and confidential knowhow to Apple, added to the fact that a good number of their top GPU designers left to go to Apple, they do not see it as possible/likely that Apple will be releasing a GPU core that will be different enough - from base principles to metal - to not have infringed ANY of their IP. Imagination are not going to "steal" a GPU design from Apple ! Apart from the obvious, where else could they use it ?

    Bottom line is that even if Apple do infringe, Imagination has zero money and to take Apple to court over infringing their IP is inconceivable as they simply can't afford it, and Apple know this.

    For the sake of transparency, I used to be an Imagination shareholder til 3-4 weeks ago - thankfully !!! - and am still an Apple shareholder, but if Apple have done the dirty deed then it stinks. Anyone who uses then steals another company's IP is a bit scummy, whether it's Apple, Samsung or anyone else.

    But we'll just have to wait and see if they have and what happens next. Little point in labouring the point much further as all will be supposition until Apple release their own in-house GPU.
    williamlondon
  • White House says FBI wants access to one iPhone, not blanket backdoor from Apple

    Has anybody bothered asking the FBI exactly what they're hoping to find, and what proof there is that any such information will actually be, on the phone. I think you Americans call it probable cause or something although I may have watched one too many police programmes for my own good.
    h2pktappedws-2brakken
  • Imagination Technologies says cost & job cuts linked to slower iPhone sales

    Apple partners should be contractually bound to shut their pie holes.
    They are.

    Imagination Technologies said nothing of the sort ! Here is a link to the company release.

    https://imgtec.com/news/press-release/17-march-2016-restructuring-update/

    THEY DID NOT MENTION ANY DOWNTURN AT APPLE.

    This is a lazy reporting of lazy reporting from Yahoo's crappy newsfeed on the iPhone Stocks app.

    nolamacguylostkiwibobschlob
  • Customer rampages through French Apple Store, smashes iPhones, iMacs, MacBook Air

    What's so amazing is the way he was treated by employees, security and customers. The security guard appears to be conversing with him about his actions, the store employees don't appear disgruntled or scared and other customers aren't reacting to his actions. In America his antics would not have been so politely received. My guess is a bystander would have intervened and a tussle would have ensued. Everything just comes off very passive.
    In America he would probably have had a gun rather than a petanque ball and the mall security guards or a shopper would likely have shot him.

    Vive la difference.
    ai46thepixeldoc
  • Apple scaling back iPhone 7 production as early demand fades - report

    Apple in "iPhones sell fewer units in second half than in first half" shock scandal ! /s
    mike1watto_cobra
  • Fourth-gen Apple TVs spontaneously awaken, power on their HDTVs, users complain

    I smell a class action suit..../s