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  • Mark Zuckerberg claims Apple's App Store charges 'monopoly rents,' stifles innovation

    Apple should respond, “Mark, you have exactly the kind of software company we are trying to protect our users from. So we will take your insult as a complement.”
  • Apple Watch summons immediate help for man who fell through ice

    Twelve months ago my Apple Watch 6 notified me of a heart problem, so when I called my doctor she said to go to the emergency room immediately. I did that, and while I can't say definitively that I would be dead without my Apple Watch 6, I can say that I got the treatment I needed and that may have been a factor as to why I'm alive today.
  • Epic argues Apple has 'no rights to the fruits' of its labor in 'Fortnite' filing

    I think Apple’s fees are high, but it’s difficult to sympathize with Epic.
    Right now Apple's fee structure favours the small developer, because all developers pay almost NOTHING (only that $99 annual developer fee) until they start selling products, through that 15% to 30% fee. Would you prefer that there be an upfront fee of $1000 per developer for the Xcode tools and developer accounts and services, even before a single product is sold? That would be great for big companies like Epic but bad for the million developers who would have to pay $1000 each just to join the table.

    Basically Epic doesn't want to be subsidizing the small developer (who include their competitors) any more. Understandable. But every one of the 200 million socialists in the US should be outraged at Epic.
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  • Judge in Epic v. Apple trial presses Tim Cook on App Store model, competition

    A lot of people here are inferring that a hostile question from a judge means that the judge's decision will reflect her questions. This is a presumptuous belief. Many judges ask difficult questions so that their opinions, which are going to be favourable to the person being spoken to, have all the possible angles covered. I learned this from reading the US Supreme Court transcripts.

    Or maybe she's an idiot judge. Both explanations are possible.
  • Apple Watch saves cop stabbed during an arrest

    The main reason I bought the Apple Watch was for emergency 911 calling. 

    But I've had another good reason to have it. In March 2020, during the COVID panic, my Apple Watch warned me of a heart concern (that I likely would not have noticed without the Watch) and I called my doctor who said to go to the emergency room. I've had many tests, which are still ongoing, but it wasn't a diagnosis with a high probability of fatality (so I can't definitely say that the Watch "saved my life") but it still does require ongoing treatment. Not every health alert that the Watch gives will actually be a life saving alert, but this alert certainly made a difference for me.

    So I'm definitely a fan of the Watch. I'll decline to offer my exact diagnosis. No need to offer details.

  • Apple radically expands privacy features on Mail, Safari, apps, and Siri

    cg27 said:
    cg27 said:
    This is great but why weren’t IP addresses hidden all along, or at least years ago?
    Hidden by what, your local client or some other server? If the former, how would data get back to you? If the latter, how would the server owner get compensated for that service?

    Apple has decided to provide the latter and charging users through iCloud+.
    Thanks for explaining, but it still seems that this could, and perhaps should, have been achieved sooner than now.  
    I could probably agree with you on that.

    Apple probably won't let people hide which country they are from because Apple is in the media business itself and they have to know which country a person is in for their own media-controlling purposes. For example, I'd like to pay for Paramount+ and get the US content, but I'm stuck with the Canadian content of Paramount+ which feels like 50% of what the US gets. Because of these limitations Apple probably doesn't call it a "VPN".
  • Apple debuts $549 AirPods Max over-ear headphones

    No mic? I can't use it to talk with my iPhone? The fact that it has active noise cancellation proves it has some sort of mic in it, but not one I can speak into?

    It's labelled with L and R for the Left and Right sides. How are they going to market that in countries where English isn't known or spoken widely?
  • Apple says water bottle logo 'nearly identical' to its own, objects to trademark

    Trademarks aren't words or images, they are words or images used by its owner ALONG WITH its goods and services. If this company sells only bottled water, they are possibly entitled to use a trademark that Apple already uses, since Apple doesn't sell water. They could even call their company "Apple Water." Right now there are 4686 trademarks that contains the word "Apple," some of which are very close to Apple's company name. As long as the company doesn't fall in any of the same lines of business as Apple, they can likely re-use a trademark that Apple uses.

    This same mechanism also protected Apple from being sued by the Beatles who owned several "Apple" trademarks themselves. This case was settled in 2007; I presume Apple paid the Beatles to use the same trademarks. They might have even transferred ownership of the marks.

    According to the USPTO, “likelihood of confusion exists between trademarks when the marks are so similar and the goods and/or services for which they are used are so related that consumers would mistakenly believe they come from the same source. Each application is decided on its own facts, and no strict mechanical test exists for determining likelihood of confusion.” 

    Here are some examples of trademark words that are used by multiple companies that don't sell the same products: Virgin, Delta, United. You may instantly recognize multiple companies that share these identical names/trademarks.

    As long as two companies do not share the same goods and services, they can both register the same trademark. At this time the 45 recognized groups of services are: Chemicals; Paints; Cleaning Substances; Industrial Oils; Pharmaceuticals; Common Metals; Machines; Hand Tools; Computers and Scientific Devices; Medical Supplies; Appliances; Vehicles; Firearms; Precious Metals; Musical Instruments; Paper Goods; Rubber Products; Leather Goods; Building Materials; Furniture; Household Utensils; Ropes and Textile Products; Yarns and Threads; Textiles; Clothing; Lace and Embroidery; Carpets; Games and Sporting Goods; Meat, Fish, Poultry; Coffee, Flour, Rice; Grains, Agriculture; Beers and Beverages; Alcoholic Beverages; Tobacco Products; Advertising and Business Services; Insurance and Finance Services; Construction and Repair Services; Telecommunications Services; Shipping and Travel Services; Material Treatment Services; Education and Entertainment Services; Science and Technology Services; Food Services; Medical and Vet Services; Legal and Security Services.

    In the case of Prepare, Prepare sold groceries, but they did it through an app, which made Apple's case stronger against them. In this case I don't see overlap.
  • New York Times CEO compares Apple news service to Netflix, cautions against partnership

    Not many people are willing to shell out money to see a 20 year old news article. So I think he's mistaken comparing movies to news. The life cycle of a movie is probably measured in decades, while news is probably measured in weeks. He can do what he wants, but I think it would be wise to open up his newspaper to an additional 100 million paying subscribers.
  • First Apple Silicon M1 malware discovered in the wild

    I had to Google why AI might say "[sic]" for this:
    "There are a myriad of [sic]
    and I found this:

    Another hot debate is whether it is correct to say, “Disneyland has myriad delights" or “Disneyland has a myriad of delights." You commonly hear "a myriad of" and just as commonly hear people railing that it should be simply "myriad" because the word is an adjective and essentially equivalent to a number. The argument goes like this: You wouldn't say, "There are a ten thousand of delights," so you shouldn't say, "There are a myriad of delights.”

    Believe it or not, most language experts say that either way is fine. “Myriad” was actually used as a noun in English long before it was used as an adjective, and Merriam-Webster says the criticism the word gets as a noun is “recent.” Further, Garner’s Modern English Usage says “a myriad of” is fine even though it’s less efficient than “myriad.” Language is about more than efficiency, after all!  

    Today, “myriad” is used as both a noun and an adjective, which means it can be used with an “a” before it (as a noun, “a myriad” just as you would say “a mouse”) or without an “a” before it (as an adjective, “myriad delights” just as you would say “delicious treats”).

    Nevertheless, if you choose to say or write "a myriad of," I have to warn you that you'll encounter occasional but vehement resistance. And in fact, the AP Stylebook says not to use it. So if you’re following AP style, it doesn’t matter what Merriam-Webster or Garner says is fine. (The Chicago Manual of Style doesn’t comment on “a myriad of” directly, but in a Q&A refers people to Merriam-Webster.)

    I guess AI doesn't approve of certain styles even when those styles are technically correct.