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  • Lawsuit blames Apple's 'less safe' FaceTime implementation for fatal traffic accident

    "I'll never get all the money I want out of a 20-year-old. I think I'll sue someone with big pockets!"
  • T-Mobile One plan simplified further, all additional charges now under single fee

    tokyojimu said:
    This sounds like a huge price increase for anyone that doesn't use gobs of data. Soneone like myself that uses 2 GB or less of data per month is better off at AT&T (I pay $48) than paying $60/$70 to T-Mobile. (I say "$60/$70" because I sometimes go over 2 GB, but it is always covered by rollover data from the previous month. On T-Mobile, I would pay $70 any month I go over 2 GB.)
    It isn't. I'm on T-Mobile now. I pay a bit over $120 a month now for 2 lines and an iPad. If I go to this plan, it will be 2 line for $120 and I'll get rid of the iPad plan (I barely use it and can just tether it if I need). Then, they have the kickback that if you don't use over 2GBs a month, you get a $10 rebate. Because of T-Mobile's free bandwidth for so many services, I am currently at .7GB and my wife is at 1.1GB and we pay next week. We would likely see a $20 rebate and only pay $100. Don't forget the taxes and fees are included in that $120. There are other things, more subjective, that I like about T-Mobile, so I'm good with $50 each for my wife and I. Other people's bandwidth usage and subjective needs, of course, will vary. I don't think it is out of line with other providers at all, though.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for racial equality in light of US shooting deaths

    is it the law in America that the sentence for resisting arrest is death? because that's kind of messed up
    No. But it is apparently the sentence for selling illegally copied CDs or for telling an officer you are legally carrying a gun but are reaching for your wallet and ID. Oh, and it is apparently the sentence for stupidity. Since that can be judged in the street by officers of questionable merit, I suspect we may be reading about the death of apple ][ soon.
  • Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor rumored to borrow design cues from Mac Pro, could arriv...

    zoetmb said:
    Soli said:
    sflagel said:
    As much as I would love to have a well-functioning Siri-based Echo competitor, the emphasis must be on "well-functioning"! and since Siri is the opposite of well-functioning, indeed it is just a dangerous time-wasting distraction, this can only be a catastrophe.
    Can you give me an example of of Siri's AI that makes you think a competitor to Amazon Echo or Google Home can't possibly be "well-functioning" and will only result in "catastrophe"?
    I can.   I say "find pizza near me" (in Queens, NY) and it finds pizza places in California.
    How does that work? I just asked Siri that here in the middle of Jokelahoma, and it found 15 results within 3 miles -- no California or anywhere else. There is no wayin hell they have Jokelahoma figured out better than CA and NYC.

    While we're doing anecdotes, I use Siri all the time to get directions to things as well as dictate and send messages to my wife. The only time I've had an issue is when I bought a new smaller car and the road noise became a problem, but I can get around that by waiting for quieter roads or when I stop at a red light.

    If Siri can understand my Oklahoma drawl, I'm sure it should understand a New York or other accent, too. I'm sure it can have issues with that, however all of these personal assistants can only get better understanding over time now. The purchase of Workflow and the tight integration of Siri into many subsystems of iOS and MacOS are going to make for some great stuff and with a lot less privacy issues as Apple works to keep as much exact personal info from being transmitted as possible. I prefer their approach of not having some capabilities at the moment to other companies just sending everything willy-nilly with the hope that one day they will get the privacy issues in check.
  • Sprint, T-Mobile merger under consideration again, given change in US regulatory climate

    Oh, please no. I love my T-Mobile, and I don't want Sprint anywhere near it.
  • Snapchat for iPhone gains 3D, augmented reality 'World Lenses'

    Nothing but NOISE! 

    More gimmicky crap for use by the teen crowd -- show me some useful AR stuff and it might be worth using it (e.g., a 3D object that I can pan around would be huge IMHO).

    This reminds me more of the Snapchat icon with a poop emoji floating over it. 🤔 💩 😉  /s
    And get off my lawn! ;)
  • Another Mac-specific malware pops up, but Apple's Gatekeeper still prevents infection

    Interesting we have two malware attempts with relatively new-to-Mac effects soon after Apple distributed the macOS beta with an unencrypted kernel. Perhaps unrelated? I don't know enough to know for sure...
  • Three weeks after calling for Apple boycott, Donald Trump is tweeting from his iPhone again

    ireland said:
    Fuck that clown.
    and 8 others.
    I don't know what this "and n others" bit is that AI tacks onto posts, but in the case of the politicians up for nomination in the U.S.these days, yeah, I think "8 others" fits at the very least.