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  • Apple debuts third-generation Apple Pencil with USB-C charging

    So hang on.  It’s WORSE than Apple Pencil 2 in every way?  Am I missing something?
    Yes, you’re missing that it’s only $79, compared to the $129 of the 2nd gen. You get to choose, it’s not replacing the 2nd gen.
  • ChatGPT might quit the EU rather than comply with regulations

    How would the ban be practically implemented? The OpenAI servers don’t need to be located within the EU for residents to access them.
    It would be the same as the GDPR. Tech companies don't have to have servers, or even a single office or employee based in the EU to fall under its scope. If you allow EU citizens to use your service within the EU, then you must abide by the rules they have imposed. If you do not wish to abide by those rules, you can ban EU citizens from utilizing your services. Sure, an EU citizen could use a VPN based outside of the EU and supply fake information to your company saying you are not within the EU to gain access to your company's systems, but your company would no longer be held liable in that instance, as you have made a good faith effort on your side to ban them.
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  • Apple's Studio Display doesn't shine in the light of competition

    You can not have a legitimate comparison when we have absolutely no idea as to the price point of the S9. They're so close on specs, it will absolutely be the price as the main factor here. And why have such an article when you haven't even been able to review the monitor.
    If the S9 comes in for under $1000, it will be a formidable choice, at least until Apple updates their display lineup. Lets revisit this when we know a price and can actually review the thing.
  • Third ex-Apple engineer charged over Apple Car technology theft

    Has Apple not heard of Data Loss Prevention? Do they not have a cybersecurity team monitoring classified information exfiltration? It's preposterous that such an advanced company could allow gigabytes of IP to be stolen from their network, yes even if it is an insider actor. There are systems to prevent this.
  • Threads hasn't been alive for a day, and Twitter is already threatening to sue

    jdw said:
    I personally feel folks need to leave Musk alone.  
    Aww boo hoo, leave the poor egomaniacal dumbass billionaire alone! ::eyes roll deep into my head::
  • Google doubles down on its 'AI' future during I/O, hitting the buzzword over 100 times

    And yet when Apple announced the new Logic and Final Cut Pro for iPad yesterday, with tons of AI both under the hood and clearly visible in their demonstrations/press release, Apple didn't say/print the word AI/Artificial Intelligence ANYWHERE, not even once is it mentioned. Even though AI is certainly present and utilized in every Apple product, it's interesting Apple is staying far away from using the word, and here Evil Google uses it over 100 times in one sitting.
  • GM ditching CarPlay & Android Auto for Google-built infotainment system

    illrigger said:
    red oak said:
    illrigger said:
    That's Volvo/Polestar, Nissan/Mitsubishi/Renault, GM, Ford/Lincoln, Honda/Acura, VW Group, and now Chevrolet that are all-in on Android Automotive, with several others using it as their base without the Google services.

    It's not shocking, it's all about money. Apple's Carplay integration requires the carmakers to still develop a local OS and GUI for those who don't have an iPhone, and presumably they have to pay Apple some licensing fees on top. Android Automotive *is* the operating system so no external reliance needs to be assumed, and presumably Google is both aiding in integration and probably covering part of the costs. In the end, automakers get a cohesive car OS that has top-notch navigation and all the apps people want, and Google does all the work for them.

    In a day when the software that runs the car is as important if not more so as the hardware, anything that makes the job easier and cheaper for carmakers is going to get their money. Apple dropped the ball here by focusing on making people need to buy more of their products instead of working with the automakers to give them what they need, and Google has been more than happy to pick it up and run it home.

    Apple CarPlay is 100% free to automakers.   They do not pay a dime

    Not sure where you get that idea. Carplay accessory development is covered under the MFi program.

    MFi Program (

    It places all kinds of restrictions on automakers and requires them to jump through all kinds of hoops to get their products approved.
    It may be a part of the MFi program, but car manufacturers DO NOT pay Apple a fee to license car play in any way whatsoever. Yes, they must make sure their infotainment center can properly display CarPlay, and that's where the manufacturers' job and time/money spent ends. It is a negligible development cost.
  • Apple accused of stalling union negotiations with Apple Towson employees

    Apple doesn’t have to agree to those negotiations. The union can push as hard as they want and apple is free to say no to what they push for. 

    It’s crazy that class-action bullying is legal in the corporate sector. 
    Wow that's certainly a hot take. You must be a Mr Big CEO making the $millions, fully entrenched in western late stage capitalism, bootlicker to the oligarchs who don't give a single F about you. So nice of you to shill for the largest corporation in the whole of human history, who's sole purpose is to make more money for the shareholders. 

    You're certainly right in that Apple is free to say no to what the union wants. But to simp for the "corporate sector" being "bullied" by a "class action". WOW what a spicy characterization. You want unions outlawed because those poor corporations don't stand a chance if they give their peasant workers any rights or respect, huh? Poor poor Apple, HOW DARE their workers try to negotiate for better working conditions/benefits/pay.

    Honestly F Apple for continuing to be so hostile to their workers and their legally protected union activities.
  • Apple finally reaches one billion paid subscriptions milestone

    Your headline and the first two sentences are FALSE. It's subscribers, not subscriptions. They likely have had several billion subscriptions for quite a while. This new milestone is stating that there are 1 Billion individual people who have at least one subscription of some kind through Apple. It's an important distinction and one that I'm not surprised AI got wrong in the freakin headline itself.
  • iPhone 15 Pro has faster 5G downloads -- assuming you've got good coverage

    And they're getting this data from where? From the select few Apple employees who both have a iPhone 15 pro/pro max test unit and are also using this particular speed test service which I have never even heard of? So these tests were likely concentrated in very particular areas, and there may have been a grand total of 3 users using this particular speed test service. Why would any Apple employee even use "SpeedSmart" to test their phone?
    I would not be surprised if the performance is actually better from last year, but this conclusion is extremely premature, unscientific, and a total conjecture.