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  • Lawsuit claims Apple forced users to iOS 7 by breaking FaceTime

    iOS 7 versions prior to 7.0.4  also had this bug. And Apple released iOS 6.1.6 for the devices that couldn't upgrade to iOS 7 to fix this issue for them. Not a big deal.
  • Apple begins strictly enforcing rule that prohibits iOS app updates outside of App Store

    adm1 said:
    The only app I've experienced this with is my First Direct (HSBC) banking app, it downloads and updates within the app.
    I was just going to post the same thing!  HSBC is the only app I've ever used that does this, and sometimes it doesn't give the option to install later, so I have to wait for around a 1 megabyte update to download when I just want to check my balance!!
  • Verizon seeking sale of media assets & AOL in $5 billion deal

    Fun fact. AOL was originally the product of a company called Quantum. Quantum released AOL as a rebranded product that was called AppleLink and was a joint venture with Apple to offer dial up BBS for customers. So at some point AOL started as an Apple product. 
    That's right; I forgot!  Yes, AOL was actually available exclusively on Mac for years. It was only with version 2.5 or 3.0 that they became available for Windows. I believe 5.0 was the last version made for the Mac until "AOL Desktop for Mac" came out in the late 2000s for Leopard and Snow Leopard. That was shortly abandoned, too. 
  • Verizon seeking sale of media assets & AOL in $5 billion deal

    crowley said:
    Is AOL even worth anything any more?  Does it still have presence in the US?
    Still has quite a few dial-up customers, mostly from rural areas. 

    I still pay $4.95 a month for CompuServe (an AOL subsidy) to keep my eMail address, and I'm sure there are plenty of others out there who do as well. Put it this way, you have to pay to use the AOL software and they keep it updated and it's actually not bad to have a browser, email, and file download manager in one. The last "true" CompuServe software was version 7.0 released in 2001, and wasn't compatible with any OS after Windows XP. And there's enough of us paying CompuServe users for AOL to have put in effort to rebrand the AOL software for CompuServe users with the name "CompuServe Desktop Gold," the CS logo, CS specific icons, and the blue color scheme in 2019. Now that branding might not seem like a big deal, but for a publicly traded company to put any amount of time into updating software for the first time in 18 years, I would imagine there are a significant amount of us paying users to justify that. And that's just CompuServe, a minute amount of users compared to the greater AOL base. 

    I know basically every other email (including AOL) is free now, but I've had my email address since my dad signed a 3 year contract with CompuServe back when I was in high school in order to get a subsidized computer, and so many people have my email address, it would be impossible to give everyone I know a new email address.

    Plus, like I said, there's quite a few people in rural areas who still require dial-up.