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  • Apple exterminates USB-C troubleshooting port on Apple TV 4K, adds Gigabit Ethernet

    Dolby Atmos not supported.
  • iOS 10.2 improves Apple HomeKit with expanded smart home notifications

    100 devices by the end of this year? Only about 80 left to go. They have 16 days. Should be quite a wild ride then!
  • 2021 Apple TV 4K versus 2017 Apple TV 4K - Who should buy the new model, and who should no...

    "also supports unquestionably excellent audio" -- Not the case. AppleTV forces decode of Atmos inside the AppleTV into PCM (raw audio bytes without metadata). This means Atmos 3D position metadata is completely lost. AppleTV does not support true passthrough, so there is no way to preserve Atmos metadata.

    It is always possible the new AppleTV could fix this or take advantage of eARC to partially fix it in specific scenarios, but there is as yet no evidence of any fix for this forthcoming. Because of this, Apple is really at the bottom of the barrel in terms of sound quality as it can't handle proper Atmos unlike every other major media player.
  • Apple staring down possibility of new per-employee tax in Cupertino

    How do such mentally challenged people ever get elected.... it's infuriating the ignorance. Cupertino is nothing without Apple.
  • Review: Kwikset Premis HomeKit lock chews through batteries, disappoints

    YMMV I switched to Kwikset Premis a month or so ago from Schlage Sense because the Schlage Sense ate at least 5 sets of batteries in a month. By the end after Schlage replaced it with a new unit to try to correct the issue, the new one ate battery sets in < 2 days.

    Needless to say, I'm on battery set 1 with Premis still, and the battery readout says 85% so I'm not concerned.

    I can't surmise what caused the reviewer's issue, but I would say my overall experience (even excluding battery) was significantly better with Premis than Sense. That may be influenced as well by the fact every other lock in my house is Kwikset so it was nice to have an easily keyed lock to everything else, and it matches perfectly. I strongly recommend Premis at 4 stars and Sense at 2 stars due to the same battery issue. But even without that, the Sense would have been 3 stars.
  • HomeTags make it even easier to control your HomeKit devices via NFC

    My experience with NFC tags has been poor on an iPhone XS Max and now iPhone 11 Pro. I often have to scrape my phone against the tag 4 or 5 times wondering why it isn't executing. I have to assume they are intended to work better than this. Maybe some tags are better than others.
  • Anticipating WWDC 2016: what's ahead for Apple Watch 2 and watchOS 3

    The lines below are false. Native apps on watchOS 2 cannot connect directly over Wi-Fi. NSURLSession is used to proxy connections from the Watch to the Phone making it appear to the app as if it is direct, but actually it is not. The performance is horrific and this is the primary flaw in watchOS 2. This is not a "we did this last year", this is a "top item to do this year".
    AppleInsider said:

    At last year's WWDC, Apple introduced watchOS 2, which enabled developers to build native apps that ran on the watch itself, eliminating a round trip of communications to the connected phone on every action, resulting in much better performance. Native apps on watchOS 2 can also connect to the Internet directly via WiFi, even when your phone isn't present.
  • Apple to halve App Store fees for content providers integrated with new 'TV' app, report says

    They need to stop picking random numbers and just get in a room with Amazon until they make a deal. There's no sense changing the number until they know Amazon will accept it. I doubt Amazon will accept anything above 3% or so.