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  • Apple's first million HomePods now shipping from Inventec - report

    saarek said:
    An example, to turn up the heating she just says "Alexa, turn up the heating to 19 Degrees" and its done. None of this "Hey Siri", wait 3 seconds and then give an instruction bullshit. 
    I don’t understand the “wait 3 seconds...” part of your comment. When I adjust my heat I say, “Hey Siri, set my basement heat to 70 degrees.” and Siri replies fairly quickly with “I set the heat in the basement to 70. Stay warm!” or something along those lines. No waiting 3 seconds, I just say what I want done. 

    I’ve noticed several times that my devices react to a command almost instantly and all I’m waiting for is Siri’s reply, which is by far the less important part. 
    A little observation here - the problem is that Siri often doesn't audibly/visibly acknowledge that it's heard you for a few seconds. Yes, you can just speak the entire command and be understood, much of the time.
  • Apple supplier Japan Display gets $723M bailout amid weakening iPhone sales

    What’s the benefit of going all OLED?

    I like it just fine with LED at the low end and OLED at the high end.  If anything Apple needs to cover even more price points...

    LCD is cheaper, but OLED provides much better contrast and power consumption, and much of the iPhone's competition is already on OLED.
  • Hands on: Lenovo's Google-enabled, iPhone-connected 8-inch Smart Display

    It's Android (Google), has a camera on it, so automatic NEVER in my household.
    Something we didn't mention is that there's a switch which not only disables the camera but covers it up.
  • Microsoft at work on iPhone & iPad app for Movies & TV customers

    nunzy said:
    Why should Apple allow Microsoft to poach Apple's customers on Apple's devices? Apple's best bet is to refuse to carry the Microsoft app on App Store. What is the point of being an exclusive supplier if you supply your competitors with profits?

    Apple should not stand for this

    Bear in mind that people wouldn't be able to buy from the Microsoft Store on iOS, simply watch content the already have.
  • Apple supplier Japan Display gets $723M bailout amid weakening iPhone sales

    I wonder what ever happened with Apple and microLED? Haven't heard anything in a while. 
    They're likely still working on it, but it's nascent technology and still very expensive to produce at scale.
  • US Senator demands Apple & Google pull app used by Saudis to oppress women

    entropys said:
    Regardless of the merits of this app (or not), this is a politician “directing” a private entity to do something about a third party’s product. In another country no less. Fascist.
    Please be careful about throwing around the fascist label in the forums.

    This isn't an order, we should note - it's just a plea, which Wyden or any other person is entitled to.
  • Here are the vehicles and receivers with Apple CarPlay announced in 2018-2019

    HeliBum said:
    Not a comprehensive list by any means. I know that the head unit standard in many, if not all, 2018 Dodge Durango models supports CarPlay. I've been shopping those models for a while and I don't believe the 2017 models had it. I wonder how many other models added it in 2018 but didn't have an official announcement.
    Quite a few, almost certainly. CarPlay has become commonplace enough that some automakers don't make a big deal out of it. Typically, we also don't bother if a prior model year had CarPlay.
  • Apple takes memoji-themed Apple Music ads to YouTube ahead of Grammy Awards

    Remember, Apple's GUI is based on work by Xerox.
    Does anyone know anyone that actively follows Apple's YouTube channel? If it wasn't for seeing these things on AI I would have no idea they even existed.

    Side question: are these songs currently nominated for Grammys? Out of the three there was only one that I didn't cringe while listening to. I'm sure that's different for different people and is another reason I couldn't care less about the Grammys/Golden Globes/Academy Awards/etc.
    Well, the Grammys have been infamously tone-deaf for decades now. The voters often seem to go by sales rather than their own tastes, not to say the latter would produce better results.
  • Microsoft halts sales of Band fitness trackers, says no new model in 2016

    cali said:
     I was thinking about Microsoft earlier. Every market they enter they try to copy Apple and have failed since Zunes.

    Zune, windows mobile, Surface, all leading Microsoft into irrelevancy. Since Microsoft doesn't have a successful mobile platform copying Apple Watch will fail also. At least the band was different but it seems Microsoft is lost without copying Apple.
    I don't know that I'd call the Surface a failure. It's not a colossal hit, but it has its niche. The last two Pro models have been well-reviewed.
  • Google reveals Chromecast Ultra, Google WiFi, Daydream View VR; details Google Home

    sog35 said:
    Google Wifi - great, now Google can see every single website I visit, every single wifi call I make, every single movie I watch......

    Google Chromecast - great now Google can see every single streaming video i watch, music video, song......

    Google Home - great. Now google can listen to me all day long 24 hours a day. Yes there is a mute button, but who knows

    Google VR - this is actually the only device that is 'safe'

    Use your brain people. Google makes 99% of their profits from ads. These devices are simply spy devices to collect as much data on you as your home. creapy as hell. I don't want GoogleBrain listening to my conversations 24 hours a day. And if I have to remember to mute the device, that's ridiculous. 
    How far do you take this policy? Do you never use Facebook or Twitter? Do you only use DuckDuckGo for searches? Do you always browse the web in an incognito mode? Do you never create a permanent account with an online store?

    Because I can guarantee that if you said "no" to any of those questions, you've had your habits tracked by many parties. It's not the end of the world unless you're just that committed to privacy.

    And no, the Google Home won't be recording everything you say 24/7, unless perhaps the NSA decides to tamper with your device. It's no worse than an Amazon Echo from what we know.

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