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  • Apple working to combat fake news in News app, Eddy Cue says

    This hole 'fake news' thing is all caused by the fact that the mainstream media has shown that we can no longer rely on them to get journalism right and actually verify claims that they themselves report as news. People then look to the internet for 'sources' and then subsequently fail to verify them. If everyone and their dog can run a 'news organisation' on the web then it comes as no surprise that many if not most of them have even lower journalistic standards than the current mainstream media. This does not however mean that there are no legitimate 'news organisations' on the web that do actually practice proper journalism, the problem is that the average joe can no longer distinguish between what is tabloid gossip and what is factual news.

    People are lazy and they expect journalists to do the investigative work for them, as they should, and not have to scour the internet to verify if the cited sources indeed check out. Fix the credibility issue by either having main stream media clean up their act or provide a solid and easy to find alternative for the masses that they can rely on.
  • Editorial: The future of Apple's Macintosh

    lmac said:
    Self fulfilling prophecy. Macs are not upgraded because demand is low. Demand is low because Macs are not upgraded. Apple doesn't care about its 20 billion dollar Mac business, because it has a 150 billion dollar phone business. But I think this is short sighted. Apple could gain a lot of respect and r&d experience by continuing to advance the most powerful and easiest to use computers in the world. That's worth more than just money.
    While it is hard to see what Apple is actually doing under the surface I do have to agree with some of the sentiment in this. When Jobs ran Apple (bear with me) he probably knew that selling routers, displays and all sorts of secondary equipment wasn't going to make them much profit. He probably knew this but still went ahead with it because providing all of the bricks that you need to build your Lego garden ensures that you don't even have to start looking at the competition for answers. When my amazingly designed Apple features fail because my shoddy Wifi router fails me it still feels like my Apple product failed me even when that isn't the case. Having products and services that seamless integrate with one another seemed to be their guiding principle yet it feels like it couldn't be further away these days. Seemingly discontinuing products like Apple displays, airport routers, MacMini and MacPro just because they might not be making enough profit seems to stand in contrast with that previous sentiment.

    While most of this is speculation since neither I nor anyone here on the site (probably) cannot see into the minds of Apple management, this is what I as a customer see and feel. If indeed the article is right and Apple is starving groups of consumers with intent then they are playing a dangerous game, because once you lose a market completely (especially a pro market) it will become hard for Apple to convince users to return just like that.
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  • Apple paid taxes from New Zealand revenues to Australia for the last 10 years - report

    Do not want to pay tax in some country - do not do business with revenue there. This is as simple as this.
    What is even more simple is this:
    The arrangement is legal, as a treaty between Australia and New Zealand over dual income tax claims default payments to the country where the company is controlled from. Since Apple New Zealand is owned by a parent company in Australia, the taxes for both countries are paid to the Australian Tax Office. 

    If the above quote is true then Apple is just following the law. If New Zealand doesn't like this law then they shouldn't have made it in the first place. If they did not intend for the law to be used in this way then they should just introduce new legislation to limit the scope. It's that simple.

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  • Apple Park tree quota leaves local contractors scrambling for foliage

    Quote... "Apple itself said the final tally of trees to be planted at Apple Park is close to 9,000 specimens, most of which will be fruit trees."

    I wonder what percentage will be Apple trees?
    100% of them will be Apple trees, not sure which fruit they will bear though ;)
  • Apple escalating use of Intel modems for 'iPhone 8' - report

    ktappe said:
    Metriacanthosaurus said:

    Latency is a far bigger problem than actual bandwidth these days. The focus should shift to improving that.

    Agree, but the current administration is working to strip the FCC from any monitoring or oversight of networks. So don't count on the issue being resolved anytime soon.

    I never looked to the FCC to improve the quality of service or bandwidth or speed of mobile networks.  That's what market competition is for, right?
    Well I think the FCC is supposed to ensure that market competition indeed focuses on that instead of a race to the bottom to see who screws over their customers least. (selling customer data and other weird practices)
  • Apple says 'many' exploits revealed in CIA leak already patched in latest iOS version

    Yeah at this point, I don't believe Apple at all that they patched these exploits. Open source your code or I'm calling BS. Today's leaks prove only one thing, that no electronic device in major use today is safe from hacking/snooping.
    Nor will there ever be. Electronic devices are designed, built and programmed by humans, each stage leaves opportunities for (intentional) mistakes.
    You can make it really, really, really hard for someone to get in but as long as you yourself can than someone else can too.
    At least we know that iOS had actually been aimed at protecting the user as much as possible for a long time now, meanwhile Android still faces many more issues because of fundamental design flaws that ensure it will take forever before Android users will get even close to running the latest version. Android being open-source didn't help with that and over reliance on Google Play services made it worse.
  • Phil Schiller discusses iPhone's impact on Apple, 10 years after launch

    I still cannot imagine myself using anything other than an iPhone, the simplicity it had, the way it just worked was pure magic that continues on to this day. I am however noticing that as more and more Apple systems get integrated into iOS some of the features are getting more and more obscured and the occurrence of bugs has increased. These are however, the rough edges on the diamond, that can be polished to perfection with some time and care.
  • Battery tech suitable for future iPhone promises 3x the power density, full charge in minu...

    This is amazing news, the implications of this invention are massive!
  • NAB Show 2017: FeiyuTech iPhone gimbals

    johnjame said:
    The big problem with all these gimbal and stabilizer systems is that they are mechanical "Rube Goldberg" solutions versus the much more elegant solution of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which is built into some high-end SLR lenses.

    In the last few years, starting with the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, and now also in several 35mm mirrorless cameras, OIS is being built into the camera (or phone) body.  This allows it to work with any lens - making it much more affordable for interchangeable lens systems.

    However, with the iPhone models that have built-in OIS, there is a huge problem in that the mechanical gimbal "motion corrections" can conflict with the built-in OIS causing problems like "head bobbing" when filming while walking.

    I have confirmed that the Apple OIS feature cannot be turned off.  But I can't get a straight answer from any of these gimbal companies on whether their system will have problems with any phone or camera that has hardware OIS.

    The fact that none of them will give a straight answer is answer enough for me.  On some of the professional photography forums I see conflicting advice on whether this is a problem - but the prevailing sentiment is that IT IS a problem, it just depends upon whether it bothers some people or is noticeable by everyone.

    This is an industry-wide problem.  I suspect the life-span of all these gimbal contraptions is very limited given the rapid pace of OIS technology bringing the price down and allowing OIS to be built into more and more products.

    I would love to be proven wrong - but given most of these companies are offshore they don't seem to care about communications and mostly are in it for a fast buck.
    More advanced gimbals have tracking software to go along with them which enables very smooth panning motions. Even when you have built in solutions, this type of tracking looks like it cannot be mimicked with software alone giving these devices a longer life span than what you seem to be anticipating.
  • With eGPU and virtual reality support in High Sierra, Valve launches SteamVR for macOS

    Rayz2016 said:
    And I thought they weren't interested in VR – at all. 

    I believe Apple just wasn't as enthusiastic about it as AR, AR is something they would want to develop themselves, VR doesn't seem to be.
    That being said I suppose Apple was aware it needed to bridge the gap for the 'upgradable pro computer' while they finished up work on the new macPro so they decided to support external plugins through thunderbolt, this in turn seemed like a good opportunity to embrace VR on mac for Valve as the GPU options would no longer be limited.