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  • Apple Pay abruptly dropped by JCPenney, is no longer accepted in store [u]

    What irks me more are the smaller guys online who advertise ApplePay upfront, so you fill up a cart, and then it disappears on checkout. I'm not implying intentional bait and switch, but it recently happened to me on and They both inquired by email why I left my cart, and I told them about the disappearing apple logo on checkout.
  • Apple's Siri director to speak at AI Frontiers conference in November

    Siri can leapfrog Apple over rivals like Amazon and Google. Apple holds a few aces in hand. Right now, as default, Siri monitors you and location as you use apps, including third-party e-commerce apps like Nike and Addidas. I’ve seen no reportage on this. It’s speculation, based mostly on a review of all the various apps activated under my Settings>Siri & Search and a read of the accompanying text by Apple. Why does Siri want to know how I use Addidas or Nike apps? This can be part of a brilliant strategy, via App Store, to eventually bypass Amazon shopping, where Apple facilitates frictionless direct purchases of sportswear, athletic shoes, and much more. (Already Apple has more credit card numbers and shipping addresses than Amazon, and probably Google too.) No analyst reports I’ve seen have yet to mention this. But in my view it’s only a matter of time-- maybe iOS 14? iOS15?--until Siri through apps can turn into a personalized multipurpose shopping assistant, overseeing whatever apps are important to you. It seems to me a concrete elegant way (as Workflow/Shortcuts in iOS 12), for Apple to tackle the giant field of e-commerce by breaking it into achievable pieces. Be great for users, devs, and Apple. Maybe AI can flesh it out in longer more cogent piece.

  • Editorial: Why is privacy-minded Apple putting its new TV app on smart TVs notorious for s...

    Savvy move, IF one can pinpoint the blame for any privacy slip and therefore shift to Apple TV to get wholly within protected ecosystem. Case in point: Last night I was searching in private mode using Safari iOS 12.3 iphone X on Duck Duck Go. Everytime I clicked on a link (for fish sauce) I was served an advertisement, based on past browsing history days ago (cat scratching issue). Even though I keep in phone in private dark mode and use DDG, someone was tracking! When one small banner ad exploded and took up 80 percent of real estate I cut short my search. Looked up DDG on Wiki and see they still make big claims but are allied with Yahoo and Bing. But I'm not sure who to blame really. DDG? ATT my provider? Siri who I've given much tracking leeway? How do I (and Apple) prevent in future? It's a dystopia come true, when ads takeover and infringe on productivity. Most of time I switch off Javascript on mobile, but not last night.
  • Apple CDO Jony Ive discusses AirPods design as new model poised to ship

    I made it in first batch as early as 27March delivery. Grown normally sane man awaiting shipping notice as eagerly/impatiently as a 3 year old. Apple one of the few companies who can do this.
  • No, Apple's licensing of iTunes & AirPlay 2 isn't a 'strategy reversal' in any way

    It’s alarming the degree Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal is a walled garden of ignorance regarding Apple, one of the most powerful shapers of the future. But at least enjoy seeing DED eviscerate the WSJ Mims and Mickle tag team while educating readers about long-term trends.
  • Apple buys two Cupertino city center office buildings for $290M

    Actually when you subtract retail employment at over 500 stores, Apple seems leaner than Google, which has grown now to over 100,000 heads. Talent and motivation are key, I'd like to see Apple expand in Toronto. Biggest tech workforce in North America after Silicon Valley, NYC, and Washington DC, according to WSJ. Much cheaper and you spread the risk on ill-conceived worker immigration policies.
  • Google's Pixel 4 phone implementing system similar to Apple's Face ID

    Oh oh. Does this mean our very own @Soli will need to get a new handle?
  • Apple Card opened up to more users ahead of official launch

    Perfect credit score is 850. I once reviewed one of mine from Experian and found some surprises and errors. So that may be another avenue to explore if you wish a lower rate. I made some extra payments on mortgage and that really boosted score.
  • T-Mobile 'crazy in love' promotion of OnePlus 7 Pro tweeted from iPhone

    Even if China market is probably larger than that of North America and EU combined, still seems like they have huge number of mobile phone producers. I don't know if subsidized by state, carriers, etc. but if they form backbone of strategic plan it's likely. At one point in 1990s there was a US push to recapture consumer electronics with HDTV. We know how that went. But it's all the more puzzling that much media in US is hostile to Apple, arguably the only successful US based consumer electronics company for ages. Thanks for collecting these bloopers! Might make a good video.
  • Editorial: As Apple plays the telephone game, analysts hear something else entirely

    All good. My one critique is: shouldn't you break down market share geographically? Of course most readers here know Apple killing it in US and Japan. Not Europe or China. And insignificant in India, Brasil, etc. Does Huawei woes (and Apple's expanding offerings in services, ecosystem) mean potential leaps serving more rising middle class? But I guess that's a whole set of articles. ;-)