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  • Chicago flagship Apple Retail store roof not well suited for snow, ice

    LukeCage said:
    This seems pretty normal to me, what’s the problem? If you live in a cold climate falling ice is something you have to deal with. 
    So other stores in Chicago have similar signs? That’s interesting because I live in Minnesota and no retail stores I go to caution me to watch for falling snow or ice.
    If you're ever in Chicago during the winter months, walk down Michigan Ave. These signs are everywhere. Long ago, someone got killed from falling ice from a skyscraper, so these started popping up and down the street. This is not news.
  • NYPD handcuffed by investment in Microsoft's Windows Phone, now switching to Apple's iPhon...

    ph382 said:
    I wonder if this will cause Apple to invest extra effort in detecting apps that send out the phone's location ( a la AccuWeather ) ?  That's information that could certainly be misused.
    If it's anything like the phones they issue us in the military, they will be heavily locked down to only approved, pre-installed apps, and most all of the privacy settings will be strictly locked down as well.
  • Apple Card is the subscription that pays you to use it

    dedgecko said:
    The Marriot Bon Voy App seems to be doing this as well, or at least it appears to be. I open the app, tell it that I want to unlock my hotel room door, it says it’s ready, and I place my X against the door sensor - rrrrr-click!  And I’m in!  Slick shit!
    The Hilton app does this too, it’s awesome! Another nice benefit is that I can check in to my hotel room the day before, even pick my room in some cases, and never have to see the front desk! Everything is done in the app. It even allows access to the parking garage through the app too!
  • JPMorgan to shut down Chase Pay app in early 2020

    Remember, Apple Pay only works for Apple customers -- and not at all in many countries.
    You mean just like how Samsung Pay only works for Samsung Users?  At the end of the day, Apple developed their own platform and they are going to keep it proprietary for now. If they want they can release an android version of Apple Pay, just like they did for Apple Music. 

    As as far as countries, Apple Pay is in 56 Countries, and that  is nothing to sneeze at.
    Yeah, but until Antarctica is on board, is it really a viable platform?
    AppleExposedcflcardsfan80razorpitlostkiwiBart Ywatto_cobra
  • Apple says Spotify 'wants all the benefits of a free app without being free'

    aaargh! said:
    To be fair, Spotify has little choice but to use the App Store, it's not as if you can distribute iOS apps to consumers in any other way. Apple would have a point if Spotify could just put the IPA up on their website for users to download, but they can't. 
    You’re missing the point. Simply using the App Store does not make Apple take 30% of Spotify’s revenue. The only portion of revenue Apple takes is of in-app purchases for Premium, and that drops to 15% after a year. Spotify could easily go the Netflix, Hulu, etc. route and simply not offer in-app purchases, instead relying on customers to be smart enough to open up Safari and sign up there. Netflix, Hulu, all the streaming live tv platforms, Amazon, etc. don’t seem to struggle with this, yet Spotify can’t seem to figure it out. Desperate move from a desperate company.
  • Apple creates Memoji tribute to US Women's World Cup victory

    claire1 said:
    Hmmm. Would Apple have rooted for an opposing team? I think inclusion is important and they should have but would they have?
    Apple is an American company, and that is where their connection to the American women's team is. Apple has no connection to The Netherlands women's team, so it'd be a little odd seeing Apple congratulate them on an American technology web site after theoretically beating the American team. Apple has a plenty good enough track record with inclusion when it comes to Pride Month, Black History Month, Women's History Month, Chinese New Year, etc. They are also the only major tech company that includes all religious holidays in their holiday calendar (Ramadan, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, etc.). Most other calendar providers, including Google, only provide the typical Easter, Christmas, etc. There are plenty of things you can criticize Apple for, but being inclusive is not one of them. As a straight, white, Christian, conservative (gasp!) American male, I appreciate what Apple does, and hope they can lead other technology companies to do that same by example.
  • Apple TV+ to reportedly launch in November for $9.99 a month


    I really think Apple are missing the mark on this.  I’m confident - in a years time - they will have to rethink 
    this strategy.
    Yeah, I'm not seeing the mass appeal here. Netflix has some pretty great, established original shows, as does HBO. Disney+ is both cheaper, has a huge back catalog, and the original shows look very appealing so far. Apple's entire "services" pitch is, I think, going to struggle pretty bad. News+, Apple Arcade, and this are nowhere near anything I would actually spend money on.
  • Here's how the Nike Apple Watch Series 5 stands out

    ivanh said:
    In a nutshell, no difference in hardware and functionality from an ordinarily Apple Watch.
    And also no difference in price, so an excellent option for those who want the additional watch faces, and especially those who want the Nike bands. I love my Nike Series 4. Would I have spent extra for it? Not at all, but I'm glad it was an option.
  • Comparing the features of the Surface Book 2 vs 13-inch 2019 MacBook Pro

    I have to say, I purchased a Surface Book 2 last year with the intent of it being my primary, daily computer. The feature set, impressive performance (the 15” with the GTX 1060), and aesthetics were all very impressive. The keyboard was great and the trackpad, while small, was very good. It is, without question, the closest thing to the Mac feel that can be had on the Windows side.

    However, I ended up returning it after 3 weeks because Windows itself is just not there. It’s very good and MUCH better than it’s ever been, but macOS is so much cleaner, smoother, and overall easier to use and maintain. The trackpad on my MacBook Pro is MASSIVE and absolutely perfect, I’m one of the crazy people that love the feel of the butterfly keys, and the performance is great. The integration with my phone, watch, and Apple TV is the clincher, too.
    chasmmacky the mackywatto_cobra
  • Google, Facebook under investigation in UK for abusing market power

    Good! Throw the book at them.
    There was a report on BBC Radio a little while ago about the increasing number of companies that are banning Smartphones in the workplace because employees were spending far too much time 'on social media' while they were supposed to be working.

    Social media is addictive. No, make that highly addcitive and needs to be treated as such.
    You won't find me on any social media site as I think they are all a total waste of time. All you do is expose your life so that advertisers can try to sell you more tat that you don't need and probably can't afford. Welcome to the machine people!
    Says the guy with over 1100 posts on a technology enthusiast web site that consistently tries to sell people (primarily) Apple devices that you don’t need and probably can’t afford, AND who’s primary source of revenue is advertising against those users. Look, I’m not judging, I’m here too, posting, but your hypocrisy is pretty funny.