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  • Editorial: How AirPods and Shortcuts shifted Apple's Siri story and blunted Amazon's Alexa...

    DED articles are the girl that cried "Wolf!", it's fun in the beginning but after a few years it gets boring and predictable.

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  • April Fools: get ready for the worst jokes in the tech industry

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    "April Fools" then continues to post links to his own previous articles. DED, you need to relax a little and stop being so defensive on everything.
    How many times does this have to be said? No. One. Else. Is. Calling. Out. The. Media. The whole point of DED articles is to defend against what no one else (except the Macalope) will call out as the preposterousness that it is. The whole point of the article is to be defensive, because most normal tech media attacks Apple all the time and builds up these false narratives. 
    Give me one example where he was right? 

    Look at his first "Truth" 
    https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/03/24/editorial-bloomberg-spins-apples-event-as-a-desperate-blind-stab-for-cheap-ipads-in-education
    Second to last paragraph:

    "But of all the things Apple can outline in its education event, "new low-cost iPads" are the least likely to appear. Apple's historical move against cheap commodity has been to release a new leap in functional technology that makes its products more valuable at the same price point. The most obvious step is suggested by the calligraphy of the event's invite, which looks as if drawn by an Apple Pencil."

    So what did Apple do? Release a new low cost iPad.
    In fact even AI did an article about the lower price for students - 
    https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/03/27/apple-offers-new-ipad-to-schools-and-education-customers-at-discounted-299

    I can pull out many other examples where his arguments fell flat. Unfortunately No. One. Else. Is. Calling. Out. The. Hypocrisy.

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  • Editorial: Another F for Alphabet: Google's Android Wear OS still 'half baked' after five ...

    Abalos65 said:
    While I agree with the fact that WearOS is half baked, I do find this editorial adding absolutely nothing of value. It is just a piece hating on everything Google, taking a whole article to basically say; 'Everything Apple Good, Everything Google Bad'. You don't even go into detail as to why WearOS was half baked, what it missed, what didn't work. You just say it was half baked and rushed only. Furthermore, most of the article is not even about WearOS.

    You say that WearOS is targeted to only tech users and never ever realistically supporting a selection of either sporty or luxuriously fashionable bands. What about the Diesel, MontBlanc, Skagen and Fossil watches then? Or do you really mean bands and not brands? In that case your point is even weaker, as most WearOS watches have support for standard watch bands, making the selection much larger compared to the ones of the Apple Watch.
    The features you mention on the Apple Watch like wireless charging,weatherproofing and OLED were also available on WearOS watches, so why are these mentioned as features only the Apple Watch has?

    And to be clear, I do not like WearOS.
    Please don't come ruin a DED article by specifying facts. 
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  • Apple plasters privacy ad on billboard near Las Vegas Convention Center ahead of CES

    That is a brilliant ad, and a great play on the Vegas slogan. No doubt this is going to piss off a lot of people.
    No, it's quite wrong actually.

    There are many people that take photos while doing naughty things, only to have it pop up on the Apple TV screen saver at home a few seconds later.
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  • After Cambridge Analytica scandal, publishers see Apple News as a solid alternative to bei...

    Stopped reading at the first sentence, factually wrong as can always expect from a DED piece.
    The data was not obtained without permission
    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/03/18/facebook_confirms_cambridge_analytica_stole_its_data_its_a_plot_claims_former_director/

    “Approximately 270,000 people downloaded the app. In so doing, they gave their consent for Kogan to access information such as the city they set on their profile, or content they had liked, as well as more limited information about friends who had their privacy settings set to allow it,” the statement reads.

    The kicker’s in the last bit of that. Unless users had their Facebook privacy settings locked down the app slurped not only the 270,000 consenting users but all their friends as well - over 50 million people according to Christopher Wylie, a former researcher director at CA, who had a copy of the data set.

    Facebook is peeved that the data was collected under an academic license and then sold commercially.

    If they had a commercial license, nothing would have been said about this.

    Lastly, why don't you care about this as well - https://www.rt.com/usa/421808-obama-facebook-mine-data/

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  • Editorial: Bloomberg spins Apple's Event as a desperate, blind stab for cheap iPads in edu...

    This "Editorial" is quite defensive over rumoured devices that haven't even been announced yet. Can't you just wait until they announced and then start defending?

    Also, these are just electronic devices. Imagine going back 10 years and reading the equivalent of these articles about Blackberries. How embarrassing for the writers.
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  • PSA: The HomePod now counts towards streaming limits with Apple Music

    This is what other streaming services do as well.
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  • Editorial: Reporting about the MacBook Pro is failing at a faster rate than the butterfly ...

    I laughed so hard reading this. I'm sure DED gets paid by the word hence everything is as long and windy as possible. lol.

    "MacBook users have clearly been inconvenienced by keyboard issues for those repair programs to exist, and AppleInsider has long maintained that Apple must address keyboard issues buyers have experienced, and continue to improve upon its polarizing keyboard design."
    So there is a keyboard problem?

    "Some publications even appear to have been working to create a mythology that recent MacBook keyboards were almost maliciously broken by design, with the only solution being an entirely new keyboard that magically never has any problems-- something they can claim Apple is withholding from its users due to some bizarre imagined mix of incompetence, sloth, and arrogance."
    What other laptops today have sticky keys? Or is this something magical that only Apple can do?

    "There isn't data showing the MacBook keyboard is "broken.""
    Besides the newly introduced keyboard program?

    Thanks again for the laughs DED! Please keep these articles coming!
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  • Editorial: More companies need to temper their Artificial Intelligence with authentic ethi...

    I'm not sure I agree with the assumptions that this article is based on. Could Apple have developed something like Voice Match to differentiate between less personal accounts, e.g. News or Apple Music without opening up access to contacts or calling? If the issue was privacy not technology then why wouldn't they at least start with those? This looks very much like retrofitting a privacy excuse that was never the main reason for HomePod's limitations.
    The article doesn't say that every  HomePod limitation is an intentional privacy-based decision. 

    However, Apple is also not racing to rapidly throw out ideas in the voice category because:

    a) it's not an amazon/google with surveillance/ad/marketing motivations
    b) it's not behind in making money in mobile
    c) Apple's huge business requires it to think about things before it deploys them to hundreds of millions of users
    d) as Lkrupp noted above, Apple is scrutinized in the media the way other smaller companies are not (Google, Facebook, Amazon)
    b) it's trying to sell devices that people love so I don't see how your point about how Amazon/Google make money is relevant
    b) not sure how this is relevant to smart speakers. Google makes money from advertising, Amazon from retail
    c) same goes for Google/Amazon, who both have hundreds of millions/billions of users
    d) from your point of view but I've not seen anything to validate it
    I don't get point D either.

    Every few days we get an article telling us that Apple is the most profitable, sells the most phones, etc. Yet when it comes to scrutiny they need to be treated as the underdog and left alone. Sorry, but you can't be claiming to be #1 at a lot of things and then not expect to be treated differently.
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  • Editorial: The big loser in the Apple - Qualcomm settlement isn't Intel, it's Android

    Didn't read the article, the headline is such a stretch you already know it who wrote it and that it will be a pages of links to his own older articles.

    The lady does protest too much.
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