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  • Apple Card vs Amazon Prime Rewards Visa: which credit card offers the most cash back and b...

    One very important topic that this otherwise excellent article does not touch on is "international transaction fees."  There are a good number of us Americans who reside outside the USA but who still have bank accounts in the US and we of course want credit cards that tie into those US accounts.  It behoves us to consider credit cards which we can use both in the USA and abroad without getting hit with silly foreign transaction fees.  

    Having research many, many cards, I find that the Apple Card is pretty much the only one that offers NO FOREIGN TRANSACTION FEES while also offering us the card itself with no annual fees.  Many cards, like certain AMEX cards, also offer no foreign transaction fees but only if you pay a hefty annual fee.  For that reason, I cannot give an immediate nod to Reward Cards over the Apple Card because the key consideration for me is the no foreign transaction fee part.  For truly, if a rewards card gives me slightly more rewards than the Apple card, and yet that rewards card charges me foreign transaction fees, there's no merit to the rewards card. 
  • Test suggests 2018 MacBook Pro can't keep up with Intel Core i9 chip's thermal demands

    I could have told you that, even before Mr. Lee's findings.  A lot of people who embrace butterfly keyboards and impossibly thin designs don't give much consideration to thermal throttling.  But it is a reality.  Another sad fact is that it has been shown that Apple uses vastly inferior thermal paste between GPU and CPU chips and their heatsinks.  It would only cost them pennies more to use a half-way decent thermal paste.  So in addition to the fact that the thermal cooling in super thin designs like the 2016 and later MBP is inadequate to prevent throttling, thermal paste used does not transfer heat as well is it could.  Here's a SnazzyLabs Video that might help convince some of you.

    I've long called for the thinning of the MBP to end.  The thickness of the 2015 MBP is quite thin yet not too thin.  It allows for a good sized battery and for better cooling.  And while I think Apple should continue to strive for thinness, that doesn't mean it has to be the MBP.  Supreme thinness and lightness is what the MacBook is for.  Butterfly keyboards too.  But the MBP needs to be "Pro" all around in terms of cooling, thermal performance, battery size, ports-a-plenty, an internal SD card slot, and thick enough to accommodate a great keyboard with sufficient key travel that (a) will satisfy pretty much all users and (b) won't be harmed by specs of dust under the keys.  Indeed, on my 2015 MBP 15" I can remove the keys.

    These important considerations need to be made more serious by Apple engineers in future designs.  Take everything you want away on the MacBook, but put the beefy stuff in the MacBook Pro.  Make the MacBook Air a hybrid of the two, and then you have 3 product lines that can please every Mac notebook buyer.  Seriously.  It's not that hard.  It's just a matter of Apple rethinking its design decisions.
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  • John McAfee dies in Spanish prison following extradition order to US

    Boo Hoo.
    We ALL die. So what?

    Curious if that is what you publicly declare at the funerals of your own loved ones.  If it is, may I suggest those two lines as the perfect inscription for your own tombstone.  It would certainly make your stone the most popular in the cemetery! :-) 
  • Apple Vision Pro customers face a 25-minute in-store sales pitch

    The article makes it sound like a bad thing, which it isn't.  And crazy comments like "what a nightmare" are... well... just downright crazy.  It's almost like people want to be given the boot out the door immediately after paying $3500! Patience is clearly a virtue missed by both the article author and many posting here in the comments.  

    If I were buying one, I would relish in such a 25-minute session, showing me more about the expensive device I am there to buy.  What some label a "sales pitch" I call a "helpful product overview session."  And for that high price, I should be given one!  And because it is totally new and not something people are accustomed to, it shouldn't be optional.  Making it optional would only result in more after-sale phone calls to figure out the very basics that 25-minute session will likely explain!

    Why in THE WORLD would I NOT want such personalized attention and help?

    Imagine yourself going out to buy a house, then you complain about the fact you had to talk to a realtor for 25 minutes!

    People who are complaining about a 25-minute session with Apple probably shouldn't be buying one of these in the first place.

    Most of you people probably want to find a full service gasoline station so you can complain they cleaned your front windshield and aired up your tires.

    Cut Apple some slack.  And cut buyers some slack.  Sounds more like an envy session by people who can't afford one, and then who are here complaining on behalf of would-be wealthy buyers, which is all the more laughable.

    I suspect most of you are too young to know the early days of Apple, when Macs came with a little tutorial on disk that taught people how to use a Mouse.  In like manner, this is a new product category, teaching people new tricks about an expensive new toy/tool.

    But regardless of all that, one thing rings true...

  • iPhone 15 Pro Max has second-best smartphone camera in the world

    Somewhat embarrassing Apple's latest and greatest is even a tiny bit behind the likes of Huawei, but the main camera on the Huawei looks enormous!

  • Apple Vision Pro safety concerns limit 'fully immersive' apps

    geekmee said:
    jgreg728 said:
    And here is a major reason why this technology will not be replacing any current devices anytime soon.
    Yes, it will be a utter failure…
    just like Apple’s other failures.
    You mean like...
    • Pippin
    • Hockey Puck Mouse
    • Butterfly Keyboards
    • Lisa 1 with Twiggy Drives (even though UI elements of the LISA OS made their way into the Mac)
    • Apple III
    • eWorld
    • Newton & eMate (no, it did NOT evolve into the iPhone)
    • Macintosh Portable (totally different from the PowerBooks which came later)
    • iTunes PING
    • AirPower (hyped, but never released charging pad)
    • Pretty much the entire PERFORMA line
    • Copland, Cyberdog, Open-Doc, QuickDrawGX, and...
    • QuickTimeVR, which I always felt was outstanding tech, but where is it today?

    I do not say this to suggest VisionPro will fail.  I say this to combat flippant replies.  There are people who, without using their brain at all, casually claim VisionPro will fail, and then you have the opposite extreme who mock and say it absolutely will not.


    That's the point.  I hope VisionPro will succeed in the market where others like Meta and Microsoft have failed.  Apple certainly has the reach and the money to do something other big companies cannot.  But in the end, consumer acceptance and sheer sales will define it as a success or failure, just like all the other items I just listed.

  • Apple's 'Mother Nature' sketch was a complete dud, and didn't belong in the iPhone 15 even...

    I consider myself an extremely conservative person who doesn't buy into every New Green Deal being thrown at us, but even I didn't think anything ill of the sketch.

    I considered it typical Apple, which is really quite positive overall.

    I'm beginning to wonder if William Gallagher is a real person, or if it's really just John C. Dvorak in disguise, back to torture the Apple faithful yet again.

    William, you blew it.  BIG TIME.
  • Tests confirm macOS Finder isn't scanning for CSAM images

    While forced local scanning on a Mac by government order is a frightful 1984-style nightmare for all citizens (law abiding or not), the upside is that Little Snitch would likely work to block any outgoing transfers.

    The concern here is the same as CSAM scanning on the iPhone. It's more than a matter of personal privacy. It's a concern centered on the possibility that an error could result in a law abiding person being reported to law enforcement, which cares more about filling quotas and busting so-called bad guys than anything else.  Having an accused person's time wasted, or worse, being arrested for something they didn't do only because a computer secretly misread a file on their computer is something no citizen of any nation should stand for.  

    So how do law enforcers deal with law breakers?  How they always have — which doesn't include privacy invasions like file scanning without a search warrant.  It may not be the ideal approach in light of the tech we have today, but it's the only approach to protect citizen from unlawful search and seizure.
  • Reports are spreading about a very specific Apple Vision Pro front glass crack

    Checked the comments and sure enough there were falsehoods.  I purchased two G4 Cubes back in the day, was an active member of Cubeowner.com and read most of the Cube related info about that machine.  It's been my avatar for over two decades.  They WERE NOT CRACKS!  They were indeed mold lines.  And any lines on my two Cubes are not that prominent.  You had a bunch of people grabbing their magnifying glasses back in the day to scrutinize every last thing because it was a pricey computer for what you got.  Then you had the silly media trashing it over price and how unpopular it was, in part because the media trashed it.  And yet, the G4 Cube to this day continues to be an incredible piece of industrial design.  It's truly fantastic.  So get over the "they were cracks" line.  G4 Cubes were not cracking at all.

    Now this news report about VISION PRO could be something very different than the G4 Cube, because like I said, those lines on the Cube are MOLD LINES, not cracks.  Furthermore, the G4 Cube's case was thick plastic, whereas the glass on the VISION PRO is extremely thin and even has a thin film on the outside which is highly prone to scratching.  The two really cannot be compared.

    Honestly, it isn't too surprising that there are reports of cracked glass.  Anything wearable needs to be made durable.  Apple couldn't make the glass any thicker because even now it is a bit heavy.  And just like when you put those thin glass protectors on your iPhone, cracks occurring during normal use happen.  The thinner the glass, the more likely it is to happen.

    This is upsetting news to be sure.  We have too many people unnecessarily trashing Apple's ground-breaking VISION PRO as it is, so news like this will no doubt make some would-be buyers reconsider.  Not sure how best Apple should address this, but addressing people's concerns is paramount if sales of the device are to lead to future models and new innovations over time, no unlike the iPhone.  But as was the case with the G4 Cube, if few people buy it, Apple could abandon it.  And that would be yet another crying shame.
  • Threads hasn't been alive for a day, and Twitter is already threatening to sue

    The upside to the AppleInsider on FaceBook is that Comments are never banned under Articles posted there, even when comments are banned under a particular article here.  And when you read them today, you can see that I am not alone in having a "what the...!" reaction to the "How to delete your Twitter account..." article, even if it was inspired by requests.  Consider the fallout...