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  • Microsoft President calling for antitrust review of Apple App Store

    This almost sounds reasonable except it’s total BS. First, the fees are a percentage off the sales. If you sell a $3 app, $1 goes to Apple and $2 goes to you. It may sound steep until you realize the size of the market you’re gaining access to, and also how much pre-digital distribution markets were costing to software developers. If you make a software package that’s for sale physically at MicroCenter, Fry’s, Best Buy... and it lists for $100, by the time you’ve paid distribution and mandatory advertising costs (you have to pay to get listed) you’re lucky to get $10. I don’t think a lot of developers are eager to return to that model. Apple created the concept, showed the world how it’s done, and that can’t have been cheap. This is really vindictive coming from MS which failed every single of those endeavors. They used to own the smartphone market with their crappy windowsCE, which ran apps that you couldn’t buy anywhere you had to get a “copy from a friend”. They could have developed the App Store. Jealous idiots.
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  • Three weeks after calling for Apple boycott, Donald Trump is tweeting from his iPhone again

    Yeah. Might be a good idea to close the comments section on this one, it's not like anything good will come out of it.
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  • New AirPods firmware enables Spatial Audio, automatic switching

    Just wear your AirPods for a few minutes then put them back in the case and close the lid. Keep the case near the phone and don’t disturb it for 20 minutes or so. They remain connected while the firmware transfers. That’s all you need to do. You can check the firmware version in your iPhone’s About preferences.
  • Child spends $16K on iPad game in-app purchases

    I will not side with Apple on this one. The store is curated, so everything on it carries their seal of approval. I don’t see how a game that allows charging so much in in-game purchases can not be considered for what it is: a complete scam. And Apple should set much stronger rules and caps on in-app spending for games. This is ridiculous.
  • Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 & Surface Studio 2

    Beautiful designs! What spectacular hardware, now I understand why the Microsoft stores are so crowded when the Apple stores are empty. Well done.
  • iPhone 7 Plus Intel or Qualcomm modems at crux of small claims court victory over Apple

    Tonight, on Judge Judy... Seriously, never underestimate the power of small claims courts -- even TV ones. About 10 years ago, FedEx knowingly sold worthless additional insurance. A customer had a valuable package destroyed and tried to collect only to be given the runaround. Took FedEx to small claims court... and the case was picked up by Judge Judy. Somehow the FedEx legal team didn't think it would be a really smart idea to settle before their shenanigans were exposed on a hugely popular national TV show. FedEx ended up getting a classic dressing down by America's favorite TV judge, and the fallout cost them millions. All that because they wouldn't make things right.
  • Apple transition to own ARM chips in Macs rumored to start at WWDC

    Microsoft released the ARM-based Surface Pro X last years to tepid reviews. It does come with a (sluggish) emulation layer a la Rosetta, but it only supports 32 bit apps.
  • Home automation firm Wink to enforce subscription program on July 27

    Wink was great in the beginning. They had an awesome iOS app, added support for new devices on a regular basis... Things have never been the same since the demise of Quirky. The app was never updated, popular new devices not supported, and the whole system got unbearably flaky. Just this past week my hub disconnected and required a reboot. TWICE.

    There was such an urgency in the way they initially demanded subscription money it’s clear they needed it to keep the lights on and the servers running. I am not expecting any of that money to go to new developments, instead it’s just going to be used to keep a moribund system on life support until it dies of irrelevance. It’s been impossible to buy a new Wink hub for the past three years, the user base is shrinking, not expanding. It’s dead.

    So I bit the bullet, bought a Raspberry Pi 4 and installed Homebridge on it. That thing is amazing and not that hard fo figure out! It has tons of plugins to support pretty much any device under the sun, you just need to add a ZWave USB stick and a Zigbee interface to support your legacy Wink devices, and they’ll magically show up as HomeKit devices in your Home app. Much better use of money than a Wink sub.
  • Microsoft Surface sales boom amid tepid iPad demand

    38% YoY is very impressive until you look at the size of the market. It's 38% of not a lot. The problem with the Surface is that it's a lousy laptop and a lousy tablet. For the same money you can buy a good laptop and a good tablet. Why bother. All you have to do is look at people using this cumbersome abomination on their lap (or trying to) to realize what a stupid design it is.
  • Mac Pro won't get China tariff waiver, says President Trump

    ElCapitan said:
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    There is another alternative: Redesign the damned thing with parts that both can be sourced in the US, and at the same time make the machine more flexible in terms of entry configs (that many have requested), and to use standard memory, disk and graphics cards more readily available. That would also broaden the market for it.
    It does use standard memory and can use standard graphics cards. Additionally, the machine and macOS support PCI-E NVME cards (if not the drives directly in a slot), and has two SATA 3.0 ports internal.

    I'm not sure how much more standard part support you want.

    You and I both know that there is no US manufacturing on this scale to speak of, and there will be no redesign.
    There won't, so from now on it is Linux on completely different boxes for everything we used to use Apple kit for. 
    If your completely different boxes are still made in China, I’m not quite sure your point makes the slightest bit of sense.
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