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  • Apple Developer Transition Kits with Apple Silicon sports a A12Z chip in a $500 Mac mini

    If this thing has a real GPU in it, that's it for my trash can. Maybe Apple's GPUs will be OK, because the current mini's are useless.

  • Apple now calls itself a gaming company fighting with Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo

    ... which is why there's basically 1 in 20 games on the Mac?

    Its not like they can blame weak GPUs any more.
  • Apple HomePod sales 'underwhelming,' AirPods still growing, analyst says

    It's a shame if this is true, because the HomePod does sound amazing

    Sure, but my Yamaha stereo with two nice Mirage speakers sounds better. And that setup cost the same as a Home Pod.

    It's just too expensive. This is an accessory, it can't cost as much as a full-blown iPad. And everyone knows it.

    If you can't do it $199, don't do it. It's not like someone was forcing them to sell one.
  • Anti-robocall legislation passes through US House, on track to become law

    It is important to note that these systems will NOT stop robocalls. That’s non-trivial in the VOIP era when those calls can come from anywhere, most of which don’t care what laws the US passes. 

    What it will do is allow you to see when someone is spoofing the caller ID. Those calls can be ignored. It’s definitely better than nothing, and hopefully it will reduce the cost benefit ratio to the point where it’s not worth doing. But the cynic in me thinks the typical marks for these scams will be happy to take any call and any excuse as to why the caller is says THIS IS SPOOFED. 
  • Why macOS Mojave requires Metal -- and deprecates OpenGL

    [quote]Similarly, apps that use OpenCL for computational tasks should now adopt Metal and Metal Performance Shaders[/quote] Pfft. No one is going to use MPS for compute workloads. No one.
  • Apple's first AI research paper focuses on computer vision

    So this is great and all, but maybe they should get Siri to work? Last night I tried to get it to call the local pizza shop here in Ajax Ontario, outside of Toronto...

    Me: Call pino's pizza
    Siri: do you mean Pinot's Pizza in Hamburg?
    M: Call pino's pizza in ajax
    S: Do you mean (something in toronto)
    M: Call pino's pizza in ajax
    S: I didn't find any matching restaurants.

    Go to google and type in "pinos pizza ajax". Now I'm entirely happy to give Siri the confusion between "pinos" and "pinots". But go to google and type in "pinots pizza ajax".

    Maps often completely ignores your current location when making suggestions. I'm sure you've all seen it suggest a location on the far side of the planet when you make even a trivial spelling mistake. Add to that that minor spelling mistakes are impossible to avoid when using voice, and that Apple's location database is based on Yelp and thus hopelessly limited, and you get the horrible mess that is Siri+Maps.

    So let's see them fix that, then I'll start reading their other papers.
  • Apple taking Maps 'to the next level' in iOS 12

    No amount of 3rd party data is ever going to match Google unless someone starts and PoI database to rival it. Google can crawl the web for a first-pass and then get updates, something no one else is doing (Bing?).

    A simple example: There are about four Tim Horten's within two miles of my house. Maps knows only two of them. This is not good enough.
  • Yahoo reaches $117.5M settlement for data breaches affecting 3 billion accounts

    Now we all know how much the government thinks your privacy is worth. Four cents.
  • Apple TV+ 'Servant' copyright suit will be heard

    Are previous comment intentionally ignoring the sentence "the suit alleged Apple TV+ series "Servant" not only stole the plot of the film but also aped production and cinematography choices"?

    Maybe read the whole appeal before siding either way?
    Ok I did. And what I see is that the only reason this is being allowed to proceed is a minor matter of precedent entirely unrelated to this case.

    Specifically, early dismissal of a copyright case requires a clear matter of law in the extrinsic test. So one could dismiss a case by the original Steamboat Willy against Servant because there is no possibility any "reasonable person" would say the two are related. The case could also be dismissed early if the parts of the work that are claimed to infringe are non-copywritable or tiny (the later is related to the basic concepts of fair use).

    In this case, the claimant is saying the overall concept of the movie has been copied. This clearly fails de minimis, and as the plot is copyrightable, fails the extrinsic test. So the decision to dismiss early is not legally supported and is thus being overturned.

    You will note there is not one single word on the content itself, nor any claim that the case may succeed. This is purely a matter of law. The claimant will now get to pay more money to try again.
  • New photos of alleged Lightning EarPods for Apple's 'iPhone 7' match recent leak

     It's not clear why the endpiece would have to be so big, though one possibility is the presence of an authenticator chip.

    Bluetooth audio is an alternative, but its quality is generally weaker and wireless headphones are often more expensive than wired options.
    The size is obviously due to the DAC. And this is a problem, because it means it will have the possibility of snapping off. That's bad enough in a 3.5, but obviously worse in the only port on the device.

    As to the second statement, sorry, that's utterly bogus. BT sound quality is far beyond the quality of the physical mechanism itself - in other words there is no actual advantage to a cable. You can get really nice sounding BT earphones for $20 on Amazon, ones that are seriously competitive with Apple's in-ear headphones, let alone the buds.

    The first time I used a BT headset, from Aukey for $18 if you're looking, I immediately asked myself why anyone would live with a cable. I no longer will, and no one else should either. They snag, get statically charged, pull the phones out of your ear, and demand you be beside your phone. That last one might sound like a joke, but now when i work out I leave my phone on the counter and do a complete workout without touching it once.