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  • Google buying FitBit for $2.1 billion to advance fight against Apple Watch

    Feel sorry for Fitbit owners.   Googles about to screw up your platform. 
  • Apple again said to cut HomePod orders on poor sales performance

    The HomePod is a case study in how NOT to launch a product.    They pre-announced early for an awkward shipping month (December).  This date was missed and a few months later they deliver missing a bunch of features (Airplay 2, stereo pairing, HomeKit access) 

    The HomePod should have been kept on ice until all the features were ready and all the Airplay 2 partners were within 2 weeks of firmware updates for Airplay 2.   This way the HomePod could have been marketed as a stand alone product or the "must have" accessory for your Airplay 2 compatible AVR or system .

    For a company that has delivered scale in iOS device distribution it's perplexing that they've made so many gaffes outside of the iPhone/iPad ecosystem. 
  • After tricking govt regulators, Uber got caught breaking Apple's iOS App Store rules

    Proud that i've never paid Uber for anything.
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  • Lawmakers urged to block TSMC worker visas over Arizona plant construction

    Hiring Americans is part of the deal otherwise ...we don't need you here. 
  • Does Apple's platform need to be opened up?

    "Governments, please stay out of our Businesses" 

    Signed by every tax paying owner of a Businesses small or large. 
  • Apple could be just a year away from being worth $4 trillion

    How does that benefit users.  

    The App Store has gotten so bad it's become a place to visit find what you need and leave as quickly as possible.   Finding new stuff is a horrible experience that yields little fruit.   The advertising started out as a small nuisance and that has expanded to a half screen sized block showing what you did "not" search for. 

    Apple is certainly managing things better than most Fortune 100 companies but quite honestly from a User Experience context most of these companies are failing.   I never thought in a million years Microsoft would screw Office up to the point where it's cringe to use but we are here. 

    I hope the young kids getting into Computer Science realize the black hole that a lot of these companies chasing Wall Street valuations have fallen into an aspire to return to the roots of what propels most human advancement and that's doing things motivated by the greater good. 

  • Apple has hidden Thread radios in new iPads, MacBooks, and iMacs

    All vendors should be required to divulge radios and other communication capable products in their product whether they be dormant or not.   We are placing a lot of trust in purchasing hardware and leaving such items off of specification sheets is a red flag to me. 
  • Apple Intelligence & iPhone mirroring aren't coming to EU because of the DMA

    The EU is about to be far behind in the rear view mirror wrt technology. 
    The DMA defines interoperability as «the ability to exchange information and mutually use the information which has been exchanged through interfaces or other solutions, so that all elements of hardware or software work with other hardware and software and with users in all the ways in which they are intended to function»

    Sounds nice in practice but rapid development of new technologies requires an emphasis on speed.  

    As the old proverb states "you want to go fast, go alone.  You want to go far, go with a group" 

    It's important to differentiate nascent technology and the need for fast iteration as opposed to time tested and established technology which should be interoperable across a large group. 

    The DMA aims to extend interoperability to other communication tools, specifically messaging applications: namely, a WhatsApp user cannot send a message to a Telegram one. Nor can an iPhone owner send an online message to an Android user through the iMessage App. The means of communication must necessarily be a common platform, resulting in the aggregation of market power. Now, gatekeepers’ communications services, including messaging applications, will have to provide the necessary interfaces that allow for horizontal interoperability, that is, the interoperability among competing products

    Here is where I agree in part with the ideology of DMA.  Messaging apps are simple in nature. I'm exchanging text primarily which may have additional functionality.  That being said though I don't see Messaging apps as a significant impediment to communication.  Messaging would not be the proper litmus or use case for all digital technology. 

  • French publishers ask Tim Cook to abandon forthcoming Web Eraser

    We have too many content creators.  

    I'm all for stripping away the more useless ones.  Consumers have been tired.  

    I remember the first Apple foray into Safari features that stop auto-play videos .

    They worked around it just like they'll work around Web Eraser.   I don't feel 

    Pity for any of these companies.  They've poisoned the web with their ever 

    increasing annoyances with advertising payloads.  Apple has no duty to 

    make Malware more accessible. 
  • Senator Warren doesn't have a plan to break up Apple, but still wants to pretty badly

    The scary part is this. 

    I don't have to use Apple products.   There is very little that keeps me in the Apple fold but encapsulated in that "little" competitive advantage is more respect for my privacy, generally more thoughtful user interface interactions, and forward thinking (sometimes too forward) design. 

    I could buy a Windows or Linux based PC or an Android phone and meet 80 % of my needs if not more.   They say "the extra mile is rarely crowded" and Apple will typically go that extra mile.  

    This is just mostly about pure Politics in that  I'm being fleeced fleeced in so many ways that are relevant to my quality of life yet the Magician in DC tells me my problem is large corporations like Apple.   

    This existed before Elizabeth Warren and will continue long after she's decaying bones in the Earth.    Citizens simply do not have a viable mechanism to advance the issues pertinent to them.  Representative Governments only only representative in that they are human and citizens and so are you.  Brass Tacks ...your needs don't really matter unless you're coming with enough currency to get a seat at the table.