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  • Apple avoids iPhone ban in India by approving regulator's anti-spam app for download from ...

    ... It is unclear if TRAI's app was approved because it uses the framework and follows App Store policies, or if Apple ultimately gave in to demands.
    At this day and age, I fear it's the latter. No matter your nationality, ideology, or education (I'm an engineer BTW), if you can remember high school history, you can recognize that we are frogs in a warming pot. We are just letting too much slide...
    No one is above the law.  You want to play in someone else's backyard, you play by their rules or don't play at all.
    I think that is part of the point, though, right? The eroding of privacy and rights as businesses succumb to the laws of countries that don't respect them. At least that's the way I was reading it.
  • Editorial: Reporting about the MacBook Pro is failing at a faster rate than the butterfly ...

    Just like Apple doesn't give specific data, the claims made in this article are very sparse on detail, so its hard to take them seriously. I'm inclined to believe it, but people also put up with keyboard issues without complaining or trying to get it serviced -- that hurts reputation even if Apple has limited numbers on that. Also, Apple might not want to dig up previous reports and talk extensively about all the failures no matter how low the percentage.

    The problem here is that people didn't like the feel of the new keyboards or the progression towards less and less responsiveness (something remedied a bit in the second butterfly iteration) and when there were reliability issues on top of that, and long delays for super expensive repairs, it was too easy to vilify the design of the keys and demand change. It didn't really matter how many there were. 
  • Why Apple's Macs can now ditch Intel x86 and shift to ARM

    But it won’t switch until it can replace every Intel processor across its entire range of machines;
    I disagree here. As the article reminds us, the App Store will be able to distribute different binaries as needed like it currently does for iOS apps with differences and the dev strategy seems to be targeting this as well.

    Ultra portable MacBook could get big battery life increase and remain fanless potentially, long before new ARM chips were suitable to replace large desktops and there’s no good reason to wait if they can achieve a good compatibility option for current software.
  • AT&T lying to customers by showing '5G E' on devices, under fire from other carriers

    False advertising in the past is not a reason to continue it. I don't care if it's hypocritical of them to call out AT&T at this point as long as it is made very clear to everyone how egregious this stunt AT&T is pulling is. They obviously can't protect consumers themselves so they invite outside regulation or at least some public lashing. Bring it and continue and embarrass AT&T. Meanwhile, there is plenty of overpromising going on about 5G everywhere else, too. I say let's keep them honest any way we can.

    Also, it looks like this is not the year to buy into 5G for phones anyway, so a skeptic's eye on all the carriers is a good idea. (It's always a good idea anyway. :P )
  • Judge rules Qualcomm violated federal antitrust laws, orders remedial action

    maestro64 said:
    Yep, no surprise here and most likely the reason QCOM and Apple settle out of court. With this ruling QOM would not have been in a good position with negotiating deal with Apple.
    Not following the logic here. If this ruling had come first, I feel like Apple would have either gone to trial with new precedent set, or gotten a better deal (if reports are to be believed that the deal was not great for Apple). Still seems more likely to me that Apple, faced with Intel's inability to deliver timely modems (that would be licensed from Qualcomm anyway) and a 5-year ramp up for its own team to work around patents in its internally developed modems, was facing years without 5G in the iPhone which would potentially be devastating as early as Fall of 2020. If Apple had lost its trial, the financial loss could be way worse than if it settled when there were still risks for Qualcomm. There were no options, in other words, but for Apple to give its lunch to the bully.
  • Why Apple's Macs can now ditch Intel x86 and shift to ARM

    If it was so easy why Microsoft has failed with Surface RT? Why desktop Windows applications didn’t run on RT?
    Windows 10 on ARM is the new challenge (RT is old!) and it does better than before. You can run x86 programs fine though performance isn’t great via emulation. But I don’t know if the Windows ARM machines are near the speed of current iPad Pros.

    This is what I meant when I mentioned that Microsoft was helping to solve the boot camp issue. Theoretically, Window 10 on ARM would work for the desperate one or two occasional work apps some Mac users need, at least.

  • New limits on free Dropbox accounts are a problem if you have more than three devices

    Would have been a good time to offer a $5 plan... can’t really do iCloud at work. Maybe I can get work to support something directly :/ I can’t complain much, though. I’ve gotten tons of utility out of Dropbox and paid nothing. Still I’m definitely keeping iCloud and would like to avoid too many services.