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  • Google follows Apple's lead, boots Fortnite from Play Store [u: sued]

    Apparently Samsung join the boot Fortnite Party.  Gizmodo Exclusive: Samsung Has Also Removed Fortnite from the Galaxy Store
  • Apple removes Siri team lead as part of AI strategy shift

    Siri and Apple maps both have the same problem: Apple Search.  Siri is usually right on in turning what I said into text.  It is what it does with that text that things go wrong.  Beside the whole general here is a web page, the results are often wrong.  If I take the exact same words (including the few that Siri does get wrong) and type them into Google, it gets it right.  

    Apple Maps is the same way.  If I give it an exact address, the directions and interface are perfect.  But if the address is slightly off it might direct you a few states over.  I had one time where I gave it an address and the suffix was wrong (street vs avenue) but the rest of the address including the zip code was right.  It actually gave me directions to another town.  I looked up the correct address in google and pasted it into apple maps and then I was fine.  

    If they can fix Apple Search, both products will be so much better.
  • Microsoft accidentally bricks AMD PCs with Spectre patch


    "Upon investigation, Microsoft said some AMD chipsets did not conform to technical documentation the chipmaker had provided, preventing Microsoft from successfully patching affected machines."

    (Grabs popcorn to watch the PR fight between MS and AMD)
  • New York, New Jersey exposure notification apps tap Apple-Google API

    I am not rewatching over 100 briefings to find the link, but I remember Gov Murphy saying that they were not even looking into electronic notifications as it was not real contact tracing.  My how times have changed.

    Edit:  I found a news article that told me the day he said it.  Here it is, starting at 8:30 on

    "Other consumer facing smart phone apps are not contact tracing tools.  They are what's know as a non-coding exposure notification or digital alerting tools.  A way for the public to track if they have come into contact with a person who has tested positive and also enter that information into their own phone.  The State of New Jersey is neither pursuing nor promoting exposure notifications or digital alerting technology.  At least at this time."
  • iPhone 11 location services controversy quelled with new UWB setting in iOS 13.3.1 beta

    My read is that any feature that has positional regulations (like Ultra WideBand) will be disabled.  Basically if you want to use the feature, let us comply with laws/regulations.  If you want to wear the tin hat: 
  • Apple pulls Fortnite from App Store for sidestepping commission fee [ux2]

    beeble42 said:
    Apple should charge $1000 per developer per year for XCode and $10000 per title per year to license the SDK. That is fairly reasonable considering what you get for the money and much cheaper than similar ecosystems before Apple built the App store. Codewarrior cost me $1500 back in the day and it was no where near as good as XCode. Adjust for inflation and you've got yourself a bargain.

    And charge fees of $0.10 per download (including all updates) to help run the store, don't allow free apps and charge take 30% of the initial purchase price.

    Developers aren't getting charged 30% for simply having their app on the app store. They're getting that for the entire ecosystem Apple built for them, tools, support systems, online store as a service and so on.

    The reason Apple doesn't want to do that is because it kills innovation. It kills the small guys by putting a high bar in place to cover Apple's costs. Look at the before and after landscape. How many stories were there of high schoolers making a million dollars from their bedroom back when they had to pay vast sums for development tools, negotiate with publishers (who were taking more than 30%) and fight for shelf space at retailers (who were taking more than 30%)? In round numbers, 0.

    Epic can die in a fire for all I care. All the developers who work there have profited immensely from what Apple has done for the software industry and now they want to either force Apple to give everything away or recoup their costs in the only other way and kill opportunity for those who come behind them? Disgraceful.

    Do you notice that only the big developer houses are the ones that are screaming about an apple tax.  They are big enough to have the payment system that people might trust.  

    While I do not like your $0.10 per download as the only option it might be an interesting experiment for Apple to do.  You can a) Follow all of the rules and pay the 30%/15% or b) pay per byte that your app interacts with Apple servers (including Push Notifications, iCloud, Downloads (including updates)) but be able to have your own payment system.  
  • How the new Mac Studio fills a crucial gap in Apple's desktop lineup

    Hedware said:
    How’s this for an nonsensical statement “ There's certainly a case to be made for Apple to add a new 27-inch iMac to its lineup, but it wouldn't have met the need of many users that the Mac Studio caters to.”

    Ok there’s some (no evidence for many) that want something like the Mac Studio and its component style. But the history of strong sales of the integrated 27” iMac makes a strong case for a demand for a M1 27” iMac and probably a higher demand than for Mac Studio. The business market was a strong buyer of 27” iMacs for its appearance and easy upkeep and no cables. Apple writers seem to be ignorant of business when they make statements such as the foregoing one. 
    As someone who has argued for years that an All In One (AIO) is not the same as a desktop, I feel your pain.  Hopefully Apple fixes the hole in your lineup much faster than the hole I my lineup.
  • iPhone 14 may still use A15, Pro models move to A16 says Ming-Chi Kuo

    I don’t see them keeping an A15 in the iPhone 14. What I would believe however is the iPhone 14 get an A16 and the iPhone Pro 14 gets a M processor. This would line up with the iPad line where the Consumer iPads (iPad,iPad Mini) have an A13/A15 and the Professional iPads (iPad Air, iPad Pro) have a M1.