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  • Waze celebrates 'Tim Cook Day,' says Apple Maps' botched launch led to success

    I'm not part of the brain-dead "fire Cook!" crowd but those 2 events are reasons to get him or someone at Apple fired.
     Scott Forstall comes to mind.

    Keep in mind at the time Waze was not a great mapping app, but getting full access to the Google APIs made it so. Waze requires constant user attention, it's distracting and not a great fit for Apple's vision, but it is perfect for Google.
    This is a good point and the reason why I tried Waze for a few hours and then bailed on it. I found Waze to be just too dangerous to fully utilize while driving. Like all Android software, there are too many tweaks, alerts and hands-on time required instead of just focusing on what users really want and need.
  • Apple exec admits Qualcomm was the only option for 4G in the iPhone for years

    cornchip said:
    Admitted? was it a secret?
    Right. Also, I’m not clear on how that bolsters Qualcomm’s case. It seems like they were the only game in town and still decided to abuse that position. 
    And all of the tech blogs have the same shoddy reporting and reader reactions. Not sure if it's symptomatic of Apple tech blogs or just tech bloggers' inability to analyze legal proceedings.
  • Google premieres Stadia, an online cross-platform game streaming service

    It actually doesn't matter what Google shows during a presentation regarding latency, and I'd expect it that latency to be low since they would be "close" in geography and infrastructure to the server. Latency is a byproduct of the individual's (frequently unique) combination of hardware and connective network services - it's why Youtube is fast for some and not others - not because Google's Youtube servers or CDN are poor.

    People still can't understand why their battery loses charge performance over time, some can't even grasp the basics of day-to-day network traffic. So while I congratulate Google for having the courage to put out a service like this (and the demand it will create for improving network latency) it's just not something which aligns well with the target market of gamers. Especially when considering that this is a service which will enable people with lower disposable income to get involved (typically the same people who have budget internet.)
    Time of day and Internet traffic affects latency and bandwidth more than any of those things you mentioned. I have 100 mbit/sec FIOS in NYC which is great except when it's not. There are times when Youtube barely works so I check the little 'How is my connection?' and Youtube shows me that everyone happens to be on Youtube at the same moment which creates a terrible experience for all, especially someone trying to initiate a new stream.

    I'm not saying that this will fail or cannot be technically done, I'm just saying that there are some things that Google cannot control so users have to be prepared for some letdowns.
  • AirPods 2.0 -- What we expect & what we hope to see

    The shape and rigidity hurt my ears and like the standard set included with the iPhone, i threw them out.  My hope is that new earbuds from Apple will see the introduction of soft silicon type in-ear buds like some of the competition. I am using a competitors now - and happy, but wish Apple would produce something for people who don’t like the fit, feel or rigidity of the the current Apple products.
    So we’re supposed to believe that your little ears felt pain and you threw out your $160 AirPods? I wish I could simply toss out everything in my life that brought me the slightest bit of discomfort.
  • Indian government publicly rejects Apple's desire to sell used iPhones

    Honestly, I am failing to see why this spat about used phones such a big deal on all sides. Really, do we think that this is somehow the centerpiece of Apple's long term entry and growth strategy into the seventh largest -- and one of the fastest growing -- economies in the world?
    Yes. Tim Cook said India is going to be China in 10 years. So the have some time but they have to start now.
  • Review: Powerbeats3 with Apple W1 chip are the most reliable Bluetooth headphones we've ever used

    Good point.  Does seem like the review should mention how well they work for phone calls.
    Aren't these workout headphones? Of course it would be nice to know how well they handle phone calls but if I'm only using them for workouts, I don't care about phone calls because I'm not taking them while working out.
  • Nintendo's 'Super Mario Run' for iPhone requires a persistent internet connection for play

    My celluar data use is on lockdown due to some $300+ bills. I just be playing this on wifi thank you very much.
    This should not consume any significant amount of data. It's primarily to prevent piracy.
  • Samsung Note 7 battery fire woes triggered by rush to beat Apple's iPhone 7 - report

    The battery fires and eventual recall of the Galaxy Note 7 can all be traced to Samsung executives wanting to rush the phone, based on rumors Apple's iPhone 7 wouldn't have any major improvements, according to a report.

    To move up the launch of the Note 7 by 10 days and steal more of Apple's thunder, Samsung executives pushed suppliers into meeting faster deadlines despite the phone's significant feature advancements, sources informed Bloomberg. One supplier commented that Samsung was unusually difficult to work with this time, as the company would repeatedly change its mind about specifications and work flow.

    One of the upgrades in the Note 7 is a 3,500 milliamp-hour battery, up from the previous Note's 3,000. Until recently the main battery supplier was Samsung SDI, a company 20 percent owned by Samsung Electronics which also makes batteries for clients like Apple, one source said.

    Once the fires began, Samsung Mobile blamed SDI, which initially went on the defensive and suggested that the problem could lay elsewhere, whether in the phone's design or in insulation. Officially Samsung Mobile has since claimed responsibility for the situation. The decision to do a full recall is said to have been instigated by a Samsung engineer asking for one on an internal BBS post, which quickly gained support.

    In reports to the governments of Korea, China, and the U.S., Samsung has indicated that a production error resulted in pressure on plates within the batteries, bringing positive and negative poles into contact -- in turn generating excess heat. U.S. regulators have specifically suggested that the battery was too big for its compartment.

    New Note 7 models will have a battery from Amperex Technology, a subsidiary of Japan's TDK.

    The iPhone 7 is generally considered an evolutionary advancement like the iPhone 6s, above all featuring a better processor, water resistance, and new camera technology, including a dual-lens camera on the 7 Plus. Apple is thought to be saving a major redesign for next year's model, which could have an edge-to-edge OLED display with an embedded "virtual button."
    This story still makes no sense. So Samsung rushed Note 7 release to steal Apple's thunder? But the story says that Apple had no thunder to steal because iPhone 7 has no major improvements. What is the truth?

    To me, this story is more about Samsung racing to beat Apple to market and not doing their homework. Maybe some of the blame lies with rumor sites like these that feed Samsung's needless race to market too.