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  • Another new kernel flaw that Google won't fix for Android users prompts more switching to Apple's i

    It's not as bad as it sounds for the following reasons:
    1. It's a DED article and I can't stand his writing style.
    2. I've never gotten a virus using Android.
    3. All my friends are using Marshmallow so this isn't a problem.
    4. I hate walled gardens.
    5. Android users are smart enough to avoid viruses because they can root their phone.
    6. I love specs.
    7. iPhone = Bendgate
    8. I've always trusted Google because they're so innovative and cool.
    All the newbies (which there are a lot of) are going to think you're serious. 
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  • Customer rampages through French Apple Store, smashes iPhones, iMacs, MacBook Air

    How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
  • State Farm sues Apple over house fire allegedly caused by 'defective' iPhone

    Soli said:
    To me this does not make sense.  To avoid a $75K claim, they sue Apple?  This is gonna be a money loser for sure.  I would have my questions about the "new" ness of the 4S, too, in 2014, but trust me on this, we are never going to get to the facts of this one.  Waaay too minor.  Next?
    They're probably testing the legal waters before launching a salvo of lawsuits against Apple.
    I doubt that.  If, in fact, they had evidence of a pattern of iPhones causing files (and therefore costing State Farm millions), they would bundle those together now and take that to court.  The biggest problem with this current case (from their perspective) is that it seems like a one-off event which makes it impossible to argue that Apple has released a dangerous device.
    Then why even bother with the lawsuit? The amount sought is insignificant to both companies. I believe they are looking for a hole and if that hole is breached, they'll file additional suits.
    I think that makes the most sense. Although, an alternative could be that they're finding ways to have their law firm(s) bill hours to square up a nonrefundable retainer. I.e.: throw shit at a wall because it doesn't cost State Farm any money to do so, even if their chance of success is less than the chance of the Apple's negligence in this case.
    Their lawyers are in house and salaried. My brother is a lawyer for GEICO. State Farm's end game is not necessarily to get all the money but to recover some of the money they paid out which is entirely in the realm of possibility. 
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  • Google's $649 5" Pixel 2, $849 6" Pixel 2 XL smartphones want to be your main squeeze, wit...

    Pretty ironic how Google mocked Apple last year for removing the 3.5mm headphone jack and now they have done the same thing. 
    Didn’t Phil Schiller once mock wireless charging? All companies mock something until they do it.
    And Steve Jobs mocked big phones and small tablets. 
  • Apple debuts $999 iPhone X with OLED Super Retina Display & Face ID authentication

    I’m seeing techies on Twitter saying they’re not blown away by iPhone X.  So what exactly would blow them away? 
    A shotgun blast? 
  • Review: The iPhone XS Max is what Apple has always promised the iPhone could be

    Soli said:
    Soli said:
    macgui 'said:
    Except for being a slab that Jobs said nobody would want.
    Are you suggesting that if Jobs were still alive and running Apple that they'd still only be making iPhones with 3.5" displays? Let's be clear that Jobs was notorious for saying something as subterfuge and/or changing his mind latter. One such example is the iPod that could play videos, which I think was the next release after his infamous statement. So, if Jobs has a penchant for making such statements then why bring him up 7 years after his death as proof of anything?
    It's very disingenuous, and hypocritical to mock and ridicule something, then turning around and do that very thing. 
    ??? What thing did I mock and ridicule? Jobs ability to change his mind after realizing something else is better or his ability for misdirection as not to tip Apple's hand too soon?
    I didn’t mean you. Steve spoke in absolutes when he said "you can't get your hand around it", and "no one's going to buy that". We did not grow larger hands overnight  and people were longing for a big iPhone when the first big Androids were introduced.

    I prefer to speak ambiguously, because that way my integrity is never up for questioning. 
  • Review: The iPhone XS Max is what Apple has always promised the iPhone could be

    macgui said:

    The iPhone XS Max is what Apple has always promised the iPhone could be

    Except for being a slab that Jobs said nobody would want. Even a 7 or 8 is bigger than I like.  I'll assume the SE form factor, is dead, buried, gone for ever.  But I'd snap an update version in a heartbeat. I wouldn't have to be an Xs in SE's clothing, just some more performance, and maybe an edge to edge screen. 
    I understand what you're saying, but the wider user base proved him wrong when the iPhone 6 Plus launched. 
    I don't think he was wrong.   I think things changed.
    The original iPhone was used primarily as a phone and for that smaller works better.
    But increasingly the iPhone became a pocket sized computer that needed a bigger screen for all it was doing.

    And that "pocket sized computer' is one of the ways Apple is justifying their high prices:  The phone now does so much that it's replacing or minimizing the use of computers and cameras.
    That is why one shouldn't speak in absolutes. Things do change  and one ends up looking foolish when one ends up doing what was once mocked  
  • Editorial: As Apple plays the telephone game, analysts hear something else entirely

    The true test for me of the success of ANY product is how many I see of them—without even looking for them—"out in the wild".

    What I see rather often are: Apple iPhones, MacBooks, Watches; Tesla Sedan S, X, 3; Honda Accord, Civic

     I own Apple and Honda products. I aspire to owning a Tesla.

    That's good enough for me. The rest is fake news, media hype, and just gossip.
    The problem with that is you see what you've trained yourself to see. Our brains sets up filters for things that are meaningless to us, this phenomenon is observed whenever we purchase something and we suddenly see it everywhere. It was always there we just ignored it. 
  • How Donald Trump's election as U.S. President could affect Apple

    smcarter said:
    I cancelled my $3.5K MacBook Pro order because of what happened last night. I don't think I can afford it right now, not knowing what the future holds. I hope that I'm wrong. I hope that a President Trump acts responsibly. I hope that a President Trump won't cause a trade war. However, at this point, I do not know.
    "Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present"- Marcus Aurelius,
  • Essential Phone maker cancels next smartphone, may put company up for sale

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    Honestly, for the timeframe, Rubin put out an exceptional product.

    He didn’t gauge the market well for a quality Android phone for 2017, but his ability to engineer a device and bring it to market is impressive in its own right.

    Maybe his next venture will be a market success.
    The problem with his "exceptional" product is that he was selling it into the Android OS device market, as if he had another choice. Even with his "exceptional" design, the "Essential" phone wasn't differentiated enough from all other premium Android OS devices, and certainly, Google likely had the same problem with it's Pixel 2, which only sold and estimated 4 million units for the year. It isn't possible to command the same premiums in the Android OS market as it is for Apple to command in the iPhone market.
    The market for a quality Android phone is another discussion altogether.

    Despite all the bellyaching on tech forums, actual customers tend to be very different from what they whiners want. It’s why multiple attempts to create modular smartphones is a pipe dream that adds cost and bulk without increasing utility or lifespan.
    Why did Andy Rubin believe that he could innovate with yet another smartphone in the Android OS market? 

    That's just hubris.
    Precisely. Why not spend the terribly difficult time it would take to develop a different phone OS instead? Android is littered with crap-phones from here to the moon. There's little to no room for something that isn't extremely innovative.
    You think that creating a smartphone to try to carve out a premium part of the Android base is on par with 1) developing an entirely new mobile OS that's on par with Android and iOS, 2) finding a way to get that new mobile OS to get developers on board with enough quality apps that it's viable in the market? If that's what you really think then you have no idea why the market is the way it is. Creating another Android-based device is far and away the simplest, cheapest, and fastest avenue. It's not even comparable. Now, maybe that was his longterm plan, but in order to do that he would have to have created a premium Android-based device FIRST that had a solid niche of the market before he could push that eventuality years down the road.
    “... the simplest, cheapest, and fastest avenue.”

    This characterization directly conflicts with your earlier response to me where you showed the Essential logic board claiming it’s a mighty feat to create a premium smartphone. Do you even realize you’re talking out of both sides of your mouth, contradicting in one comment what you claim in another?  
    Where's the conflict? HW isn't the same as designing an OS and en ecosystem—oh, that's right, because you hate Android, you believe no device that uses it can be considered good, regardless of how well the components are engineered. Well if Rubin wants to give creating an OS and developer ecosystem a go then he should, but don't try to claim that he should've done that first because it's the easier target as Spam did, or try to claim that any device that runs Android is therefore poorly designed HW because you fuckers can't get over your irrational hatred for Android. There is no us v them. Apple is just a company whose products you buy, not your identity. For once I'd love for one you techtards to come into a discussion without waving your pro-Apple or anti-Apple flags on this forum. What happened to being a fan of technology without making it a pathetic, partisan endeavour?
    Jesus. Do you realize what a complete jackass you sound like? Are you on the spectrum?

    Also, there are completely valid reasons to think android is a piece of shit other than an irrational hatred. Get fucking real.
    But at the end of the day those 'valid reasons' are nothing more than opinions. 
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