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  • Zuckerberg knocks rumored 'Apple Glass' tech, says HUDs are like 'putting an Apple Watch o...

    Zuckerberg seems intent on being the modern equivalent to Ballmer...
  • NFT firms say Apple rules make the App Store 'impossible'

    Crypto technologies including cryptocurrencies are old technologies dressed for the modern age. They do and will make activities possible that are currently not and have huge potential for good, such as a means of personal privacy in public and corporate spaces that is currently not possible. NFTs have in many cases earned a justifiably poor reputation, however, they permit quite admirable use cases too. The cat is out of the bag and isn't getting shoved back in...
  • Epic Games appears to out Apple VR development in Fortnite dispute

    For the uninitiated, Epic's Unreal Engine 5 demo:

  • The bell is tolling for Intel Macs with the arrival of the first Apple Silicon specific fe...

    swineone said:
    many of the best new macOS Monterey features will only work on Apple Silicon. And so they should.

    Planned obsolescence much? Indeed that's the case as will be clear from the breakdown below.

    Get over it. Like others, I have a 13 year old iMac sitting right next to an M1 iMac and it is looking great and performing superbly.
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  • Apple hardware execs discuss 'profound' changes in chip business

    h4y3s said:
    The incredible vertical alignment that Apple is able to achieve is going to lead to superior products, and the "It just works" principal for years to come. We should feel lucky to live in such an age
    Now, to get that capability into an EV, either Apple's own or someone else's. A British motoring magazine rated 88 EVs for the end of 2023 and concluded with the Porsche Taycan as best overall car - maybe there is hope. Merry Christmas all. 🎄

    (Image - Porsche and AppleInsider.)

  • Russia claims Apple is helping US spy on thousands of iPhone users

    ...and Ukraine invaded Russia on 24th February 2022...
  • iMac 24-inch M3 review: A clear sign that Intel Mac support is ending soon

    Something that is interesting in Apple's increasing moves to their own architectures for the many components in a computer is perhaps (as I don't know reliably) the locking out of new Apple systems to groundbreaking advances by others. Moving away from Intel is great and increasingly doing the work of say, Qualcom components with in-house designs is a sign of the times but what happens if a new, truly revolutionary architecture surfaces and cannot be called upon by Apple silicon? For example, IBM has released their go at a hardware AI system-on-a-chip - Not plugging this product but it will be interesting to see if Apple can readily incorporate new paradigms into their internal designs. (That said, Apple must be scrambling in AI right now with SIRI looking like a stone-age tool next to some of the AI tools that are readily available today.)
  • China increases power cuts, 'scared' suppliers look to leave country

    maestro64 said:
    tedz98 said:
    This is a classic example of the failures of communism, big government and central planning. They can’t keep the lights on! The article, which in many ways from a journalistic perspective, isn’t written well - doesn’t answer the basic question of why there is a power shortage in China. It also speaks to the corruption of big government. Companies with political influence, and by inference, the resources to bribe officials, are the ones who get electricity (sounds a bit like what’s going on in Washington D.C.) You can be sure if companies are being denied electricity, private citizens are going without power in their homes. Do global warming alarmists really think China is going to limit CO2 output when they are bringing new coal burning power plants online every week, yet still can’t meet power demand? Apple should have been undertaking a serious effort to leave China a long time ago. But the lure of cheap labor and easier profitability has kept them there longer than they should have been. So wake up America! The siren’s lure of big brother government being the provider of the basic necessities of daily life touted by the likes of AOC, Bernie, Biden, Nancy and Schumer are deceptive and false. California, which is already a semi-socialist state, is well on its way to being unable to meet everyday power needs during periods of peak demand. Gavin Newsome and his ilk in Sacramento falsely think they posses the intellectual superiority to control the basic economic, environmental and societal variables of California to lead to optimal outcomes for the citizens of California. Given the outflow of people and companies from California I would argue they are failing. Tesla is moving their headquarters to Texas as a very recent example of this. Not to mention the California problems with homelessness. Apple’s next big worry is TSMC and their reliance on Taiwan for Apple CPU’s. If Apple were smart they’d be knocking on the doors of Intel and other domestic chip producers and start developing backup supply chains for chips. This is a multi-year effort so get started now! The China pendulum has reached its apex. Time for new plans Apple!
    Oh, did you mean California - the 5th or 6th largest economy in the world? Yeah they're doing fine. Just because anti-labor and anti-COVID-measures wingnuts like Musk chase corporate welfare elsewhere doesn't mean there is anything wrong w/ CA. 

    Also, you've enjoyed the fruits of socialism since before you were born.

    If you beliver this, you need some reeducation. Everything on that lists was paid for by the US tax payers and none of it would exist if it was not for capitalism. The government does not create a thing, they only take money and redistribute it there is no value add, they mostly distroy value in the process. There are few on the list which are true socialist program and are failures. SS is running out of money since whole idea relied on each generation being larger than the one in front of it, the Boomers will deplete most of it leaving nothing for those behind them. What a great program, i just wish they allow me to invest that 14% they get of wages I would have done fare better for myself. Then again I do not rely on others to do thing for me.

    Keep in mind Socialism is that the government control all means of production meaning everyone works for the government and no one gets paid since the government provides everything. Everyone is equally poor, it is easier to drag people down and to pull everyone up, and the one no raising rather pull everyone down to make themselves feel better for failing themselves.
    A fundamental problem in arguing in favour of capitalism ('freedom') over other structures is that 'other' is consistently construed as 'socialist'. Until a realistic argument can be contested, there is little hope of constructive dialogue. Most advanced economies, such as Germany, France and baltic states as examples are 'social democracies'. They are principally democracies and exhibit strong social policies. They are not socialist states and yet education and medical care are free beyond taxes already levied. People who live in social democracies are honestly flabbergasted by inequalities in these aspects and others of some societies.

  • Apple insists Australian payment rule changes shouldn't apply to Wallet

    Apple Pay works very well in Australia. My Apple Watch is all I need to have with me when shopping here. No wonder the banks are pressing 'reforms' - they're grifters actually with government backing.
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  • Connections between Apple Car and a mysterious Arizona facility deepen with new evidence

    Xed said:
    Rick601 said:
    Tesla has such a lead in all EV areas, I can’t believe Apple would have much to contribute other than improving CarPlay. 
    1) Apple was behind by decades on the smartphone and the tablet.

    2) Musk has lied about Tesla's lead in self driving capabilities.

    2) Musk has lied about Tesla's lead in self driving capabilities. This is apparently true and Tesla is desperately trying to correct poor executive decisions that led to removing radar and? ultrasound systems.