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  • First look: Apple's bionic iPhone X with Face ID

    Not specifically iPhone X but also for iPhone 8 users: I had no intention of buying a Qi charger until I saw one at Ikea for $11.99.  The long cable I was using was starting to go bad (thanks cat). The charger is designed to be installed in the table or desk of your choice by drilling a hole, and it lies flush with the surface. Pics below.  The hole saw was $5.  Ikea also has standalone Qi chargers for about $20.

  • Apple to produce data center cabinets at defunct GT Advanced sapphire plant

    > "...concerned that tampering in third-party products -- for instance by spy agencies -- could create serious vulnerabilities."

    I'd like to think this concern is unjustified paranoia... but maybe not.

    Not unjustified paranoia. I'll make a long story short.  Bought a Cisco switch for work from a company in New York.  The inner packaging indicated it started in Australia and shipped through Hong Kong before it got to me, which was weird. A colleague who is a kind of uptight IT auditor (great guy, but facts are facts) asked me how I knew it was genuine.  Based on the weirdness of the shipping, I answered that I don't know that it's genuine.  Everything looked just perfect, the switch, all the manuals, Cisco magnet pad thing, etc.  We never powered it on.  I contacted Cisco and eventually got to someone who asked for chassis serial numbers (on the logic board, not on the outside of the unit).  Cisco said they had no manufacturing record of it. It was fake. The FBI came over to my office. We wound up turning it over to them. 
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  • EU law will force Apple to blow open its entire hardware and software stack

    crowley said:
    rob53 said:
    EU is a dictatorship, plain and simple. At this point Apple needs to seriously tell the EU to GTH. The US needs to triple import duties on EU goods effectively shutting the EU down. The US should also reduce exports to the EU and cut off any financial support. 
    Weird how the EU dictatorship has so many elections.  
    Calling the EU a dictatorship seems way overblown, but still, when did the European public get to vote for the EU Council president?  European Commission president?  How about the European parliament president?  That's right, there aren't public elections for those positions.  

  • Jony Ive's departure reveals new details of Apple's car and TV plans

    I have had a voice controlled car for almost 25 years. My wife controls the car from the passenger seat. “slowdown! Get in the other lane! Why are you going this way?”

    Seriously though, Ive should have gone a long time ago.  He really needed Jobs to keep him grounded and that didn’t always work either.  He should be forced to work the rest of his days with a hockey puck mouse. 
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  • Judge in Epic v. Apple trial presses Tim Cook on App Store model, competition

    As armchair CEOs we all have the right to question why Apple does things as they do.  But I don’t understand the matter of law behind the lawsuit or the judge’s questions.  Maybe there’s a better way to sell Mac apps.  Maybe the iPhone App Store is very lucrative. Surely developers like smaller fees. So what? What is the basis for making Apple do anything other than what they choose to do? Apple doesn’t have a monopoly on anything as demonstrated by the various venues in which “epic” sells their game. 
  • No need for 4K display on Apple's iPhone 7 because of screen quality, expert claims

    "That's a lot of nits."
    That's for sure.  Anyone who isn't satisfied is just nit-picking.

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  • Woman sues feds over data retention after iPhone seized at border

    NemWan said:
    Discovery in this lawsuit should reveal IF the government is able to extract data from a locked iPhone 6 Plus.

    It would also be interesting to know what happens if you try to use iCloud Lost Mode or remotely erase the device in this situation.
    The agents that seized the phone would have put it in a faraday bag to prevent one from finding out what happens if you try those things.
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  • US appeals court says public has right to sue Apple over App Store exclusivity

    If only people had a choice and could buy a smartphone from someone else?  Since there isn't any other manufacturer, the lawsuits are important. 

    Seriously, will someone represent the many consumers that want a walled garden?
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  • Meta's 11,000 job cuts may be only the beginning

    13% complete.  87% to go.
  • Documents unearthed from early Apple history show shift in company focus from hobbyists to...

    Early copy protection - what a good subject. Software was pretty expensive back then.  $25 or so for a game is more than I ever pay for a game now.  Apple was right to protect the developers.  Even in those days before the web, folks connected to BBSes to trade software.  The 2(c) technique was relatively easy to defeat. The original disk would have a bad sector and the software would check the bad sector. If it wasn't bad, the software wouldn't work. When you copied the disk, you don't get the bad sector on the copy.  On the Ataris at least, when you opened up the drive there was a potentiometer to control the drive speed. If you cranked the speed all the way up or down, you could write a bad sector with a sector editor (and then put the speed back where it belonged so you could read/write normally) and this would pass the copy protection check. More knowledgeable people would modify the code, of course.
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