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  • Comparing the Microsoft Edge browser for Mac vs. Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, and Mozi...

    So now Microsoft and Google are colluding in further moves to kill WebKit.
    Google already moved away from WebKit a while ago, with Chrome quietly dominating browser market share, using its search engine and Google login to trick people into setting Chrome as the default browser.
    Google does also understand and has been applying "embrace, extend and extinguish" tactics more fully than Microsoft could ever imagine.
    Too bad Firefox hasn't reached that status, being the logical independent open source alternative of choice. IMHO they have made major unexplainable incompatibility choices and bugs in their product. The fact that Chromium constantly try to counteract other browsers by introducing covert and undocumented incompatibilities of its own, doesn't help either and is very reminiscent of another tactic used earlier by Microsoft for dominating the business computing world.
  • Apple's removal of the HomeKit doorbell category is no cause for alarm

    hamishb said:
    I believe Ring is now owned by Amazon, and HomeKit support has been pulled as a consequence. 
    That's not what Ring is saying, even today.
    I bet, when HomeKit gets included, it won't be mentioned on the store. They only seem to religiously mention Alexa support.
  • Apple's services business continues monster growth, revenues up 31 percent in record-break...

    Now is a good time for Apple to drastically drop the Mac prices. After all the Mac has become an almost negligible part of Apple’s business, yet it plays a key role for developers. In particular, increased sales of Macbooks (especially to the STEM K12 segment, which will need "trucks" in the future*) would literally put other pc makers in a tight financial spot.
    To save face, Apple could make a few changes to "account" for the price drop, such as using an ARM processor. (And add at least one USB-C port).

    (*) alternatevily, Apple could make the iPad a serious development platform, which it isn’t right now. Kids (and others) should be able to develop stand-alone apps on the iPad. Sadly, Swift Playgrounds doesn’t offer that possibility (yet?). A decent enhancement of the "Files" system, allowing the organisation of dissimilar files and references (aliases don’t work for now) into projects is long overdue.
  • Apple's 2019 Mac Pro: eight things we want to see

    The article states:
    "... If the Mac Pro is as upgradable as we hope, there is a chance there will be a more affordable base model that users could upgrade themselves over time.
    Still, this seems quite unlikely to happen. Money spent on upgrades would go to others besides Apple, something they probably aren't too keen on. ..."
    To still benefit from customers upgrading their MacPros, Apple could consider designing swappable boards, ideally, to be also included in iMac Pros, such that Macs could possibly benefit from future architectural upgrades above and beyond what GPU makers and other add-on manufactures have to offer (and to support advances in those add-ons).
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook says future products will be 'in every part of your life that we can'

    Why the heck are DECT phones still in the stone age? Shouldn't they sync with Apple's ecosystem and integrate in all possible ways?
    I know, most people don't need landlines any longer, but it will be some time till these have disappeared, especially in business settings.