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  • British Airways buys 15,000 iPhone XR units for cabin crew

    Explains why it is taking my work so long to get a batch
  • Apple backs move to make corporations accountable to citizens, not shareholders

    JWSC said:

    No matter what your political stripes, this is an absolute good.  But corporate behavior will only change when internal incentives change.  If salary increases and bonuses continue to be tied to stock performance this statement means nothing.  Follow through is everything.

    Agreed. The standard practices of millionaire board memberships hiring other millionaires and giving them millionaire golden parachutes (while routinely screwing workers) must end.
    The people signing this most definitely do not have that idea in mind. It’s about staying in charge. The modern equivalent of the king throwing coins to the peasants as he passes.

    What it really is is a barrier to entry to new competitors. Established wealthy corporations can do this. Newer ons get strangled by the associated frameworks and reporting processes set up to the advantage of the established corporations with large corporate and PR departments.  At the very least, if a young start up didn’t report how it complies, say only because it can’t employ an army of compliance officers, the “curated” media (by the established corporate giants) will eat them alive.
  • Review: Apple's 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro is an excellent, inexpensive workhorse

    JokingJ said:
    Inexpensive is relative, but... This it ain't it.

    As nice and insular as Apple-land can be, the rest of the personal computing world deserves some consideration when talking about value, and Apple missed the mark big time here.

    Consider that for $1299 USD you can get a Razer Blade Stealth 13 with a 256gb SSD, 16gb RAM, 8th Gen quad-core i7, and with dedicated Nvidia MX150 (not to mention niceties like, you know, other ports or a reliable keyboard). That's a premium laptop from a reputable company that even has Applecare-esque service options available.

    Value doesn't exist in a vacuum, and it's exactly this sort of nonsense that's been pushing would-be "pros" in the Apple space to consider a switch. This underwhelming and over-priced base model isn't changing that, however comparatively "inexpensive" it may be.
    Do corporations buy that beast by ten thousands? Maybe they will, for their employees play the most demanding games easily on the corporate laptop. It has even AppleCare-esque service, when the motherboard burns during the gameplay they can make it replaced cheaply by a refurbished one, great for corporations !!!
    Corporations buy HP And Dell laptops. The HP at least is comparable to this machine but both would have slower performing SSDs, RAM and SSD is upgradable. Usually the HP can act as a tablet and it will come with a pen. The SSD in say, an elite book would be 256 GB minimum, 8GB RAM and a comparable cpu, but has a lower res touchscreen. Price wise I would say comparable, maybe the MBP slightly cheaper!  The Mac would be faster too.
    Actually, the MBP is better value.
    In AUD, a 256GB MBP RRPs at $2299 including 10% GST. 
    At my work, the HP Is the elitebook 1030 G3 which is AUD$2530 inc GST on sale at the HP website.  It’s specs are:
    • Intel® Core™ i5-8250U Processor with Intel® UHD Graphics 620 (1.6 GHz base frequency, up to 3.4 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 6 MB cache, 4 cores)
    • Windows 10 Pro 64
    • 13.3" diagonal FHD IPS eDP BrightView WLED-backlit touch screen (1920 x 1080)
    • 8 GB LPDDR3-2133 SDRAM (onboard)
    • 256 GB PCIe® NVMe™ SSD

    The work Dell is comparable, similar specs to the HP but is an ugly black latitude 5300, is currently AUD$2148 inc GST on the dell website ($400 off on sale).

    I would get the faster MBP with a much brighter and better screen, and a superior, easy to use trackpad. Let’s face it, touch screens are as underused as the touchbar, people really only use them for scrolling.

    Edit2: the razor blade stealth above is currently on sale at Computer Alliance, for AUD$2499 ($300 off). It isn’t a work machine. The MBP upgraded to an i7 and 256gB SSD is $2799 but it won’t have the discrete GPU, although it’s battery will last much closer to that claimed by the Razer than the Razer actually will.
  • U.S. to investigate planned French tax on Apple, other tech giants [u]

    How dare France try to level the playing field.  

    Tax-dodging multinationals have an unfair advantage over small local companies who can’t base their operations in tax havens.
    If US and other foreign corporates were “dodging” tax the solution would be to close the loophole. That France isn’t doing so and instead proposing a new tax suggests there is no dodging and France is exercising its usual protectionist approach to justify its over regulated inefficiencies. Any French company caught up in this tax would be looked after in other ways. In other words, France in reality wants to tip the playing field to make better companies than their domestic mates run uphill.
  • Apple quietly pulls 12-inch MacBook from sale

    A single port on an expensive notebook meant it as never an option for me no matter how light and pretty. And that is the case for many people I suspect, as they were uncommon, especially compared with the MBA. At least in schools.
    I suspect it took years to recoup its development cost.