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  • $1 billion Apple data center project in Athenry, Ireland cancelled

    It's amazing how a single person can hold up progress.  He'll be shutting down the looms in Nottingham next, a la Ned Lud.

    This would have been a benefit to the Irish economy, and provide valuable high tech jobs - attracting other such roles to the area, as Apple does lead the way on this in Ireland.  I don't understand the argument about the strain on the grid, and greenhouse gases... it'll get built somewhere else, AND Apple, of all company, is literally the best at using green energy.  

    I wonder if he'll win against Amazon too?
  • Apple modular Mac Pro launch coming in 2019, new engineering group formed to guarantee fut...

    ireland said:
    This is one reason I don't see a major shift from Intel to ARM. Apple may design good chips for portable devices, but I doubt they can create "server grade" CPUs and all their necessary support chips.
    Time will tell.
    It really will. ‘Server’ grade CPUs are not the fastest at all, however they are fully capable of being used in multi socket scenarios and best when the OS and apps are multi threaded. We’ve already seen multiple ARM CPUs being used in crypto currency rigs, and increasingly in server farms. They are fast, cheap and consume little energy.

    I think adopting ARM CPUs for their laptops and desktops would be Apple thinking differently, with a lot of upside and less downside than people think. We’ve already done all of the learning required with the last two transitions. 
  • Apple to pump $350B into US economy over next 5 years, pay record $38B in repatriation tax...

    mike1 said:
    toddimt said:
     but the company is presumably going ahead because of lower corporate tax rates advanced by the Republican Party and U.S. President Donald Trump.

     They have no choice under the new tax plan to pay taxes. All US companies holding overseas profits have to pay taxes on that money now. 
    Clearly, you don't understand what is happening here. Companies always had to pay taxes on repatriated money. However, the tax rate is now so much lower, that it can begin to make sense for companies to do so. The old rates were so exorbitant, that nobody, not just Apple, brought back overseas profits.
    That's not the whole story, the new tax regime taxes overseas profits as if they were made in the US.  So in other words, it's cheaper to bring it back, which is exactly what it's intended to do.
  • Facebook adds macOS-compatible USB security keys for cryptographic account security

    They've not heard of TouchID then!
  • Here's every Apple HomeKit product announced at CES 2017 coming later this year

    I've been pretty damn frustrated with homekit so far. I have a Lyric sitting in a drawer and I've been holding out on buying lighting because of the expected hassle. I installed the schlage door lock that I bought from the Apple store (in its nice, Apple-specific packaging) and the *&^%ing thing doesn't even work with iPhone 7 (the tech had me do the set up on my old iPhone 6, but the homekit was too buggy to use, and then it disconnected completely; it's now a $200 dumb lock.) An idevices outdoor plug wouldn't install. Still no homekit compatible garage door opener apparently (although one is supposedly coming). The only smoke/CO alarm I've found has terrible reviews on amazon; not reassuring for a safety device. Why bother creating a platform like this if it's going to be so difficult to use? I can't be the only one with these frustrations. The homekit app was my favorite part of iOS 10. Unfortunately it's been a huge disappointment for me.

    In case anyone is interested: I have the nanoleaf aura and it is really great and could not be easier to set up. It's the only functional item on my Apple Home control panel.

    My experience is the total opposite.  I have lots of Hue lights, Eve sensors, Eve plugs and expect to move my security cameras over to HomeKit compatible ones in the medium term.  Everything works flawlessly - Eve sensors turn off heating, and turn on lights.

    Remember HomeKit is the ecosystem, but each manufacturer has to develop a good product.  It's not like Apple makes your door lock.  Install the Lyric, and purchase some Hue lights - you'll be thrilled with how easy things can be.