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  • US official calls Cook's idea to vote on iPhone 'preposterous'

    There are definitive ways to make it such that a person can vote by a device. A few people have talked about some of the technologies that can be used to validate that the person making the request is in fact the person that can vote. Like one person said, this is already done via Apple Pay (which is the far more secure way of doing contactless payments than anything out there). It is established that the card (or person) is valid, and then they are given a a secure credential. One way of doing this is by public key/private key encryption. That way the public key (i.e. the voting servers) can read what the votes are, but they will not know who the person is. Also, the person who submitted the vote can verify that their vote is the one they actually did.

    Now, this is a very rudimentary example of what can be done, and there should be additional safeguards that are put into place plus there are other considerations that need to be dealt with (person changes device, what then?) that need to be addressed. But, all of those things are things that can be done with the will and desire to make it happen. It requires EXPERTS not POLITICIANS to come up with the solutions, and that way it is 100% fair for everybody.
    Dogperson
  • Apple in 2019: surviving iPhone challenges like the 1990s Microsoft

    A lot of the "doom-and-gloom" surrounding Apple is nothing more than social media drama deliberately created. Apple will push the boundaries of what we consider as personal computers. John Srouji is doing great work hardware-wise when it comes to Apple Ax chipset. The only thing Apple has to do is keep evolving iOS into a more robust mobile operating system and unlock more features that we know it can handle. I really look forward to a day when I can do all the work I would usually do on my PC right on my iPhone XS Max or iPad.
    I agree with iOS evolving.  It might be time to fork iOS into one for tablets, and one for phones.  Or, the ability to toggle on advanced features, like a proper file system.

    The expectation is for Apple’s A series chips to power MacOS laptops.  The alternative is for iOS to “grow up” in functionality.  In my mind, the 12.9” iPad & the A Series laptop need to run the full Office 365.

    I’d also like to see iWork become something more like Office 365.  It had promise but the effort has fizzled...  If Apple wants services revenue to grow, that would be a good place to start.  Microsoft knows business and sustainable revenue.  People will cut video & music subscriptions when money gets tight.  Business’s can’t cut the tools to let the people do their jobs.

    Apple is all about the ecosystem, but the customer lock-in isn’t as great as they hope.  Currently, their is nothing they make that is as “sticky” as MS Office.  Without that, there is nothing to prevent them from becoming the next Blackberry.

    For example, if I switched to Android devices it would be annoying, but after a month it would be business as usual.

    I’m not in the “sky is falling” crowd.  Apple remains dominant in several areas, but they can’t sit on their laurels.  The most interesting thing Apple’s been working on is medical records and devices, those have the potential to be “sticky” and helps them keep their dominance in the other areas.
    There is no need for iOS to run the full Office 365. There is almost no need for it, unless you are really attached to Word, Excel, or Powerpoint. At that point, it is now a matter of preference. Also, that desire is on Microsoft's shoulders to make it the full experience, not Apple's. I do agree that Apple should put more work into their iWork suite of tools. They are an excellent toolset that does need some serious love.

    One thing I did want to mention is Project Marzipan (I think that is how it is spelled). This alone should be a huge indicator as to where Apple is heading. It isn't that iOS and macOS are merging, but instead allowing for applications to be built on both easily. If Apple can pull this off, and I have zero doubts that they can, this will be huge. As a software developer, I can tell you that if the only thing that I have to do is some slight tweaks to a bit of code and I can migrate my application to another platform, that is a huge win; and once the apps come people will have no problems going back to the Mac.
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  • Nike teases Tuesday reveal of new iPhone-controlled self-lacing sneakers

    DAalseth said:
    Oh for crying out loud. How f****** hard is it to tie your bloody shoes.
    For a child who has disabilities, either mental or physical (or in the case of my youngest daughter, both); this could be a game changer for her. Right now, she has to have daddy or mommy tie her shoes, when all of her peers can do it themselves. For her, she would feel more independent just because she can tie her own laces.
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  • Apple working on self-driving car 'peloton' system to share power, increase efficiency

    When I think of self-driving vehicles I think of electric vehicles, a peloton probably results in minimal cost savings.

    To show the problem of a
     Peloton, I’ll leave you this image:

    There’s a pe
    loton of a dozen cars in the slow lane.  I’m in the middle lane, and I realize my off ramp is coming up.  I have a huge wall of vehicles to my right.  I turn on my turn signal.  No one notices because a computer is driving, and no ones eyes are on the road.  What do I do?  Do I accelerate or brake aggressively to attempt to get around the wall of vehicles... BOOM I didn’t make it.

    Until all vehicles are self-driving the p
    eloton idea is a disaster waiting to happen.  Somehow I don’t think we’ll have self driving motorcycles... It would kind of defeat the purpose.
    Or, as much as people don't like this suggestion.... You could slow down. That would give you more time to react. Or you can better plan and prepare. If you know your exit is coming up, get into the lane a lot sooner (like a mile or two beforehand). That way you don't have the problem anymore.
    Works great until one car in the line blows a tire.
    So, I travel over 80 miles one way to and from work. The chances of a blown tire is remote at best. Even then, I am sure that the computer (which would probably be monitoring the pressure of the tires) could communicate with the other cars in the Peloton, react accordingly without freaking out, and pull off to the side the road without incident.

    Most accidents with a blow out happen because the driver was startled at first and reacted to the sound; not because the tire has suddenly vanished.
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  • Top Mac App Store utility 'Adware Doctor' is stealing user information [u]

    According to MacRumors, "AdBlock Master" was also removed.
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