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  • Early previewers praise new HomePod's 'just wow' audio

    DAalseth said:
    So in a controlled, closed environment, a hand picked assortment of reviewers listened to a small selection music that Apple picked. 

    Not really an unbiased test. I’ll wait for a broader assortment of reviews. 

    Came here to say exactly this.

    I would absolutely expect Apple to showcase their product in the best possible light, under the best possible conditions and without any comparison to other products under the same conditions.  Unfortunately, those conditions won't apply to 99% of the conditions in which the product will actually be used.  I'm sure the product will sound amazing, it is an Apple product after all.  But a proper test?  No.
  • Apple wants a bigger piece of the smart home hardware market Apple really after your data...?
    No. JFC do you ever stop?
    To be fair, Apple does collect data, and they might have been found to be doing even when the user has opted out, if a couple of class action lawsuits are correct.

    The difference is that Apple has so far opted to use that data itself, and not sell it to other companies, as other companies do.  So far.

    So yes, Apple is likely after your data, even if it's not quite as nefarious as some others.
  • Apple seeks 911 dispatcher feedback over Emergency SOS skier misfires

    DAalseth said:

    The real world always has the last laugh. This is very typical of a new technology.
    Murphy's First Law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
    Murphy's Second Law: Nothing is as easy as it looks.
    Murphy's Third Law: Everything takes longer than you think it will.

    Many of the engineers I've met who've worked in some form or another of the field think that Murphy was an optimist.

  • Apple Watch infringes Masimo pulse oximetry patent, rules judge

    chadbag said:
    Applejacs said:
    Ok, so Apple cuts a check for how much?

    Ideally, it would be the amount of money they made from the infringement.  But for a long time, it's been well worth it for Apple to infringe and then pay some pittance to make the problem go away.  The only way to stop infringement is to impose penalties that actually matter.

    I know exactly how likely that is though, given how much corporations "contribute to" legislators.
    Pray, tell.  How do you calculate how much Apple made from the claimed infringement?  If such a simple matter you should be able to enlighten us on the method. 

    (I said “claimed” as the matter is not settled. This was just the next step). 

    Pray tell, where did I say it would be simple?  I don't seen it; enlighten me.
  • Apple's AR & VR headset will launch into a poorly defined market

    Now that CES 2023 has come and gone, it is fascinating that more companies didn't try to debut new ultra-premium headsets that cost more than $2,000.
    It might be fascinating, but it's not all that surprising that the Consumer Electronics Show isn't showcasing ultra-premium headsets to consumers.  There's absolutely a market for premium headsets, as multiple companies creating such for various industries have demonstrated.  Even if they haven't seen huge volume, they've been profitable.  For normal consumers though, the vast majority of whom are interested in gaming and gaming like activities, Meta has set the expectation of a few hundred dollars for a headset and controllers.  HTC and Valve can maybe command more than that because of the perceived value of their products (my Valve Index is absolutely worth the premium I paid for it even over the Quest 2, which I also have, sitting in the closet for guests), but most people aren't going there.

    I'm sure Apple has plans that will make it scads and scads of money off of AR/VR/MR, but unless it includes compatibility with SteamVR, I personally will likely not be interested unless the price is less than $1,000 and it works with my phone.