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  • Apple AirPower Qi charging mat headed for September landing

    A year from WWDC17 deliver Stereo for HomePod from when it was announced.
    Now a year to deliver AirPower after they were announced.    I hope they prioritize new Computers over AirPower because other than the MacPro (which won't show up till 2019) they haven't announced any new Computers.   Cook says the Mini is an important part of Apple, why doesn't someone ask if there will be another Mac Mini.
    albegarcavon b7elijahgadm1mike54aegean
  • Grayshift claims it defeated Apple's forthcoming 'USB Restricted Mode' security feature

    lkrupp said:
    Who knows but one thing is true. Apple can only go so far with security before it starts to affect usability and the customer experience. If you lock something down too tight it becomes too difficult to use.
    Apple should worry about poking the Bear.  Never now when ill will can cause problems or turn into Media disaster.
    williamlondon
  • New Orleans police officer accused of stealing AirPods from Apple store

    This is nothing.  I remember this case from the 90s where a cop killed here former partner and 2 others.

    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/1995/03/new_orleans_police_officer_cha.html
    cornchip
  • Failure of Pixel 2 exposed a larger problem: Google's ads don't work

    tmay said:
    Tops12 said:
    Someone shared this article with me and I couldn't help but chuckle, especially at your nitpick of a single portrait mode picture that didn't completely turn out.

    It's not a master of sales and isn't leading some glorious Google revolution, but the Pixel 2 is an excellent phone. That being said, QC on some of the initial LG made Pixel 2 XL devices seemed to be lacking with some display issues early on. Of course that seems to have been remedied, as well, Google offering a 2 year warranty, and rightfully so.

    Compared to its rival, the iPhone 8, it has a better display, speakers, camera, battery and AI. Android runs buttery smooth with no hitches what so ever. It also doesn't heavily throttle when performing graphically intensive tasks:
    When we’re looking at competitor devices we see only the the iPhone X able to compete with the last generation Snapdragon 835 devices – however with a catch. The A11 is severely thermally constrained and is only able to achieve these scores when the devices are cold. Indeed as seen from the smaller score of the iPhone 8, the SoC isn’t able to sustain maximum performance for even one benchmark run before having to throttle. 

    -Anandtech
    Ironic, as Apple used to lead in sustained performance. Now they're well behind.

    And some comparison photos:






    The full quote paints a different story, but thanks for playing:

    "When we’re looking at competitor devices we see only the the iPhone X able to compete with the last generation Snapdragon 835 devices – however with a catch. The A11 is severely thermally constrained and is only able to achieve these scores when the devices are cold. Indeed as seen from the smaller score of the iPhone 8, the SoC isn’t able to sustain maximum performance for even one benchmark run before having to throttle. Unfortunately this also applies to current and last generation Exynos and Kirin SoCs as both shed great amount of performance after only a few minutes. I’ve addressed this issue and made a great rant about it in our review of the Kirin 970. For this reason going forward AnandTech is going to distinguish between Peak and Sustained scores across all 3D benchmarks. This however needs to be tested on commercial devices as the QRD platform isn’t a thermally representative phone for the SoC, so until that happens, we’ll have to just estimate based on power consumption where the Snapdragon 845 ends up."

    So, the results of the 845 in a real phone may, unfortunately, throttle.

    Apple launches A12 in new iPhone(s) in September; might be a few Android OS devices with the 845 by then, but doubt that "lead" will hold up.
    I like what Rene Ritchie said.  One third of the time he finds the photos from the iPhoneX the best, one third of the time he favors the photos from the Pixel 2's camera, and lastly he preferred the photos from his DSLR.   All these smartphone photos are much better than 5 years ago.    Google's single lens Camera seems to do better than the iPhone8.   Google would like you to believe that it is because of their AI - I think a lot of it is due to the larger sensor that they have.
    gatorguymuthuk_vanalingamtechconc
  • Exhaustive acoustical analysis demonstrates HomePod is '100 percent an audiophile-grade sp...

    joe28753 said:
    Last paragraph is confusing. I think first sentence should read “Unless you’re *not...” I know it’s a quote so forgive me if I’m wrong. 
    AppleInsider left out part of the quote. The original reddit post said “Speaking of inputs, you have one choice: AirPlay. which means, unless you’re steeped in the apple ecosystem, it’s really hard to recommend this thing.”

    They’re saying the speaker sounds great, but it’s hard to recommend unless you plan on using AirPlay from another Apple device or Apple Music directly on it. 
    That portion of the quote selectively left out of the story negates the entire post. Apple should have given the AirPod professional audio grade connectors. A major oversight and negative, IMO.
    Yeah no, not an oversight at all. Apple doesn’t care about your other audio gear. It’s not a speaker company. 
    I know they’re not a “speaker company”, but a piece of pro/prosumer audio equipment should fit into a pro/prosumer array of equipment, especially since Apple does not (yet) offer an entire ecosystem supporting it.

    Now, you can disagree with my opinion, but you can’t ignore the fact that Apple isn’t offering this product in a complete vacuum.
    Sonos doesn't give you a Auxiliary line in port on the Play 1, Play 3 , or One.  You have to buy the $500 Play 5.

    hopefully in a couple years Apple makes a HomePodMax that would be bigger with external connections.

    SpamSandwichnetmage