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  • Editorial: Why is Samsung's Galaxy Fold graded on a curve?

    flydog said:
    This article manufactures a non-existent controversy to justify its existence. I haven’t seen any evidence that Samsung is treated differently than Apple in the press or the public eye.  

    Although the Verge stated just yesterday, "My Samsung Galaxy Fold screen broke after just a day. Yikes," this article refers to the author as passive and as evidence of an anti-Apple bias, cherry picking quotes to justify its false premise.  If anything, the Verge article is evidence of the opposite:   

    We’ve seen worries about scratches on expensive phones and debris breaking the keyboard on expensive MacBooks, but a piece of debris distorting the screen on a $1,980 phone after one day of use feels like it’s on an entirely different level.

    The author of the “Yikes” article has on the same page a video that fawns over the phone, apparently made only hours after getting it in his hands before it broke. The Yikes article itself certainly takes Samsung to task for having a product that breaks so quickly. But it is also a very measured criticism that “gives credit” to Samsung for making the attempt. I think most readers of this forum would agree that if Apple had come out with such an overpriced, Frankensteined, and flawed product pundits would be pronouncing it as the end of the company.
  • Dark mode, universal 'Undo' gestures touted to arrive in 'iOS 13'

    Except no one wants Dark Mode 24/7 the way it was implemented in macOS. I had to use a third party app NightOwl to get what people actually want which is automatic shifting between Light/Dark mode based on time of day.

    iOS of course will not be able to be manipulated in any such way.
    I tried dark mode on my home iMac but finally had to turn it off. I generally liked it but couldn’t stand the reverse type in Mail. I wish there was a way to customize it maybe app by app. I generally like “dark themes” and use them in most other software like Adobe Photoshop and Bridge.
  • Editorial: HomePod is as powerful as the iPhone 6, so let's have an App Store for it

    I picked up one on sale for $250 at Best Buy last November on Black Friday. It seemed like everyone had it on sale last holiday season and you could easily get it for the same price on Amazon and other resellers. I actually use it far more than I anticipated and am very impressed with the device. In the mornings I listen to to NPR by saying “Play NPR” or my local public radio station by saying “Play the radio station KERA.” I listen to music of course on it and I also like to listen to the Marketplace podcast in the evenings while I exercise. I have a feeling that Apple is just getting started in this space and even better is to come. But I do also think that the $250 I paid is about the right price.
  • Editorial: Steve Jobs would have been proud of Tim Cook's Apple News & Apple TV event

    What AI is pointing out is the classic non-doer critic's response to the doers. Whether or not Apple succeeds at everything it is trying to do right now in services is an open question, that they are making the attempt is what is more important. And if something fails Apple has shown its willingness to let go of what is not working (Ping, AirPower, Newstand, trashcan Mac Pro) and try something else rather than cling desperately to failing business model until it is too late. To quote Theodore Roosevelt: 

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” 

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  • The best apps for editing and redacting PDFs on your iPad or iPhone

    I can affirm that PDF Expert is an excellent tool. I use Acrobat Pro at work, but for home use PDF Expert is what I use. It is actually superior to Acrobat Pro in several ways and works great on my iPad Pro 10.5” 2018. I have a personal Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC subscription, which does not include Acrobat, so PDF Expert is a much cheaper alternative to upping my subscription.