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  • Apple axes Wi-Fi router division, apparently signaling the end of AirPort

    Since Apple's product secrecy prevents any certainty about what this report means, let's use some logic to deduce a most likely scenario.

    The latest speed standard (802.11ac) for home routers is three years old and airport products were last updated to it in 2013. Yet Apple is only now re-assigning engineering talent to other projects? An engineering team sitting around twiddling their thumbs for three years doesn't sound very Apple-like, don't you think?
    These same products had their retail availability limited to online after being pulled from U.S. stores in May this year. Doesn't this behaviour usually mean EOL stock clearance preceding a major product upgrade / redesign?

    I don't understand all the automatically negative whining about this here when it may, in fact, represent the advent of a radically new and interesting approach to home networking, smart home, TV, etc.
  • Editorial: Apple's AirPods, iPhone 7, Series 2 Watch out... journalists

    The bulk of tech "journalists" have been whining in harmony about Apple's every move for what seems like an eternity. The longer it lasts the easier it becomes to avoid clickbait headlines and find the few writers that balance fact and opinion. They are those that never gloss over the temporary growing pains of cutting edge technology, and often provide insight to the advantages and opportunities it provides going forward.

    That is what I look for at AppleInsider, TidBITS, The Mac Observer, iMore, Daring Fireball, The Loop, and sixcolors. I patronize them as encouragement to continue their pursuit of quality analysis and reporting.
  • FaceTime video chat competitor Google Duo released for iOS, Android

    cnocbui said:
    Charles Darwin wrote a book about the effectiveness of throwing stuff at a wall and seeing what sticks.  He concluded it works rather well.
    I wonder how many people actually know where that saying comes from? It's supposed to be 'spaghetti thrown at a wall'  because when it's properly cooked it'll stick but not before. 
    Yeah. I feel the same way about the "Drinking the Kool-aid" trolling line too.

    The followers of Jim Jones died when they drank the poisoned Flavor-Aid in Jonestown. They didn't become more fervent followers, they already did everything he asked.
  • Secure WhatsApp found to not be completely eradicating chat transcripts

    Rosyna said:
    gatorguy said:
    Not specifically mentioned in AI's article:
    Apple’s iMessage has this problem and it’s just as bad, if not worse. Your SMS.db is stored in an iCloud backup, but copies of it also exist on your iPad, your desktop, and anywhere else you receive iMessages. Deleted content also suffers the same fate."
    Because Apple never says anything about being able to securely delete text messages.

    It's especially moot when you can get them from the carrier and there is no way to guarantee what happens on the other side (the person that sent it or received it) is doing with the text message.

    It is neither "just as bad" nor "worst".

    I guess it's important to note that only about 25% of the content in any one of Zdziarski's post is technically accurate. The rest is either FUD, wild guessing, or just paranoid weirdness for PR purposes. His unfounded paranoia has resulted in some very useful, very secure Xcode features getting removed because of the bad PR it generated for Apple, even though his claims were incorrect.
    I'm a bit surprised at your assessment of Zdziarski's blog posts. He claims to have developed effective peer vetted digital forensics software currently in use in the legal system. He has made what seem to me as very cogent arguments regarding several issues surrounding the recent Apple vs FBI legal battle (San Bernardino.) The modest amount I've read of his blog seems neither weird, paranoid nor FUD inducing. 

    I'm even more surprised that Apple would remove Xcode features based on incorrect claims and/or unfounded paranoia. They're usually pretty thick-skinned when it comes to negative PR. Do you have evidence to back your assertions? I didn't realize his sphere of influence was strong and wide enough to affect the development of Apple's own software.
  • Notes of interest from Apple's Q3 2016 conference call

    cropr said:
    ration al said:
    Yeah you missed something.

    What if:
    1) Some Android users fed-up with lack of OS updates getting their first iPhone, the recently launched and affordable SE model.
    2) Fewer current iPhone users upgrading because we're long into the last product cycle with a new one on the horizon.
    3) Still far more Android users churning to their next Android phone to get newer OS.

    and presto! 
    It is not about the market that I missed something,  It is about mathematics. The Android market share went up, the iOS market share went down, the total market remained roughly equal and yet according to Tim Cook  the number of Android to iOS switchers should be at their highest levels ever.  This is for me mathematically impossible.  Maybe he used Numbers to calculated the switchers, this could be an explanation
    I know you're only trolling but try to keep up with the rest of the class,

    If you think through what I theorized above, and bear in mind that market share (a measure of sales in a given period) is different from market size, then you might see the light. If the market expands (smartphones are getting cheaper) more in relation to the number of users Apple can take from Android, then Apple loses market share and the math works fine, regardless of which spreadsheet you use.