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  • AliveCor pulls KardiaBand ECG smart band for Apple Watch from sale

    AliveCor got greedy.  They started requiring you to pay a subscription to see the previous EKG’s that you had stored in your own memory on your own device. That kind of greed is always the beginning of the end.  Then Karma killed them.
    StrangeDaysFlytrappujones1
  • High-end 2019 Apple iPhone lineup may shift to 'Pro' branding

    roake said:
    I have purchased a new iPhone every year since 2007.  This time, though, none of the rumors include a compelling reason to upgrade.  Hopefully, Apple has a surprise or two in store for us.
    Incremental, iterative iPhone improvements aren’t designed to make people upgrade every single year. Normal people don’t do that. Phone nerds like us may, but that isn’t how most people spend. The idea with iterative development is when you do upgrade, it will be much better than the model several past. That’s how we get from there to here. 
    I agree with everything you said.  However, up until last year, the upgrades were still pretty exciting, to me at least.  I did upgrade last year, but that’s the first time it felt, “bleh.”  This year, I find myself hoping that we will see an exciting new feature from the camera other than just adding an additional lens to slightly improve the photo.  I would love to see time-of-flight mediated 3D photographs.

    They have occasionally kept something a complete surprise, like the 64-bit processors, Metal, etc.  Hopefully, there is something like that that hasn’t already leaked.
    watto_cobra
  • High-end 2019 Apple iPhone lineup may shift to 'Pro' branding

    I have purchased a new iPhone every year since 2007.  This time, though, none of the rumors include a compelling reason to upgrade.  Hopefully, Apple has a surprise or two in store for us.
    schlackbluefire1chemengin1
  • Siri 'whistleblower' details drug deals & sex heard during manual reviews

    gatorguy said:
    Quoting:
    "The Guardian notes, while Amazon and Google allow customers to opt out of some uses of their recordings, Apple doesn’t offer a similar privacy protecting option, outside of disabling Siri entirely. That’s a particularly bad look, given that Apple has built so much of its reputation on selling itself as the privacy company that defends your data in ways that Google and Amazon don’t. Implicitly telling customers that, effectively, “the only way to have peace of mind that a random stranger won’t listen in on their accidentally triggered Siri recordings is to stop using Siri entirely” is a bit of a mixed message from the company that supposedly puts privacy at a premium."

    Things are not always as black and white, good guys vs. evil others, as they are sometimes portrayed here. 
    All I know is Google would have to get better to suck.
    lolliver
  • France approves digital tax measures against Apple despite US pressure

    pjs_socal said:
    I am surprised that it took EU countries this long to enact these kinds of taxes. It’s common knowledge that Apple (with help from Ireland) took advantage of loopholes in international tax laws to reduce their tax burden. Of course, Apple has done nothing illegal, but it’s completely within each country’s rights to change tax laws to close those loopholes.
    So imagine if every UN country charged Apple an additional 3% on gross revenue.
    cat52anantksundaramflyingdp