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  • Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box will coordinate your lights with the television

    Is the decimal point in the wrong place? $300?!?! That is insane
  • Foxconn used five times more temp workers than permitted for 'iPhone 11' assembly surge

    The motivation for the law is one of a societal goal, but it doesn’t seem to account for something like an annual spike in the need for labor by a company.  Therefore strict enforcement of such a law introduces inefficiencies.  

    Further, how does it harm any of the permanent employees or the 10% representing temporary workers to add one more temporary worker after you’ve reached the 10% threshold?  I’d doesn’t make sense.  If it’s harmful to have some quantity of temporary workers over some arbitrary limit, why isn’t it harmful to have even that initial 10%, why isn’t the very first temporary worker hire causing harm?  
    I won't pretend to know anything about Chinese labour laws but perhaps the limits on temporary workers is because they have fewer rights than permanent workers? There is a risk that companies permanently employ temporary workers and don't provide them with the same stability, benefits etc. Similar but not the same as the fight that Uber has about contractors vs employees.
  • Google fined $170M for violating children's privacy

    gatorguy said:
    robjn said:
    You’re recommending YouTube For Kids?

    As a parent I had to delete that app because of the overwhelming amount of ads between, around and within videos. It’s abusive!
    1. And the second biggie...Personalized ads will stop running on children's content, child or not. See Change 1.
    I hope they cancel all ads on children's content. It seems perverse to me that they can run ads, many of them adult-focused, when they know kids are watching. I never thought anything of it as a child but as a parent now, it's horrifying. I've banned YouTube for my young daughter but I know that can't last long.
  • Editorial: CNBC is still serving up some really bad hot takes on Apple

    sacto joe said:
    I completely agree with everything said in the article and yes, some of the reporting is so wrong it almost looks intentional. But perhaps the crux of the Ives message is correct, even if the details are totally wrong. iPhone revenue is down this year and wearables/home/accessories + services revenue growth is only just making up for it. If iPhone revenue continues declining but the other two growth categories start flattening off, can Apple keep growing? Or it's possible that iPhone sales only look slow this year because of the large jump last year. At the very least, it's a reasonable question, even if CNBC framed it completely wrong.
    Nope. The message, as usual, is myopic, especially since Apple no longer publishes iPhone numbers, thus making the assumption that iPhone sales are permanently declining ridiculous on the face of it.

    It doesn’t take much digging to find out that iPhone sales, along with smartphone sales generally, started peaking 4 years ago. A clue to the actual facts about the iPhone's prospects can be found in a more detailed analysis of the one piece of information Apple still supplies: revenue. Apple breaks out revenue for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Other, and Services. I've got a chart that looks at all these areas. Guess what: Yes, there was a big pullback in iPhone revenue in 2019. But that's CLEARLY an outlier, caused by the huge impact of the Trump Trade War on Apple sales in China (a negative $8 Billion in  fy '19 comparative revenue). Disregarding that blip, the trajectory of iPhone revenue is up, not flat, and certainly not down!

    It is, however, flattening, which is to be expected as we hit peak smartphone.
    As you say, Apple publishes iPhone revenue figures and that was what I was referring to. I'm not sure how you can call the last data point in the line a blip and disregard it. Besides, even if we assume you are right and iPhone revenue is flattening off, my point still stands. Can Apple's other categories grow fast enough to offset iPhones in the company's next phase?
  • Like Apple Music, Spotify now offers a three month premium trial

    I wonder if this is the carrot before they show us the stick. Perhaps they'll start making the free tier more restrictive and push people into the free trial