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  • Apple now responsible for 2.4 million US jobs

    You can count all 90,000, which is a nice large number, not like the railways or post of old but a solid employment figure for a tech company. A good slice of the 450,000 employed by suppliers but I doubt they have many exclusive suppliers. Still, in the era of outsourcing everything, they should count it. Counting 1.9M developers is seriously stretching it. Yes, it's an interesting data point but it's not too dissimilar to an electricity company counting everyone employed using their electricity. They can mention it in the press release as a side note but putting it in the headline is misleading.
  • Editorial: Why does Apple have a monopoly on responsive corporate values?

    Further, Apple has been assailed for decades over policies including its non-replaceable batteries. Yet from the first iPods to modern devices, Apple has effectively erased the use of millions of replaceable or disposable batteries that would commonly end up as toxic garbage, while at the same time advancing the state of the art in battery chemistry to achieve all-day use without the need to carry a series of battery packs. Samsung and other makers initially promoted disposable batteries but were eventually forced to follow Apple's lead-- only because it became cost-efficient, not because of any real values held by its executives.

    In some areas, environmental concerns are simply efficient business decisions. The massive cloud services operated by Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple require vast amounts of energy to operate and cool, so it simply makes sense to position these next to cheap sources solar, geothermal, or hydroelectric power. Many of these companies tout their "environmental" credibility in these areas, but Apple is unique in driving all of its corporate and even retail operations from renewable energy, when doing so isn't just the cheapest way to do business.
    I get that Apple has values and all and I praise them for it but some of the examples are stretching reality. Is there any evidence that Apple used non-user replaceable batteries for environmental reasons or that they made a positive difference? The argument has always been that sealing the unit and making them custom results in a better product and prevents third-party batteries causing malfunctions.

    How does it follow that when Apple does something, it's because of the company's values but when Alphabet does it, it's just for business reasons. Google became carbon neutral 12 years ago. There's once again an Apple lens put on every competitor even though they have completely different businesses. The one most important thing Alphabet could do is improve the efficiency and source or electricity feeding its data centres and its focused on that. Apple sells handsets, they obviously focus on reducing the impact of those.

    These article would have been much better if you focused the positives that Apple is doing rather than ranting about competitors. Who knows, maybe you could have even suggested some ways Apple could improve so it can continue getting better.
  • Amazon at work on new Echo to tackle HomePod, other high-end smartspeakers

    If they are developing a waist high robot it better be more than a speaker and microphone. I'd want it to have a vacuum and a beer fridge built in
  • Leaked images of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 teases embedded fingerprint tech

    avon b7 said:
    It looks very sleek. The colour scheme, if not exactly as groundbreaking as last year's Androids, looks great nevertheless.

    I'm leaning towards off centre punch holes but it is very small.

    I think the design is very modern even if it doesn't set a new bar.

    If this is one of the Notes, it hits the mark.
    Oh good. You'll become an Android user, and there'll be less need or interest on your part in being on an Apple forum....

    At least, one can hope!
    He already is. Draw your own conclusions on his reason for being here...
    It could be that there are so many non-Apple articles here. Or perhaps for the same reason that you're reading a Samsung article.
  • Microsoft's Stranger Things campaign creates a fake legacy for Windows 1.0

    It may not have been obvious too all but Microsoft aren't actually trying to sell Windows 1.0 so a review of it probably isn't necessary