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  • 'Fortnite' firm Epic Games planned Apple App Store dispute for months

    Hi I‘m joe every-man and I‘m fighting for you!
    Look at me in my humble clothing and austere office - i‘m just like you, because I‘m fighting for you, dear friend!!1

    Meanwhile the real Tim Sweeny has a net worth of approximately 5.5 Billion, for comparison that‘s roughly 5x that of Tim Cook.

  • Intel swipes at Apple Silicon with selective benchmark claims

    I look at these benchmarks and don't see a good reason to stick with intel....

    My grandson would likely say the same -- until phe discovers he can't do what he needs to do on the M1.

    It doesn't matter how fast it is if it can't do what it needs to do.   Would you take a Porsche to pick up a yard of mulch?

    For me, it brings back memories of project I was handed to transfer data from a DB2 database into a proprietary system and, the only way to do that while retaining data integrity was to type it into the receiving system.   I had both a Mac and a Windows machine sitting on my desk at work but neither would do it.   Instead I had to use my home computer running OS2 to read a record from the DB2 database and then type it into the proprietary system using a keyboard emulator.   In that context, both the Mac and Windows machines were worthless.
    This is a nonsense argument because it has no relation to the topic. Your take would make more sense in a “Windows versus macOS” discussion. 
  • Intel 'Alder Lake' chips take same approach as Apple's ARM designs

    Hmm the title is slightly disingenuous as of course Intel wouldn't be able to mimic the M1 design, nor would such a design yield the similar array of benefits in the x86 world. However I applaud the inclusion of high and low performance cores, since Intel seems to have legitimate issues with die shrink, so this would at least yield some power and heat benefits to the platform.

    As for Apple and Intel - Apple's stated "2 year" roadmap to Apple Silicone pretty much precludes anything but providing speed-bumps to existing Intel-macs. Even with advanced notice there is no value for Apple to invest in development there.

    We should also keep in mind that rumours for 2021 include Apple Silicone versions of the remaining MacBook Pros and iMacs. Leaving 2022 for just the iMac Pros and the Mac Pro (plus an additional Mac Pro entry level option if the rumours are true.)

    Such a fast conversion leaves no room for anything intel may launch today or in the future.
  • Netgear's Nighthawk router product line gains a Wi-Fi 6E option

    It sounds dumb, but these more advanced routers tend to be hostile to HomeKit / IoT devices. Often requiring the user to sift through advanced settings (and usually disabling a lot of "helpful" features in order to get more stability for IoT devices.) I had specific hell with both Netgear and ASUS in recent history and in the end could only get them to be slightly less than garbage maybe 80% of the time, and that was after disabling a lot of features and creating specific rules for each device. In frustration, I recently switched to a HomeKit router and literally everything works perfectly, is snappy and no longer has random drop offs.
  • FTC commissioners call Apple, Google 'gatekeepers' of mobile gaming industry

    I think we've seen with the likes of Facebook and similar that app developers will utilise invasive and questionable revenue generation business models regardless of the app stores and they will follow these practices through to their websites.

    Also where do companies like Nintendo sit in all of this? The Nintendo Switch is frequently the highest selling console, it is the premier Mobile Gaming device - yet for every game that exists on Nintendo's eStore and Apple's Appstore: the Appstore version is significantly cheaper. (Side note: This also applies to the Steam store.) Using the USA's "cheaper is always better" rule for competition, it stands to reason that Apple is providing a competitive service.