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  • Looking back at Steve Jobs's NeXT, Inc -- the most successful failure ever

    We're definitely all on the web and even among those who know Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web, few know he did it on a NeXT cube.” not to mention an obscure little videogame called Doom
  • Apple issues AirPort Express firmware update adding support for AirPlay 2

    sflocal said:
    DLink, NetGer, Linksys, etc.. 
    I agree that those vendors were awful. The new generation of mesh routers though — Plume, Eero, Google Home — blow them and Apple's offerings out of the water. [edit] Netgear has a new mesh line called Orbi, and Linksys has the Velop series that the article mentions above. No thanks, been burned by both companies too many times.

    I kind of wish Apple would acquire Plume or Eero, but whatevs. There are good options now, and mesh can extend your home network range without cutting the speed in half with every hop.
  • A history of the iPad Mini, from life to limbo

    nunzy said:
    Now that Apple makes phones with normal sized screens, there's little need for iPadMini. So few people buy them that they are not worth making anymore.
    Megaphones are still too small to comfortably read books. And regular iPads too big.

    "so few people buy them" dude they're everywhere, hugely popular. But everything they're good at — books, basic web browsing, cash registers — just doesn't demand a good CPU. And with iOS 12 they're even faster than new.

    Apple isn't updating them because they don't have to. Sucks, but whatever.
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  • Sonnet's new Echo 11 Thunderbolt 3 dock promises plenty of ports and full power for MacBoo...

    I find it sad that after several years of a commitment by Apple to USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 that there are no true USB-C hubs available.
    I heard a rumor regarding this. In order to make a hub, you need an interface controller chip, and no ICs that support USB-C even exist. Apparently Intel is working on one but it won’t be ready until next year at the earliest.

  • Apple not taking chances with ads, is too 'vanilla' says former ad director

    Except Apple did get permission. 
    Damn. I did not know that. “Jobs pulled some strings to get usage rights from celebrities including Joan Baez (Jobs’ ex-girlfriend) and Yoko Ono (once a neighbour). If Clow had approached these people, he would be another adman. When Jobs called, he was a friend.” Alright, I redact some of that. I still think it comes off as creepy and arrogant, but glad to hear that.
    Eric_WVGG said:
    The campaign confirmed many anti-Apple biases of the company being conceited and hollow. Twenty years later, they're still combatting that image.
    This is insanity. It was a great ad, and it didn't confirm anything of the sort, nor are they combatting that image twenty years later. Normals have no idea of the "But Apple is arrogant!" troll trope. It's all in your head.
    Even Steve knew. “This is great, this is really great … but I can’t do this. People already think I’m an egotist, and putting the Apple logo up there with all these geniuses will get me skewered by the press.”
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