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  • Apple's HomePod lands in Japan on Aug. 23

    I love my sweet sweet sounding HomePods.
  • Apple loses ground to Samsung in European smartphone market

    mike54 said:
    It's not rocket science. Why pay $1800+ when you can pay $300 and which does the things you want it to. Of course there are other reasons beside cost that make people choose iPhone.

    The biggest winner here is not Samsung, it is Google.
    Where do you get $1800?! The article specifically says that in the UK, the iPhone XR is 749 GBP, the equivalent of $905. That’s 50% of your claimed price, used to make the comparison absurd.
  • TP-Link cancels HomeKit plan for Kasa smart plug mini

    dewme said:
    Pre-announcing HomeKit support is a well-worn marketing device for IoT manufacturers that have little, if any, intention to deliver.
    At this stage it’s fair to label such companies as frauds, because there have been enough companies that had struggled or scaled back their HomeKit intentions to give pause to anyone that wants to legitimately launch such a feature.
    Companies that are in the business of making money always have to adapt to market demands. There's nothing fraudulent about cutting your losses and bailing out of a venture that does not appear to have the kind of downstream profitability that guided your original intentions to jump into the market. It's called being smart and being data-driven and overcoming emotional inertia.  
    Eh, it’s called fraudulent practice at worst and patently dishonest opportunism at best. Such companies want access to the insanely large base of iOS and MacOS users and promise “future” HomeKit support to snag sales. HomeKit users wouldn’t purchase their products without at least such a feature “promise”. Many, in fact, bought Ring devices because of just such a promise. Almost 3 years (and an Amazon takeover later) and Ring has yet to issue its advertised HomeKit capability. Even after the Amazon takeover, Ring kept responding publicly to queries on their blog and twitter feed they were still “working on a HomeKit feature roll-out”. That is also fraudulent - just another attempt to entrap unknowing Apple users. SimpliSafe teased the same promise for their system over 18 months ago, with still no HomeKit available today. These are but just two examples. For companies who fraudulently make a specific HomeKit feature promise, such as TP-Link, they should offer their dupes/marks/suckers/victims a full refund for whichever “HomeKit” SKU they purchased, once it is obvious (or admitted) that HomeKit capability will never be delivered. This marketing behavior is known as “bait and switch” and there are laws in place to guard against this FRAUDULENT practice.
  • Global notebook shipments up with Apple showing biggest growth


    Unfortunately Angela has left. Let's hope the new guy is good but I've learned no matter how good a person is(See: Tim Cook) people will bash them to the ground and could do a better job themselves.

    I'm still surprised Apple hasn't fired everyone and replaced them with commenters from AppleInsider. /s
    The new “guy” is a woman - Deirdre O’Brien.
  • Review: Symfonisk AirPlay 2 Bookshelf Speaker -- Ikea Price, Sonos Sound

    gutengel said:
    gisgeek said:
    can the speaker be used as an audio output for an Apple TV
    Yes you can. However, one issues that I always have is that you can Airplay2 whatever audio from a video playing from the Apple TV with no issue, but the moment you try to Airplay something from an iPhone or iPad through Apple TV, the sounds stops and the Apple TV tries to play to whatever audio outlet is has hardwired or Bluetooth. This issues is super annoying and apparently there no fix on new OS's coming this fall...
    I will second that “super annoying” assessment. I constantly choose my stereo HomePods as my output source through my Apple TV, and when I play something from my iPhone using AirPlay, such as a YouTube video, the Apple TV resets the audio output to the Vizio sound bar that is directly connected to my Sony TV. ARRGGGHHH! Why can’t I set the HomePods as my PERMANENT DEFAULT OUTPUT? If the Apple TV absolutely can’t maintain the HomePod audio for a brief tangental interlude, why doesn’t it at least go back to its default output (HomePods) automatically when that interloping stream has concluded?