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  • Target may be ready to concede and enable Apple Pay at retail

    It’s about time considering that data breach a few years ago. They should have been one of the first to get on with Apple Pay, et al. 
    Yep, that's why I won't shop at Target.
    Not only did they let people steal my personal information, but they refused to take measures (such as enabling Apple Pay) that would help insure that my personal information was protected during future shopping trips.

    I'll continue to avoid shopping there even if they do acquiesce and enable Apple Pay because they have revealed that they do not value me as a customer.   Instead, I'll shop at businesses that do.
  • Apple Watch users 34 percent more active when exercises tracked, says insurer

    There's really two sides to this story:
    Yes, the Apple Watch certainly encourages consistent activity and exercise.   It's really very good at that.

    But, another aspect is that it enables healthcare providers, insurers, researchers and employers to get an accurate, objective and timely view into what you are doing (or not doing!)...   While that information could obviously be misused, it also offers a potential revolution in healthcare -- shifting from a passive disease management model ("Take this pill ....") to one supporting and training people to live healthy lifestyles.

    We spend $3 Trillion a year on health care.  And, it's estimated that 75% of that goes to treat chronic diseases -- 75%  of which could have been prevented or delayed with a healthy lifestyle.   Basically that means that about half our $3 Trillion a year goes to treat coach potatoes sitting around eating pizza.
  • Future path of Apple's App Stores at stake in Monday's Supreme Court arguments

    greg uvan said:
    avon b7 said:
    I'm for choice in distribution models and less power for store controllers.

    I'd like to see developers have the option to opt out of the App Store if it suits their needs and for Apple to have less say on what is 'acceptable' or not. Likewise, choice would then extend to the end user.
    I don't understand why there is any anti-trust in cases like this, when Android exists. Microsoft was under scrutiny because they were so dominant by market share. Everyone who buys an iPhone knows that they have to use the App Store to get apps. And everyone knows that, they can either jailbreak (if they so please, there are even services that will do it for you), or they can buy one of many many android phones that are just fine, and that don't have the same app store restrictions.

    It just feels like everyone who buys into Apple, either as a consumer getting an iPhone, or an app developer making an app for iPhone, they go in with their eyes wide open. Everyone since the dawn of the App Store has known that it's the only shop for apps, and that Apple charges developers a percent. If you look at the Mac side of things, the "pass-on" has always been obvious in iOS. A Mac App bought outside the store is often less expensive than the same Mac App bought in the store. Obviously, because of pass-on.
    There is an essential and profound difference between Apple restrictions to limit free and open access and Microsoft or Google:  
    -- Apple does it primarily to improve security and stability of its devices.
    -- Microsoft and Google do it to improve their profits.

    In the case of Apple, they are maintaining the reputation of their brand while the user reaps a benefit.  That is not true in the case of Microsoft and Google.

    -- The same is true with Apple's restrictions on repairs and upgrades.
  • MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro: which one is right for you?

    jdw said:
    It's a dead horse that's been beaten for going on its third year now. When does it stop? Most "pros" have moved on and are adapting just fine.
    Whoever clicked "Informative" on your Yawn post must be ready for bed themselves, if they aren't already fast asleep.

    The only place where many of those "Pros have moved onto" is Windows.  I for one will NOT be doing that.  Seriously, Apple is taking a shotgun to the Mac faithful by incorporating extremist levels of minimalism into their designs.  I've loved Macs since 1984, not because they were the most feature rich machines relative to Windoze, but because they were PRACTICAL TO ME.  The late 2016 and newer MBP's are no longer machines that I deem practical, and it doesn't matter one teensy tiny bit to me if a few other people do enjoy the excessive minimalism.  Again, I dare Apple to give us a full featured notebook selling along side their existing line.  Let's see who's right.  My guess is that I am right.  For who in their right mind would buy a stripped down machine for $4500 when you can get more features for that amount of money, and your life is better as a result?  Apple removed key features for no sensible reason at all.  It's a crying shame.  I continue to send Apple feedback about it, and encourage like-minded Mac users to do the same.  If we pound hard enough and long enough, the company just might wise up, especially if the media joins us.

    Don't some of you get tired of your fellow Mac users blindly worshipping every decision out of Cupertino as if somehow Steve Jobs is still alive and blessed it?  Steve is no longer around and it shows.  Steve was pro-minimalism too, but at least he knew where to draw the line.  Johnny Ive's line is "so little design there's no design at all."  It's like a blank piece of paper, yet without the paper.  Sorry, but that's not practical for me, and there's a lot more people out there like me too.  Not every Mac user loves what Apple has been doing to the Mac since Steve's departure from this planet.  And we let our voices be heard, both in online forums and at Apple's feedback channel. 

    And before a Cupertino Worshipper comes along and bashes me for having the guts to say all this, time and time again, consider well that Apple has 3 different notebook lines! Folks, did you hear that?  THREE DIFFERENT LINES!  These "I don't need ports, and I don't care about dongles or tactile feedback" people who perpetually defend Apple need only buy a MacBook or MacBook AIR to satisfy their lusting after zero practicality.  Why must Apple also gut the MacBook Pro?  It makes NO SENSE at all.  Apple should keep the Pro model feature rich, bridging the needs of today (which includes USB-A and an SD card slot) with the needs of tomorrow, which includes USB-C/TB3.  They have the MacBook and AIR to strip down to their heart's content.  Why must they also gut the Pro?  Again, it's the dumbest business decision I've ever come across.  And don't give me the "well, they needed to be consistent across the line and really push USB-C too, which they couldn't if they included USB-A."  All speculation and wild guesses, and I don't even care if these guesses are correct.

    It's time for Apple to consider THE REST OF US.  They aren't now.
    That's the thing -- they are. They are considering "the rest of us," meaning the vast majority of the computer market, with the Mac for possibly the first time since the bondi iMac. I'm not sure how many times I have to point it out that the target just isn't you, and probably also not a decent percent of the long-time AI reader base. Keep sending that feedback, if you'd like, I encourage it. Just realize that you are a drop in the bucket.

    If a Windows PC is the right tool for your job, just get that, man. You're not going to get what you want from Apple.
    With all due respect, I disagree.

    From all of my personal as well as 20 years IT experience, from a hardware perspective, it seems to me that Apple is targeting a narrow, niche market with their Mac lines -- which I find odd, since the hardware is mostly just off-the-shelf stuff available to most any Mom & Pop assembler.  

    MacOS and the Apple ecosystem are keeping the Mac lines alive. 

    I think, and I hope, that they can and will do better.

    Added as an after thought:   "Would you buy a MacBook if it was running Windows 10?"   I suspect few would say "YES!"
    Your 20 years in IT mean jack shit if you think Apple is targeting a “narrow, niche market” — you literally have it backasswards. Go look in an Apple store! Listen to the earnings calls! YOU are the niche! The sooner you realize that, the happier you’ll be. 

    Not it to mention the ancient trope that Apple just tosses together “off-the-shelf” parts that anyone could’ve assembled. What a joke. Do people take you seriously where you work?
    Yawn, wake me up once you think of an actual response rather than personal insults and irrelevancies.
  • Apple in talks to transfer US veterans' medical records to iPhone

    There is a fatal flaw in these 'portable' health records:  The assumption that they are accurate.

    As a healthcare professional on the inside, and as a caregiver and patient on the outside, I can assure you that they are anything but accurate. 

    Physicians record things for multiple purposes -- but most often to justify diagnostic tests and treatments to insurance companies in order to get reimbursement.   So, because your record has a diagnosis of some condition does not mean that you actually have or have ever had that condition.

    An example is:  A couple months ago I visited a new PCP -- but spent the bulk of the appointment debunking various historical diagnosis (such as a heart arrhythmia) he was seeing in my electronic records. 
    Another example was as a nurse treating a patient with a diagnosis of schizophrenia when he actually had zero symptoms of that condition -- but instead had a clear case of CTE.  But since insurance didn't recognize CTE, he was diagnosed with something that they could recognize and pay for.
    I could provide many, many more examples.

    I make a practice of keeping written records of all of my diagnostic tests and treatments -- and provide them to new physicians as necessary.   They are far, far more accurate than my electronic medical record.

    And, it is not just an academic problem:   misdiagnosis is a leading cause of incorrect and improper treatments -- which can be harmful and even deadly.