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  • CEO of Canada's Rogers sees 'anemic' demand for Apple's iPhone 8

    tulkas said:
    I think the X is killing the 8. Not necessarily because of demand for the X.
    This point is something I tend to agree with. While I fully understand that the supply for the X is low and the cost is high (because of constraints with components allegedly and most likely) I do believe the the general Apple lineup is being spread too thin in a fashion similar to the time of Apple where Steve wasn't there.While some would say that choice is good, others find that too much choice leads to buyer indecision which can prevent a sale altogether (since the buyer feels like he is missing out either way).

    But hey what do I know? It's just the impression I'm getting but I am sure Tim knows what he is doing.
  • With eGPU and virtual reality support in High Sierra, Valve launches SteamVR for macOS

    Rayz2016 said:
    And I thought they weren't interested in VR – at all. 

    I believe Apple just wasn't as enthusiastic about it as AR, AR is something they would want to develop themselves, VR doesn't seem to be.
    That being said I suppose Apple was aware it needed to bridge the gap for the 'upgradable pro computer' while they finished up work on the new macPro so they decided to support external plugins through thunderbolt, this in turn seemed like a good opportunity to embrace VR on mac for Valve as the GPU options would no longer be limited.
  • Apple escalating use of Intel modems for 'iPhone 8' - report

    ktappe said:
    Metriacanthosaurus said:

    Latency is a far bigger problem than actual bandwidth these days. The focus should shift to improving that.

    Agree, but the current administration is working to strip the FCC from any monitoring or oversight of networks. So don't count on the issue being resolved anytime soon.

    I never looked to the FCC to improve the quality of service or bandwidth or speed of mobile networks.  That's what market competition is for, right?
    Well I think the FCC is supposed to ensure that market competition indeed focuses on that instead of a race to the bottom to see who screws over their customers least. (selling customer data and other weird practices)
  • NAB Show 2017: FeiyuTech iPhone gimbals

    johnjame said:
    The big problem with all these gimbal and stabilizer systems is that they are mechanical "Rube Goldberg" solutions versus the much more elegant solution of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which is built into some high-end SLR lenses.

    In the last few years, starting with the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, and now also in several 35mm mirrorless cameras, OIS is being built into the camera (or phone) body.  This allows it to work with any lens - making it much more affordable for interchangeable lens systems.

    However, with the iPhone models that have built-in OIS, there is a huge problem in that the mechanical gimbal "motion corrections" can conflict with the built-in OIS causing problems like "head bobbing" when filming while walking.

    I have confirmed that the Apple OIS feature cannot be turned off.  But I can't get a straight answer from any of these gimbal companies on whether their system will have problems with any phone or camera that has hardware OIS.

    The fact that none of them will give a straight answer is answer enough for me.  On some of the professional photography forums I see conflicting advice on whether this is a problem - but the prevailing sentiment is that IT IS a problem, it just depends upon whether it bothers some people or is noticeable by everyone.

    This is an industry-wide problem.  I suspect the life-span of all these gimbal contraptions is very limited given the rapid pace of OIS technology bringing the price down and allowing OIS to be built into more and more products.

    I would love to be proven wrong - but given most of these companies are offshore they don't seem to care about communications and mostly are in it for a fast buck.
    More advanced gimbals have tracking software to go along with them which enables very smooth panning motions. Even when you have built in solutions, this type of tracking looks like it cannot be mimicked with software alone giving these devices a longer life span than what you seem to be anticipating.
  • Dutch judge rules Apple can't swap refurbished iPads for broken ones

    mike1 said:
    avon b7 said:
    I fully support this verdict. New is new. Refurbished is 'used' fobbed off as 'new' in the case in hand.

    Apple can put what it wants in its terms but that doesn't make them necessarily legal.

    I have also always taken issue with Apple reserving the right to use used components in repairs.
    This decision is total crap. The unit being repaired was not brand new. It presumably has 3, 6 or 9 months of use on it before it is replaced. It is perfectly reasonable to replace a non-new device with a refurbished device. DOA out of the box is one thing, but a used device should not require a new replacement.
    Do these people expect the new replacement unit to have it's own full warranty now, guaranteeing these people will pretty much be guaranteed a new device at least once a year?!
    That is actually how a lot of insurances work in The Netherlands, either a new product or the full amount that a new one would cost.