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  • EU lawmakers snub Apple's pleas, overwhelmingly vote to push for charging cable standard



    apple ][ said:
    The EU is not needed and is not relevant in the big scheme of things.
    Absolutely incredible — that's 28 European countries and over 500 million people (or 7% of the world population) you're talking about. You can't possibly be serious.
       The original poster is correct...7% of the world is not relevant.
    The US is less that that. So even less relevant?
    baconstang
  • EU lawmakers snub Apple's pleas, overwhelmingly vote to push for charging cable standard

    MacPro said:

    apple ][ said:
    The EU is not needed and is not relevant in the big scheme of things.
    Absolutely incredible — that's 28 European countries and over 500 million people (or 7% of the world population) you're talking about. You can't possibly be serious.
    Wow, interesting factoid.  Such a small percentage of the world population when you see it in black and white.
    I know, right? US is only 4.25%
    muthuk_vanalingambaconstang
  • EU lawmakers snub Apple's pleas, overwhelmingly vote to push for charging cable standard

    daven said:
    Am I missing something here? All phones can charge via usb. The only difference between them is the cord from the usb charger to the device which gets replaced fairly often because of fraying. 
    my thoughts also.

    Apple’s chargers are usb, the charger is standard. What is the wailing about from all corners. nothing is going to change.
    Me also. 

    What this is about is finally adopting the “Radio Equipment Directive” from 2014. This thing mentions chargers but no connectors or plugs. 
    Apple’s chargers for “radio equipment” have always used the stupidest boring standard USB  type A, and recently USB-C. The cables are consumables and mandating one type for all will do next to nothing to combat e-waste. 
    shamino
  • New German law mandates opening up Apple Pay NFC tech to rivals

    A pedantic point, but the phrase "Access to the NFC chip" is dumb. Access to the NFC chip would mean being able to write anything you like via I2C, SPI or UART to the chip. The OS will not even tell you which NFC chip the phone has, there are quite a few, many customized in undocumented ways for the phone in question, so you would have no way to know how to even talk to it. 
    Android and iOS both don’t give you that access, because that would be stupid and useless.

    Android an iOS both provide an API to NFC functionality. Android’s API lets you do a bit more than iOS’s, like let the phone pretend to be a card, which you need for contactless payments. 
    philboogiewatto_cobra
  • Trump expects Apple to build manufacturing plant in Texas

    scott6666 said:
    Obviously Apple is not going to help American manufacturing workers and manufacturing engineers without a push. Glad that Trump is doing that. 

    Of the entire product line the Pro may be the best model to take a bit of a margin hit on to do that. 

    China did not grow its infrastructure over 2-3 years and neither will Texas. Got to start somewhere. This is a generational shift. Without a command economy like China it’s gonna be harder but needs to be done. The only government levers we have to help manufacturing is NASA and military purchasing. 

    The major thing standing in the way of US labor cost is the cost of housing. That’s another topic
    Why does American manufacturing need to be brought back from the dead? Why try to revive the past? Why not move on?

    You cannot beat China. Do something they cannot. Attack the enemy where they are weak, not where they are strong. 


    GeorgeBMac