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  • iPhone support added to Google Fi wireless internet access program

    There’s the cost of the service, but then data is $10/GB... that seems a bit hefty.

    up to 6GB only. You get data after that but the pricing is capped at $60. 

    So 2 lines w/ "unlimited" data - runs you $95 mo. That's pretty competitive. If they threw in Google services like Music or YouTube or Play credits, it would probably get more people. 

    No visual voicemail and not auto switching to another carrier (it will be TMO only) is the drawback for iOS folks. 

    NM - I was wrong about this. The data cap scales based on # of lines. https://support.google.com/fi/answer/6201699/?hl=en&authuser=2 ;

    2 lines = 10GB billing cap. $135 mo. 
  • The Apple versus Microsoft hardware double-standard rears up again with the latest Surface...

    ugh, I typed up a whole reply and it disappeared at posting. I can't type it again. The short version; 

    @Madan, thanks for reading and glad yours is working out. My comments were prefaced as based on my observations as a long time user and owner of many products. Not FUD. Apple's stuff is still pretty great but its not perfect and could stand some critique. Especially from it's longer supporters, whom I consider myself to be one of. Apple already has a target on them and DED's schadenfreude comes off as smug and elitist. 

    • For my X; My voice cuts out on calls. Not every time and only when holding it as a regular phone in certain situations. Not when using speakerphone or BT. Best explanation I've found is it's suspected to be an issue with the multiple mics and noise cancellation functionality as to which mic gets priority or cancelled out. Is that HW or SW? Not sure because Apple says nothing and all the Genii do is offer to swap it out or blame my carrier. 
    • For the XS and Max, there are well documented comments about poor WiFi and RF performance. The best read is here. Bottom line, after 10 years of production, baseline capabilities such as good RF, high quality voice calls and fast WiFi should not still be issues. 
    • My 2012 rMBP; two LG screens replaced due to ghosting and Staingate. It wasn't until I insisted on a Samsung panel that the problems went away. The average user wouldn't know to ask for that. After 2 years the logic board died. Apple replaced it for free. I had graphics gremlins throughout my ownership but in the end, I still loved the laptop. 
    • 2016 tbMBP, the battery quit charging after 6 mos. Entire top case (battery, keyboard, logic board) - all replaced. Now on the new parts, I get at least a 1x day freeze when waking from sleep. This was a wiped laptop when I got it back from Apple. No restore from Time Machine or anything. Last week I did a clean install for 10.14 and the problem is still there. Boot times have gone way up since getting the machine back. Only other clue I can find online is possible APFS / File Vault issue. Again, take it to Apple and all the HW passes diagnostics. 

    I am tech savvy enough to get around all this but they are nagging, annoying issues. If I pay a premium, I *do* expect some level of perfection. Wouldn't you be upset if your BMW had trim rattles and motor issues regularly? Apple today feels focused on luxury and lifestyle. They put themselves on that pedestal. Why is DED compelled to defend them, throw stones and say everyone else's attempts are inferior the way he does?

  • Facebook Portal sets up video chat hardware fight with Amazon, Google

  • Apple discontinues sales of iPhone X, 6S, 6S Plus and SE

    They're reaching MB pricing territory.
    Is that MacBook or Mercedes Benz? Both are appropriate 
  • Android collects nearly 10 times more user data than Apple's iOS

    Both companies "collect" data but where it resides and the amounts shared to the big data core vary greatly.
    tldr: Apple believes the intelligence is on the device. Google believes the intelligence is on the network.


    If I've been paying attention, a fundamental difference is Apple believes / keeps all the data collection contained to the device. There is no large scale mining & linking collected data from all your other devices and usage. This is why Siri is so behind. You can have different "usage profiles" for each device. If 90% of your use is on your iPhone vs 10% iPad, ever notice how much more 'intelligent' your iPhone is? My iPad doesn't tell me it'll be 15 minutes to work but my iPhone does.

    Google believes all data should reside / emanate from a core network and served to all your devices from there. That analysis engine graphic tells the story. Google "selling" your raw data would be suicide but they link all their sources for a single user profile.

    Remember the article a few weeks back about the blogger who requested his Apple & Google profile data dump? The Apple one was much, much smaller.

    IMO, on a scale of highest to lowest with respect for the average consumer (out of the box use) goes; Apple > Microsoft(?) > Google > Facebook.

    Where you sit on that scale is personal choice.