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  • How to transfer files when AirDrop isn't working

    You don’t need to be connected to the same WiFi, or indeed any WiFi, to use AirDrop. Yes, it needs to be turned on, but it uses peer-to-peer WiFi transfer after negotiating via Bluetooth (which needs to be on). 
    Correct! I just transferred a file with someone today in a building where I wasn’t connected to the WiFi. 
  • EU antitrust chief to meet with Tim Cook to discuss fines and regulation

    rob53 said:
    I always find it interesting that the EU only brings in American companies to try and regulate. The article didn't include who the "more Big Tech" companies are but I assume none of them are from the EU. It would be nice if the EU cartel of countries actually had something to offer to the world instead of simply taxing a company to make its payroll.
    A garbage tirade. Wilfully ignorant. 
  • A bride-to-be discovers a reality-bending mistake in Apple's computational photography

    SL356 said:
    Sorry folks. This is totally fake. No way 'computational photography' produced this. 
    I know what you mean. It doesn't need computational photography to occur. This effect can happen on a 35mm film SRL with a horizontal focal plane shutter: if the subject moves as the shutter is travelling horizontally across to expose the film. I believe the iPhone has a rolling shutter — same thing.
  • iPhone 15 Pro versus Google Pixel 8 Pro -- specs, price, and features compared

    A good journalist ought to explain things that are of concern to their audience. After all, a review is a form of guidance or advice intended to help their readers get by in the world. Therefore, every tech review of, for example, a Google/Alphabet product ought to have at least one paragraph on the subject of how the company makes money. Because Google/Alphabet is primarily an advertising company. Google provides a product or service only to harvest their users’ data for the purpose of advertising. And their appetite for our data is insatiable. This level of invasion of privacy is unprecedented in human history, for one company to know so much about so many of us, and it’s dangerous to say the least. They collect data mostly surreptitiously, by disguising their intent, such as by offering Android software for free. And their efforts mostly go by unacknowledged, as in this article. I think that must change. I think that every review of Google/Alphabet must be accompanied by a paragraph laying out these basic facts. Then, at least, a potential buyer will know that they are not comparing apples with apples, but rather, apples with some-dude-in-a-raincoat-standing-outside-your-apartment-and-following-your-every-move. 

  • iPhone 15 Pro Max has second-best smartphone camera in the world

    Alex_V said:
    I can’t believe that anyone trusts DxOMark at all, let alone calling them a “reliable source”.
    I find DXO to be an excellent resource. They do highly detailed reviews on cameras and lenses, with technical analysis, and provided for free. Sites, like DXO Mark, help professionals and enthusiasts (like me) make level-headed purchasing decisions by cutting through the marketing crap that accompanies done products and brands. They give us a more nuanced understanding of the products on offer. 
    Yes, always a good read. Yet if they are (selling a) coaching service to some organisations, that raises concerns about trusting their nuance.

    EDIT: See final FAQ — What is DXOMARK’s relationship with device manufacturers?

    You link to a question from their own website. Their answer is below. It seems that they face the usual potential conflicts of interest faced by journalists in tech or any field face. Good journalists (and there are many — I've worked with journalists who took enormous risks in doing their jobs) … manage to navigate those conflicts because maintaining impartiality and integrity is vitally important to their credibility.

    What is DXOMARK’s relationship with device manufacturers?

    “DXOMARK has a long history working closely with the imaging and mobile industries. Long before the DXOMARK website was launched, in the early 2000s, we designed Analyzer, the first comprehensive suite of hardware and software for camera testing and tuning which is today deployed at more than 150 sites all over the globe. From those early days we have always had in-depth technical discussions with our customers to help us understand their requirements and how new technology under development should be measured. This also helps us keep up to date with the continuous evolution of camera technologies.

    During the mid-2010s the importance of the camera in smartphones became obvious, and our expertise and reputation in the field meant that we were approached by key players in the mobile industry, asking us to help them optimize their camera products.

    Since the very beginning of these relationships we have strictly separated our editorial activities from B2B activities, with the editorial team exclusively making decisions on publication schedules and policy. Independent of brand or manufacturer, all test devices undergo  exactly the same test protocols, and manufacturers are not paying to use our scores in their marketing material.

    In some cases, our relationship with manufacturers also helps us get access to pre-production units and early firmware versions. This allows us to test devices sooner than would otherwise be possible. In these circumstances we will always purchase a commercially available device in a store at a later stage and confirm the original test results.”