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  • Review: Audeze's Lightning-connected iSine 10 planar magnetic headphones are the best in-e...

    Judging by the review, If looks are you primary concern, just buy a cheap pair of good looking headphones: if audio quality is second, you don’t really care about audio.

    I wonder why it didn’t get 5/5. From the review, it seems they sound and can fit great. But for $400, I expect perfection in a pair of headphones. People dinging it for looks might want to consider that they are planar which equals larger drivers.
  • Apple to begin removing abandoned and problematic apps from App Store next week

    cali said:
    I was wondering about this the other day. I've paid for apps that have been long forgotten by the devs and I checked to see if they were still available.

    what if someone paid for these apps?

    An easy solution would be to remove these apps from the App Store but allow those who paid to be able to download them.
    It says in the article, 3 “paragraphs” below the second image, that people who already have the app will be able to access it, but new users will not be able to DL it.
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  • Apple teaming with AT&T, FCC, Google in 'strike force' to battle robocalls

    There's no need for any of this and collusion between the private sector and government to share data cannot result in anything good. Ever.

    Problem number one: One of the biggest robocall sources, political ads, are ALREADY LEGALLY PROTECTED and cannot be blocked, because political speech is protected!

    My solution has been extremely effective. I have no landline and any call from a number not in my iPhone's address book will go unanswered and is immediately blocked.

    Yeah, politicalls™;) & emails that can’t be blocked suck because they waste my time & everyone else’s time. I used to be able to ignore unknown numbers, but thanks to business w/companies with “displaced/floating caller ID [the phone number shown is not the number to call back nor even in their block of numbers]”—should be illegal too, IMO—I don’t have that luxury anymore. I told one person calling on behalf of a candidate that because they were repeatedly calling me ever couple of days that I was not going to vote for him because he was already a nuisance & giving him more power would be against my peace of mind. They stopped calling, but I still didn’t vote for him. (It was a local race.)

    It’d be really simple if there was a X11 number a person could call which, when called automatically reported the prior incoming caller as spam/robocall. To prevent abuse a threshold could be established and adjusted for known area codes—that way people with grudges couldn’t add an enemy to a public blacklist. Then users could do much of the reporting & the companies can focus on verification, filtering & disconnecting abusers much faster. This is kind of like how busy chat boards operate now. The only problem is scaling—thus the threshold & tweaks to target area codes like those in florida which generate much of the spam robocalls IME.

    This idea might not be perfect, but it could be used as 1 potential starting point. So, ideas for tweaks and other considerations, counter-/complimentary ideas welcome but blanket “this won’t work/this idea sucks” critiques without rationale will be ignored. “Ain’t nobnody got time for that noise!” Thanks.

  • Inside Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro: USB-C and Thunderbolt 3

    Having lived through it all, I can say, good riddance to having to carry all those connectors. The only problem is the interim where users are stuck with the plethora of USB & other standards while USB-C ports sit idle. They’ll have to pay bleeding edge prices for something that is just an adapter & offers no performance increases since they are still using perfectly functional old peripherals. It will be this way until manufacturers start taking advantage of the new standard. Manufacturers are stuck with chicken or egg syndrome & have to carry the burden of supporting legacy and newer customers. This in turn slows down how many resources they can dedicate to USC-C/Thunderbolt adoption.

    This has happened with every new port standard, and it takes at least 2 year before the scale tip to the newer standard. So, even if Apple adds USB-C/Thunderbolt to their machines this fall, most users won’t reap the benefits until 2018. That’s not to say, don’t buy the new models, just a warning that you’ll have to wait a bit unless you have deep pockets to replace all your peripherals—or at least those available—at once.

    In addition, there’s enough disinformation about Thunderbolt being an “Apple Proprietary” technology (people still believe this like some believe the earth is flat). I can imagine some manufacturers will chose not to adopt the Thunderbolt side to avoid the added expenses and tighter tolerances & not bother to tell consumers about Thunderbolts faster transfer speeds since they don’t offer them, further hurting adoption. Of course I hope that doesn’t happen, but it has happened before. So, it would not be out of the realm of possibility for this to happen again.

  • Apple awarded pair of 3D user interface patents related to computer vision

    dysamoria said:
    "Granted", not "awarded". Macrumors gets it right.

    Also, like most computer tech patents, these just look like prior art...
    While this could be true—IANAL. It doesn’t matter with the current “first to patent” standard in place. Apple has to at least try to protect its future interfaces from trolls by patenting the hell out of everything they think up. Everyone I’ve heard from in the patent game (people working with the EFF, patent lawyers writings, etc) thinks the system is broken to various degrees & in need of reform. Everyone has their own ideas on how to fix it, but honestly, with legal issues, this could take decades from whenever they decide to act. So, patenting is a modicum of protection—not from other companies copying the idea, but from lawsuits.