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  • Ultraviolet video streaming service shutting down on July 31

    Anyone have trouble with the Vudu web-scanne on an iphone? It keeps claiming I’m not geofenced/located at my billing address, even tho I am. So I have to use my Mac’s DVD player, which of course is no good for blu-ray discs. Weird that Vudu doesn’t have scanning as part of their iOS app.
    Vudu D2D conversion was previously available on iOS, they removed it for unexplained reasons. It worked first time, every time. Rotten web scan takes 2 minutes per disk. 

    ("Not at billing address", reload page, "Not at billing address" reload page Success! Scan "Not recognized"... Now repeat 10x)
  • MacBook & iPad Pro updates might not make it to WWDC

    What about the Mac Pro? Seems like an ideal time to announce it. 
    Would be nice, but haven’t they already said LATE 2018 or sometime in 2019?
    “We want to be transparent and communicate openly with our pro community so we want them to know that the Mac Pro is a 2019 product. It’s not something for this year.” Tom Boger, Apple senior director of Mac hardware product marketing.
  • Netflix encoding tool aims to retain video quality on slow 100kbps iPhone mobile data conn...

    AppleInsider said:
    Two videos, one encoded normally at 555 kilobits per second (kbps) and another using Dynamic Optimizer at half the bitrate, are said to look identical, while another comparison showed the Dynamic Optimizer-encoded version of a video looks better at 100kbps than the existing technique at the same bitrate. 
    Soli said:
    Is that image in the article from Netflix or chosen by the AI staff, because the image on the left isn't even close to the quality on the right, and not even close to any realitive designation of identical? Did I miss where it was referenced in the article?
    There were (at least) two comparisons at the demonstration, from the description provided by AI, the screenshots shown here are from the second demo (video looks better at same bitrate).
  • NHTSA closes investigation into fatal Tesla Autopilot accident, says no defect to blame

    This incident reminded me of the riveting story of Airfrance 447. Cars will be better drivers sometime soon, but until then, there are going to be  accidents; this won't be the last time the driver is at fault for failing take over for an "autopilot".
  • No, Apple did not switch to USB-C on its new MacBook Pros to profit from dongle & adapter sales

    nubus said:
    mknelson said:
    Remember 1998 when the first iMac came out? There weren't a lot of USB devices so you had to buy USB to ADC and USB to serial adapters.
    The original iMac moved from proprietary ports for keyboard, modem, and network (ADB, GeoPort) to the industry standard USB.
    It removed the extra cost of accessories for Mac and gave us access to more devices.

    This is different. What exactly do we gain by not having MagSafe and mini DisplayPort? Now all our dongles and power adapters are of no value.
    The switch to USB eventually gave us access to more devices, but MacWorld had this to say in May, 1998:

    "Currently, no USB devices exist for the Mac."

    While USB was on many PCs prior to the iMac, I remember that virtually all of them still shipped with PS2 keyboards and mice. USB, a standard in 1998? Well, it was a "standard" from the day it was released, but it was not the de facto standard in 1998 that you seem to be claiming it was.

    For an accurate account of how forward looking USB was on the first iMac, read this post on Stephen Hackett's blog, 512 pixels. He's a noted Mac history buff, and also provides 1998 quotes about the state of USB on the PC (see the "waffling" quote).

    The state of USB-C today is ahead of where USB was when the original iMac was announced in 1998.