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  • Mint Mobile data breach allowed attacker to port phone numbers

    mobird said:
    What is to be accomplished by porting numbers out to another carrier from the standpoint of the attacker?
    It shows that they --the threat actor -- actually accomplished the data theft. This makes the stolen data more valuable since potential buyers (as well as the rightful owner Mint Mobile) would consider it legitimate.

    It is currently unclear if this is a ransomware attack and if the threat actors have demanded compensation from Mint Mobile. But this is one of the typical M.O.s of these type of cybercriminals. 
  • 14-inch & 16-inch MacBook Pro rumored to get 1080p webcam

    Fastasleep is correct.

    Moreover the location of the FaceTime camera on a MacBook Air is not at the thickest location of its tapered lid.

    By contrast the iPhone 4S is uniformly thick. Trust me, I've owned both.

    It was widely expected by many that the M1 MacBook Air would reuse the industrial design of the previous Intel MacBook Air it was replacing. Apple made no promises that the each new Apple Silicon Macs would be completely redesigned when the new SoCs shipped.

    Remember that the lens on the Mac notebook FaceTime cameras are extremely small. The possibilities at that lens size (and cost) combined with the sensor size aren't particularly conducive to high definition video image quality. To get better image quality, they would have to consider a combination of: larger lens, larger sensor, and higher cost. As Apple has shown time and time again, they are loathe to fatten up their products.

    So to increase FaceTime camera resolution, their main choices would be to A.) increase component cost, B.) reduce video image quality, and C.) wait for better quality components that are suitable size to come down in price. My guess is that Apple chose Option C.

    Apple is the largest company in Fortune 500 market valuation. It is likely that their labs have sample units for every single commercial viable camera module on this planet including a bunch of engineering prototypes that have yet to appear in ANY device. It's not that Apple hasn't thought about it.
  • Bill Gates said Steve Jobs caught Microsoft 'flat-footed' with launch of iTunes Store

    Not just that but Apple has consistently focused on the most profitable part of the market.

    More than that, Apple has often relied on the software and content that drives sales rather than just obsessing on hardware margins.

    Basically since the debut of Android smartphones, Android developers have routinely admitted that iOS generates far more revenue from app sales than Android -- despite the fact that Android handset marketshare is far larger.
  • Bill Gates said Steve Jobs caught Microsoft 'flat-footed' with launch of iTunes Store

    You also say Apple didn’t invent the smart watch. Who would you give that title to? I would say either Apple with the iPod Watch or Casio with their calculator watches. Still a funny different standard.
    Nah, of the big companies Sony, LG, Samsung and Qualcomm all released smartwatches before Apple.

    I would argue that the first smartwatch distributed more widely than as an oddity would be the Pebble which shipped to Kickstarter backers in early 2013.
  • Bill Gates said Steve Jobs caught Microsoft 'flat-footed' with launch of iTunes Store

    blastdoor said:
    I really appreciate the sincerity of bill’s emails. It’s nice to see the genuine appreciation of a competitor’s capabilities.
    Great people respect their competitors. It has been like this since the beginning of time.

    Bill Gates has plenty of character flaws and weaknesses but for sure he was a ruthless businessman and pugnacious adversary.

    By contrast, his hatchet man Steve Ballmer didn't take Apple seriously, squandered Microsoft's entire mobile presence and let Apple blow past them in terms of market valuation.

    Ballmer was the right guy for a short period of time but couldn't successfully step into a larger leadership role. B-schools routinely use Microsoft as a case study of disastrous failure. Today Microsoft has re-emerged as a powerhouse but only from their enterprise/cloud computing efforts. The current Microsoft CEO can take most of this credit, certainly not Ballmer.