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  • Ubisoft sues Apple over Alibaba 'Rainbow Six' game clone in App Store

    lkrupp said:
    Kuyangkoh said:
    Why dont you go w Alibaba
    Deep pockets theory. Sue the one’s with the most money.
    Alibaba is the rough equivalent of Amazon in China. They're big, to the tune of $544B market cap. There aren't many bigger than Alibaba. They can dance with Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook.

    Ubisoft is probably suing Apple and Google as distributors; due to copyright protection in the USA, Ubisoft has a strong case. Ubisoft could also go after Alibaba as the content producer's (copyright violator) parent. The copyright protection in China is not the same as here in the USA, would be a steeper hill litigation-wise for Ubisoft to climb.

    Ubisoft is not going after Apple and Google just because they have lots of money. They are also doing it because of US copyright protection laws. The market cap difference between Apple, Alphabet and Alibaba isn't a discerning factor in Ubisoft's choice here.
  • Apple could use iPhones to stream WWDC 2020 sessions

    The iPhone's cameras are perfectly fine for WWDC.

    The challenge is the handset's audio recording capabilities.

    I live in a suburban Silicon Valley community just like many Apple engineers. Weekday daytimes at my condo complex are NOISY. The landscapers are here at least twice a week, mowing lawns, running gas-powered leaf blowers. Today, they also did hedge trimming with gas-powered devices which also included leaf blowing for the debris after the trimming was done. And that's just my place. There's also landscape maintenance noise from the complex next door.

    Garbage trucks, recycling trucks. Then there is the nearly constant construction noises from both private units as well as work being done for the complex. Tree trimming, roof cleaning, metalwork. Monday through Friday there is usually some sort of noisy activity within earshot from 8am to 7pm, quiet times are rare.

    Assuming many Apple engineers live in similar Silicon Valley neighborhoods, the acoustical interruptions will be a major challenge. And that doesn't include screaming kids, barking dogs, beeping from commercial trucks backing up, etc.

    Heck, there are even more screaming kid noises from the neighbors because everyone is still "sheltering in place" when normally both parents would be at work and the kids would be in offsite daycare.

    The world is noisy as hell and that will be the big challenge for WWDC remote presenters.
  • Apple's take of gaming market suffers due to COVID-19

    Virtually every single entry on that list above Apple is either a full-focus gaming developer, distributor, or publisher (e.g. Valve), or has a major division devoted to gaming (e.g. Microsoft), while Apple is primarily a general computing product and services company.  While Apple does pay attention to mobile gaming, I've posted before that I think they don't really care about gaming on Mac OS, and I don't see much evidence that they'd be heartbroken if even mobile gaming weren't a runaway record shattering thing.

    Not sure this is an apples to apples, or even oranges, comparison.
    You are correct.

    This is even less surprising when one takes into account the platforms and marketshare.

    Apple Arcade only runs on Apple devices running the latest version of the operating system. My iPhone XS is on iOS 12.4.1; no Apple Arcade for me. My two Macs are both running Mojave 10.14; no Arcade games there. And I have a third generation Apple TV. So no Apple Arcade in my home.

    Game publishers like Activision Blizzard have titles that run on multiple platforms, almost all of them with more marketshare and penetration than Apple products. iPhones don't dominate the smartphone market, Macs comprise less than 10% of the PC market, and Apple TV is not the dominant force for set-top TV streamers. Plus Activision Blizzard has titles that run on consoles and likely handheld units. There is no Apple console hardware. Only the most recent iPod touch is supported by Apple Arcade. The previous generation iPod touches (like mine) is stuck at iOS 12.4.6, no Arcade there either.

    You add all of this together and there's no plausible argument for Apple to have a dominant stance.

    I don't even play videogames but this analysis is pretty short-sighted.
  • Zoom 5.0 update bolsters encryption, adds meeting security features

    My son's school uses Zoom. My work colleges use Zoom. My wife's company uses Zoom. College virtual tours also use Zoom. Funny how Zoom becomes the standard out of no where. Zoom is great only for local conference. For oversea conference, Microsoft Teams work the best without flaws.
    The de facto overseas corporate standard still remains Skype to this day.

    There's no surprise why Zoom became so popular. It is really easy to use and doesn't require registration unlike Skype, WebEx, Facebook/Google/whatever. If you're on a computer, if you don't want to install any software, you can connect via your web browser.
  • Former T-Mobile CEO John Legere leaves board 'to pursue other options'

    T-Mobile has been the only U.S. carrier capable of going head to head with other world telecoms -- including China's.
    T-Mobile is a GERMAN company brand of Deutsche Telekom AG.

    T-Mobile US is the American subsidiary carrier whose ownership is: 43% Deutsche Telekom, 24% SoftBank Group (the Japanese parent company of Sprint) and about 33% publicly held shares.

    Legere was an effective CEO who increased TMUS shareholder value during his tenure. However, he had bosses and his bosses have bosses who aren't American.
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