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  • Apple promises macOS scanner fix in a future update

    I had this problem with a multifunction HP LaserJet 100 colorMFP M175. Resolved a few days ago using a Terminal command that did the same thing as the fix described in this article, thanks to an HP.com support thread. The answer came from a user, several HP employees were on there but only suggested things that didn’t work.

    Apple wasn’t much help either, basically just saying “Use AirPrint” — but that didn’t work for the scanner. Not sure if the bug is with regard to Apple’s implementation of AirPrint, or some kind of permissions bug. I’ll admit I had never heard of AirPrint before this.

    Good for Apple posting this support document, because it’s an easy fix. 

    *Editing to clarify that I’m not using AirPrint for the driver. I had to install the HP Printer Drivers v5.1 package to be able to set up the scanner:

  • 2022 Mac Pro said to use Intel Ice Lake Xeon W-3300 CPU

    The negative “trashcan” crowd here are engaging in a bit of selective memory with regard to what Apple has said about the problems with the 2013 cylindrical Mac Pro. 

    It’s instructive to go back and look at what was actually said in 2017, now with the added benefit of hindsight:


    For example, the remarkable description of how a subset of Apple's “pro” users had been drifting away from the Mac Pro, toward increasingly-powerful iMacs. In addition, they talked about how the 2013 cylinder was an attempt to meet the needs of a further subset of Mac Pro users, for whom the regular iMac just wasn’t enough. The iMac Pro was also aimed at them, and this glimpse into Apple’s thinking at that time would argue for its rebirth into the Apple Silicon world. 

    They do admit pretty much outright that they failed the subset of Mac Pro users who want a modular system. Thus the current Mac Pro was born. But that doesn’t negate the reality or weight of the other two subsets Apple was catering to. Nothing in the 2017 mea culpa (or since) suggests Apple has given up on the users who liked the cylinder and/or the iMac Pro, at least in concept. Especially now in a world where the XDR display exists.
  • Linksys AX4200 Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers gain support for Apple HomeKit

    These are us. Setup took a few minutes, as I had to use their serial numbers to manually identify which of our three nodes was in which room, but it was easy and basically nothing to it. The Linksys app just asked if I wanted to integrate with HomeKit, then sent me to the Home app.

    One thing I’m not sure about is parental controls over internet access for kids’ devices. I used to manage that from the Linksys app, and it looks like I still can, but I’m not sure if I’ve got additional options now, with regard to Screen Time and the like. If I learn anything interesting, I’ll post it here.
  • Apple Car effort gains BMW electric car executive Ulrich Kranz

    dk49 said:
    Xed said:
    dk49 said:
    "It will take another 5 to 7 years to ship". I am afraid that's quite long, and if Apple finally launches the car in that time gap, it might be too late. Other car makers like Tesla would have evolved quite a lot. Even If Apple manages to release a Level 5 autonomy vehicle, it's highly likely that others like Tesla and Waymo would have done so already. And given that Tesla and other are increasingly focusing on the in-car entertainment and productivity, Apple's offering might not be as compelling as it seems right now. 

    Tim Cook always says, "we want to be the best, not the first", but if you enter a nascent market too late, the odds of failure increases. Homepod is the perfect example of that.
    Apple has a long history of entering established—non-nascent markets—with "experts" saying that it's too late, too radical, too expensive, etc., with a resultant owing of said market in terms of mindshare, direction, and profits.

    The HomePod isn't one of them at this time, but there are reasons why a Siri-controlled device that puts security first can't compete with the likes of Google and Amazon when customers have little regard about their own data privacy… and I say this as someone who has four creepy Echos in his home. Even Apple had to scale back HomeKit security to get 3rd-party vendors to adopt it.
    And what would be an example of Apple entering a non-nascent market too late but still making it big? 
    I can’t speak for the OP, but it seems to me the iPhone is the prime example of that.

    Smartphones were not new when it launched. Windows Mobile, Palm, BlackBerry, and Symbian phones all existed, and more. iPhone was derided as being far behind the competition—why? Because it didn’t allow third-party apps. The irony in that criticism, of course, is later, when Apple did introduce the iOS App Store, it crushed that competition almost literally overnight—mobile developers flocked to it because it wasn’t an expensive, pay-to-play scheme like all the others. You basically only paid Apple if you were successful. 
  • HBO Max 'missed the mark' with update, restores native tvOS player

    jcs2305 said:
    jimh2 said:
    Why do companies think they can out do a provided API? The developers must be generating billable hours. 
    In the case of HBO, it looks like they wanted data about user behavior that the Apple player does not provide.
    Right on time with the release of their add supported tier. Guess they wanted to be able to track what folks watch so they could send them the most appropriate ads on the cheaper service tier?
    You’d have to take a pretty deep dive into the documentation for developers to confirm this (assuming it’s documented), but I’ll bet it’s more that they wanted to track how the ads affect viewership, like when viewers stop watching altogether during an ad. So they can learn to place the ads more effectively, without losing viewers. That might mean doing things like reducing the number and frequency of ads in early episodes, when you’re trying to engage the viewer, and increasing it later on, when they’re invested in the story/outcome. No doubt there’s a sophisticated science for that.

    If Apple’s viewer doesn’t handle ads in a way that produces the type of data needed for that science, then that would certainly explain HBO wanting to design their own viewer.