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  • Apple Pay launches in Germany with support for 15 banks and services

    mbenz1962 said:
    Great! Step one is complete.  Now hopefully the bigger banks and credit unions here will start getting on board in 2019 (step 2).  To really be successful they need Sparkasse, RV bank, Commerzbank, PostBank, and a few big online banks like DKB.  They don't have to start all at once, but once one of those starts offering ApplePay the rest will fall in line.
    Apple should just educate users that they do not need any of these to use it. I am with Postbank (they are crap, but they have a branch just around the corner) and just use VIMpay. Charging the virtual Mastercard is just a matter of seconds and you can use the balance instantly. No fees and a very nice app (better than anything the banks here have). Used it two times today and it was almost too flawless :-)
  • US iPhones and iPads might soon access EU's Galileo satellite navigation system thanks to ...

    applejeff said:
    Since the devices are, as far as I understand, only listening to the satellites, not transmitting to them, why do they need FCC approval?
    "Receivers operating above 960 MHz are only subject to the requirements of FCC Part 15.5, which basically state that the device cannot cause interference and that it must accept any interference caused by a licensed radio station. This section also states that if the device does cause interference it ceases operation upon notice from the FCC and cannot resume operation until the interference is resolved." (from some Rhein Tech document - http://www.rheintech.com - don't have the original link though)
  • 15-inch 2018 MacBook Pro compared - which upgrades are worth it?

    Many thanks for that – highly informative and helpful.

    I have received my new MBP (2.6 GHz i7, 560X, 32GB RAM, 2 TB SSD) a couple of days ago and I am extremely happy with it. While everybody says the changes to the keyboard are minor, I do not think so. To me it is a night and day difference. Much more quiet (maybe not in dB, but in perception) and a much better typing experience. I make almost no typing errors while I had to go back and make corrections all the time on my 2016 model.

    I am not doing a lot of hardcore video and 3D stuff, I mainly need the power to run extensive virtualization projects in class. 6 cores with hyperthreading and 32 GB RAM (finally!) make a world of difference here. I can run an entire MS System Center simulation (11 servers and 3 clients) and a network simulation in Cisco VIRL simultaneously while having a separate VM doing packet capturing and LogManagement/SIEM in parallel... Bottom line that means that I no longer have to lug 2 machines around, and that my XPS 15 can go in the trash (well, on ebay) where it belongs.
  • Hands On: OmniPlan 3.9 is project management for complex jobs on the Mac and iPad

    "If the initial entering and then organizing of your tasks is one weakness of OmniPlan, there are others. The biggest and one that will never be fixed is that OmniPlan is not Microsoft Project. That Microsoft app is the standard for professional project managers across the world and it is very, very powerful. It's also just very, very cumbersome and Microsoft won't tell you the price so you know it's very, very expensive."

    Well, the price is available for all world to see: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/d/project-professional-2016/cfq7ttc0k5cm?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab

    MS Project is most definitely not "the standard for professional project managers across the world". People who are in international project management since 30 years, like me, would not touch it with tweezers. The only PM software I see in every single large project is Oracle's Primavera – and if you have ever used it, you will know why MS's unusable POS is not even on the map. While I agree with the praise for OmniPlan overall, I would not call it the best PM solution on the Mac at this point. They certainly got a lot better since version 1, but I would still call Merlin the clear winner.
  • Akitio Thunder3 10G network adapter adds 10 gigabit ethernet connection to MacBook Pro, iM...

    If this delivers the advertised performance, it is quite a steal. ATTO's TB2 to 10 GbE adapters sold for around $1k.