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  • Gmail will let politicians beat spam filters

    The destiny of any communications medium is to be spammed into unusability.

    Paper mail? It's 99.9% spam and advertisements. If it is by weight, would it be 99.999% spam and advertisements? It's gotten to the point that I now miss bills and and other important mail because who wants to sort through all that useless stuff. Don't even want to go to the mailbox anymore.

    Phone? It's now 99.9% spam. It's now to that point that we just don't pick up anymore and we miss calls from friends and family.

    Cell Phone? I have finally turned on the only-ring-if-a-caller-is-in-my-contacts option. So calls from Doctors and such are now dumped to voicemail, and sometimes I won't get back to it.

    Email? The inbox junk mail filtering has both false positives and false negatives. So, I end up have to go into the junk mail folder anyways.

    Miraculously, only text messaging has kind of been free of spam, to a point. Luckily, text messages used to cost money, spamming cell phones were really frowned upon. Wonder how long it will last.
  • iPhone 14 satellite SOS uses Qualcomm modem & Apple tech

    Waiting for the other shoe to drop when Apple will offer two-way comms using not only GlobalStar, but other sat-comm vendors too. I think people will pay $20/mo for that.
  • The iPhone 14 is the most repairable iPhone in years

    The substantial architecture change of the iPhone results in a repairability score of 7 out of 10, the highest for an iPhone since the iPhone 7 -- which was released in 2016.

    "This is the most substantial iPhone redesign since the X," writes iFixit. "It's hard to understate how big a change this is. For a reference point, Samsung hasn't changed their phone architecture since 2015." 
    The self promotion is pretty thick here.

    The change resulted in an iFixit repairability score of 7/10 for the iPhone 14, a whole 1 more that the iPhone 12/13 repairability score of 6/10. The “hard to understate” was quantified by just “1” in their scoring. 

    I think it is much much safer to assume Apple makes design changes such as this to make their repair services cheaper and easier, and not one thought was given to right-to-repair whatsoever. 
  • U.S. antitrust officials ask to be heard in Epic vs. Apple appeal

    It’s going to be interesting what the government is going to say. Their only real recourse is “steering” the interpretation of US antitrust law towards EU competition laws. The EU laws are sufficiently vague enough such that they can make a minority player run afoul of competition laws. 

    If it is just you plain USA antitrust, they’ve got nothing. Not only that, the market opportunities for developers has only increased since the lawsuit started. If the trial was today, it should be laughed out of court as Epic has multiple ways to get in front of iOS users now, and it has more mobile platforms that is available to them. 
  • First iPhone 14 Pro Max teardown reveals internal redesigns

    netrox said:
    It looks like it's redesigned as a response to "right to repair" law. It's about time. 

    It should be easy to disassemble and reassemble of broken or defective parts. 
    Funny how two people can watch the same video and come to opposite conclusions. There is nothing in this teardown video that shows any accommodation to right-to-repair whatsoever. It's basically the same iPhone internal design that we've seen for over a decade. 

    And no, it did not look easy to disassemble or reassemble whatsoever.