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  • Trump expects Apple to build manufacturing plant in Texas

    Apple should just bite the bullet and produce everything for the American market in the US.

    True, it will take ages, causing huge delays, and spectacular price hikes. Not to mention they’ll have to import talent from overseas, so immigration will be a big hurdle too.

    Oh, and no import of raw materials and resources from Africa. Get your own coltan! And while at it: keep your trash instead of exporting it to third world countries that don’t have waste management systems. No exploiting of other countries anymore by the USA. That’ll a be the day!

    The hypocrisy of America First is truly shocking.
  • Everything new with HomePod in iOS 13

    Why tap your iPhone on the HomePods to transfer an active call to it, when you can simply tap the green bar on top of your screen?
  • New iOS 13 feature uses Siri smarts to thwart spam calls

    ktappe said:
    Why would this require Siri? It's simply referencing the incoming # against a database. It's extremely straightforward from an engineering perspective.
    Siri is the name of a variety of AI-based technologies. In iOS12 "siri" reviews your mail and messages for data that looks like phone numbers, email address and the like and presents these to the user as needed. For example when receiving a call from a number not in your contacts, Siri may furnish a message "Maybe: PERSONS NAME", where that name has been automatically gathered from a email/message source. Similarly these contact details can be easily added to existing or new contacts.

    This new feature likely takes that existing iOS 12 capability and provides it with the skill to automatically reject unfamiliar numbers/facetimes. There is an expectation that the feature does a little more to thwart spam calls, since Apple would be able to gather a statistical model of spoofed phone numbers.
    Collecting phone numbers from several sources and reference that list when a call comes in. Not sure if that counts as AI, seems more like a marketing gimmick to call it Siri.
  • LIFX HomeKit bulbs appear to be storing Wi-Fi passwords unencrypted

    Why would you throw a LIFX light bulb in the trash? It’s electronics so should be recycled. It’s 2019. 
  • Apple Store app for iOS lets users check product availability and order status with their ...

    This illustrates perfectly the sad state Siri is in. Now we have to program her with stupid sentences so that she can understand what you are doing. Instead of Apple making her actually more intelligent. If I ask Siri if there is an iPhone available in the nearest Apple Store she should know the answer without me having to deal with shortcuts beforehand.

     I’m not saying Shortcuts doesn’t have its place, it’s useful for pro users wanting to execute complex workflows. But this right here is a joke.