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  • Hammer finally falls as Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is officially, permanently discontinued

    The big problem Samsung have here is that discontinuing production is to suggest they have not figured out the root cause of the failures.

    If they don't understand what has happened here, there is zero reason to believe the same problem won't feature in new phones they release.

    Samsung are in big trouble here.  I'm sure Apple will benefit somewhat, but it's the other Android manufacturers that must be rubbing their hands with glee.
  • Apple to house 1,400 employees at London's restored Battersea Power Station starting in 2021

    paxman said:
    welshdog said:
    There have been numerous attempts over the years to redevelop this building and the associated land.  I'm unclear which plan has won out, but I think the master plan by architect Rafael Viñoly is the most recent.  There also was announced a housing addition by Frank Gehry and Foster Associates.  I assume that if Apple has plans for officing here, it must finally have gotten off the ground.

    Here are some of the articles I found on Dezeen about Battersea plans. Some are wacky:

    I love this. Its a good fit. I remember doing a tour of the old power station  many years ago. It is massive and was beautiful even in a derelict state. (many movies have used it for locations shooting) The fact that Apple is on board would be a huge boost for any scheme currently under consideration. 
    A guy I used to work with back when I was living in Horsham served his apprenticeship in the generating hall here.

    I'm glad they've finally figured out what to do with it.  After the magnificent job they did restoring Bankside power station and developing Tate Modern, it was always a shame to come into London Victoria and go past a similar building that was just gradually becoming more and more derelict.

    It's important traces of industrial heritage are kept.  This looks like it's going to be a tremendous development.
  • Inside iOS 10: Apple Maps adds power, simplicity to iPhone navigation

    I think they've made a big step forwards with this release of Maps.  Especially with Car Play, where it is significantly better.

    What I've not really worked out yet is whether or not there is an improvement in search accuracy (which I would argue was Apple Maps biggest weakness when compared with Google Maps).  Apple have always had the lead with UI design, and this has just served to move them further ahead, but Google have generally seemed to be more accurate.

    I'd like to see Apple add bike routes as well, but, step by step it's getting better.
  • Apple Maps transit directions come to Atlanta, Miami & UK's National Rail

    foggyhill said:
    God, I've just looked - I didn't quite realize what you mean; you're right, the East Coast Mainline stops at Peterborough and the West Coast stops at Liverpool.

    So, where the article says it's added National Rail to the United Kingdom that is, in fact, not true.  It's added rail to a little bit of the UK.

    Maps continues to be so far behind Google Maps it's just not true.  I much prefer Apples UI, but it's features are still sadly lacking, and this is almost 4 years after what even Apple seemed to acknowledge was a disastrous release.
    The release was disastrous but it has improved massively. Google has a nearly decade head start and still has around 3 errors just in my god damn neighborhood that are still not fixed sending people coming to my place the wrong way!.
    Ha ha!  That sucks!

    I know Google had a decade head start, but honestly, I don't care.  Google can do transit directions in far more places (including all over the UK, which is important for me when I go to visit family), has cycling routes all over the Bay Area (and I assume all over the place) and has a much better search.

    The fact that Google had a head start is Apples problem, not the consumers.

    When things were reversed, and Apple had a massive head start on Google with regards iOS vs. Android, people on this site happily laugh as Google continually remain behind Apple in their quest to copy their way to feature parity.  Well, for me, it goes the same the other way.
  • Apple Maps transit directions come to Atlanta, Miami & UK's National Rail

    elijahg said:
    That's great but it seems Apple's forgotten there are rail lines north of Leicester. Maybe it's just because Northerners can't afford iPhones? ;) 
    It's also a bit confused if, based on the screenshot, going from London to Yorkshire involves going through Haywards Heath!