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  • Samsung confirms terrible earnings for the holiday quarter, and it will only get worse

    Samsung having over $9 billion in net income projected is not a terrible quarter. It’s down, but many public companies are not profitable.  

    Samsung sells a lot more than smart phones and memory. They have a much more diverse product line than Apple.   Apple doesn’t design and sell washing machines, TVs, cameras, Blu-Ray DVD players, lithium ion batteries, hard drives, and refrigerators, for example. 

    They are more of a conglomerate, on the likes of Siemens AG. 

  • No, Apple, a slightly bent iPad Pro straight out of the box isn't acceptable

    I will be happy to get a bent one for 50% off. :).  

    I purchased a used iPhone 6 from a coworker recently for a family member.   This coworker is meticulous about their things and has never placed their phone in their pants pocket.  I had taken it to the Apple Store to have the $29 battery swap before the deal expires on 12/31.  Apple performed an inspection in store and said “we may not be able to swap out the battery because the chassis is bent.”  Sure enough, it was if you looked carefully.  The 2nd tech who was to actually do the repair reluctantly gave it a green light.  

    I know that the 6 was part of “bend gate”.  It makes me wonder if it left the factory already bent.

    Based on my experience at the Apple store, I would be concerned to have a new iPad Pro where the same story might unfold without my happy ending.    
  • Apple drops BeatsX pricing, cuts several color options

    I am like some others here. Apple Air Pods don’t stay in my ears. 
  • Apple Pay chief says Apple not out to disrupt credit card industry

    Soli said:
    My only concern about the student IDs via NFC if they will work when the device has no battery power. While that's certainly handy, I don't think it's safe that someone could lose or have an iPhone stolen and then when the power runs out it will still allow access to dorm by pressing the Sleep/Wake button. 

    Please explain what “open loop” technology for London tube is - and it’s (dis)advantage is. 
    I think this will answer everything for you:

    LukeCage said:
    Well most disruptions don't start off with people trying to actually disrupt an industry, they just try to get a niche and the rest is history. However in this case, Apple being as big as it is, if they said that they were trying, they would have regulatory boards in America and Europe all over them. For Apple to disrupt the credit card industry, imo, they would have to go after the banks, but banks now are much bigger and more powerful than they used to be. I'm not saying it's impossible but it's would be a pretty hard task to accomplish. 
    I believe Apple choose the best solution and I'm happy to say it's the solution I proffered years before Apple Pay was ever introduced. My only wish is that the extra security for using Apple Pay would result in lower transaction fees for retailers which would help them advertise this option more, and for mom-and-pop shops with discreet card readers that have mostly supported Apple Pay (and all other NFC-based scanners to have the company that supplies the device notify them that they can take these *Pay payments.

    If anyone wants to help with increasing the saturation in your area you can order—free of charge—register and door stickers from Apple that you can give to those businesses when you come across them. I don't do it for Apple; I do it for myself, because the sooner I can reach a tipping point where I can more freely not carry my physical cards on me the more convenient my life will be.

    The newest iPhone supports an option to still work for NFC with a dead battery.  

    In respect to a person finding a lost iPhone and using it to gain access to a building, this is also true for any employee and student ID that is lost.  In most cases, there is no need to show your photo ID to access a building; one just taps the badge to the reader.  A thief gets the same access as a student or employee if the card isn’t reported as lost.   Using a phone’s NFC can mean some security loss in that the person’s face is not associated with building access. I suppose that an added safety feature of Apple’s method is that Face ID on the newest phones would be a potential means to verify that the person accessing the building is in fact the phone’s owner and appropriate to gain access. 

    On the transit pass comment, Portland, Oregon’s Trimet already supports Apple Pay.  It has since summer 2017.  I have to think that Portland is not the only US city to support Apple Pay for transit. 
  • Google Maps becomes first third-party navigation app with Apple CarPlay support

    It’s funny - I have CarPlay in a Pioneer deck I installed in our car and I actually prefer the phone to be wired, rather than wireless. Why:

    *battery being charged while driving, especially important when using navigation (battery hog)
    *very reliable connectivity for voice calls; more so than my experience with Bluetooth
    *phone is away from my hands so that I’m not tempted to break the law in our state and handle it while driving

    There are other reasons, but these top my list. 
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