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  • AirPods to gain lossless streaming capabilities via software update, says leaker

    Most of the music recorded in the past decade or so, simply doesn't have the recording artistry build into it, that was common in the 1970's.  There is a reason why artists like Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" was legendary, why people sought after SACD material from certain sources and not across the market.  Simply stated, while some bands worked for the "perfect sound" and recording engineers like Alan Parsons made great strides in this - there was a segment that said "who cares", groups like Hall and Oates for example believed that the regular person played their music on a cheap radio, or in a cheap car stereo - so they recorded their music to sound good for that segment.  It was fast, it was easier, it was cheaper; and it was the truth.  Not many people will spend thousands on their speakers, and thousands on an Amp/Pre-Amp, and then add in a DAC, power conditioner, and pay for Master Recordings.  And those recordings were both rare, and expensive.

    So, this becomes much ado about nothing.

    I would suggest that everyone at least visit a high end audio store, and listen to an expensive headset, or set of speakers, and audition a SACD or Master Recording of something in your taste, that has had the effort and love put into it that is unveiled with lossless audio.  There are many bands that made the effort, and once you experience what you have missed; you will never again be satisfied with what passed for "good" now.  For decades, the public has dealt with "good enough", but now the bandwidth and technology are allowing truly lossless music to again be available to the masses, at a cost that is comparable to what the regular recording costs.
  • Apple unlikely to upgrade iPhone camera lenses until 2023, Kuo says

    It would seem to me that Apple could benefit greatly from the work performed by Dr Rafael G. González-Acuña, who solves the 2,000 yr old riddle of perfect focus, using most any focal length, all across the lens. 

    Amazing work that will benefit mankind 
  • 'Protect Scotland' COVID-19 Exposure Notification app now works in England, Wales

    The virus is airborne, it lives on surfaces, and can be spread person to person by touch, as well as by animals.
    So, a person that sneezes, coughs or is infected in a large store, will probably move around the store; just like a normal person would.  He will leave a trail of viri in the air he breathes that will move along with normal air currents.

    It's a virus, like Chicken Pox, AIDS, Common Cold, Hepatitis, Rabies, West Nile, Meningitis, Zilka or Rubella to name a few.  You can try to hide from it, you can destroy the economy - but it doesn't care.  It's not going to magically disappear.  It's a part of our environment, and it will remain so, mutating and waiting.  It was created (name a single pandemic in the history of mankind that has spared babies, and targeted the elderly) by China, and probably released through incompetence.  But, it's now with us; and is 99% survivable if you are under 70, and 94.5% survivable if you are over 70

    Tracing apps are pretty pointless.  China could have contained it in China, they could have shut themselves down - they didn't.
  • ARM-based MacBook, Apple game controller coming soon says leaker

    I would like to see the Mac become more "reasonably" priced.  When the Mac Mini came out, it was priced aggressively to serve as a user upgradeable, entry level desktop to get people introduced into the Mac ecosystem.  My 2012 i5 was bought at the price of ~$700, I later upgraded the RAM, replaced the Logitech mouse/keyboard with Apple products, both the mouse and trackpad, and the extended keyboard.  I later upgraded and added two SSDs.  It's been a solid performer.

    To replace this $700 component today, with the same base components costs $1,000+ with 500GB storage I cannot upgrade.  I went from a 500GB HDD to a 1 and a 2 TB SDD in my old Mac Mini - I can't do that anymore.  Why did they do this?

    Would love to get the 2TB SDD i7 version of the Mac Mini, but at $2,000 before you add a nice monitor, and the Apple keyboard, mouse and trackpad.  Just seems like humble Mac Mini is stuck with a tremendous Mac Tax.
  • Why Apple's move to an ARM Mac is going to be a bumpy road for some

    If history is any indicator, Apple lead the way to PowerPC with 3 distinct models, the base model was internally called Galileo, then Copernicus and the high end was named in honor of Carl Sagan, called simply Sagan.  I was one of the engineers at Motorola at the time, and we were competing against IBM for the sales of these processors, however we worked together in the design and layout of these chips.

    Somehow, Carl Sagan discovered that we were using his name as a Code name, internally only, on the high end PowerPC Mac; and he sued.  Steve Jobs promptly had us change the internal code name to BHA (Butt Head Astronomer), again in his honor.

    But, these 3 models launched simultaneously, and the writing was on the wall - given the performance of these units, the Motorola 680x0 was on the way out.  Most everyone adopted the new PowerPC computers.  Also, at that time, Apple opened up their OS and allowed another company to make an Apple clone under the name of Power Computing, which used designs that were ham-strung by Apple, yet they streamlined other areas of the design to make very competitive machines that essentially cannibalized Apple's market share - the cloning agreement was discontinued, an Power Computing failed shortly thereafter.

    Aside from the cloning mistake - I think that Apple will likely come out with a few competitive lines of ARM Macs, that will show a superior performance level across a variety of price points, and performance will sell the ARM Macs.  It's pretty apparent, Intel cannot match the performance improvements we are witnessing year after year with the ARM processors.