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  • Why did Apple buy up another $20B in stock at record highs?

    Gmgravytrain & Larryjw perhaps have a valid point of view from those coming late to AAPL and who look at a stock as a dividend finance source.
    I'm a senior citizen (like Gmgravytrain) but I bought into AAPL @ $20 many years ago and held because they are a company that did, does, and will make superior products - and offer a great return on investment.  From my perspective, dividends cannot compete. YMMV.
  • Apple's best designs by Jony Ive, according to the AppleInsider staff

    Hardware, Hardware, Hardware - all engineering physical form, no concept of usability/UX function.

    Sir Jony Ive is a brilliant industrial designer but he has never had a clue about what it takes to make his "wonderful" objects usable for humans.

    Don't listen to me - check out another authority:

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  • Editorial: Intel CPU constraints are sign on the road to ARM chips in the Mac

    wood1208 said:
    If Intel executes 10nm chips schedule properly than it will be last Intel chips to go in Macbook/PRO. Intel in conference call said it will make 10nm ICE processors based on Lakefield packaging for one specific customer and my guess that could be Apple.
    We're coming up on two years since the first estimated delivery date has passed on this one, so I'm not holding my breath.
    But DEMINSD does have a point.  Apple's current wish for thin-at-all-costs and damn the functionality/usability/laws-of-physics causes problems for their suppliers - and thence the customer.

    "Thin & quiet" is a Jony Ive industrial design / hardware view - it neglects the software/usability of devices - how they actually work - in favour of their "sexy looks".
  • Healthcare tech firm Epic Systems says it won't consider any Apple buyout offer

    I agree with lots of the comments so far about:

    * The intrinsic complexity of EHRs.
    * Epic and most of the EHRs out there are rubbish.
    * The US health system (being profit-based) cares only about the financial health of the medical organization, not you, the patient.

    However, there is another perspective.

    I've been designing and building EHRs, all my life, and t
    he news is this:
    * Yes EHRs are complex, but it's all doable.  ICU is one module, cardio is another . . . design to the needs of the professional and link them together - one step at a time.
    * The main problem (in countries where the patient, rather than profit, is supposed to come first) is lack of political will to do something for the benefit of the constituent.
    For example:
    * Proline mentions the Ontario eHealth project which went down mostly because the selected "consultants" were taking the government to the cleaners for $5:50 lattes etc., as they also billed their daily rate.
    * Alberta's attempt at a Shared Health Record failed because there were 14 EMR vendors in the province and no one (Doctors, vendors) wanted to make the financial/intellectual/work effort to connect  and the health ministry didn't care.

    Bottom-line?  EMRs are doable: they need political will & support - but they also need medical professionals to stand up and say "we demand this!"

  • Healthcare tech firm Epic Systems says it won't consider any Apple buyout offer

    RE; Rob53, Mac_Dog, Patchythepirate.  Yes.

    All current major electronic health record systems in the US have wonderfully efficient, easy-to-use, billing modules.
    The Patient part?  Shared health information, history, recent health care encounters - absolutely terrible.

    I don't know where this so-called "news" came from, but as someone who as worked in health care IT for all my life, the best thing Apple could do if they bought Epic would be to close the company and start again.  Apple certainly has the UX capabilities to do a much better job for health providers. ;-)