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  • Apple announces macOS Sierra will ship in the fall, developer beta today, public beta in July

    06/14/2016 4:07:09 PM PDT · 13 of 15
    ReignOfError to Not gonna take it anymore
    Apple reveals macOS Sierra hardware compatibility list

    I was surprised to see that it goes all the way back to 2010 for the Mini.

  • Apple announces macOS Sierra will ship in the fall, developer beta today, public beta in July

    06/14/2016 6:52:16 AM PDT · 10 of 15
    ReignOfError to Not gonna take it anymore
    Will this new operating system work on my mac mini?

    Yes if it's a newer one, no if it's an older one.

  • Vanity: Suggestions for a high-performance business laptop?

    06/09/2016 3:24:24 AM PDT · 43 of 48
    ReignOfError to freedumb2003

    It isn’t emulation — Macs run on the same Intel processors as Wintel boxes, and run Windows natively with the right drivers (which Apple and VMWare provide). There is a performance hit in using a virtual machine, but that’s because you’re running two operating systems at the same time.

    One option not a lot of people have mentioned is Boot Camp, Apple’s software that allows you to partition the hard drive, install Windows, and boot straight into it. VMWare Fusion can use the Boot Camp partition to run a virtual machine, so you can use the same Windows installation both ways — side by side with Mac if you need the convenience, or Windows alone if you need the performance.

    I work for an IT contractor, and the advantage of virtual machines for me is that I can have Win7 joined to one client’s active directory, and Win8.1 joined to another client’s, and switch between them seamlessly. I even have a WinXP machine, but I might archive it because I haven’t needed it for a while.

    The great thing about virtual machines for a developer is that you can quickly switch between VMs for testing.

  • Here’s why you shouldn’t freak out about that ‘cell phones cause cancer’ study

    05/29/2016 10:47:49 PM PDT · 33 of 40
    ReignOfError to PIF
    A radio is a radio text or talk all the same radiation.

    1) Not even close. SMS is transmitting for a fraction of a second, while a voice call is transmitting for the duration of the call.

    B) People whose physiology is within several standard deviations of the norm do not sent text messages with the phone held right next to their skulls.

  • MacBook sales in 2016 are worse than the (terrible) overall laptop market

    05/11/2016 7:30:23 PM PDT · 83 of 112
    ReignOfError to glorgau
    A single usb-c port just doesn’t do the job. What were they thinking?

    That it isn't for everyone, and they have two other laptop product lines. The Macbook Air, when it first came out, was much more limited and more expensive than the Macbook or the Pro. If you are in love with the design, if thin and light are worth the premium, then have at it. Now, it's the reverse -- I'd recommend the Air for the average user, the Pro for everyone else, and the Macbook only if the design is one you must have.

    I would expect the Macbook to add capability and come down in price as the Air has over the last several years. At the very least, I'd expect a Thunderbolt port on the next generation. Dell is betting big on Thunderbolt 3 in its latest generation of laptops, and I'd expect a lot more desktop docking options for it.

  • MacBook sales in 2016 are worse than the (terrible) overall laptop market

    05/11/2016 7:22:18 PM PDT · 82 of 112
    ReignOfError to arl295
    Nothing wrong with windows 10

    Windows 10 is a massive improvement, and also (not coincidentally) the most Maclike. 8 was insufferable, 8.1 barely tolerable.

  • MacBook sales in 2016 are worse than the (terrible) overall laptop market

    05/11/2016 7:18:59 PM PDT · 81 of 112
    ReignOfError to dfwgator
    My MacBook Pro from 2011 is still “good enough”.

    I bought a 2011 MBP earlier this year. I figured that if I regretted going cheap, I could always flip it for pretty close to what I paid. I upped the RAM to 16GB and replaced the hard drive with an SSD. The only serious limitation is that it lacks USB3, and that doesn't bother me often.

    Aside from gamers, desktops and laptops have gotten to the point where even Microsoft can't make them unusably slow in a few years. I'm running the latest Photoshop on a five year old machine, and it handles it like a champ.

  • Apple reports earnings miss in Q216

    04/27/2016 10:48:02 AM PDT · 29 of 34
    ReignOfError to Bloody Sam Roberts
    Or doesn't Apple use a calendar year?

    Apple's uses a fiscal year in which Q1 ends the day after Christmas. I assume there is a reason they want iPhone launches and Christmas shopping season in the first quarter, but I don't know what it is.

  • Second U.S. Bid to Force Apple to Unlock Phone Ends in a Whimper (Link only due to Copyright)

    04/27/2016 10:41:43 AM PDT · 49 of 49
    ReignOfError to DiogenesLamp
    I would suggest that the FBI thought the judge they put this before was adequate to the task.

    Adequacy isn't the point. Appeals are part of the due process of law. It does not begin and end at the lowest rung of the federal judiciary.

    Apple should not have been abetting dead murderers in any effort to obscure potentially useful information that might save lives, nor should they have been legally allowed to continue doing so.

    They should not have been afforded due process of law? On what basis do you deny Apple the constitutional rights guaranteed to everyone else?

    The FBI did not share your sense of urgency. They could have filed for an expedited appeal, or they could have moved that Apple be held in contempt of court. They did neither. They were content to let the due process of law run its course. Why aren't you?

    The further point is that Apple deliberately engaged in a campaign of deceit and lies

    Yes, I get that repeating that is your most favoritest thing ever. I'm not interested in relitigating it for the thousandth time.

  • Second U.S. Bid to Force Apple to Unlock Phone Ends in a Whimper (Link only due to Copyright)

    04/26/2016 1:35:06 PM PDT · 47 of 49
    ReignOfError to DiogenesLamp
    There are no forth amendment issues to deal with.

    Fair enough. This must be one of those other areas of constitutional law. You know, the ones that begin and end with magistrate judges. Such as ...?

    There are potential future threats to the lives of innocent people to deal with,

    If it's too important to go through the customary legal process, why didn't the FBI ask for an expedited review? Appeals are part of due process.

  • Second U.S. Bid to Force Apple to Unlock Phone Ends in a Whimper (Link only due to Copyright)

    04/23/2016 8:47:49 PM PDT · 27 of 49
    ReignOfError to DiogenesLamp

    Funny, but when I studied constitutional law, fourth amendment review didn’t begin and end with magistrate judges.

  • Apple's website hints 'OS X' to be rebranded as 'MacOS'

    04/16/2016 5:21:48 PM PDT · 17 of 17
    ReignOfError to Swordmaker
    I have the ad written already.

    "This one goes to eleven."

  • Apple's website hints 'OS X' to be rebranded as 'MacOS'

    04/16/2016 5:18:44 PM PDT · 16 of 17
    ReignOfError to dayglored
    And BTW, whatever happened to the idea that the Mac and the iDevices would be running the same OS? Granted they're from a similar codebase under the hood, but did the merging into "One OS To Rule Them All" concept sort of go away?

    I think the idea was to move the devices toward each other, but not all the way to the convergence point. Windows 8 is a prime example of what happens when you try to force a touch interface onto a keyboard-and-pointer operating system. It was nigh-unusable until 8.1 made it merely awful.

    If they do converge to a single OS, I'd expect it to work a lot like -- and bear with me on this -- Windows 10. I have it on my desktop at work and on a Boot Camp partition on my Macbook Pro, and it's by far the most Maclike Windows to date. When you're using it as a desktop OS, the touch stuff stays nicely out of the way. You can run tablet apps on a desktop or vise versa if you must, but they don't force it.

    There are some iOS apps I'd like to run in a window on my Mac, kind of like Dashboard widgets (which I thought were a nifty idea when they were first introduced, but I haven't used in years. I just pick up my phone.)

  • Apple shipped 1,591,092,250 computers in its first 40 years, more than any computer company

    04/03/2016 6:14:08 AM PDT · 41 of 41
    ReignOfError to freedumb2003
    Tablets has been around long before the iPad.

    And nobody bought them. Which part of "market-creating" was unclear?

    The iPhone was the last true innovation and that was a heck of a lot longer than 5 years.

    If your argument is that Apple is domed because it hasn't had a market-creating innovation, the kind that 99.99% of companies never have in their entire history, in NINE years, that doesn't make the argument a lot stronger.

    I have consistent in noting that all Apple does it take stuff and clean it up some.

    If you're going to be that reductionist about it, that's all Thomas Edison or Henry Ford did. Apple isn't competing against some imaginary company that has introduced antigravity, faster-than-light travel, cold fusion, and cures for all known disease in the last few years. It's competing against other companies that are also just "cleaning it up some."

    So tell me, what earth-shattering breakthrough have other companies had that Apple should have? A display that wraps around the edge of the phone? Waterproofing? MicroSD slots?

  • Apple shipped 1,591,092,250 computers in its first 40 years, more than any computer company

    04/02/2016 2:44:27 PM PDT · 38 of 41
    ReignOfError to freedumb2003

    “I wonder how long Apples fanboy base can sustain them? They haven’t come up with anything truly new in years “

    This argument always amazes me. Most companies haven’t had one market-creating innovation in their entire history. Apple has had four. And now the company is doomed because it hasn’t reinvented a market in Five! Whole! Years!

    And you could arguably count the Apple Watch, which has sold more units than every other smartwatch combined in less than a year on the market, but it hasn’t had anywhere close to the impact of the Mac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

  • Zero-day exploit can bypass rootless on Mac to modify the system without detection

    03/27/2016 3:52:51 PM PDT · 15 of 17
    ReignOfError to papertyger
    Got any tips on how to break ransom-ware?

    Keep up-to-date backups you can restore from if you get hit. Most importantly, don't open any email attachments from anyone you don't know, and if you do know the sender, call to confirm what they sent you.

  • FBI could be using these hacks to break into killer's iPhone (Video) — LINK ONLY

    03/22/2016 3:30:15 PM PDT · 38 of 46
    ReignOfError to Darteaus94025
    Last week the FBI “discovers” they can get into the terrorist’s phone through an anonymous “third party”.

    This week, Apple comes out with an update to the iPhone operating system.

    Does that strike anyone else as a little too coincidental?

    9.3 has been in beta since January. This wasn't rushed out on the spur of the moment.

  • Apple users targeted in first known Mac ransomware campaign

    03/07/2016 7:29:35 PM PST · 21 of 21
    ReignOfError to SecondAmendment

    The infected app was a signed app from a known developer, which gets a lower level of scrutiny than a random anonymous app (but higher than one from the Ap Store).

    It was a bittorent client called Transmission, which I have on both of my Macs. Fortunately, I was at version 2.84 until I heard about the malware and upgraded to 2.92 this morning (2.90 was the infected version).

    Bittorrent is a distribution method; there’s nothing wrong with it in itself. Because it’s decentralized, no one is in control, and it’s definitely a “buyer beware” situation. But it’s also how most Linux distros get distributed.

  • John McAfee Reveals How The FBI Can Unlock An iPhone In 30 Minutes

    03/04/2016 4:42:49 AM PST · 49 of 49
    ReignOfError to Swordmaker

    Why doesn’t he just go to a store, buy an iPhone 5C, lock it, and crack it on video? He’s spent more time blathering about this than it would take him to prove it beyond doubt. Put up or shut up.

  • Weird noises are coming from an Apple complex

    02/28/2016 9:07:14 PM PST · 39 of 46
    ReignOfError to ctdonath2

    “Car” is too pedestrian. No, that’s not right. Too middle-of-the-road. Yeah, that one works.

    I’d expect them to call it the Apple Transporter.

  • How the Government Bungled the Handling of the San Bernardino iPhone

    02/24/2016 6:08:24 PM PST · 79 of 87
    ReignOfError to DiogenesLamp

    Oh, and magistrate judges aren’t presidential appointees. They are chosen by district court judges. At the time Sheri Pym was appointed, the central district of California had a narrow majority (16-15) of judges appointed by Democrats, and a plurality appointed by George W. Bush.

    I don’t know from what orifice you pulled “Obama judge”, but I’ll chalk it up as another self-assured and uninformed pronouncement from someone who is often wrong, but never in doubt.

  • How the Government Bungled the Handling of the San Bernardino iPhone

    02/24/2016 6:00:20 PM PST · 78 of 87
    ReignOfError to DiogenesLamp
    >>>You might think that, if you have paid absolutely no attention to the administration and the FBI's position on encryption

    Or if you were attributing a political motivation to this issue; an assertion which doesn't really seem to be flying at the moment.

    Obama and the DoJ have the stated goal of a government means of circumventing encryption. This motion by the Obama DoJ is in pursuit of that goal. But I'm sure that's purely a coincidence.

    >>>A search warrant does not compel any party to invent something to aid in the search.

    Recompiling is not inventing.

    No. It isn't. And that would be relevant if anyone were talking about "recompiling," yet another word that you assume must be something fairly simple because you don't know what you are talking about.

    The judge is ordering Apple to develop a version of iOS that can be injected into a locked phone, run entirely resident in RAM without writing to the flash memory, override user settings again without writing to the flash memory, and effectively lock the drive against the normal writes that happen on startup. No version of IOS does that, and no version of IOS has ever done that.

    That is another LIE you keep trying to push. Stop lying.

    Good tactical move. Calling an inconvenient fact a LIE is stronger than simply waving it away as irrelevant. Of course, it's equally full of excrement.

    I'm certainly not grasping how politics is much a factor when an Obama Judge hammers an Obama company. What part is being political?

    The motion by the FBI is in furtherance of a stated political goal of the president. Which part of that is not political? If you are under the impression that nothing is political unless it involves Democrats on one side and Republicans on the other, you haven't been paying attention to pretty much anything for at least the last decade.

    >>>You clearly know more about Apple software than Apple does.

    And you clearly made another deliberate misstatement of what I said, again, a form of lying.

    Not a misstatement. I was mocking your unqualified definitive statements about matters you don't know a damn thing about. Irony is clearly one of those matters you don't know a damn thing about. But yeah, call me a liar if it makes you feel better.

    Not even going to comment on your last ridiculous point.

    The dangers of blind obedience to a bad law is a "ridiculous point"? At least you have discovered a new handwave. "Irrelevant" and "liar" are getting a bit shopworn.

  • How the Government Bungled the Handling of the San Bernardino iPhone

    02/24/2016 10:53:48 AM PST · 76 of 87
    ReignOfError to DiogenesLamp

    “So this Obama appointed Judge signs an order requiring this huge Obama supporting company to obey the law? If there were politics involved here, don’t you think it would have gone the other way around?”

    You might think that, if you have paid absolutely no attention to the administration and the FBI’s position on encryption

    “This is in essence a search warrant. If you want to get technical it is a writ, but it serves the same function as would a search warrant.”

    A search warrant does not compel any party to invent something to aid in the search.

    “The executive branch (FBI) pursued a Federal court order. They got it from an Obama Judge against an Obama company.”

    Didn’t you just argue with a straight face that politics had nothing to do with it?

    “Apple can comply. “

    You clearly know more about Apple software than Apple does. Why don’t you just crack the phone and end the whole argument?

    “Crap about international this or that is just irrelevant and should not be introduced into a conversation regarding what is applicable American law.”

    You are free to take the position that the implications and the likely outcomes of a law or policy are irrelevant to whether it should be unquestioningly obeyed or legally challenged. I am glad that millions of people thought differently about Jim Crow laws, to name one example.

  • How the Government Bungled the Handling of the San Bernardino iPhone

    02/24/2016 10:20:01 AM PST · 74 of 87
    ReignOfError to DiogenesLamp
    And politics has to do with search warrants how?

    Issued by a political-appointed judge upon request by the Obama Justice department pursuant to laws passed by Congress. Nope. Clearly everyone involved is wholly apolitical.

    And since you're such a stickler for proper form, search warrants are irrelevant.

    Since we are talking about Search Warrants, your point it irrelevant.

    We are not talking about search warrants. We are talking about an order from a United States magistrate judge ordering apple to perform certain actions. Or maybe you are talking about search warrants; it would explain much of your confusion.

    American law (of which this particular aspect has been in existence since 1787) is not concerned with the opinions of Chinese, Iranians, Russians and Syrians.

    Appellate judges can consider the implications of a given interpretation of the law, as can executive branch officials in deciding whether to pursue a warrant in the first place.

    Why do so many people throw out these sorts of irrelevant smoke screens to cover up the fact that Apple is attempting to disobey fundamental law regarding search warrants and writs?

    Why are you so committed to this being a simple question that you wave away as "smoke screens" or "irrelevant" any point that illustrates that it is a complex issue with broad implications?

  • How the Government Bungled the Handling of the San Bernardino iPhone

    02/24/2016 9:19:13 AM PST · 72 of 87
    ReignOfError to DiogenesLamp
    Issues of American law are not decided on the basis of "Competitiveness of American Technology, or "the very basics of international trade."

    Like hell, they're not. If you're confused, it helps to remember that politics is the process any which laws are made.

    As for the rights of people abroad, they are no more in jeopardy than are the rights of people here in the U.S.

    There are a lot of Chinese, Iranians, Russians, Syrians, etc. who would take issue with that claim.

  • How the Government Bungled the Handling of the San Bernardino iPhone

    02/23/2016 6:09:39 PM PST · 65 of 87
    ReignOfError to DiogenesLamp
    You and I have different ideas about what this incident represents.

    Your idea is a lot narrower. You haven't addressed the points about what this case would mean for the rights of people abroad, the competitiveness of American technology, or even the very basics of international trade. If the EU has profound enough doubts about the security of data in the US, it could make money transfers between the continents a lot more complicated.

    Under our legal system since 1788, bank records, phone records, houses and persons could be searched so long as a warrant was obtained.

    Chinese and Iranian laws on the subject go back a lot farther than that. How would you suggest that a global company pick and choose which local courts it obeys unquestioningly?

    Apple wants immunity from ordinary law.

    Recourse to the appellate courts is part of the ordinary law.

    This is like a Bank that refuses to open safety deposit boxes in response to a search warrant.

    Except in this case the warrant demands that the bank create a master key that can open any safety deposit box, a key the bank does not possess and that has never existed before.

    Apple has done everything it can to stir up fear of government ran amok, willy nilly stealing everyone's personal data.

    The government has done a damn fine job of that without Apple's help.

    I can only think they are doing this in an effort to build political pressure to allow them to refuse to comply with US Law.

    Trying to bring political pressure to bear on a political issue is somehow suspect now?

    I think their efforts are misguided. I think they are doing this solely for marketing reasons and profit.

    Profit is suspect now? It is certainly true that building the most secure devices available is good for business, and that if the fedgov takes that away from them, it would hurt their competitive position against their competitors, almost all of them foreign companies outside the reach of such an order. That alone would be a sufficient reason for them to oppose the government's demands to the fullest extent the law allows. The fact that they are right is a bonus.

  • Justice Department Seeks to Force Apple to Extract Data From About 12 Other

    02/23/2016 5:53:35 PM PST · 59 of 259
    ReignOfError to Hattie

    “Obama is behind this.”

    Gathering more information on the guilty and innocent alike is not partisan. It’s an institutional obsession for law enforcement. It’s not like the government was coy about snooping into Americans’ communications in the last administration, or the one before that, or the one before that.

  • How the Government Bungled the Handling of the San Bernardino iPhone

    02/23/2016 3:28:02 PM PST · 62 of 87
    ReignOfError to bert

    “My take on this is that if I lock my I phone 5s with a pass code and then forget it, my phone is trashed. No good, forever useless. I can not take it to the Apple store, present proof of ownership and have the Apple guy reset the pass code.”

    Not true. The Apple store, or any reasonably knowledgeable user, can restore it back to its factory state. Your data is gone, but the phone is still usable. If you have backed up your data, you can load it back on the phone.

  • How the Government Bungled the Handling of the San Bernardino iPhone

    02/22/2016 8:44:51 PM PST · 35 of 87
    ReignOfError to DiogenesLamp
    And no, there is no threat that a wild "backdoor" will escape and be running loose.

    No back door. Apple is resisting a demand to kick in the front door. Apple does business around the world. How can it refuse a lawful (by local standards) order from any court anywhere else? If it does this for the US government, how about the government of China? Iran? Russia?

    Apple does business around the world. If the US government and only the US government has access to any data on any iPhone, do you really think the EU will allow the devices to be sold there? This could be the greatest gift Samsung has ever gotten. Apple gets North America, and Samsung the rest of the world.

    If the FBI succeeds in this, demand for US software, Web hosting, and devices will evaporate in the rest of the world. Trust of American technology was already shaky after the Snowden leaks. This would be the final nail in the coffin.

  • Scareware Signed With Apple Cert Targets OS X Machines

    02/07/2016 8:30:58 AM PST · 23 of 29
    ReignOfError to Not gonna take it anymore
    “The newest Safari browser allows you to silence players on the tab so you don’t have to go hunting for what’s playing.”

    Where do I find this magical silencer?

    If you're running El Capitan (it's possible that the Safari upgrade is also available on older versions of Mac OS), you'll see an icon like this in the tabs bar for any tab that's making noise. Click the icon to mute it without switching to that tab. It's my favorite new feature of EC.

  • Why switch to Windows 10 or a Mac when you can use Linux Mint 17.3 instead?

    02/03/2016 5:20:44 PM PST · 41 of 87
    ReignOfError to Noumenon
    I use it on one of my older laptops and it’s great.

    I was handed an old C2D, 2GB laptop running Vista, and installed Linux (I went with Xubuntu rather than Mint, because it's supposedly the lightest full-featured distro). Performance is good with RDC, Citrix, and VNC, and the latest Firefox is supported in iCloud; all in all, a very capable thin-client laptop from hardware that would be painfully slow in any recent version of Windows. Basically, the equivalent of a pretty high-end Chromebook, but for free.

    And then I booted to find that the screen had dimmed to about 20%. I went to Google expecting to find out which control panel pane the slider was in. Instead I found twenty different approaches to the problem, none consistent with each other, most for other *buntu variants, all involving the terminal and some involving recompiling the kernel. Turns out the only way (apparently) is with the brightness keys on the keyboard; they weren't very clearly marked on this particular laptop. The Dell Web site answered the question the Linux community couldn't.

    I may try Mint to see if it's finally the Linux distro that we've been promised for the last 20 years, one that's locked down and has something remotely resembling a consistent user experience. More likely, I'll try Chrome OS next. I'm having fun with the project, and it's nice to get new life out of cast-off technology, but it's no real threat to my MacBook Pro.

  • Why switch to Windows 10 or a Mac when you can use Linux Mint 17.3 instead?

    02/03/2016 5:03:08 PM PST · 40 of 87
    ReignOfError to TBP
    Would my Windows programs work with that? What about the older ones (XP-based)?

    Probably not. There is software called WINE that can run some Windows software, but the vast majority of the time you're better off choosing a Linux equivalent than trying to make Windows software work.

  • I am Looking at getting either an Apple 6s or a Samsung Galaxy S®6 any suggestions?

    01/25/2016 8:18:03 PM PST · 74 of 77
    ReignOfError to Sarah Barracuda

    It would be highly unusual for Apple to introduce a new iPhone lineup in March. They’ve done that in September the last seven years. There are a lot of rumors from often-reliable sources about a smaller form factor iPhone bringing up the rear, so to speak, at the lowest-cost end of the lineup; 6c has been floated as a possibility. If history is any guide, it will be internally similar to the 6 (without an S), but in a more 5ish size.

  • Apple sales set to slump in 2016 with no new products, analysts warn

    12/26/2015 6:18:11 PM PST · 36 of 51
    ReignOfError to dennisw
    Get back to me next year at this time

    Just like last year, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that?

  • Apple sales set to slump in 2016 with no new products, analysts warn

    12/26/2015 6:15:14 PM PST · 34 of 51
    ReignOfError to libh8er
    Why do they need sales ? They just extorted 500m out of Samsung.

    $500,000,000 would cover their gross revenues for the year, give or take 364 days and five hours.

  • Apple quirk lets pirates build a giant store of fake iPhone apps

    12/26/2015 9:31:01 AM PST · 45 of 45
    ReignOfError to Swordmaker

    Wow. Aside from the products, their slavish imitation of Apple's Web design is pretty impressive.

  • Apple quirk lets pirates build a giant store of fake iPhone apps

    12/26/2015 4:18:31 AM PST · 43 of 45
    ReignOfError to dennisw

    How’s your track record of predictions? Let’s go to the archives ...

    “Apple will lose 98% of their Asian sales. HP is in very very close cooperation with the Taiwanese geniuses producing a superior product. They have torn part hundreds of iPads and know what makes them tick. They know how to make it all work better and the result is the HP TouchPad” — dennisw, 7/15/2011

  • Apple quirk lets pirates build a giant store of fake iPhone apps

    12/25/2015 2:56:32 PM PST · 40 of 45
    ReignOfError to dennisw
    My last warning to sell all the crappy Apple stock you own.

    No, it isn't. How many last warnings have you given? That prediction is old enough to shave by now.

  • Apple quirk lets pirates build a giant store of fake iPhone apps

    12/23/2015 8:43:10 PM PST · 14 of 45
    ReignOfError to dennisw
    Xiamai is eating Apple's lunch in China and Asia.

    Oh, look. An iPhone killer. It's been weeks since the last one of those.

  • Samsung could add one of the iPhone's best features to its new smartphone (3D Touch)

    12/14/2015 9:38:51 PM PST · 11 of 15
    ReignOfError to JimSp

    It’s just another kind of gesture. How great it is depends on what developers do with it. Some of the best examples:

    - Pressing on the keyboard turns it into a trackpad. Makes editing a lot easier.

    - Pressing and sliding up on any image reveals the options to save an image or copy its URL. Doing the same with a URL allows you to bookmark or open in a new tab.

    - The Weather Channel app pops up a window on the home screen letting you go straight to the forecast of any of your favorite cities, or local radar.

    - Shazam can start recognizing songs immediately.

  • Apple hardware gains popularity in the enterprise

    12/10/2015 3:03:55 AM PST · 37 of 60
    ReignOfError to arl295
    In the corporate environment, the end point doesn’t matter, whether it is a Mac, Dell Desktop, HP Workstation, iPad, Android Smartphone, it has no value. It is just a tool, like a drill or wrench, it does what it needs to do. If it breaks, you fix or replace it.

    Great analogy. I mean, what carpenter or plumber or contractor doesn't describe his tools as having "no value"? I'm sure they'd all tell you that the cheapest POS is just fine, and if it breaks during a job that doesn't pose a problem at all.

  • MacBooks are so hot right now. And so is Mac OS X malware

    11/07/2015 1:47:23 AM PST · 26 of 26
    ReignOfError to Swordmaker
    All other State of California websites are fully Acid 3 compliant ... except this one. . .

    ... which was designed by three guys on acid.

  • Now we know why IT support hate Macs

    10/19/2015 9:08:20 PM PDT · 19 of 54
    ReignOfError to proxy_user
    Where I worked, each employee got a what was essentially a dumb terminal that provided a virtual Windows environment on a central server. The processes were shared, so only as many instances of Windows were created as happened to be logged on. You were assigned a certain amount of disk space on central storage.

    Virtualization is a big part of the move to BYOD, and to giving users their choice of hardware platforms. A lot of companies put their core business apps and documents in a virtual machine, and leave things like messaging, e-mail and Web browsing -- and things like social networking in downtime, which isn't central to business, but keeps morale up -- local. That is where choice of platform becomes mostly irrelevant to the company, and user preference can be indulged (again, good for morale).

    I used to work at a Web publisher that had its CMS in a virtual machine and things like Photoshop -- which would put a lot of strain on server resources and network speed to make it usably responsive -- local to the user.

  • Now we know why IT support hate Macs

    10/19/2015 9:01:54 PM PDT · 16 of 54
    ReignOfError to ransomnote
    - MAC locked in licensing so if APPLE doesn’t approve of the program, you won’t be able to buy it.

    That wasn't true in 1987 and isn't true today.

    And Mac is not an acronym.

  • Now we know why IT support hate Macs

    10/19/2015 8:59:58 PM PDT · 15 of 54
    ReignOfError to ClearCase_guy
    If corporations understood that Macs were really that much cheaper than PCs, they'd fire their IT support staff. buy Macs and pocket massive savings.

    Right. Because corporations are perfectly efficient, and IT managers always make the recommendation that does the most to maximize shareholder value at the expense of reducing their staff size, budget, and importance to the company.

  • Leak: This is HTC’s iPhone

    10/18/2015 3:38:16 PM PDT · 37 of 53
    ReignOfError to Gaffer
    Functionality? It has some new bells and whistles, but I’m not that impressed over a 4S, frankly.

    ApplePay, TouchID, much better camera, bigger and better (they aren't the same thing) screen, several times faster, 3D Touch ... man, you're a tough crowd.

    The 6s is the fifth iPhone I've owned and the first I pre-ordered. Apple Pay was the biggest single reason, but the camera has surprised me with how much better it's gotten, especially in low light.

    TouchID was a huge upgrade in the 5s, and it's faster on the 6s. It simply makes everything more secure. Several of the apps with the most sensitive info use it, and for the rest I have a password manager and can copy and paste. That means I can have unique, long, randomly-generated, impossible-to-memorize passwords for everything.

  • Leak: This is HTC’s iPhone

    10/18/2015 3:31:03 PM PDT · 36 of 53
    ReignOfError to PA-RIVER

    That’s so ... original.

  • How Steve Jobs Fleeced Carly Fiorina

    10/03/2015 1:13:51 AM PDT · 27 of 29
    ReignOfError to SamAdams76
    Would Donald Trump have made this deal if he ran HP at the time?

    He would make a much better deal, because Steve Jobs didn't respect Carly Fiorina. Jobs would have respected Trump. It would have been the greatest, classiest deal in history. You would have loved it.

    Or maybe that's just what he says about everything.

  • Apple iOS 9 feature Wi-Fi Assist could lead to huge iPhone bills

    09/30/2015 5:09:57 AM PDT · 50 of 53
    ReignOfError to dayglored

    Am I the only person who finds this feature useful? I’m on the road a lot, and my phone is constantly grabbing a weak Wi-Fi signal, slowing everything to a crawl until I figure out what is going on and switch it off. And then forget to switch it back on when I get home.

  • Amazon's answer to Apple TV: a Fire TV box with Alexa and 4K video support

    09/17/2015 8:20:02 PM PDT · 24 of 29
    ReignOfError to Nowhere Man
    Wonder if I can hook it up to my 1982 Zenith console or my 1969 Sony black and white?

    Roku still makes boxes with composite video outputs. Add an inexpensive RF modulator, and you're good to go. You might also need a 75-300 ohm adapter for the Sony.