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DCQ, right as rain yet again! 297 Views / 10 Replies  
DCQ, right as rain yet again!
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jul 1, 2016 at 10:13 PM, in Mac News
Thanks guys. The feeling is mutual -- you'll be... 276 Views / 9 Replies  
Thanks guys. The feeling is mutual -- you'll be missed.
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 30, 2016 at 04:58 PM, in Mac News
Thanks for the sentiment. It would certainly be... 276 Views / 9 Replies  
Thanks for the sentiment. It would certainly be my preference. Our podcast will continue following a short break, but at presence nobody knows where we'll end up. If I get a chance to work with the...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 29, 2016 at 08:03 PM, in Mac News
Yep. It has been tried before. Apple actually... 162 Views / 7 Replies  
Yep. It has been tried before. Apple actually joined lobbying efforts for a tax holiday, but later changed their view to what President Obama has proposed: a permanent lowering of the rate to 25...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 28, 2016 at 01:20 AM, in Mac News
DCQ: well, come on. I mean as you know, Tim Cook... 178 Views / 6 Replies  
DCQ: well, come on. I mean as you know, Tim Cook hand makes each and every one of these things himself ... I imagine the bands take a lot less time when you're doing it all alone ...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 27, 2016 at 11:27 PM, in Mac News
Someone's sense of humour appears to have voted... 155 Views / 2 Replies  
Someone's sense of humour appears to have voted to Leave. :)
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 27, 2016 at 05:55 PM, in Mac News
You miss the point here: Apple is not doing... 162 Views / 7 Replies  
You miss the point here: Apple is not doing anything illegal -- Ireland ripped off its own citizens (just as the US and other countries do) by creating **legal** tax loopholes for corporations and...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 27, 2016 at 05:40 PM, in Mac News
Grateful 2,609 Views / 133 Replies  
Thank you all for the many quotes like the one from DCQ above. We've been flattered beyond belief by how far and wide the news has travelled and your kind comments. We're still rather shocked...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 20, 2016 at 11:05 PM, in Mac News
I cannot speak to that particular photo since I... 342 Views / 18 Replies  
I cannot speak to that particular photo since I didn't take the photo, but I have seen live television coverage of Mr. Trump where he appears to be that colour, with eerie whiteness around his eyes....
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 20, 2016 at 03:24 AM, in Mac News
Um ... so your explanation of why most other... 342 Views / 18 Replies  
Um ... so your explanation of why most other companies are continuing to put money into both is ... oh wait, you don't have one.

The fact of the matter is that if the GOP had selected a mainstream...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 19, 2016 at 04:53 PM, in Mac News
Heh! Well played DCQ. I think somebody's... 136 Views / 5 Replies  
Heh! Well played DCQ.

I think somebody's rose-coloured glasses may need a new prescription. :)
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 19, 2016 at 04:42 PM, in Mac News
It has to be pointed out that if Mr. Trump is... 342 Views / 18 Replies  
It has to be pointed out that if Mr. Trump is "for big business," then you have to agree that so is Mrs. Clinton. If that is the basis of your support, then it is logical that you would want to vote...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 19, 2016 at 02:15 PM, in Mac News
Its not a question of encouraging or... 136 Views / 5 Replies  
Its not a question of encouraging or discouraging. It's giving customers what they have *very clearly* said they want. I assure you that people are still happy to have real conversations,...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 18, 2016 at 08:16 PM, in Mac News
No, they will continue to work as long as they... 136 Views / 5 Replies  
No, they will continue to work as long as they are supported. We're merely talking about a (slight) change in the way you *first* launch them. Once authenticated, the apps will thereafter launch...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 15, 2016 at 11:58 AM, in Mac News
My philosophy is that if I like an artist enough... 150 Views / 2 Replies  
My philosophy is that if I like an artist enough to steal their music, I should pay them for it so that they don't starve and make more. That's just me, I like being able to say I'm a fan of...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 14, 2016 at 07:52 PM, in Mac News
OTOH, if Apple did everything there would be no... 115 Views / 3 Replies  
OTOH, if Apple did everything there would be no need for third-party utility developers, and frankly there are many I'd miss if it wasn't economically viable for them to continue, so in some ways I'm...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 14, 2016 at 03:03 PM, in Mac News
Inkling: your theory is patent nonsense, to be... 136 Views / 4 Replies  
Inkling: your theory is patent nonsense, to be frank. There is a difference with iOS devices and OS X devices: a quick glance at the Sierra compatibility list shows machines that are up to seven...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 14, 2016 at 02:06 PM, in Mac News
Ha! Doh! Fixed. 430 Views / 18 Replies  
Ha! Doh! Fixed.
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 13, 2016 at 07:01 PM, in Mac News
You may not be aware, but there is no law nor any... 330 Views / 9 Replies  
You may not be aware, but there is no law nor any reason for you to download all of the OS releases on the same day (I generally don't). Given that iOS is at least 100x more popular than macOS in...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 13, 2016 at 06:52 PM, in Mac News
OneDrive is an excellent service; despite some... 430 Views / 18 Replies  
OneDrive is an excellent service; despite some recent brief outages (that did not affect me personally), I find iCloud to be a very good service.

Also had no issue with the live stream today at...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 13, 2016 at 04:56 PM, in Mac News
Much as I appreciate and applaud calls for... 430 Views / 18 Replies  
Much as I appreciate and applaud calls for improvements to OS X's spell-checker, there is a workaround: *learn to spell.* :)
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 13, 2016 at 04:51 PM, in Mac News
Skype's doing fine; indeed, if anything Microsoft... 221 Views / 9 Replies  
Skype's doing fine; indeed, if anything Microsoft has been extremely conservative with any changes. We use it a lot for podcast recording (many, many podcasters do) and it works reasonably well...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 13, 2016 at 12:14 PM, in Mac News
Well, to be more accurate, 1-pass secure erase... 181 Views / 5 Replies  
Well, to be more accurate, 1-pass secure erase (zeroing out) doesn't take that long -- maybe an hour or less for most drives. 7-pass? Oh yeah, leave that over the weekend. 35-pass? You're insane, and...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 10, 2016 at 07:38 PM, in Mac News
As a frequent traveler, I really appreciate... 126 Views / 2 Replies  
As a frequent traveler, I really appreciate services like Lyft and Uber, and have had nothing but really good experiences with them. The taxi business needs to get with it.
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 10, 2016 at 12:55 AM, in Mac News
Inkling: um, no. Maybe take a moment and read the... 102 Views / 3 Replies  
Inkling: um, no. Maybe take a moment and read the article again until you've got it, because you missed it. There is certainly such a thing as "crony capitalism," but the government using tax...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 9, 2016 at 08:24 PM, in Mac News
I'm not sure what (most of) your comment actually... 125 Views / 2 Replies  
I'm not sure what (most of) your comment actually means. Apple has regularly raised dividends, but the stock is hovering around $100 because Wall Street wants to see "the next big thing" every year,...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 9, 2016 at 08:18 PM, in Mac News
aroxnicadi: have you told your electric power... 275 Views / 6 Replies  
aroxnicadi: have you told your electric power supplier and landlord of your refusal to have any "subscriptions" in your life? What about your cable TV or Internet provider? Hulu? Netflix? Your...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 9, 2016 at 12:09 PM, in Mac News
I can't say as I've ever experience that on my... 141 Views / 4 Replies  
I can't say as I've ever experience that on my 2012 MacBook Pro (which has pretty far from the sportiest graphics card) in typical use, but then I rarely go immediately into Maps from sleep, or have...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 9, 2016 at 02:07 AM, in Mac News
You have to get the banks on board first, to be... 258 Views / 3 Replies  
You have to get the banks on board first, to be fair. Retailers will eventually have to turn on NFC readers at terminals, but a little customer pressure (in the form of polite requests and reminders...
Posted by Charles Martin, on Jun 7, 2016 at 06:11 PM, in Mac News
just a poster: Foxconn is not exclusive to Apple... 550 Views / 7 Replies  
just a poster: Foxconn is not exclusive to Apple products. While they do help make the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook line, they are also responsible for most Android phones, Xbox, and many other consumer...
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 30, 2016 at 02:14 PM, in Mac News
Thanks. Our CMS has been acting a little strange... 550 Views / 7 Replies  
Thanks. Our CMS has been acting a little strange today. I'll fix that.
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 29, 2016 at 11:01 PM, in Mac News
Spheric: totally on the same page with you on... 528 Views / 7 Replies  
Spheric: totally on the same page with you on this. Windows Phone and the Lumia are pretty great phones, really, if you're looking for an alternative to iOS for some reason and don't want a...
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 25, 2016 at 11:59 PM, in Mac News
Thanks GB, I will make the correction. 194 Views / 4 Replies  
Thanks GB, I will make the correction.
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 24, 2016 at 07:22 PM, in Mac News
The problem appears to be specific to that model,... 314 Views / 7 Replies  
The problem appears to be specific to that model, but as updates aren't mandatory, feel free to hold off until the fix for the iPad Pro is out. I can only say that my iPhone 6s and iPad Air 2 are...
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 20, 2016 at 01:34 PM, in Mac News
Pajandrum: thanks for that insightful comment, we... 327 Views / 6 Replies  
Pajandrum: thanks for that insightful comment, we really appreciate our readers' sharing their expertise to help give greater context to stories.
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 20, 2016 at 01:27 PM, in Mac News
Yeah, that BBC thing hasn't put out a good show... 141 Views / 2 Replies  
Yeah, that BBC thing hasn't put out a good show in forever, since it's funded mostly by subsidies. #ohwait
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 19, 2016 at 01:41 PM, in Mac News
Given the look, I should hope it's also an air... 127 Views / 3 Replies  
Given the look, I should hope it's also an air freshener. #boom #micdrop #cheapshot
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 19, 2016 at 12:20 AM, in Mac News
Both of the "bugs" you describe there are not... 606 Views / 9 Replies  
Both of the "bugs" you describe there are not actual bugs, since they can't consistently be reproduced (I can't reproduce them at all, for example). Most "bugs" reported are dependent on a user's...
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 16, 2016 at 07:13 PM, in Mac News
It's only "steep" to Canadian banks -- it is... 161 Views / 2 Replies  
It's only "steep" to Canadian banks -- it is precisely the same rate charged in the US, and it comes from a reduction of the issuer's fee, not from the consumer. For perspective: card issuers...
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 13, 2016 at 07:26 PM, in Mac News
jdonahoe: your point about faces is valid (I... 650 Views / 9 Replies  
jdonahoe: your point about faces is valid (I suspect Apple has some concerns about third parties violating copyrighted designs), but in fact Apple has allowed one third-party watch face design: the...
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 12, 2016 at 06:08 PM, in Mac News
It took us a little time to be certain this was... 568 Views / 8 Replies  
It took us a little time to be certain this was the 2012 version, but it is (surprisingly) not much changed from the current version apart from processor. Considering a non-Retina from that era goes...
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 11, 2016 at 03:36 PM, in Mac News
I believe it was CowboyNeal of Slashdot who... 650 Views / 9 Replies  
I believe it was CowboyNeal of Slashdot who earned infamy for his notorious day-of assessment of the iPod: "No wireless. Less space than a Nomad. Lame."

So yes, your memory is bad: the iPod was...
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 11, 2016 at 03:34 PM, in Mac News
It's true, DahlBryn, that digging out your wallet... 132 Views / 3 Replies  
It's true, DahlBryn, that digging out your wallet and selecting the card and tapping to pay is about the same, I guess, as digging out your phone, double-tapping the home button, and placing it near...
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 11, 2016 at 02:26 AM, in Mac News
DCQ: yeah, I didn't understand that bit either.... 560 Views / 7 Replies  
DCQ: yeah, I didn't understand that bit either. But then I'm surprised to hear that Mega is still in business.
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 9, 2016 at 11:50 AM, in Mac News
India's claims could be *both* true *and*... 184 Views / 4 Replies  
India's claims could be *both* true *and* intended to mislead. You'll notice the statement was in no way specific about what iPhones, running what OS versions, they were referring to.

I have no...
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 9, 2016 at 11:48 AM, in Mac News
Inkling: Amazon's data is absolutely not... 213 Views / 4 Replies  
Inkling: Amazon's data is absolutely not anonymous. They may anonymize that data when discussing trends with authors and publishers, but its not anonymous to them.

robttwo: if profits is the...
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 9, 2016 at 11:32 AM, in Mac News
I have noticed. :) However, we do have lots... 226 Views / 5 Replies  
I have noticed. :)

However, we do have lots of readers (and commenters) who offer insightful comments (or typo alerts) because they've read the whole thing: we appreciate and try to cater to those...
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 8, 2016 at 02:24 PM, in Mac News
Not a bad plan there, boblicious, and a good way... 183 Views / 2 Replies  
Not a bad plan there, boblicious, and a good way to support the artists you already know you like. I see streaming as a good way to discover other artists, but yes: people should continue to buy CDs...
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 7, 2016 at 05:21 PM, in Mac News
Again I have to point out the very prominently... 226 Views / 5 Replies  
Again I have to point out the very prominently mentioned fact in the article that you continue to overlook -- it's all OPT-IN. You have to first, have the app, then agree to allow ANY of this...
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 7, 2016 at 05:18 PM, in Mac News
I agree with the notion of adding cellular data... 170 Views / 5 Replies  
I agree with the notion of adding cellular data to notebooks. Not as sure about GPS, but it certainly bears thinking about.
Posted by Charles Martin, on May 5, 2016 at 06:05 PM, in Mac News
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