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Glad to see Spotify raising its voice on this... 297 Views / 10 Replies  
Glad to see Spotify raising its voice on this one. The Amazon-inspired, Obama-administration-led attack on Apple for ebook price fixing was ridiculous. Companies with a zero percent marketshare can't...
Posted by Inkling, on Jul 1, 2016 at 08:10 AM, in Mac News
I occasionally write on history (Chesterton on... 148 Views / 4 Replies  
I occasionally write on history (Chesterton on War and Peace), so I can point out that historians love incidents like this one. They encapsulate in one vivid example the culture at a particular time....
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 29, 2016 at 02:51 PM, in Mac News
If the terms Apple is alleged to imposed in... 163 Views / 1 Replies  
If the terms Apple is alleged to imposed in France prove true in France, Korea, and almost certainly elsewhere, I can only hope Apple pays and pays big. Limits on "creating new payment plans or...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 28, 2016 at 09:17 AM, in Mac News
Quote: "which means it would have paid off the UK... 162 Views / 7 Replies  
Quote: "which means it would have paid off the UK tax bill within just over two hours."

That works out to Apple having earned enough to pay off all its UK taxes by 2 a.m. on January 1. Compare...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 27, 2016 at 01:56 PM, in Mac News
Thanks much for this Saying Farewell series.... 176 Views / 3 Replies  
Thanks much for this Saying Farewell series. Years ago I worked on the Hem-Onc unit at a children's hospital caring for kids with leukemia. Although our attachment to those kids was nothing like that...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 27, 2016 at 08:53 AM, in Mac News
In the tech world, a five-year-old display was... 160 Views / 9 Replies  
In the tech world, a five-year-old display was already in an assisted care facility on life support. More and more, Apple is the market trailer in hardware, with a limited line of products years...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 24, 2016 at 08:23 AM, in Mac News
Is there room for a third contender in the... 139 Views / 3 Replies  
Is there room for a third contender in the smartphone market? I draw a blank when in consider what it might be. Apple has the high-end walled garden. Android has the rest. Their website talks of...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 23, 2016 at 04:28 PM, in Mac News
If Apple management read serious history rather... 110 Views / 1 Replies  
If Apple management read serious history rather than listened to Bono it would understand what is happening. China's rapid industrialization in the late twentieth is creating a similar madness to...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 23, 2016 at 07:58 AM, in Mac News
Mistake or part of a conspiracy? Most of the time... 138 Views / 4 Replies  
Mistake or part of a conspiracy? Most of the time it's just a mistake. The new guy got stuck with the compiling and he forgot.
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 22, 2016 at 01:38 PM, in Mac News
Color me skeptical. It's been so long since Apple... 150 Views / 5 Replies  
Color me skeptical. It's been so long since Apple had a laptop I found appealing, I've given up. Too few ports, no upgrades to RAM, hard to repair even a loose connector, and Ives' weird obsession...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 21, 2016 at 08:24 AM, in Mac News
Ah, seven years into the Obama administration and... 342 Views / 18 Replies  
Ah, seven years into the Obama administration and after endless troubles with the DOJ, Apple has finally learned what 'pay-to-pay' Chicago-machine politics means. If you want to avoid legal...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 19, 2016 at 02:34 PM, in Mac News
Better maps and deleting apps sound fine, but do... 136 Views / 5 Replies  
Better maps and deleting apps sound fine, but do we really want to encourage more messaging? Face-to-face contacts and business meetings already disrupted enough by people checking their messages. Do...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 18, 2016 at 05:43 PM, in Mac News
Then we better not let the executives at Apple or... 188 Views / 11 Replies  
Then we better not let the executives at Apple or Microsoft see this Youtube video. They'll wet their pants in fright. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttMuvmspa8o
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 17, 2016 at 05:20 PM, in Mac News
Russians have told me that there's little... 123 Views / 3 Replies  
Russians have told me that there's little internal software development in Russia because what is done gets stolen. China faces a similar problem. So many manufacturers steal ideas from...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 16, 2016 at 06:03 PM, in Mac News
I'm delighted to see the iPhone SE doing so well... 142 Views / 3 Replies  
I'm delighted to see the iPhone SE doing so well and hope Apple is able to clear up the supply constraints. Quite frankly, it's the only product Apple has turned out in years that's impressed me....
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 16, 2016 at 09:52 AM, in Mac News
You know what's the worst aspect of the Mac... 302 Views / 8 Replies  
You know what's the worst aspect of the Mac eco-system? This article is an illustration. It's the limited array of hardware from Apple. No continually updated power machines that take expansion...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 16, 2016 at 09:43 AM, in Mac News
Thanks for mentioning reliability. Those... 136 Views / 2 Replies  
Thanks for mentioning reliability. Those depending on an always-up cloud should keep in mind that major catastrophes can take down commercial power for a week or more. As soon as it goes, there's no...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 16, 2016 at 09:35 AM, in Mac News
Sorry, but until Adobe, Apple and Microsoft put... 214 Views / 6 Replies  
Sorry, but until Adobe, Apple and Microsoft put serious money into Hunspell, the poorly funded, open-source spell checker they all exploit, I won't be impressed by any feature list. They could start...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 16, 2016 at 09:25 AM, in Mac News
This is a marvelous idea. Why not put the same... 111 Views / 1 Replies  
This is a marvelous idea. Why not put the same talented people to work designing a comic for iBooks authors and one for people who are new to Macs, iPads, or iPhones? Make them humorous as well as...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 15, 2016 at 09:19 AM, in Mac News
Free headphones can't make up for the fact that... 108 Views / 1 Replies  
Free headphones can't make up for the fact that European schools and students would be fools to buy any of the Macs on that list. None are easy to fix. None are easy to upgrade. None will allow a...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 15, 2016 at 09:09 AM, in Mac News
What does this shifting list mean? It means the... 136 Views / 4 Replies  
What does this shifting list mean? It means the in/out decision wasn't technical. That decision was made months ago when the tech specs were written. This decision was made by marketing based on how...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 14, 2016 at 01:34 PM, in Mac News
I write books that get published, hence nothing I... 454 Views / 14 Replies  
I write books that get published, hence nothing I do is secret. Giant corporations, on the other hand, like some politicians (cough, Hill..., cough) have much in their email and internal...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 14, 2016 at 09:23 AM, in Mac News
Again, Apple disappoints. Look at these... 115 Views / 3 Replies  
Again, Apple disappoints. Look at these improvements and you'll notice a common pattern. They're for people who dart from one device to another, feeling they don't have time to tap a few times on...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 14, 2016 at 09:10 AM, in Mac News
The playground is cute, but the vocabulary isn't... 106 Views / 1 Replies  
The playground is cute, but the vocabulary isn't a child's. For instance: "In this puzzle, Byte must collect four gems that are located in the same relative locations around a square." Why not: "In...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 13, 2016 at 06:13 PM, in Mac News
You mean my mid-2007 white MacBook is no longer... 330 Views / 9 Replies  
You mean my mid-2007 white MacBook is no longer supported? "I am shocked. Shocked." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjbPi00k_ME Does Apple still plan to reduce macOS on the same day as iOS? Their...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 13, 2016 at 05:53 PM, in Mac News
It's 2016, for pete's sake. The open-source... 430 Views / 18 Replies  
It's 2016, for pete's sake. The open-source spelling checker that underlies macOS is so primitive, one single pair of transposed letters leaves it clueless. About half the time, it offers no...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 13, 2016 at 04:44 PM, in Mac News
I'm not a fan of Trump or Sanders, but I do... 191 Views / 6 Replies  
I'm not a fan of Trump or Sanders, but I do remember that in the 1970s pressure on Asian automakers did get them to build factories in this country and those factories seem to working out quite well....
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 13, 2016 at 01:58 PM, in Mac News
Looking at today's high-tech, I feel like I'm... 221 Views / 9 Replies  
Looking at today's high-tech, I feel like I'm watching a cartoon where progressively bigger fishes devour smaller ones. Microsoft is paying the the equivalent of the GNP of Latvia, a country with two...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 13, 2016 at 09:41 AM, in Mac News
I suspect these changes are not for... 141 Views / 3 Replies  
I suspect these changes are not for music-subscription services such as Spotify. They're for developers of well-designed, useful apps who've been trapped in a terrible Catch 22. Price the app high...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 10, 2016 at 09:08 AM, in Mac News
Using Bluetooth 5 to provide connections around a... 144 Views / 1 Replies  
Using Bluetooth 5 to provide connections around a home or office makes more sense than any mad scheme for an Internet of Things. Staying local will keep some hacker in Crazistan from fiddling with...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 10, 2016 at 08:53 AM, in Mac News
There's one new feature that would be easy... 157 Views / 2 Replies  
There's one new feature that would be easy because it's already bult into the WiFi chip. That's an FM radio. With its huge marketshare, Apple could also work with Broadcom to debut an iPhone that...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 10, 2016 at 08:47 AM, in Mac News
Oh great, the middle-class in this country is... 102 Views / 3 Replies  
Oh great, the middle-class in this country is hurting big time and what's the federal government doing? Giving tax-derived shelters and subsidiaries to one of the richest corporations on the planet....
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 9, 2016 at 06:28 PM, in Mac News
Glad you mentioned that belt clip. It's my... 201 Views / 4 Replies  
Glad you mentioned that belt clip. It's my favorite feature, particularly how easily an iPhone can be detached from it. I'm hoping they'd extend their module-friendly uniVERSE case to Defender cases.
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 9, 2016 at 06:26 PM, in Mac News
My solution? (1) Pick five top executives at... 131 Views / 1 Replies  
My solution? (1) Pick five top executives at random from Apple and Samsung. (2) Supply each with a wiffle bat. (3) Transport them to Tristan da Cunha, the most remote island in the world (population...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 9, 2016 at 01:20 PM, in Mac News
Changing subscriptions to 85/15 and broadening... 275 Views / 6 Replies  
Changing subscriptions to 85/15 and broadening the reach is a good move. It'll result in the best apps getting even better. I already subscribe to Instapaper and should probably do the same with...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 8, 2016 at 07:46 PM, in Mac News
Coffeetime is right. The Israeli app, Red Alert,... 107 Views / 2 Replies  
Coffeetime is right. The Israeli app, Red Alert, gives warnings for missiles out of Gaza or Lebanon. You set it for specific locales. That allows you to monitor home at work, for instance. I...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 8, 2016 at 07:33 PM, in Mac News
I generally distrust research firms, but Gartner... 109 Views / 2 Replies  
I generally distrust research firms, but Gartner may be right on this one. I like my iPhone 5 and see little reason to upgrade. If I wanted a larger screen, I'd be equally happy with with an iPhone...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 8, 2016 at 02:43 PM, in Mac News
Testing anti-jamming systems is almost certainly... 109 Views / 1 Replies  
Testing anti-jamming systems is almost certainly the reason. If our military wanted to shut down GPS, it could simply turn it off. Also, the issue mostly impacts aircraft because the frequencies that...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 8, 2016 at 08:18 AM, in Mac News
Speaking from bitter experience, if someone can... 172 Views / 2 Replies  
Speaking from bitter experience, if someone can afford an iPhone 7, they can afford the difference between an AT&T plan and one from Verizon. In the college town where I live, only Verizon has decent...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 6, 2016 at 01:33 PM, in Mac News
It'd be great if Broadcom and Apple would enable... 122 Views / 1 Replies  
It'd be great if Broadcom and Apple would enable the FM radio portion of Broadcom chips in the iPhone 7. That would add a new feature and be a major plus for users. If a major quake hits California,...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 5, 2016 at 12:56 PM, in Mac News
Leaving Next to work for Alphabet? Someone who... 172 Views / 3 Replies  
Leaving Next to work for Alphabet? Someone who didn't know better would think both companies make preschool toys.
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 4, 2016 at 01:16 PM, in Mac News
Sigh, yet another illustration that, under the... 124 Views / 4 Replies  
Sigh, yet another illustration that, under the thumb of Sir Ives, Apple is becoming more a jewelry company than a high-tech firm. If I were an engineer at Apple, I'd resign and go where engineers get...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 2, 2016 at 01:49 PM, in Mac News
How typically coastal Californian, frightened... 168 Views / 3 Replies  
How typically coastal Californian, frightened spitless by unlikely risks while ignoring far more important issues (here the ecological impact of that location) and unable to even be consistent in...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 2, 2016 at 09:28 AM, in Mac News
Apple, Google, and Tesla as competitors? All... 525 Views / 9 Replies  
Apple, Google, and Tesla as competitors? All three should face the fact that for each their real competitors are existing automakers who have huge, highly automated factories, and know how to build...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 2, 2016 at 09:17 AM, in Mac News
I should add additional comments about your great... 191 Views / 4 Replies  
I should add additional comments about your great iPhone remarks. In high school, at the end of our trignometry class, the teacher told us we now knew all there was to know about the subject, there...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 1, 2016 at 08:49 AM, in Mac News
Steve Wilkinson is right. When that other Steve... 191 Views / 4 Replies  
Steve Wilkinson is right. When that other Steve (Jobs) came back, Apple had too many products for their marketshare. He was right to simplify. Now, Apple has a far larger marketshare, yet it persists...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 1, 2016 at 08:37 AM, in Mac News
Quote: "Bezos revealed it has more than 1,000... 136 Views / 2 Replies  
Quote: "Bezos revealed it has more than 1,000 employees working on its Alexa digital assistant and the Echo device range." If Amazon can do that, why can't it put a couple of employees onto adding a...
Posted by Inkling, on Jun 1, 2016 at 08:16 AM, in Mac News
Chaaalie and Mike make a good points. Perhaps... 737 Views / 12 Replies  
Chaaalie and Mike make a good points. Perhaps the best solution is to get Facebook to drop this apartment complex, citing their bullying of Facebook members. The result would be the exactly opposite...
Posted by Inkling, on May 31, 2016 at 02:36 PM, in Mac News
Not state of the art is just bureaucratic speak... 550 Views / 7 Replies  
Not state of the art is just bureaucratic speak for "no stores until you manufacture here." Apple should use the need to build in India as an opportunity to create the Mac laptop/desktop equivalent...
Posted by Inkling, on May 30, 2016 at 08:13 AM, in Mac News
If you write anything with chapters, get it. The... 111 Views / 1 Replies  
If you write anything with chapters, get it. The organization tools beat anything in Microsoft Word. It synchs marvelously via Dropbox and soon there'll be an iOS version for iPhones and iPads....
Posted by Inkling, on May 30, 2016 at 07:56 AM, in Mac News
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