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    Voice Assistants Dying, Alexa $10 Billion Loss Expected in 2022

    I'm starting to appreciate HomePods more, and that's saying something given how behind Apple has been in the voice assistant game. Siri is less capable than Alexa or Google Assistant, there's no question about that. But it also isn't trying to pitch you on Black Friday deals or rope you into a...
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    Microsoft cancels "new" console

    I wouldn't say "never" (I rarely deal in absolutes), but I wouldn't be surprised if game streaming fizzles out. Latency and costs can go down — the challenge is getting enough game developers to offer their games in the cloud, whatever the pricing model looks like. And I'd say 2FA is a minor...
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    Apple Sued for Allegedly Deceiving Users With Privacy Settings

    It's important not to let Apple off the hook, but it is true that Apple is still generally more respectful of data privacy. And crucially, moral absolutism doesn't last long in the tech world. It's important to consider privacy, but the folks who are completely rigid about it don't have many...
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    big jump in price from 4k to 5k. why?

    The webcam quality problems were the result of... unfinished firmware, frankly. I don't know why Apple shipped the Studio Display in such a rough state. It's still not the best camera, to be clear, but with Center Stage and all it's certainly better than some. The speakers won't replace a good...
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    big jump in price from 4k to 5k. why?

    It's $1,599 and includes a solid webcam (now that the firmware is sorted), actually-good speakers and a Thunderbolt hub with 96W laptop charging, so I wouldn't say it's without value. But yes, you're partly paying for the Apple design. I'll admit that it makes the most sense for someone like me...
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    Microsoft cancels "new" console

    Oh, I didn't say it's the smartest strategy, just that it's what Microsoft is doing. And it'll be difficult to offer cheaply as the cost of maintaining suitable hardware and bandwidth isn't cheap. As I've said in the past: game streaming shows promise, but the technology and business model just...
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    big jump in price from 4k to 5k. why?

    Higher pixel density, and it's particularly useful for content creators. You can watch or edit a 4K video without losing detail in windowed mode, and it's helpful for photography and image creation as well. Don't get me wrong, 4K is fine for many people, but having used a 5K iMac for years...
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    Microsoft cancels "new" console

    That's the way it seems to be going, and probably the best route. Samsung TVs now have that Xbox cloud gaming app, so your up-front cost is exactly zero beyond the TV and the controller you already needed. I don't think these services are aimed at people with low income. They're meant more for...
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    Boomer iWatch Question

    There's a Family Setup feature that lets you configure cellular Apple Watches for kids. You need a host iPhone (one of the parents'), an Apple ID for each person and cellular plans for the watches. You can limit the features your daughters can use, and even set up a "Schooltime" mode that...
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    Microsoft cancels "new" console

    A streaming-only device would be fine... just not at $130. I'd say $99 is the magic mark; more of a conspicuous gap, but high enough that Microsoft can pack some better hardware inside than the usual Chromecasts and Fire Sticks. The irony is that the new Apple TV 4K might be a better value at...
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    Microsoft cancels "new" console

    It's not strictly a cancellation so much as a "when it makes sense" hiatus. It could be dead forever, or it could show up next year. Whatever the reason, it's an acknowledgment that game streaming is difficult to sell in the current environment. It's certainly tough when the Xbox Series S is on...
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    HTPC - no more?

    The reality is that most people don't rip discs, pirate shows or otherwise need to stream files elsewhere on their network. They either play discs directly (less and less common) or are happy to watch digital purchases, rentals and subscription content. For that matter, most people want to go...
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    Apple Sued for Allegedly Deceiving Users With Privacy Settings

    Source code definitely isn't a guarantee of privacy. That and it's a bit amusing to hear people cry "Android is open source!" when the flavors of Android nearly everyone uses have closed-source code in the OS and apps. It's a bit like claiming that macOS is open because you can poke around the...
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    Apple announced a partnership with Globalstar for better Satalite services

    To add some meat to this thread: the satellite SOS feature is active now in the US and Canada. It'll come to France, Germany, Ireland and the UK in December. As before, it's not something that will make you rush out to buy an iPhone 14 or 14 Pro any time soon. If you're already getting one...
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    Apple Sued for Allegedly Deceiving Users With Privacy Settings

    It's good to keep Apple accountable, as mentioned earlier. At the same time, this isn't quite a horrible affront to humanity; it's a problem to fix. As it stands, it's amusing to see folks decry Apple as terrible for something like this, but raise relatively little objection over the everyday...
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    Musk to cut half of Twitter jobs and end remote work for the rest, report says

    Wow, lots of assertions made without meaningful evidence and plenty of hyper-partisan spin. Simply asserting that Musk is firing "government propagandists" doesn't make it true. And I'm sorry, but Ukraine was invaded in an unprovoked action by a nationalist dictator whose army has committed...
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    Musk to cut half of Twitter jobs and end remote work for the rest, report says

    Oh, you don't have to feel especially sorry for them (these are frequently well-off Bay Area residents, after all), just understand that it's still an unfortunate moment and that they're not necessarily deserving of what happened. They often have families to support. And simply speaking, life's...
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    Musk to cut half of Twitter jobs and end remote work for the rest, report says

    Can we get this thread back on track, please? For that matter, I'd rather show empathy and kindness to laid off employees instead of finding excuses to demonize them, especially when those excuses are built on broad assumptions rather than evidence.
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    iPhone 14 / iPhone 14 Pro

    I would only make the leap if you really want the always-on display. The 12 Pro Max is still fast, takes great photos and offers many of the other creature comforts of modern phones; wait another year and you'll likely get considerably more for the money.
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    Musk to cut half of Twitter jobs and end remote work for the rest, report says

    You'd have to show that the revenue from limiting ads to a handful of stars will offset the loss from advertising to a large chunk of Twitter's userbase. I'm not sure that would actually happen.
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    Musk to cut half of Twitter jobs and end remote work for the rest, report says

    I don't know if we can even say "at least a few." This is one of those allegations that needs directly supporting evidence. Twitter does need to ensure its long-term financial health, but the solution is likely more nuanced than Musk would care to admit. People like him love the thought of a...
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    Musk to cut half of Twitter jobs and end remote work for the rest, report says

    So they dramatically limit their reach versus running ads across most of Twitter? That doesn't strike me as a very smart business strategy.
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    Musk to cut half of Twitter jobs and end remote work for the rest, report says

    Eh, it's not quite that simple. On top of what Lakados said, guns are just one narrow slice of the pie. There's not much point to catering to gun makers and stores if it costs a bunch of large advertisers. And not to take this too far off track, but no good platform takes advertising for doctors...
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    Musk to cut half of Twitter jobs and end remote work for the rest, report says

    Musk also hasn't implemented any major content policy changes yet. As it is, he's talked about forming a council that would determine the company's approach before there are any big revisions. It is true that Musk didn't kick anyone out right away, but if that's the case, there's even less...
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    Musk to cut half of Twitter jobs and end remote work for the rest, report says

    Can we focus on the business part of Twitter's reorg rather than right-wing fantasies of what it entails, please? Simply speaking, Musk is out of his depth. He seems more concerned about the optics of acting quickly and dramatically than an intelligent, nuanced review of what's working and what...
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    iPhone 14 / iPhone 14 Pro

    Anything stand out? I imagine the always-on display remains the big hook, but I'm curious about your camera experience and general take. I'm not about to rush to replace my 13 Pro, but if my wife can snag a 14 Pro at a discount on installments...
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    Musk to cut half of Twitter jobs and end remote work for the rest, report says

    Not necessarily. Musk is nothing if not an impulsive man who makes sweeping decisions he has to (at least partly) reverse as his dreams clash with reality. See the whole "free speech utopia" myth we've been discussing here. It's entirely possible that he had grand visions of a lean headcount...
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    Get your shovels ready: it's time to bury old iMacs

    Folks don't seem to completely understand what Apple's definition of "obsolete" means. It doesn't mean that a product stops working, that there will never be software updates, or that there will be no way to fix it if it breaks. It only means that Apple and authorized shops will no longer...
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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro

    It's a fixed-focus camera, so there's only so much Google can do even with its AI wizardry. I do question why Google cheaped out in that area; an upgraded sensor wouldn't be that much more expensive or space-consuming. The Pixel 7 line is still a tremendous value, but this is why people still...
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    Facebook Parent Company Meta loses record $230B in one day.

    TikTok is one of those services where the quality depends entirely on who you follow and what you like. I don't use it a whole lot, but my "following" feed is mostly science, political discussion and geek culture. Just need to seek it out.
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    iPhone 14 / iPhone 14 Pro

    There are times I think Apple succeeds with products simply because it doesn't trip up as often as its peers. If Google and Samsung are the entitled sports stars who miss practice and occasionally whiff games, Apple is that ruthlessly competent player who rarely stands out, but is always...
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    iPhone 14 / iPhone 14 Pro

    That's going to be huge... I was itching to upgrade from the 7 to an XS back in 2018, so I can only imagine what it'll be like for your dad. And I'm in your boat; I'd love an always-on display, but not so much that I'd replace my year-old phone to get it. I'll probably be content to wait until 2024.
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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro

    I suspect you might have tried this, but try registering the same finger more than once. That can improve the chances of getting in the first time. Shouldn't be necessary, of course, but it can make life easier.
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    Looking for a new phone Moto G100 or like.

    Not to dissuade you from your choices, but there are definitely Bluetooth earbuds/headphones with low latency (Apple's AirPods are a good example, but there are Android equivalents). And Bluetooth 5 transmits at 2Mbps — if that's enough to bog down your network, you have larger concerns.
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    Looking for a new phone Moto G100 or like.

    The Galaxy A53 debuted this year and doesn't have a headphone jack. The A52 did, but it's not set to get more than four years of security updates and is now over a year old.
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    Looking for a new phone Moto G100 or like.

    The Moto G100 seems like a decent option if you aren't concerned about camera quality. The problem is that Motorola is notorious for poor update support. The G100 only just got Android 12 in July, and the current indications are that it won't get Android 13 (not any time soon, certainly). If...
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    iPad Pro 2022 with M2 chip

    Now if Apple could just port Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro... I have to admit, I occasionally pine for the day when an iPad is robust enough that I can do my job at least as well as I do on a conventional computer, just with a truly touch-native interface (i.e. not Windows' somewhat tacked-on UI)...
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    iPad Pro 2022 with M2 chip

    If you can get a particularly good deal on the 2021 version, maybe. If it's only modest, though, I'd rather get the latest version and know that it'll last that much longer. The M2, Pencil hover and other features can add up.
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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro

    Exactly. $900 is a lot to spend, even if it's more affordable than an iPhone 14 Pro Max or Galaxy S22+. And it makes the iPhone 14 Plus look like a better bargain in some respects. You're not getting a telephoto lens or 120Hz display, but you are getting more consistent camera quality for the money.
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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro

    I look at it this way: there's a reason why Pixels are priced below the iPhones and Galaxies of the world. They're good values precisely because Google is very strategic about the components it invests in — it's willing to cut corners in areas where people don't always notice. Usually in smart...
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