Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by editor, Mar 15, 2012.
Apple now powered globally by '100% renewable energy'
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All very well. But regarding its new HQ - the more significant energy use comes from how its employees get to and from work. And it's designed for them all to come individually by car if they want. There's an enormous parking garage with 10,000 spaces. It's horrendous.
Tim Cook calls the new Apple headquarters "the greenest building on the planet". It's not.
This looks like the dreadful car-centric plans that emerged in the grim 70s:
Anyway, back to the footprint, I suspect theres incentives to use electric vehicles, and plenty of charging stations!
Pity though that the batteries are glued into their laptops and the RAM is soldered on.
Impressive work for a company of that size.
Would be if it were true.
Apple Is Deleting Bought Films From iTunes Accounts - And Don't Expect A Refund
This seems like a particularly cunty move by Apple. Thankfully I never really bought into the world of the iTunes store. Seems like I was justified in my suspicions.
I've suffered with this in music.
It's totally out of order! You buy something expecting to own it for life, and they just withdraw it at a whim with no guarantee of a refund.
This is class action lawsuit territory no?
I don't use it since the introduction of apple music and started keeping back ups of the files as they're drm free.
It's a worrying landscape, at not just Apple to worry about on this front when you buy things. Microsoft wanted to go down this route on the Xbox One, and got the backlash. Obviously the store exists, but what about when they decide to remove it from their servers years down the line when Xbox One et al is no longer supported.
There's a reason Nintendo released mini versions of the NES and SNES, people love nostalgia.
Imagine pulling your old console out the loft, and not being able to play a game, because, well, the servers don't exist anymore.
Media will remain king for a while yet, and piracy will remain because of these risks with streaming services. People want to own stuff.
I imagine you'd have the same problem with Sky if you decided to cancel your account. I know you can get the disc with some purchases, but still. Why would anyone buy something on sky store without the option of the media as well.
Definitely happens with Amazon too - there have been cases where people have had books removed from their Kindles.
And appropriately it was Orwell's "1984" that was being deleted, if I remember correctly.
Something to do with the publisher not having rights.
Amazon Settles Kindle
This is a troubling development, and it's something I've always worried about with digital media. I still buy almost all my music as CDs, and rip the to FLAC myself.
Although I've got to admit that the Forbes article is a little thin on evidence, especially regarding the question of refunds.
So some people have lost movies that they purchased, and it seems that the people DID generally get refunds, except for this one guy in Canada. Oh, and I couldn't be bothered actually waiting for Apple's official response before posting this story. Not particularly good journalism, IMO.
More new products on the way.
Expect iPads, MacBooks, possible rumours of new AirPods as the current ones seem to be out of stock everywhere and wait for it.......
A new Mac mini!!!
Although don’t expect it to be cheap. It’s rumoured the new Mac mini will actually be a ‘pro’ type device with high specs. The current model is now 4 years old and the tech in it is well past its best for the price. People have been hoping for a refresh for years but many of those wanted something in the same vain as the current one. Affordable as a full MacOS desktop system where you provide your own kvm. However it’s looking the affordable part may not be on Apples radar. Which will delight apples critics.
Also could we see the beginning of the end of the lightning port in favour of USB-C?
Apple Invites Media to October 30th Event in New York City
New airpods could be interesting. I think they're the most genuinely useful thing they've bought out in years.
Aside from better battery life, not sure how they could improve them. New colours? Black or graphite would be nice. Noise cancellation would be sweet, or conversely some kind of mic which aids hearing the outside world while at the same time also listening to music.
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Apple's new iPad Pros swap Lightning ports for USB-C
New iPad Pros pack larger displays thanks to Face ID
Apple's new Mac mini is all about increased power (Price starts at $799 and looks a good piece of kit)
Apple finally put a Retina display in the MacBook Air (starts at $1,199 though)
No new airpods announced though, interesting.
I may regret posting this! Here goes...
Get ready to pay Apple $9 for an iPad headphone dongle
I think people might have a bit of a right to feel like they're being taken for a ride here.
Apple have had to pull the watch 5.1 software update today as it seems to be bricking watch 4's. So if you've got one, and it offers to update, avoid.
Some people moaning about issues with the ios 12.1 update, but my phone has been fine.
I've waited quite some years for a modern mac to exist that I actually wanted. The updated mac mini seems to fit that bill so I shall give it a try. I will use an eGPU with it at some point too. Interested in how loud the mac mini will be, as in the meantime I've been rather spoilt by building huge and quiet pc towers.
eGPU imposes a 20-30% performance hit if you're gaming at 1080p.
Yes, I look forward to testing that sort of thing out for myself. I've got a beefy PC for gaming though, will be using the mac to develop things with Unity that require a decent GPU, but dont need maximum possible performance while developing. Like the new compute-shader based visual effects graph for Unity.
There's a fb group called mac pro upgrades where they take old mac pro cases, and just max the fuck out of them....... don't know if thats of interest to you as an alternative.
Thanks. Not really the direction I'm going in, since I sold my old Mac Pro 2008 model a couple of years ago, and have no more space for towers after recently building a new PC of reasonably silly specification and size. I'm not a bit fan of iMacs or the trash can Mac Pro, so I had to fill in a couple of years by going down the hackintosh route, which worked out quite well but I really need a fully legit/standard system for reporting bugs during development using Unity etc.
The new ipad pro is more powerful than any laptop Apple currently sell (multi core rating. single core, there are just 3 laptop models that can beat it, and not by much). Apple will transition all their computers to their own ARM chips in the medium term; it's almost certain now.
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