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Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 67

by a0me (#47794619) Attached to: Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung
Regarding Google Maps, I found that their quality depend entirely of who they're getting their mapping data from. In Japan, they're getting it from the biggest local mapping company there is, and as a result Google Maps are way ahead of OpenStreetMap/Apple Maps, and even other companies that use the same base data (Bing, Yahoo!, etc.).

Comment: Re:So long, ComiXology (Score 1) 244

by a0me (#46857543) Attached to: Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology
It's a lot of work because ComiXology's website requires my credit card info, which I'm not giving to them (or Apple, for that matter) and that I pay for the exchange rate on top of that (I live abroad). With IAPs I don't need to give my credit card info to anyone and there's no exchange rate fees either.

Comment: So long, ComiXology (Score 1) 244

by a0me (#46851719) Attached to: Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology
For all current customers on iOS, here's the fix: 1: Install the new ComiXology app. 2: Leave a one star review in the App Store. 3: Launch the app, go to Purchases and hit Restore in the purchases tab to sync Apple purchases with the web 3: Log into comixology website to use the $5 voucher they gave you. 4: Download Marvel https://itunes.apple.com/en/ap..., Image https://itunes.apple.com/jp/ap... and DC https://itunes.apple.com/en/ap... apps. Check purchases have synced to those. 6: Delete both ComiXology apps and Use Image / Marvel / DC instead.

Comment: Re:LAN Streaming (Score 1) 140

by a0me (#42174405) Attached to: Valve Officially Launches TV-Friendly Steam Big Picture Mode

They should consider creating making a LAN version of game streaming, you have a small thin client hooked up to your TV but all all the work is done by your beast desktop in the next room. The biggest hindrance to their current setup is that most people don't have their computer hooked up to their TV because they use it for other things than just gaming. They could call it Steaming (Steam + Streaming). :)

Apple TV

Comment: Re:It means Apple has peaked (Score 1) 487

by a0me (#41816161) Attached to: Shake-up at Apple: Forstall Out; iOS Executive Fired For Maps Debacle?

The whole point you are making happened many years ago, arguably before Steve came back. Every "innovation" Apple has had over the past ten years was someone else's idea given just enough refinement and advertising to get consumers to like it.

Smartphone, that was IBM, Microsoft, Sony, and RIM long before Apple. Apple just managed to consumerize ideas from the corporate tool world. The same goes for tablets. Microsoft never moved their primary UI to be compatible before now with touch and stylus interaction, but Gates kept evangelizing the concept until Jobs actually went and had a regular OS trimmed and locked down to where touch was easy for the uninitiated. Even the iPod was nowhere near the first or best MP3 player, but Apple managed to leverage iTunes and advertising, never superior hardware, to sell lots of hardware. Ultrabook (MBA)? Fujitsu, Sony, NEC, and Toshiba had powerful fully spec'd ultra compact laptops available overseas for 5 or 6 years prior (Dynamism was the primary importer for US buyers).

Apple is not losing their edge, they are simply having to compete now that other OEMs and software developers have had time to develop consumer, rather than professionally oriented products, in markets which have been gestating for several years. Apple has never done well competing on even ground.

The innovation is that Apple takes an existing product that hasn't found its market, refines it and turns it into something that consumers want. This is what they've done since the original iMac, and what -I believe- most Apple users expect from the company.

Comment: Re:"Cut Costs" (Score 1) 113

by a0me (#41727847) Attached to: Japan Getting Real-Time Phone Call Translator App
Although to be honest the day when machine translation can be considered a viable tool is not even close, particularly when you deal with non-latin languages like Japanese. If you add to this fact that speech recognition software is still far from perfect, human translation is not going to be replaced by software for at least a few more decades.

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