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+ - Apple May Start Accepting Android Phones As Trade-Ins

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Bloomberg reports that according to a person with knowledge of the matter, Apple plans to start accepting non-Apple devices as trade-ins as the company seeks to extend market-share gains against Android smartphones. Apple is seeking to fuel even more iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales after selling 74.5 million units in the last three months of 2014. Thanks to record sales, shipments of iPhones surpassed Android in the US with 47.7 percent of the market compared with Android’s 47.6 percent. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook Apple "experienced the highest Android switcher rate in any of the last three launches in the three previous years." While Android phones don’t hold their value as well as iPhones, it still makes sense for Apple Stores to accept them, says Israel Ganot, former CEO of Gazelle Inc., an online mobile device trade-in company. “Apple can afford to pay more than the market value to get you to switch over," says Ganot, "on the idea that you’re going to fall in love with the iOS ecosystem and stay for a long time.""

+ - Uber shut down in multiple countries following raids->

Submitted by wired_parrot
wired_parrot (768394) writes "Worldwide raids were carried out against Uber offices in Germany, France and South Korea. In Germany, the raids followed a court ruling banning Uber from operating without a license. In Paris, raids followed an investigation into deceptive practices. And in South Korea, 30 people, including Uber's CEO, were charged with running an illegal taxi service."
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+ - The first stars in the Universe were invisible

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "You'd think it would be enough to form some stars, and "let there be light" would be a reality. But these stars don't become visible for literally hundreds of millions of years until after they form. It's not that they don't emit light — they do — but rather that the Universe is opaque to that light for up to half a billion years after those stars form. While modern telescopes like Hubble are inherently limited by this fact, the James Webb Space Telescope, which will observe in wavelengths that these dusty particles ought to be transparent to, might be able to finally probe the true light from the very first stars."

Comment: Re:Gotta disagree strongly . . . (Score 1) 109

by flargleblarg (#48857929) Attached to: <em>Star Trek Continues</em> Kickstarter 2.0
Watched Mind-Sifter. I liked it. They got the lighting and the camera style all wrong, though, whereas Star Trek Continues nails these things. Mind-Sifter did not at all feel to me like a a continuation of 60s Trek — it felt more like a reboot. I appreicate that they tried, but they missed the mark. I did really enjoy the tip of the hat to "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", though, which was playing on the B&W television. :)

+ - Fedora 21 Released-> 2

Submitted by linuxscreenshot
linuxscreenshot (3888545) writes "The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of Fedora 21, ready to run on your desktops, servers and in the cloud. Fedora 21 is a game-changer for the Fedora Project, and we think you're going to be very pleased with the results. As part of the initiative, Fedora 21 comes in three flavors: Cloud, Server, and Workstation. The Fedora Workstation is a new take on desktop development from the Fedora community. Our goal is to pick the best components, and integrate and polish them. This work results in a more polished and targeted system than you've previously seen from the Fedora desktop.

Here are screenshots for Fedora 21 GNOME, KDE, Xfce, LXDE, and MATE"

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Comment: Re:Let's shit all over the customers (Score 1) 130

Because they don't really innovate anymore and most of what they do is a regression. The Mac Mini is a perfect example. It really not only failed to advance but in some ways went backwards.

Ya, definitely disappointing there. But on the other hand, doesn't it have a higher CPU-power-per-watt rating? I imagine that this matters more to some people than pure CPU horsepower.

The newer OS upgrades are more about selling you some crap you don't want or need than increasing productivity. Mountain Lion was the last OS that actually seemed like an improvement. My computer ran better with that installation but Mavricks really seems sluggish, so much so I wiped the drive and went back to ML.

Huh, I've noticed the opposite with Mavericks. I only recently (a month ago) upgraded, but I have noticed significantly better battery life with it — especially with Safari not chewing up as many idle CPU cycles.

I hate that upgrades are tied to the Apple Store now. Why???

Ya, that drives me nuts too. However, I think it should still be possible to extract a .dmg installation image after downloading the update and before installing. I did that with Lion in 2011. Downloaded it once from the App Store and installed it on multiple systems from that disk image.

So many little things bother me whereas when I first installed OS X I found the little things to be where they excelled.

Yeah, that's a good point. Not much exciting anymore. And Yosemite looks like a huge step backward in the graphic design department. It's all ugly and flat. I don't look forward to being forced to upgrade to it someday.

I find myself using my Linux laptop more and more over the Mac for general computing use. For video work I still use it but now that I've got ffmpeg fixed from the avconv debacle I'm starting to work with Linux more in that area too. If only hardware manufacturers would support Linux more.

Understandable... But how does any of this mean that Apple is becoming less relevant in the computer world? I think most people out there just don't care or notice.

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.