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Submission + - Apple removes Finder for Airpods app from its store

Ecuador writes: There was a $3.99 app that helped you find your Airpod if it was within bluetooth range. Even though it had a limited range, it might have been useful for some people to avoid Apple's $69 replacement fee. But Apple has apparently pulled the app with no explanation. According to the developer's reddit post:
"Yeah, just got off the phone with them. They didn't find anything wrong with the app itself, but rather they they didn't like the 'concept' of people finding their Airpods and hence was deemed 'not appropriate for the App Store'."
What is interesting, if what the developer is saying is true (it is a Reddit post after all), is that Apple does allow similar apps (from the same developer) for finding other devices (Fitbit, Jawbone), so they don't like the concept specifically as it applies to the Airpods. The speculation is that they either have similar functionality planned, or they really like that $69 replacement fee.

Comment Re:"Business practices" (Score 2) 84

Do the developers still get paid 70% with these increased prices?

I assume the percentage is the same, but, interestingly, if you are not a US developer with mainly US sales, the currency conversions Apple does further reduce this. For example I am UK based and I have a little app which sells mainly in the US, and I end up closer to 60% than 70% after the conversions. I'd tell you more precisely, but it varies a bit per month and it is hard to calculate because the reports are a bit convoluted in that part (at least they were the last time I checked, almost a year ago). If it was not a hobby app and I actually expected to make a living off of it, I'd be rather annoyed... Still not the worst part of the Apple ecosystem...

Comment Re:I get this... (Score 1, Informative) 405

It's been 5-6 years, since I am currently in Europe, but last time it was $90/night to get a pyramid suite with jacuzzi at the Luxor. Turn off the lights, and relax in your jacuzzi under the starry sky - since, you know, you're in a huge glass pyramid (the largest one intended for the living) and so the glass "wall" in your jacuzzi room is also the ceiling... A year later I paid 500 euro/night in Rome for a seemingly well-rated hotel with jacuzzi suites (yes, I like my jacuzzis), and it was mediocre compared to the Luxor room.
For the buffets you have to find the good ones ;) In general, casinos make a most of their money from gamblers, so the rest of the folks can find some great deals.

Comment I get this... (Score 4, Insightful) 405

Ok, I get this particular instance, it is sort of "cheating", but I still cannot get over how you are somehow not allowed to USE YOUR BRAIN to count cards in order to win in a casino. Yes, I know it is not illegal to count cards (I mean how would someone go around proving it beyond reasonable doubt), but casinos (except in NJ) are allowed to ban players who can win, which is mostly the same thing.
Anyway, I try not to think about it too much (to avoid having my brain explode), and I just enjoy going to Las Vegas, with the inexpensive luxurious hotels, nice buffets, shows etc and before I leave I try to do my part sustaining the system by dropping a quarter in a slot machine ;)

Comment Re:I'm all for protecting the consumer (Score 0) 159

Huh, that seems to indicate that all MSRPs, at least the way they work currently all over the world, are in violation. Are you telling me that, in Canada, unlike any other country I've been to, there is no such thing as silly MSRPs slapped on items when you go to stores or when you shop online? If that is so, I guess should be penalized.

Comment I'm all for protecting the consumer (Score 1, Interesting) 159

I'm all for protecting the consumer, but this sounds like that Canadian agency had a $1m budget deficit and they wanted to cover it fast. Sure, MSRPs are stupid and it would be nice to get rid of them, but how is the retailer supposed to know the manufacturer/supplier has them "inflated". Are they supposed to go all-Sherlock for each item they sell?

Comment Ehh, so what are they offering? (Score 1) 94

Ehh, so what are they offering? For extra $$, I'd expect an integrator to cherry pick the CPU's they get to provide me with one that can do 5GHz (which is not that huge of an overclock anyway, I mean I was around during the Celeron 300A era!), otherwise they are offering nothing. There is no such thing as "professional overclocking" when we are talking about a simple air-cooled system that lets you control clock speed and voltage, you simply try to go higher and run a benchmark to check stability and it all depends on how lucky you were with the CPU you got. And people who'd overclock usually enjoy the actual process of figuring that out. The only service they should charge for is guaranteed overclock, to remove the luck-factor from the equation.

On another note, AMD'd better come up with something decent fast, otherwise Intel is going to stagnate some more (performance and price-wise).

Comment Here is the support ticket (Score 4, Interesting) 177

Here is the entire support ticket the guy opened:
It seems that they have in their TOS a line that says:

8. We reserve the right to refuse service and disable a customer’s key at any time for any reason

Also, they are lying in that it was just one employee that did this. From the ticket you can see an employee was answering the ticket at first, but then "Rick" took over, who appears to be "Rick Ruhl", a co-owner of HRD software, and throws gems like this to the stunned customer:

You are not buying software, you are buying your callsign's access to the software. ...
Again refer to section 8 of the TOS, which was written by our Attorney. ...
See you in court.


Comment It depends on the theater, and the price (Score 1) 341

At home I watch on a 55" plasma screen from about 2.5 meters distance, or at my other home a 120" screen (DLP projection) from about 3-3.5m away and always with a decent 5.1 channel home theater system. This means that going to about 80% of cinemas out there is actually a downgrade, either in terms of screen angular size, or audio (it is harder to make good audio on a huge room, and especially when targeting many seating positions - at least if you want to keep costs in check). The rest might be similar or a little better than the home setup, but I'd not really pay a premium for them, so I guess if I had the option of a similar price to watch it at home, I'd probably take it - I don't particularly prefer the movie theater as an experience, especially when it is crowded, there are other things I could do with a night out. However, $25-$50 seems a bit of a stretch since I'd go to the theater just with the wife, i.e. spending $15-$25 on tickets. I would not spend extra for that either, I'd probably wait and get it for either free with my streaming plan or at a low price.
Now, there is a cinema to which I still go, usually once or twice a month. That's the giant IMAX (not the "liemax" smallish screens popping out). The 26m wide screen experience (with amphitheatric seating) and great sound cannot be emulated at home. For example Dr. Strange was amazing watching there. So, I only go to the Imax regularly and for a movie that has a strong "visual" component I would not consider watching at home instead.

Comment Re:Labor Participation Rate, the Unmentionable... (Score 2) 533

Well, Labor Participation Rate vs Unemployment is not just about people who stopped looking for a job, it is also about people who don't need a job, so it is not a particularly better metric.
Unemployment rate has always been "underreporting" by a margin that is open to debate. If this margin is relatively stable throughout the years, then unemployment rate is a good *comparative* tool. Do you have any sources that say that the current unemployment rate is more severely underreporting unemployment and thus not comparable to historic rates? If yes, then you have a point, otherwise.. no.

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