When Jennifer Null tries to buy a plane ticket, she gets an error message on most websites. The site will say she has left the surname field blank and ask her to try again.
These people are real life Bobby Tables.
Around the time Opera rebuilt their browser on Blink, they spun off the email client into a separate program.
Opera's M2 email client was always fast and scaled enormously. I use it with an IMAP server and 20,000 emails in one folder is a piece of cake. The spam filtering is Bayesian and learns pretty fast. The file storage is not one monolithic file and it supports a number of import formats. HTML editor is toggleable, as is autodownload if images. Multiple accounts are a snap. And the search is also very fast.
I had to change from a Linux desktop to a MacBookPro for work. It really only confirmed why I had never been interested in buying one for myself.
There are UI features in OS X which are clearly "Apple has always done things this way and we don't understand how you could want things different". The Unix-underneath is pretty good, but the BSD-ish toolchain is annoyingly out-of-date. The hardware support is (of course) excellent, but the keyboard is sadly a triumph of form over function - I use an external keyboard whenever I can.
I still wish I had my Linux desktop back.
No, even VHS records them separately. It's just that S-VHS decks not only have better comb filters but provide access to the separated signal paths (S-video).
DropBox expects an internet connection - it simply doesn't work _at all_ without that. Or at least, it did when I looked at it for my WiFi-only tablet. This was not a good user experience.
Ubuntu One does not expect an Internet connection. Instead it caches all the meta-data; you only need an Internet connection to actually get a file or send an update. Much better user experience.
DropBox, by design, expects an internet connection to work. Ubuntu One does not, except to actually transfer an update, because it caches the meta data. This is a _major_ usability improvement on a tablet that is WiFi-only, for instance.
It's cheaper for Apple to change that law than to provide repairs.
It's more profitable for the lawmakers to change that law than to force Apple to provide repairs.
Therefore, the law will be changed.
Capitalist Oligarchy 101.
Apple is far from the only company affected by stronger consumer protection laws. I doubt they are even the largest company. And it is an area of law they cannot ignore because the regulator has teeth, which is what the top story is all about. Consumer advocate groups have been campaigning for a long time about these rights. If Apple tried to Make Them Go Away, they would find themselves in quite a lot more hot water.
The correct solution, of course, is for them to make sure their products are actually made to last the typical lifetime people expect from them. Which is exactly what the latest consumer protection laws are designed to encourage.
The system was down for backups from 5am to 10am last Saturday.