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Apple Will Use Drones To Improve the Quality of Apple Maps (bloomberg.com) 44

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps service and catch longtime leader Google (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternate link), according to people familiar with the matter. The Cupertino, California-based company is assembling a team of robotics and data-collection experts that will use drones to capture and update map information faster than its existing fleet of camera-and-sensor ladened minivans, one of the people said. Apple wants to fly drones around to do things like examine street signs, track changes to roads and monitor if areas are under construction, the person said. The data collected would be sent to Apple teams that rapidly update the Maps app to provide fresh information to users, the person added. Apple is also developing new features for Maps, including views inside buildings and improvements to car navigation, another person familiar with the efforts said. Apple filed for an exemption on Sept. 21, 2015, from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones for commercial purposes, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg News. At that time, exemptions were required to commercially operate drones. In a response dated March 22, 2016, the FAA granted Apple approval to "operate an unmanned aircraft system to conduct data collection, photography, and videography," according to one of the documents. Apple's application told the FAA that it would use a range of drones sold by companies such as SZ DJI Technology Co. and Aibotix GmbH to collect the data. Apple has hired at least one person from Amazon's Prime Air division to help run the drone team, one of the people said.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 239

This is probably a very regional thing. In my neighborhood the UPS, USPS and Fedex people take turns screwing up royally. I'm still not sure how USPS can deliver to the wrong house in a neighborhood (giving my packages to neighbors instead of me) when they come to the house every damn day. UPS is generally better but have the same problem on occasion and Fedex is just plain awful here.

Submission + - Why iOS Mobile App Development Rules The App Market? (akshartechnologies.com)

An anonymous reader writes: App development for the Android market is more expensive and for app developers, it’s that user experience that can really make all the difference for what they want to create. They want their apps to shine for whatever business they may be working for, and thanks to iOS’s streamlined, clean look, many designers will choose to use that platform instead of Android.

Comment Bring back Home Ec (Score 1) 908

Screw statistics, if you want practical bring back Home ec and teach basic accounting, teach about credit cards, checking, saving, mortgages, etc. That's far more useful to force upon everyone. That said if you can't get through Algebra II with at least a C in high school you probably aren't cut out to tie your shoelaces let alone become any of the professions the article mentions.

Comment Underwhelming Apple TV Rumors (Score 1) 244

The rumors of the new Apple TV don't even sound compelling. As of the latest rumors I've seen there is no HDMI 2.0 or "4K" support. So if they don't upgrade again for 2-3 years then thats a long time ignoring 4k content which they could charge a premium for streaming 4k content now as its still not mass market.

They seem to be pushing IoT and making the Apple TV the smart hub for the house. That 'could' be interesting, but it also could be a completely unused feature for 99% of customers and go no where.

Comment TV is better now (Score 1) 400

People seem to forget the other angle. In fighting for our entertainment time, TV has gotten much much better in the last 10 years. Instead of just dumb sitcoms there are now amazing shows like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and many many others that are as good or better than anything hollywood has been doing with movies. So now we have a choice of watching amazing TV shows for free/marginal cost or the huge cost of going to a theater with all the detractors that have been listed time and time again on here. How many get a Netflix subscription for watching movies? I almost exclusively use it for TV shows (House of Cards is another amazing example).

Comment Maybe yes, maybe no? (Score 1) 716

If you are salaried then no, you shouldn't have to stay late or work weekends to fix bugs. If they aren't satisfied with your work production in your 40 hour work week then they should let you go and try to find someone better.

If you get paid hourly then perhaps. If it is irrefutable that its your fault/bug then you should feel obligated to fix for no extra charge/hours to them. If there is any doubt on the source of the bug (multiple developers) then you should be paid to fix it.

If you are a contractor then almost certainly it should be fixed for free. You are paid to do a job and if it wasn't done right the first time then you need to make it right or expect not to get many more contracts if you leave behind in your wake bugs that either go unfixed, or you charge additional to fix.

Comment New WoW (Score 1) 523

They really need to 'reboot' the game rather than come out with patches every couple of years. They need to just retire the current WoW and start from scratch. There is a barrier of entry for new players now with such a large installed base of 'senior' players but the senior players are aging. They need something for the next generation and the graphics of WoW just can't compare to most of what is out there today. They need to start from scratch with a new engine, storyline, classes, races, etc... Then build back up from there. The writing is on the wall for them now. The new generation is also probably not willing to fork out 15/mo for a game and are getting use to free-to-play style with in game purchases. With that frame of mind you either need to join that wave, or provide something significantly better to get them to pay. The current WoW can't attract that new gen of gamer.

Comment DRM? (Score 1) 256

I can't say I've ever been affected by DRM because I just don't buy software or games anymore. Why complain about all these things having DRM, just don't buy it. Simple enough solution. If you aren't buying crap with DRM why complain about it? They'll figure out DRM is a problem real quick if no one is buying their shit.

Comment Hell on power supplies (Score 5, Interesting) 242

So if you have 4 USB SS ports on a motherboard that motherboard is going to have to be able to supply 400W @ 5V? You can't be serious. We'll need dedicated power connections on the motherboard just to supply this.

The example of using a TV to power multiple devices raises the same concerns. Now the TV power supply will be much more complicated. Rather than power just the 60-70W the TV draws it needs to have a power supply that could supply 100's of extra watts?

The only application I see for this is to use 100W USB SS ports on walls for a common household DC standard interface. That could be interesting, but integrating it into devices is not simple. It adds levels of complexities to the devices that will need to supply the power.

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