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AirPods Delay Attributed To Apple Ensuring Both Earpieces Receive Audio At Same Time (macrumors.com) 154

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mac Rumors: AirPods were originally slated to launch in October, but the wireless earphones were later delayed. Apple said it needed "a little more time" before they are ready for customers, and it has yet to provide an official update since. While the exact reason for the delay remains unclear, a person familiar with the development of AirPods told The Wall Street Journal that Apple's troubles appear to be related to its "efforts to chart a new path for wireless headphones," in addition to resolving what happens when users lose one of the earpieces or the battery dies. The Wall Street Journal reports: "A person familiar with the development of the AirPod said the trouble appears to stem from Apple's effort to chart a new path for wireless headphones. In most other wireless headphones, only one earpiece receives a signal from the phone via wireless Bluetooth technology; it then transmits the signal to the other earpiece. Apple has said AirPod earpieces each receive independent signals from an iPhone, Mac or other Apple device. But Apple must ensure that both earpieces receive audio at the same time to avoid distortion, the person familiar with their development said. That person said Apple also must resolve what happens when a user loses one of the earpieces or the battery dies."

Comment what information? (Score 1) 75

The overload is primarily due to a collapse of the Signal-To-Noise ratio. It takes a lot of work and will power to filter out the crap and the lies.

Which reminds me, speaking of noise and lies: please stop calling that shit "Fake News." Fake news is what The Onion publishes. Breitbart publishes blatant lies. There's a difference.


Paris Makes All Public Transportation Free In Battle Against 'Worst Air Pollution For 10 Years' (independent.co.uk) 237

Paris has barred some cars from its streets and has made public transportation free as it suffers from the worst and most prolonged winter pollution for at least 10 years, the Airparif agency said on Wednesday. The Independent reports: Authorities have said only drivers with odd-numbered registration plates can drive in the capital region on Wednesday. Drivers of even-numbered cars were given the same opportunity on Tuesday, but could now be fined up to 35 EUR if they are caught behind the wheel. More than 1,700 motorists were fined for violations on Tuesday. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said images of smog blanketing the capital were proof of the need to reduce vehicle use in the city center. The air pollution peak is due to the combination of emissions from vehicles and from domestic wood fires as well as near windless conditions which means pollutants have not been dispersed, the Airparif agency said. "This is a record period (of pollution) for the last 10 years," Karine Leger of AirParif told AFP by telephone. For more than a week, Airparif has published readings of PM10 at more than 80 micrograms per cubic meter of air particles, triggering the pollution alert. Along with odd-numbered cars, hybrid or electric vehicles as well as those carrying three or more people will be allowed to roam the roads. Foreign and emergency vehicles will be unaffected.

Comment Which is why Google should control Android updates (Score 3, Interesting) 42

Here I sit w/ my beloved Asus ME302C, complete abandonware for over 3 years now. Everything runs fine, it can handle all updated apps, browsers, Chromecast, and so on. Just no way, other than convoluted roothacking and Cyanogen installation, to update the Android OS itself.

Can I sue Asus for this? (rhetorical question)


Apple's Next iPhone Could Have a Curved Screen, Says WSJ (theverge.com) 155

Apple's 2017 iPhone lineup might include a model with a curved screen similar to Samsung's Edge devices, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke with the Wall Street Journal (paywalled). Apple's suppliers told the paper that they were asked to "increase output of thinner organic light emitting displays and submit prototype screens with better resolution than ones from Samsung." From a report on The Verge (since WSJ is paywalled): But with that in mind, the company is also reportedly considering more than 10 prototypes, so a curved display might not make it to market. We've heard this rumor before when it was coupled with the idea that at least one of Apple's new phones would include an OLED display.

Comment Beware of what you ask for (Score 2) 193

Reminds me of a SciFi short story in the late 1960s. Some scientist invents a full cure for the cold. Trouble is, once the nasal passages are fully free of virus and snot and stuff, it turns out humans have an incredibly sensitive olfactory system. Teensie everyday levels of chemicals (smoke, perfume, flowers, etc) a painfully overloading the smell response.
I'm not giving away the ending :-)

Comment Try for a longer-term solution (Score 1) 275

Let's assume for the sake of argument that civilization doesn't implode in the next few hundred years. At some point, all fossil fuels, as well as all easily mineable fissionables, will run out. Unless something magical happens, I don't see wind and solar cell systems generating enough power to run factories to replace themselves.
There is one genuinely reliable source of energy, guaranteed not to give out over the next few hundred thousand years: geothermal. It doesn't take a huge temperature differential to pull power out of a heat pump. And if we could design some really good drilling equip, we could use the remaining fossil fuels to dig down to layers whose temperature exceeds 100 C . I'd love to see something along those lines implemented.

Comment Re:Beating by only 15% is not a breakthrough (Score 1) 29

There's no doubt that fast-charging systems are not really going to happen. Not only is it tough on the battery management system, but the thought of connecting, say, a 10-kV, 50-amp source to your car in order to be able to charge at 500 kW rate (which would charge a 100 kWh battery in 12 minutes) is a bit scary.

Personally, I'd like to see development of fast-swap battery packs. But that would require standardization of battery modules, and undoubtedly a change in the glamourous body design of cars to allow quick access to the battery packs.

Comment true but missing the point (Score 5, Insightful) 540

Yes, it's true that every automation, starting with steam engines to run mines, led to an explosion of new job categories.

But what he's missing is that the concept of "everyone should get a job" is just plain wrong. The increase in productivity, and in automation, ought to lead to a situation where goods are so plentiful that we do not need to work, or maybe only work 20 hrs/week for 15 years before retiring. The whole "work ethic" thing arose from two events. The first was humans drifting out of their natural habitat into regions hostile to survival, necessitating a "work or die" paradigm. The second was the development of communities with leaders & followers, in which sooner or later the leaders stop working but spread the gospel of hard work -- which the proles must do to support the leaders.

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