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Comment Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupidCauseTheSubjectIsTFA (Score 1) 98

The idea is to make two stand-alone apps that both do one thing well, and then to market them across both (all?) main mobile platforms. They want to create direct competitors to iMessages and FaceTime.

The bar is pretty low, since neither of those two applications have "killer features", so what Google really needs to get right is critical mass with its user base, and diversity in its install base (platform-wise).

Apple Replaced the Headphone Jack On the iPhone 7 With a Fake Speaker Grill ( 248

Not long ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained why the company felt a need to remove the headphone jack from the new iPhones -- the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. He said, "that jack takes up a lot of space in the phone, a lot of space. And there's a lot of more important things we can provide for the consumer than that jack." His colleague Phil Schiller cited "courage" for the same. As people learn to live in a world where they have to use a dongle to use their existing pair of headphones, gadget repair community iFixit found today that Apple isn't really using that "extra space" it got after getting rid of the headphone jack. BusinessInsider reports: "In place of the headphone jack, we find a component that seems to channel sound from outside the phone into the microphone... or from the Taptic Engine out," they write. Yep -- in the place where the headphone jack used to be there's a piece of molded plastic. "No fancy electronics here, just some well-designed acoustics and molded plastic," iFixit writes.iFixit adds, "Closer inspection shows a new, second lower speaker grille that leads ... nowhere? Interesting." Update: 09/16 21:21 GMT by M : Apple says it's a "barometric vent." The Verge reports: Apparently adding all the waterproofing to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus meant that it was more of a sealed box, and so to be able to have an accurate and working barometer, Apple used that space. The barometer is the thing that allows a phone to measure altitude, and Apple points out that on the iPhone 7 it can measure even minor changes like climbing a flight of stairs.

Comment Re:Edge (Score 1) 132

I'll be more impressed if I could get Edge to actually work using much of the internet. I don't give a crap about it's battery life.

I'm interested to know what specific parts of the internet you are referring to. Granted, I haven't used the browser for terribly much (in case I didn't make it clear in my original post, my browser of choice is still Chrome), but I haven't noticed anything not functioning as intended.

Comment Edge (Score 5, Informative) 132

Say what you will about M$FT or IE or whatever, but Edge is surprisingly fast and efficient.

I bought a tiny $80 Windows 10 tablet with around 2gb of ram and a minuscule atom processor, and Chrome will choke at just about everything (especially gmail). Edge opens quickly, browses quickly, and utilizes very little memory.

Not shilling for Edge or Microsoft by any means, but for what its worth, they definitely improved their web browser pretty substantially.

Comment Re:Stop chasing the shiny (Score 1) 161

Replace the electronics when it's actually dead or doesn't meet your needs, not just because it's not as shiny as it once was.

The problem that you, like most tech-savvy posters on /. have is that you can't understand what the average consumer's "needs" are. Many people just like the thrill of buying a new product. Couple that with the slight gains or improvements (in the products functionality, in your own social status, etc) that are to be had, and it is pretty apparent why people routinely buy new things even when they don't, in your opinion, "need to".

Of course, this is why most of us here work in tech, and not in sales or marketing. Our needs and tastes tend to differ when placed next to those of the average consumer, and we often make assertions about the worth of a product based on those same metrics.

Comment Re:slashvertisement? (Score 1) 133

Why comment on this? Who gives a shit? It is a single line of an article summary, which is just a quote of TFA itself. Why draw more attention to what is little more than just an opinion on "a really great computer"?

I really don't understand why some slashdotters take time out of their day to complain about this. I mean, if something that could be called "advertising" offends you, why not just ignore it? Why let it bother you so much?

Comment Re:Hmm. (Score 1) 38

Too bad there's no microSD adapter for the Vita like there was for the PSP, so I'm still stuck buying Sony's overpriced memory card.

Ay. My only suggestion there is to keep an eye out during black friday sales, and even potentially getting a used one. Either way, I really hope that Sony doesn't pull this shit again, should they make another handheld.

Comment Re:Hmm. (Score 2) 38

Fellow Vita owner here, and I actually love mine. Up until now, the main use that I've had for it has been playing psOne games that I've downloaded off the store (mostly for nostalgia's sake). I've always been a big fan of playing console games on consoles (not huge into emulation on a PC or phone), and the form factor allows me to take it on the train with me in the morning.

I'd definitely recommend giving it another shot, especially now that this jailbreak is out. One of my favorite things about my PSP was the ability to play most/all old psOne games (through jailbroken means), as well as the host of old console emulators that existed.

Comment Re:So..are blatent Slashvertisements a thing now? (Score 2) 67

Great post, except for the fact that the story is missing "(competing product)", "(bad attribute)", "(link to store)", and the part about "buying now, etc".

Seriously, I can't understand why you people can't just move on when you see a post that contains $PRODUCT. Yeah, maybe it slightly resembles an advertisement, and yeah, maybe it is something that might be targeted at "nerds", but do you seriously think that the /. editors are actively trying to convince you to buy this thing? Maybe it is just a cool new device that fills an interesting niche. Maybe the submitter or editor thinks it would strike up some interesting dialogue in the comments about the pros and cons of such a technology. Maybe they really are getting paid (as Whipslash so wonderfully put it) a truckload to post said story.


These things are hardly posted regularly, and if you don't like their content, you can easily hide said stories from view (or just ignore them). Why always bring this up? Why always complain about "slashvertisements"? Why can't you guys contribute to a topic like this without throwing it out as some sinister plot to undermine our wonderful commune with the heinous threat of capitalism?

Comment Re:It's okay, it's not a freedom of speech issue (Score -1, Troll) 371

The SJW's who say "A private company isn't obligated to respect your civil rights"

I think you have that backwards. The SJW types are usually the ones crying for more censorship and control, not less. No SJW would tell you that a private company isn't obligated to respect your civil rights. If anything, the would seek to crush any business that doesn't conform to their hyper-progressive worldview.

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