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I mean a 8 MP camera with “ultra pixels”. Talk about how amaze balls that would be….
That part about RMBP – how incredibly true!
If I hadn’t gone iPhone this round of upgrades (namely because HTC One was delayed!) It was only going to be the HTC One. Its finally the Android phone that competes with the iPhone in terms of material and design.
All it needs IMO is a camera upgrade to 8 mps (yea yea I know, but still it would be amazing). With that it could probably beat the iPhone 5 in a one on one.
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LOL…….. hilarious. +1 for you sir!
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I think it would be great if they merged iMessage with FaceTime, both on Mac and iOS. That and a visual refresh (seriously tired of the silver and pale blue gradients). Its already pretty amazing as it is.
Thank goodness I got my Medium invite yesterday.
Tumblr is great for gifs, pictures, and people lawling about how interesting their hipster lives are. Wasn’t the place for one seriously interested in writing.
Hopefully Yahoo won’t mess this up tooo bad.
4 days ago
This comment is frankly super ignorant.
First of all realize that in the very article you linked as an example of evil corporations, Apple paid ~ 10% in Tax (3.4 Billion on 35 Billion income). Realize that ~ 10% is what every average citizen in the United States shoots for, after all applicable deductions. Realize they still paid BILLIONS in tax. Realize how stupid you are sounding?
Of course you will not have the same loopholes as the multi-billion dollar corporation! DUH
While Corporations have business incentive tax breaks, people have PEOPLE incentives. Leasing a car to drive to work – is a tax credit. Owning a home is a tax credit. Having kids is a tax credit. Taking care of your elders is a tax credit. Improving your home is a tax credit.
You really want to close those loopholes? Because those are loopholes. You really think the U.S wants to piss off every single citizen by getting rid of those credits? Obviously not. Contrary thinking is ignorant and perceived through misguided opinion rather than fact.
Nor is it solely Apple moving money overseas that allows them to get lower tax rates. Things that are actually BENEFICIAL to EVERYONE – such as solar powered data facilities, LEED certified business buildings, low emissions factories – all things that are beneficial to the environment and the PUBLIC also count as tax credits!
Instead of thinking critically and logically, you have fallen prey to the largest political fallacy of them all. That the current economic crisis in the United States is the fault of corporations and NOT the U.S government. Do you actually believe the global collapse was caused by the U.S housing market tanking – because EVIL banks sold loans, that ruined the whole economy? Do not be so naive
You listen to politicians argue that big companies have done their best to evade taxes, rather than looking at ALL the money politicians spend, on the war on terror, on their own pet projects. You ignore the fact that a politicians JOB is to spend money, the fact that nearly all new legislation COSTS money.
To put it simply, you believe that an extra Billion or two from Apple would actually do something to tackle the U.S deficit. That if only the U.S government could get the taxes is deserves, we would be back in the black. And that, my naive friend – is the biggest joke of all.
Except when that iPad factory in China blew up because aluminum dust caught fire……. that sounds pretty dangerous to me!
You can be a factory worker not working with heavy machines, but its still a dangerous environment.
Seeing as this product is most likely a new Mac Pro. Apple stopped making the Mac Pro in….. mid 2012? Nearly a year ago.
I would assume though that the factory also produces other computers for Apple? So It would be pretty simple for Apple to instead of firing the workers (which they know are trained and skilled in working for Apple) to move them to other lines for more popular products – like the iMac which was simply sold out for months because it was so popular.
I don’t think you read the second sentence of that comment.
But I 100% agree with you. Any company paying the full tax rate has idiots in accounting.
It still stands that even 2% of ~10 Billion is a huge sum of money, and dwarfs what the average joe would pay over his entire lifetime.
Then I would rather Google have waited to release the app until they got SMS integration. But in Typical Google fashion, its half baked upon release and slowly improved upon. I prefer the Apple method of a more fleshed out release, even if it might take longer. And yea, I realize that Apple has put out some pure flops as well.
It still stands that any iOS user is better off sticking with iMessage at the moment, and that HangOuts is useless for the time being.
But I agree totally with you, functionality wise Apple has iMessage down perfectly. I only hope for a visual refresh, to get ride of the pale blue and silver gradients that have been there for so long.
Let me get that started for you.
Over 18 million, corporate tax rate is 35%. They obviously must have top notch accountants, so assuming its much lower than that.
Its pretty simple to understand that large amounts of money can be taxed at a lower rate than smaller amounts of money. 1% of $100 and 10% of $10 still equals the same amount. The GIANT difference here is we are actually looking at ~ 13% of Billions v.s ~ 20% Thousands, in terms of Apple vs. the “average joe”.
But assuming they made what ~ 10 Billion last quarter? Im not sure but I will just use that number since its easy to work with. At 35%, they would be paying around ~ 3.5 Billion in taxes. That is relatively insane.
Still, its also the simple fact that Apple in one year alone will pay more in taxes than an average family will pay over its lifetime. That alone carries a lot of meaning in regards to the original comment I was replying to.
And the people that build those robots.
And the people that ship those robots to the factory
And the people who design that factory
And the people who build that factory
And the people who manage that factory
And the people who maintain those robots
And many many more in what is easily understood as the dynamics of a local economy.
So yes, maybe just a few hundred people actually assembling computers. But way more people will either get jobs, improve their jobs, or even just keep the unsteady jobs they have now. It will still do its part in improving the economy both locally and nationally.
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Why exactly should Apple have to pay more money than the legal minimum?
You seem to think that them paying more in taxes would magically make America a better place?
Your fallacy here is confusing that right seems to imply above and beyond the law, which it doesn’t.
You’re better off pointing the finger at the smaller companies which completely avoid taxes, scam state healthcare programs, or other wise cheat the system out of legitimate money. Because simply moving money out of the country (totally legal) to pay less in taxes (totally legal) is not a crime either legally or morally.
Any smart business man, whether he be a doctor or a fortune 500 CEO will do his best to put that money in places where it is taxed less, so that he pays less. Regardless of any of this, that doctor or the fortune 500 will still pay magnitudes more in taxes than you EVER will, simply because they are at a higher tax bracket.
I also believe in “being the change”, so to start doing the “right” thing, I would encourage you to start paying more in taxes. Or to donate your tax refund to the government. Its just the right thing to do.
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New version of OSX
New Version of iOS
Flatter and leaner OSX – dump the shitty design and make it flatter. Get rid of fake leather and brushed metal elements. Possible “appifcation” of current Apple software such as iWork – make them leaner and faster (takes ages for any to open on my 2011 iMac)
Flatter and refined iOS – again dump the fake elements. Revamp notification center (DAMN Tiny Xs!). New color schemes (dump chrome, the brown leather, green felt). Introduce new sharing options, deeper system integration with other popular apps (like shortcut from lockscreen to instagram). Ability for non Apple apps to be defaults – such as Chrome and Gmaps.
Secret Wish: Apple steals the Windows Phone keyboard for iOS devices. Including the typing sounds. Its just so fantastic. Also ability to create custom icons for apps, so I can replace some shitty icons.
Update to Retina MacBook Pro lineup.
15 inch gets improved battery life and increased power (Instant buy for me when this happens)
13 inch gets dedicated graphics and improved battery
“professional” iMac w/ Retina Display (just cram the 27 inch screen into 21, and it will be Godly). Modestly increased price over non-retina iMacs. (Instant buy for me if this happens)
Retina Thunderbolt Display
Dedicated graphics in Mac Mini
Retina iPad Mini (Instant buy when this happens)
There ya go :)
6 days ago
Yea same thing was happening to me.
In the Verge announcement article they had the appstore link. I just opened the article on my iPhone and clicked the appstore link. Then it downloaded. Its weird but the web version of the app store has it, the app store on iOS does not.
If you just search the appstore for it, nothing comes up.
Im using iOS currently, but its incredibly frustrating.
Apple was pretty genius to let iMessage work with SMS, even bouncing back between the two in the same thread! It might not be as pretty as HangOuts, but that doesn’t matter function > form in this case.
Why Google didnt integrate SMS into HangOuts is beyond me, because now people will need at least two apps to communicate with everyone.
Sticking with iMessage, and hoping to gets a visual revamp in June.
It was interesting for sure! But at the same time not that special.
Maps for sure has always been great, and im glad to see it expanding to iPad.
Chrome is still great.
Google Now is AWESOME – But what annoys me is that some of the best features are only available if you use Gmail. I want it to work with other emails as well, for package tracking, flight updates e.t.c e.t.c.
HangOuts flat out sucks. I downloaded it already and deleted it a few minutes after. Only works with other people who have G+ accounts, so basically none of my friends. Also, doesn’t do SMS!? I dont get how iMessages can do it so well (one thread, one inbox, one app) and Google failed. I have no use for this app, seeing as most of my friends A: dont use G+, B: Not all of them have smartphones.
Same goes for Google+ – It looks great, but nobody I know personally is on it, and dealing with strangers only takes you so far in regards to a good online social experience. Though I flat out admit, I wish FaceBook looked like Google , and was as easy to use as G.
Alongside no new hardware except for the S4, color me slightly unimpressed.
Isn’t that your fault for probably getting what are the worst credit cards one could get?
I really like this one:
However I will be buying this one later this week, its just too sexy:
Both are made of Carbon Fiber, and offer superior protection, but the last one is 100% CF.
This sounds great – but I dont use Gmail.
Anyone know of a way let use Gmail without having to have a gmail email?
I.E still using my outlook account as main, but checking email using the gmail app?
Only because my outlook address is perfect, and gmail is seemingly out of usernames that aren’t ridiculous.
Notice how I never advocated the use of CF in electronics. Its honestly wasteful to use such valuable/expensive materials on short-term product cycles.
He wasn’t against CF, he just claimed it is less environmentally friendly than aluminum – which is incorrect.
Carbon Fiber is a woven product, made entirely from Carbon. I am not sure what else you think goes into making it.
When you make the weave into a solid part – i.e a car frame, that is done by putting the woven sheets into a mold and then sealing that with a resin. The resin for the most part is not natural, but is still environmentally friendly. There are no waste products with Carbon Fiber, whether in terms of woven sheets or resined pieces. Research has already proven that we can make a more natural resin (similar to tree sap) that still has the same qualities, cost of the only barrier, and Carbon Fiber is already expensive as it is.
Carbon Fiber does not radically alter the environment. It has no waste products, or even by products. The manufacturing process is 100% contained, and employs skilled workers which is beneficial to economies.
The products made using carbon fiber are for all intensive purposes, timeless. Because of that, it becomes relevant that there are proper applications of CF, as well as improper ones. Build a house frame out of CF and it will withstand hurricanes that rip wood homes to shreds, and after 100 years it will still look like new. Don’t use it to build a phone that you will throw away in a year when the new one comes out.
Environmentally Friendly is actually a very vague term, and Im not going to waste my time arguing with you over how friendly a resin is. Just because something is 100% natural, does not mean its friendly or beneficial for the environment. Thats like saying cutting down trees to make furniture is friendly, because wood is natural.
Thats like saying picking and weaving cotton into pants means its not natural…..
Carbon is one of the most basic elements, and is an essential building block to nearly everything.
The lead materials used, the polymers to be exact – are not natural. We use them because its the only way we know of at the moment to contain Carbon in the form and chain lines we want it in to produce the fiber. When you heat the polymers, all other molecules are expelled from the chain – leaving only carbon. Its a 100% natural product, made through un-natural means. Aluminum is made nearly the exact same way, using heat and water to separate aluminum from other ores, so does that mean aluminum is not natural either?
Carbon Fiber is not meant to be “broken down” and “re-used”. It is meant to build products that will be nearly indestructible. We don’t build car frames out of products that are “easily broken down”. There is a reason why Ferrari test drivers have crashed into side walls going over 100 MPH and only have bruises, because the car tubs are Carbon Fiber.
In the use of electronics which are sent to landfills every 2-3 years, Carbon Fiber becomes a wasteful choice, especially considering the work that goes into making each part.
….. are you serious?
Aluminum is not environmentally friendly. Thats a big farce.
Manufacturers claim that they can recycle aluminum and that makes it responsible. However they won’t tell you that in the process of manufacturing aluminum, they create giant cesspools of mineral by product waste. Manufacturing aluminum involves separating it from the dozens of other minerals found in the ore, which are essentially useless to manufacturers. It gets separated through crystallization and filtered with silica, wasting enormous amounts of water, with byproducts that end up as mineral dust.
Legally the manufacturers have no way of “disposing” of this, so it is sent to offsite lagoons. Giant mineral lakes essentially, which they cannot allow to dry out (thus they constantly waste water keeping the area wet) because it would allow the minerals to spread via wind. Australia (the worlds largest aluminum exporter) has had numerous legal cases surrounding manufacturers which allowed the dust to spread via wind and the minerals contaminating drinking water, harming wildlife, as well as harming humans.
Carbon Fiber is one of the most environmentally friend products we make. It has literally no waste by products, the gases used to manufacture it are always contained and always reused. The initial product used to make it varies, but most commonly its a similar polymer as the one used to make your socks stretchy.
P.S – Carbon Fiber is a natural material. Seeing as ITS MADE OUT OF CARBON. We basically send different kinds of polymers (different kinds for different properties in the end fiber) and heat them using gases, causing the non-carbon molecules to be expelled from the chain. It is the epoxy resins which are applied to make the fibers retain a shape that not natural, and various researchers are already looking into ways to make this process natural. But the epoxy is harmless and has no environmental consequences, since all of it goes into making the parts.
Do some research, and don’t post lying crap that you know nothing about.
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