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Icicles Falling From Roof of New Chicago Apple Store Blamed on Faulty Heating System

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Blair Kamin, writing for the Chicago Tribune:

Apple spokesman Nick Leahy on Friday said the building’s architects, London-based Foster + Partners, had designed the glass-walled store with winter in mind, but had been foiled by a technical malfunction.

“The roof has a warming system that’s built into it,” he said. “It needed some fine-tuning and it got re-programmed today. It’s hopefully a temporary problem.”

In addition, he said, the store was designed to drain water — not through conventional gutters, but through four internal support columns.

That makes a lot more sense than that Chicago winter weather wasn’t taken into consideration, but let’s see about that “hopefully”.

For months now, the famously secretive Cupertino, Calif.-based computer maker has refused to let architecture critics tour its spaceshiplike, ring-shaped new headquarters, also designed by Foster + Partners.

What, one wonders, does Apple have to hide?

Last week, Apple admitted to intentionally slowing down older iPhones without telling customers. This week, it apologized and cut $50 off its $79 price to install a new battery into old phones.

I have no idea what the battery/performance saga has to do with Apple’s secrecy regarding access to its new headquarters at Apple Park, but I do know this: this battery thing will be the gift that keeps on giving for years to come to lazy critics who want to make vague hand-wavy accusations that Apple’s culture of secrecy is based on the fact that the company has something unseemly to hide.

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teko
47 days ago
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Well, if they did not have anything to hide they would have come out clean about what they are doing to the phones. Instead they kept quiet and just slowed down your phone.

I can be persuaded to believe that they were slowing down phones because of battery problems and not with purpose to force the upgrade, but by choosing not to disclose this fact they did force people to purchase new phones because old ones were too slow.

Add to that reports that they would not replace batteries on phones under warranty that were throttled it strongly suggests that being quiet about what they are doing was motivated by financial gain.

So yeah, they had stuff to hide and they knew that its unseemly otherwise they would not be hiding it...
davelevy
46 days ago
As much as I like Apple (writing this on one while playing on ipad and checking messages on iPhone, not to mention this is Daring Fireball) the stink on this will not only be short hand for years, but the fact that they went and made replacing the batteries difficult and costly makes it unseemly. I think that descriptor is perfect. Us fanbois expect better and this will not sit well long term.
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OnePlus 5 Has a Mute Switch

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In my iPhone X review published yesterday, I wondered aloud why no Android phones included a hardware mute switch. Turns out the OnePlus 5 does. Here’s Matt Swider, writing for TechRadar:

The OnePlus 5 is a great-value big-on-specs phone that rivals the iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8, but its smallest hardware feature is my personal highlight. It has a mute switch on the side of the phone, allowing me to instantly silence notifications without ever having to look for an on-screen Do Not Disturb icon.

Yes, a physical mute switch has me excited.

OnePlus calls it the ‘Alert Slider’, and it’s a three-step toggle between ring, do not disturb and completely silent. It’s something that should be on every Android phone, but somehow it’s a rare feature that seems almost exclusive to OnePlus 5 among today’s Androids.

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teko
53 days ago
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OnePlus 5T is an amazing phone for price. I had to return it though because it does not have stock Android do not disturb at scheduled times feature. Even with third-party apps this functionality was not consistent.
satadru
52 days ago
DND is such a must have Android feature. So happy my Pixel has it.
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Eero

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My thanks to Eero for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed. Through December 25, save $50 on eero Home Wi-Fi Systems and give the gift of never having to deal with bad Wi-Fi again.

Eero is easy to set up, and blankets your entire home with fast, super-stable Wi-Fi. I replaced my Airport Base Station with Eero over a year ago and couldn’t be happier. Visit eero.com to learn more.

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teko
57 days ago
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Yeah, except the thing does not have performance to stream video on its internal network in HD. I have tested every single "mesh" Wi-Fi and none could stream Tivo HD content to Tivo Mini over Wi-Fi. Airport Exreme, does.

Also Eero when I tried it did not allow me to connect to my Softlayer VPN and no settings with help of support could get it to work...
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iPhone 7 Plus and Portrait Mode Lighting Effects

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Steven Troughton-Smith discovered that portrait mode lighting effects can be edited on an iPhone 7 Plus after using a hex editor on an exported photo to enable the feature:

Just to add insult to injury, if you AirDrop that photo back to the iPhone 7 Plus now it shows the Portrait Lighting UI, and lets you change mode. So Portrait Lighting is 100% an artificial software limitation. 7 Plus photos can have it, 7 Plus can do it.

My understanding is that these effects aren’t enabled on iPhone 7 Plus because performance was really slow at capture time. It really does require the A11 Bionic chip for adequate performance live in the camera. And Apple decided against shipping it as a feature for 7 Plus that could only be applied in post, because that felt like half a feature. So I’ve heard.

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teko
91 days ago
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Bullshit is thick on this one. The only reason this is not on 7+ is to push people to upgrade to X.
motech
83 days ago
It worked. I love my X.
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tingham
91 days ago
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I almost feel kind of bad that I have zero interest in buying any new phone right now.

almost.
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Report Says Red Sox Used Fitbit, Not Apple Watch, in Sign-Stealing Scheme

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The Score:

The device used by the Boston Red Sox in their infamous sign-stealing controversy has been revealed as a Fitbit product, according to a major-league source of Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Though Fitbits are used as a tracker to measure an individual’s steps and levels of fitness activity, many products — specifically Fitbit Surge - can be synced with mobile devices and receive text messages.

This takes some of the fun out of this story.

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teko
154 days ago
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Yeah, it was fun when I thought it was iWatch, but now its hot garbage.
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BBC Confirms iOS 11 GM URLs Were Leaked to 9to5Mac and MacRumors

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Leo Kelion, reporting for the BBC:

“As best I’ve been able to ascertain, these builds were available to download by anyone, but they were obscured by long, unguessable URLs [web addresses],” wrote John Gruber, a blogger known for his coverage of Apple.

“Someone within Apple leaked the list of URLs to 9to5Mac and MacRumors. I’m nearly certain this wasn’t a mistake, but rather a deliberate malicious act by a rogue Apple employee.”

Neither Mr Gruber nor the two Apple-related news sites have disclosed their sources.

However, the BBC has independently confirmed that an anonymous source provided the publications with links to iOS 11’s gold master (GM) code that downloaded the software from Apple’s own computer servers.

I wish I could say more about how I know what I know, but it’s good to see the BBC confirm this. The BBC doesn’t say definitively that the leak was sent by an Apple employee, but I can state with nearly 100 percent certainty that it was. I also think there’s a good chance Apple is going to figure out who it was.

Again: these URLs were not discovered by guessing the URLs, or because they were published at obvious URLs prematurely. Someone who works at Apple emailed these URLs to 9to5Mac and MacRumors — possibly without even knowing just how much information could be gleaned from these builds compared to the last developer beta builds. Update: Let me clarify that sentence: whoever leaked these URLs knew it would be an incredibly damaging leak, if for no other reason than that they included the IPSW image for iPhone D22. The list of URLs they leaked included every device. The least amount of heretofore unknown information that was going to come out of this leak was massive, and whoever leaked it knew that. What I’m saying is they quite possibly didn’t even know just how many little things, things I won’t mention here for the sake of DF readers who are trying to stay spoiler-free for Tuesday’s event, were spoiled by this leak.

That person should be ashamed of themselves, and should be very worried when their phone next rings.

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teko
161 days ago
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"incredibly damaging leak" WTF? Incredibly damaging how, how, how??? Are they going to sell fewer phones because of it? It just does not matter a week before iPhone is announced. I am very confident that not only there is no damage, but there might even be benefit to Apple since we are all talking about it... Who knows Apple might have leaked it intentionally to stave off Note 8 sales.

Talk about exaggerating...
anthonylatta
161 days ago
Exactly. As if I'm now not going to buy an iPhone because I know there will be new wallpapers.
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steingart
161 days ago
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This seems to be Grubes in intense CYA mode.
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