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US judge 'troubled' by Apple's $450m bid to end ebook price-fixing row

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Re: I still can't understand how no-one goes after amazon

"Amazon are putting publishers out of business, a total monopoly yet no-one lifts a finger."

Wow... that's a new level of Apple Fanboism. You really should take a step back and evaluate your life.

If Amazon has a "total monopoly" on ebooks, you're saying no one has ever bought an ebook on Apple's store, ever?

Publishers make tens of dollars on items that cost pennies to create. Just like CDs.

Not to mention that if Amazon put publishers out of business, they would have no books to sell so their so called monopoly would be useless.

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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

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Re: so

"Instead of putting a simple LED in the top corner of the front screen somewhere that isn't visible when it's not lit up Apple instead are going to go with a flashing logo on the back?"

Not only that but they will have to continue making cases (like Otterbox) that have a hole in the back to show the Apple logo... making them basically useless.

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Re: Colours?

Galaxy S4 (in USA at least) can let you pick colors. Seems to vary application by application though.

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Apple 5S still best-selling smartphone 8 months after launch

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Re: slagging off the competition

"I've just come back from a holiday/wedding in Spain with 2 companions who each own a Galaxy 4S."

S4.

But it sounds like whatever network they are on had bad cell coverage there and a combination of roaming and low signal was eating into their battery life. See, when the signal is low, the phone boosts the battery usage of the antennae to try to get a signal. On iOS it is programmed to always show 4 bars and drop calls.

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Re: slagging off the competition

"Quite right. The difference is though, the I'm a PC, I'm a Mac ads hit the spot"

They hit the spot because OS X overtook Windows is market share right? No? Still 2%? Oh.

You just think they 'hit the spot' because you're a devout follower of the mac church.

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"Apple has very few models; in fact, it has only two new models, and the older ones serve as cheap options."

This. If you combine the Galaxy S3, S4 and S5, I expect it is greater than the iPhone 5S + 5C + 4S.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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Re: Maths

"And sure enough, of the 75k apps, 7% ask for SMS permissions, or 5,250 of the 75,000 tested.

68% of apps with SMS permissions have the ability to send, so 68% of 7% is 4.76% of apps, from the 75,000 tested, can send text messages."

Not trying to bash the register here, but the media in general... kind of sad when the comments have done more research than the article. Reg should hire you.

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Re: I agree

"Each aspect should be denied by default.

Only asked for activation when the Application needs to access it and then either:

Allowed once.

Denied this time. [...]"

So basically you want Windows Vista on your phone?

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Re: Root

"You're suggesting you buy something, then have to break in to it in order to make it perform acceptably?"

Yeah, configuring things is insane! Personally, I refuse the adjust the seat in my car. The factory position is the only one for me!

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Re: How do you make sure of this?

"The developer can then access a method to return whether token xyz is available. If not, they can hide the relevant button on the ui and offer a cut down experience of their app."

Except that if you can revoke permissions at any time, those functions would have to be called every time anything is done in the app ever. Making it ridiculously slow.

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Re: "do not automatically update" flag

"It *used* to notify you of the changes, but after their "simplification" of the permissions system it just says that something is different and leaves you to work out what it is."

This is false. It tells you what permissions have been added.

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"Why can't I install an application but give it only a subset of permissions it asks for?"

Because then you'll whine when you go to use the function that requires that permission and it crashes your phone. Derp.

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"Luckily the play store recently introduced a "do not automatically update" flag you can set against apps who are creeping the permissions. Assuming you already have an older version you don't object to."

It doesn't auto update an app that has changed permissions anyway. Never has.

But also regarding the point of this article, that Android users who are too dumb to root can't manage permissions... how is that different from any other phone? on iOS they don't even tell you what Steve Jobs approved magical apps even do.

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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Originally I hated Windows 8. I still have Window 7 at work and on my desktop at home that I never use anymore. My girlfriend switched from a Mac to a Windows 8 laptop. Occasionally I'll use Google Docs on her laptop while doing work on my phone and I've come to be OK with Windows 8. The key for me was realizing that hitting the Windows key and starting typing brings up the search function, just like it does on Windows 7. Once I found that out, both OSs work the same for me. If I want the calculator, I hit window key + calc + enter and it comes up. Excel, window key + exc + enter.

Who needs icons anyway?

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Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations

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Free Agent

Apple has reportedly been scrambling to sign said supplier, citing synergy with their suicide centric factories already in China.

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Apple: No, China. iPhone is NOT public enemy number 1

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"Without your consent"

And you consent in the T&C you clicked "I agree" on without reading when you first set up the device.

Just tell them it only happens when you consent, they won't remember consenting anyway.

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DOH! Google’s internet of things vision is powered by… Mac OS

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Re: NFW Google...and every other IT firm.

If you think your car isn't connected to the internet, it is either from the 80s or you're ignorant to reality.

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LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

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Agreed that the wireless charging is nice... but what if you want to use it laying in bed while it is charging? I often do, and am careful not to pull the cord.

I mean, I assume I'd still have the option to plug it in too, but just making the point that wireless isn't ALWAYS better, even though it is most of the time.

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Creepy battery-operated TEDDY BEAR SEX TOY. Sadly, this is for real

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Haven't you seen the stories where they were in checked luggage and the bag searchers pulled them out and taped them to the outside of the bag along with notes like "you go girl!"?

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

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Re: The internet of fridges

No, optical isn't necessary. RFID does the task.

"Terrific. How does it know it needs topping up? No, really. How does the fridge know it's running out of milk, butter and cheese? These things are just cartons or plastic bags with stuff inside them. How does a freakin' fridge know what's inside them? Is it supposed to have some form of food item pattern recognition capability that can also detect actual amounts of solid or fluid foodstuffs?"

We're not far away from RFID price tags and expiration dates. We can use temperature sensitive "stripes" as part of this, which then can determine things like the full-ness of a gallon of milk or a box of butter. Some other items obviously get harder, like a head of lettuce, but other items are easy like cups of yogurt.

The other option is weight based shelves. The fridge knows what is on the shelf so it knows what the weight should be. It counts out things it knows like the aforementioned yogurt and milk. It knows how much a box of butter should weigh and a head of lettuce, so it can "guess" the level of butter/lettuce within a reasonable rate, combining some optical sensors for things like size of the head of lettuce.

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Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan

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Re: A standard plug but

Came for this. Yet another industry that will have standard connectors. Apple is not amused.

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Bloke squeezes Apple's boules, predicts millions of iPhone 6s, iWatches

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Invalid Conclusion

He's basically saying they're making a lot of glass so that means they'll sell twice as many phones/devices? They made plenty of 5Cs... still collecting dust.

What's the lead time on the glass? I assume the production time is such that they'd need a sizeable lead-in of production to maintain the lifespan of the phone, even at "failure" sales levels.

Are they going to sell the glass to anyone else? Given that Apple doesn't actually make anything (except sapphire glass now apparently) I'd assume their suppliers like Sharp and LG would be interested in buying the glass for other products. Probably not going to play nice with Samsung, Google or Lenovo unless the price is vastly overpaid.

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Bring your own device – as long as it's Microsoft

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BYOD Disliked by Employees in the Know

I avoided it for a long time for the reasons listed in the article. My company reserves the right to wipe my phone, getting rid of all my pictures, games, apps, local data? No thanks.

I had to for travel though. Eventually I'll pressure them to buy me a second phone plan if they want to delete data off my phone.

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Jellybean dominates Play, still seated atop rising KitKat

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Re: Looks like I won't be getting KitKat any time soon.

"The document also noted that the Android 4.4 update for the Galaxy S3 I9300 was “cancelled due to unresolved problems.”

Whereas on Apple they would have forced the upgrade and let you know it was time to buy a new phone.

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Re: Fragmentation

"What the figures DO say, is the sorry state of affairs when it comes to upgrades. "

I'm not sure if it would really be a good thing if Google/Samsung/HTC/etc were to pressure the carriers to push out updates faster. They could just do what Apple does and not give any pre-release info, so people don't know the OS was out for a while before their carrier chooses to provide it.

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Re: More statistics please

This. I have an HP TouchPad dual booted to Cyanogen Gingerbread which will never be updated. Ever.

Also, new phones really only started coming with KitKat in May. That's mostly the fault of the wireless carriers, who require an extra 4 months+ to sign off on such things. Verizon just started making KitKat available to Galaxy S4 users for example, in the last 30 days. Has nothing to do with Google or Samsung.

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Re: Kitkat

You can install any ROM you want, you are in no way stuck with KitKat.

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

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Re: Not so smart; desperate housewife is desperate.

"Well plenty of Android phones have soft buttons for these so yes, there is wasted screen space"

If the screen is on average an inch bigger, not really a problem. Android devices don't have to make the most of their screen, because it isn't tiny like an Apple device.

"and I wouldn't assume the icons will never change either"

If they were to change and you didn't like it, you could just skip the update. Benefit of Android.

"Personally I think those buttons are awful. On the Galaxy Tab 3 I was given, which did have hard buttons on the bezel bizarrely centred in the landscape position"

Whereas with Apple it is bizarrely centered on the portrait position, making it impossible to press while using the device.

"I found I was forever hitting menu or back while just trying to hold the thing, especially in portrait"

Fat fingers will do that. Also, odd that you'd be using a tablet in portrait mode. Do you also prop your computer monitors up sideways? To quote your god Steve Jobs, you're holding it wrong.

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Re: Not so smart; desperate housewife is desperate.

I still fail to see why "higher percentage of devices on current OS" is a selling feature to consumers.

1.) It means iOS devices don't last long enough to get to outdated.

2.) It means old iOS devices have crap performance being forced onto software that postdates their hardware.

3.) It means iOS users desperately want new functionality because they are not satisfied with the old OS.

4.) It means having to relearn your phone whenever Apple decides to push something new out.

5.) It means if your favorite app decides not to update, you can't use it anymore.

6.) It means it is easier to mount an attack against the OS, as you can assume certain things about every iDevice you want to attack.

The list goes on and on. That's ignoring the whole "choice" option Android people have to customize their UI.

I have an HP Touchpad (firesale) dual booted to Cyanogen Mod 7 (Gingerbread 2.3). I have absolutely zero interest in bringing it up to KitKat. All I need is the web browser and Netflix on it. If it were an iDevice it would be unusable because it would not have the hardware necessary to support the software... and all it needs to do really is browse the web!

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Re: Not so smart; desperate housewife is desperate.

"It always tougher at the top"

Indeed. Will be tough for Google's 75% and growing marketshare. Once Apple falls below the 15% mark, Windows will have enough mindshare to challenge Android. Then we'll settle down to roughly 60% Android, 30% MS, 10% Apple.

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"Why can't we… work things out? Little people… why can't we all just get along?"

Because some platforms are open and other platforms demand you play their way or they take their ball and go home.

When you figure out which platform is which, you'll understand why so many hate fruity firms.

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Re: Really?

"It would be nice to see some research on the malware situation for both (supported) Nexus devices and Kindle devices vs "other Android"."

Agreed.

I'd like to know more about this supposedly malware in general. I'm an electrical engineer who runs an IS/IT related team for a Fortune 100 company... and I've never seen or heard of anyone actually getting malware on their phone.

The closest thing I'd consider to be malware are apps that demand access to too much of your data. With Apple that isn't an issue, because they already consume all of your data (not that Google doesn't either). Every once and a while you hear about beggar-ware taking money from people, on either Apple or Android. The dollars here are dwarfed by the cost of apps in the Apple store or the in-game microtransactions for games on either platform.

So really, what is in this nebulous malware category? That $10,000 app Apple had that made the background red?

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Re: Of course it dominates the malware market

Amusing that the person mocking based on the definition of percentage fails.

If 60% of all people who get malware on their phone have Android phones, and 75%+ of people who have a phone have an Android phone, then that would make iOS the leader of malware.

I'm making up the 60% number here of course, but if anyone has the real number, have at it.

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Re: That's what my boss used to shout

Many Android users have 4+ year old versions of the OS? I guess if you buy an Android you don't need a new phone every year. Imagine that.

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Confirmed: Salesforce partners with 'evil empire' Microsoft

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Re: ms dynamics crm

The company I work for (Fortune 100) is making the transition right now from SF to MS. You can get a 30 day free trial.

The 2013 version of MS CRM is near par with SF, but you have to buy it piecemeal and assemble it. For example, document storage in SharePoint, whereas in SF it is included. Social in Yammer, whereas in SF they have Chatter included.

It gives you options, but when you're checking the "all of the above" box, the configurations can be painful.

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

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Re: Apple is no longer a product company

Apple hasn't been a product company in decades, since at least those big boxy rainbow colored iMacs. They've been a marketing firm for quite some time.

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Re: Pffft! Idiots!

Personally I'm really divided about this. I have tons of storage space on my phone's SD card, but tend to use streaming services. Mostly because I don't know how to buy the type of music I listen to (EDM mostly, not able to be found on store shelves) but also because the ads are unobtrusive for the most part so the music is free to stream. But my data rate is not free, but is a sunk cost.

First world problems.

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Re: A marriage made in Heaven?

Then why do iPad shipments count in most PC marketshare reports?

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Re: WTF?

I think most people downvoting him are doing so because the post is long and reading is hard for them.

I'll actually go as far as saying I would LIKE if my phone (Samsung) had one less port on it. I'm concerned about the little rubbery flap on my otterbox wearing out from use though.

I think they'd have to reassess where that port is though. The headphone jack usually goes on top so it is easier to wear headphones with phone in pocket. I think Apple's is on the bottom though?

I wonder how long it is before we go bluetooth for all headphones though?

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Re: WTF?

"What they've mainly bought it for is to get access to contract terms that the music labels would give to Beats, Rhapsody and Spotify, but would not give to Apple."

I agree, but what stops them from pulling those contracts? They may have outs in them or may just not renew after expiry. Risky move that shows how desperate Apple is.

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Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

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Re: re: goat jam

"It is interesting that counter-shaming did not work,"

Disagree. The "elite" here have no interest in facts and most times are incapable of separating fact from opinion anyway.

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Apple vows to squash iMessage SMS-KILLER

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Re: Alternative

This. Hangouts integrating SMS was nice, but even GoogleTalk as it existed before was good. I've been using it to manage my developers in India for quite a while.

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Re: not the only bug with iMessage

Not getting iMessage texts with no data plan isn't a bug... Apple converts your "texts" to data. If you don't have a data plan, you really shouldn't have a smartphone, much less be using iMessage.

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Microsoft to release epic Xbox One update in June

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Re: I have been a fan of the Xbox360 for years...

I won an Xbox One at Microsoft Convergence so I have one. Supposedly the PS4 has vastly outsold it.

I bought Titanfall which had some cool things but online only and single player per console only means my GF and I can't both play. Only other game even worth playing was COD: Ghosts and that was mostly because we don't have to play with 6 yr olds online and can do local multiplayer.

The main issue is there are zero good games out right now. Need a new Elder Scrolls game or even one of those random RPG type games that usually come out at release (see Kameo for the Xbox 360).

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HP says 'turnaround remains on track', cuts thousands of workers

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Re: This turnaround is on track?

I know printing is still an important industry for some people/businesses, but the channel doesn't really give a damn about it anymore. The "new" thing is managed print. A few companies buy a ton of printers and rent them out to companies who need to print things. Those companies pay by the page and the printers phone that data home for billing.

Plotters and large scale printing is a different story, but home printing just isn't important in this technologically advanced age.

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Microsoft’s 'FIRST NOKIA' arrives at £89

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Re: is it just me...

I miss the 4 non-physical buttons on my Galaxy S2. I dislike the home button being an actual button. Apple not having a back button is laughable.

Anyways. I don't get the neon colors trend. I neither go to raves nor dance in gay pride parades. How about a choice of colors similar to that of cars? Something reasonable, for grown ups.

Putting your phone in colors like this screams children's toy.

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AT&T to buy DirecTV in $49bn mega-gobble

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You can't but you can...

"You can't justify AT&T buying DirecTV by pointing at Comcast's grab for Time Warner, because neither one is a good deal for consumers."

While this is entirely true, AT&T is trying to block Comcast more than anything. They're pissed about the T-Mobile thing. Comcast's top execs are buddies with Obama and AT&T is worried that deal will go through based on corrupt politics.

Now the FCC needs to either look really bad and approve Comcast but not AT&T, or turn down both. AT&T may actually be helping the consumers here.

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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Re: I had this

Except if you read this and the thousands of other blogs/posts/threads/etc about it all over the internet, you'd know you're in the vast, vast minority.

First, if you don't own an iPhone anymore, talking to "Apple Support" costs $20. This is an illegal fee in the context of these anti-competitive policies.

Second, most of the time (75%+) when you call up Apple and describe the problem they say "sorry, no idea, can't help, go away". This has probably changed now that the lawsuit has been filed.

Third, the only solution Apple has been suggesting is to contact every single person you've ever met, ask what kind of phone they use, ask what their iOS version is and ask them to remove or add contacts, which is highly unreasonable. It would be kind of funny though, if Apple users started getting inundated with calls from people abandoning Apple.

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Re: I really don't see...

"if she hasn't told them that she's changed to a phone that is incompatible with iMessage"

If you bother to read anything before trolling, you'd know that even when you do de-register with iMessage, you still don't receive those messages about 75% of the time.

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"iMessage users get delivery and read confirmations."

Except, moron troll, if you bother to actually read anything you'll see that those notifications are actually created by the server and have no bearing on whether the message was actually delivered or not.

All of the thousand or millions of texts that have been swallowed up by this black hole read as "delivered" on the iMessage service, despite not being delivered.

Kind of like how Apple had their signal set to always show as 4 or 5 bars on AT&Ts network a few years back.

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