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* Posts by Chet Mannly

508 posts • joined 27 Jan 2012

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

Chet Mannly

Re: That side-on picture of the phone looks just like...

Especially the gold one - styling-wise it's a dead ringer for the white version of new galaxy tab s - at least from the side...

Lawsuits ahoy! LOL

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NBN Co adds apartments to FTTP rollout

Chet Mannly

Teneriffe is also not even in the valley - its a separate suburb!

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Adobe Creative Cloud 2014: Progress and pain in the usual places

Chet Mannly

Re: I need to get this to my client right away.

"have never been denied access to the installed programs because of server downtime"

Well others have - there was a pretty widespread issue not long ago where all the authentication servers went down and people were locked out of their CC software.

The point is with CC there is another point of potential failure in your work flow that is completely out of your control which was never there before and that aint FUD no matter how you slice it.

Maybe your clients will accept "Adobe ate my photoshop" as an excuse for not meeting a deadline but I doubt mine would and nor should they have to - hence I'm sticking with CS6.

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Chet Mannly

Re: Let Adobe hold you by the privates

+1

The subscription model was to save Adobe revenues. People weren't upgrading because the new versions had so little new features people wouldn't pay to upgrade. This is the second major cc release for photoshop and there still aren't any features worth upgrading for over CS6.

Glad I bought a real license when I had the chance

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Chet Mannly

"No longer do users have to wait 18 months for major upgrades and core-code updates nor keep their eyes open for minor bug-fixes to appear on obscure support pages. With Adobe CC, the various fixes, updates and upgrades just turn up whenever they’re ready."

That hasn't been the case for software for at least a decade - everything has auto update checking including Adobe apps.

"On the surface, there is nothing new in flagship Photoshop CC or heavyweights such as After Effects and Premiere Pro that would have convinced anyone to invest in a traditional package upgrade."

That's the reason for the subscription model - Adobe no longer have to produce new versions with features worth paying for - they can just trot out the occasional tweak knowing that customers have to pay up regardless.

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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

Chet Mannly

RX100

On those criteria it would be hard to go past a Sony RX100. Big sensor for a compact and image quality is probably as good as you get outside of an interchangeable lens slr/mirrorless camera.

Everything but beer proof, but in my experience the picture quality of rugged cameras is pretty, well, rugged...

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

Chet Mannly

You're not the only itunes hater out there. While there's still a degree of lock in with android apps, at least I can get my music, movies et al from wherever I please. Plus I can drag and drop any media files I want without having to wait for conversion or any ither itunes sync bs.

Obviously there are enough people that do like it or tolerate it enough to use ithings, but you're not alone.

Choice is a good thing. This way everyone gets what they want.

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Chet Mannly

Re: Apple Corp vs Apple Inc

Apple corp did not claim the Apple name in all markets. They had an agreement with Jobsian Apple that as long as they stayed out if the music biz they were fine. Then Jobsian Apple entered the music biz where Apple corp were clearly already established.

Apple corp sued Jobsian Apple because they were trying to use the same name in the same industry which is perfectly rational - nothing at all like the rounded corners BS.

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

Chet Mannly

Re: @Martijn Bakker

"Apple spends a smaller percentage of their revenue on R&D compared to other tech companies"

Because they only release a significant new product once a decade then just do minor tweaks.

Look at OSX, Macbook pro range, ipads, iOS in general...

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New Sammy patent trial: Apple seeks $40 PER 'infringing' handset

Chet Mannly

Re: Oh come on.

"Companies you've heard of that have sued Apple first:

• Motorola;

• Nokia (starting the first lawsuit of the smartphone era);"

You seem to have forgotten Apple sued Microsoft over their entire windows user interface...

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

Chet Mannly

Re: He does understand it

"Read the text carefully "even specifies where they should appear on the Android phone's home screen"

Only where the manufacturer wants to use google apps.

Perhaps you want to read the post again - if you just want Android you can do what you like with it. If you want Google's suite of apps there are license conditions.

See the Amazon tablets - runs Android, no Google apps, Amazon cam put whatever they like on thier home screen and install any apps they want by default.

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Chet Mannly

"The argument is that like MS they should be open to allow other services/applications to supplant there own"

You mean like letting Amazon release an Android tablet without signing that agreement and letting them install their own apps for everything including their own app market?

Android IS open for other services...

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Chet Mannly

Re: Sooooo

Android -yes

Google's apps (eg Play Store, Gmail client etc) - no

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Facebook app now reads your smartphone's text messages? THE TRUTH

Chet Mannly

Re: Lazy people to blame, as usual

"I'd dearly love to be able to selectively deny permissions to an app to invoke certain functions or system calls (optionally reenabling it later)"

Apps like LBE privacy guard allow you to do that.

Totally agree that Android's out of the box take it or leave it approach is a little more transparent but ultimately does bugger all to protect your privacy

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Our irony meter exploded: Apple moans ebook price-fixing watchdog is too EXPENSIVE

Chet Mannly

Re: Hear of Amazon?

"Ever hear of iTunes?" Wow, you really are as dumb as a bag of bricks!"

Apple managed to increase the pricing of ebooks for the entire market. There is no arguing that that is exercising significant market power which is the issue - you're missing the point by saying that there are other people in the market so Apple isn't controlling it.

By that line of argument Microsoft wasn't a monopoly either, even though they had massive market power and were using it to eliminate competitors to the detriment of consumers - and got done for it (sadly too late in the end).

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APPLE EATS ITSELF: iPad Mini set to wolf Air's market share

Chet Mannly

Re: There's cheap and then there's cheap

"Also Applecare Plus (with new iPhones and iPads) now covers 2 incidents of accidental damage over 2 years - you smash up your iPhone and pay about £50 excess and get a new one.

Did your statutory rights not cover accidental damage? No - shame..."

No but home contents insurance does - so congratulations on paying Apple twice for coverage you already have *facepalm*

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Chet Mannly

Re: Interesting

"The difference is I see plenty of iPhone 3GS handsets still in use 4 years down the line whereas the Android phones I see get replaced much quicker (18-24 months). "

That's because Android phones are improving rapidly by each generation, not just glacially iterating the same old thing like Apple does (not just in phones, typing this on a macbook pro which is indistinguishable from the 3 year old one it just replaced, slightly faster, slightly more annoying interface, but really no difference).

Reason 80% of phones sold are Android now and they get upgraded quicker is because each generation has new features people actually want to pay money for.

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Chet Mannly

Re: There's cheap and then there's cheap

"you could just walk into the retailer and they would cheerfully give you a new one."

Except with Apple you have to book 2 weeks in advance and drive 40 minutes out of your way in order to walk in and they will give you a refurbished one. You can't just walk in to an Apple store and get served (at least in OZ)

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

Chet Mannly

Re: Local listening

Spot on - if they actually were interesting they wouldn't be in trouble and trying to force the entire market to change to prop up their station, they'd be drawing crowds across to DAB and the majors would have to follow.

DAB - an expensive solution to a non-existent problem...

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

Chet Mannly

Re: This is definitely a DEALBREAKER, a classic sneaky, royally scumbag corporate move...

"I mean, in terms of media it sounds fairly similar to my PS3, "

You mean apart from the PS4 not playing MP3s, or letting you attach a HD with all your media files, or playing anything over DLNA/Allshare?

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Adobe exec puffs cloud shop: Online features are so 'compelling'... What are they again?

Chet Mannly

Re: It's not web based

"Oh, and the camera shake reduction is really clever."

So is the CS6 motion blur option in smart sharpen. I tested both on the same image and the results at 1:1 are identical to my eyes.

Of course both of them absolutely pale in comparison to a properly taken photograph. No matter how clever photoshop is it can't recreate all the fine details that no longer exist in the image file. And with VR appearing in virtually every decent camera/lens these days its hardly a must-have feature for the type of photographers who are used to spending hundreds of dollars on photoshop.

Adobe are going to need something a LOT more compelling than that to get photographers to pay them for the rest of their lives...

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Chet Mannly

Re: de-blur?

"apparently they've added a "Camera Shake reduction" feature that looks for blur caused by camera motion...There's apparently yet another new "Smart Sharpen" feature"

The new feature does exactly the same thing as the existing "Motion Blur" option from smart sharpen - the only difference is it automatically calculates the direction of the motion its correcting, whereas in non-cloud CS6 you have to select that manually under the smart sharpen dialog.

Its a minor tweak at best, and if that's the best reason they can come up with to subscribe I'm not surprised less than 8% of their userbase has signed up. Adobe must be worried about that, unless that percentage changes massively they'll have to get more than 10x the revenue out of each user over the upgrade cycle just to break even...

Glad I bought boxed CS6 when I did.

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Chet Mannly

...and not only is facebook free it isn't even software.

You are spot on its a complete BS argument.

There's an anti-blur function in the cloud version? Maybe someone should tell Adobe there's this thing on cameras called auto focus, which doesn't require a subscription. They are in deep sh** if they are targeting the cloud version at people too stupid to work auto focus...

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How to find OS X Mavericks' 43 hidden photogenic beauties

Chet Mannly

Re: Blimey

"Free OS upgrades, Mavericks and iOS 7 and now pretty pictures for free...

Even the hardcore Apple hating, vitriol spewing, shouty down Fandoid cannot be so immune that they cannot but feel just the slightest nudge of envy when they look down at their 9 month old mobile phone running an operating system 2 years out of date hoping beyond hope that an update will be thrown their way but knowing that reality dictates they will have to buy a new phone."

Oh please - Apple have just stopped charging for service packs now, (like MS have never done) and we're supposed to celebrate? More likely Apple figured out users like me weren't paying good money for minor tweaks so they have to give them away.

My 9 month old Android has the latest OS - please get a clue before posting again fanboi.

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Android adware that MUST NOT BE NAMED threatens MILLIONS

Chet Mannly

Re: Constant spam from ad companies

"It wants permissions for gps, internet, receive texts, see running processes etc., it wants to shit icons and notifications all over the user's home screens, bury your app under interstitials, videos and other nonsense.

Basically it's malware in all but name"

So don't install it then!!!

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Chet Mannly

Re: What hasn't been mentioned....

"sometime the Walled Gardens of Apple and Microsoft do have their advantages."

You mean like all those apps on iOS that were caught out deliberately downloading your entire contact list and messages to the app servers a little while back?

Good protection that...

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Scientists to IPCC: YES, solar quiet spells like the one now looming CAN mean ICE AGES

Chet Mannly

Re: 15 year hiatus in global warming? BULLSH*T!!!

Problem is the modelling cited by the IPCC in report 4 assumed that warming would continue upward from that 1998 point, when temperatures actually flattened. That is why people rightly state that there has been a pause in warming since 1998 - the planet isn't hotter than it was in 98.

BTW if you look at 5 year averages you eliminate the last 5 years of observations.

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Chet Mannly

Re: I guess I got it wrong?

You should have bought a reverse-cycle air conditioner - then you are covered either way :-)

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Chet Mannly

Re: Bootnote

"You prove my point - the people you name developed on top of existing scientific consensus"

OK Galileo then.

The doctor you mentioned treated you with the best proven science. That is not always the same thing as the scientific consensus (as demonstrated by the Galileo "earth is not the centre of the universe example).

As Einstein reportedly said `It doesn't take 100 scientists to prove me wrong, it takes a single fact'.

Model forecasts by definition are not facts.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 region-locking saga CLEAR AS MUD

Chet Mannly

Re: And people say that Samsung is a copycat

"Bought a PC with MS windows. The language is fixed - to change it you have to buy a new copy of MS Windows."

Err - I don't think so, you just have to download a language pack if it isn't one of the ones already installed on the machine, it isn't region locked.

Apple just install every language pack at the factory, which takes up valuable drive space - swings and roundabouts...

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Chet Mannly

Re: VietNam has cell hangset locking legislation ...

"I also wonder what the legality is on buying a Note 2 handset bought from an independent (non-Cellco) authorised dealer which is then restricted?"

Dunno if its legal, but as someone who has an unlocked Note 2 if the next software upgrade introduces this restriction its the last Samsung phone I buy.

That's the key advantage of Android for me - I can buy my next handset from another vendor, disable their bloatware, install my own launcher and I have pretty much exactly the same phone software-wise.

Hardware makers are close to being interchangeable in the Android world, its not like Apple where they can do what they want and you either accept or change OS...

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Chet Mannly

Re: Grey market move

"If you personal import from Malaysia/China, I'm sure the seller will activate it first with a local sim before shipping in the same way that they set the default language to English for you now."

But if these reports are correct that won't work - you would have to have the phone activated in China with *your* SIM.

It looks like this move specifically aims to prevent grey market imports.

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Chet Mannly

Re: Greedy Bastards

"This might not be just corporate greed. But if you were in Europe, and bought one of these phones in the belief you could use it in the USA when you visited, it looks as though you have a chance of getting your money back."

Except this has been the case with every single GSM phone Samsung have made - the US has always had different frequencies and they have always produced specific versions with different frequencies for carriers in the US. Regardless, "international" version phones usually have at least one band that will be compatible with US GSM networks (I used a Galaxy S 2 on AT&T 3G in the US on a number of occasions)

This is nothing but greed pure and simple - Samsung want to maintain different pricing for different regions and stop people from getting around their price gouging by importing.

Think I'll be looking to Cyanogen for the Kit Kat update for my Note 2...

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Hardbitten NYC cops: Sir, I'm gonna need you to, er, upgrade to iOS 7

Chet Mannly

Re: Disable Find my iPhone?

"Nice theory, but you can't assign it to another Apple ID unless you know the password for the current ID"

Well you will have a person at knife/gun point who knows the password in that situation...

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Deep inside the iPhone 5s lurk a few surprises

Chet Mannly

Re: Samsung processor

"Yeah, that's probably why Apple are being aggressive patent trolls, to give Samsung free advertising."

Of course that's not what Apple *intended* Cliff, but that's what they *did*

When the ban on the first Galaxy Tab was lifted in Australia everyone knew about the tablet before they could sell it - far far better than Samsung could have done themselves.

Just like the court action against Microsoft all those years ago for "stealing Apple's interface". Coverage of the court action basically equated the interface of Windows with Mac in the eyes of the public, even if there are significant differences. People looked at 2 computers, saw one was half the price and in their minds the interface must be so similar the more expensive one sued the cheaper one.

But shhh don't tell Apple, its far too much fun watching them hand over mind share in court rooms while they think they are getting a win :-)

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Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs

Chet Mannly

"Apple was never known for innovation"

Really? Development of the first widespread GUI? Incorporating a mouse into PCs? Did you miss all that "Think Different" promotion they used to do? Apple suing everyone for stealing their "innovations"?

Whether you think Apple actually are innovative they most definitely promote themselves as being that way - remember the "magical" ipad? the "revolutionary" app store?

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Chet Mannly

Re: iPhone leaks

"It tends to make the announcements rather anticlimactic when everything is already known"

Its called free publicity...

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Chet Mannly

"I used to work for a company that sold samsung galaxy phones and no iPhones. I had the "newest" (back then) Galaxy II phone and after 6 months of use, the battery would drain after 15 minutes of talk time or the phone would simply mysteriously locked and only way to fix it was to yank the battery and insert it back in."

So you used to sell mobile phones and had absolutely no idea how to use them then? Or is this just fanboi delusions?

I had a Galaxy S2 for over 2 years, still used the original battery and I'd get a day and a half out of it easy. Only replaced it after dropping it and cracking the screen.

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

Chet Mannly

"In the US, however, KitKat is manufactured and sold by the Hershey Company, a Nestlé competitor. "

Now I know why Kit Kats in the US tasted like s**t compared to those in Australia...

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

Chet Mannly

Re: Future Digital

"Simple reason why, people can't take pictures these days.

With a DSLR you can shoot about 15 photos in a second and pick out the best one. No need to meter as you can shoot multiple exposure levels (bracket exposure). Shoot RAW and play around with the exposure later on"

You mean photographers can actually concentrate on making great shots and not spend 90% of their time faffing about with camera settings?

Please elaborate how that prevents people from taking great photos luddite...

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Apple returns to courtroom once again to contest ebook shafting

Chet Mannly

WTF?

If Amazon want to sell some books below cost (if indeed that is what they are doing, I wager you haven't seen their accounting system to tell if that is true or not) that is their prerogative. They are still making money across their business overall and how they do that is their own choice. Its called a free market, and in this case the customer gets a better deal - that's one of the points of capitalism.

Have you never seen a "Bargain Bin" at a book store? Hint: those books are all being sold at a huge loss. That practice has been going on for decades and hasn't caused monopolies.

Apple tried to fix the minimum prices of their competitors at levels higher than we are currently paying and effectively eliminate price competition - why on earth are you defending that?

PS - Amazon is not a monopoly by definition - perhaps you should actually learn what a monopoly IS before using quotes like "allowing a monopoly seller to sell at a loss" as a central argument.

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Apple can't dump Samsung, it needs those iPad displays – report

Chet Mannly

Re: Competition

"Is anyone here qualified to comment on the legal position of Samsung as a wholesaler as it impacts competition?"

Samsung don't have a monopoly, how could there possibly be a legal position?

Of course Samsung will provide their screens to themselves for less than Apple. If the prices charged to Apple are too high Apple can buy from LG, Sharp et al or start their own factory like Samsung did.

That IS competition.

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Gotcha: Oz Greens squeeze web snoop law confession

Chet Mannly

Re: Democracy, Transparency and Freedom of Information.

"the carbon tax amounts to, at most, 10% of cost increases"

15% of an average household bill actually, plus the renewable energy targets which pushes the federal green schemes over 20% - that's significant any way you cut it.

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Chet Mannly

Re: Democracy, Transparency and Freedom of Information.

"Electricity supply is a State responsibility. There are no Greens in any position of responsibility in any state parliament. The op opinion is thus a logical lunacy."

Carbon tax, large scale and small scale renewable energy targets, clean energy finance corporation...

The list of FEDERAL costs imposed on electricity generation because of the Greens goes on.

Please get a clue before hitting the submit button next time...

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Apple: If you find us guilty in ebook price-fix trial, EVERYONE suffers

Chet Mannly

Re: Amazon cornered the market all right...

"Best sellers wholesale at $11 a title, Amazon sell them for $9.99, Apple wanted to sell them for $12.99"

And they sell for $30 in Australia. Less than half the cost to fly a dead-tree copy from the other side of the planet, let alone an ebook.

Any wonder greedy Aussie book retailers are folding faster than Superman on laundry day?

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We want to put a KILL SWITCH into your PHONE, say Feds

Chet Mannly

Yeah, its about protecting your stolen phone - seriously?

The reason they want this is obvious - its so that if they discover a phone is going to be used as a remote trigger for a bomb they can remotely kill it and stop the detonation. Or if there's an attack the can kill all the terrorists phones and stop them coordinating.

Seriously el reg you swallow this "its to stop stolen phones" line?

As if the Feds give a flying what happened to your shiny iphone...

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Online music world on iRadio: Apple, imagine our concern

Chet Mannly

Re: relies on DJs to choose the music rather than algorithms

"but does this software give a countdown to the vocal entering?"

Yup, all radio station software does this - it has a countdown clock to the start of vocals when the track starts.

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Chet Mannly

Re: "You can easily buy it with one click!"

"Or do you prefer going through a 3 page credit-card form every time you want to buy something?"

I think Tim was referring to the fact that this is an ad-infected glorified sales channel for itunes, rather than a revolution in internet radio per se.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

Chet Mannly

Pricing FAIL

Once again Sony why is it 40% more in Australia? ($549)

Thieving ba$%#&s.

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Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

Chet Mannly

"inter company rivalry that is spoiling the customer experience. Steve Jobs would not have done this."

*cough* adobe flash *cough*

:-)

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