Re: Reduce the e-waste?
User swappable battery needs to make a come back, at east in some models (not everyone needs it)
40 posts • joined 18 May 2019
The idea is obviously good and the EU is pushing for that as well - buy only the phone, you probably already have the charger for it. Also, something that come for free is perceived as worthless by consumers; when you pay for it you'll be more careful with it (ie not lose it)
The problem is that Apple is not yet using a universal usb-c plug for its phones so even with the included usb-c to lightning cable you will not easily find a compatible charger "brick" (eg it is not compatible with usb-c chargers with non-detachable cables).
Previous iPhone chargers have a usb-a socket on them, incompatible with the now included usb-c to lightning cable.
This change would've made more sense next year after a significant number of iPhone users would've owned the new usb-c wall brick.
I agree, we don't need fast charging very often and using it every time significantly impacts battery life.
However the solution could be built inside the phones - when you plug your phone a prompt could ask you if you want to use normal or fast charging. It should default to normal charging speed unless the user choses the fast option.
Not shipping a usb charger is meant to reduce waste, but putting usb ports in the wall socket is kind of stupid unless you have a separate 12v circuit throughout the building.
Also technology moves faster than building refurbishment cycles, so you will be stuck with a outdated usb ports for some time.
I have seen some CIBSE articles on this issue and the industry seems to be mostly against it. Usb wall sockets serve an immediate need but are a bad long term decision
Epic is right – there's no technical reason for Apple to force in-app payments on developers, it's all just greed disguised as security policy.
Their commission is exorbitant considering a card payment processor takes just 1-2% commission.
It's extremely brave for Epic to go against both Apple and Google at the same time considering the loss of earnings and lack of alternative for users, but probably there's a strategic reason for thes and it's not just a coincidence. After all, they had adverts, websites and lawyers ready for this moment - they knew it was coming.
Amazon tried to fight the App/Play Stores with their own weapons (alternative app store for Android, blocking competitors' products in their store, blocking their services on iOS) but eventually had to give in. So unfortunately the odds seem to be against Epic who have less leverage.
You got this all wrong...
1. The tax bill that you wish upon Amazon will in fact be paid by small businesses which would otherwise not be the subject of this tax – Amazon makes the same profit, small businesses pay more taxes which makes it harder to compete with big players.
2. This has nothing to do with Brexit.
3. And Bezos (aka Amazon) is in fact dodging this because he is passing the bill to the little guys (aka third-party marketplace sellers)
The worst thing about this tech is that it can't be turned off in some devices. But even if it can be turned off, you will be disabling a crucial bit of functionality of the device which will render it close to useless: what's the point of a cctv camera if you can't check the video feed?
The first time I installed an IP camera for a friend some 10+ years ago and was trying to work out what ports to forward in the router only to hear my friend saying "it works!" before I even did anything, I was both shocked that the firewall was bypassed and disappointed that my skills weren't in fact needed.
Nominet is an infrastructure provider (similar to OpenReach) and should keep its registry business completely separate and transparent, regulated by OfCom.
Ideally it should be turned into a non-profit too.
They are a monopoly, they shouldn't be allowed to profit from from something that is essential to modern life
The Mac Pro (8+ cores) will probably be the last to get Arm chips. The main benefits of Arm – increased energy efficiency and the "little" cores – will be best used in the MacBook, maybe even MacBook Pro range.
But if Apple chips can outperform Intel, either at single core performance or by optimizing its software for a significantly larger core count, then they will be welcome in the Pro range as well. But Apple will either have to create a special layer at OS level to better split the load to multiple cores, or they will need to encurage devs to adjust their code for larger core count.
For example Adobe CC is not currently optimised to make full use of 12 or more cores even in the most demanding tasks, so a higher clock cpu performs better than one with more cores.
Why bother to sue when you can use the UDRP which is a lot cheaper (about $1,500 per claim and can include multiple domains) and it's a lot quicker too (takes about a month from start to finish)?
By having access to the personal data Facebook can just threaten people with a lawsuit which in some cases will be scary enough for the registrant to hand over the domain. All this at zero cost to Facebook.
And the examples given by Tucows show that Facebook is probably automating these requests and that legitimate domains could be impacted by this
Indeed, an expired CA authority certificate should fall under the UK and EU warranty laws for at least 5 years from date of purchase.
But will breaking iPlayer or Prime Video on a smart tv amount to a defect?
It sure would be nice to have laws that stipulate a minimum period of security updates too.
Or open-source the firmware after x years so people can update it themselves.
You can only have one Domain Name System; it is a monopoly by design, therefore it should be operated by not-for-profit organisations under the supervision of an international governing body like the UN.
Verisign operates .com and makes over $1 billion in profit every year.
Nominet operates .uk and makes a more modest £10 million profit every year.
*approximate numbers from memory
It may be round, but the bezel on that screen is humongous!
Motorola explained at the time why the "flat tire" cutout was needed at the bottom of the screen to achieve that beautiful edge screen.
This new fake (ie not a Moto) version is nowhere close to the original 360.
I really did wish Motorola released a proper successor to the moto360. I was hoping OLED tech has advanced enough to achieve that full edge to edge round screen...
Good article and glad there was pressure from media on this issue. Thankfully Google has reconsidered this.
I own two Nest thermostats and two Nest smoke alarms which are tightly integrated with my SmartThings through the Works with Nest API.
SmartThings has a superior presence sensor (electronic ZigBee keyfob) which is very fast and acurate, unlike Nest's Home/Away Assist.
For this reason, and for consolidation, I prefer to do all things (rules, triggers) in SmartThings.
Shutting down Works with Nest with such incredibly short notice would have rendered my thermostats "dumb". I would've probably switched to Tado or similar.
At least they didn't schedule it mid winter when the thermostats are in full use.
I still can't see how Works with Assistant is going to replace some of the WWN API. It needs a lot of work!
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