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Apple press release:

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Apple today introduced the all-new iPad Air in an ultra-thin 10.5-inch design, offering the latest innovations including Apple Pencil support and high-end performance at a breakthrough price. With the A12 Bionic chip with Apple\u2019s Neural Engine, the new iPad Air delivers a 70 percent boost in performance and twice the graphics capability, and the advanced Retina display with True Tone technology is nearly 20 percent larger with over half a million more pixels.

Apple today also introduced the new 7.9-inch iPad mini, a major upgrade for iPad mini fans who love a compact, ultra-portable design packed with the latest technology. With the A12 Bionic chip, the new iPad mini is a powerful multi-tasking machine, delivering three times the performance and nine times faster graphics. The advanced Retina display with True Tone technology and wide color support is 25 percent brighter and has the highest pixel density of any iPad, delivering an immersive visual experience in any setting. And with Apple Pencil support, the new iPad mini is the perfect take-anywhere notepad for sketching and jotting down thoughts on the go.

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\n", "content_text": "Apple press release:\n\n\n\nApple today introduced the all-new iPad Air in an ultra-thin 10.5-inch design, offering the latest innovations including Apple Pencil support and high-end performance at a breakthrough price. With the A12 Bionic chip with Apple\u2019s Neural Engine, the new iPad Air delivers a 70 percent boost in performance and twice the graphics capability, and the advanced Retina display with True Tone technology is nearly 20 percent larger with over half a million more pixels.Apple today also introduced the new 7.9-inch iPad mini, a major upgrade for iPad mini fans who love a compact, ultra-portable design packed with the latest technology. With the A12 Bionic chip, the new iPad mini is a powerful multi-tasking machine, delivering three times the performance and nine times faster graphics. The advanced Retina display with True Tone technology and wide color support is 25 percent brighter and has the highest pixel density of any iPad, delivering an immersive visual experience in any setting. And with Apple Pencil support, the new iPad mini is the perfect take-anywhere notepad for sketching and jotting down thoughts on the go. \nThe post Apple Announces New iPad Air and iPad Mini appeared first on Roger Stringer.", "date_published": "2019-03-18T15:52:07-07:00", "date_modified": "2019-03-18T21:00:21-07:00", "author": { "name": "Roger Stringer", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/author/freekrai/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/dd9ab8e558ffd2a59f0540d4ac0bdd3f?s=512&d=mm&r=g" }, "image": "https://i2.wp.com/s3.amazonaws.com/rstringer-assets/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/18210003/BeFunky-collage.jpg?fit=2048%2C1063&ssl=1" }, { "id": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/03/07/trump-accidentally-called-tim-cook-tim-apple-because-why-not/", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/03/07/trump-accidentally-called-tim-cook-tim-apple-because-why-not/", "title": "Trump accidentally called Tim Cook Tim Apple because why not?", "content_html": "\n

The Verge:

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Tim Cook is a pretty well-known figure in the business world. I know a lot of people don\u2019t care about computers and that\u2019s fine, but if you\u2019re in the industry or having some sort of professional interaction with him, I have to think people usually know his name going in.

And yet, at an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting today, the president pretty unmistakably called Tim Cook \u201cTim Apple.\u201d

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I went through the trouble of transcribing what the president said, just to be sure this is all really happening:

We\u2019re going to be opening up the labor forces because we have to. We have so many companies coming in,\u201d Trump says. \u201cPeople like Tim \u2014 you\u2019re expanding all over and doing things that I really wanted you to do right from the beginning. I used to say, \u2018Tim, you gotta start doing it here,\u2019 and you really have you\u2019ve really put a big investment in our country. We appreciate it very much,\u00a0Tim Apple.

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Trump just called Apple CEO Tim Cook \u201cTim Apple\u201d pic.twitter.com/gTHHtjWvc9

— Sean O'Kane (@sokane1) March 6, 2019
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Tim took it in stride and in response has updated his twitter handle to Tim Apple

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The post Trump accidentally called Tim Cook Tim Apple because why not? appeared first on Roger Stringer.

\n", "content_text": "The Verge:\n\n\n\nTim Cook is a pretty well-known figure in the business world. I know a lot of people don\u2019t care about computers and that\u2019s fine, but if you\u2019re in the industry or having some sort of professional interaction with him, I have to think people usually know his name going in.And yet, at an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting today, the president pretty unmistakably called Tim Cook \u201cTim Apple.\u201d[…]I went through the trouble of transcribing what the president said, just to be sure this is all really happening:We\u2019re going to be opening up the labor forces because we have to. We have so many companies coming in,\u201d Trump says. \u201cPeople like Tim \u2014 you\u2019re expanding all over and doing things that I really wanted you to do right from the beginning. I used to say, \u2018Tim, you gotta start doing it here,\u2019 and you really have you\u2019ve really put a big investment in our country. We appreciate it very much,\u00a0Tim Apple.\n\n\n\nTrump just called Apple CEO Tim Cook \u201cTim Apple\u201d pic.twitter.com/gTHHtjWvc9— Sean O'Kane (@sokane1) March 6, 2019\n\n\n\n\nTim took it in stride and in response has updated his twitter handle to Tim Apple\n\n\n\n\nThe post Trump accidentally called Tim Cook Tim Apple because why not? appeared first on Roger Stringer.", "date_published": "2019-03-07T10:58:22-07:00", "date_modified": "2019-03-07T10:58:58-07:00", "author": { "name": "Roger Stringer", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/author/freekrai/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/dd9ab8e558ffd2a59f0540d4ac0bdd3f?s=512&d=mm&r=g" }, "image": "https://i0.wp.com/s3.amazonaws.com/rstringer-assets/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/07105805/Screenshot-2019-03-07-at-10.53.20-AM.png?fit=1480%2C980&ssl=1" }, { "id": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/03/07/nintendos-next-labo-kit-for-the-switch-will-be-a-vr-kit/", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/03/07/nintendos-next-labo-kit-for-the-switch-will-be-a-vr-kit/", "title": "Nintendo\u2019s next Labo kit for the switch will be a VR kit", "content_html": "\n

Andrew Webster for The Verge:

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Nintendo\u2019s getting into virtual reality, but not in the way you might expect. Today, the gaming giant announced the latest in its Labo line of DIY cardboard accessories, which turns the Nintendo Switch into a makeshift VR kit.

As with previous Labo sets, there are a few options to choose from. The main VR kit costs $79.99 and includes six different cardboard kits to build, including VR goggles, a blaster, a camera, and an… elephant, as well as a screen holder and \u201csafety cap.\u201d For those looking to spend a bit less, there\u2019s also a basic starter kit that includes just the goggles and blaster for $39.99.

Additional accessories like the elephant can be purchased late in $20 sets. The kits will include Labo software, which features games, step-by-step instructions, and the \u201cgarage\u201d mode for building your own Labo creations.

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\n", "content_text": "Andrew Webster for The Verge: \n\n\n\nNintendo\u2019s getting into virtual reality, but not in the way you might expect. Today, the gaming giant announced the latest in its Labo line of DIY cardboard accessories, which turns the Nintendo Switch into a makeshift VR kit.As with previous Labo sets, there are a few options to choose from. The main VR kit costs $79.99 and includes six different cardboard kits to build, including VR goggles, a blaster, a camera, and an… elephant, as well as a screen holder and \u201csafety cap.\u201d For those looking to spend a bit less, there\u2019s also a basic starter kit that includes just the goggles and blaster for $39.99. Additional accessories like the elephant can be purchased late in $20 sets. The kits will include Labo software, which features games, step-by-step instructions, and the \u201cgarage\u201d mode for building your own Labo creations.\nThe post Nintendo’s next Labo kit for the switch will be a VR kit appeared first on Roger Stringer.", "date_published": "2019-03-07T08:39:51-07:00", "date_modified": "2019-03-07T08:39:52-07:00", "author": { "name": "Roger Stringer", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/author/freekrai/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/dd9ab8e558ffd2a59f0540d4ac0bdd3f?s=512&d=mm&r=g" }, "image": "https://i2.wp.com/s3.amazonaws.com/rstringer-assets/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/07083721/Switch_NintendoLabo_VRKit_ToyCon_VRGoggles.1551921669.jpg?fit=1819%2C1024&ssl=1" }, { "id": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/03/04/rip-playstation-vita-to-no-ones-surpise/", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/03/04/rip-playstation-vita-to-no-ones-surpise/", "title": "RIP Playstation Vita (to no one\u2019s surpise)", "content_html": "\n

The Verge:

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The PlayStation Vita is officially done. Sony signaled that it has ended production on the handheld gaming console\u2019s last two models\u00a0on the Vita\u2019s product page\u00a0(via\u00a0Polygon).

Launched in 2011, the Vita never quite caught on around the world, a victim of increased competition from smartphone apps,\u00a0selling only 16.1 million units, a far cry from the PlayStation Portable that preceded it, and from Nintendo\u2019s Switch that followed it.

The writing has been on the wall for the Vita for a while \u2014 while a\u00a0fun and quirky platform for indie games, audiences and major publishers simply haven\u2019t kept up with the device. Sony\u00a0said that it would end production of the device in 2019,\u00a0and that it had no plans to release a successor handheld device when it goes, and that it would\u00a0end production of the physical game cards\u00a0for the device at the end of the 2018 fiscal year \u2014 March 31st, 2019.

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Sony has been killing the Vita off for a while, but they have finally officially ended production of this device now.

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I still own a PSP, I have it set up to run a bunch of emulators and let me play hundreds of retro games on it, I’ve even set the same thing up for my daughter.

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I never really got into the Vita, which is the case for a lot of people obviously.

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The post RIP Playstation Vita (to no one’s surpise) appeared first on Roger Stringer.

\n", "content_text": "The Verge:\n\n\n\nThe PlayStation Vita is officially done. Sony signaled that it has ended production on the handheld gaming console\u2019s last two models\u00a0on the Vita\u2019s product page\u00a0(via\u00a0Polygon).Launched in 2011, the Vita never quite caught on around the world, a victim of increased competition from smartphone apps,\u00a0selling only 16.1 million units, a far cry from the PlayStation Portable that preceded it, and from Nintendo\u2019s Switch that followed it.The writing has been on the wall for the Vita for a while \u2014 while a\u00a0fun and quirky platform for indie games, audiences and major publishers simply haven\u2019t kept up with the device. Sony\u00a0said that it would end production of the device in 2019,\u00a0and that it had no plans to release a successor handheld device when it goes, and that it would\u00a0end production of the physical game cards\u00a0for the device at the end of the 2018 fiscal year \u2014 March 31st, 2019.\n\n\n\nSony has been killing the Vita off for a while, but they have finally officially ended production of this device now.\n\n\n\nI still own a PSP, I have it set up to run a bunch of emulators and let me play hundreds of retro games on it, I’ve even set the same thing up for my daughter.\n\n\n\nI never really got into the Vita, which is the case for a lot of people obviously.\nThe post RIP Playstation Vita (to no one’s surpise) appeared first on Roger Stringer.", "date_published": "2019-03-04T11:04:16-07:00", "date_modified": "2019-03-04T11:04:22-07:00", "author": { "name": "Roger Stringer", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/author/freekrai/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/dd9ab8e558ffd2a59f0540d4ac0bdd3f?s=512&d=mm&r=g" }, "image": "https://i2.wp.com/s3.amazonaws.com/rstringer-assets/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/04110328/ps-vita-angle-uncharted-640.0.jpg?fit=1819%2C849&ssl=1" }, { "id": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/03/01/amazon-pulls-the-plug-on-dash-buttons/", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/03/01/amazon-pulls-the-plug-on-dash-buttons/", "title": "Amazon pulls the plug on dash buttons", "content_html": "\n

Victoria Song, writing for Gizmodo:

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Those quirky Amazon Dash buttons will soon be dead, gone, no more. Intended to be an easy way to reorder items, Amazon has now pulled them from sale worldwide and seems to be admitting that no one really needs them.
When the Dash buttons were\u00a0originally introduced in 2015, it was hard to believe they weren\u2019t an April Fool\u2019s joke.

But no, Amazon was serious about making it even easier for consumers to buy crap. Admittedly, some of the buttons had practical applications, especially when it came to bulk items like laundry detergent or kitty litter. But as time went on, they got\u00a0increasingly ridiculous, with Dash buttons for products like pistachios, Pop Tarts, Calvin Klein underwear, Trojans, and Red Bull. (If you\u2019re using so much underwear you need a Dash button, you should maybe rethink your life choices.)

So what killed the Dash? In a statement to GeekWire, Amazon said that customers are increasingly using product subscriptions and digital automatic reordering options. The company also credits increased Alexa-based shopping as another reason Dash buttons simply aren\u2019t necessary anymore.
That doesn\u2019t mean existing Dash button owners are out of luck. Amazon says it will continue support existing buttons. So if you really love your Kraft Macaroni and Cheese button, you can keep clicking until it physically wears away into nothing but beat-up plastic and a circuit board.

\u201cExisting Dash Button customers can continue to use their Dash Button devices,\u201d Amazon said in its statement. \u201cWe look forward to continuing support for our customers\u2019 shopping needs, including growing our\u00a0Dash Replenishment product line-up and expanding availability of virtual Dash Buttons.\u201d

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The post Amazon pulls the plug on dash buttons appeared first on Roger Stringer.

\n", "content_text": "Victoria Song, writing for Gizmodo:\n\n\n\nThose quirky Amazon Dash buttons will soon be dead, gone, no more. Intended to be an easy way to reorder items, Amazon has now pulled them from sale worldwide and seems to be admitting that no one really needs them.When the Dash buttons were\u00a0originally introduced in 2015, it was hard to believe they weren\u2019t an April Fool\u2019s joke. But no, Amazon was serious about making it even easier for consumers to buy crap. Admittedly, some of the buttons had practical applications, especially when it came to bulk items like laundry detergent or kitty litter. But as time went on, they got\u00a0increasingly ridiculous, with Dash buttons for products like pistachios, Pop Tarts, Calvin Klein underwear, Trojans, and Red Bull. (If you\u2019re using so much underwear you need a Dash button, you should maybe rethink your life choices.)So what killed the Dash? In a statement to GeekWire, Amazon said that customers are increasingly using product subscriptions and digital automatic reordering options. The company also credits increased Alexa-based shopping as another reason Dash buttons simply aren\u2019t necessary anymore.That doesn\u2019t mean existing Dash button owners are out of luck. Amazon says it will continue support existing buttons. So if you really love your Kraft Macaroni and Cheese button, you can keep clicking until it physically wears away into nothing but beat-up plastic and a circuit board.\u201cExisting Dash Button customers can continue to use their Dash Button devices,\u201d Amazon said in its statement. \u201cWe look forward to continuing support for our customers\u2019 shopping needs, including growing our\u00a0Dash Replenishment product line-up and expanding availability of virtual Dash Buttons.\u201d\n\n\n\n\nThe post Amazon pulls the plug on dash buttons appeared first on Roger Stringer.", "date_published": "2019-03-01T08:31:59-07:00", "date_modified": "2019-03-01T08:32:09-07:00", "author": { "name": "Roger Stringer", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/author/freekrai/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/dd9ab8e558ffd2a59f0540d4ac0bdd3f?s=512&d=mm&r=g" } }, { "id": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/02/21/samsungs-foldable-phone-is-the-galaxy-fold-available-april-26th-starting-at-1980/", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/02/21/samsungs-foldable-phone-is-the-galaxy-fold-available-april-26th-starting-at-1980/", "title": "Samsung\u2019s foldable phone is the Galaxy Fold, available April 26th starting at $1,980", "content_html": "\n

Tom Warren, writing for The Verge:

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Samsung first teased its foldable phone back in November, and at the company\u2019s Galaxy Unpacked event today, it\u2019s further detailing its foldable plans. Samsung\u2019s foldable now has a name, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and the company is revealing more about what this unique smartphone can do. Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy Fold on April 26th, starting at $1,980, through AT&T and T-Mobile in the US, with a free pair of Samsung\u2019s new wireless earbuds. There will be both an LTE and 5G version of the Galaxy Fold, and Samsung is even planning on launching the device in Europe on May 3rd, starting at 2,000 euros.

Samsung is using a new 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display that allows the phone itself to have a tablet-sized screen that can be folded to fit into a pocket. The main display is QXGA+ resolution (4.2:3), and when it\u2019s folded, a smaller 4.6-inch HD+ (12:9) display is used for the phone mode. Samsung is using 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0 (eUFS) for fast speeds, alongside a Qualcomm 7nm octa-core processor and 12GB of RAM. Samsung has even built two batteries for its Galaxy Fold, that are separated by the fold but combined in the Android operating system to represent a total of 4,380 mAh.

Samsung has built a sturdy backbone to the device, with a hinge system that has multiple interlocking gears. All of these gears are hidden at the rear of the device, and allow the Galaxy Fold to transform from tablet to phone modes. Samsung says it\u2019s able to fold at least 200,000 times, which works out to over 5 years if you fold it 100 times a day. At the rear of the device there\u2019s also a triple-camera system that will be used for both tablet and phone modes. There\u2019s a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, alongside 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto cameras at the rear, and a 10-megapixel cover camera for selfies. Samsung is also creating four different colors for the Galaxy Fold, but it\u2019s the main tablet display that\u2019s key here.

Samsung is allowing the Galaxy Fold to run three apps at once on this Android device, and it\u2019s using an app continuity system to adjust these apps when you move between tablet and phone modes. Apps like WhatsApp, Microsoft Office, and YouTube have all been optimized for the new display and modes, and Samsung has been working with Google to ensure Android 9 Pie fully supports this display.

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Samsung isn\u2019t the only smartphone maker creating a foldable device, but it\u2019s certainly one of the first to make it widely available. Xiaomi teased its own folding phone recently, that looked like the best concept we\u2019ve seen so far. Huawei is also reportedly planning to release a foldable handset this year, and Lenovo has started to tease its own prototype. LG has also been developing flexible OLED displays and TVs that roll up into a box. If all these manufacturers progress toward shipping a device like Samsung, then expect to see a lot of foldable phones in 2019 and beyond.

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Foldable phones… I’m still a little unsure about where these are going.

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On one hand, it gives you a phone and a tablet in one and gives “phablet” a whole new meaning, but on the other hand, It’s a foldable phone.

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The post Samsung\u2019s foldable phone is the Galaxy Fold, available April 26th starting at $1,980 appeared first on Roger Stringer.

\n", "content_text": "Tom Warren, writing for The Verge:\n\n\n\nSamsung first teased its foldable phone back in November, and at the company\u2019s Galaxy Unpacked event today, it\u2019s further detailing its foldable plans. Samsung\u2019s foldable now has a name, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and the company is revealing more about what this unique smartphone can do. Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy Fold on April 26th, starting at $1,980, through AT&T and T-Mobile in the US, with a free pair of Samsung\u2019s new wireless earbuds. There will be both an LTE and 5G version of the Galaxy Fold, and Samsung is even planning on launching the device in Europe on May 3rd, starting at 2,000 euros.Samsung is using a new 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display that allows the phone itself to have a tablet-sized screen that can be folded to fit into a pocket. The main display is QXGA+ resolution (4.2:3), and when it\u2019s folded, a smaller 4.6-inch HD+ (12:9) display is used for the phone mode. Samsung is using 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0 (eUFS) for fast speeds, alongside a Qualcomm 7nm octa-core processor and 12GB of RAM. Samsung has even built two batteries for its Galaxy Fold, that are separated by the fold but combined in the Android operating system to represent a total of 4,380 mAh.Samsung has built a sturdy backbone to the device, with a hinge system that has multiple interlocking gears. All of these gears are hidden at the rear of the device, and allow the Galaxy Fold to transform from tablet to phone modes. Samsung says it\u2019s able to fold at least 200,000 times, which works out to over 5 years if you fold it 100 times a day. At the rear of the device there\u2019s also a triple-camera system that will be used for both tablet and phone modes. There\u2019s a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, alongside 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto cameras at the rear, and a 10-megapixel cover camera for selfies. Samsung is also creating four different colors for the Galaxy Fold, but it\u2019s the main tablet display that\u2019s key here.Samsung is allowing the Galaxy Fold to run three apps at once on this Android device, and it\u2019s using an app continuity system to adjust these apps when you move between tablet and phone modes. Apps like WhatsApp, Microsoft Office, and YouTube have all been optimized for the new display and modes, and Samsung has been working with Google to ensure Android 9 Pie fully supports this display.[…]Samsung isn\u2019t the only smartphone maker creating a foldable device, but it\u2019s certainly one of the first to make it widely available. Xiaomi teased its own folding phone recently, that looked like the best concept we\u2019ve seen so far. Huawei is also reportedly planning to release a foldable handset this year, and Lenovo has started to tease its own prototype. LG has also been developing flexible OLED displays and TVs that roll up into a box. If all these manufacturers progress toward shipping a device like Samsung, then expect to see a lot of foldable phones in 2019 and beyond.\n\n\n\t\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\t\t\t\t\n\t\n\t\n\n\nFoldable phones… I’m still a little unsure about where these are going.\n\n\n\nOn one hand, it gives you a phone and a tablet in one and gives “phablet” a whole new meaning, but on the other hand, It’s a foldable phone.\nThe post Samsung\u2019s foldable phone is the Galaxy Fold, available April 26th starting at $1,980 appeared first on Roger Stringer.", "date_published": "2019-02-21T11:39:43-07:00", "date_modified": "2019-02-26T13:04:42-07:00", "author": { "name": "Roger Stringer", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/author/freekrai/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/dd9ab8e558ffd2a59f0540d4ac0bdd3f?s=512&d=mm&r=g" }, "image": "https://i2.wp.com/s3.amazonaws.com/rstringer-assets/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/21112709/google_fold_map.gif?fit=1600%2C861&ssl=1" }, { "id": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/02/07/inside-wisconsins-disastrous-4-5-billion-deal-with-foxconn/", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/02/07/inside-wisconsins-disastrous-4-5-billion-deal-with-foxconn/", "title": "Inside Wisconsin\u2019s Disastrous $4.5 Billion Deal With Foxconn", "content_html": "\n

Austin Carr, writing for Bloomberg\u00a0Businessweek , on the state of Foxconn and Wisconsin:

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\u201cThis is the Eighth Wonder of the World.\u201d

So declared President Donald Trump onstage last June at a press event at Foxconn\u2019s new factory in Mount Pleasant, Wis. He was there to herald the potential of the Taiwanese manufacturing giant\u2019s expansion into cheesehead country. He\u2019d joined Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou and then-Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to celebrate a partnership he\u2019d helped broker \u2014 \u201cone of the great deals ever,\u201d Trump said. In exchange for more than $4.5 billion in government incentives, Foxconn had agreed to build a high-tech manufacturing hub on 3,000 acres of farmland south of Milwaukee and create as many as 13,000 good-paying jobs for \u201camazing Wisconsin workers\u201d as early as 2022.

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The only consistency, many of these people say, lay in how obvious it was that Wisconsin struck a weak deal. Under the terms Walker negotiated, each job at the Mount Pleasant factory is projected to cost the state at least $219,000 in tax breaks and other incentives. The good or extra-bad news, depending on your perspective, is that there probably won\u2019t be 13,000 of them.

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A report from the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency, estimated the state would be in the red on the deal until at least 2042, and even that projection didn\u2019t account for the kinds of increased public-services costs associated with population growth. It also based income tax revenue projections on the implausible assumption that every employee would live in Wisconsin, whereas some would almost certainly commute from nearby Illinois. \u201cThere\u2019s no way this will ever pay itself off,\u201d says Tim Bartik, a senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. He says Foxconn\u2019s incentives are more than 10 times greater than typical government aid packages of its stripe.

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Wisconsin officials apparently didn\u2019t consider Gou\u2019s track record problematic. Instead, they describe the billionaire, who charmed them with stories of his early days selling TV parts in the Midwest, as almost philanthropic. \u201cMy impression of him was, what a nice person,\u201d says Scott Neitzel, who led negotiations for the Walker administration. \u201cAn extremely genuine, down-to-earth tycoon.\u201d When asked if the state looked at Foxconn\u2019s history, WEDC Chief Executive Officer Mark Hogan says, \u201cWe didn\u2019t spend a lot of time on that because, in the end, we got to know these people so well.\u201d

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\n", "content_text": "Austin Carr, writing for Bloomberg\u00a0Businessweek , on the state of Foxconn and Wisconsin: \n\n\n\n\u201cThis is the Eighth Wonder of the World.\u201dSo declared President Donald Trump onstage last June at a press event at Foxconn\u2019s new factory in Mount Pleasant, Wis. He was there to herald the potential of the Taiwanese manufacturing giant\u2019s expansion into cheesehead country. He\u2019d joined Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou and then-Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to celebrate a partnership he\u2019d helped broker \u2014 \u201cone of the great deals ever,\u201d Trump said. In exchange for more than $4.5 billion in government incentives, Foxconn had agreed to build a high-tech manufacturing hub on 3,000 acres of farmland south of Milwaukee and create as many as 13,000 good-paying jobs for \u201camazing Wisconsin workers\u201d as early as 2022.[…]The only consistency, many of these people say, lay in how obvious it was that Wisconsin struck a weak deal. Under the terms Walker negotiated, each job at the Mount Pleasant factory is projected to cost the state at least $219,000 in tax breaks and other incentives. The good or extra-bad news, depending on your perspective, is that there probably won\u2019t be 13,000 of them. [\u2026]A report from the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency, estimated the state would be in the red on the deal until at least 2042, and even that projection didn\u2019t account for the kinds of increased public-services costs associated with population growth. It also based income tax revenue projections on the implausible assumption that every employee would live in Wisconsin, whereas some would almost certainly commute from nearby Illinois. \u201cThere\u2019s no way this will ever pay itself off,\u201d says Tim Bartik, a senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. He says Foxconn\u2019s incentives are more than 10 times greater than typical government aid packages of its stripe.[…]Wisconsin officials apparently didn\u2019t consider Gou\u2019s track record problematic. Instead, they describe the billionaire, who charmed them with stories of his early days selling TV parts in the Midwest, as almost philanthropic. \u201cMy impression of him was, what a nice person,\u201d says Scott Neitzel, who led negotiations for the Walker administration. \u201cAn extremely genuine, down-to-earth tycoon.\u201d When asked if the state looked at Foxconn\u2019s history, WEDC Chief Executive Officer Mark Hogan says, \u201cWe didn\u2019t spend a lot of time on that because, in the end, we got to know these people so well.\u201d\nThe post Inside Wisconsin\u2019s Disastrous $4.5 Billion Deal With Foxconn appeared first on Roger Stringer.", "date_published": "2019-02-07T09:03:05-07:00", "date_modified": "2019-02-07T09:03:13-07:00", "author": { "name": "Roger Stringer", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/author/freekrai/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/dd9ab8e558ffd2a59f0540d4ac0bdd3f?s=512&d=mm&r=g" }, "image": "https://i2.wp.com/s3.amazonaws.com/rstringer-assets/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/07085849/2400x-1.jpg?fit=2048%2C1592&ssl=1" }, { "id": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/01/31/apple-blocks-google-from-running-its-internal-ios-apps/", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/01/31/apple-blocks-google-from-running-its-internal-ios-apps/", "title": "Apple blocks Google from running its internal iOS apps", "content_html": "\n

Tom Warren, writing for The Verge:

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Apple has now shut down Google\u2019s ability to distribute its internal iOS apps, following a similar shutdown that was issued to Facebook earlier this week. A person familiar with the situation tells The Verge that early versions of Google Maps, Hangouts, Gmail, and other pre-release beta apps have stopped working today, alongside employee-only apps like a Gbus app for transportation and Google\u2019s internal cafe app.

\u201cWe\u2019re working with Apple to fix a temporary disruption to some of our corporate iOS apps, which we expect will be resolved soon,\u201d says a Google spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.

Apple\u2019s move to block Google\u2019s developer certificate comes just a day after\u00a0Google disabled its Screenwise Meter app\u00a0following press coverage. Google\u2019s private app was designed to monitor how people use their iPhones, similar to Facebook\u2019s research app. Google\u2019s app also relied on Apple\u2019s enterprise program, which enables the distribution of internal apps within a company.

In an earlier statement over Facebook\u2019s certificate removal, Apple did warn that \u201cany developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked.\u201d Apple is clearly sticking to its rules and applying them equally to Facebook, Google, and likely many other companies that get caught breaking Apple\u2019s rules in the future.

While Facebook\u2019s internal iOS apps are still not functional, both Apple and Google\u2019s statements make it clear that the companies are working together to fix Google\u2019s issues. It\u2019s not clear if Apple is working \u201cvery quickly\u201d to help Facebook resolve its internal iOS apps.

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\n", "content_text": "Tom Warren, writing for The Verge:\n\n\n\nApple has now shut down Google\u2019s ability to distribute its internal iOS apps, following a similar shutdown that was issued to Facebook earlier this week. A person familiar with the situation tells The Verge that early versions of Google Maps, Hangouts, Gmail, and other pre-release beta apps have stopped working today, alongside employee-only apps like a Gbus app for transportation and Google\u2019s internal cafe app.\u201cWe\u2019re working with Apple to fix a temporary disruption to some of our corporate iOS apps, which we expect will be resolved soon,\u201d says a Google spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.Apple\u2019s move to block Google\u2019s developer certificate comes just a day after\u00a0Google disabled its Screenwise Meter app\u00a0following press coverage. Google\u2019s private app was designed to monitor how people use their iPhones, similar to Facebook\u2019s research app. Google\u2019s app also relied on Apple\u2019s enterprise program, which enables the distribution of internal apps within a company.In an earlier statement over Facebook\u2019s certificate removal, Apple did warn that \u201cany developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked.\u201d Apple is clearly sticking to its rules and applying them equally to Facebook, Google, and likely many other companies that get caught breaking Apple\u2019s rules in the future.While Facebook\u2019s internal iOS apps are still not functional, both Apple and Google\u2019s statements make it clear that the companies are working together to fix Google\u2019s issues. It\u2019s not clear if Apple is working \u201cvery quickly\u201d to help Facebook resolve its internal iOS apps.\nThe post Apple blocks Google from running its internal iOS apps appeared first on Roger Stringer.", "date_published": "2019-01-31T15:11:21-07:00", "date_modified": "2019-01-31T15:11:23-07:00", "author": { "name": "Roger Stringer", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/author/freekrai/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/dd9ab8e558ffd2a59f0540d4ac0bdd3f?s=512&d=mm&r=g" } }, { "id": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/01/28/cheddar-apple-planning-gaming-subscription-service/", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/01/28/cheddar-apple-planning-gaming-subscription-service/", "title": "Cheddar: Apple Planning Gaming Subscription Service", "content_html": "\n

Alex Heath, writing for Cheddar:

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Apple is planning a subscription service for games, according to five people familiar with the matter.

The service would function like Netflix for games, allowing users who pay a subscription fee to access a bundled list of titles. Apple ($AAPL) began privately discussing a subscription service with game developers in the second half of 2018, said the people, all of whom requested anonymity to discuss unannounced plans.

It\u2019s unclear how much the subscription will cost or what kind of games Apple will offer. The service is still in the early stages of development, and Apple could ultimately decide to abandon it.

The company has also discussed partnering with developers as a publisher, according to two people familiar with the talks, which could signal Apple\u2019s ambition to assume distribution, marketing, and other related costs for select games.

An Apple spokesperson declined to comment for this story.

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I don’t see this working as a benefit so much for Macs, but for the Apple TV and their mobile devices, similar to how the Nvidia Shield offers a gaming service, it could work.

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\n", "content_text": "Alex Heath, writing for Cheddar:\n\n\n\nApple is planning a subscription service for games, according to five people familiar with the matter.The service would function like Netflix for games, allowing users who pay a subscription fee to access a bundled list of titles. Apple ($AAPL) began privately discussing a subscription service with game developers in the second half of 2018, said the people, all of whom requested anonymity to discuss unannounced plans.It\u2019s unclear how much the subscription will cost or what kind of games Apple will offer. The service is still in the early stages of development, and Apple could ultimately decide to abandon it.The company has also discussed partnering with developers as a publisher, according to two people familiar with the talks, which could signal Apple\u2019s ambition to assume distribution, marketing, and other related costs for select games.An Apple spokesperson declined to comment for this story.\n\n\n\nI don’t see this working as a benefit so much for Macs, but for the Apple TV and their mobile devices, similar to how the Nvidia Shield offers a gaming service, it could work.\nThe post Cheddar: Apple Planning Gaming Subscription Service appeared first on Roger Stringer.", "date_published": "2019-01-28T12:05:45-07:00", "date_modified": "2019-01-28T12:05:47-07:00", "author": { "name": "Roger Stringer", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/author/freekrai/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/dd9ab8e558ffd2a59f0540d4ac0bdd3f?s=512&d=mm&r=g" } }, { "id": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/01/25/morgan-stanley-buy-apple-now-before-earnings-next-week-because-the-bad-news-is-already-in-the-stock/", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/2019/01/25/morgan-stanley-buy-apple-now-before-earnings-next-week-because-the-bad-news-is-already-in-the-stock/", "title": "Morgan Stanley: Buy Apple now before earnings next week because the bad news is already in the stock", "content_html": "\n

Yun Li, writing for CNBC:

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The bar is set low for Apple\u2019s earnings next Tuesday so Morgan Stanley says it\u2019s a good time to buy the stock.

\u201cWe believe the recent pullback is an attractive entry point given upcoming services launches and shares already pricing in extremely cautious iPhone replacement cycle and average selling price headwinds,\u201d the bank\u2019s analyst Katy Huberty said in a note on Friday.

Apple\u2019s stock has plummeted more than 28 percent over the past three months. Shares of the iPhone maker took a huge hit when it slashed revenue guidance by 8 percent on Jan. 2, blaming the slowdown on weaker sales in China. The stock tanked 15 percent that day.

Morgan Stanley said the Wall Street and buy-side investors have already lowered their expectations for Apple\u2019s December numbers after the guidance, so next week\u2019s numbers will unlikely tank the stock further. All eyes will be on any forecast for the current quarter

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I’m sure Apple will bounce back after all their bad news so far this year, but it will be interesting to watch.

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\n", "content_text": "Yun Li, writing for CNBC:\n\n\n\nThe bar is set low for Apple\u2019s earnings next Tuesday so Morgan Stanley says it\u2019s a good time to buy the stock.\u201cWe believe the recent pullback is an attractive entry point given upcoming services launches and shares already pricing in extremely cautious iPhone replacement cycle and average selling price headwinds,\u201d the bank\u2019s analyst Katy Huberty said in a note on Friday.Apple\u2019s stock has plummeted more than 28 percent over the past three months. Shares of the iPhone maker took a huge hit when it slashed revenue guidance by 8 percent on Jan. 2, blaming the slowdown on weaker sales in China. The stock tanked 15 percent that day.Morgan Stanley said the Wall Street and buy-side investors have already lowered their expectations for Apple\u2019s December numbers after the guidance, so next week\u2019s numbers will unlikely tank the stock further. All eyes will be on any forecast for the current quarter\n\n\n\nI’m sure Apple will bounce back after all their bad news so far this year, but it will be interesting to watch.\nThe post Morgan Stanley: Buy Apple now before earnings next week because the bad news is already in the stock appeared first on Roger Stringer.", "date_published": "2019-01-25T10:08:41-07:00", "date_modified": "2019-01-25T10:08:43-07:00", "author": { "name": "Roger Stringer", "url": "https://rogerstringer.com/author/freekrai/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/dd9ab8e558ffd2a59f0540d4ac0bdd3f?s=512&d=mm&r=g" }, "image": "https://i0.wp.com/s3.amazonaws.com/rstringer-assets/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/25100328/AAPL_chart.1548420445190.jpeg?fit=670%2C450&ssl=1" } ], "icon": "https://i1.wp.com/s3.amazonaws.com/rstringer-assets/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/26091029/cropped-codedgeekery.png?fit=512%2C512&ssl=1" }