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    Voice Assistants Dying, Alexa $10 Billion Loss Expected in 2022

    Er, no. Argue against a real person, not a straw one. I hate it when anyone uses the "if you have nothing to hide" argument. You should expect reasonable protections against non-consensual uses of your data. But it's also wrong to throw out "omg corporate shill" accusations just because someone...
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    Voice Assistants Dying, Alexa $10 Billion Loss Expected in 2022

    Where did I say that? In a previous response I literally said you can refuse to put these devices in your home. I just want people to make genuinely informed decisions and accept that it's not the end of the world if someone they know has an Echo speaker or talks to Google.
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    Voice Assistants Dying, Alexa $10 Billion Loss Expected in 2022

    For goodness' sake, I'm not gaslighting. I'm talking about grounding concerns in practical reality. You don't have to like what Amazon/Apple/Google/Meta/Microsoft et. al. are doing now. I'm saying we shouldn't fall for the "your Echo speaker is recording everything you say" junk, and that you...
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    Voice Assistants Dying, Alexa $10 Billion Loss Expected in 2022

    Data collection can increase without reaching a completely nightmarish level, you know. And no kidding, things would have increased over 25 years. In 1997, most people connected to the internet through dialup that could barely handle more than a (slow) MP3 download; you would've needed a...
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    Voice Assistants Dying, Alexa $10 Billion Loss Expected in 2022

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: I wish folks would take a realistic, nuanced approach to how Amazon, Google and others collect voice assistant data (and indeed, data in general). On forums like these the conversation seems to be split between the "no big deal" camp and the "omg...
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    Voice Assistants Dying, Alexa $10 Billion Loss Expected in 2022

    I'm starting to appreciate HomePods more, and that's saying something given how behind Apple has been in the voice assistant game. Siri is less capable than Alexa or Google Assistant, there's no question about that. But it also isn't trying to pitch you on Black Friday deals or rope you into a...
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    Microsoft cancels "new" console

    I wouldn't say "never" (I rarely deal in absolutes), but I wouldn't be surprised if game streaming fizzles out. Latency and costs can go down — the challenge is getting enough game developers to offer their games in the cloud, whatever the pricing model looks like. And I'd say 2FA is a minor...
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    Apple Sued for Allegedly Deceiving Users With Privacy Settings

    It's important not to let Apple off the hook, but it is true that Apple is still generally more respectful of data privacy. And crucially, moral absolutism doesn't last long in the tech world. It's important to consider privacy, but the folks who are completely rigid about it don't have many...
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    big jump in price from 4k to 5k. why?

    The webcam quality problems were the result of... unfinished firmware, frankly. I don't know why Apple shipped the Studio Display in such a rough state. It's still not the best camera, to be clear, but with Center Stage and all it's certainly better than some. The speakers won't replace a good...
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    big jump in price from 4k to 5k. why?

    It's $1,599 and includes a solid webcam (now that the firmware is sorted), actually-good speakers and a Thunderbolt hub with 96W laptop charging, so I wouldn't say it's without value. But yes, you're partly paying for the Apple design. I'll admit that it makes the most sense for someone like me...
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    Microsoft cancels "new" console

    Oh, I didn't say it's the smartest strategy, just that it's what Microsoft is doing. And it'll be difficult to offer cheaply as the cost of maintaining suitable hardware and bandwidth isn't cheap. As I've said in the past: game streaming shows promise, but the technology and business model just...
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    big jump in price from 4k to 5k. why?

    Higher pixel density, and it's particularly useful for content creators. You can watch or edit a 4K video without losing detail in windowed mode, and it's helpful for photography and image creation as well. Don't get me wrong, 4K is fine for many people, but having used a 5K iMac for years...
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    Microsoft cancels "new" console

    That's the way it seems to be going, and probably the best route. Samsung TVs now have that Xbox cloud gaming app, so your up-front cost is exactly zero beyond the TV and the controller you already needed. I don't think these services are aimed at people with low income. They're meant more for...
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    Boomer iWatch Question

    There's a Family Setup feature that lets you configure cellular Apple Watches for kids. You need a host iPhone (one of the parents'), an Apple ID for each person and cellular plans for the watches. You can limit the features your daughters can use, and even set up a "Schooltime" mode that...
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    Microsoft cancels "new" console

    A streaming-only device would be fine... just not at $130. I'd say $99 is the magic mark; more of a conspicuous gap, but high enough that Microsoft can pack some better hardware inside than the usual Chromecasts and Fire Sticks. The irony is that the new Apple TV 4K might be a better value at...
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