By Malcolm Owen Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 11:30 am PT (02:30 pm ET) Apple has made a request to the Trump Administration to keep parts used in the new Mac Pro from being affected by import tariffs, a move that aims to keep the cost of the premium macOS workstation as low as possible for its release to consumers in the United States. Apple CEO Tim Cook with the new Mac Pro The ongoing trade war between the United States and China has led to the former applying a wide variety of tariffs on products being imported into the country from China. So far products like the iPhone have largely avoided being hit by the import charges, but Apple is keen to avoid the modular Mac Pro from being subjected to the fees. Apple made the exclusion request on July 18, Bloomberg reports, asking for relief from duties worth 25% of the value of key parts and accessories for a device that, though not outright named as a Mac Pro, can be identified by details included in official documentation. The list of … [Read more...] about Apple asks White House not to apply tariffs to Mac Pro parts
Reviews Easily one of the best games you can buy on Steam right now. By Kenneth Araullo @kennetharaullo 07/23/19 Email Facebook Twitter Reddit Astroneer Score 9.5 Platform(s)WindowsXbox One Genre(s)Action-AdventureOpen WorldSimulator Release Date 2016-12-16 Seven months into 2019, and it’s evident that this is the year for space titles to shine through. I’ve had one heck of a trip playing through Observation, Risk of Rain 2 and Outer Wilds, and all of them fueled me to find my next big space title.On a whim, I get Astroneer during the Steam Summer Sale, and it easily paid for itself within a day.Having played it nearly every day for the past three weeks, I can say with some certainty that Astroneer is easily one of the best games I’ve played this year, carried by its very decent sense of scale, whimsical nature, and its surprising accessibility. If you’re ever daunted by space exploration titles, and the fact that they can easily be huge time sinks that … [Read more...] about Astroneer Review
Feature By Mike Wuerthele and Malcolm Owen Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 10:21 am PT (01:21 pm ET) Tripp Mickle from the Wall Street Journal alleges that Apple is favoring its apps unfairly in iOS App Store searches. Not only does Apple deny it, but testing with devices associated with iCloud accounts seems to disprove the allegations.Apple's App Store landing page on July 23 A Wall Street Journal report alleged on Tuesday that Apple's mobile apps "routinely appear first in search results ahead of competitors in the App Store." Analysis by the claims Apple's apps appear in the top spot in more than "60% of basic searches," such as for "Maps" or other simple terms, but doesn't go into great detail about what the other terms could be. For apps with a subscription, such as Apple Music, they appeared first in 95% of searches for terms within the same industry. Search and discovery User searches power approximately 65% of all app downloads from the App Store, making it a major influencer in … [Read more...] about Apple alleged to favor its own apps in App Store search
Through the looking glass: For most major tech advancements, the more mature and better developed a technology gets, the easier it is to understand. Unfortunately, it seems the exact opposite is happening in the world of artificial intelligence, or AI. As machine learning, neural networks, hardware advancements, and software developments meant to drive AI forward all continue to evolve, the picture they’re painting is getting even more confusing. At a basic level, it’s now much less clear as to what AI realistically can and cannot do, especially at the present moment. Yes, there’s a lot of great speculation about what AI-driven technologies will eventually be able to do, but there are several things that we were led to believe they could do now, which turn out to be a lot less “magical” than they first appear. In the case of speech-based digital assistants, for example, there have been numerous stories written recently about how the perceived intelligence … [Read more...] about Opinion: The contradictory state of AI
News Issues are almost always moot if there's a big enough crowd - but does Google even have one for the Stadia? By Kenneth Araullo @kennetharaullo 07/23/19 Email Facebook Twitter Reddit We’ve seen, heard, and read a lot about the Google Stadia these past few months. We’ve been privy to the first ever Stadia Connect presentation, and there have been a lot of interviews with key people over the past several weeks pertaining to Google’s gaming service which will launch later this November. Very recently, the Director of Product for Stadia even did a Reddit AMA to talk about the Stadia, and also clarified some of the misconceptions one tends to have when thinking of the service as like a ‘Netflix for Games.’However, what I have not seen asked very frequently is one that will ultimately decide whether or not Stadia will be big enough to live on and grab a piece of the huge gaming industry. Sure, we know it’s a service, and we know what it’s … [Read more...] about Who Is Google Stadia For?