By Mikey Campbell Tuesday, May 05, 2015, 01:41 am PT (04:41 am ET)
Lost amidst a sea of adorned hardware technologies introduced with Apple Watch was a new image-based pairing technique renowned by a “particle cloud” effect. On Tuesday, Apple perceived a obvious detailing what appears to be a bedrock of this singular pairing procedure, hinting during a use in destiny products.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Apple consecutive U.S. Patent Nos. 9,022,291 and 9,022,292, both patrician “Invisible visible tag for transmitting information between computing devices,” laying a substructure for appurtenance entertaining codes like those seen with Apple Watch. Specifically, a invention outlines a routine by that data-rich visible labels are encoded and decoded in a demeanour inaudible to finish users.
According to a patent, an visible tag is used to broadcast information from one electronic device to another, most like discerning response codes (QR codes) that are themselves descendants of UPC barcodes. In fact, Apple’s invention supports normal 2D appurtenance entertaining schemes, though relates a arrangement routine that creates a matrices invisible opposite a immobile or energetic background.
The invention relies heavily on tellurian pyschovisual perception. By encoding and coloring a specific apportionment of a pattern in dual swapping frames, Apple can control how a user perceives that area’s temporal chrominance, or radically a tone of a picture.
For example, initial and second portions of support A are encoded regulating dual colors, maybe blue and magenta. Third and onward portions generated on support B conform to a initial and second portions of support A are practical hostile colors orange and green. Alternating between a dual frames, a temporal normal equates to a miss of color, or gray. To safeguard chroma space changes go unnoticed, frames swap during frequencies of 60 fps to 120 fps and beyond.
Assigning temporal averages selectively opposite a pattern allows it to mix in with a accumulation of credentials images, from icons to wallpapers. For example, a apportionment of a swapping frames can be encoded to outlay a temporal normal of blue to compare a blue territory of an image, while another area might conform to an orange section.
Since a tellurian eye is some-more supportive to changes in luminance, or brightness, than chrominance, tone changes to a specifically encoded visible tag will expected go unnoticed. For an imaging sensor, however, chrominance changes are simply distinguishable. By capturing encoded frames during a opposite rate than what is being displayed by a transmitting device, a target device is means to to collect out a underlying pattern for decoding and processing.
Finally, displaying matrices in swapping frames enables embeds in relocating images, a vital depart from immobile black-and-white or tone QR codes.
It looks like Apple already practical a newly postulated obvious with Apple Watch. As seen in a picture during a tip of this article, Apple is regulating a visible pairing routine to couple Watch with iPhone. During a setup process, owners are educated to use an iPhone to constraint images of a boldly generated visible formula — imitative a roiling Oort cloud — displayed on their Watch.
As Apple’s invention is designed to pretence a tellurian eye, it is formidable to infer inclusion in Apple Watch’s pairing process. Taking a shipping version’s pairing speed, correctness and sophistication into account, however, Apple’s invisible visible tag record seems like a good fit.
Apple’s invisible visible tag patents were filed for in Jul 2014 and credit Rudolph outpost der Merwe and Samuel G. Noble as inventors.
Smart watches are attempting to mangle into a mainstream. The large selling machines of Apple, Google and Samsung are perplexing to pull their interest over geeks and early adopters and get everybody wondering either there’s a smartwatch for them.
Smartwatches have existed, in several incarnations, for 10 years or so. Last year saw Pebble launch a second iteration of a successful smartwatch; Samsung betray a fourth, fifth and sixth smartwatches; and Google enter a diversion with Android Wear.
But as with a tablet, a smartphone and a MP3 actor before it, a launch of Apple’s initial smartwatch has thrown a whole record into a spotlight.
Before a Apple Watch, usually 2% of a British open was wakeful of smartwatches, notwithstanding their being accessible in store and online, and few people were assured of their need for such a thing, according to information from Ipsos Mori.
Apple’s selling around a watch focuses heavily on dual things: health and fashion. With a engorgement of straps, watch faces and box combinations, it is, in Apple’s words, a “most personal record yet”.
But during a heart a smartwatch is all about putting notifications on a wrist, transporting them from a buzzing phone to an at-a-glance plcae some-more straightforwardly accessible during a day.
They are inherently for a notification-obsessed. If we don’t feel a titillate to strech for your phone a impulse it final your attention, afterwards a smartwatch is expected to supplement small value to your life.
Even Google’s conduct of design, Matías Duarte, agrees, recently revelation Bloomberg that “the smartwatch is like an electric can opener”: mostly bigger, some-more complicated, and eventually not necessary.
If, however, your life revolves around a consistent ping of emails, texts and notifications, that sees we reaching for a phone each dual minutes, afterwards a smartwatch could save we time.
You could disagree that something is wrong if you’re that glued to a consistent happenings of a smartphone. Do we unequivocally need to know about everything? Can’t it wait? Is it even healthy?
But a law is we am that spooky and there are many like me. By relocating a ping, bing and bong to a wrist we can mislay during slightest some apportionment of phone-digging.
For email we can immediately repository with a swipe, weigh what needs courtesy and usually mangle out a smartphone if necessary. That bid saving increases with a distance of a phone. Today’s smartphones are significantly incomparable than even a few years ago. The normal shade distance of a new smartphone in 2007 was 3in; final year it was usually underneath 5in. Now it’s not odd to be regulating a incomparable screen. Even Apple now sells a phablet – a smartphone with a shade 5.5in or bigger.
As a shade distance grows, so does a problem in storing a device. Where should it be kept? Does it fit in a pocket? And if so, can we indeed get it out again? Invariably a answer is a bag or a low pocket, that means indeed removing to a large phone is difficult.
In a adoption of a Apple Watch, one engaging anecdotal regard is that women are mostly a many elegant of it, as they don’t have to fish it out of a bag.
You could disagree that though wanting to have pocketability, maximising shade distance for expenditure of calm is a judicious subsequent step.
For those who are notification-obsessed, smartwatches can also act as a filter, with a ability to shorten that apps send alerts to your wrist, a forms of notifications that can come by and who we concede to hit you. You can tailor an knowledge where usually critical notifications disquiet you.
The same thing can be finished on many smartphones, though a delayed climb of notifications has meant many people have nonetheless to shorten them. Notifications on a wrist can feel some-more like an advance of remoteness than those on a phone, and so a procedure to indeed do something about it is greater.
So who is a smartwatch for? Anyone with a income to spend on something totally unnecessary, an arguably diseased mania with notifications and a will to endure a daily distrurbance of charging nonetheless another device. Is it for anyone else? Probably not.
Apple on late Apr launched a initial smartwatch ever, nonetheless not all buyers looking to measure one on Apr 24th were means to do it. From a looks of it, shopping an Apple Watch from Apple.com will not be an easy charge in a nearby destiny either, during slightest unless you’re peaceful to wait utterly a while for your selected indication to be shipped. As Redmond Pie noticed, all 42mm Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch models now have Jul shipping estimates when systematic from Apple’s U.S. and general online stores.
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Soon after Watch preorders started on Apr 10th, it became transparent that Apple was traffic with some arrange of Watch associated batch problems, as boat dates estimates fast trip to May and afterwards June, with some models being sole out within minutes. Then, it became increasingly transparent that Apple won’t have any Watch batch in sell stores, with usually a handful of conform plcae around a universe carrying a device on palm on Apr 24th.
Various reports showed that a 42mm Watch models are a many popular with buyers.
Apple serve explained a online-only launch plan in Apr divulgence that in-store purchases will not be accessible for a whole month of May. Furthermore, a news final week suggested a association has apparently encountered some vital issues with a vicious Apple Watch componen, a taptic engine obliged for pleasing feedback, that serve hindered a launch plans.
However, even nonetheless Apple managed to boat some-more Apple Watch units during a launch weekend than primarily expected, and even nonetheless many buyers will accept their Watch smoothness earlier than expected, it looks like Apple is distant from throwing adult with demand.
The association is nonetheless to publicly acknowledge any production issues with a device that competence serve check shipments, and Apple has not announced a second call of Apple Watch launches yet.
Customers not peaceful to wait until Jul to get their Watch smoothness can always squeeze one from online resellers, nonetheless prices will be significantly noted up.
Meanwhile, those buyers happy with a smaller 38mm indication competence be luckier, nonetheless their selected indication competence also usually boat during some indicate in June.
By Roger Fingas Monday, May 04, 2015, 08:29 am PT (11:29 am ET)
The YouTube app has left from many second-generation Apple TV units, users remarkable on Monday, with both a home shade idol and references to a app in Settings declining overnight.
No warning was given for a removal, and many users have voiced disappointment with a change. The app stays entirely organic on third-generation Apple TVs.
Late final month, Google updated a YouTube Data API to capacitate newer facilities and announced that comparison devices, including a second-generation Apple TV, would no longer be supported. This had a effect of violation a existent YouTube apps on a series of devices, including an collection of HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and diversion consoles as good as iPhones, iPads, and iPod hold units using iOS 6 or earlier.
Apple expelled a third-generation Apple TV in early 2012, though many second-generation models are still in use. While both versions were during underline relation for years, Apple has apparently changed second-generation units toward end-of-life status, as usually some-more new boxes perceived renouned updates like a new iOS 8-style user interface and a Beats Music app.
Apple is believed to be operative on a fourth-generation set-top that could be announced during a Worldwide Developers Conference on Jun 8. The new denote is approaching to support Siri and an App Store, and accordingly underline some-more inner storage. A rumored A8 processor could capacitate 4K video, nonetheless there has been no denote that 4K videos will be sole or rented by a iTunes Store.
A chronicle of this letter was creatively published during Tech.pinions, a website dedicated to sensitive opinions, discernment and viewpoint on a tech industry.
Apple CEO Tim Cook pronounced on final week’s gain call:
I consider we’re on a early stages of usually major, vital changes in media that are going to be unequivocally good for consumers, and we consider Apple could be a partial of that.
Two weeks ago, we wrote about Apple’s intensity to change a subscription song market. But, given that these remarks were finished in a context of HBO Now, we consider what Tim Cook was unequivocally referring to was a enlargement of HBO Now and Apple’s intensity to do a TV service. I’ve created several pieces about this already on Tech.pinions.
The final square about this, for now, is per internal TV and sports content. This is simply a hardest partial of Apple’s TV service, and has a few implications for what Apple competence build.
Local broadcasting marketplace structure
The large plea here is, given wire networks are singular entities and for a many partial owned by singular companies, a value sequence and marketplace structure in internal broadcasting is some-more complex. Although a vital inhabitant networks do possess some internal broadcasting stations themselves, many others are owned by eccentric companies such as Gannett, Graham Holdings, Clear Channel and Sinclair.
The owned-and-operated stations are a elementary partial of this equation, though a stations hold by eccentric companies are where a complexities come in. The inhabitant networks usually supply a apportionment of a programming these stations promote any week, with a rest filled in with internal content, reruns, informal sports and other calm that doesn’t come from ABC, NBC, CBS or Fox.
This is given CBS, that now runs a possess over-the-top TV use in a form of CBS All Access, can’t yield it nationally. As we can see from this page, one of a initial things we have to do when we try to pointer adult for a use is enter your ZIP code, so CBS can check either it can yield a use to we (where we live, in Utah, a use isn’t available, given a internal hire is owned by Sinclair Broadcasting).
I continue to be preoccupied by a intensity for an Apple TV service. There are hurdles aplenty, though we consider there’s a outrageous event that no association though Apple from outward a normal compensate TV space can expected daub into.
I go into all this given it’s vicious to bargain a hurdles Apple will confront in rising a compensate TV use along a lines of what people are used to. As partial of a classical compensate TV bundle, people are accustomed to removing all a live internal channels as partial of a simple tier. But this is usually probable given their internal compensate TV provider has engaged with a internal broadcasters to broach this service. If Apple were to yield a inhabitant rollout for a TV use (and I’d assume it would wish to), it would have to pointer contracts (directly or indirectly) with all a internal broadcasters wherever it wanted to yield service.
There are some-more than 200 CBS affiliates alone around a country, usually 16 of that are owned by CBS itself. A series are apparently owned by groups such as Sinclair, though it still means doing lots of particular deals and handling a streams from all these providers opposite a country. And that’s usually for CBS. It could potentially understanding with these groups and with CBS as intermediaries, though that usually creates a problem rather some-more manageable.
Sports rights another wrinkle
Another severe problem is sports content. It appears Apple has a understanding in place (or during slightest in a works) with Disney, that would expected yield ESPN channels as it already does to Sling TV. However, a good understanding of sports calm in a U.S. is fragmented opposite many other channels, including internal promote channels, other wire networks such as TNT and TBS, and informal sports networks in many particular markets.
Traditional NFL TV rights alone are complex, separate among a 4 vital inhabitant broadcasters, some of their affiliates (in a box of preseason broadcasts), ESPN and a NFL Network. Baseball, basketball and other sports are even some-more fragmented given their audiences are some-more localized. Certain mobile rights for a NFL are owned by Verizon Wireless, that serve complicates a design for any use that is to be accessible opposite platforms and devices.
The purpose of live
Overall, expenditure of live, linear calm is in solid and fast decline. Once a assemblage of normal TV viewing, it has now forsaken to reduction than half, and is expected to continue to fall.
Two factors expostulate this: The preference of examination during a time of one’s selecting rather than an capricious atmosphere time, and a ability to skip advertising. Advertising is a one member of a normal TV business that hasn’t been strictly disrupted, notwithstanding all a other changes that have been forced on a attention as it has initial seen threats such as TiVo, Slingbox and robbery emerge, and afterwards solemnly blending to yield some of a same value propositions.
The TV attention is dependant to advertising, though there now are several vital alternatives to normal TV that eschew advertising, including Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Now and, of course, electronic sell-through offerings such as Apple’s possess iTunes. Despite all this, a normal TV attention stays heavily contingent on promotion as a income stream, as we demonstrated in this piece.
However, these promotion income streams are underneath threat, as observation shifts from live to behind and on-demand, where there are reduce ad loads (or ads are skipped), and where a assembly mostly can’t be accurately totalled or monetized. Apple can assistance with dimensions and monetization, though live observation is a one form of TV where ads can’t unequivocally be avoided.
This is where we come behind to sports — other than a handful of existence TV shows with live voting, and news programs that fewer and fewer people watch, sports stays a vital form of calm people still watch live. Even as all else moves to DVR, on-demand and online viewing, sports refuses to be time-shifted.
Possible strategies for Apple
Now that we’ve reviewed some of a hurdles for local, live and sports programming, let’s demeanour during some probable ways Apple could residence all of this:
Exclude live TV. The HBO Now indication is engaging given it doesn’t embody a live component. Other than a occasional fighting match, HBO’s calm isn’t quite time-sensitive, so this doesn’t matter a good deal. On-demand is excellent for radically all a content, and it typically creates shows accessible by a app roughly immediately after they start airing, that is roughly a same as live. One probable indication for Apple to pursue is to emanate a gold of identical services, as we hinted it competence in my square on a HBO Now announcement.
Thus, instead of a classical gold of channels with live TV being primary and on-demand and DVR functionality secondary, on-demand would be a usually process to watch something, and a use would compute itself to calm owners on a basement of permitting them to scrupulously magnitude and monetize that viewing, that in spin would need unskippable ads on many channels. Given a change to on-demand viewing, this would fit many people’s existent patterns, though it wouldn’t get absolved of ads, as many other services do, nor yield a behind doorway for skipping them such as a DVR. The other large downside is it would have to leave out sports ,which, as noted, was a vital problem of live observation that’s resistant to time-shifting.
Exclude sports. Of course, one proceed to overcome this problem is to yield packages that simply don’t have a sports component, instead withdrawal a sports member of a gold to existent apps such as MLB TV. This is an unlawful substitute, given trance policies and other stipulations on observation by those apps, though it competence be a rather adequate proceed to fill in during slightest some of a gaps.
On a other hand, for people who don’t caring about sports — that is a organisation many expected to cut a TV cord anyway — this expected doesn’t matter. However, if Apple wants to do a understanding with Disney, incompatible ESPN from a gold seems like something of a deal-breaker, generally given a stream squabble between Verizon and ESPN over usually this issue.
Offer informal rather than inhabitant service. One probable resolution to a internal channels problem is to regionalize a use and hurl it out by internal market. This is a plan Sony has adopted with a Vue service, and we consider a problem of removing internal channels on house was partial of a reason. This would be a vital depart for Apple, given it has always supposing a products during slightest on a inhabitant basement in a U.S. (in contrariety to Google and Amazon, that any have certain services or facilities usually accessible in certain geographic areas). Instinctively, this feels like an un-Apple thing to do, though it’s one of a few options for overcoming a outrageous hurdles compared with providing live, internal and sports programming.
Bite a bullet and do a deals. Despite all a obstacles, given a problems compared with any of a other approaches summarized above, Apple might usually confirm to punch a bullet and do a deals required to yield inhabitant use from day one, including local, live and sports programming. It has apparently been finished before by Dish and DirecTV, that both yield services nationally, distinct a other compensate TV providers that work usually on a informal basis. But this proceed would be a heck of a lot of work, and it will turn increasingly formidable to keep a sum underneath wraps as some-more and some-more parties turn involved. But we have to consider that, on balance, this is a many expected route, that might good be given we’re conference about a use notwithstanding a fact there’s no pointer of an approaching launch.
I continue to be preoccupied by a intensity for an Apple TV service. There are hurdles aplenty, though we consider there’s a outrageous event no association though Apple from outward a normal compensate TV space can expected daub into.
Jan Dawson is owner and arch researcher during Jackdaw, a record investigate and consulting organisation focused on a connection of consumer devices, software, services and connectivity. During his 13 years as a record analyst, Dawson has lonesome all from DSL to LTE, and from process and law to smartphones and tablets. Prior to first Jackdaw, Dawson worked during Ovum for a series of years, many recently as arch telecoms analyst, obliged for Ovum’s telecoms investigate bulletin globally. Reach him @jandawson.
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I’m not an Apple Watch skeptic. As Apple inclination go, we don’t consider I’ve even been as vehement to play around with one as we was a wrist mechanism from Cupertino.
About a week ago, we did get get some hands-on time with a Apple Watch (along with some other BI-ers). we was unequivocally looking during it as a watch, not as a square of connected technology. My topline sense was that Apple did a good pursuit with a pattern of a stainless-steel version. At over $400, it feels plain – it has good heft on a wrist, and a fit and finish are pleasing. It’s not all that heavy, something that indeed worried me a bit. Unless you’re intentionally spending hundreds or thousands for a slim, lightweight timepiece, we wish your watch to kindly remind we that it’s there.
But there were 3 things that worried me more.
The Apple Watch is very, very, really fiddly
Even rather difficult normal watches are eventually utterly intuitive: they’re mostly tranquil by a crown, a stem, and in some cases, tiny buttons called “pushers.” Master these elementary controls and we can get a time (even in opposite time zones), a day and date, investigate a phases of a moon, guard elapsed time, keep lane of time, and set alarms.
The Apple Watch, by contrast, has a whole garland of fiddly tiny sum to master, from interacting with a climax to swiping a shade to handling a setup of a apps on a device. This is not all that easy to do, especially since a shade is so small.
Plus, only putting a watch on is a fiddly process, during slightest with a fake competition band, that creates use of a uncanny arrange of punch-hole-and-keeper complement rather than a elementary buckle. we couldn’t get a really accurate fit.
The Apple Watch is tough to read
I can’t review some of a things on my comparison digital competition watches anymore though eyeglasses – a information is simply too small. Everything is tiny on a Apple Watch, so as shortly as we had to correlate with it over revelation time, out came a glasses. This was immediately annoying. we theory this is substantially some-more about me than a watch, though we have of late been bearing incomparable watches with elementary faces, so that we don’t have to go to a specs.
The Apple Watch is uncomfortable
I wore a watch for about 15 mins and in that time, a device became rather worried in my wrist. we suspicion this was uncanny for a comparatively light watch. But what was primarily merely vitriolic became fast frightful – and this was though a moving notifications. we wanted a thing off. I’m now contrast out dual other watches and conjunction has combined this issue: they’ve both been good for all-day comfort, indoors and out.
Any of these issues would enforce me to doubt either a normal watch was value it. In fairness, a Apple Watch’s techno-fiddliness is a duty of what it’s ostensible to be: a “smart” device. But a other problems could be tangible as bad watchmaking.
Here we go. Since Apple’s new Watch is a latest and biggest product from a world’s tip record company, we can design to see a device browbeat headlines for weeks to come. This is generally loyal in a box of a Apple Watch even some-more so than some other devices, given supply isn’t entrance anywhere tighten to assembly demand, giving people copiousness to protest about.
Of course, complaints that concentration on Apple’s supply issues are valid; maybe Apple should have waited to launch a device until production issues were ironed out and they could be built some-more quickly. But you’ll also see copiousness of absurd complaints surrounding a Apple Watch given people adore to complain.
Case in point: A new essay patrician “8 Infuriating Problems With The Apple Watch.”
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There is positively no doubt that there are problems with a Apple Watch — there are problems with everything. But there is also positively no doubt that several of a “infuriating problems” listed in a Huffington Post’s new essay are only ridiculous.
If you’re going to write an essay about problems with a Apple Watch, there is copiousness of fuel for that fire. The launch has been a mess, a setup and settings are some-more difficult than any other mobile Apple device, some people have found that a messenger app is carrying a large disastrous impact on iPhone battery life, and people who wish an Apple Watch still can’t buy one from Apple and wish to accept it anytime soon.
Things we substantially shouldn’t list among the “infuriating problems” with a device, however, are “the sides can get scratched up,” “it shatters when dropped,” and “it only plain freaks people out.”
It freaks people out? Really?
The initial dual aforementioned problems are bad enough. Newsflash: when we dump a device with a potion screen, it competence break. And when we crash a watch opposite a tough surface, it competence get scratched.
But a final one takes a cake:
Some people have complained that a Apple Watch’s app shade looks like an intent with “an strange settlement of holes,” arrange of imitative a beehive. Focusing on it creates them feel ill or fearful. This is famous as trypophobia, and it might have to do with a partial of your mind misidentifying a hole clusters as a “poisonous animal,” according to a Association for Psychological Science. Yikes.
Could a flourishing association that creates many of a income offered to people in China breathe life into a timorous hulk that sells to enterprises?
If a acquirer is Apple Apple and a aim is IBM IBM, a answer is maybe. And there are 3 reasons that such an extraordinary partnership competence make sense.
Before removing into these reasons, it is value indicating out that such a understanding would make Warren Buffett smile. According to AP, he “believes that IBM will be creation some-more income 10 years from now than it does today, and IBM is repurchasing a batch aggressively so Berkshire’s share of a company’s profits — [it owns 9% of IBM batch now] will grow over time — [due to revenues from IBM's cloud computing and corporate services].”
Whether that happens or not, Apple is apropos increasingly contingent on direct in China for a 8 year aged iPhone line — China is Apple’s biggest segment and a sales soared 70% there to $16.8 billion in a initial 3 months of 2015 – while IBM keeps removing smaller while compelling a wish that a cloud — it invested $4 billion there, according to a Wall Street Journal – will be a salvation.
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During a same period, IBM’s income forsaken 12% to $19.59 billion “as a surging U.S. dollar compounded a impact of timorous hardware sales. It was a company’s 12th true entertain of year-on-year declines,” according to a Journal.
Tim Cook knows IBM
PALO ALTO, CA – APRIL 10: Apple CEO Tim Cook smiles as he visits an Apple Store on Apr 10, 2015 in Palo Alto, California. The pre-orders of a highly-anticipated wearable from a tech hulk start currently as a watches arrive during stores for business to preview. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)
Cook worked during IBM from 1982 to 1994. Cook rose adult a ranks during IBM and in his final pursuit there he was “North American Fulfillment director, handling production and placement functions for IBM’s Personal Computer Company in both North and Latin America,” according to Biography.com.
In Jul 2014, IBM and Apple partnered “to broach Apple record to large business,” according to a Wall Street Journal. IBM has given grown program for Apple’s iOS handling system, though it has been misleading how critical a attribute is to possibly company’s bottom line.
Last month, IBM and Apple announced a understanding to get iPads into a hands of elderly Japanese by Japan Post. But so far, a IBM partnership has not increased iPad sales that tumbled 23% to 12.6 million in a initial 3 months of 2015, according to a Journal.
On Apr 30, Cook voiced confidence for a partnership, noting “We wish to change a approach people work. There are too many enterprises that are stranded in a opposite era.”