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Weliswaar zonder de noise-cancelling waar Bose zo goed in is, maar niettemin een Bluetooth-hoofdtelefoon die het beluisteren waard is.

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Is Belgium on the Apple blacklist?

I wrote a column Saturday explaining Apple's complex blacklist system for manipulating press coverage. http://goo.gl/H15zEU

My views in that column were controversial and even sparked a heated discussion on the most recent MacBreak Weekly.

http://twit.tv/show/macbreak-weekly/378

Surprisingly, my column sparked a conversation in Belgian tech media circles, I'm told, because journalists there say the entire country was placed on Apple's blacklist some time in the past year or two. 

I received two emails today from prominent tech journalists there. One said: "Until two years ago every tech journalist in Belgium has pretty ok access to Apple's PR. After that point Apple decided to stop all communication with every single journalist in the country, with the exception of sending out press releases."

The second journalist told me that it really started last year when the iPhone 5 was released, and sent me links to two Belgian stories about my column. 

One reporter was told (according to Belgian accounts) that Belgium and New Zealand were placed on a "non-priority country list," which means no eval units or interaction beyond press releases is available.

As a result of this tragic turn of events, there's nothing for Belgian tech journalists to do before iPhone launches except drink beer. 

All of this raises the questions: 1) is this true?; 2) if so, what other countries are non-priority countries for Apple?; and 3) what changed a year or two ago that moved Belgium on the low-priority list?

Anyone? 

http://www.rtbf.be/info/medias/detail_apple-met-des-journalistes-sur-une-liste-noire?id=8143950

http://www.demorgen.be/dm/nl/16340/Media/article/detail/1747380/2013/11/26/Apple-zet-kritische-journalisten-op-een-zwarte-lijst.dhtml

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+Michel van der Ven en zijn Nexus 5, meneer. 
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De BeoLab 18 staat in elk geval hoog op de 'kopen als ik de lotto win'-lijst.

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Het werkt, naar het schijnt.

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iWork is gratis voor wie een Mac na 1 oktober kocht. Iemand een idee hoe je die apps in dat geval claimt?

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Spotify Connect heb ik al (snel-snel) geprobeerd bij Teufel recent. Werken via de Spotify-app is veel handiger dan via allerlei fabrikanten-apps. 
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