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Newsletter Issue #942: Getting it Wrong About Net Neutrality

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:00:59 +0000

Part and parcel of our polarized society is the feeling that, if we accept the other side’s approach, it may be the end of the world as we know it. They wish us ill, and are doing foolish and/or evil things to take us all down. Now I’m not going to dwell on my political […](image)

The Most Expensive Mac — Cheaper Than Expected?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:00:35 +0000

So before the iPhone X came out, there were oh-so-many complaints about an expected starting price just shy of $1,000. It was the most expensive mainstream smartphone, although the critics were pushing it. After all, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 wasn’t all that much cheaper, particularly when you paid for one on a monthly basis. […](image)

Another Slant on Google iPhone Searches

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:00:17 +0000

The other day, the Night Owl posted a column suggesting that you can’t judge potential sales of a product on the basis of the number of searches recorded by Google. But it’s also true that high search volume certainly indicates that people are interested. At least when the product is finally available. So in 2016, […](image)

Apple’s Mac Christmas Present

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:00:14 +0000

When Apple launched the iMac Pro at June’s WWDC, I have to admit I was surprised. I expected a regular old iMac with some higher-end configurations. There are versions of Intel’s Core chips with extra cores, and I thought Apple would choose them. What I didn’t anticipate was a new model with, essentially, the guts […](image)

Sir Jonathan Ive and a “Renewed” Commitment to Apple Design

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:00:39 +0000

Funny how some Apple critics are so often proved wrong. Take the claim that, when Sir Jonathan Ive became Apple’s Chief Design Officer in 2015, it was the first step on the road to leaving the company. Maybe he’d just gather up his family and return to the UK, or perhaps find another gig. In […](image)

Newsletter Issue #941: A Brief Close Encounter with an iPhone X

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:00:56 +0000

I’ve written about the iPhone X for months. It is not on my shopping list for a near-term purchase, because I have bills to pay. But I’ve always had extended access to iPhones and many iPads. So it was high time that I spend some face time with Apple’s latest and greatest. The occasion came […](image)

Is This a Way to Estimate iPhone Sales?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:00:06 +0000

So far, reports from industry analysts — and I don’t think they use crystal balls — does lead one to believe that sales of the iPhone X are off the charts. As Apple continues to improve production, more product is available to buy. Apple’s online store indicated, as of the time that I wrote this […](image)

Apple Continues to Flesh Out “Worldwide Video” Division

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 07:00:44 +0000

Some time in the not distant future, Apple may begin to stream real TV shows, and not silly stunt fare such as “Carpool Karaoke” and “Planet of the Apps.” It seems real enough, but is there a demand for any more content? That was the question I had a while back amid reports of the […](image)

Consumer Reports Downgrades iPhone X, But Reasons Seem Legitimate

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 07:00:55 +0000

As most of you know, I’m no fan of Consumer Reports or the way it tests tech gear and other products. Sure, the magazine presents itself as superior to other publications because tested products are purchased at retail, usually anonymously, rather than provided free by manufacturers. But that doesn’t mean the test methodology or the […](image)

More Encouraging Estimates of iPhone X Sales

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 07:00:31 +0000

You might have expected this. Apple’s habitual critics were tripping over themselves attempting to paint the iPhone X — even when it was referred to mistakenly as the iPhone 8 — as a huge failure in the making. At first it was about the problems Apple allegedly encountered in designing the thing, and the critics […](image)

Newsletter Issue #940: Apple and Home Audio

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 07:00:32 +0000

Once upon a time, I had a fairly sophisticated stereo sound system, worth well over ten thousand dollars. It consisted of a set of classic flat panel ribbon speakers, the Carver Amazing Platinum, in piano black, and several components bearing the Carver and Sunfire labels. The preamplifier even had tubes in it, so call me […](image)

Attention Lyft and Uber Drivers: GM Wants to Make You Unemployed!

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 07:00:34 +0000

For several years, you’ve been reading about efforts by tech companies and the major auto makers to build fleets of cars that can literally drive themselves. Once the technology is perfected, you should be able to, in theory, enter the vehicle, state your destination to the presumed digital assistant, sit back and relax, and you’ll […](image)

An Apple Security Reality Check

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 07:00:17 +0000

Without doubt the usual offenders among Apple critics are joyfully reporting about a serious security flaw that reared its ugly head in macOS High Sierra 10.3.1. It was a foolish mistake, the sort of mistake that might cause management to find the offenders and take some serious action. No, I’m not suggesting they should be […](image)

They Guess How Apple Should Do Business

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:00:32 +0000

It’s very easy for an outsider to say how a huge multinational corporation should do business. There are no consequences unless that corporation chooses to take their advice. Even then, it’s still their fault for being so foolish. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with making suggestions about what a company can do to earn more […](image)

Face ID and a “Mission Impossible” Mask?

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:00:16 +0000

Amid all the hype, Apple is not exactly saying that Face ID and Touch ID are perfect solutions. They don’t work in every single case. From Consumer Reports to a number of tech publications, it has been demonstrated that Face ID can fail from time to time under normal use. Touch ID is better than […](image)