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Last Build Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:15:25 +0000

 



Emergency Notice to Readers!

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:00:45 +0000

As you know, the Night Owl has been suffering from serious financial difficulties. Last month, he left his apartment ahead of the arrival of the constable who was coming to evict him and his wife, and left them in danger of becoming homeless when the motel money runs out. If you are in a position […](image)



Newsletter Issue #959: Watching TV Without iTunes and Apple TV

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:00:04 +0000

Aside from adding 4K and HDR support and a few odds and ends, the Apple TV 4K didn’t change much from its predecessor. Well, except for those complaints about the fact that the 32GB model is, at $179, $30 more expensive than the already-expensive fourth-generation model. That doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of […](image)



The Real Cause of the Worldwide PC Sales Slowdown?

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 07:00:15 +0000

Are we really and truly in the twilight of the PC era? Is it true that most personal computing is moving towards mobile platforms — smartphones and tablets? Will the PC become the pickup truck, as Steve Jobs once claimed, and thus needed by fewer people? Now those of you who follow the auto industry […](image)



Throttlegate Revisited

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 07:00:56 +0000

Consider the crazy situation. Apple screwed up, by failing to flesh out release notes to reveal a key fact about a fix for iPhone sudden shutdowns. The solution was to regulate, or slow down performance of the affected devices if they had deteriorating batteries. It wasn’t a casual matter, of course, not was the cause […](image)



Newsletter Issue #958: An Extremely Popular Unpopular Smartphone

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 07:00:23 +0000

The iPhone X has taken an interesting journey, more convoluted than most Apple products. When the first rumors about it arose, it wasn’t even referred to as an iPhone X. It was the iPhone 8. Why? Well, it was assumed that the successor to the iPhone 7 must be the iPhone 7s, in keeping with […](image)



Revisiting Mac on ARM

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 07:00:18 +0000

I have lived through all the major Mac processor transitions. Makes me feel old. First it was the Motorola 680×0 series, followed by the PowerPC and, by 2006, Intel. Overall, the last one went pretty well. There was a way to run PowerPC software for a few years, courtesy of something called Rosetta. It was […](image)



The Endless Discussion About Throttlegate

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 07:00:56 +0000

I thought the furor about Apple’s throttling of the performance of iPhones with degraded batteries would have ended by now. But when lawyers stand to make millions of dollars in fees from class-action lawsuits, it may well be that it’ll take years to resolve, unless there’s a quick settlement. It started innocently enough when Apple […](image)



Newsletter Issue #957: Some Random Views About Apple Maps

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 07:00:22 +0000

It’s hard to believe that Apple’s response to Google Maps, Apple Maps, has been around since 2012. It was originally demonstrated at the WWDC that June, with release at the end of September. In addition to the usual turn-by-turn navigation, Apple touted 3D artwork and flyovers. Missing were transit directions, so Apple directed you to […](image)



So is Apple’s Educational Initiative Doomed?

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 07:00:02 +0000

As much as Macworld is regarded as one of the original and few surviving Mac-oriented publications, of late it hasn’t treated Apple so well. In recent months, their bloggers have attempted to redesign the iPhone X in rather a silly fashion, decided Apple must offer a free (not free trial) version of Apple Music, and […](image)



Apple and the “Made in China” Controversy

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 07:00:39 +0000

I’m sure many of you know the facts, or at least some of them, about how Apple designs and builds its gear. The conventional impression is that iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, Apple TV, HomePod and all the rest are made in China or some other Asian country, and those who crave “Made in the […](image)



iPad Worth a Press Release

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 07:00:19 +0000

With cash-starved school systems in the U.S. choosing Google Chromebooks and PC netbooks instead of iPads and Macs, many believe that Apple is losing big time in the educational market. Some of that impression comes, according to AppleInsider’s Daniel Eran Dilger, from deliberately manipulated sales numbers, designed to ignore periods of flat or declining sales […](image)



More Indictments Against Android Privacy

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 07:00:14 +0000

Yes, this article is about Android, but Facebook is a strong part of the picture. It’s not about Cambridge Analytica and that company’s alleged abuse of the personal data of over 50 million American users. That’s bad enough. Instead, it’s about a published report in Ars Technica that impacts strictly Android users with Facebook accounts. […](image)



Newsletter Issue #956: Dropping Broad Hints About Apple’s Upcoming TV Programming

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 07:00:28 +0000

When Apple executive Eddie Cue admitted that the company is developing a slate of original TV shows during an interview at the South by Southwest event in Austin, it was merely an admission of something most followers of the company already knew. Apple is spending one billion dollars to launch the project. This week there’s […](image)



The Random Apple Watch Encounter

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:00:08 +0000

As regular readers know, Barbara and I are busy looking for a new home. With a very tight budget, we’ve been traveling across the Phoenix area in search of something affordable. Well, one of the leasing agents we visited the other day greeted us wearing an Apple Watch, and I casually asked her which model […](image)



Is This Apple’s Plan for Apple TV?

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:00:39 +0000

Let me put my cards on the table. I am no fan of Apple TV, at least not anymore. I did find my third-generation model indispensable, but basically for one reason, and that was Netflix. On occasion, I’d rent a movie from iTunes, and I was always on the lookout for the 99 cent specials. […](image)