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Tuesday October 17, 2017. 09:00 AM
I don’t know why I have to repeat the obvious, but far too many tech commentators just don’t have a clue. So here we go again. As most of you know, the iPhone X will not ship until November 3rd. Orders will be taken beginning on the previous week. What’s more, there have...
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Monday October 16, 2017. 09:00 AM
It does appear that the media is sometimes just aching to find bad news about Apple, even if it’s indirect evidence. It represents the ongoing viewpoint that years of success has all been a fluke. It was a stroke of luck, and if the fates had behaved properly, Apple would...
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Friday October 13, 2017. 09:00 AM
Raw sets of statistics can often be interpreted in many ways. Taking them out of context can also put those numbers in a very different perspective. So you can point to the recent industry analysis that indicates that Mac sales decreased in the September quarter and say some ...
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Thursday October 12, 2017. 09:00 AM
Long-time Mac users understand that Apple has had a complicated relationship with some of its partners, most particularly Microsoft. Even though Microsoft has produced products for the Mac, the company remains Apple’s biggest rival in the personal computing space. At one...
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Wednesday October 11, 2017. 09:00 AM
Amid published reports that Apple is eyeing original TV programming, to compete with the likes of Amazon, Hulu and Netflix, it appears they may be close to inking a deal with a major Hollywood player. Before I read about the show that was being planned, I got to thinking...
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Tuesday October 10, 2017. 09:00 AM
This is a curious situation. Time after time, Apple is attacked for being late to add a feature to one of its products. Over that time, feature after feature will be listed as something Apple must have to avoid total ruin. Or something. Take the arrival of LTE service from a ...
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Monday October 9, 2017. 09:00 AM
As long-time readers know, I got heavily involved in the online world beginning in October of 1989, when I received a sign-up floppy from America Online. Up till then, I tapped into a CompuServe membership at the office, but it was expensive, costing over $10 per hour during ...
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Friday October 6, 2017. 09:00 AM
A computer’s file system may not seem to be a terribly interesting topic of discussion, but it becomes interesting when there’s the potential for things to go bump. So along with the release of the first developer beta of macOS Sierra in June of 2016, Apple included a...
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Thursday October 5, 2017. 09:00 AM
At one time, a new version of macOS might have been a huge deal. Apple would announce over 200 new features, and you could always depend on having lots of changes. Some visual, some under the hood. With OS X, Apple would deliver major changes in each release before adopting...
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Wednesday October 4, 2017. 09:00 AM
So let’s put this all together now: Apple allegedly sells higher-priced gear than the competition, yet puts significant restrictions on the use of these devices. You have to accept Apple’s ecosystem — make that walled garden — in order to buy Apple. It may, to some...
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Tuesday October 3, 2017. 09:00 AM
Lest we forget, the iPhone X hasn’t shipped yet. Although the media had brief exposures to it at September’s Apple event — and perhaps a few selected tech journalists are quietly reviewing them — it’s not on sale. Even when it ships on November 3rd, rumors state that...
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Monday October 2, 2017. 10:00 AM
Dear Reader: I recently turned 72. I have worked long and hard for over 55 years to earn my keep. The Night Owl continues to suffer from a severe financial crisis. If anything I’ve ever done has ever made a positive difference to you, please help me survive and get past...
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After I wrote a piece about the latest effort to push antivirus software onto the storage devices of Mac users, I came across another story about security, only this one appears to be dealing with a factual issue. But even then the fears may be overblown, and what about...
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Friday September 29, 2017. 09:00 AM
In the old days of the Mac, back in the 1980s and 1990s, the suggestion that they were immune to computer viruses would have been laughed at. It wasn’t nearly as bad as on the Windows platform, but you definitely needed to run antivirus software. I learned that lesson the...
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Thursday September 28, 2017. 09:00 AM
You can’t possibly imagine the potential tragedy. With great fanfare, Apple introduces two new lines of iPhones. The first, the iPhone 8, is essentially an iterative update to the iPhone 7 with a glass backing and the usual faster parts. You almost think that, from here on,...
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Wednesday September 27, 2017. 09:00 AM
When it comes to Android handsets, Samsung rules the roost, selling the most hardware. In fact, Samsung is the market leader among smartphones, except for one little thing. No single model line outsells the iPhone, not even the Galaxy. Apple maintains the leadership not only ...
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Tuesday September 26, 2017. 09:00 AM
Are you ready yet? The iPhone X will arrive in a few weeks, and Apple is doomed to suffer for its ill-advised decision to build an expensive smartphone. What self-respecting company would dare engage in such foolishness. It has to be doomed to disaster. According to one...
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Monday September 25, 2017. 09:00 AM
The entertainment industry has given us one thing, and sort of taken away something else, and it all begins with the fifth generation Apple TV, which adds 4K and HDR as its main new features. So as the new set-top box shipped, Apple announced an important change to the...
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Friday September 22, 2017. 09:00 AM
The length and breadth of fear mongering about Apple knows no bounds. So on one day they are telling you that you shouldn’t even dream of buying the iPhone X because it is a new, untested product. Things might go wrong, Face ID might flake out and recognize canines instead...
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Thursday September 21, 2017. 09:00 AM
From the earliest days of the Mac, Macworld magazine chronicled its history. The print publication hit the newsstands in 1984, same year as the original Macintosh personal computer, and kept going for some 30 years, until management decided it was time to go all digital....
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