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Monday November 27, 2017. 08:00 AM
Without actually doing a survey, it does seem to me that the iPhone X has been the subject of more fear mongering than any other Apple gadget in recent memory. It has been positively relentless, with story after story about the alleged reasons Apple chose Face ID as the...
Friday November 24, 2017. 08:00 AM
For the longest time, Apple has maintained that Macs and iOS gear — iPhones and the iPads — are meant to be separate gadgets. Operating systems, related to one another at the core, are otherwise quite different. Macs are meant to be managed via keyboard and mouse, while...
Thursday November 23, 2017. 08:00 AM
Apple and self-driving cars have been in the news ever since the existence of Project Titan was revealed. This was a program that, at first, was believed to represent an attempt to design an autonomous vehicle of some sort, perhaps an electric car in the spirit of a Tesla....
Wednesday November 22, 2017. 08:00 AM
Does it matter if a company is late to ship a product? I suppose if you need it right away, now, yesterday as if you’re life depended on it, maybe it would be a major issue. If you wanted to give it as a gift for the holidays, someone’s birthday or someone’s anniversary, and...
Tuesday November 21, 2017. 08:00 AM
As regular readers know, this past weekend’s newsletter covered a survey from a previously unknown company that indicated higher demand for the Samsung Galaxy S8 than the iPhone X for holiday giving. This was a survey of adults. For young folk, the results were essentially...
Monday November 20, 2017. 08:00 AM
You can manipulate sets of numbers to prove most anything you want, and even with the best of intentions, there’s a margin for error. Does either situation explain why Mac sales for the September quarter were severely undercounted by Gartner and IDC, two major market...
Friday November 17, 2017. 08:00 AM
While 2017 isn’t over, Time magazine has already published the list of its “25 Best Inventions of 2017.” Now you’ve probably read about this already, but a little explanation is in store. So after the iPhone X was first announced, the critics lambasted Apple for being late...
Thursday November 16, 2017. 08:00 AM
When I featured author Bob LeVitus on The Tech Night Owl LIVE last week, he volunteered that he still hasn’t decided whether to keep his newly-acquired iPhone X. Some of the eccentricities in its design, such as the “notch,” and the wider aspect radio (19.5:9 compared to the...
Wednesday November 15, 2017. 08:00 AM
While doing a ride sharing run a few weeks back, I met a sales person who worked at a local authorized Verizon Wireless dealer. I had been considering my options about whether to switch carriers, and this was an ideal time to ask a few questions. I explained my pricing plan, ...
Tuesday November 14, 2017. 08:00 AM
For as long as Apple has been selling hundreds of millions of iPhones, it has always been compared to Samsung. That’s because Samsung sells more product than Apple, at least when it comes to smartphones. They certainly don’t beat Apple with tablets and smartwatches. The...
Monday November 13, 2017. 08:00 AM
Consumer Reports magazine claims to be incorruptible because it buys all the products it tests and retail, and won’t allow companies to use its reviews in their advertising. On the surface, it all sounds credible. But I’ve long felt that its test results are often...
Friday November 10, 2017. 09:00 AM
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This has happened to most of you. You’re preparing dinner or are otherwise occupied. The phone rings, and perhaps the Caller ID indicates a company with which you’re familiar. But when you answer your phone, it’s someone, a stranger, live or recorded, with a bogus offer for...
Thursday November 9, 2017. 08:00 AM
After building a business on DVD rentals, Netflix got involved in streaming content direct to you. Certainly the Apple TV was a pioneer in being able to deliver such content to your set. I’ll avoid, for the moment, the current generation and the previous one, since I’m not...
Wednesday November 8, 2017. 08:00 AM
It’s easy to forget when PC market surveys get it all wrong. The facts are simply ignored, as follow-up stories pretend it never happened. So early in October, both Gartner and IDC released surveys of global PC sales. According to IDC, Mac sales totaled 4,901,000,...
Tuesday November 7, 2017. 08:00 AM
For the past few years, Apple has been regarded as essentially a one-product company, because more than half of its revenue is generated by the iPhone. The theory does that, if iPhone sales tank, or start to erode, the company is in deep trouble, very deep. The impression...
Monday November 6, 2017. 08:00 AM
So let’s just look at the conventional wisdom that prevailed ahead of Apple’s release, last week, of its financials for the quarter ending September 2017. As usual, industry and financial analysts delivered their estimates, but there were some assumptions that different...
Friday November 3, 2017. 08:00 AM
Let me get to the basics first: Apple’s fourth fiscal quarter financials were blowout by any reasonable estimate. Up until the announcement, it was believed by many that iPhone 8 sales weren’t so good. Reports that iPhone sales in China were up by a decent margin were taken s...
Thursday November 2, 2017. 08:00 AM
The revelation that the iPhone X, or at least its technologies, were meant to appear in 2018, has answered loads of questions, or maybe raised a few more. In a sense, it also confirms rumors dating from 2016 that Apple was working full bore on a special iPhone to commemorate ...
Wednesday November 1, 2017. 08:00 AM
More preliminary reviews are in. The iPhone X pretty much fulfills its promise with a great display, terrific performance, and all that fear mongering about Face ID was clearly wrongheaded. For the most part, it is as fast or faster than Touch ID, and as accurate in real...
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