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Friday December 15, 2017. 08:00 AM
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,...
Thursday December 14, 2017. 08:00 AM
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...
Wednesday December 13, 2017. 08:00 AM
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...
Tuesday December 12, 2017. 08:00 AM
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...
Monday December 11, 2017. 08:00 AM
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...
Friday December 8, 2017. 08:00 AM
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...
Thursday December 7, 2017. 08:00 AM
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...
Wednesday December 6, 2017. 08:00 AM
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 manufa...
Tuesday December 5, 2017. 08:00 AM
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...
Monday December 4, 2017. 08:00 AM
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....
Friday December 1, 2017. 08:00 AM
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...
Thursday November 30, 2017. 08:00 AM
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...
Wednesday November 29, 2017. 08:00 AM
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 ...
Tuesday November 28, 2017. 08:00 AM
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....
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...
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