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Tuesday December 26, 2017. 08:00 AM
Sometimes saying too little is a bad idea, and Apple may come to realize that with its latest so-called scandal. It all started when some people discovered that their somewhat older iPhones were running much slower, something readily confirmed with benchmark tests. Over the...
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Monday December 25, 2017. 08:00 AM
I’ve been previewing this column for a while, ever since I worked out a deal where VIZIO provided the set in exchange for my agreeing to review it. But they put no restrictions on how I should rate the product, so I’m free to do what I’ve done for the past 25 years,...
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Friday December 22, 2017. 08:00 AM
Many of you have heard of the term “fat binaries,” or “universal apps,” in which the code will work on more than a single platform or product. It may even offer a different look and feel depending on the needs of that product. So when Apple went to Intel CPUs beginning in...
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Thursday December 21, 2017. 08:00 AM
I purchased my last TV set in 2012. Our 50-inch Panasonic plasma was showing its age, and it was time to find a replacement. Flush with some cash from an unexpected ad deal, I purchased a 55-inch VIZIO E-Series Full-Array Smart TV set. Picture quality was quite good for a...
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Wednesday December 20, 2017. 08:00 AM
Apple can’t get a break. Software glitches that are not terribly unusual on other computing platforms garner amazing amounts of publicity when it happens to an iPhone or a Mac. That the average price of Apple gear is higher — even though usually competitive — means they h...
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Tuesday December 19, 2017. 08:00 AM
For the longest time, you’ve read stories about why the iPhone X was fated to be unsuccessful. First and foremost, it was too expensive. How dare Apple charge $1,000 for a smartphone? Even when Samsung came out with the Galaxy Note 8, listing for about $50 less without counti...
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Monday December 18, 2017. 08:00 AM
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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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