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Thursday March 8, 2018. 08:00 AM
Apple has made a huge amount of progress overcoming common impressions of the company over the years, and the unexpected continues to happen. At first, there was a computer named Apple, but a different product, the Mac, had the staying power. in the early days,. the use of a ...
Wednesday March 7, 2018. 08:00 AM
For years, I thought vinyl was dead. But as a street kid in Brooklyn, New York. my tiny record collection was built on 45s and LPs. As much as people adored vinyl, I resented the imperfections, the ticks and pops and the inner groove distortion,  the need to replace them if ...
Tuesday March 6, 2018. 08:00 AM
As many of you recall, Apple found itself in the thick of it after a mass shooting in December of 2015 in San Bernardino, CA. The FBI asked them to create a back door for iOS, which would allow the authorities to break in to an iPhone 5c used as a work phone by one...
Monday March 5, 2018. 08:00 AM
Long before the phrase “fake news” began to occupy the nation’s political dialogue, one tech company was constantly the subject of stories often made up out of whole cloth. Not just rumors, but claims that something was factual, or accepted fact, even though the...
Friday March 2, 2018. 08:00 AM
One way for industry analysts to reduce a company’s share of a specific market is to change the market. At one time, iPads were placed in a so-called media tablet category, as opposed to a Windows tablet which, is of course, used for real work. This put a modestly expensive...
Thursday March 1, 2018. 08:00 AM
At one time, it was common to exchange or replace a smartphone around the two-year mark. This was particularly true in the U.S., where wireless carriers would tie you in to a 24-month subsidy contract, where you’ll pay a small down payment — or no down payment — and take...
Wednesday February 28, 2018. 08:00 AM
After totally losing it when iPhone X sales turned out to be spectacular, based on Apple’s financials, some critics just kept the fake news going, finding little tidbits here and there to buttress their false claims. So there was the implication that iPhone X supplies caught...
Tuesday February 27, 2018. 08:00 AM
It has been demonstrated over the years that comparing an iPhone with a top-of-the-line competitor from the world of Android, particularly the next Samsung Galaxy, on specs alone isn’t terribly productive. Raw numbers involving CPU ratings and RAM don’t really tell you much...
Monday February 26, 2018. 08:00 AM
Apple has been criticized from time to time for releasing new operating systems with serious bugs, or important missing features. Coming days after Tim Cook claimed, in a Fast Company interview, that Apple doesn’t release products til they’re ready, it comes across as an...
Friday February 23, 2018. 08:00 AM
When the rumors first arose about alleged problems embedding Touch ID in what became the iPhone X, it was painted as a technology problem. Apple couldn’t find a workable scheme to embed a fingerprint sensor beneath an OLED display, so they rushed and scrambled for a...
Thursday February 22, 2018. 08:00 AM
When Apple was honored as the most innovative company on the planet by Fast Company, many of you no doubt assumed it was a national development. How could it be otherwise for the company with the highest market cap? But it’s not as if that would be a universal decision,...
Wednesday February 21, 2018. 08:00 AM
During the days when Steve Jobs ran the show, Apple and the enterprise appeared to exist in different universes. Indeed, it was once common to claim that Macs were consumer computers, and shouldn’t be taken seriously for business use. The interface was too pretty. Besides,...
Tuesday February 20, 2018. 08:00 AM
Before I comment about yet another nonsensical article claiming poor iPhone X sales, let me remind you of Apple’s results for the December quarter. During the weeks in which it was available, it was the number one best selling smartphone on the planet. Number two was the...
Monday February 19, 2018. 08:00 AM
The biggest issues with the media’s response about new Apple gear isn’t just Consumer Reports. True, the publications seems to have a penchant for inserting itself into the debate whenever something from Apple isn’t working as it’s supposed to do. The publication’s ...
Friday February 16, 2018. 08:00 AM
I suppose this is a subject we’ll get beyond, but it’s early the game for the HomePod, and there are still things left to be discovered. So as more and more reviewers and owners begin to try out their new HomePods, you can bet problems will be discovered. Some might relate...
Thursday February 15, 2018. 08:00 AM
Long long ago, when I had a lot more money than I do now, I owned a fairly expensive stereo system. The centerpiece was the Carver Amazing Platinum Mark IV speakers. In polished black, they were truly imposing, with a 60-inch tall ribbon driver and four 12-inch subwoofers in ...
Wednesday February 14, 2018. 08:00 AM
Even though the Mac-oriented blogs are still dealing with the implications of the less-favorable review of the HomePod from Consumer Reports, I thought I’d take a breather. But CR has clearly learned that putting Apple in the headlines generates lots of coverage, especially...
Tuesday February 13, 2018. 08:00 AM
Let me put this in perspective. Consumer Reports magazine, supposedly an incorruptible source of product reviews and advice, is often at odds with other product reviewers. CR more or less implies that they have the advantage over other publications by dint of the fact that...
Monday February 12, 2018. 08:00 AM
In the old days when I filled my home with high-end audio gear, I might have actually considered buying a HomePod or at least requesting one for review. Anything new and different was always on my radar — way back when. But over the years, my listening routine has been...
When it comes to actual fake news, Apple is often the victim of phony stories about one thing or another. The reasons why are varied. So putting Apple in the headline, good or bad, is certain hit bait. That means more ad clicks, and more money. But I often wonder whether...
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