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Monday January 22, 2018. 08:00 AM
In a recent TV interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrongly suggested that customers were properly informed about the iOS change that resulted in throttling performance on iPhones with failing batteries. Unfortunately, the interviewer failed to correct him or make much of an effort ...
Friday January 19, 2018. 08:00 AM
As regular readers know, I haven’t used my third-generation Apple TV for several weeks. It was hooked up to my VIZIO 4K TV during the installation process. I checked the input to make sure it was fully operational, and seeing that it was, I never used it again. I’m even...
Thursday January 18, 2018. 02:09 AM
Since the GOP’s tax cut was passed last year, some companies have come out and, more or less, announced higher wages and special bonuses. It all seems to be developing nicely, regardless of your political leanings. But some of those announcements have fine print you might...
Wednesday January 17, 2018. 08:00 AM
So here’s where it stands: During the December quarter, there were two diametrically opposed versions of iPhone X sales. One was that it did really well, the other not so well, maybe even terrible. But the unfavorable spin was clouded with the usual stuff about Apple cutting...
Tuesday January 16, 2018. 08:00 AM
It is curious that the infamous CPU bug was identified by some members of the media as an Apple problem. Even though it impacted most CPU chips produced in the past 21 years — perhaps even the PowerPC — somehow it was strictly about iOS and Mac users facing danger when...
Monday January 15, 2018. 08:00 AM
In 2011, I received a third-generation Apple TV as a holiday present. I appreciated the gesture, since I was anxious to try Netflix streaming, and perhaps consider renting a movie from iTunes on occasion. Unlike the original Apple TV, released in 2007, which provided a hard...
Friday January 12, 2018. 08:00 AM
Now that the U.S. Congress wants to meddle into Apple’s affairs in the wake of the iPhone throttling and battery scandal, you can bet the usual fear mongering from certain alleged tech pundits is in full force. Some of this comes from people who proclaim themselves Apple...
Thursday January 11, 2018. 08:00 AM
As if there weren’t enough political fireworks occurring in Washington, you can bet that Apple will find itself involved, somehow. It all started with what I’ve been calling Throttlegate, the faux scandal that erupted when it was discovered that older iPhones, with failing...
Wednesday January 10, 2018. 08:00 AM
As Apple patches serious long-standing CPU bugs on its iOS, tvOS and macOS gear, they claim you shouldn’t notice any performance dip. Well, maybe a little in Safari, where, after installing the Spectre fix, Apple reported that one web benchmark was reduced by 2.5%. But you ca...
Tuesday January 9, 2018. 08:00 AM
Not all of the coverage Apple has received in the past few months has been favorable; far from it. At a time when it no doubt would have preferred that we all speak in glowing terms about the iPhone 8, the iPhone X and the iMac Pro, the discussion occasionally went off the...
Monday January 8, 2018. 08:00 AM
This past holiday season, 4K TVs hit critical mass. Only the very cheapest models were strictly HD. Starting not too far north of $300, you can buy a genuine Ultra HD set with a decent-sized screen. It’s not that these sets are necessarily junk either. Many come from...
Friday January 5, 2018. 08:00 AM
Despite its pretensions of factual and technical accuracy, I’ve long had issues with the way Consumer Reports magazine manages its reviews. A notable example is the curious way in which notebook computer battery life is calculated. When CR first reviewed Apple’s 2016 MacBook...
Thursday January 4, 2018. 08:00 AM
Normally I don’t take notice the passing of a long-time auto executive, but I’ll make an exception with the news of the recent death of Kenichi Yamamoto. He once served as president and chairman of Mazda, but he became most famous by being head of the team of engineers that...
Wednesday January 3, 2018. 08:00 AM
Apple found itself in the thick of it when it quietly released an update, iOS 10.2.1, designed to fix a sudden shutdown problem on some iPhones. This was separate from a warranty repair program in which such an issue was caused by a battery defect on the iPhone 6s in which...
Tuesday January 2, 2018. 08:00 AM
Over the years, there has been a growing list of companies that Apple should/must acquire to remain relevant. Or something. Apple, after all, has $268.9 billion hanging out in overseas accounts and investments. However, if all or most of that money were brought into this...
Monday January 1, 2018. 08:00 AM
When the original Bondi blue iMac appeared in the summer of 1998, I would not have predicted where the product would go in the next 19 years. Not even close. At first, the iMac was marketed as a relatively low cost ($1,299) personal computer using repurposed PowerBook parts...
Friday December 29, 2017. 08:00 AM
It’s a rare thing for a major company to admit error. Clearly Apple has come to realize it has a growing problem on its hands with the admission about throttling iPhone performance when batteries are deteriorating. Indeed, with class action lawsuits and, most recently, a crim...
Thursday December 28, 2017. 08:00 AM
In yesterday’s column, I wrote about the contradictory information being posted about iPhone X sales. Some reports, claiming to be based on supply chain data, delivered a dire picture, that sales are way below expectations, and component orders have been cut for the March...
Wednesday December 27, 2017. 08:00 AM
To put this all in perspective, consider the time when published reports indicated that demand for the iPhone 5 had collapsed towards the end of 2012. It was all based on claims of reduced component orders from Apple’s complicated supply chain, and the stock price fell approp...
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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