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Autonomous (self-driving) cars will certainly be built to a high level of reliability and safety. However, there will still be the rare case when an autonomous car goes awry and there's a crash. Lives could be lost. What will happen then?
Scott Galloway, in a fascinating and informative presentation, asserts that it's fairly easy to grasp the basic message of Amazon, Facebook and Google. But when it comes to Apple, the argument is that Tim Cook, the superb operator, isn't a good storyteller. Worse, he says "What is Apple's mission? They don't have one that they can articulate." This blindness to Apple's charter from Steve Jobs is a mystery.
Glenn Fleishman is currently the Editor at Large for The Wirecutter and a Macworld Senior Contributor. Glenn is also a book author, and his Peachpit Press bio describes him as an "unsolicited pundit." That's because, as you'll hear in this interview, Glenn mind-melded with mechanical devices at an early age and soon discovered that he has a programmer's mind. That led to computers, graphic design and journalism in college. Later, that led to stints at Infoworld magazine and at Amazon as well as technical support for Kodak. And that led to ... well you'll just have to listen in—especially to hear Glenn's perspectives on Apple.
The increased use of wearables will naturally invite the monitoring of body chemistry. Just as we do for fitness now, there will be norms and goals. Along with that, in the tech industry's all too eager efforts to be of assistance, monitoring of blood chemistry won't be without helpful suggestions about what and what not to eat. It's coming soon.
Apple's Time Machine backup system was born in a time when Apple realized that customers weren't routinely backing up their Macs. So a simple, stopgap system, with some novel features, was devised for the novice user. Unfortunately, over the years, the app hasn't progressed and kept pace with modern user needs. Today, most every tech writer says: Use it, but don't trust it completely. This is unfortunate.
There are many ho-hum and many good portable battery chargers for our iDevices. Most are just little boxes with a battery, LED lights and USB ports. However, the new Lynktec (5,300 or 8,000 mAh) charger has a multitude of thoughtful features, expansion options and usage profiles. John Martellaro has been putting one though its paces and files this review.
Greg Scown is the co-founder of Smile Software, well known for the essential OS X and iOS app TextExpander. Greg started his career as a computer science student at Stanford University. Having already interned with Apple, after graduation, Greg was offered a full-time job on campus. A few years later, that led to working for Apple in China, near Hong Kong, writing software. That's a pretty nifty background. Later, Greg would go on to start (along with Philip Goward) a very successful Silicon Valley company that now employs 18 people and makes award-winning products. Near the end of my interview, we chat about some of the interesting development issues associated with TextExpander, an app that other developers need to formally support before it will work. How does he do that?
The owners of the 2015 12-inch MacBook have a small problem. There is only one USB-C port and no USB-A ports. The assumption has been that 3rd party hubs would solve that problem, and now, post CES, new ones are shipping. The Satechi USB-C Hub with pass through power and two USB-A ports is small, light, and does a specific job very well.
In Apple's fiscal Q1'16 Earnings Report, Apple CEO Tim Cook made frequent references to the worldwide macro-economic downturn since 2014. Most companies would retrench and cut back in R&D and other investment in a such a downturn. Not Apple. Apple's strategy is very different. In fact, we've see it work before. Mr. Cook spelled out his formula, again, for all to hear.
The current Apple Watch contains a 205 mAh battery that takes up about two-thirds of the area and about half thickness of the case. Given that customers would like to see the Apple Watch's battery last longer and the watch do more, what are the prospects for shaving some battery thickness and making the Apple Watch thinner?