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On Tuesday Synology released DiskStation Manager 5.2, a significant update to the software that runs on all the NAS units the company makes. Updates include tighter integration between Synology's private cloud and public cloud services like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and OneDrive; significant enhancements to Synology's Note Station, Audio Station and File Station; and a brand new virtualization environment called Docker.
I'm thrilled to have Bushel on board as our sponsor here this week at TMO. Bushel is, quite simply, device management for non-IT people. Certainly IT people will see value, too, but the folks at JAMF designed Bushel so you don't have to be in IT to enjoy using this. In their words, Bushel was created for those for whom IT is a task and not a career. And JAMF's history at creating some of the very best managment suites shows that they're quite capable of doing the heavy-lifting so you don't have to worry about it.
After a few days with the Apple Watch one thing has become clear: many of the pre-announced accessories are going to be complete and utter failures. TL;DR: don't believe anyone that implies you'll be able to happily use your Apple Watch while it's separated from your wrist. Read on for more specifics.
One of the Apple Watch Sport 42mm Space Gray orders we placed here at TMO via Apple Pay didn't see a credit card charge until Wednesday (yesterday), and didn't get a shipment notification until Thursday (today), but is still on track for a Friday, 4/24 delivery. Good news is coming in for many folks who placed early pre-orders on Apple Watches, it seems.
Apple Store staff are training to ensure customers have a full jewelry counter-style experience when trying and buying the Apple Watch. Contrary to recent reports, our sources tell us the appointment-only process will accommodate walk-ins using a system similar to one recently instituted at Genius Bars worldwide.
On Wednesday Phish announced their next summer festival, dubbed Magnaball, and true-to-form they published their informative-and-humorous FAQ. In addition to snarky answers to questions like, "Where is the farthest gas station?" and "Can I bring my own sea salt? It's harvested from ancient deposits within the pristine Himalayan mountains. Some consider it the purest salt on Earth," Phish provided this entry:
CAN I BRING MY $20,000 iWATCH?
I guess? It kind of sounds like you just want to brag.
The NY Post started scaring up the masses yesterday, alerting everyone that Apple was changing their strategy and beginning to share customer data. The thing is, when it comes to the Apple TV this isn't new at all.
Apple makes products that make us feel good when they use them. The same is often said for higher-end wristwatches. Why, then, are all the naysayers ignoring this?
Dave Hamilton, self-identified watch and technology geek explains how his combined obsession is leaving him perplexed over which Apple Watch to get, and whether or not to buy one right now at all.
Jony Ive, interviewed by Nick Foulkes at the Financial Times:
All of us working on the first iPhone were driven by an absolute disdain for the cellphones we were using at the time. That’s not the case here. We’re a group of people who love our watches. So we’re working on something, yet have a high regard for what currently exists.
I bet his high regard stops much shorter if you change the subject to smart watches.
Still, an interesting thought, and one that resonates with me as a watch guy. I'm cautiously optimistic here. Or at least eager to find out all of what Apple has put together.