For all of time, well since 2002, The Mac Observer has used a scale of 1 to 5 in its reviews for scoring products. As of today, that has changed, and here's why.
Twitter changed up its Direct Message feature on Monday so anyone can send you a private message, which sounds like a sure-fire recipe for disaster. The upside is that it's off by default, so this isn't the godsend for spammers and online harassers some are making it out to be.
A Reuters and Ipsos poll of 1,829 Americans showed that 4 percent of American women and 9 percent of American men plan to buy an Apple Watch. Using the results and U.S. Census data for demographics, the potential sales number is about 15 million Apple Watches. This is not far from the average of a recent compilation of analyst estimates.
Andy Hertzfeld has penned an excellent post on Steve Jobs and the simmering fight over which biography is "definitive." Mr. Hertzfeld, a member of the original (and legendary) Mac team who worked with Steve Jobs for many years, calls Becoming Steve Jobs a worthwhile read, but questions why Apple's current management has made a full court press to support the book.
Apple dabbled with and then got out of the supercomputer business a decade ago. These days, Apple is being reintroduced to the benefits of supercomputers, via Watson, thanks to its partnership with IBM. This is a good thing. A very good thing.
Apple sold a million Apple Watches in the first 24 hours—just in the U.S. That would make it the most successful new product category launch in Apple's history—so what do you do if you've been talking smack about it for months? You set the bar for success ludicrously high so you can proclaim it a failure no matter what.
When Apple opened its doors for Apple Watch pre-orders early Friday morning it also let us start scheduling appointments to try on their brand new smartwatch. I was lucky enough to get an appointment right away—a fact that made me very happy since it would let me try on the watch I just bought sight unseen—and the experience was very much Apple, but also totally new.
Unlike Jeff Gamet, I have been slow to explore devices like the Fitbit. That's because I always felt that something better would come along to invest in, and it did. It's called the Apple Watch. I intend for the Apple Watch to be my goto device for fitness, notices, Apple Pay and, well, everything. I'm all in.
LG Electronics is claiming through a press release that Apple will announce an iMac 8K in 2015. Apple hasn't announced such a product, of course, and the company was already on the bleeding edge of ultra high definition with the iMac 5K, announced just this past fall. Bryan Chaffin says you shouldn't put too much stock in this rumor.
I used to be kind of heavy, like a good 60 pounds overweight. I needed personal incentive and accountability to get back to a healthy place, and the Fitbit Ultra (later, the Fitbit One) gave me that. Now Apple wants to do the same with the Apple Watch. We're still a few days away from Apple Watch pre-orders, but I can already tell you I know it'll be a supplement to my health and fitness tracking routine, not a replacement—and it's up to Apple to earn a place on my wrist.
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