In September Dr. Mac reviewed the (then) new iPhone 6s (in rose gold). He loved 3D Touch and Live Photos but concluded that he wanted an iPhone with a larger screen, better camera, better battery, and one that wasn't so pink. He swapped for a space gray iPhone 6s Plus and says it offers two exclusive features that make all the difference in the world.
More and more, computational devices are making suggestions, even making decisions for us. As the algorithms get more and more sophisticated, human beings could start to lose the ability to evaluate and call into question those suggestions and decisions. Worse, machines have the potential to learn and self-improve much faster than humans, leaving us even further behind. What happens next?
For the seventh quarter in a row, iPad sales have declined. Does this mean the iPad is a failed product? Does this mean Apple will give up on it? Is the iPad Pro the last stand? Is beating up on Apple for this decline a productive thing to do? John Martellaro says the answer to all these questions is a resounding "No!" You'll see why in a few minutes.
Soon after receiving his Apple Watch, Dr. Mac set out to find the best ways to protect it. He found several good, inexpensive products and one expensive one you should avoid like the plague...
Daniel Kottke, Apple employee #12, liked the new Steve Jobs film. In an interview with CNN, Mr. Kottke said, "[the movie portrayal of Steve Jobs] was very much a caricature ... [but] Aaron Sorkin did such a good job."
All the technical signs point to a future with autonomous (self-driving) cars. Just about every major car company is working on that technology including, we suspect, Apple. But what would happen, hypothetically, if one of these cars were to make a bad mistake in software judgment that injures someone? The legal and ethical issues are enormous.
Apple is stepping up its already aggressive environmental game in China. The irony in this announcement is rich. Many on the political right in the U.S. equate environmentalism with the "commies," yet actually-Communist China has few regulations designed to protect its environment, and even fewer that are actually enforced.
Apple has come out publicly against the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, a surveillance bill that would give the U.S. government sweeping powers to collect information from tech companies. In a statement, Apple iterated its position that privacy should not be traded for security.
Google knows...well, everything about you. At least everything there is to know about you from your online activities. Selling what Google knows is how the company makes its money, after all. But sometimes Google giveth back of what it knows. For instance, Google knows that the number one thing you search for on Google Photos is...babies.
Today's tech-minded customers like to be part of advancing technology. It's fun and exciting. But if a company pushes too hard and in the wrong ways, without an understanding of customer psychology, relentless change can become the enemy. One sure sign of that is when people start to celebrate retro ways of thinking.
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