Google CEO Sundar Pichai Offers Milquetoast Support for Apple in FIve Tweets

9:51 AM, Feb. 18th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Google CEO Sundar Pichai offered support, of sorts, to Apple and CEO Tim Cook's fight against a government order to create software that would allow the FBI to brute force attack a terrorist's iPhone. In series of five whole tweets, Mr. Pichai called an open letter from Mr. Cook "important" and questioned the judge's order that would force Apple to create surveillance tools, but his comments were a far cry from endorsing Mr. Cook's position.

A Tale of Two Universal Remotes: Harmony vs. Blumoo

4:30 PM, Feb. 17th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

It’s been a couple of years since Dr. Mac talked about universal remote control devices and apps. He says an awesome universal remote control is the holy grail of home automation; having a single device that can mimic every function of all five individual remote controls for his home theatre system is priceless. And the ability to control his Phillips Hue and Lutron Caseta lights, Nest thermostat, and other smart devices from a single remote (or iOS app) is the icing on the cake.

Kanye West Needs Help and not Just Because he Hates Apple Music

6:51 PM, Feb. 16th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Kanye West at Tribeca Film Festival 2009

Self proclaimed best musical artist of all time Kanye West isn't going to have anything to do with streaming his latest album on Apple Music and instead is going exclusively with Tidal. This is after he begged people to sign up for the streaming music service a couple days earlier—and tried to get Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to throw some serious money his way—in what looks like a complete and very public emotional unraveling.

The SoDoSoPaization of Silicon Valley

5:43 PM, Feb. 15th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

SoDoSoPa Screenshot

John Kheit thinks that Silicon Valley has allowed itself to become SoDoSoPaized. Nothing else can explain the unbearable, total non-thinking, incessant, goose-step mimicry of Apple, and he wants it to stop.

My Classic Hard Disks Are Spinning Right into the Graveyard

5:01 PM, Feb. 12th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Goodbye Spinning Hard Disks

As the technology of SSDs develops and capacities grow, the lower capacity drives will become very, very affordable. This has already caused a sea change in how we boot up our Macs. And now it's going to change our Mac life in another way. John Martellaro is all over it.

What Happens When Your Autonomous Car Crashes?

5:00 PM, Feb. 10th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

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?

Apple’s Vision is Plain for (Most) Everyone to See

7:45 PM, Feb. 9th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple's Clear Vision

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.

What To Do When Your Apple Watch Tells You NOT to Eat the Candy Bar

4:45 PM, Feb. 5th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Wearables & Blood Chemistry

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.

Why Apple’s Time Machine Utterly Fails User Needs

5:30 PM, Feb. 4th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple's Time Machine languishes

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.