The FCC voted Thursday to extend the Lifeline program to subsidize broadband access to low income people in the U.S., a move that reflects just how important Internet access has become to daily life. The Commission also voted to limit what providers can do with our personal information.
From the TMO Department of Heresy comes this thought. Apple is no longer in a pitched PC war. Instead, upwards of 65 percent of Apple's total revenue comes from iPhones. On the other hand, Apple wouldn't mind selling more Macs. So why not pour on the coals and provide Windows 10 on selected Macs, pre-installed? It would eliminate headaches for many education and business customers who really want Mac hardware, and it could really boost Mac sales.
For a long time, the TV entertainment model was for content creators to work through a middleman, a network. That meant appealing to as many as possible viewers and serving up the accompanying commercials. The Internet is changing the rules, and now focused content, direct to the viewer, is taking off. Even Apple is on the bandwagon, but can the company make it work?
The leaders of more than 70 tech companies, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, have signed a letter urging North Carolina to repeal House Bill 2. These business leaders, many of whom do business in North Carolina, argue the bill is discriminatory, and doesn't align with, "the values of our companies, of our country, or even the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians."
Tay says the darnedest things! Like, "ricky gervais learned totalitarianism from adolf hitler, the inventor of atheism." And when asked whether the Holocaust happened, she said, "it was made up." And don't forget that old chestnut about hating [racist name for black people] and advocating something beyond horrific for them. Updated to note that many of Tay's tweets are still available.
The reaction in our community to Apple's March 21st event has been mixed, to say the least. Thanks to sources, a pretty good idea about what would be presented evolved beforehand. And yet, some were sorely disappointed. Where was the jazz? Where was "One more thing!"? John Martellaro analyzes a brilliant explanation by Chuq Von Rospach of why the event unfolded the way it did.
Are you familiar with The Pomodoro Technique®? If you’re not, you really should check it out. Dr. Mac uses it every day to help him focus on a single task and remain focused for as long as necessary in 25 minute bursts. Because he's focused on a single task, he does better work and finishes it faster than if he's multitasking or trying to work between interruptions.
I already have an iPad Pro, but today Apple gave me a serious case of iPad envy when it introduced the... well... iPad Pro. The new model sports a 9.7-inch display, just like the iPad Air, but otherwise packs in the same features as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro along with a few nice improvements. And I want it. Or, at least I want the new model's features in my bigger-screen iPad Pro.
At Apple's March 21st Event, Apple SVP Phil Schiller introduced the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It includes an innovative "True Tone Display," four speakers with better volume, a smart keyboard, a great 12 MP camera. wired Ethernet capability and support for the Apple Pencil. Apple is methodically altering the user proposition of the iPad away from the legacy iPad as we knew it into a solid productivity tool.
For several weeks now, most every Apple observer has written the same thing about Apple's March 21 event: A new 4-inch iPhone and a new 9.7-inch iPad. No new Apple Watch 2. But if that's all we get (and don't get), the event is going to be fairly boring. What might Apple have up its sleeve? John Martellaro thinks he knows.
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