On April 19th, Apple announced an update to the 2015 12-inch MacBook. But the extent of the update didn't suit many observers. By some distorted logic, many didn't know what to expect (except Skylake processors), but when they finally saw it, they were disappointed. John Martellaro explores why we should actually be quite pleased.
Apple's auto efforts have grown considerably in recent months, including a growing web of facilities seemingly tied to "Project Titan"—the code name for Apple's car—and more hiring of the kind of folks you only hire if you're making a car. Bryan Chaffin looks at the growing body of evidence supporting the Apple Car.
Cash flow is king. Why wait a year for the next Amazon Prime renewal? That allows the customer to possibly fret about forking out the major expenditure of $99. Better to keep the money coming in regularly in digestible amounts. That was probably what Amazon was thinking when they introduced the new monthly plans. But you'll pay more for this luxury.
One of the tidbits in Apple's Environmental Responsibility is that it recovered more than 2,200 pounds of gold in its recycling efforts. That's more than 35,000 ounces of gold mined from old iPhones, Macs, and other devices, and it shows there can be big money in recycling.
Pro-encryption forces scored a legislative win in California this week—though it might be more appropriate to say anti-privacy and anti-security forces endured a loss—as a bill requiring tech companies to weaken encryption when required by law enforcement failed to make it out of committee. Many more challenges remain.
We're geting fairly strong indications now that Apple is going to rebrand "OS X" as "MacOS." This would, in name, bring about a pleasant synchronization with tvOS, iOS, and watchOS. But more to the point, rebranding both suggests and offers the opportunity for significant change. What might be in store for Apple's customers?
David Winograd thinks iPhone upgrade programs should increase the rate we replace our devices, with or without carrier subsidies. He walks us through the math in this editorial.
Bryan Chaffin is skeptical of so-called "Textalyzer" technology that can detect device usage on a smartphone in the wake of an accident. He walks us through a bill that would legalize its use by police in New York.
Smile announced Tuesday lower subscription prices for TextExpander 6, including the decision to extend half price subscriptions for those upgrading to a lifetime discount. The move comes in the wake of a fierce outcry from customers and pundits after announcing that TextExpander 6 would be subscription-only. Bryan Chaffin explains.
Dr. Mac has always been obsessed with finding the fastest, easiest, or most elegant way of doing things. So many of his favorite Mac (and iOS) apps are simple, inexpensive utilities that help him do one thing better, faster, or more elegantly. He recently added a dynamic duo of such utilities to his Mac productivity arsenal and says today he wouldn’t want to use his Mac without them.
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