Apple Music Paves Industry Pricing Path, Spotify Follows

4:43 PM, May. 23rd, 2016 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

Ten dollars per user per month is simply too expensive for streaming music, and the labels know it. Today's announcement that Spotify has dropped their family pricing to match Apple Music's $15 per month for up to six users is yet more evidence that the music industry is continuing to march towards this reality.

The iPhone SE is for Power Users, Too

11:52 AM, May. 16th, 2016 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

When the iPhone 6 came out I had a choice to make: go to a bigger iPhone or an even bigger iPhone? The 6 was to be larger than my 5s and, being a power user that always wants to have the latest and greatest speed and technology, those were my choices. The recent introduction of the iPhone SE, however, meant I could revert the size choice I made 18 months ago if I wanted. I immediately set to testing exactly how size mattered to me.

Subscription Pricing Isn’t as Evil as You Think It Is

1:09 PM, Apr. 6th, 2016 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

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With Smile’s announcement yesterday came a new wave of anti-subscription sentiment about paying for software. Frankly, I think that sentiment is pretty short-sighted. It's OK to be upset about a pricing change, it’s just important to qualify where the negative sentiment comes from.

Guide to Who Holds The Decryption Keys for 16 Cloud and Backup Services

11:35 AM, Mar. 4th, 2016 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

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As many people are now learning, simply knowing that something is encrypted is not enough. Encryption, like security, exists on a continuum that runs between safety and convenience, and it's important to know where on that continuum your data – and cloud providers – lie. The largest factor in determining the relative security of your encrypted data is knowing who has access to the decryption keys (i.e. who is able to decrypt it... and when?). We made a list to help you out.

iPad mini 4 Reflections: Why it’s Time to Upgrade

10:14 AM, Dec. 11th, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

For the past two months I've been using Apple's new iPad mini 4 and recently I went back to my previous iPad mini 2. Like many iPad mini fans I skipped the iPad mini 3 because all it offered over the iPad mini 2 was Touch ID without any performance boost. The iPad mini 4 changed that, of course, bringing the iPad Air 2's guts and power to the mini form-factor. I wondered, though, does all this new speed – and RAM – matter for daily use? Turns out it does.

Facebook is a Background Resource Hog on Your Mac, Too

10:45 AM, Oct. 21st, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

After years of being overlooked, there's recently been a lot of attention paid to Facebook's iOS app and it's over-use of background resources. Facebook has indicated they're aware of – and working on – the problem. Let's all say a hopeful word of thanks for that. Unfortunately, it's not just your iPhone that's being overworked by Facebook. Facebook runs rampant when its website is loaded in your Mac desktop's web browser, too, using more RAM than just about every other app – and definitely every other web page – you have open.

Apple Music’s 6.5MM Customers Aren’t All Paying $10 Per Month

2:01 PM, Oct. 20th, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

Monday night at the WSJD conference Tim Cook announced that Apple Music currently has 6.5 million people in the "paid category." Many folks are comparing that to Spotify's 20 million paid subscribers. Opinions on that comparison are all over the map, as you might imagine. One thing that seems to be missing is data showing how much each of those customers are paying. Many of them are paying far less than the perceived $10 per month.

Sonos’s New Trueplay Lets You Tune Your Speakers with Your iPhone

12:01 AM, Sep. 29th, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

The rooms in your home aren't acoustically designed to make speakers sound their very best. My rooms aren't either. It's for this reason that Sonos has been hard at work developing Trueplay, an innovative technology that will allow us to use our iPhones and iPads to automatically tune our Sonos speakers for the rooms and locations in which we place them.

What Will It Take For You To Disable Your Ad/Content Blocker?

10:08 AM, Sep. 17th, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

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With yesterday's release of iOS 9 to the masses, Content Blockers (a.k.a. ad blockers) have made their way into the iOS mainstream. As I recently said, that's a good thing and I'm happy about it. But now that you have the ability to easily run ad/content blockers on both your desktop and mobile browsers, what will it take for you to stop using them?