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?

Comparing Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile

7:44 PM, Sep. 10th, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

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In addition to all the new devices yesterday, Apple also introduced their iPhone Upgrade Program. This joins the ranks of the cell carriers relatively new programs that allow customers to finance the purchase of a phone over time. There are, however, some important differences buried in the details. Let's take a look.

Apple TV Needs Universal Search

12:03 PM, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

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Steve Jobs claimed to have "cracked the code" for creating a connected TV that doesn't suck back in 2011. Earlier this year TiVo introduced their answer to universal search called OnePass. Perhaps the latter gives us a glimpse into what the former will look like. Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski thinks so, and so do I.

How iTunes Movie DRM-Removal Software Keeps Me Honest

9:48 AM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

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I like to watch a lot of movies on a lot of different devices. Some of those devices are made by Apple, like my iPad and Apple TV, while some are made by TiVo, Roku, Panasonic, Sony and others. I need my media portable; not just portable in the mobile sense to take with me when I travel, but portable in the sense that I can't have limits on which of my devices will play any given movie. There's a way to do that with iTunes Movies, just be responsible when you do.

iOS 9 Content Blockers - Bring ‘Em On!

10:00 AM, Aug. 28th, 2015 · · Dave Hamilton’s Blog

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Apple's announcement of iOS 9 at WWDC included a feature that sent ripples through the online publishing community: iOS 9 will support third-party Content Blockers (as will/does Safari on OS X). The main goal of these, of course, is to give users the ability to filter out crap that slows down their (mobile) web experience. There's nothing wrong with that. They also (primarily) mean blocking ad-serving scripts. There's nothing wrong with that, either. In fact, I welcome it.