Apple and the OODA Loop Problem

· · Editorial

Apple Park, Apple's new San Jose headquarters, opens in April 2017

From time to time, we hear about an organization, enterprise or government, that makes a seemingly bizarre decision. There are many reasons for that, but a notable one in the technology world relates to how humans make decisions. And the classic OODA loop. John explains with examples from Apple.

Ya Gotta Love Free and Useful Stuff for Macs...

· · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Free and Useful Services can be found in the Keyboard System Preferences pane.

This week Dr. Mac looks at a podcast and a macOS Service that are both free and useful. The first is his favorite  podcast of all time, a podcast focused on what’s going on under the hoods of your Apple devices. The second is a macOS Service that fixes funky text issues and much more.

The Most Important Word Apple Used in its Mac Pro Announcement

· · Editorial

Apple announces a redesigned Mac Pro is in the works

By now, you’ve read the news. Apple’s Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi, and John Ternus briefed five technical journalists on plans to develop a new Mac Pro, likely to be delivered in 2018. John Martellaro noted that Apple’s Phil Schiller used a very important word, twice, vital to this new Mac Pro. John’s analysis follows.

Apple Answers Laptop Complaints with iPad Spots

· · Editorial

Screenshot from iPad Pro— Light and powerful

Apple published two new commercials in its iPad Pro series addressing laptop complaints. In case that reads too smoothly and it didn’t smack you upside the head, as we said when I was a wee lad, Apple is answering complaints about laptops with the iPad Pro. Not with MacBook Pro. Or MacBook. Or the legacy MacBooK Air that is still being sold. No, Apple is answering laptop complaints with an iPad Pro promotion.

Now Would Be a Great Time for an Apple VPN

· · The Back Page

If Apple Operated a VPN

There are many things Bryan Chaffin wishes Apple would release. Streaming TV, a smarthome hub, new freaking Macs, the list goes on. But something new on his mind is an Apple owned and operated virtual private network (VPN). He explains why this would be a welcome port in the storm of surveillance capitalism.

6 Cool Tech Things Going On in Germany

· · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie (concert hall) as seen from the harbor.

Dr. Mac was in Germany last week, where he found six cool tech things, including his first encounters with Microsoft’s HoloLens Augmented Reality (AR) headset and HTC’s Vive Virtual Reality (VR) headset, plus robots galore, a very cool drone, and more.

Reminders and Why Siri Rocks 'Em

· · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

.Dr. Mac realized recently that he rarely forgets things and Siri is responsible. Siri never forgets… And since the good doctor is rarely far from his iPhone, iPad, or Mac, he thinks of Siri as his backup memory….

Why the iPad mini is On Its Deathbed

· · Editorial

iPad mini: R.I.P.

A long time ago in this galaxy, Steve Jobs thought the 7-inch class iPad would be a bad idea. There wouldn’t be enough room to create great apps, he said.  The rest of the tablet market jumped in anyway, and Apple just had to follow. Think education. But Mr. Jobs was right. The 7.9-inch experience wasn’t that great for anything but iOS. Phablets arrived. And so, John ponders the demise of Apple’s iPad mini.

PSA: Don't Charge Your iPhones in the Bath

· · Editorial

An iPhone in a bath tub

Folks, don’t charge your iPhones or iPads (or other smartphones, if that’s your thing) in the bath. While most people likely understand that, London’s The Daily Mail reported that Richard Bull from Ealing in west London died of accidental electrocution while charging his iPhone in the tub.

Soon, You Will Be Told What To Think About Apple

· · Particle Debris

AI concept

Artificial Intelligence agents started out as friendly voices that could answer some simple questions. We’re in a new phase now in which AI agents can order goods and control our home. Recently, Google tried to jump to another level when it introduced an ad into a morning briefing. We can see where this is going, and it’s not good.

Smart Deadbolt Makes More Sense Than Expected

· · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Schlage Smart Sense Lock

Dr. Mac was recently invited to review a smart deadbolt. He explained that he’s not a do-it-yourself type of guy, and probably didn’t have the tools or skills to install a deadbolt. He also questioned the need to ever unlock his door using an iPhone instead of a key. A Sense Smart deadbolt kit arrived a few days later; he installed it himself in under an hour.