Apple has been all about making our digital lives better with beautifully integrated hardware and software. What’s the thinking behind a billions dollars to compete with Netflix and Amazon?
Siri is our first exposure to artificial intelligence and may tell us something about whether AIs and robots will put us all out of work.
Apple announced exciting new Macs at WWDC 2017, but there are some loose ends that need attention before all’s well.
In 2013 Apple had turned the tables on Nintendo. Then Apple dropped the ball.
Occasionally, observers criticize Apple for not being innovative enough, but they’re off the mark.
The rumored price of the iPhone 8 keeps rising because what else could create such attention and alarm?
As 4K/UHD TVs become more and more popular, makers of Smart TVs need to add features to appeal to customers and reap decent profits. How will Apple TV be affected?
Every corporation has a succession plan for its CEO, so what might Apple’s look like?
Those who like to argue about whether the iPad is a full-fledged computer are wasting their time, and no one cares.
A recent survey showed that consumers have more trust in Amazon to keep their personal data safe than Apple. How can this be?
Steven Sinofsky was the former executive of Microsoft’s Windows Division, but, surprisingly, he has some remarkable things to say about Apple’s recent WWDC keynote.
Apple’s WWDC keynote was a hardware bonanza, but Apple still faces some distinct challenges derived corporate culture and some self-inflicted weaknesses.
There is a perspective that says it’s pointless for the pros to predict what Apple will say in the WWDC Keynote, but it’s wrong.
The Particle Debris item of the week isn’t a written article. Instead it’s a concept video, a joint effort by Federico Vittici at MacStories and designer Sam Beckett in the UK. The reason it’s so cool is because it punctuates the hunger we all have for a new iOS on the iPad that leaves the past behind, truly enables and excites. John is excited, and you will be too. Plus: rebirth of the Mac.
Microsoft is a changed company under CEO Satya Nadella. We’re not the first ones to notice. This change has manifested itself in several ways, most notably the willingness to provide solutions on whatever platform the customer wants to work with. More exciting, however, is how people interact with their computers. This week, John points us an article that reveals Microsoft’s important new thinking about the human-machine interface.
Two very interesting things happened this week. First, we heard that Apple may be making its own Siri-powered Echo-like device, to be announced at WWDC. Later in the week, we heard that Amazon will now bring its video app, Prime Video to the Apple TV. Mere coincidence? John, just for fun, imagines a recent, fictional conversation between Jeff Bezos and Tim Cook.
Recently, Facebook has suffered some difficulties that were caused by its very design. It’s clear now that one of the features of large, complex social services is that they contain within themselves the seeds of tragedy. Worse, thanks to the money at stake, there’s no remedy. Not even a tough one.
What happens when AI machine learning becomes so sophisticated and inscrutable that humans can no longer understand how an AI came to a decision? AI processes will go far beyond simple structured code that can be debugged and audited. Will we just shrug and accept? John maps out the major issues with advanced AIs.
The education market is very price sensitive. Three players are in a pitched battle for the right-priced personal computer: Apple (iOS), Google (Chrome OS + Android), and Microsoft (Windows 10 Cloud). These OSes and their implementation on hardware, plus the right kind of marketing and staying power, could determine which company seizes the hearts and minds of schools and students.
This special edition of Particle Debris looks a teenager addiction to the iPhone, what might be in store for the next iMac and Mac Pro, thoughts on the greatest Mac ever made and what Apple may be up to with its next iPads.