The new macOS High Sierra has arrived and brought with it a new iTunes. People have long asked Apple to reduce the bloat of the iTunes app on macOS, and this new version does that. Whether it does that well or not is a matter for discussion.Read More
Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference begins today (5 June 2017), kicking off as always with the Keynote at 10 a.m. Pacific Time / 1 p.m. Eastern Time.
This article started out this morning as a list of five things to look for at this year’s WWDC, but time constraints have reduced it to just two. So here are the two I think most significant.Read More
Twenty years ago, I was deep in pursuit of my undergraduate degree, and as much as I loved technology, my budget for technology was $0, so I didn’t spend much time thinking about technology except for what I perceived to be of immediate use to me.Read More
Despite my lack of Pro Mac products, I have watched and listened in pain as Apple remained silent on the Mac Pro, as users complained about the status of the Mac Pro. I have always felt that at its core, Apple is a “Pro” company; its products are designed to reach as close to the ideal as possible for all-around usability. So more recently, as I listened for word from Apple about their ultimate Pro Mac machine, I felt that this could be a watershed moment for the company. In my humble opinion, if the company were to abandon the Mac Pro market, it would signal the end of the company as we know it.Read More
I’m not a technical expert about why USB-C may or may not be “even smarter and more capable” than Apple’s Lightning port. If the USB-C port truly is more capable than Apple’s Lightning port, that would actually be a mark in favor of switching to USB-C.
I have had Lightning devices for nearly four years. I have had a USB-C MacBook for nearly two years. The USB-C works fine. I have often thought, however, that I wish they’d simply used Lightning connectors instead of USB-C. The Lightning connectors are smaller and (only slightly) easier to insert into their respective ports. The Lightning connectors are also sexier.Read More
I was at the Seattle Goodwill outlet recently and noticed the Apple logo on letterhead sticking out from a bin of books, so I started digging. What I found were the 1979-1980 files of Jack MacDonald, manager of system software for the Apple II and /// at the time.
These are fascinating. They are very ordinary, but that’s part of what makes them so fascinating.
The obvious question is merely one of consistent application of principles, which unfortunately, most in the politically correct camp do not seem to have beyond their underlying religious principle: if it is politically correct, we hold these things to be self-evident.Read More
Here is my morning playlist. It’s another new album, this time by Gregory Alan Isakov.
Gregory Alan Isakov first captured my notice when iTunes offered his song “Second Chances,” from his The Weatherman album, as their Single of the Week. It became a staple of my playlist rotations, appearing not just regularly but frequently. In the fall of 2015, I decided to try out his entire Weatherman album and fell immediately in love with it. I had recently begun using Apple Music, after signing up for their 3-month free trial, so I had easy access to that album and others. I quickly followed up The Weatherman, which was released in 2013, with his 2007 album, That Sea, the Gambler. Both of them have been regular members of my Whole-Album Experience Project, which I will explain in more detail in a later post. Today, I pulled up a playlist I created yesterday (21 February 2017) but got a few songs into it and realized it isn’t suited to what I’m working on now. Immediately, I thought of Gregory Alan Isakov as well-suited to my mood and my work. Of course, The Weatherman first came to mind, but when I turned to his album list to pull up Weatherman, I decided instead to try something new from him—by which I actually mean something old from him but new to me. So today I’m listening to This Empty Northern Hemisphere. Give it a sample, see what you think. I’ll let you know what I think, too, after I’ve made up my mind.
This is my first listen to the latest from The Avett Brothers. I’m fairly sure already that this one will be going in the regular rotation for a while. “Fisher Road to Hollywood” is an early favorite.
The Rayz and Rayz Plus both use Avnera’s LightX technology, which ensures that they draw the least power possible from the iPhone to which they are connected.
Furthermore, the Rayz line offers a host of “smart features,” according to Pioneer. The company says that both the Rayz and Rayz Plus feature six microphones that allow these features.
The patent outlines the use of a new type of display technology that uses embedded micro LEDs and an IR diode to essentially scan and detect the position of a finger on the screen. LuxVue, a company Apple acquired in 2014 that specializes in low-power micro LED displays, is reportedly behind the technology.
A bitmap made up of light intensity data generated by "bouncing IR light off of a user's finger and back to sensing diodes" could then be used to authenticate the fingerprint.
I understand that some may really believe the curved edge is more attractive on the Samsung Galaxy S7, but to make it a simple declarative seems too definite of a statement. Is the S7 screen very attractive? Yes. Is it more attractive than the iPhone 7? I don’t think it’s more attractive. Is it equally attractive? I would grant that as a simple declarative.