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Reports of the Coming HomePod Release Are Starting to Trickle In

Last week, there was a report from tech analysts GBH that the HomePod would be released in the next 4 to 6 weeks. While I saw this news as potentially encouraging, I don’t usually jump on board with rumors until more than one source reports the same or similar news. Today we have a little corroboration that lines up with this timeframe

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2018 Predictions and Resolutions: Odds and Ends

We are halfway through the month of January, so the time for 2018 predictions and resolutions is at an end. This is a grab bag of items I’ve been thinking about that aren’t as critical as what I’ve already covered, but could still be in play over the course of the year.

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Let’s Play a Little Game Called, “Would You Buy?”

We know that Apple is continuously prototyping and testing all kinds of different products, both new and variations on existing ones. While we will never see the vast majority of these experiments, it is interesting to think about what could be. You can pretty much assume that anything we have thought about that is within Apple’s product umbrella has been at least drawn up, if not built to some level of completion. I’m going to occasionally be asking you about some likely experiments that Apple has dabbled with, and ask you the question- “Would you buy this?”

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2018 Predictions and Resolutions: The Year of Siri

A couple of weeks ago, I predicted that 2018 will be the Year of Face ID for Apple. Based on the early device rumors of what is coming this year, that looks to be a pretty safe bet. I think it is just as much of a given that 2018 will also be the Year of Siri. It’s about time, as a focus on pushing Siri forward in terms of both features and user satisfaction is already long overdue.

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Deals: Ztylus Stabilizer Rig Kit for Smartphones

The smartphone has pretty much killed off the point and shoot camera at this point, and for many good reasons. They are always with us and always connected. They also have an infinitely better user interface than any camera, and they have far superior on-board editing option. However, there is one area where the old point and shoot still has an edge- ergonomics.

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2018 Predictions and Resolutions: MicroLED Makes its Mainstream Debut on the Apple Watch

This prediction is me going out on a limb. We all know that Apple is working on this screen technology, as the rumors and related patents are old news at this point. They even acquired LuxVue, a manufacturer that specializes in microLED, back in 2014. Just as with OLED, Apple will put this new technology (at least for them, in the case of OLED) on the Watch first, as the smaller screen device with less sales pressure than the iPhone makes a perfect device for an initial rollout. It’s just a matter of time as to when it shows up. Just a hunch on my part, but I think 2018 could be the year.

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According to Loup Ventures, Siri Really is Improving…A Little

Just over a month ago, I asked whether Apple’s Siri was finally starting to improve thanks to the company’s investments in both the service specifically, and AI and machine learning in general. I have heard bits of anecdotal evidence like my own from some of you who responded to that article, but today we got a little bit of verifiable data that positive change really is occurring and that Siri is gradually improving.

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Deals: Dashlane Password Manager Premium Subscription

A few years ago, Mat Honan’s article about his experience of being hacked in Wired Magazine scared me into action. It described the gory details of the author having his digital life turned inside out to get to his desirable three syllable Twitter handle. This included having all of his devices wiped, including his personal Mac which didn’t have a current backup at the time. Ouch. It was a vivid reminder of how easy it is to not take security seriously because of how inconvenient it can be. Continue reading

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Apple’s Aging Parental Controls Called into Question, Apple Responds

As recently as four or five years ago, Apple’s parental controls were considered to be the industry standard for mobile devices. They give parents a lot of basic functionality, including the ability to disable apps and features, select allowed content ratings for music, video, podcasts, and apps, and do either basic web filtering or blacklist/whitelist website selections. However, while these settings work pretty well for use with younger children, they do lack a level of flexibility that work make them better as kids grow into teenagers.Apple also lacks any built-in monitoring mechanisms, currently.

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2018 Predictions and Resolutions: A Renewed Focus on Software Testing

As Apple has grown rapidly over the past five years, there have been an increasing number of complaints regarding their quality control, especially when it comes to their software. Some of the issues are understandable, as keeping such a massive catalogue of software products up to date is certainly a big challenge. However, when you are as profitable and successful as Apple, no one is shedding any tears for your internal struggles. With their money and resources, they should be able to get the job done, and that needs to happen 2018.

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Deals: Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip

I’ve spent enough time in hotel rooms over the last 10 years to know that the struggle to find enough working outlets to charge all of your gear can be very, very real. While many chains include more outlets and even bedside USB ports for added convenience, it is wise to not leave your fate to chance, and travel prepared.

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