Category Archives: Apple News

Apple is Still Trying to Make its Butterfly Keyboard Design Durable

Apple released a new refresh of the MacBook Pro recently and reveled that they did more than just bump the specs. They also made additional alterations to their troublesome butterfly keyboard mechanism to prevent the infiltration of foreign debris and the issues that brings with it.

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Should Coding Be Seen as a Trade?

Maybe that’s taking it to the extreme, but Tim Cook made it clear last week in a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board that he, Apple as a whole, and some other Silicon Valley companies see coding as a skill that doesn’t require a traditional four year degree for productive job consideration and placement. I can’t say that I disagree with him.

While I have a bachelors degree and a masters degree in music, I have never attended anything beyond specialized software training courses for my current job. I learned a lot of what I know today on my own, through the mentoring of others and through on the job experience. I’ve been, among other things, a programmer ands systems integrator for the last 18 years without one second spent in a college computer course classroom. I know I’m not the only one with this story, either.

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Trump’s Renewed Trade War Isn’t Just Bad For Apple, But All US Tech Companies

Here we go again. After thoughts that an all-out trade war with China had been averted, President Donald Trump has thrown fresh gas and lumber on a fire that seemed like it was burning down to embers. First there was another round of tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods. Then there was an Executive Order that bans US telecom companies from using gear from any company seen as a national security threat.

Huawei got that label after reports of leaks, vulnerabilities and backdoors were made public over the last two years. Chinese hacking, spying and corporate espionage have been a huge problem for the West for a long time, but it seems that Huawei is likely more scapegoat than grand mastermind.

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A Few Interesting Nuggets From Tim Cook’s Tulane Commencement Speech

You usually won’t catch me saying anything nice about Toolame. I’m a graduate of Louisiana State University and the Greenie Meanies are typically viewed by us as the expensive private school to the south that was once a rival, but now a runt. However, despite my distaste of their athletic programs, I can’t ignore Tim Cook giving a commencement speech there because there were actually a couple of interesting nuggets that are worth calling out.

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Good News for Apple Arcade- People Love Their Smartphone Gaming

Anyone who follows Apple already knows that games always dominate the top of the App Store charts. However, a new study from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) shows that smartphone gaming is no longer just for kids. It turns out that the average gamer is older than you might expect and isn’t always playing on a console.

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Should We Take Google at Their Word on Privacy?

Photo Source: New York Times

So Google has seen the light on privacy, or so they tell us. Sundar Pichai spent a LOT of very valuable stage time during the Google I/O Keynote trying to shift the narrative that they are only interested in Hoovering up as much user data as possible and convince us that they have turned over a new leaf. Was he successful?

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The Yin and Yang of the Galaxy Fold

Many Apple fans are enjoying sitting back and watching Samsung squirm their way through a disastrous product launch…again. You can’t excuse the sloppiness of the Galaxy Fold and how rushed it was in the race to be first to market. An attempt to be innovative isn’t enough to cover up the hardware failures and suspect design.

All that said, while it is easy to make fun of “the enemy” when they fail, that really doesn’t accomplish anything productive. No more so than when fans of Samsung’s products throw stones at Apple for playing it safe or for iterating on or polishing up existing features. In truth, there is good and bad to both company’s approaches.

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Apple’s Earnings Show the iPad is Alive and Very Well

Predictions leading up to today’s earnings report from Apple were mixed, but the actual news turned out to be just what Wall Street wanted to hear. While iPhone sales are still down, the numbers weren’t bad enough to spook the market further. The worst seems to have passed, which is good. Almost everything else is up, with some areas really excelling in the March quarter.

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Powerbeats Pro Pre-Orders Start Friday. Are They a Better Fit For You?

Apple’s AirPods may currently be the most popular wireless earbuds money can buy, but they aren’t for everyone. My wife is a perfect example, as they just don’t fit properly in her ears. Apple’s buds never have, so they’ve never been a good choice for her. As handy and versatile as AirPods are for someone like me, it doesn’t really matter if they don’t fit well.

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Intel is Selling. Is Apple Buying?

As soon as Apple patched things up with Qualcomm, Intel let the world know that they were getting out of the modem business. That is probably for the best since it looks like they were years away from catching up to the top players in the industry. Apple was the only thing keeping them in the game and they have now wisely moved on.

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Tim Cook Appears to be Skating to Where the Government Regulation Puck Will Land

If you have been paying attention to tech news recently, then you know that government regulation is in the air. Pretty much every candidate in the upcoming Democratic Presidential race field in the US is either calling for or supportive of some level of regulation of big tech, with Elizabeth Warren leading the charge with calls to split companies up.

This isn’t just a campaign issue. It’s everywhere. Spotify is whining, crying and filing complaints against Apple. People are finally acting like they give a crap about privacy and how data collected on them is used. Some are outraged at the ways their personal info has been used and sold, or at how people have been manipulated using social media campaigns and misinformation. Most of the major companies in Silicon Valley are going to find themselves in the crosshairs of this backlash to some degree.

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