I came across an article from Ara Wagoner at Android Central today that I found really interesting. Basically, she takes Google to task for giving up on developing Android for tablets, not optimizing Chrome OS further for use on tablets, and especially for not encouraging developers to create apps that work better with larger screens. It’s a viewpoint that I happen to agree with, and not just because I’m an Apple fan.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our readers, wherever you are and however you choose to celebrate this time of year.
Thanksgiving Day feels very different in 2020. Thanks to the current circumstances in the United States, many people will not be sharing this day with their families or loved ones the way they normally would. Some still will, but the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic and its recent surge still hangs over everything.
Then there are many families who have lost loved ones this year without the ability to say goodbye the way we normally would. With all of the darkness and uncertainty of 2020, it can be easy to lose perspective on what you are thankful for.
Other than a few posts on Twitter and a couple of general references, I have tried to refrain from political commentary during the two and a half years that I’ve written here. That’s mostly because, while I am the managing editor of this site, I am not the owner.
While the owners of iPad Insight have not explicitly restricted me from commenting on my personal politics, it’s just not my place to do that. I appreciate how hands off they are and the latitude they give me to write about Apple products and beyond and don’t want to take advantage of that.
However, I’ve been thinking a lot about all that’s gone on over the last week and the thing is, this isn’t political. Human rights aren’t political. They are supposed to be a guaranteed part of the social contract here in the United States, but that contract isn’t being fulfilled for a large number of our fellow citizens. Justice, or the complete lack of it in the case of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of a policeman isn’t political, either. He was killed by someone who is supposed to protect us over whether a $20 bill was a fake. That can’t be ignored, and again, it has nothing to do with politics.
Watching my Tigers beat Clemson for a FBS College Football National Championship! Well, I’ll be watching the game on a tv along with my Wife, Mom and Dad, but I will be using the 12.9″ screen of my iPad Pro to keep up with some of ESPN’s other feeds for the game. They go all out for Playoff and Championship Games and my tablet will help me take advantage without the need or any channel flipping.
Hello and Merry Christmas from iPad Insight and the Rogers household. Wherever you are and whatever you may celebrate this time of year, I want to wish you the greatest joy.
Christmas is still a day away, but Christmas Eve is the day that my immediate family gets together and exchanges gifts. At one point, that extended family was my Mom and Dad, two sisters and their husbands. Then they had kids, I got married and had kids and now my several of my nephews and nieces have kids, as well. We’ve gone from a group of seven to hitting thirty last year.
Foldable phones are the next big thing, according to many in the tech press. This is one of those product categories like AR Headsets- they are perpetually 6-12 months around the corner. If you ask Mike Elgan, Microsoft’s foldable Surface device, reportedly codenamed Andromeda, is poised to take over the world and make the iPad and other tablets irrelevant. Well, I don’t make a habit of listening a guy who still insists that Google Glass was a success, and that Apple got the smartwatch all wrong by not focusing on the enterprise market before targeting consumers for advice on where the mobile technology puck is headed next.
If we aren’t at the tipping point yet, we are getting close
I’m probably not unlike many other American soccer fans, in that my introduction to European “football” was through EA Sports’ venerable FIFA franchise. I started playing years ago, after my interest in the more competitive side of the sport was piqued during the 1994 World Cup, which was hosted here in the United States.
A few years later, I bought my first copy of FIFA for the PC, and was introduced to the expansive world of European Club Football. There were hundreds of teams spread out in leagues all across the continent, loaded with some players who’s names I knew from my World Cup watching, but many more who I had never heard of.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who celebrate it. Hope you all have a great, relaxing day and long weekend.
I’m thankful for so many things today and in general. For health and happiness. For my beautiful and wonderful wife. For my amazing daughter who surprises us every day with her knowledge, her passion for learning, and just her enjoyment of all the world around her. For my immense good fortune in finding a great new IT consulting gig – a job I love and that still leaves me with time to devote to this site. For having ended up in Austin, the finest town anywhere in the world. For the Cowboys being not quite as terrible as last year. And so much more.
My big Deputy Editor Dog was hugely thankful for a Ginger Man healthy treat I was about to give him when I took the pic above with the new Retina iPad mini. Now he has mostly forgotten his thankful feelings and is primarily concerned with looking out for more treats.
Hope you all have lots to be thankful for today too.
I won’t be publishing any normal posts here today.
I’ve had some very bad news about a close friend who tried to take their life yesterday, and I am doing what little I can from a long way away to help out.