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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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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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Tim Cook Hints at the Future at Public Shareholder’s Event

Apple held its public shareholder’s meeting at the Steve Jobs Theater Friday, giving major investors the opportunity to ask Tim Cook and the executive team some direct questions. While a resolution regarding the diversity of the board dominated the discussion and the headlines afterward, there were a few interesting notes regarding current and upcoming products and services that also came out of the event.

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Tim Cook’s Turning Point

Photo Source: @tim_cook on Twitter

Analysts that cover Apple finally got to be the broken watch that’s right twice a day. After so many botched predictions, at last they got to celebrate calling a slowdown in iPhone sales. While there are some who did have sound financial reasoning behind their predictions, I have a hard time giving any respect to many who just threw crap against the wall until it finally stuck. But to the few who called this based on sound analysis, a tip of the proverbial cap for sticking to their guns when the rest of us thought they were crazy a couple of months ago.

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Open Season on Apple: Bloomberg and Others Take Aim

Any time there is an Apple hardware release, the vultures hover above, waiting for the tiniest sliver of fresh meat. As such, a new “gate” is lurking around every corner. It doesn’t matter how big the sample size of users is or what percentage of devices are affected, you can bet Gordon Kelly and Ewan Spence will be giving you daily updates with headlines containing phrases like “nasty surprise,” and “serious problem.”

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Apple Slices: Bite-sized Apple News of the Week

Time to start up Apple Slices, our series covering some of the wide variety of Apple news of the week, for 2018. We have more on the battery throttling story that just won’t go away, Apple making big commitments here in the US,  the coming HomePod, and more. Time to eat!

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WWDC Predictions…Sort Of


I have been anticipating writing an article of final predictions for what we will see at WWDC for a few weeks now. However, as sit here on the eve of Christmas for Apple fans, I find little point in doing so. Not only has every tech site and every Apple blog weighed in on this topic at this point, but pretty much every national medial outlet, as well. What’s the point in one more drop in a very full bucket?

Rather than go the path well travelled, I’m going to take a different look at WWDC and get into more of the “how” than the “what”. Allow me to explain myself. One of the recurring themes I see, especially in several of the articles from larger medial outlets, is a negative slant towards Apple’s current position. Despite their incredible stock performance and profitability, the emergence of new sources of revenue in wearables and services, and the coming release of a sure-fire hit in the next iPhone, the “what’s wrong with Apple” storyline is as reliable as the taxman coming to collect lately.

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