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It's a good move by Apple. Contracting out makes sense for smaller businesses who can't justify the costs of training and administering a security team. It makes no sense for a company with such huge Cupertino facilities. It also gives Apple more control over something as important as security. Pay better and you get a more stable workforce and better people too. Just keep in mind that the same principles don't apply to Apple's smaller facilities, particularly retail...
An electronic key feature matters little to me. My 30 year old car is as far behind that sort of technology as a Model T. But it is a feature that means Apple's watch can do things that most watches, including speciality watches, can't do. It'd be great if that feature were extended to home door locks and checkpoints at work. The downside is ominous. When your Apple phone dies, you won't be able to get in your car to drive home to charge it. You may end up stuck in a...
Smart move. When I lived in Israel (1979), it was still a blue-collar, agricultural country. My kibbutz raised chickens and made screws. Now the country is a high-tech powerhouse. Some of that resulted from the immigration of well-educated Jewish-Russian scientists after the fall of the USSR. Most of it is because Jews tend to be smart and value education. Their misfortunate is that some of their neighbors are among the stupidest people on the planet. Imagine your...
Apple should regard this move by China's repressive government with pride. This remark: "The change is thought to be motivated by concerns over Western cybersurveillance operations." isn't the whole story. China wants Apple and others to insert backdoors into its devices to make it easy for China to monitor its citizens. Seeing the worldwide backlash over the NSA revelations, U.S. high-tech firms are resisting such moves. Were I Apple, I'd begin a quiet and gradual but...
This doesn't mean much. Look around and you'll see that the numbers are about cheap tablets that are poorly made and will have a short useful life. If your budget is tight and your needs limited and unchanging, they might do. Otherwise, they're money wasted.
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Tim Cook can get his watch replaced for free. I can't, so I'm not going to wear that watch or any expensive and showy watch in the shower. That said, I did wear watches that were dive-rated when I did sailing and I would wear one of Casio's G-Shock watches swimming%u2014but if-and-only-if there was a reason to do so. Not all of us have the luxury of an Apple executive's income. Still, this is a good sign. It may hint that Apple is thinking about create a sport model of...
I can think of something else Apple should buy%u2014the rights to include in the next version of iOS the marvelous audio-enhancing code in Marco Arment's podcast app, Overcast. I downloaded the app last week and immediately discovered just how much more enjoyable it makes podcast listening. I can set just the right speed. (No dreadful choice between 1x and 1.5x.) Distracting pauses disappear. Varying sound levels are smoothed out. It'd be great for just that. But it also...
Apple would do all of us a world of more good if it spent some money to upgrade OS X's dreadful spell checker. Its vocabulary is that of a college sophomore (For example, it doesn't know about exceptionalism, which has been a hotly debated political topic for at least a decade.) Its anemic correction suggestions are so poor they would would shame a spell checker from the 1980s. The spell checker ought to be smart enough to know whether a particular hyphenation is standard...
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