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  • Apple to launch branded over-ear headphones as soon as this year

    I’ve owned a set of Bose wired noise-cancelling headphones for probably 10 years, and like them.  I bought them for use while traveling on airlines, a niche they fill pretty well.  My first set went bad out of warranty and Bose offered a decent price for replacement/upgrade, so I went to the next generation.  The ear pads on my second set eventually wore out, and I found a decent replacement pair for cheap. I added a microphone cord, and now use them as often for phone calls as for listening to music. But, as Chasm points out, the sound quality doesn’t match the noise-cancellation quality.

    If Apple came up with wireless, over the ear, noise-cancelling headphones that I could use for phone calls, and with the quality of sound I’d expect from Apple, then I’d likely buy a set.  

  • Samsung launches Galaxy S9, S9 Plus with greater focus on smartphone photography

    Huh. Well, I’m glad that Samsung has some new offerings. Competition is good, for driving innovation and providing alternatives.

    Reading this article, and recently talking with a friend of mine who has a Pixel (I know, not a Samsung) and who has decided to switch back to an iPhone, both reinforce my decision to stay in the Walled Garden. 

    My newish iPhone X is a neat bit of technology.  The Face ID works well, with the occasional minor hiccups. And I’ve come to like the swiping gestures for navigating, rather than hitting the home button. Perfect? Not really. But then I don’t expect perfect from any technology. It mostly just works, and works pretty damn well.

    My newish Apple Watch Series 3 GPS only is also quite impressive.  Can’t imagine not wearing one.

    Count me as a satisfied Apple customer.
  • iPhone X doomsayers lack basic reading comprehension skills (or they're purposefully disho...

    What was the point of this article? AI: I like your site, I use your app often, but I’m “just not that into you” ...not enough for me to want to read articles about how pretty and wonderful you are. Stick to the facts, not the sympathy requests. And the fact remains that the iPhone X is underselling. Doomed for failure? No, but too expensive and too ugly? Consumer spending is saying “yes”. There’s your story, sans pity.
    Well, you and I have different perspectives on this. Mine is that it’s one of the better articles I’ve read in quite awhile.

    Why? Because even though it’s about the reported life cycle of a simple luxury item, it does a pretty good job of illustrating one of the major challenges facing us as a society today: the frequently inept and sometimes malicious handling of information by those we rely upon for providing information.

    From tech to politics, what the author describes and comments on is all too common.  And destructive on a number of levels.
    Information is now disseminated in orders of magnitude of volume and speed greater than we’ve evolved to process it. And because of this critical thinking is arguably more important now than in the past.  So I’m pleased whenever I see an example of someone in the media (or anywhere, for that matter) thinking critically.

    I don’t mind at all the author’s laying out the process by which AI does its job.  Doing so actually helped me appreciate this site a bit more.

  • WSJ jumps on iPhone X production cut story, adds new fictions

    Well, this whole thing really made me angry.  Then the lightbulb came on and I bought some more shares yesterday.
    In the meantime, I’m really enjoying my new iPhone X.