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  • 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.
  • 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.  

  • Slack is latest major service to drop standalone Apple Watch app

    Haven’t used Slack, so I don’t have a dog in that fight.  As for other apps leaving the Watch, it seems like a natural winnowing of the field.  For software companies wanting to jump on the Watch bandwagon, it makes sense to try it out, and if it doesn’t work, move on. No big deal, in my mind.

    I have a GPS-only version 3. I didn’t get the cellular version because I don’t leave home without my cellphone, ever. And at home, I can answer my phone on the watch (or put the call on hold, as I found out the other day), then switch to the phone if need be.

    To me the Watch is surprisingly and delightfully useful, as is. I see it as a natural and particularly well-executed extension of the iPhone.  Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t need it to be a standalone device. I can’t imagine texting on it for the kinds of conversations I often find myself in. And for phone calls, talking to my wrist just isn’t all that comfortable for long. So my phone does the heavy lifting of text, phone calls, web browsing, and using apps that just don’t seem suited for the Watch.  The Watch saves me from having to haul out the Phone for every little thing.  A winning combo.  But that’s me. YMMV.

  • 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.
  • 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.