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Apple Silicon Mac Dev Kit Native Multi-core Faster Than Intel i7

New Geekbench scores show a native multi-core benchmark on Apple Silicon Mac Developer Transition Kit (DTK) faster than a 2020 MacBook Pro with an 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 with 4 cores. While Apple Silicon in a Mac is about more than just performance, that’s bananas fast !!!! Remember, it’s based on a 2018 Apple processor compared to an Intel in a 2020 MacBook Pro.

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Cheapest iPhone Has More Processor Power Than Most Expensive Android

Android Central says “The cheapest iPhone has a more powerful processor than the most expensive Android phone”. Yup… the $399 iPhone SE kicks the ass of every Android phone by a mile, and then some. Including Samsung’s top of their line, Galaxy S20 Ultra starting at a whopping $1,399 !!! And shockingly, that’s not a typo. A Samsung phone that costs $1,000 more, gets creamed by Apple’s cheapest iPhone.

Embarrassing… Almost makes me wanna cry for Android.

…Nah, not really.

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Lenovo Laptop with 2nd Screen – Please Don’t Do That

From the “No body needs that, so please don’t” department: At CES 2020 Lenovo announced a new ThinkBook Plus with a 10.8-inch E ink display on the lid. This is a really really bad idea that is a very bad User eXperience (UX) design. This is what happens when tech companies do something just because they can, even when they shouldn’t.

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Apple Will Attend CES To Promote HomeKit – This Is A Huge Deal

Apple having an official presence at CES 2020 is the first time in decades that they have attended is huge. And for it to be about HomeKit makes it doubly huge.

As reported by Bloomberg, Apple will make a rare official appearance and an Apple executive Jane Horvath is scheduled to speak on a consumer privacy panel Jan. 7. But don’t expect any new hardware announcements.

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New Home Automation Alliance Should Benefit From Apple HomeKit’s Focus on Security

On Dec 18 Apple announced that Amazon, Apple, Google, Zigbee Alliance and board members form working group to develop open standard for smart home devices. That should be very good for home automation by promoting open standards, and Apple’s focus in HomeKit on security, among other things, should benefit every company and customer invested in home automation.

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Apple Platform Security Guide Defines Good Practices

Speaking of your security and privacy, Apple last week published its Apple Platform Security Guide that sets the standard for security good practices. I’ve just written 3 blog posts about security and privacy and noted how much better Apple is then pretty much every other tech company in the same product areas.

The 3 blog posts I just published over the last several days are:

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Your Privacy is Being Violated – YOU Are The Product

Your location is being tracked right now by hundreds of apps and web sites. They are violating your privacy. Once again, proving the adage that if you are not paying for a product, then… YOU are the product. In other words, your privacy is being violated by collecting and selling your location and other personal information.

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