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.
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.
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.
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:
- Your Privacy is Being Violated – YOU Are The Product
- Fight to Protect your Security & Privacy Against Clueless Politicians
- Apple Open Sources HomeKit Accessory Development Kit
Opening up HomeKit is a great step forward for Apple. HomeKit security is superior to home automation tech from Amazon, Google, Samsung, etc. But Apple needs to do more to push HomeKit forward.
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.
Last Tue, Dec 10, in a US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing clueless politicians once again attacked the security and privacy of every human on earth, by trying to fundamentally and fatally undermine encryption. We all must FIGHT BACK against these CLUELESS politicians that don’t understand technology.
There’s still a need for something in between Apple’s Mac mini and Mac Pro. That is not an iMac. Professionals, like me, that are professional consumers, or prosumers, still need something more than the Mac mini and very much less than the Mac Pro.
The new Mac Pro went on order last Tue and shipped out today, and yeshk it’s a beast !!! They sure engineered the crap outta the thing. It’s a marvel of engineering prowess and excellence. Both the Mac Pro and the Pro Display too.
I had been waiting a long long time for the 2018 Mac mini refresh. When it finally did arrive, it didn’t go as smooth as it should have. In spite of that, I still would have to do it again because, well…. its still an Apple. Although I’d change some things, because it was quite a mess. Here’s my saga…
There have been many rumors about Apple shipping an iPhone with a fingerprint sensor under the display, and they are missing some big things that cause the whole idea to make NO sense.
Adding up to – That’s just not how Apple does things. And these rumors seem like more proof that some reporters and analysts still do not understand how Apple works.
Yup you read that right. 146 Android vulnerabilities have been recently discovered by security firm Kryptowire.
More f-ugly from our friends in Android world, to bolster what I noted in Android’s Scary Unknown Vulnerabilities.
Just last week in Google Stadia Streaming Gaming is Having Troubles: Bigger Problem – Usage Caps I pointed out that the problem with streaming gaming is its dependency on Internet infrastructure and its architecture. Gizmodo’s bottom line is… well, not great. YouTubers too.
Another Android vulnerability has been found and fixed, but Google, Samsung and others have no idea how many Android customers are still vulnerable. And it’s the unknowns about Android security that make using Android so very scary.
Color me surprised !!! Google’s Stadia streaming gaming platform is running into some troubles.
Wouldn’t be the first time that Google has stumbled with products old and new. They kinda have a history of shipping half baked products. Basically their product strategy seems to be to throw stuff on the wall and see if it sticks. Google’s Stadia will be in some good, and some bad company. Can anyone say Motorola acquisition ?
It’s totally fair to say that Apple has a very spotty record with its App Store management. Especially with app approval and rejection. And here’s another one that’s beyond the pale. Not as bad as the HKmap.live app embarrassment. But it is in the same knee jerky, dumb assery, short sighted, premature moves, ill informed department.
Samsung has been havin’ a time of it !!! What with the colossal, calamitous, jaw dropping, really just awe inspiring disaster that has been the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Boy, yikes…. there was the epic fail of a launch back in April. Then the relaunch in Sept. and the “it’s all good now” but full of warnings to, like, not use it like normal stuff, or ELSE !! Then the, awe so sad, still doesn’t work – that immediately followed. Well, at least Samsung doesn’t let that keep them down.
Did Apple hold a large internal meeting for 1,000+ employees on Apple’s plans for Augmented Reality (AR) headsets and glasses ? Nope. I’ve worked at Apple, and Apple just doesn’t work like that.
According to a Nov 11, 2019 MacRumors report titled Apple Said to Release AR Headset With 3D Scanning in 2022, Followed by Sleeker Glasses in 2023 on a story in The Information:
I’ve been writing about technology longer than anyone rational would wish to admit – since high school, which was, sadly, well before the Internet. I’ve written as a paid professional writer, and much more often, just because I was driven to. And I started this blog back in 2012 to have a place to vent ideas.
I haven’t a been a big social media dude in the past. Except for LinkedIn because of the professional networking features. Although I did register for Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr accounts back in 2011. Figuring I should register to get my choice user name. But I just would very infrequently …