I was going to pass up on the AirPods Pro. I was incredibly impressed by the first generation of AirPods. In many ways, the AirPods became the revolutionary technology that we all thought the Apple Watch might be. The integration with Siri and the ability to interface with a voice-first assistant set the devices apart, … Continue reading Thoughts on AirPods Pro
It’s probably the biggest news in the podcast industry since it began in earnest, because it’s such a huge play from a company with an existing network outside of Apple’s. Plenty of podcast startups have come and gone, but what’s unique here is Spotify could help the format reach millions of new users overnight. Source: … Continue reading Podcasting’s Big Moment
In-ear devices will be the way we interface with our “computers” (AI assistants) within the next decade… Kuo reportedly says that AirPods are Apple’s most popular accessory ever, and predicts that the company will go from selling 16 million in 2017 to more than 100 million by 2021. — Read on www.theverge.com/2018/12/2/18122232/apple-airpods-upgrade-first-quarter-2019-ming-chi-kuo-rumors Continue reading The future of computers
“I participated in the Heart Study too. Like Perlow, I forgot about it for long stretches. I’m fortunate that I didn’t receive the sort of alert Perlow did, but in September, Stanford sent me a notification that my participation in the study was ending. It turns out that over the course of 188 days, Stanford … Continue reading Saving Lives with Apple Watch
I’m a font nerd. I’m constantly working with (and sometimes against) clients who want a particular “look” for their website or app or presentation and trying to push them to look ahead. One of those conversations typically has to do with fonts. One client I didn’t have to fight with was Guy Sayles. His new … Continue reading Welcome back, serifs
I do think augmented reality and voice-first computing (Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant etc) will get us out behind computer screens and keyboards and into the “real” world. What “real” means is subjective, and that will only intensify in the coming decades as computing comes full circle to being something that we naturally do with our … Continue reading Overwriting Monuments with AR
Lots of good updates today for your iPhone and iPad, but Messages in iCloud is definitely something I’ve been looking forward to since it was announced last year. Better late than never. Messages in iCloud is also now available as part of iOS 11.4. This feature lets you keep messages across devices in sync sort … Continue reading iOS 11.4 with Messages in iCloud
I’ve owned a couple of Apple Watches in the past and always appreciated the design and constant alerts. But after a while, I would look at the Watch on my bedside charger in the morning and think “Do I need to wear you today? Nah.” So, I’ve been skeptical about the Apple Watch and thought … Continue reading Apple Watch and My Health
The Mate 10 looks like a pretty amazing device and I’ve wondered at times whether I should pick up a Hauwei device to make sure I’m staying on top of things. Last week, U.S. intelligence officials warned citizens about buying devices from Chinese companies such as Hauwei and ZTE over concerns that there are potential … Continue reading Should Americans buy Hauwei phones?
Fascinating piece on Google Maps history and possible directions… So Google likely knows what’s inside all of the buildings it has extracted. And as Google gets closer and closer to capturing every building in the world, it’s likely that Google will start highlighting / lighting up buildings related to queries and search results. This will be really cool … Continue reading Googling Inside Your Church
Working from home with our son this week. He likes to contribute to my setup with various design inspirations. Left to Right: Google Pixelbook, iPad Pro, Samsung Chromebook Pro Why two Chromebooks? I’m using Chrome Remote Desktop on the Pixelbook to run Adobe Illustrator via the Windows desktop in my office and keeping notes on … Continue reading It’s a 3 Screen Kind of Monday
There’s this meme that keeps coming back on Twitter. A young person discovers a floppy disk and calls it the save icon. Apple is using the same idea with this ad. When the mum asks her daughter what she is doing on her computer, she answers “what’s a computer?” via Apple’s new ad shows how … Continue reading “What’s a computer?”
Another reason I tend to prefer Android is the ability to control things on a granular level. Does every user of a mobile device need that? Certainly not. Is Apple “wrong” for this “feature” design? That’s debatable. But it’s interesting to see how Android and iOS continue to develop along their own trajectories when it … Continue reading Why doesn’t turning off Bluetooth on iOS actually turn off Bluetooth?
The majority of negative commentary I’m seeing about Face ID in particular amounts to “facial recognition is bad” and that’s it. Some of those responses seem to be based on the assumption that it introduces a privacy risk in the same way as facial tracking in, say, the local supermarket would. But that’s not the … Continue reading Is Apple’s New Face ID a Security Risk?
Yes. Probably. I have many needs for a desktop computer in much the same way I drive a pickup truck. Do most people need a desktop computer or even a laptop … or a pickup truck? No. The new iPads are amazing and iOS 11 is a game changer when it comes to getting things done with a “big iPhone”. For seven years, I worked as … Continue reading Can I Replace My Computer with an iPad?
I don’t think the price of the new iPhone 8 / Pro / X / Edition / whatever-its-called is going to put a damper on the demand: Chief among the changes for the new iPhones: refreshed versions, including a premium model priced at around $999, according to people briefed on the product, who asked to … Continue reading The $999 iPhone
This piece is originally from Dec 19, 2016, but interesting to revisit as we enter the home stretch of 2017 (and what a year it has been): In 2017, we will start to see that change. After years of false starts, voice interface will finally creep into the mainstream as more people purchase voice-enabled speakers … Continue reading Voice Isn’t the Next Big Platform
“We find it troubling that you are asking for exemptions to the rules we apply to all developers, and are publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths about our service,” it reads. “Spotify’s app was again [i.e. after being resubmitted on June 10] rejected for attempting to circumvent in-app purchase rules, and not, as you claim, … Continue reading Apple fires back against Spotify
Spotify declined to comment; Apple hasn’t responded to request for comment. For the past year, Spotify has argued publicly, and to various regulators in the U.S. and Europe, that Apple’s subscription policies effectively punish third-party music services that use Apple’s platform, while boosting Apple Music, the home-grown service it launched in June 2015. Source: Spotify … Continue reading Spotify and Apple at odds
Evernote has been one of the leading note-taking services for some time, with clients for the Web and every major OS. The company recently announced sweeping changes to its “freemium” pricing strategy, which puts a big limit on the “free” tier and raises prices across the board for new and existing users. Source: Evernote limits free tier … Continue reading Thoughts on Evernote’s price hike