Like Rene I continue to hope that Apple will step back in to the home wi-fi market to augment the strength of the HomeKit platform. I was a proud AirPort user for many users. While I’ve enjoyed my Eero it’s led to a crisis of sorts that I’m now using an Amazon product to connect and type this.
Once in a while a product comes along that captures a spark of childish creativity. I had the chance to play with these for a while today and enjoyed every moment of it. Easy to use and configure, well done Sphero!
Can only hope that they continue to invest and grow the platform. I can already see a lot of options for more.
Nice read. I’ve long pondered the aging nature of Twitter and it’s continual lack of new feature innovation. The challenges with threads are one example. I opened my first twitter account in May 2008 with such joy and excitement for the platform. Looking back I can see the damage it has done.
While it’s good to see them consider options I wonder how close they’ll come to addressing the true “incentives” of the platform which encourage much of the bad behavior.
in the 1979 film Meatballs there’s a scene where Bill Murray’s character says “Come on, Morty, make up your mind”. That phrase immediately popped in my head as I was reading this news. As a Tesla owner I am sincerely thankful for the vehicle and it’s engineering. It’s a joy to own and drive. However, I’m also thankful that missed out on the crapshoot that’s been the last 4 months of horrific decision making.
I also remember the scene from the movie airplane where they had Johnny a weather report and ask him what he makes of it. He then rattles off a list of things such as a “broach or a hat…”. Tesla is like that right now!
Great cars and value but let’s make up our minds and stick with it!
The most mysterious release at Apple’s March 25 event was Apple TV+. While the endless parade of celebrities was moderately interesting, the complete lack of details regarding this service was certainly NOT interesting. This is in stark contrast to Disney’s announcement this week of their $7 a month service.
I think there’s a virtual line around the world already queued up for this, me included.
News+ was the first product/service announcement from the Apple March 25 event and the only one that you can try out right now. I was and am excited about this as it helps meet some of my personal goals of lowering overall monthly expenses and being a better steward of our limited resources in this world.
Apple has some work to do on the UI and overall workflow. I can only guess that trying to shoehorn the offerings from the former Texture acquisition was hairy than they expected. Let’s hope they get this ironed out over time. It’s already a great value.
After Apple’s March 25 event there has been a lot of discussion regaring every moment of the presentation. I’ll save my overall thoughts for another day. As someone who grew up in financial services and used to have a day job associated with card processing I was intrigued by the Apple Card (especially daily cash).
Here’s a good read from Tech Crunch on specifics…
Being a long time reader of Daring Fireball I always pay attention to Gruber’s posts ahead of an Apple event. He’s coy with his reveals and stops short of ever truly predicting some of these things.
It’s a great read and let’s keep our fingers crossed for “Games”.
Was supposed to have been at their final tour stop in LA last week but was unable to go due to work commitments. Such a great band, consistently impressive new material, and an impressive live show.
Hey, at least I got a lot of clips from the show and knowledge that I linked up two other people that hit it off.
Continuing the saga of all that is Facebook. All kidding aside, I read this stuff and think “surely this can’t keep happening”, “surely it won't get any worse”. Hard to believe I’m still this naive.
In this week’s issue - it was revealed that Facebook stored user’s passwords in plain text for many years. Spoiler alert, this isn’t a good thing. Essentially this means that Facebook employees could know and use your own login credentials to login to your account.
In typical Facebook fashion they have admitted the issue but are stating it’s a limited set of users. This will inevitably be revised to some higher number on page 6 of a small town newspaper later this year when nobody is looking.
Such great memories of watching this movie with my sister back in the 80s. So loved this movie!
This article from HBO fills in some blanks about the origin of the movie. Dave Thomas (Strange Brew fame) co-wrote this with Dan Aykroyd. Check out the other cameos, too.
Why don’t you gentleman have a Pepsi?
As a musician of 40 years and a regular user of Logic Pro I must admit that I haven’t spent much time in Garage Band. I keep reading positive accolades like this article from Apple Insider and wonder if I should pay more attention. It’s interesting to see the word “Emagic” in an article! Flashback.
Will avoid my usual long diatribe about the death of real music. #saveforanotherday
Confession - I’m new to this whole “Robin” thing. My first listen of Robin was some guest vocals she did with Röyksopp. Yes, I heard Röyksopp before I heard Robin. TC (Spacemusic.nl fame) first turned me on to Röyksopp 10+ years ago. Robin’s next appearance in my life was when the single for “Honey” came out. I was instantly hooked.
Sad to know I missed seeing this recent tour but at least we have the memories of awesome performances like this.
Double confession - I also dig Ellie Goulding.
Long awaited and finally here, Elon debuted the Model Y last night. I don't get the name, but why not (pun accidental but I’ll take it). My family and I have bought in on the electric vehicle way of life. This model fills a gap that was lacking and allows all of us to achieve “crossover’ status.
Great read from Sean at The Verge for more information and video.
Each week when I make decisions about where to spend my time and what to post I become increasingly aware of the state of all things “facebook”. Maybe a weekly summary is good enough for now!
Here’s the highlights:
Facebook, Instagram, and What’s App down for hours. Not due to DDOS but to a “server Issue”. Right, ok, sure. See The Verge’s article.
My favorite of the week - you remember that phone number you added for two factor authentication that was only supposed to be used for security reasons? Yeah, sorry, not true. People can find you by using that phone number. Oops! Here’s details from Fast Company.
Facebook survived issues like this a decade ago when it was run by a group of fast moving people early in their career. We accepted those mistakes with an “awwww shucks” type of attitude. Those days are over. Facebook is a global technology powerhouse with the influence to change the course of human history.
Two words for you - wake up
Great memories from Clutch Point. I still miss Favre’s craziness!
My favorite memory from the article, “Just one day after losing his father, Irvin, Favre suited up for a “Monday Night Football” game against the Oakland Raiders. Irvin died of a heart attack the night before.
In an emotional game for the famed QB, Favre delivered one of the greatest performances of his career.”
My oldest son and I watched that game together with him yelling “Melissa Stark” every time she was on camera. He had a crush.
John Kuhn is one of my fav Packers. My sons and I would always watch the Packers and would yell along with those in the stadium, "KUUUUUUUUUUHN”.
CONGRATULATIONS to John and his family on a momentous occasion.
This is a recurring rant that those close to me are expected to endure on a regular basis. As an early social media evangelist I could not have imagined the depths to which companies like FaceBook and Google (among others) would sink.
Gruber and Rene discuss this in depth on the latest episode of The Talk Show - The Talk Show Episode 245
I joined Twitter in May 2008, early enough that I could’ve had my four character nickname as a user ID. I joined Instagram in October 2010. I’ve walked away from it all now, no FaceBook, no Twitter, and no Instagram. My belief in privacy and need to talk from a position of integrity motivated this decision.
There is no “free” product! Unless you’re a paying customer then you are the product and pay with your personal data, family details, pictures of your children, and more.
A recent post by Rene shares some common practices that simply make me cringe…