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Apple's Face ID may not be Secure

September 14, 2017

After answering critics for years that the size of the iPhone was large enough in comparison to the ever-larger Android devices, the company finally capitulated and now makes phones it once implied we would never see. In 2013 they actually said larger devices don't fit in the hand. After the taller iPhone 5 was launched, that all changed. The iPhone 6 Plus became even taller and wider.

Apple made an important design decision with its iPhone X line.

Paul Ryan: Smartphones Are Cleaning FEMA Out

September 7, 2017



According to Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, people are using smartphones to apply for FEMA assistance at unprecedented levels and as a result it is nearly out of funds.

This wasn't possible in past disasters because people needed PCs, electricity and homes which weren't flooded or destroyed to connect to the internet.

Hurricane Harvey and it's immense amount of flooding has destroyed a large number of homes (above) while Hurricane Irma has already hit land in the US territory of Puerto Rico and will hit the US mainland soon. Even worse, hurricane Jose isn't far behind Irma.

Smartphones have made the pace of everything happen more quickly and asking for assistance from FEMA is no different and while this is great for those in need, it will put inordinate strain on government budgets to ensure the emergency fund stays solvent.







Roku IPO Reminds us Tech is an Oligopoly

September 3, 2017



Roku is a company that defied the odds - competing in a market with Apple, Google and Amazon and somehow persevering by making superior products in what is without a doubt a highly commoditized space. To make matters worse, Google and Amazon really don't seem to care too much about profitability - Amazon in general and Google/Alphabet for its businesses beyond search.

Still, despite the challenging competitive environment, Roku has persevered and done well.

The company's investors are about to partially cash out via an IPO and in its filing documents it tells us that two of its most popular services, YouTube and Netflix pay them virtually no money.

Tech is an oligopoly of sorts. In 2015, Om Malik wrote about the winner-take-all nature of Silicon Valley.

Here is an excerpt:

This loop of algorithms, infrastructure, and data is potent. Add what are called network effects to the mix, and you start to see virtual monopolies emerge almost overnight.











Hypocritical? Apple Comes out as Pro Net-Neutrality

August 31, 2017

Apple, like much of Silicon Valley is pro Net Neutrality. In a letter titled: In the Matter Restoring Internet Freedom sent to the FCC today, the company laid out all the reasons we need an open Internet.

Here are the salient points:

  1. An open internet ensures that hundreds of millions of consumers get the experience they want, over the broadband connections they choose, to use the devices they love, which have become an integral part of their lives.
  2. We work hard to build great products, and what consumers do with those tools is up to them—not Apple, and not broadband providers. 
  3. Consumers must be allowed to access the lawful internet content,applications, and services of their choice.
  4. No paid fast lanes. 




Facebook and Google May Become Regulated Utilities

July 28, 2017


Google effectively has a monopoly in search and Facebook has one in social networking and together they have a virtual monopoly in online advertising. Worldwide, Google has 92% market share! Facebook has 2 billion users with no competitor in site. The two companies alone account for virtually all digital advertising growth.

It is for these and other reasons that Steve Bannon wants the companies regulated like utilities.


President Tim Cook?

June 15, 2017

Last December we analyzed 28 CEOs that could potentially become the next president of the United States. At the time, Mark Zuckerberg was rumored to be considering a run. This past May in fact it was discovered there is a PAC looking to draft him into considering it.

Tim Cook just had an interview with BusinessWeek and as Gizmodo noticed, some of his answers seem more political than you might expect. Not overtly but in the sense that he seems to be positioning himself to appeal to moderates.

Some examples include that he feels responsible for growing U.S.



Don't Judge the Microsoft Surface Pro by its Reviews

June 15, 2017


Disclosure: we use an iPad Pro and iPhone and a Microsoft Surface Book on a daily basis so you can see we really have no bias. Still, we were offended when we saw the headline today from Todd Haselton at CNBC: Microsoft's Surface Pro is a good tablet, but it's way too expensive for most people.

The concern we had was why the value judgement in the headline? Who is this guy, we thought to tell us what is too expensive for us?

As it turns out his review is spot on - great job Todd (no, we don't believe we know or have met him.)

His main concerns are that a fully configured device with a Core i7 will run you $2,200 without a keyboard or pen!

You can get one for as little as $799 which is likely good enough for most people but it comes with a Core m3.

Microsoft touts photos like this to hawk the Surface Pro but how many of us have a table at the beach? More than likely we have a chair meaning the kickstand will dig into our legs


What we've learned from experience is that if you want to use this device as a laptop on your lap as opposed to a desk, the kickstand can dig into your leg after a while and can be uncomfortable.













Hey Luddite CEO, Your @ss is Fired

May 22, 2017

The Luddites were a group of English textile workers and weavers in the 19th century who destroyed weaving machinery as a form of protest. The group was protesting the use of machinery in a "fraudulent and deceitful manner" to get around standard labor practices.Luddites feared that the time spent learning the skills of their craft would go to waste as machines would replace their role in the industry.

These Luddites were workers but what happens if you happen to be CEO and aren't on the leading-edge of tech? We now have our answer - you can be fired.

Why Apple's Dropping its Pants With New iPad Price

March 21, 2017

This new device is a dramatic departure for the company... Here's why



If you look at the innovations of the iPad over the years, the device has gotten significantly more powerful as well as lighter with each iteration. The company pioneered a Smart Cover and a Smart Keyboard and even launched a pencil - although, they didn't pioneer that... In fact it was avoiding the use of a stylus that got the company to where it is today...



FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Wants Your Startphone FM Radio to Work

February 18, 2017

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