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    Returning to the Mac

    March 24th, 2017

    So Apple will probably have more iPad updates in the coming weeks or months. But that takes us back to Apple’s “other” entry in the personal computer space, the Mac. Where are the spring Mac refreshes? Are there going to be any?

    More to the point, when Apple CEO Tim Cook asserts that the company loves its pro users, what are they going to do to express that feeling? Will there be new versions of Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X? How about the languishing Mac Pro? Does Apple really believe that the 2013 version of Apple’s workstation met the standards of the creative and professional communities? If it was a misfire, do they make some changes or give it up?

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    Random iPad Silliness

    March 23rd, 2017

    As most of you know, the latest iPad is sort of a throwback. It reverts to the original name — it’s evidently considered to be a fifth generation model — and uses an older form factor. So instead of the one utilized by the iPad Air 2, it reverts to the slightly thicker and heavier iPad Air design. More than likely, the difference won’t be that noticeable unless you place them side by side, but still…

    One excuse is that the new model uses an A9 processor, instead of the A8X installed in the iPad Air 2, which was released in 2014. Thus it allegedly runs hotter and maybe requires a thicker case to better circulate the heat? If that’s true, how does one explain the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which uses the iPad Air 2 case? It contains an A9X chip, meaning it’s faster than the A9. Hotter? I wouldn’t say, except that I haven’t read that many reports of overheated iPads. But it does raise suspicions about the presumed logic behind the change.

    It’s not that Apple is going to tell us, right?

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    Is This the iPad Let Down?

    March 22nd, 2017

    For several weeks there have been rumors, taken credibly, that Apple was planning some fairly major iPad upgrades any time now. This after a long dry spell throughout 2016 during which a single new model was introduced, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, based on the iPad Air 2. With falling sales, there were growing concerns that Apple’s tablet — despite being number one in a declining market — was not getting the attention it deserved.

    Or maybe Apple was figuring out what to do with it.

    In recent weeks, Apple has been promoting the iPad anew in web and TV ads, and there were growing rumors of a spring media event in which the iPad Pro, both sizes, would be refreshed, and an all-new 10.5-inch edge-to-edge form factor would be launched. You’d come to believe it to be true in light of all the specifics that were published about specs and features.

    This had to be a no-brainer, right?

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    Microsoft Is Injecting Its Own Ads in Windows Explorer for Windows 10

    March 21st, 2017

    One of the major arguments made against Google is that, to them, you are the product. That means they expect you to endure frequent ads and perhaps click on a few (maybe buy something) to generate cash. That’s a price for a free online service, because someone has to pay the bills. So the bills are paid by advertisers who want to reach you with their products or services.

    Some sites put ads in your face when you are simply trying to read an article. Notable offenders include CNN and USA Today, which start playing multimedia ads within seconds after clicking on a story; you have to click Stop to halt this nonsense. Other sites throw up an interstitial ad, one that covers the grayed-out content, until you click an “X” to get rid of it.

    Unfortunately, such intrusions make you want to avoid those sites, or web ads altogether, even though they are often crucial to the survival of a site. That explains why many people choose ad blockers to conceal that stuff, and I wouldn’t blame them. Well, except for the fact that we depend on those ads for part of our income.

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