• Explore the magic and the mystery!
  • The Tech Night Owl's Home Page

  • Discover the power of GraphicConverter 9

  • Listen to The Tech Night Owl LIVE on the GCN radio network

    Click here to get the exclusive GCN app for your iPhone or Android smartphone!

    YOU ASKED FOR IT! Welcome to Tech Night Owl+! For a low monthly or annual subscription fee, you will receive access to an ad-free higher-resolution version of The Tech Night Owl LIVE and other exclusive content. For more information and simple signup instructions, click here.

    DOWNLOAD — GCN Version: On this week’s all-star episode, we present Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer. His bill of fare includes the curious decision of iFixit.com to post a teardown report of a prerelease Apple TV that they received as part of Apple’s developer program, which resulted in the loss of their membership. Bryan will also talk about Amazon’s decision to stop carrying the Apple TV and Google Chromecast after releasing a new Fire TV set-top box. Other topics include the iPad Pro and Apple Music, where Gene explains why he has decided not to continue his membership.

    You’ll also hear from Kirk McElhearn, Macworld’s “iTunes Guy,” who will also discuss iFixit.com’s controversial move with their Apple TV. Gene will expand on his Apple Music decision, and Kirk will explain why, after suggesting he’d rather stick with an iPhone 5s, he decided to buy an iPhone 6s despite the uncomfortably larger size. Kirk and Gene also talk about the emissions problems that impact many Volkswagen’s equipped with diesel engines, and whether Kirk’s Seat Ibiza, a VW-built car, may be impacted.

    Click to hear our latest episode: The Tech Night Owl Live — October 3, 2015

    For more episodes, click here to visit the show’s home page.

    Advertisers Wanted: If you want to deliver information about your product or service to a growing audience of very loyal listeners, drop us a line (click Contact Us in the nav bar above). We'll send you our latest rate card with a number of affordable ad packages that will offer a great return on your investment. Try us and see for yourself how The Tech Night Owl can help you grow your business.

    Mobile technology now allows you to enjoy casino games on your phone or tablet from anywhere in the world. Visit www.casinotestreports.com to find out where to play.

    Apple’s Stock Price Drops Despite Good News

    September 29th, 2015

    In keeping with expectations, Apple reported that 13 million iPhones were sold the first weekend. This is a record, and not just for Apple. It’s a record for the industry. Despite being the darling of the tech media until profits came crashing down, Samsung never came close to Apple when releasing new Galaxy smartphones. In short this should be an incredible achievement, right?

    Well, not to Wall Street. On Monday, Apple’s stock price was down. In fairness, so was the rest of the market, so it may have just been part of the trend. But you’d think news that portends great success for an alleged “minor” iPhone revision would be reason for investors to want to buy more Apple stock. But it rarely seems to work out that way in the real world.

    Continue Reading...

    Newsletter Issue #826: iOS 9 and the Path for Success

    September 28th, 2015

    As of September 19, Apple reported that, based on visits to the App Store, some 52% of activated devices were using iOS 9. I presume a hefty portion have already upgraded to iOS 9.0.1. This news was sufficient to earn an Apple press announcement, and it’s no wonder. But it also was greeted by skepticism in some quarters. You see, third-party companies that record online metrics, such as Mixpanel Trends, were reporting a far lower figure.

    Usually, it’s the reverse. Apple’s numbers tend to be conservative. Now it may well be that the figures were skewed by the fact that more people accessed the App Store on multiple occasions to download updates to be compatible with iOS 9. The number of changed apps, to some, appeared to be far larger than were available after iOS 8 arrived. The App Store gathers these numbers based on the OS a device is running when it contacts the store.

    In my case, I counted 28 app upgrades since installing the release version of iOS 9 on September 16th. Some involve the same app that required additional changes. But I also downloaded a bunch during the time I was running iOS 9 betas, so this issue becomes a little more complicated.

    Continue Reading…

    A Call from the “Windows Technical Department”

    September 25th, 2015

    Earning an honest living is more and more difficult, so it’s understandable that there will be more and more outlaws. Some of those outlaws will contact you via email, and clicking or tapping a wayward link can get you into a heap of trouble, particularly if you attempt to login to a site that you believe is your bank or another firm with whom you do business.

    But it’s not just wayward links, or phony web sites. There are also purveyors of telemarketing phone calls, where someone calls you out of the blue, and in my case it’s usually when I’m preparing to have breakfast, or relaxing for the evening. Sometimes they will tell me I’m eligible for a low-cost loan, or that I’ve won a free vacation. But those vacations are seldom free, since you usually, I gather, have to pay a service fee and maybe endure a pitch for some fake real estate offer in exchange for a few days at a resort somewhere.

    Continue Reading...

    iOS 9 and Conspiracy Theories

    September 23rd, 2015

    So is Apple deliberately promoting false stats on the iOS 9 adoption rate? That’s a claim being suggested by some as the result of the fact that the figures at the App Store, showing 52% as of September 19th, aren’t being matched by third party web metrics surveys. One article quoted, for example, Mixpanel Trends as reporting something in the mid-20s, but when I checked before writing the article, it was closer to 43%.

    But that’s still 9% below Apple’s numbers? So what’s going on here?

    Well, Apple is measuring accesses to the App Store by activated iOS gear. If an iPhone or an iPad isn’t accessing the Apple store to download a new app or update an existing one, it won’t be counted. I would expect that older gear might not be counted as accurately because there are no system updates, and fewer apps are updated. But it’s not as if Apple is going to be specific about all the factors governing these numbers, or how they are weighted. So let’s leave it at that.

    Continue Reading...