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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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    Newsletter Issue #903: Misleading Headlines About Samsung Smartphone Buying Plans

    March 20th, 2017

    There’s a story in a certain blog, which has a curious ability to constantly get things wrong about Apple, that suggests that Samsung is mostly in the clear about the aftereffects of the tragic failure of the Galaxy Note 7 phablet. As most of you know, Samsung had to discontinue the product because an unusually high number of units overheated or flamed out due to defective battery designs.

    While Samsung apologized for this tragic misstep, it took a clumsy route to that destination. The product had to be recalled twice, the second time because a promised fix failed to actually eliminate the problem. Only after a second round of failures did Samsung throw in the towel.

    It may be that the Galaxy Note 7 was rushed to market to beat the iPhone 7. It appears the manufacturer didn’t take enough care in designing and testing the batteries, thus resulting in those frequent failures. You’d think a company with Samsung’s experience would understand the downsides of lithium-ion technology, and the need to take extra care in designing and manufacturing such parts.

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