Apple is Crushing It In The Watch Department

Even though Apple’s Siri announcements at WWDC 2018 were pretty banal… Apple is absolutely crushing it in the watch department… Apple Watch really is the new iPhone. I mean, really, what CAN’T you do on an Apple Watch these days? Besides being the perfect starter phone for kids, Apple Watch offers, for free, a way to participate in a remote heart study that could literally save your life. The cellular version also has a cool “red dot“. Even Siri seems more accurate on Apple Watch than on iPhone. At WWDC 2018 Apple…

What About GDPR for IoT?

what about GPDR for Internet of Things?

It was widely reported that an Amazon Alexa device recorded a family’s conversation without them knowing, and then emailed the recording as a text message to someone in their contacts list. I’m no privacy lawyer, but I’m guessing this would be considered illegal. Smart Speakers… A Solution In Search of a Problem? Honestly, I don’t understand why people have these things in their homes unless they completely trust the company that manufactures them. I would never buy an Amazon smart speaker. I would never buy a Google smart speaker. I use…

Low Tech, Big Check

Low tech big check

It’s easy to over-rely on technology to solve genuine problems… One such problem is the pain associated with prospecting (i.e. cold calling). Cold calling works. The fact is that people have their phones with them everywhere now… You can reach them via phone, or via texting or email for the portion of their communication that they used to do with voice. But when you call someone they may answer the phone, just because it’s with them. If you call a receptionist, or personal assistant, if you are nice to them…

Aspirational Apple

Surprise… The iPhone X is a hit. It’s the best selling smartphone on the market. The analysts calling for Apple’s demise, because of a >$1,000 smartphone, were wrong. Again. I don’t know why people think that a $1,000 iPhone is expensive, considering what it can do… You can run a business off of it, it’s probably more secure than an Android phone, it has cutting edge facial recognition, incredible camera, lightning fast, and more power than a MacBook (and the first space shuttle), is going to be a turnoff for…

Apple Lacks Innovation? Get Your Head Examined…

Apple lacks innovation? Get your head examined

Every (insert time period here) there seems to be another article written by some blogger or journalist somewhere insisting that Apple lacks innovation. Writers like to claim that Apple has “killed innovation” or ponder if Apple has lost its “innovation mojo“. For instance, here is a quote from a “mojo” article from 2017 (emphasis and bolding mine): Apple has entered one new product category under Cook. It released the Apple Watch. But it was late to the wearables game and Apple has yet to release figures on sales of the Watch.…

Apple Watch is the New iPhone

Apple Watch is the New iPhone

As a distraction from all the bad political news, I look forward to reading news about Apple Watch because… The Apple Watch is Basically the New iPhone.  Before I bought an Apple Watch (Series 2) I didn’t expect it to be much more than a toy… But I have found it to actually add value in my day to day business. Apple Watch not only works well, it is actually useful… I like the design I like the notifications I like the health-related reminders I like having stocks, text messages…

Apple Should Create Its Own Password Manager App

I wish Apple would create it’s own password manager “App”, like 1Password, LastPass or Keeper. Apple currently has a built in password manager called “Keychain”… But Keychain only really works with Safari and iPhone Apps that can pull stored credit cards from Keychain. I use Google’s Chrome app for browsing, but Keychain doesn’t work on Chrome. I also use Gmail on my iPhone because Gmail is 5,000,000 times better than the native Apple “Mail” app… The Apple Mail app takes forever to load mail, whereas if you tap the Gmail…

Facebook Needs More Data, Not Less, To Survive…

Facebook needs more data not less

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is heading to Capitol Hill today. As the founder and CEO seeks deliverance from his company’s sins, I believe he has a bigger opportunity in all of this. There is a silver lining for Facebook that is hidden in the Cambridge Analytics debacle… And an opportunity to help person to person trust survive, over the long term, on the Internet. But for trust to have any reasonable chance for survival, Facebook must do the exact opposite of what most media observers and politicians will demand…  To survive and…

Should Apple Be Insulated From Tech Backlash?

Should Apple Be Insulated From Tech Backlash

While the current media furor over the mismanagement of personal data by technology FAANG companies is unlikely to die down anytime soon… It seems as though all Silicon Valley tech companies have been crushed. Should Apple also be suffering from the current tech meltdown? Apple vs. Other FAANG Companies: Facebook: $456B (25 P/E) – No dividend Amazon: $680B (307 P/E) – No dividend Apple: $854B (16.45 P/E) – Dividend 1.5% Netflix: $125B (202 P/E) – No dividend Google/Alphabet: $700B (31.37 P/E) – No dividend Facebook has lost around 20% of…

HomePod Pairing and Setup is Similar to AirPods

The HomePod pairing and setup process is similar to the process for setting up AirPods. HomePod pairing uses a proximity sensor, similar to AirPods. When HomePod is next to an iOS device, you’ll see a tile pop up with a picture of your HomePod. The setup process requires several prompts, including transferring the settings from iCloud and your iTunes account to HomePod via the Home app. These instructions are included with the HomePod. When you unbox the HomePod, you’ll see the only basic instructions included with HomePod describing the setup…