Google Duplex Just Leapfrogged Siri

Google's Duplex just leapfrogged Siri

Earlier this week Google unveiled “Duplex” an intelligent calling feature for its updated Google Assistant AI software. In contrast to simply responding to queries from users, with Google Duplex, Google Assistant can act on “offense”. In other words, it can make calls for you to perform certain tasks, such as setting up meetings and making appointments. Duplex does this with the most human-sounding voice ever… Complete with “…ums” and “…ahs” to make the artificial intelligence (AI) driven helper seem more realistic in phone conversations. Indeed, Google Assistant seems so real…

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Expect a Multi-Year iPhone Supercycle

Expect a multi-year iPhone supercycle

It’s “beat up on Apple” season again…  And a popular refrain these days is complaining about the lack of a… iPhone supercycle. What is a “Super Cycle”? A “super cycle” or “supercycle” is a term for the massive rush by the over 1 billion worldwide iPhone owners to upgrade their iPhones to the latest model. The last time this happened was after the launch of the iPhone 6 in Q4 2014. As you can see from the chart below from Statista, every year Apple has a huge spike in sales in…

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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.…

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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…

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iCloud Storage Plans, Pricing & Family Sharing Options

iCloud Storage Plans

Are you looking for iCloud storage plans and pricing on the Apple.com homepage? Me too! Unfortunately, there’s no “services” link on Apple.com… Yet. So, here’s the current iCloud storage pricing in the United States in U.S. dollars: 5GB: Free!  50GB: $0.99 per month 200GB: $2.99 per month 2TB: $9.99 per month To upgrade your iCloud storage amount you can use your iOS device. Just do the following: Go to Settings on your iOS device Tap your name at the top of the “Settings” screen Tap iCloud Under “Storage”, tap “Manage…

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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…

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How Do You Update HomePod?

How Do You Update HomePod? Apple released its first HomePod update today. If you want to update HomePod, you should not have to do anything, per se. HomePod is designed to automatically install new updates to itself, with just your WiFi connection. However, if you’re of the “trust but verify” variety, you can manually check for updates in the Home app. How to Check HomePod Updates to Current Version Open the Home app on your iOS device (iPad, iPhone, etc.) Check to make sure that you are logged in with…

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5 Stocks I’m Following on My Phone and Why

5 Stocks I'm Following on my Phone and Why

These are a few of the stocks I’ve been following on my phone lately: AAPL, DIS, LC, IRM and TSLA. Apple (AAPL): Apple is impressive not just because of its market prowess, but also because of how the company treats investors with its relatively low P/E ratio and a dividend of around 2%. If you don’t believe me, it should make things easier knowing that the “Oracle of Omaha”, Warren Buffett, has Apple as his 2nd largest Berkshire Hathaway holding. Apple is also on the cusp of becoming a trillion dollar…

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Tim Cook’s Transition, and Elon As Apple CEO

Elon Musk Apple CEO spacex launch

The intellect struggles to grasp the capabilities of Elon Musk. He did it again today. Starman’s feat, in penetrating innumerable stars in the sky, also filled the demotic hearts on the ground below… Satisfying the countless souls so repeatedly emptied by the sad, paper cutouts of prevaricate, acarpous politics. With a pillar of kalon fire, his incomparable team of engineers and rocket scientists launched the record breaking Falcon Heavy… And with it… A Tesla Roadster. The Icarian entrepreneur did what he promised… And sealed his legacy as perhaps the greatest showman of…

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Why Does Siri Suck So Bad? Seriously, I Want to Know…

Why does Siri suck so bad..

Why does Siri suck so bad?  Seriously, I really want to know…  Siri is not a big part of my life. But occasionally, I do use Siri… And in those situations I really wish it worked.  How I Want Siri To Work Sometimes if I’m going to be late for a sales meeting I want to be able to call the person I’m meeting with and let them know I’m running late.  But I’m superstitious so the numbers for these people are almost never in my contacts… I try my best not…

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