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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Can I Play NPR on Apple HomePod?

Can Apple HomePod play NPR?

Apple’s newest product is HomePod, a “smart” speaker for listening to music and accessing information using voice commands. The design of HomePod is simple and clean. The device looks soft and approachable, with an organic, “we come in peace” alien appearance. I’m intrigued by the idea of a smart speaker from Apple, because I’ve never tried an Amazon Echo or Google Home, the smart speaker competitors to HomePod. I have tried Google Assistant, which I found to be more useful than Siri. HomePod’s best feature, according to the reviews (and here’s a good…

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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? **UPDATED September 2018** A lot of people really want to know why Siri sucks so bad…  For me, Siri is not a big part of my life… But occasionally, I do use Siri…  And in those situations I really wish it worked. However, as of September 2018, there is “A New Hope” as they say in Star Wars. With the release of iOS 12, the Shortcuts app adds a ton of functionality and customization to Siri. Shortcuts are actually very useful and cool.  Most of my…

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Becoming an Apple Cyborg

Everyday I walk around with some combination of Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad Pro, AirPods and MacBook. It’s a lot of devices to juggle. I like the notifications I get on the Apple Watch because they save me time by keeping me from diving into my iPhone. I like the iPad Pro with folding keyboard because it’s super lightweight and easy to use (it’s still not a replacement for a laptop though). The AirPods are great for calls and for music while driving, running or exercising. They don’t work as well…

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Apple’s Massive Moat

Apple has one of the widest strategic economic moats in the history of business. While Facebook, Amazon and Google are serious about their own unique moats, Apple is in a “moat league” all on its own. The concept of a business moat was coined by Warren Buffett… Indeed, Apple’s massive moat may be one of the reasons why Berkshire Hathaway bought 9.8 million shares of Apple in Q1 2016 at around $109 each. At the time, Apple had P/E ratio of only 9x and had approximately $239 billion in cash.…

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The Cheapest iPhone Yet

iPhone X

Apple will announce a series of upgraded iPhones today, as well as the iPhone X. Journalists are scrambling to write stories about how the new iPhone is so expensive… But the new iPhone X is actually dirt cheap. All smartphones are, not just the iPhone… And iPhone X may simply be the most expensive (inexpensive) within the iPhone lineup. How Much Does An iPhone Cost Per Touch or Use? From a use perspective, an iPhone is an absolute miracle of science…  How much time do I spend on my iPhone…

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