There's a Connection
Mikey Campbell had a great report on how Apple's iPhone X is successfully beating back Samsung in the US.
No One Makes a Good Personal Assistant Yet
The Amazon Echo is not a personal assistant. It is a community assistant. There’s a big difference between the two. And as of yet, no one in the world is making a good countertop personal assistant.
What Horace Dediu Gets Right...and Wrong
Horace Dediu of Asymco had a great FAQ regarding Apple’s (AAPL) $268 billion cash horde. I highly recommend reading it if your wondering why Apple takes out loans when they have so much cash or why they buy back stock.
I especially liked this part from his article.
It’s the Investors Who Are in the Spotlight
Jordan Golson of Ars Technica began his review of the Model X by unintentionally calling attention to something that actually isn’t very flattering for Tesla (TSLA). Of course, he’s trying to put Tesla’s progress in as favorable a light as possible but there’s one big problem with what he said, which I’ll cover after his quote.
This Is Starting to Look Bigger Than Apple Music
Anyone paying attention to what Apple (AAPL) has been doing behind the scenes with media has been astounded over the last 6 months. Between hiring heavy hitters and purchasing video with impeccable pedigrees, Apple has been making some great moves. The most recent announcement is the purchase of an epic drama “See” by the director of the Hunger Games and the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Peaky Blinders. If the whole video streaming industry is a battle right now it looks like Apple is amassing a huge army on the border and about to go to war.
The Oldest, Clearest, Most Logical Model Designation in the Auto Industry
Apple (AAPL) seems to find itself in an increasingly difficult position when it comes to naming their iPhone models. This is a situation that will only get more sticky if Apple continues to expand the iPhone line as rumored. Ben Lovejoy wrote a piece that I mostly agree with on how Apple needs to segment the iPhone into distinct models to make things a little clearer.
The Apple Watch is the most exciting device made by Apple over the last 3 years. The performance jumps are huge, and it’s constantly gaining new abilities. But everything can be improved, and I appreciated Matt Birchler’s great write-up on suggestions for watchOS 5 at his BirchTree blog. I’m linking to it here and expounding on the suggestions that I liked the best. His suggestions are below in bold.
The Real Reason Android Doesn’t Need to Throttle
In the face of Apple’s criticism for throttling old iPhones with worn out batteries, Samsung came out and stated that they didn’t do that with older Samsung phones. Which I found to be quite hilarious.
Another Overlooked Function More People Should Take a Look at
One Excel function that I’m surprised more people don’t use more often is the SUMIF. It’s a fairly simple function that even people working on uncomplicated spreadsheets may often have an occasion to use.
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