Ryan Waniata at Digital Trends took the lack of a headphone jack as a sign that audiophiles need to switch to Android.
Ever since Apple released their LTE-enabled Apple Watch, it has become more apparent to me than ever that this is the future of communications. Adding a cellular connection to the Apple Watch is like breathing life into a lump of clay. Not having to rely on my iPhone for data truly brings the Apple Watch to life. Here are my two favorite scenarios where this is the case. During my work day when I leave my desk and after work when I exercise.
History Should be Understood, Not Distorted to Confirm Pre-Existing Beliefs
Senator Mike Lee from Utah wrote a great piece about how Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton has distorted history to confirm a big-government bias. It’s a shame really. Hamilton has done much to re-kindle an interest in America’s history. Now everyone has to explain all the inaccuracies contained therein.
I highly recommend reading this article which sets the record straight on Hamilton. And share it with your friends.
How the ‘Hamilton Effect’ Distorts the Founders
The Q4 2017 Results and Panic at Tesla Central
Tesla just released their Q4 2017 earnings and as many expected, it’s more bad news. Even the “good” news was hiding more bad news beneath the surface. Improved cash flow? Not really, Tesla hoarded ZEV credits and cashed them in all at once and they have deposits on the money-losing roadster and semi-truck. For the non-accountants in my audience, deposits actually are liabilities on the balance sheet.
IPhone Sales Volume
There’s no other way to describe Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone sales volume in Q1 other than they were great. The first wave of articles written about Apple’s earnings release all dwelled on the fact that iPhone sales volume was down year-over-year. However, the major fact about there being one less week in 2018 (13 vs 14) was relegated to a quick footnote.
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.
Crypto Currency and Social Media
Starting in the 19th century, transportation technology emerged which changed the world. Railroads, automobiles, and airplanes all brought freedom of travel never before imagined in history. Revolutionary changes are still happening in the 21st century, but they’re now in the form of moving data.
Increasing Profitability vs Diversifying Risk
It seems that every hardware, media, and telecom company is chasing media content these days. And with good reason. Competing solely on the basis of price is a brutal business. Original content is one of the few things proven to engender customer loyalty and cause people to switch to your service.
Apple Is Pushed to be Better, Tesla…Not So Much
The latest owner satisfaction survey by Consumer Reports magazine actually had Tesla ranked above any other car company in the world. And yet, this is despite recent insider information which revealed that as many as 90% of Tesla’s vehicles roll off the assembly line defective. If these are both true, what does that say about Tesla and their customers?
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