2017 Predictions

This piece was written for the BBC World Service’s Business Daily. This year is going to be an interesting one, but in technology it’s going to be particularly so. Social media is going to see some reverses, as users start to wake up to the compromises they make in sharing information with companies, governments and …

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The Ugliness of Short Term Hacks on the Road to Wireless

Here’s a Kickstarter project to solve the problem of no audio jack which illustrates just how thorny it is: iLDOCK – charge and listen to iPhone 7 at the same time by ildockgear — Kickstarter.  ILDOCK lets you use your wired headphone while charging your iPhone 7. You can also add storage via SD, TF and …

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Jack’s Hit: Apple’s Missing Socket

There’s been a lot of talk about the removal of the iPhone’s audio jack, most of it knee-jerk, albeit sometimes amusing. A sampling:  Apple Plug Fill in your archaic headphone connector with beautiful aluminium and plug yourself into the future. Apple just demonstrated why people hate the tech industry Link bait, but does quote some experts as …

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Apple Pay day some ways off

A Reuters piece I wrote with two colleagues on Apple’s efforts to break the mobile payments logjam (and catch up with China and Africa). In the long run, of course, they’ll likely carve out a decent business, but it’s not as smooth as it might be, and the impression we got was that Apple was …

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Apple Takes on Evernote?

Apple’s update to OSX allows users to import Evernote notes into Notes (if you see what I mean) painlessly and effectively: Import your notes and files to the Notes app. As far as I know, this is the first time an app with some heft has included this capability — there are third party tools for …

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iPad Pro Thoughts

Jean-Louis Gassée again hits the right note in his piece on the iPad Pro: Wrong Questions | Monday Note. Tim Cook shouldn’t go around saying it will replace the laptop. It might for him, but the laptop/PC has evolved to be used in myriad ways, not all of which are best suited to a big screen …

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Cook: 3D Touch a Game Changer

I think 3D Touch is the most important thing that Apple has done for a while, and I think as with all such things we don’t really see it until later. Cook seems to agree: 20 Minutes With Tim Cook – BuzzFeed News: “But he’s most excited by 3D Touch. ‘I personally think 3D Touch is …

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Force field: Apple’s pressure-based screens promise a world beyond cold glass

A piece looking at the technology behind the pressure sensing. My prediction: once people play with it they’ll find it hard to go back to the old way of doing things. Maybe typing on an touchscreen may one day feel natural, and maybe even enjoyable.  Force field: Apple’s pressure-based screens promise a world beyond cold …

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Behind the iPad’s sluggish sales

Sameer Singh offers some possible reasons for the fall in iPad sales:  Pocketable vs. Tablet Computing | Tech-Thoughts by Sameer Singh: “With this background, the sudden decline in iPad sales may have been caused by a combination of the following factors: Most high-end consumers who need iPads already own them (and as some analysts have …

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Software as Silo

Software is a funny thing. How important is it? Apple has just announced it’s giving most of its away for free — effectively costing it some $900 million in the short term. Samsung has just convened its first developer conference in the hope of persuading more people to write software for its devices. Microsoft, known …

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