Evolution, Not Revolution

Apple announced an update to iPhone and Apple Watch. As usual, the event tries to portray this release as a revolution in something. In reality, these are simply evolution. That isn’t a bad thing, but not in keeping with Apple’s reality distortion field.

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My Continued Life With Apple Watch

It’s probably about time I update my experience with the Apple Watch. Not a lot has changed, but there are some subtleties that are different.

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Um, Yeah, About That Keynote…

There’s two and half hours I’d like to get back. You’d think I would have figured it out by now. For the foreseeable future, it appears we are going to be treated to cringe-worthy “shows” featuring a cast of thousands that checks almost all the gender, race and culture boxes, but is light on actual content. Gawd I miss Steve’s presentations.

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Apple and ARM

Rumours are swirling that Apple is going to make another processor switch for the Mac. This would be the third time, and the fourth CPU family, since the Macintosh was first introduced. Much is being said, and lot of questions being asked, about whether they will, and if Apple can pull it off. And there are questions about what this means for people.

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Loot Boxes (And I’m Back)

This piece from Ars may one of the most coherent explanations about why loot boxes are, in fact, gambling. And yes, I’m back. I won’t go into the details of why I was MIA for so long (those that know me personally already know what’s going on). But back to the topic at hand: loot boxes and gambling.

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Recent Problems May Slow Things Down

Spectre and Meltdown. They may share the name of, or sound like, evil organizations for a Bond movie, but they are very real problems that exist in an enormous number of computing devices, ones that we depend on a lot. While we deal with the short-term fallout, the longer-term consequences may actually solve some problems for us, but only if we take a different approach to how we do our jobs.

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Calgary Didn’t Make The List

Amazon announced their 20 finalists for HQ2, and Calgary wasn’t on it. A comparison of the cities that did make it is available on Re/Code. That Calgary didn’t make the list is a bit disappointing, and frankly, I’m not convinced that Toronto is the best option in Canada. No city outside the US or Canada made the list.

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