Innovation Out; Rent Collection In

I have often complained about Apple’s lack of substantive innovation since the original iPhone, their standard practice of marketing their most vacuous incremental improvements as radical innovations “rebuilt from the ground up” and selling those baby steps for absurd prices, and their push into renting everything from hardware (iPhone upgrade plan), then software, and services. They know the gig is… Continue reading

Apple: Unexpectedly Cool! AirPort Express, AirPlay 2

I grouse a good bit about Apple, though I do usually love their products. One of the things I found very disappointing was their somewhat recent drop of the AirPort product line. A typical Apple move. Dump something everyone has grown to depend on from them. But, unexpectedly, Apple announced a firmware update for one of the older products in… Continue reading

Why We Chose Spotify Music Streaming Service

For many months, I’ve been pondering what music streaming service our household should use, trying to ascertain which offers the best overall service for us–not an easy task. Here-to-for we have been Pandora users. I like the simplicity of their stations concept and the ability to shuffle through the various stations you have created. However, their overall playlist offered in… Continue reading

Sonos Rocks this House!

About three years ago we bought our first Sonos speakers. Today we have a total of 9 of them. We have 4 pair of the Sonos One and one stereo Sonos. They are placed around the house and work in conjunction with our home sound system. I absolutely love the Sonos speaker system. The company by-line sums up their products… Continue reading

iOS Camera Apps and Lens Comparisons

I wondered to what extent camera apps create different images of the exact same composition when using my iPhone X camera hardware. Do they all call the same hardware functions and therefore produce the exact same image? Or, do app-specific incantations exist that voodoo the image into existence creating variance in the rendered images of the same compositions? Unsure, I… Continue reading

Words, Words, Words…

At the beginning of the week, Steve was looking for something on his iPhone that he thought would be under “Settings.” He stumbled onto the section called “Legal Notices.” We both got a good laugh out of it: a comparison between Apple’s Legal Notices, License information, and Warranty. I’m assuming that everyone, like me and Steve, has carefully read this… Continue reading

Today’s Milestone Event: My Car Wreck that Changes Everything

I was returning to our apartment in the city after having a completely wretched 1.5 hour experience at the Corte Madera Apple Store. Apple said my phone needed a simple $29 battery replacement; so, I scheduled the repair appointment. Well, no. Each new repair solution grew significantly in price. We went from $29, then to $99, then to $399, then… Continue reading

Should I Upgrade to the iPhone X?

That is the question! And I have several friends for whom it’s no question at all. The instant they can pre-order, it’s a done deal. Even our housekeeper can’t wait. I freely own the fact that I like to have the latest and greatest tech device. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the first iPhone, and, for years,… Continue reading