I recently stumbled on an interesting TedX talk by Angela Ahrendts. The nearly 14 min talk focuses on human energy, bringing people together, and accomplishing great things. To Ahrendts, energy is the summation of three factors: trust, intuition and belief. But my summary won’t do the talk justice, click play and let it sink in.
A recent test was conducted to compare the performance and reliability of the 4 major US Mobile Networks. The results are interesting and I suggest that you take a look at the full report. I have a three quick reactions.
1. Verizon and T-Mobile are essentially tied with respect to LTE performance. I’m quite shocked by this and impressed at how T-Mobile has drastically improved its network speeds.
2. As an AT&T customer, I’m amazed at how poor the service has become. AT&T trails Verizon and T-Mobile in both LTE speed, LTE availability, and latency.
3. Probably most interesting from the report, “[I]n our nationwide tests, all four operators fell short of the global LTE download average of 17.4 Mbps.” US Carriers need to reinvest in infrastructure and drastically improve.
Viv is an advanced personal assistant from the creators of Siri. Viv is smarter than current virtual assistants like Siri and Google Now for a myriad of reasons, such as its ability to use natural language technology to determine the users intent. Moreover, Viv uses patent pending technology dubbed “dynamic program generation” to better allow it to solve the problems a user presents. Viv can be used in a myriad of ways that Siri currently fails at, such as calling an Uber, getting the weather at a particular time, and translating a request to pay a friend into a venmo transaction.
Check out the video demo above. The future is coming.
A woman in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania was convicted of making a false police report based on Fitbit tracking data. Essentially, police used the woman’s Fitbit to show that she was awake and on the move during the period in which she told police she was asleep. The idea that mobile data — whether that data is from a Fitbit, other smartwatch, or smartphone — is being used by police is not surprising. Nevertheless, it’s important to recognize what data our gadgets track and how easy it is for that data to be extracted.
This topic relates to Apple’s recent stance against creating a backdoor to iOS. Our devices track a myriad of information, including health data, location, and financial information. It’s incredibly important to keep this information secure, particularly when it can be accessed by simply plugging the device into a laptop.
Rumors have splashed across the internet about an upcoming product dubbed the “iPhone Pro.” Some rumors suggest that this will replace the iPhone x+ while others state it will be a special and supplementary version of x+. Jon at technobuffalo seems skeptical of the name change. Nevertheless, I do believe that Apple will look to adopt the Pro nomenclature for the iPhone line this year.
For one, Apple already does this with their Macbook and iPad lines. The Pro term makes laptops and iPads easily and quickly distinguishable from their less powerful siblings. Plus, the Pro terms makes a higher price tag more palatable.
Moreover, Apple has no qualms with renaming their products to simplify product lines. When the retina iPad 3rd generation was released, it wasn’t called iPad 3. Rather, it was simply called the new iPad. Continually adding modifiers to a product name makes it more and more confusing to follow. Does iPhone 11 plus ultra edition sound clean and simple to you?
Overall, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least for Apple to rename their iPhone lineup in 2016. Perhaps iPhone SE for the 4″ device, simply iPhone for the 4.7″ device, and iPhone Pro for the 5.5″ device. This change, based solely on my reasoning and not the rumor mill, clarifies the lineup beautifully.
A new interview with Jony Ive hit the web this week. Although Charlie Rose interjects too often, the video is incredibly fascinating. Ranging from the his relationship with Steve Jobs (always an interesting topic to explore) to taking pride in design decisions, the interview peals back a layer on a critical Apple executive. If you are interested in design, art, or technology, this is definitely worth a watch.