Apple iPhone 7: Are You F#$king Kidding Me?
Let me get right to the point. The new iPhone 7 is a fantastic, awesome,
incredible, spectacular iteration of the iPhone 6. Great processor (a
quad-core, 64-bit A10 Fusion), outstanding rear-facing camera (12 MP), a new
wireless chip (W1) to facilitate Bluetooth connectivity, iOS 10, a
pressure-sensitive home button, and taptic feedback. Oh, yeah, there’s one
more thing …
There’s no headphone jack.
Calm down, fanpeople – I’m going to make my case.
It would have been fine to replace the 3.5 mm jack with an additional
lightning port. If the iPhone 7 had two lightning ports, you would be able to
do all of the following:
Listen to Music While Charging Your iPhone Talk with Wired Headphones While
Charging Your iPhone Use a Payment Dongle While Charging Your iPhone Do
Anything Other than Charge Your iPhone While Charging Your i... (more)
Apple CarPlay lets your car display a familiar, iOS-like interface. So too
with Android Auto and its Google Now-ish display. But your new car has a
built-in set of similar features that are ergonomically and technologically
integrated. Should you plug your smartphone into the Apple CarPlay or Android
Auto USB port and connect it to your car’s infotainment system, or just
car-mount your smartphone, plug it into a charger and use it separately?
I recently picked up my new car, which features a very high-tech, dual-screen
multimedia interface. I was forced to purchase the top-of-the-... (more)
Rich Data, Poor Data: What the Data Rich Do - That the Data Poor and the Data
Middle Class Do Not!
Generally speaking, there are two kinds of companies in the world: data rich
and data poor. The richest of the data rich are easy to name: Google,
Facebook, Amazon, Apple. But you don’t need to be at the top of this list
to use data to create value. You need to have the tools in place to turn
information (data) into action. That’s what the data rich do that the data
poor and the data middle class do not.
The Data Rich Treat Data Like Cash
First-party data (the data collected directl... (more)
Russian Email Hackers: Are You Next?
Experts are debating whether the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC)
email system was hacked by the Russian military intelligence service (G.R.U.)
or Guccifer 2.0, a lone wolf Romanian hacker. While this is a very important
question, the answer will not change the results: over 20,000 DNC emails
ended up on WikiLeaks. How did this happen? How likely is it to happen to you
or your company? What can you do to protect your email system from a similar
Are the Russians Going to Hack Your Email System?
The chances that the G.R.U. or some oth... (more)
Opining about the future of AI at the recent Brilliant Minds event at
Symposium Stockholm, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt rejected warnings
from Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking about the dangers of AI, saying, “In the
case of Stephen Hawking, although a brilliant man, he’s not a computer
scientist. Elon is also a brilliant man, though he too is a physicist, not a
This absurd dismissal of Musk and Hawking was in response to an absurd
question about “the possibility of an artificial superintelligence trying
to destroy mankind in the near future.” Schmidt... (more)