James Rogers

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Pictures from St Augustine- Day Three

Into every life, a little rain must fall. This is especially true in Florida right now. Day two of our trip was full of rain in the afternoon. We had a nice time taking a trolley tour through the city and learning a lot about its buildings and history. However, while that was a great way to do …

Florida

Greetings and Photos From St Augustine, FL!

It’s vacation time again. My family and I are in St Augustine, FL to spend some time at the beach and see a few sights around America’s oldest city. As I did with the trip my wife and I took to New Orleans for our anniversary last year, I am going to take this opportunity to post some pictures from …

Mobile Photography

The iPhone 8 is Still Selling Surprisingly Well

Remember when the iPhone 8 was released last year? The tech press was universally unimpressed, and most of them predicted mediocre to poor sales. To be honest, I didn’t find it particularly compelling, either. No one can deny that the 8 and 8 Plus’ almost four year old design is dated, at best. A …

Tips and Tricks: Apple Music Now Playing Navigation

One bit of frustration I have had with the Apple Music app on my iPhone is navigation. While the basics of finding music actually work fine for me, it is the process of backtracking later on where I run into problems. If I search for music, I often find myself back at the Library screen and having …

WWDC Wishlist Part Six- Best of the Rest

The WWDC Keynote is tomorrow, and predictions are everywhere. Although, just like mine, most seem to be nothing more than guesses. Some may be more educated than others, but it feels like there is even less solid information out there this year than last, and that’s saying something. Apple may …

Beware of Early iPhone Rumors

Turn back the clock a year. We had all kinds of rumors about what the new iPhone would look like and the technology it would include. Remember when we were all sure that under-screen TouchID was coming? Then there were the crazy reports that Apple would put a TouchID sensor on the back of the …

WWDC Wishlist Part Five- Services

The WWDC Keynote is closing fast now, and its time to bring this series toward a conclusion. In this next to last segment, it’s time to talk about one of the fastest-growing sources of revenue for Apple- Services. Just a few years ago, this segment was nothing but a trickle of profit from iCloud …

WWDC Wishlist Part Four- iOS 12

We are now one week out from the WWDC Keynote, so the rumors should start to pick up a little in the coming days. As with all of the recent editions of this event, iOS is expected to be the star of the show. However, it’s a little harder to say how far the improvements will reach after Mark Gurman …

Apple Stiff-Arms Steam, But the Reasons Aren’t Hard to Figure Out

In case you haven’t already heard, earlier this week Apple reversed an earlier approval of Steam’s Steam Link app for iOS and tvOS, and has now rejected it based on what was initially termed as “business conflicts with app guidelines.” Well, whoever in marketing or PR at Apple dropped that line …

WWDC Wishlist Part Three- Apple Watch

The Apple Watch has quickly become one of the big stars in Apple’s hardware lineup. In three years, it has basically taken over the wearables market and become the world’s de facto smartwatch. A big reason for this is Apple’s investment in the platform and consistent innovation. They have already …

Should We Be Surprised Apple Knew the iPhone 6 Was Susceptible to Bending?

I’ll start off by saying that I’m not writing this article to make any excuses for Apple. By being far less than transparent in how they handled the iPhone 6 Plus “bendgate” when it occurred in 2014, they set themselves up for PR problems now that details of what they knew in advance have been made …

New Report of a Cheaper Beats Branded HomePod Seems a Little Off

There have been several reports that a less expensive HomePod is coming on the heels of the original’s release earlier this year. While Apple offering a product that costs less than the current HomePod’s $349 seems like a no-brainer at some point, I have already stated my personal opinion that it …

WWDC Wishlist Part Two- iPad Pro

The WWDC Keynote is only two weeks away, so we should start hearing bits and pieces about what will be covered at the event. However, if last year is a guide, we should also expect some surprises. While there were rumors of a new 10.5″ iPad Pro leading up to WWDC 2017, no one knew about the new …

PSA: Don’t Fall in Love With Your Favorite Tech Company, Because They Won’t Return the Favor

I make no bones about the fact that I’m an Apple fan, and have been for years. I don’t claim to be objective when talking about them, or about tech in general. However, I know enough to take a step back from time to time. There is a difference between being a fan of a company and their products, …

The Apple Watch Has Become Quite the Lifesaver

When you refer to a product as a lifesaver, it’s usually an exaggeration referring to something makes makes simple tasks a little easier. However, that isn’t the case anymore when it comes to the Apple Watch. We are now seeing multiples stories per month talking about how an Apple Watch notified …

WWDC 2018 Wishlist Part One- Siri

The 2018 WWDC Keynote is just a little over three weeks away. Apple routinely gives us about two hours worth of new software, hardware, and services. With the past as a guide, we can expect to see all of the latest on macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. We will also see any updates that are coming to …

Apple Doesn’t Need to Make a Round Watch Because Their Design Won Out

Yes, I know. Apple blogs and tech sites are making claims because 9to5Mac found a patent the company was awarded covering a Watch with a round face. Ever since the Apple Watch was released, some potential buyers and fans of traditional watch design have been insisting that Apple HAS to adopt a …

Jean-Louis Gassée Nails It

Former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée has been known to tell it like it is when it comes to his old company. It is always worth listening to, as he has a very unique perspective on Apple, from both the inside and the outside. He also brings a wealth of general knowledge of the tech industry, …

Steve Jobs’ successor tears into the Apple trade press

“Doomsayers and rumormongers surpassed themselves this past quarter.” —Jean-Louis Gassée<p>From Gassée’s Monday Note:<p>Apple must be a psychotoxic …

Rightside Up- Apple’s Stock Price Quickly Goes From Bust Back to Boom

What a difference a week can make. Last weekend, the pessimism was flowing as everyone just <i>knew</i> Apple was going to get theirs on Tuesday. Earnings would be down, iPhone sales would be down overall, the X would be confirmed as a “flop,” and all of the tech press and analyst predictions would be …

We Have the Proof- Supply Chain Sources Can’t Tell How Well the iPhone Sells

Since the third quarter of last year didn’t cast enough doubt on using sources in the supply chain to predict iPhone sales, maybe their latest abysmal failure will. We should be able to put it to bed now, and any analyst or tech writer worth their salt should, too. Tim Cook, the master of the …

Find My iPhone Seems Trivial Until the Day You Really Need It

I say that Find My iPhone seems trivial until you need thanks to freshly gained experience. Before, it used to be a nice feature that was really handy for tracking down the kids’ devices when they misplaced them in the house or left them out in the car. Before yesterday, the only time I had to use …

Apple Expands its AI Offices in Seattle Again. Will it Matter?

For the second time in two years, Apple has expanded the footprint of its offices at Two Union Square in Seattle, Early last year they expanded to make room for the staff from Turi, an AI and machine learning startup that was based there. Earlier this month, GeekWire broke the news that Apple is …

Machine Learning

The iPhone X Racks Up a 97% Customer Satisfaction Rate in Recent Survey

For all of the recent hand-wringing over whether the iPhone X is or isn’t selling, it still has an enormous impact on the smartphone market. First, we saw all but three or four Android manufacturers blatantly rip off the X’s signature notch earlier this year, but without the Face ID tech that truly …

Mobile Technology

The iPhone X is No More Dead Than the iPhone 5 Was

The only thing the tech press loves more than good Apple news and device rumors is bad Apple news. I guess this just is the tech equivalent of “if it bleeds, it leads.” And when it comes to bad news about Apple sales, it is usually an analyst of one sort or another that is lighting the match that …

Mobile Technology

The Coming iPhone SE 2 Shows Apple’s Commitment to Keeping a Solid Smaller Device in the Lineup

The rumors of a new iPhone SE 2 have reached the point where its release seems to be a foregone conclusion. According to Japanese website Mac Otakara and known leaker Benjamin Geskin, the new phone should appear sometime between early May and the WWDC Keynote on June 4th. All of the reports rolling …

Apple

“Hey, Siri” Gets a Detailed Breakdown in Apple’s Machine Learning Journal

An interesting entry detailing exactly how Apple’s “Hey, Siri” feature works appeared in the Apple Machine Learning Journal yesterday. It definitely is NOT light reading (especially as late in the evening as I read it), but it is definitely a fascinating look under the hood of a feature than many …

Machine Learning

Apple’s Push To 100% Green Energy Use is Complete

I can remember driving over to Apple’s Maiden, NC Data Center just after it was completed in 2011. I was working on a project not too far away and thought I would try to get close enough to snap a couple of pictures. Nope. It was basically invisible from the road, hidden by trees and earth walls …

Piper Jaffray Teen Survey Shows That the iPhone Still Has Room to Grow

Piper Jaffray has released the results of its Spring 2018 Taking Stock with Teens Survey, which contains some very good news for Apple. According to this general survey of 6,000 US teens with an average age of 16, 82% of those surveyed own an iPhone, and a whopping 84% plan to make an iPhone their …

Apple Releases (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8, iPhone X Folio Case

In the grand scheme of Apple releases, today’s is merely a blip on the radar. However, the release of the PRODUCT(RED) iPhones 8 and 8 Plus do extend the pattern of mid-year color additions to the iPhone line to a second year. If you recall, Apple released RED versions of the iPhones 7 and 7 Plus …

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