Apple Has A Problem With Dictators

dinsdag 3 december 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

Apple CEO Tim Cook has received high marks for maintaining an ongoing dialog with President Trump amid the turmoil of growing trade war battles. War is hell and battles are won and lost, but cozying up to and kowtowing to dictators could have an unh…

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Is It Murder If You Unplug A Robot?

dinsdag 26 november 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

How do you feel when you discard, put to rest, or give away a cherished piece of hardware? For many years our routine has been simple. Whenever we upgrade to a new Mac we find a good home for the one it replaced. The same thing holds true for the iP…

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Why The Government Hates Apple

dinsdag 19 november 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

The battle over encryption is very much an us vs. them issue. We citizens of the world want privacy. Governments of the world want access to that privacy. It’s that simple. Apple has ramped up its effort to become the most public of all privacy advo…

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What Is A ‘Smart Platform?’

dinsdag 12 november 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

Seasons change. Technology, too. Even language is dynamic, constantly making adjustments as humans evolve. I try to keep up with the latest and greatest changes in technology, but this week I came across a new term that seems unfit, overly broad, bu…

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Thoughts On Apple’s Pivot To Pragmatism

dinsdag 5 november 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

Let’s face it. The world is getting older and so are we. Humanity is aging and that means we should gain experience and become more willing to adjust and make changes, but instead we stick to what we believe is tried and true. My first Mac notebook …

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A Firewall Comes To iPhone

dinsdag 29 oktober 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

Did you know your Mac comes with a firewall? It’s turned off. That’s right. Apple has a built-in software firewall to help guard your Mac from outsiders, and the company is so sure of its security apparatus that the firewall is turned off. A firewal…

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That Sound You Don’t Hear Is A Spy

dinsdag 22 oktober 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

What sound does a HomePod make? Well, it can be sounds from music, from Podcasts, or from Siri asking questions and giving answers. The same can be said of Amazon’s Echo and Alexa, or from Google’s Home kit and Assistant. The sounds you hear depends…

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Why Apple’s Encryption Is Important

dinsdag 15 oktober 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

What is encryption and why is it so important to you? If you value the information you create and store on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or whatever devices you use, the only way to keep it out of someone else’s hands is, 1) guard your hardware, 2) encryp…

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The Silence Of Locked iPhone Outrage

dinsdag 8 oktober 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

How long has it been since we heard about governments complaining to Apple about not getting help to hack into a terrorist’s or criminal’s iPhone? Was it last year? It seems like it has been a while since anybody cared. Publicly. Sure, politicians a…

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Facial Recognition Is Minority Report

dinsdag 1 oktober 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

Remember, we live in a capitalist world. That means everyone is out to get your money. I ain’t wrong. Likewise, a little paranoia is the right attitude to have if everyone is out to get you. They are. That leads me to facial recognition. No, not the…

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Success Is In The Battery

woensdag 25 september 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

What’s new in central Florida? A couple of new iPhones at One Farrington Place. Mine is the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and my wife has the iPhone 11 Pro. While I spent the weekend drooling over the three-camera array, my wife honed in on the one new feature…

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Firefox Ups The Browser Game

woensdag 18 september 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

Quick. Can you name the most popular browsers on planet earth? Well, there’s Google’s somewhat ubiquitous Chrome. Top Dawg. Then, way, way down the list– almost tied for 10th place, but actually in 2nd place– is Apple’s Safari. Yeah. That Safari. Th…

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How Apple Kills Technology News

dinsdag 10 september 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

Apple News app is a hit; with over 100-million daily readers. Whether News is a financial hit for publishers remains to be seen because revenue from Apple News+ publishers is a money pie that needs to be cut into many slices, but the app is a good p…

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Everything About You Has A Price Tag

dinsdag 3 september 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

Business has been collecting information about customers and potential customers for decades; if not a century or two. Yes, buying and selling customer information is nothing new. Where do you think catalog publishers got your name and address? They…

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About Spies, Lies, And Data Thieves

dinsdag 27 augustus 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

If we live in a capitalist world where everyone is out to get your money, then we need to beware of what we cannot see– those attacking our devices across the internet. This week I came across a headline which caught my eye– Spies, Lies, and Data Th…

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Government Thinks Apple Is A Problem

dinsdag 20 augustus 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

Is it not obvious that Apple is not paying enough money to politicians to keep them happy; regardless of which side of the fence they sit? After all, politicians in Washington keep putting Apple into the same anti-trust boat as Google, Facebook, and…

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When Apple No Longer Wants You

dinsdag 13 augustus 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

So, you like living in Apple’s walled garden ecosystem, right? Let’s say you have a Mac, an iPhone and iPad, maybe even Watch and AirPods. You’re equipped with the best of Apple’s breed, maybe even an card carrying Apple Card user already, a long ti…

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Why Apple’s Good Businesses Are So Bad

dinsdag 6 augustus 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

You buy and use Apple gear, right? So you should be concerned about the health of the company. After all, who wants to buy products from a company that quickly discontinues them? You know. Like Google. And Samsung. Why then, do we read so many headl…

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Yes, Malware On The Mac Is Real

dinsdag 30 juli 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

Got malware on your Mac? Yes. Even if it isn’t some nefarious piece of software scouring your Mac for useful information to send back to China or Russia or that nerd Todd down the street, your Mac has malware of some kind. That’s because I put malwa…

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Yes, Virginia, Dongles Are Forever

woensdag 24 juli 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

There are no statistics to back up my premise that dongles are here to stay forever other than the fact that dongles have been around about forever. Maybe longer. As much as members of the technorati elite politburo criticize Apple for new connector…

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Apple’s Privacy Needs More Action

woensdag 17 juli 2019 in NoodleMac (Column-Blog)

Thanks to Amazon Prime Days anything related to Apple fell on the newsroom floor. Politics never falls that low, so you may be forgiven if you missed the call by Washingtonians for Apple to stop preaching privacy and turn the talk into action. This …

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