Breves reflexiones y observaciones sobre el evento de Apple “Show Time” de esta semana

 

  • Apple Card: Me gusta la idea, pero la verdad es que no será una tarjeta de bajo interés como se dijo durante el evento. En la pagina web de Apple Card está escrito: “Los APR variables varían de 13.24% a 24.24% con base en la solvencia crediticia. Tarifas a marzo de 2019.” Esos porcentajes ponen a esta tarjeta en linea con otras tarjetas en el mercado. Algo que podría ser ventajoso, es que esta Apple no incluirá cargos por pagos retrasados. Los pagos atrasados o perdidos resultarán en un interés adicional que se acumula hacia su saldo. Otra cosa interesante es que te ofrecerán 3% en compras de productos Apple, 2% cash back en compras echas con Apple Pay y solo un 1% cuando utilices esta tarjeta para cualquier otra compra que no acepten Apple Pay.
  • Apple News Plus: Mucha gente en redes sociales dicen que las revistas ya son cosa del pasado, yo en lo personal soy un entusiasta de estas y me agrado mucho esta noticia de Apple. Por $10 al mes tienes acceso a una gran variedad de estas revistas y periódicos, y aunque en algunos casos no tendrás acceso a todo el contenido de alguno de estos medios (como es el ejemplo del Wall Street Journal), aun así creo que esta bien.
  • Apple Arcade: El anuncio de este servicio fuel el mejor recibido por la audiencia (o al menos eso me pareció), y por mucha gente en las redes sociales. Es fácil entender porque la emoción sobre el Apple Arcade, una suscripción, no anuncios, disponibilidad de juegos de manera desconectada, hasta 6 miembros de familia pueden usar una suscripción, etc. Si todo lo que se dijo sobre este servicio es cierto, la noticia de Apple Arcade suena mucho mejor que el anuncio de Google y su nuevo servicio de videojuegos llamado Stadia. ¿Pero Apple, porque no nos dices cuanto costara?

  • Apple TV Channels and TV Plus: El segmento sobre este nuevo servicio y suscripción fue algo raro, y algo que simplemente no esperaba ver en un evento de Apple. La idea de Canales en donde puedes ver contenido de varias plataformas en un solo lugar tiene sentido, y es algo que muchos han tratado de hacer pero nunca lo han logrado debido al alto costo de licencias y negociaciones difíciles. Ahora, el segmento de Apple TV fue raro debido a lo largo y lento que fue, algo diferente a lo que estamos acostumbrados ver con Apple. Además, no hubo mención de el precio y tampoco avances de las películas o los shows que están siendo producidos por Apple.

What’s New? The waterproof Kindle Paperwhite

Photo: Amazon

Amazon released a new version of its best selling Kindle e-reader – and while it’s very similar to the device that many of us have gotten to know and love, this time it has a great new feature, it’s waterproof.

About a month ago I was very close to buying the Kindle Oasis, and while it is much more expensive than any of the other Kindle e-readers with a price starting at $249.99, the reason I wanted to buy it was that it is waterproof. The idea of being able to read by the pool or while taking a bath without worrying about dropping it in sounds great to me.

What’s new?

The new and less expensive Paperwhite is now waterproof, and with the incremental updates, and the known quality of this e-reader model, this is really a good deal. The new Kindle Paperwhite is available for pre-order now, it will be released on November 7, 2018.

The new Kindle Paperwhite is 10 percent thinner and lighter, it has an additional LED light, and the storage options are 8GB to 32GB. This new Kindle Paperwhite waterproof’s feature has been tested to withstand immersion in 2 meters of fresh water for 60 minutes. Be careful not to drop it in the ocean, I am not sure this device will be able to handle the sea water.

The display is similar to the previous version, a six-inch Paperwhite display with E Ink Carta and built-in light, 300ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level grayscale.

What it doesn’t have

The new Paperwhite Kindle is not Alexa-enabled, and this is excellent news. For a bit, I was worried that Amazon was going to enable Alexa with this new Kindle, but they didn’t, and that is smart. Part of the success of this Kindle has been the fact that it is a single-activity device, and that is perfect. I hope Amazon keeps it like that.

I’ve pre-ordered my new Kindle Paperwhite already, and I can’t wait to take it to a pool nearby or the bathtub and continue reading through my book collection.

You can pre-order your Kindle Paperwhite here.

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Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-founder, and Seahawks owner dies at 65

“My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend.

Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.” 

 

~ Paul’s sister, Ms. Jody Allen

http://www.vulcan.com/News/Articles/2018/Statement-on-Paul-G-Allen

Commentary: Home devices are becoming less cool and more creepy

Amazon, Google, Apple, and now Facebook are now all pushing for home invasion, they are fighting hard to get conquer the consumer’s home (and possibly your car), and while competition is great for us consumers, not everything about this is good for us.

When Amazon released Echo with the wonderful digital assistant Alexa, I was pretty excited, I bought one, and I’m still pretty happy with it. It took Google and Apple a little bit to respond with their own flavor of a smart speaker/home assistant, but they did. So far so good.

I have to admit, when the Google home device was released, I started to worry about all of this. The Amazon Echo, while creepy sometimes, it’s not entirely aware of my life, it knows what toothpaste I buy and how often but it doesn’t know about my contacts, my email, etc. Also, it’s good to know that Amazon’s primary business model isn’t advertising, and neither is Apple’s.

Now, Google is another story, but I’m still trusting them with my email, and only some of my searches and internet browsing (I’ve switched to Firefox as my primary browser and DuckDuckGo as my primary search engine).

Facebook is where I feel the line has been crossed into creepiness, I just don’t trust the company now, and I am definitely not feeling that bringing Facebook’s eyes and ears into my house is a wise choice. And how can we trust them? They haven’t been playing nice with consumer’s privacy and why would they? Facebook’s business model is advertising, and their success is the result of highly targeted advertising that is only possible by them collecting multiple data points from us, our contacts, and our online (and offline) behavior to create detailed profiles that can be bundled and offered to whoever needs them.

I invite you to read Ben Thompson’s weekly article with the title The Battle for the Home which inspired this brief commentary.

What’s New? The Surface line just keeps getting better

It’s been a while since Microsoft surprised us with its first Surface laptop, tablet, or whatever it was. At the time, the design was something unique and innovative, but not everyone liked it, or at least, not everyone was sure that the Surface was a good move for Microsoft.

Microsoft’s introduction of its Surface tablet engendered buzz like no other we’ve seen from Microsoft. The big question is, does it stand up to the hype? – PCWorld

Microsoft first announced the Surface at an event on 18 June 2012, presented by former CEO Steve Ballmer in Milk Studios Los Angeles. This hybrid tablet included a keyboard that was surprisingly good, and it also served as a cover for it.

Earlier today, Microsoft announced new updates to its existing line of Surface products and a few new items as well. So the question is, is Microsoft’s Surface line getting better? In my opinion, yes, it has been improving with every update and every product added to it. The Surface Book 2 for example, is an excellent laptop for power users looking not only for a responsive and capable laptop, but also a computer that can act as a tablet for portability, creative work, and even for entertainment.

What’s new?

Both of these incredible products come in an all-new finish, a timeless and sophisticated matte black.

Surface Pro 6

  • Featuring the latest 8th generation Intel® Quad Core™ processor.
  • More than 67 percent faster than 5th generation Surface Pro.
  • Same portability, versatility and all-day battery as before.
  • PixelSense™ Touch Display.
  • Intelligent inking.
  • Password-free Windows Hello sign-in.
  • Windows Timeline.

Surface Laptop 2

  • New Quad Core 8th generation Intel® processor.
  • 85 percent faster than the original Surface Laptop.
  • PixelSense™ Touch Display.
  • Best in class keyboard and trackpad.
  • 14.5 hours of battery life you need to get through your day (without sacrificing performance and portability).

Surface Studio 2

This is the second generation of the most potent Surface ever. This is the computer that targets annoyed Mac OS users that need high graphics performance, and fast processing for video creation, and other demanding computing tasks.

  • Next generation Pascal graphics and 50 percent faster GPU.
  • 38 percent brighter than previous Surface Studio, with 22 percent more contrast.
  • Surface Pen:
    • 4,096 levels of pressure, tilt sensitivity for drawing and sketching.
    • Best-in-class ink latency.

Surface Headphones

This is the new Surface family member, the Surface Headphones that match the design and we hope, the quality, of the rest of the Surface line products.

  • Spectacular sound quality and 13 levels of ambient noise control.
  • Designed with collaboration in mind, there are 2 beam-forming microphones on each ear cup, 8 microphones in total.
  • Easily adjust volume and noise cancellation levels with new, intuitive on-ear dials.

Microsoft says that while Surface Headphones are optimized for Surface devices, they will pair with any Bluetooth enabled device so when you’re switching between PC and phone, you can stay connected to your music, meeting or call seamlessly. The Surface Headphones also integrate with Cortana for voice-activated commands – I’ll get back to you on how well that works once I get a hold of them to try it.

What else is new?

Many people are already using Surface products, and the continued success of the Surface line depends, in part, on how many people Microsoft can get to switch from Mac OS devices and who are looking for powerful and capable tools that can help them complete their work and enjoy every minute of it.

These Surface products aren’t cheap, and to help with that, Microsoft also released a new program called Surface All Access to help people purchase any of their Surface products with low monthly payments.

One more thing, you can also get the Windows 10 October 2018 update now, details are on the video below – or you can just wait until the general rollout begins on Oct. 9.