Citing the trend in Silicon Valley, where computer executives won't allow their kids and loved ones to use mobile devices, the NY Times came out with an article stating that using mobile phones can basically turn you into a zombie. Leo says that while there is indeed a dark and seedy side to the use of mobile devices, is it any different a concern from the wide spread adoption of books in the 1700s, or even the TV in the 1950s? For good or bad, this is the world they are growing up on, but it's important to teach them how to navigate through the connected universe.
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The scuttlebutt is, that on Oct. 30th, Apple will be announcing two new iPadPros, one 11", both bezeless, with FaceID. They will essentially be large versions of the iPhone X. But there's also a belief that Apple will make a slightly smaller 12" model, with a larger screen. There may also be no lightning port, but instead, a TypeC charger port. Leo also hopes that Apple introduces a new MacBook Air with a hi resolution screen. The rumor that Leo finds hard to believe is a new Mac Mini. He hopes so, it hasn't been updated in forever.
Apple will be having an event this Tuesday, October 30th in New York and Leo expects we'll see new MacBooks, and definitely a new iPad that will basically be a large iPhone XS. Tune in at live.twit.tv for our exclusive coverage!
Leo got the iPhone XR and he says it could be Apple's most popular iPhone, in spite of the LCD screen, rather than the OLED screen. For $750 for the 64GB, which Leo says is plenty for anyone, you get all the functionality of the iPhone Xs, but with a choice of colors. What are you giving up? The OLED LED screen, and the dual camera on the back. But even that isn't bad because Apple has managed to create a version of Portrait mode that isn't that bad. Leo says that anyone coming from an older iPhone should be very happy with it.
Leo got the Google Pixel 3 XL smartphone this week and spent the day in San Francisco trying out the camera. Leo says he's impressed with the Pixel 3 camera and its photo features, including an impressive zoom. Google is using computational photography to do a lot of the things that a telephoto lens would do, and the results are remarkable. Users, though, are complaining about the deep "notch" on the top and the 'chin' at the bottom.
Apple is going to have another event on October 30th, and Leo expects a new iPad Pro minus the bezel and hopefully new Macs. There were dozens of different invitations with various Apple logo designs that all said "There's More in the Making." The event will be held in New York City at 10AM Eastern time, 7AM Pacific.
Leo had a chance to try out the "Creator's edition" of the new Magic Leap Virtual Reality Headset. Magic Leap has raised $1.4 Billion to create this VR headset. Leo says that selling a developer's edition is the new Beta. People buy them, and then shake out the bugs. Leo says that while VR is initially a wow experience, over time, you start to get sick to your stomach. And while Magic Leap was interesting, Leo says we are still in the infant days of virtual and augmented reality.
Google announced the Google Pixel 3 XL this week, and Leo says it feels great in the hand. It has also added wireless charging, which Leo says is the holy grail of mobile phones, and the three major manufactures now support it. Google also announced the Pixel Slate, a new tablet with Chrome OS. It can also run Android and Linux apps. There was also the Google Home Hub tablet. Surprisingly tiny, it has a screen and is designed to be your home's hub.
Bloomberg published a story that China's PRC had installed a tiny chip the size of a grain of rice on all Elemental SuperMicro Motherboard, giving them access to a treasure trove of corporation and national security secrets. These boards are used widely in corporations and even the Department of Defense. Leo says the article was well researched, well sourced, but the day after it was published, everyone, including corporations where 17 unidentified sources worked, have denied it. Even the US Department of Homeland security and the UK CyberSecurity Ministry.
After users complained of having their data, and even their profiles deleted, Microsoft has pulled the Windows 10 Fall 1809 update. Leo hasn't had that problem, however. But Microsoft has paused until they can figure out what's up.