Amazon and Google have set up a new category: smart home speakers complete with screens. Is the market ready for Apple to stroll in and raise the bar?
So many dead apps and services in this one.
I haven’t done anything in the Hackintosh scene since I installed Mac OS X Leopard on a Dell Mini 9 nine years ago, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t kept up with that world. This video recently caught my eye:
In it, Quinn Nelson walks through a $1,400 machine that gives my $5,000 iMac Pro a run for its money, despite having a worse GPU and an i7 CPU.
Nelson points out that these numbers may come down to cooling. The tower in his video, complete with a liquid CPU cooler, can run its components much harder than the iMac Pro, as it has the thermal headroom to do so.
No, I’m not going to use this video to justify building a Hackintosh. While it does seem easier than ever, and they run services like iMessage and iCloud without much hassle at all, I like knowing that the machine I run my business on is going to be as solid as possible.
However, this video does have my wanting to see what Apple does with the Mac Pro next year. I’m sure we won’t see this machine hit the low price points it used to, but I wish it would. I would love iMac Pro performance in a tower that costs half of what the Space Gray machine on my desk cost me.
This week on Query, we get real nerdy about HomeKit.
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As noted by Apple on its Developer site:
53% of devices introduced in the last four years are using iOS 12. As measured by the App Store on October 10, 2018 based on devices introduced since September 2014.
Juli Clover points out this is faster than iOS 11’s adoption rate:
iOS 12 adoption has outpaced iOS 11 adoption rates at the same time last year. In early October of 2017, iOS 11 was only installed on approximately 38.5 percent of devices. It took until early November for iOS 11 adoption to hit 50 percent, based on Apple’s official numbers.
iOS 12 adoption rates are in line with iOS 10 adoption rates in 2016. On October 11, 2016, iOS 10 was installed on 54 percent of active devices.
Myke went to Rome, Apple bought a company and Google announced a bunch of new hardware.
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Going to space is hard, but it’s even harder when the program is struggling like this.
A security bug allowed third-party developers to access Google+ user profile data since 2015 until Google discovered and patched it in March, but decided not to inform the world. When a user gave permission to an app to access their public profile data, the bug also let those developers pull their and their friends’ non-public profile fields. Indeed, 496,951 users’ full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status were potentially exposed, though Google says it has no evidence the data was misused by the 438 apps that could have had access.
Google should have disclosed this when the bug was patched in March, the company didn’t do that, because it didn’t want to draw comparisons to Facebook, according to an internal memo, shared by The Wall Street Journal:
The document shows Google officials knew that disclosure could have serious ramifications. Revealing the incident would likely result “in us coming into the spotlight alongside or even instead of Facebook despite having stayed under the radar throughout the Cambridge Analytica scandal,” the memo said. It “almost guarantees Sundar will testify before Congress.”
I bet that last line is true here before long.