There’s no job as thankless as Apple punditry. Even if Apple listens to customer requests, it rarely acknowledges them, and its new engineering initiatives take so long that there’s no clear cause and effect relationship between what people ask for and what gets released. So under the best circumstances, making a suggestion to Apple feels like making a birthday wish: Best of luck on that! Regardless, I’m going to strenuously object to a new Macworld article titled “Five products Apple needs to put to rest,” which says that Apple should retire the iPad mini, Mac mini, iPod touch, AirPort routers, and iTunes, describing them all as dead weight. There’s a single thread running through all of these products — they’re all entry points into Apple’s ecosystem — and for that reason, Apple should be actively improving these products to broaden its user base, not killing them. The big picture: Apple needs more customers Over the past … [Read more...] about Apple needs to double down on entry-level products, not discontinue them
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The busy Holiday season has already started and this usually means that all sorts of companies are releasing their very best products of the year for buyers to enjoy. That's what happens to apps as well and in this past month of November 2015, there are some great new releases in various genres for both Android and iOS.Music streaming apps are taking overMusic streaming is one particularly interesting and rapidly growing area that app developers are focusing on: the big arrival of Apple Music on Android is the landmark event of the month, but also Google itself has launched YouTube Music. There are a number of interesting photo manipulation apps, a great app for beginner musicians and kids to learn notes, and a few cool new apps for geeks. Also, we round up this selection with several apps for Windows Phone. Check out all the best new Android, iPhone and Windows Phone apps of November 2015 right below. Best new Android, iPhone and Windows Phone apps of November 2015 Best … [Read more...] about Best new Android, iPhone and Windows Phone apps of November 2015
Best Android games introduction It's been ten years since Android was first announced and in that time we've seen hundreds of thousands of games hit the Google Play Store, but obviously not all of them are high quality, and with so many available it can be tricky to make sure you're putting your cash in the right place.Some titles are expensive and nothing more than just poor ports of a console game. Others are only a meagre amount but are genuinely more entertaining and enthralling than anything found on a console a few years ago.When deciding what Android game is best for you, well... you've got a few choices to consider.Firstly, remember that you won't have just one game on the go at any one time. You might have a title that's great for playing on the sofa or commute, and one when queuing at the bank.Some work better with headphones, others don't - and we thoroughly recommend playing through a few regularly to find the games that work the best for you. Nothing better than finding … [Read more...] about The best Android games of 2018: our top picks
Now that Siri has a dedicated smart speaker to call home, it's time to assess how Apple's voice assistant compares to Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant. So, let's explore the obvious -- as well as more nuanced -- differences between these voice AIs. By the end of it, we'll have a better sense of each assistant's strengths, as well as where they need the most work. Recognizing your voice On the HomePod, unlike the iPhone, Siri can't differentiate between voices. That means anyone who says "Hey, Siri" will elicit a response from the Apple smart speaker. In contrast, both Amazon and Google smart speakers have voice training capabilities. With voice training, your whole family can use the speakers, but each of you can also get customize responses (and perform custom actions, like making purchases) based on who the speaker is talking to. The HomePod simply doesn't provide that depth of personalization. That said, Google and Amazon haven't completely nailed the feature. During … [Read more...] about Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant: Which voice assistant is the best?
“When we launched the very first Surface Pro five years ago, there was a snowstorm in New York. We’d planned to have our launch at a Best Buy in Manhattan, but the weather had other ideas.” That’s Panos Panay, the passionate Microsoftie who’s been the face of so many Surface product launches over the last five years. Panay wrote a blog post on the Microsoft site this week to celebrate the 5-year anniversary of surface, to reminiscence on how the team dealt with the storm (they moved the show to Vegas). He’s always quick to remind us about the team behind the products — the designers and engineers responsible for the most remarkable 2-in-1 to hit stores shelves in years. Among them are minds like Steve Bathiche, a distinguished scientist who has been there from the start. “We realized when we had heavy competition from Apple, that we had to innovate in the PC space,” Bathiche told us recently. There’s also Ralf Groene, head of … [Read more...] about Looking back on 5 years of Surface with the product guru who brought it to life