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Apple Seeds 5th Beta macOS Sierra 10.12.1

October 21, 2016 Leave a comment

Developers and public beta testers got new bits to play with…

macOS Sierra is one of the biggest updates to Apple’s desktop operating system, likely since the implementation of OS X. Or at least, it will be once the (big) bugs are gone and the new Apple File System gets implemented.

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On 2016-10-19, Apple seeded the fifth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.11 to both developers and public beta testers. Developers can get it from the Apple Developer Center and both developers and public testers can get the bits through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

Version 10.12.1 is a bug fix release that smooths out performance hiccups and addresses other issues that have been reported since the operating systems initial release just a short time ago. The release doesn’t provide much in the “new features” department, however. Though support for Apple’s iPhone 7/ 7 Plus’ Portrait Mode, being introduced with iOS 10.1, is included in the desktop OS’ Photos app.

Other than that, I wouldn’t expect too much more.

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Notable Updates for the Week

October 13, 2016 Leave a comment

All this… and it’s only THURSDAY!

There are two big stories that I want to cover quickly, as I really don’t want to stretch these out any longer than they need to be. Both are significant, however, and really do deserve some commentary.

Samsung Officially Discontinues the Note 7
note7-discontinued-300x225Despite what anyone may think, this one surprised me a bit. I didn’t think that Samsung would kill the Note 7. I really thought that it would go away for a while and then come back as the Note 7.1 or Note 7.5 or something like that, after they figured out where to get batteries that don’t blow up in your pants…but I’m just sayin’…

It really costs a lot of money when an entire product is cancelled. It also really says a lot about what Samsung’s Supplier Quality program could and could not do when it came to batteries for this device. But again, I guess that’s just me.

It really seems as though Samsung threw in the towel a little early here.

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Lucid Audio Debuts AMPED Products

October 12, 2016 Leave a comment

I don’t often post press releases; BUT I’m making an exception here.  We used to do this back in the day at both and at Gear Diary, with the caveat that a review was coming and that we weren’t being paid to do so.

Both of those conditions are true in this case as well.

neckband-white-gray-angled-streamerLucid Audio has sent me a Neck Band to review and I hope to look at it this month as part of all of the iPhone 7/ 7 Plus release hullaballoo.

To be very honest though, I’m having a bit of trouble motivating myself to think positively about the neckband.  It looks hideous.

Its huge.

I looks like a big, thick, wide faceted necklace that hangs down, well past your collar bone. It also looks heavy, though that may just be look and in reality, it may not be heavy at all.

We’ll have to wait and see…

One point that the press release doesn’t do a good job at pointing out though, is that their Neckband and Audio Streamer Kit is available as a bundle for $199 USD.  This is the product that I will be reviewing later this month.

The full press release on all of the newly available Lucid Audio products is available after the break.


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Buy an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, Lose your Job

October 10, 2016 Leave a comment

Buying an iPhone 7 in certain countries is a shortcut to the unemployment office


I saw this on BGR and thought that it was totally outrageous. However, outrageous is totally from an American point of view – in China, if this report is accurate, this is a huge issue.

Patriotism in China runs deep with their citizens. Nearly everyone there loves their country and they have a huge sense of national pride; and this extends into the corporate world as well as with individual citizens.

So as I mentioned, BGR that some Chinese companies have issued warnings to their employees that purchasing an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus may result in termination of employment. While no specific individual has been singled out as of yet, some companies have issued formal written warnings against the purchase of Apple’s flagship smartphone.

For example, the BBC is reporting that Weibo, a Chinese micro-blogging site much like Twitter, has issued a stern warning to all of their employees: buy an iPhone and don’t bother coming to work.

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No Band for You!

October 7, 2016 Leave a comment

You come back, one year!


The wearables market isn’t an easy one; and its one that for many, still remains untamed. I spent a great deal of time last year covering the wearables market.

The first device I reviewed in this year long series was the Microsoft Band. In the end, at least before the Apple Watch was released, I considered it to be the go to device that I would have recommended to everyone, largely because (it had):

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Galaxy Note 7 Grounds SWA 994

October 6, 2016 Leave a comment

It would have been ok, had it been in the smoking section, right??

Yeah… maybe not so much.

Reports streamed in on Wednesday 2016-10-05 about a passenger’s Galaxy Note 7, that despite being powered down, began smoking and popping while passengers were boarding SWA (Southwest Airlines) flight 994 to Baltimore.


The incident occurred at approximately 9:15am, local time. Arson investigators confirmed that the device in question, was a Samsung phone that had overheated, leading to smoke in the cabin, according to local news reports.

Passengers were safely evacuated from the plan, which filled with enough smoke for the crew to initiate that action. The flight was also cancelled.

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FEATURE REVIEW – iPhone 7 Plus

October 3, 2016 1 comment

After the initial out of the box experience, here are my thoughts on the iPhone 7 Plus.



I’m going to try to make this quick, as I’m currently working on a number of longer articles for Soft32 that I really want to get done in September as opposed to October; but to be honest, this one really can’t wait. If I don’t get it posted, its value and relevance will really fall; and I just can’t have that…

I’ve been an iPhone user on and off since 2008. I originally bought an iPhone 3G (or what could now be called the iPhone 2). It was the second iPhone that Apple released; and back in the day it you had a choice of two (2) colors – white or black. I was at a local AT&T store and while I wanted black, I had to take white, as all of the black phones were sold out. It’s also the last time that I actually stood in a line to buy a phone.

Things have changed a great deal in the last eight years.

I’m running with an iPhone 7 Plus this time around. I’ve had it for about a week; and I’ve developed a few opinions about it. Let’s take a quick sec and run over them… Shall we..??


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