Bring Your Own Device 40 →

Senior citizen ready with special guest Matt Birchler

We are joined this week by Matt Birchler, who compares his Android experiment with Greg. We continue with Apple Watch, watchOS 5 wishlist, and the smartwatch landscape which has only 2 major players - Apple and Tizen powered Samsung Gear, going forward.

Also, we talk about the HomePod, as Matt shares, his impressions and Greg explains why he bought a 2nd HomePod.

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Device Advice →

When deciding whether to buy or to hang on to devices and gadgets—both in the present and the future—the filter we need to employ is the simple question “What problem does it solve?” Device Advice

This is one of the biggest questions I ask myself when buying new technology.

Much of the time now the iteration or new product is not revolutionary, more iterative and if it doesn’t solve a problem - what’s is the point.

Don’t buy a new device because it is new, but because it adds something new that is needed.

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HomePod Initial Impressions

The HomePod itself it deceptively small, but surprisingly heavy. It comes boxed in the usual Apple style - paying particular attention to the experience of sliding off the top and uncovering the HomePod it all its glory. Bar the device itself there is little else in the box apart from a small information card and a single Apple logo sticker.
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Many Siris · Bryan Irace →

If the Lyft app is installed on your iPhone, you can ask Phone Siri to order you a car. But you can’t ask Mac Siri to do the same, because she doesn’t know what Lyft is. Compare and contrast this with the SDKs for Alexa and the Google Assistant – they each run third-party software server-side, such that installing the Lyft Alexa “skill” once gives Alexa the ability to summon a ride regardless of if you’re talking to her on an Echo in your bedroom, a different Echo in your living room, or via the Alexa app on your phone. Many Siris · Bryan Irace

This is ultimately where the Apple privacy stance falls down. With on device processing Apple are unable (or unwilling) to make abilities available everywhere.

They could in theory sync encrypted information to other devices. Or allow for account information to be stored in iCloud, however this again breaks Apples privacy ethics.

There may soon become a time when Apple needs to back down from such a view point and give users the ability to opt in. Until then don’t bank on Siri being able to do everything everywhere.

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Android Experiment - The Results

After a little over a week I have ended the experiment. This hasn’t gone one as long as I had hoped, but I kept hitting barriers to getting things done and kept having to pick up an iOS device to make it viable any longer. So I have moved the Panda onto someone that can give it the usage it deserves and returned to being a full time Apple user....
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Bring Your Own Device 39 →

A mate in the can

Greg talks about his first impressions from the HomePod, and we touch about the strengths and weaknesses of the device, Also we talk about the (slightly confusing) controls, superb sound quality, and Siri’s shortcomings.

Also, we discuss using Apple devices in a family environment, why we trust Apple more with data related answers and the 2nd iOS 11.3 beta.

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Bring Your Own Device 38 →

It's a very snowy leopard

We talk about ML platforms, and how Facebook messenger’s chatbot failed while smart assistants won. We also discuss digital assistant and data collection. Greg ordered a HomePod and thinks that Siri should become a platform, and Nati hopes that the HomePod would push them to take Siri more seriously. We continue with the iOS 12 rumors saying that Apple is focusing on stability instead of major new features, and finish with the baffling iPhone with the 6.1” LCD screen.

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AirPods And Android

One of my favourite and most used secondary products are my AirPods, I use these for at least an hour a day so any new phone needs to work with these. During my Android experiment I would expect Android to also do the same, at least in the short term until I could find something better. So I have been using Apple AirPods with my Pixel 2 XL (AKA The...
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My Android Experiment

Over my years of writing about technology I have tried very hard to not come down on one side of the fence. Making every attempt to review and comment on everything as impartially as possible. Although I am now living inside an Apple eco system, I am critical of wrong decisions and am a big fan of Android. However I haven’t used Android at length for a little while so...
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Sales Of iPhone X Strong But Not Record Breaking

It is unlikely we will ever know exactly how many iPhone X were sold by Apple. They usually release a huge total of all combined models, but never break it down into the versions. However researcher Canalys has put a number on it, and it looks promising.
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