AirPods and the Three Stages of Apple Criticism

Brett Elliff Microblog

I stumbled across a very interesting article via John Gruber’s Daring Fireball by Jonathan Kim over at Medium: Put another way: Apple’s products are successful because Apple knows how to market their products to a fanbase of deeply flawed individuals who don’t know what’s good for them. I really wish I was exaggerating, but these seven reasons are the main …

Alexa, why are you being creepy?

Brett Elliff Microblog

Over the past few days, users with Alexa-enabled devices have reported hearing strange, unprompted laughter. Amazon responded to the creepiness in a statement to The Verge, saying, “We’re aware of this and working to fix it.” I can’t say I am looking forward to going home tonight. 😛  I have four Alexa products through out my home and I do …

Bugatti shows off a $3 Million Chiron Sport at the Geneva Motor Show

Brett Elliff Microblog

“The Bugatti Chiron Sport costs some stupid amount of money north of $3 million. The only people who might care about the precise figure are the accountants at the Volkswagen Group, Bugatti’s parent company. Those who can afford the Chiron Sport don’t trouble themselves with how millions are rounded, and the other 99.99 percent of us will never be so …

Blockchain All The Things!

Brett Elliff Microblog

Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies have entered the mainstream discourse, but they’ve also been joined by a concept that is widely circulated, but poorly understood: “the blockchain” or just “blockchain.” The idea of a blockchain, the cryptographically enhanced digital ledger that underpins Bitcoin and most cryptocurrencies, is now being used to describe everything from a system for inter-bank transactions to …

Apple will stop providing LP albums as of March 2018

Brett Elliff Microblog

“A small yet colorful part of the iTunes Store will be history by year’s end. According to an internal Apple email obtained by Metro, Apple will stop taking iTunes LP submissions this month. Apple confirmed the plans to The Verge, signaling the impending end of the paid multimedia album experience on iTunes. The leaked email reportedly said, “Apple will no …

The next version of Windows 10 will begin to incorporate machine learning.

Brett Elliff Microblog

“Microsoft is busy prepping developers for the next big Windows 10 update, version 1803, and it is putting the focus on machine learning. Due in March or April this year, the new version will include a new machine-learning framework for using machine-learning models in Windows applications.” I’m not sure how useful this will be once it ships but it sounds …