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  • Apple releases 'The Morning Show' trailer ↦

    1h By Jason Snell
    On Monday Apple released a two-minute trailer for “The Morning Show.” It’s the most in-depth look we’ve had at any Apple TV+ series 1. I get a real “West Wing” vibe from it—director Mimi Leder is no stranger to high-energy TV series. The…
  • (Podcast) Clockwise #307: I'm Seeing a Bunch of Bananas

    Fri 12:08pm By Jason Snell
    Jason guests hosts this week! He and Mikah Sargent discuss credit card strategies, the books we want to be made into television series, using online delivery services, and our commitment to clipboard managers with guests Ant Pruitt and Allison Sheridan.
  • Traveling with Apple tech: what soars, what falls flat (Macworld)

    Fri 11:34am By Dan Moren
    Travel has a way of opening your eyes to new possibilities. For the last three weeks, I’ve been away from home, spending time in a few European countries. During this trip, I found myself thinking about the different ways that we use technology when we’re…
  • Why Disney's video bundle will force Apple to bundle Apple TV+ (Macworld)

    Fri 11:33am By Jason Snell
    It’s amazing how one company can change how you view pricing in an entire market.…
  • 'Netflix is at an inflection point' ↦

    Tue 2:12pm By Jason Snell
    The Hollywood Reporter’s excellent tech/digital reporter Natalie Jarvey has a long piece about how Netflix is changing its ways as competition from other streaming services rises, its catalog becomes ever more focused on Netflix Originals, and its growth…
  • Steven Sinofsky on the 'Bicycle for the Mind' ↦

    Tue 11:39am By Jason Snell
    For a long time, Steve Jobs talked about how personal computers were a “bicycle for the mind” as a way of explaining how revolutionary they would be. In a lengthy Twitter thread that’s now a Medium post, former Microsoft executive Steven Sinofsky dives…
  • NetNewsWire 5.0 ↦

    Aug 12, 2019, 8:20 pm By Jason Snell
    It’s back. Brent Simmons’s classic RSS reading app, NetNewsWire, came back to Brent last year, and a public beta version of the new open-source NetNewsWire 5.0 is now available. Brent says the app’s ship date is August 26. [Read on Six Colors.]
  • A Trip to Johnson Space Center ↦

    Aug 12, 2019, 8:14 pm By Jason Snell
    The weekend before last, I found myself in Texas for various silly reasons, and Stephen Hackett and I went to Johnson Space Center in Houston:…
  • (Podcast) Upgrade #258: Ten Hours Is Not All Day

    Aug 12, 2019, 6:09 pm By Jason Snell
    With Apple’s new operating-system releases due next month, Jason and Myke check in on how their beta experiences are going so far, especially the ups and downs of iPadOS 13. We also discuss Disney’s aggressive streaming-service bundling and how Apple might…
  • Galaxy Note 10 vs. iPhone 11: How Apple could fight Samsung's flagships (Tom's Guide)

    Aug 12, 2019, 3:33 pm By Jason Snell
    The same smartphone back-and-forth seems to happen at this time every year. Samsung unveils its latest Galaxy Note models, and then we wait a few weeks to see how they compare to whatever Apple is cooking up. The Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus have…
  • (Sponsor) MailSteward

    Aug 10, 2019, 1:49 pm By Six Colors Sponsor
    My thanks to MailSteward for sponsoring Six Colors this week. Email is inevitable. It is a record of our lives going back decades. I still have emails from as far back as 2005 that I refer to regularly, when I can find them.…
  • CarPlay in iOS 13 is a huge upgrade ↦

    Aug 9, 2019, 1:39 pm By Jason Snell
    We recently upgraded the car stereo in our Honda Civic Hybrid to a CarPlay receiver, which means I finally have a moving car with CarPlay. (All of my experiences with CarPlay up to this point have either been via a CarPlay box wired to an external power…
  • Samsung introduces Galaxy Book S ↦

    Aug 7, 2019, 6:20 pm By Jason Snell
    At Wednesday’s Samsung Unpacked event, the company unveiled a new ARM-based Windows 10 laptop. Chaim Gartenberg at The Verge:…
  • How Apple reinvents its core business to keep growing (Macworld)

    Aug 7, 2019, 12:11 pm By Jason Snell
    Last week, Apple’s Q3 2019 financial results caused a bit of a hubbub because iPhone revenue was—for the first time in seven years—less than half of Apple’s overall revenue. The cause is a slowdown in iPhone sales combined with dramatic growth in two…
  • (Sponsor) This week's sponsor: MailSteward

    Aug 6, 2019, 4:31 pm By Six Colors Sponsor
    Whether you’re running a business or simply your own household, you know how important e-mail is. It is nothing less than the record of your life — personal and professional — over decades.…
  • (Podcast) Upgrade #257: The Amount of Money Available on the Planet

    Aug 6, 2019, 3:32 pm By Jason Snell
    Commerce is in the air as Apple reports more money for wearables and services and less money for the iPhone, and begins to roll out the Apple Card. How does Apple react strategically as a company to financial incentives, and does Apple’s success in the…
  • Startup seeks to fill cellular dead spots via satellite ↦

    Aug 2, 2019, 2:15 pm By Jason Snell
    This is an interesting idea. Loren Grush at The Verge reports on a startup that’s planning on patching holes in the traditional cellular network from space:…
  • (Sponsor) Earnings Season

    Aug 2, 2019, 12:00 pm By Six Colors Sponsor
    My thanks to Earnings Season for sponsoring Six Colors this week. It’s a brand-new app crafted by a trader especially for traders that takes the scattered and tedious process of searching for earnings dates and turns it into an efficient, personal, and…
  • Apple suspends human Siri monitoring ↦

    Aug 2, 2019, 12:25 am By Jason Snell
    Apparently stung by criticism over a program that involved human beings listening to Siri audio samples, Apple has announced that it is temporarily suspending the program and will allow users to choose whether to participate in the future. Matthew Panzarino at…
  • Kindle Oasis (third-generation) review: Easy on the eyes

    Aug 1, 2019, 3:11 pm By Jason Snell
    The new Oasis is identical to the older second-generation model, except for its adjustable color temperature.…
  • Apple's Q3 2019 results: Evolving from the iPhone to wearables and services (Macworld)

    Jul 30, 2019, 8:56 pm By Jason Snell
    Apple’s latest quarterly results are in, and they’re exactly what you’d expect: the portrait of a company that’s massively profitable and successful, but whose main product is lagging behind while new product lines are growing just fast enough to make…
  • This is Tim: Transcript of Apple's 2019 third quarter analyst call

    Jul 30, 2019, 5:36 pm By Jason Snell
    [Here’s a complete transcript of Apple’s quarterly phone call with analysts after it released its third-quarter 2019 financial results.]…
  • Apple third-quarter 2019 results and charts!

    Jul 30, 2019, 3:48 pm By Jason Snell
    Apple’s latest quarterly results are out and the company generated $53.8 billion in revenue, up 1 percent versus the year-ago quarter. It was (ever so slightly) the largest third quarter in Apple history.…
  • Robot umps now! ↦

    Jul 29, 2019, 3:38 pm By Jason Snell
    At The Wall Street Journal, Jared Diamond reported about the Atlantic League’s experiment with balls and strikes (that’s baseball, kids) called by computer rather than human being:…
  • (Podcast) Upgrade #256: The Billion Dollar Show

    Jul 29, 2019, 3:14 pm By Jason Snell
    The trouble with Apple sending Siri audio to human beings, macOS Catalina’s overly aggressive approach to app security, and the possibility of Apple introducing a $3000 laptop cast a little bit of a pall on the Summer of Fun this week. But cheer up—we’ve…
  • (Sponsor) Earnings Season

    Jul 29, 2019, 2:43 pm By Six Colors Sponsor
    Crafted by a trader especially for traders, Earnings Season takes the scattered and tedious process of searching for earnings dates and turns it into an efficient, personal, and delightful experience for you. Create a custom watchlist, see verified corporate…
  • Apple employees listen to Siri audio samples ↦

    Jul 26, 2019, 7:43 pm By Jason Snell
    A report from The Guardian today details that Apple uses employees to listen to some Siri audio as a part of its attempt to improve the Siri service:…
  • Apple should make authentication its next killer app (Macworld)

    Jul 26, 2019, 8:24 am By Dan Moren
    When it comes to security, we often think primarily of protecting our data: encrypting it to make sure that nobody else can access it. But just as important as that is the concept of authentication: proving that we are who we say we are.…
  • Apple buys Intel's modem business for $1B - here's why (Tom's Guide)

    Jul 25, 2019, 4:56 pm By Jason Snell
    So many stories in the tech world are of the you-couldn’t-predict-it variety, but not the news that Apple is spending $1 billion to buy Intel’s cellular modem business. In the aftermath of Apple abandoning Intel for Qualcomm and Intel announcing its plan…
  • (Podcast) Rebound 248: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Buy 'Em

    Jul 25, 2019, 10:30 am By Dan Moren
    This week, on the irreverent tech podcast that never stops recording, the gang’s together again as they discuss Apple’s unsurprising plans to buy Intel’s modem business, the awakening of the antitrust leviathan, and why everybody who’s name isn’t Lex…