A Future Retina MacBook Running Apple's System-on-a-Chip

Published April 12, 2015

With the release of the new retina MacBook, all of the major tech blogs have released their reviews. Arstechnica always digs deep into the technical bits of a new Apple product and I noticed something interesting buried in one of their pages.

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Making the iPhone Physically Smaller But Keeping the Same Screen Size

Published December 10, 2014 • Updated June 14, 2017

With the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the iPhone has now joined the ranks of Android phones with large screens. Personally, I think these screen sizes are just right, but everyone always want more. In this case, more means a physically smaller phone that some how retains the 4.7” or 5.5” screen size. How could Apple conceivably do this?

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Apple Needs to Allow Hiding or Uninstalling of the Bundled iOS Apps

Published November 20, 2014 • Updated September 15, 2015

There is no doubt that everyone who owns an iOS device has a screen or folder dedicated to housing the bundled Apple Apps that are never used. It has become an ever increasing “problem” with each release of iOS.

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Using TouchID to Authenticate Against Websites

Published November 9, 2014

When Apple introduced TouchID with the iPhone 5s I knew it would slowly become a game changer. I say slowly because Apple did not open up the TouchID API to third-party Apps until recently with iOS 8.

Before iOS 8, TouchID could only be used to unlock the phone and authenticate against iTunes. Now, with the TouchID API open to third-party developers, it is only a matter of time until third-party iOS Apps begin using TouchID everywhere. 1Password, LastPass, Dropbox, and Scanner Pro, just to name a few, already have TouchID built-in to unlock the App.

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iCloud Photo Library, Almost There

Published October 22, 2014 • Updated January 26, 2015

Over a year ago I wrote about needing more photo sync options for iOS and how to really connect the Photo App to iCloud. In particular, the part of that piece I wanted to see implemented the most was the following:

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Do Not Use Shared Storage for OpenStack Instances

Published June 14, 2014 • Updated December 31, 2014

With the advent of cloud computing came the cloud computing methodology and a different way of doing things. Instead of having high availability just at the infrastructure layer, high availability now needs to exist at the infrastructure layer and the application layer. And even though the infrastructure layer is architected to be highly available, your application should be designed to expect something at the infrastructure layer to fail. And when something does fail, whatever failed should not bring anything else down with it. This is a shared-nothing architecture.

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Disqus, Make Your Promoted Discovery Ads Much, Much More Relevant

Published August 22, 2013

I have only come across one other blog post about the Discovery feature displaying Promoted Discovery Ads that are not remotely relevant to the on-page content, but I have encountered it enough on this website to want to rant about it.

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More iOS Photo Sync Options and Really Connecting the Photo App to iCloud

Published July 27, 2013 • Updated June 14, 2017

I have a lot of photos organized in folders on my computer that I would like on my iOS device. The easiest way to sync these different folders onto iOS is to use iPhoto or Aperture, but I don’t have iPhoto or Aperture and I don’t want to use them. I’ve never liked an application importing all of my photos into a database; I prefer the flexibility and simplicity of the file system to manage my photos. iTunes is an option, but it only syncs one folder and the next level of folders within that one folder. The folders I want to sync are organized throughout my Pictures folder. The only option I have is to copy each of the desired folders into an “iOS Sync” folder and sync the contents of that folder within iTunes. A simple solution but it causes redundant data.

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Dell's Project Sputnik with Additional Logo and OS Choices

Published April 30, 2013 • Updated June 10, 2018

Dell’s Project Sputnik is impressive; not only is the hardware high quality (the Dell XPS 13 is the best laptop I think Dell has ever made), but the simple fact that Project Sputnik started as just that, a project, and morphed into an actual product speaks volumes that Dell wants a presence in the Linux community. This has been further shown with Dell’s recent release of the Alienware X51, also pre-installed with Ubuntu. I’m not aware of any other industry leaders taking such an interest in the Linux community.

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