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Great tablet stand

If you like to watch movies and videos on your tablet, this tablet stand is very cool. The up-and-down rotation is nice and stiff, so you can set it at any angle, and it has rubber cushions in the right places to keep your tablet from sliding or getting damaged. I just bought this a few days ago, and it’s a definite “thumbs up.” It works great with my Nexus 9, and an old iPad 2 (that I only use for music these days).

(I show it next to an apple because the shiny images on Amazon may give you the impression that it’s larger.)

Apple unveils interactive HomeKit experiences in retail stores worldwide

Apple didn’t put a little home in each of its stores, but TechCrunch reports, “Apple has unveiled interactive HomeKit experiences in 46 of its retail stores worldwide ... when you go into Apple’s new retail stores you’ll be able to use the Home app from either an Apple Watch, iPhone or iPad to control devices like the Philips Hue light bulb, the Hunter ceiling fan and many others.”

Bloomberg says Apple is developing a new MacBook Pro

A Bloomberg report says that Apple is planning to release a new MacBook Pro that has a narrow OLED screen at the top of the keyboard, which may replace the function keys. In that same article they share this chart, which shows iPad sales compared to Mac sales (which presumably includes all MacBook, MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro models).

Lesson learned from Apple: Keep innovating, or die

One lesson learned from Apple recently is that if your products stagnate, people will start to look around, and may spend their money elsewhere. As just one small example of this, iOS got boring for me, so I started looking around and bought an Android tablet instead of a new iPad. These days the Mac and macOS feel stagnant — or worse than that, moving in the wrong direction by removing features like Spaces — so I’m looking at desktop alternatives as well.

Tablet shipments at least 100M less than predicted alvin April 10, 2016 - 10:44am

In 2011 Gartner predicted that by 2015, tablet sales would reach 300M annually, with half of those being iPads. IDC says that in 2015, 207M tablets were sold, and 50M of those were iPads. (So Gartner was quite a bit off on those numbers.) This re/code story says that the problem is phones.

The trouble with the iPad alvin November 9, 2015 - 8:03am

As the owner of an iPad 2, I agree with this Business Insider article that shows stats where people keep their old iPads forever. As they state, iPads are “largely consumption devices designed to stream videos and browse the web and social media, and those tasks don't need the latest and fastest specs to work well.”

In fact, because there is no “stickiness” to using an iPad, I bought a Nexus 9 in January rather than buying the latest iPad.

How to log into an iPad by throwing an Android tablet onto it alvin January 25, 2015 - 9:04pm

I have no idea why this works, but if I throw/slide my Google Nexus 9 tablet onto my old iPad 2, the iPad wakes up and logs in automatically. You can see it happen in this 30-second video:

I’m not touching any iPad buttons when this happens. My guess is that the iPad 2 thinks that I just removed a magnetic cover, but really, I have no idea why it does this.

My Google Nexus 9 review (making the switch from iPad to Android) alvin January 21, 2015 - 10:13am

My old iPad 2 was, well, old, and it’s slow speed was driving me crazy. So I decided to buy a new tablet, but when I made that decision I also decided to look around, and in short, I eventually decided to buy a Google Nexus 9. After a few days with it, here’s my review of the Nexus 9.

The Nexus 9 unboxing experience

The Nexus 9 unboxing experience was a non-experience. The Nexus 9 comes in a simple, unattractive box, and there’s nothing special about any part of the unboxing experience.

How to turn off (disable) iOS AMBER alerts

After a long day of work I had climbed into bed, looking for a good night’s sleep, when suddenly my iPhone began making some bizarre, very unexpected noise. When I picked up the phone and looked at it, I saw an AMBER alert in Oklahoma had triggered an alert on my iPhone.