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Mainstream Media Logos
The word "hoax" has come into sharp focus recently and it has caused more than a few of my friends and colleagues to assert that the mainstream news media is "rigged." This is not a new subject, but it is newly relevant because of the current political climate. I'm not going to defend the MSM. But I am happy to explain why a certain famous media critic likes to say, "The media is rigged. Big League." Continue Reading →
iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple soothsayer Ming-Chi Kuo has a track record of accurate predictions. His recent investor note focuses on what the 2020 and 2021 lines of iPhones might look like, and one prediction stands out: Kuo believes that there will be at least one completely wireless iPhone in the 2021 line-up. No Lightning port, no USB-C port, no place to plug in cables of any kind. Continue Reading →
Peloton Bike Ad
Peloton (the exercise bike company) watched $942 million in market value ride into the sunset in a single day. The value destruction was due to its controversial holiday commercial. The internet didn't like it. But... did the punishment fit the crime? Is this result an unfortunate outlier, or are there lessons to be learned? Continue Reading →
AWS 5G
In engineering parlance, getting closer to the "edge" means bringing computational resources closer to the user. To do that, you need a bunch of stuff to line up. In an ideal world, you'd combine powerful cloud resources and a low-latency high bandwidth network. That's exactly what Amazon and Verizon plan to do. Continue Reading →
AWS DeepComposer
Amazon has announced “the world’s first machine learning-enabled musical keyboard for developers,” called the AWS DeepComposer keyboard. According to Amazon, you can use it to “create a melody that will transform into a completely original song in seconds, all powered by AI.” Continue Reading →

Bot Monday

Shopping Bot
Cyber Monday is supposed to be an awesome online shopping day. It is. I've seen estimates as high as $9 Billion for today. However, I've also seen estimates from NBC News and Radware that as much as 97 percent of online traffic today will be bot traffic. Continue Reading →

One Bit of Black Friday Advice

macOS Catalina Update: Wait Until You're Sure
Happy Black Friday! Today, computers (and lots of other electronics) are going to be on sale. If you've been waiting to purchase a new laptop, today may be the day, but be careful. When it comes to laptops, you get what you pay for -- even on Black Friday. Continue Reading →

TikTok Data Questions

TikTok
TikTok is insanely popular. If you haven't downloaded the app yet, here's a warning: Be prepared! TikTok is wildly addictive. No matter your age, your stage, how jaded you are, resistance is futile. You will become addicted to TikTok within minutes. But then... the app will begin its symbiotic relationship with your brain, and then... it's over. You will become a full-fledged TikTok addict and, as far as I know, there is no cure. Continue Reading →

Best Buy Shares Surge

Best Buy
Best Buy shares are up today after the company's earnings beat expectations. Corie Barry, Best Buy's CEO said, "We are delivering on our purpose to enrich lives through technology by providing customers the products and solutions they want and need, combined with fast and convenient fulfillment.” Continue Reading →

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