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iPhone Worries; Strange Habits of Millennials; Meta 2 Sells Off
 

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January 18 · Issue #136 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

iPhone Worries; Strange Habits of Millennials; Meta 2 Sells Off

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iPhone warning. The pressure on Apple’s iPhone sales is not, apparently, letting up and now one chip supplier is hinting that the iPhone sales shortfall is much worse than expected. Granted, the supplier, TSMC, never mentioned “iPhones,” just high-end smartphones. Still, most people believe they’re talking Apple and there are now hints that Apple will counter with more deals on new iPhones, especially the colorful iPhone XR. Might be a good idea to wait a beat before you buy your next iPhone.
Apple Warned iPhones Have A Serious Problem
CC on. Watching TV with closed captioning on has been an option for almost 50 years and it has changed the experience for millions of hearing-impaired viewers. However, now a new class of viewers is turning to closed captioning for their binge-watching habits, and they can hear just fine. I dig into why Millennials and GenZers are so smitten with the read-along technology.
Why Gen Z Loves Closed Captioning – The Upgrade – Medium
Sold. A couple of years ago I test drove Meta 2, an augmented reality headset intended as a cheaper alternative to Microsoft’s $3,000 HoloLens. The experience was relatively impressive, especially its ability to create digitized versions of my hands, but, unlike HoloLens, Meta 2, was not a self-contained PC and required long, thick wires connected to an external computer. Now the company has been sold off to an unnamed buyer. I know at least one other tech company that’s super-hot on AR; could it have been Apple?
Mystery company buys Meta's augmented reality tech
A Tech Reckoning. Time Magazine just published a must-read special issue on the state of tech. I would recommend Apple’s CEO Tim Cook’s short piece on privacy and the need for a data-broker clearinghouse, and the piece by Facebook investor and Mark Zuckerberg mentor Roger McNamee. The latter essay on the sorry state of Facebook and it’s damaging effect on society is lengthy, but worth your time. McNamee claims Zuckerberg, Facebook COO and others inside Facebook have a “warped sense of reality.”
I Mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I Loved Facebook. But I Can't Stay Silent About What's Happening.
P.S. Tesla cuts
P.S.S. Sparking Joy
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