Will Apple See It’s 80th Birthday?

Today, Apple turns 40. On April 1, 1976, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniack and Mike Markkula founded Apple. They started with what was basically a hobby machine, and they have grown to one of the largest companies by valuation in the world. There were bumps along the way, but Apple has had periods in history where it wasn’t just “relevant”, it was the leader. But will Apple, with its strengths and flaws, see another 40 years?

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Are We Ready For Smart Fabrics?

A friend of mine, Jonathan Kohl, has published a 3-part series on Smart Fabrics. It is an excellent series that focuses a lot on the usability challenges for smart fabrics, as well as what good (and bad) could arise when it comes to security, etc. While I left a comment, I thought it was worth expanding on some of the mundane issues that smart fabrics will present.

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Does DevOps Require The Cloud?

I am in the process of reviewing a draft of a friend’s book on DevOps and security, and one of the points that was initially asserted is that the cloud is required for DevOps. A cursory search of the Googles seems to support this, at least in concept. But do you have to use cloud services to successfully use DevOps?

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Will Apple Struggle This Year?

According to Android Guys, a handful of unlocked Android phones are going to give Apple and the iPhone fits. Unsurprisingly, Apple Insider figures they will have a great year (here and here). While both sides need to be taken with a grain of salt (given they both have somewhat fan-driven agendas), both may not be quite on the money. Besides, there are larger forces at work here.

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Is Twitter Going Away?

A spate of executive departures, coupled with¬†very slow growth, has me wondering if Twitter is going to be around (or, at a minimum, important) in the coming years. The company has had it’s struggles, and recently turned back to founder Jack Dorsey to take over the CEO job. The idea of Twitter is interesting, but I’m wondering if the execution is off. I find myself questioning the value of Twitter in my own world at times.

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New Impressions On The Apple Watch?

I’ve been using an Apple Watch now for nearly 6 months, and it’s time to update the experience.¬†Overall, I’m still mixed on smartwatches in general, and my time with the Apple Watch hasn’t changed that opinion.

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Why Refuse An Ad Blocking Viewer?

I was, up until this morning, a regular follower of Forbes. It was one of a few business-related RSS feeds that I checked on every day (usually a few times per day). But I dropped the feed, after thinking about it for a day, when they decided I wasn’t worthy of viewing their site. Why not? Because I have the audacity to use an ad blocker. So, instead of me seeing their site for free, I can’t see it at all. The logic baffles me.

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