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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My Grandfather’s Book

Updated: Added link to print book on Amazon and a second CTV interview clip.

This is a shameless plug: my grandfather, Jack Hilton F/Lt (retired) CD, recently published a book about his experiences during World War II.

He was a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force, starting as an instructor on multiengine planes, and later being assigned to fighters. He flew the Hurricane, the P40 Warhawk (known as the Kittyhawk in the RCAF and RAF) and finally the Typhoon. The Typhoon was used as a high-speed low-level ground support plane, using 4 20mm cannons and either a bomb (up to 1,000lbs) or rockets) to take out targets on the ground. During his time during the war, he flew 100 missions, including providing air support for D-Day (Operation Overlord), Operation Market Garden and The Battle of The Bulge.

Jack was recently made a Knight in the French Legion of Honour for his service during D-Day and the liberation of France. The French have been adding a large number of veterans to the Legion of Honour for their service during the war. This comes in addition to his recognition from Holland for their liberation, as well as his Pacific Star, 1939-1945 Star, Aircrew Star (with France and Germany Clasps), Canadian Volunteer Services Medal (and clasp), War Medal 1939-1945 and Canadian Forces Decoration (CD).

Two interviews with CTV News are on-line here and here (heads up, both are autoplay). His book can be found in digital form at Amazon (the link to the Canadian store is here), as well as Chapters, Apple iBooks and Barnes & Noble. A print version is also available from Chapters (in Canada here) and Amazon (Canadian link here) on-line , and print versions are expected in other stores in the near future.

Jack is also hosting a book signing on November 21, from 1-3pm. It is at the Hamlets of Cedarwood Station, 304 – 1 Ave NW, Airdrie, Alberta.

Remember When Apple Was Building A Television?

The latest Apple rumour hype to make the rounds is their car which, according to “insiders”, will be shipping in 2019. Major publications have all jumped on this new bandwagon (just Google for it, the links are too numerous to bother including). It’s starting to sound like the Apple Television Round 2.

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Would Steve Really Not Like The Pencil?

Since the most recent Apple announcement including the new Apple Pencil, comments have gone around saying that Steve would never have done it. Some are resurrecting his past comments about how he hated them. Here’s the thing: Steve said a lot of things, but later did the polar opposite. This isn’t new, so I think we have to take what he said in the past with a fairly healthy dose of sodium chloride.

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