Category Archives: Computing

Apple and VocalIQ

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See this article about what (potentially) Apple’s been doing with Siri.

It’s really good to see that, apparently, Apple has been doing some serious work on Siri. I do like the tool but I find it a bit frustrating to use at times. 

I’ve done some work around the house using Indigo and Phillips Hue to automate lighting and create scenes. I find Siri to be pretty useful. The more of the work that I do with these tools, the more that I think that a tool like Amazon’s Echo with Alexa would make things just a bit easier. 

Android’s failure to innovate?

Not sure that I agree with this article but I do think it’s great analysis.

I thought this but was pretty interesting:

While the media has grown enthralled with Facebook’s user growth (despite the fact that it paid $22 billion, or $55 per person, for 400 million WhatsApp users, who have subsequently generated 3 cents each in revenue per year), nobody in the tech media has really recognized the incredible value of iMessages. Google clearly has.

Revenue of 3 cents per USER per year from WhatsApp on a $22 Billion spend?

I love me some ‘CEPHtmlEngineHelper’

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 I don’t know why this just start happening but the Adobe related ‘CEPHtmlEngineHelper’ just started causing the old Mac fan and CPU usage to go crazy.

Looks like it was resolved in private build by Adobe in February 2016.

Guess I’ll update the CC 2015 apps and see what happens, eh?

Update: It appears that the latest updates resolve the problems with ‘CEPHtmlEngineHelper’…

How to use Apple News

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I’ve been using Apple News quite a bit. I like it. I am, however, a power user of Feedly.  

The Loop posted a link to an article about how to use Apple News. Nice article though the font face used on the site is a bit small for me. Thank goodness for ‘command-+’. 

I thought that this was an interesting idea: 

In fact I’m hoping that Apple bring News to the desktop in the next version of OS X.

See the article here

Why Apple assembles in China

The answer? Educated people and wages.

See Gruber’s article here. I think that discussion becomes very interesting as wages rise in China.  As Gruber points out the jobs these folks are doing might be defined as ‘menial’ but the jobs take skill. So the Chinese market offers the both skilled labor and until recently, inexpensive labor.

As China’s economy changes and wages become higher low cost assembly will (and is moving) move to other countries. Do other countries offer the same combination that China does or is the ‘savings’ that a company takes partially eaten by training of employees?

Google Drive … I found out what was driving me to drink

I started using Google Drive awhile ago because my colleagues were. Easy to use applications that have the collaborative features we were looking for. 

I didn’t install the Mac client for Google Drive that syncs the contents of your Google Drive to the local machine. About two months ago I did. 

Shortly after that I noticed a weird thing that started to happen. 

I would be happily typing along in some application and the application would move to the background. Click on the app or use the command keys to move the app back to the front…and it would happen again. 

It was driving me crazy. 

One day I was typing merrily along and it happened…again. However, this time I noticed the Google Drive Icon in the menu bar flash at the same time the foreground app moved to the background!

Sure enough that was the problem. Set Google Drive to ‘pause’.

Problem solved.