Events and Life Mindsets

How little I understand autism

I watched a pair of Apple ads that highlight an autistic teenager named Dillan. The ads highlight for me how little I understand autism and what an autistic person experiences. It will take more than these ads to gain that understanding but it’s a helpful reminder that there is much more to autism than many of us may think:

I love the idea that devices like the iPad (and, I’m sure, many others) can help autistic people express themselves to the rest of us more effectively and help them connect better.

Image credit: Pexels

Applications Mindsets Travel and places

Google and Apple quietly fighting over El Capitan

I noticed that both Apple and Google are fixated on a well-known mountain in the United States called El Capitan and both companies have featured it prominently in their marketing campaigns. Apple has named its next Mac OS operating system after El Capitan:


Oddly, Google has published a video featuring El Capitan to promote Google Maps:

I doubt El Capitan has any inherent value as a marketing focus and I wouldn’t be surprised if Google’s choice of this iconic rock-face is just its way of messing with Apple.

Image credit: Yosemite Valley Panorama by John Colby, licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0



Design Mindsets Mobile Tech

The number 1 reason why you are crazy to buy an Apple Watch

Apple product fans are usually pretty loyal and have Apple Koolaid coursing through their veins. They flock to every new Apple release. Nothing new there. That said, the hysteria around the Apple Watch is just amazing. Its as if the Apple Watch is a cure for every technological failing and the only question is which one to buy, not whether its better to skip this version?

When I think about reasons to buy the Apple Watch, the biggest reason why you would be crazy to buy an Apple Watch is pretty simple: it is a 1st generation device! Do you even remember the 1st generation iPhone or iPad? They were exciting when they came out but they turned out to be pretty mediocre when compared to subsequent generation versions.

Nilay Patel, The Verge’s editor in chief, has a great video review of the Apple Watch which you should watch (excuse the pun) before rushing off to buy one of these devices:

If you still feel like you absolutely #need the Apple Watch after this pretty balanced review then you probably either have far too much disposable cash than perspective on more important things to spend it on or you are one of those pseudo-hipster Apple fanatics who just can’t resist rushing to waste money on a first attempt smart watch you’ll upgrade next year anyway.

Really, it is a first generation device. The only thing compelling about it is that it is new. Apple will produce a much better version next year or the year after that. You won’t #die if you don’t buy one now, just use your iPhone 6 to tell the time and do other stuff.

Image credit: Apple Watch Sport by Yasunobu Ikeda, licensed CC BY-SA 2.0



Is Apple's Innovation Engine Running On Fumes?

This quote by Vaclav Smil in Wired’s article “This Is the Man Bill Gates Thinks You Absolutely Should Be Reading” nicely expresses a thought I had when the iPhone 5c and 5s were announced:

Apple! Boy, what a story. No taxes paid, everything made abroad—yet everyone worships them. This new iPhone, there’s nothing new in it. Just a golden color. What the hell, right? When people start playing with color, you know they’re played out.

The iPhone 5s’ camera is apparently fantastic and the processor and finger print scanner are innovations but this new range is hardly revolutionary.

Mindsets Web/Tech

The problem with Apple rumours

In the lead up to a rumoured Apple event on 7 March the rumour mills are cranking away on far too many energy drinks and Apple fan people are lapping it all up and accepting it all as gospel. This happens every time there is something that looks like an Apple event and particularly with (rumoured) iPad and iPhone announcements.

According to the latest rumours going around, the iPad 3 (yes, it is apparently definitely the iPad 3) will be constructed from a lattice of unicorn tears and fairy breath. It will have a super Retina display that will show you what will happen tomorrow in vivid HD video. It will also be half the width of current iPads and will usher in peace and friendship between Dachshunds and small children. I can’t wait.

Ok, ok, it won’t usher in a new era of peace and friendship between Dachshunds and small children. That’s impossible.

The Fifties in 3D

Ok, ok, ok. You got me. I made that rumour up. Unless you have super top secret clearance to the super duper top secret lab deep within Jonny Ive’s laboratory, chances are the rumours you are spreading to get clicks are wrong and if you are buying into these rumours, you need to go outside, get some fresher air and some of that stuff called sunshine.

Rant over, as they say in the Classics (no, that’s not an app).