Has Apple Lost Its Mojo? and More

One: Has Apple Lost Its Mojo?

"A generation of peerless products made Apple the world’s most valuable company. Now some in the i-universe are questioning if the magic—in the post–Steve Jobs era—is still there. Don’t believe the naysayers."

Rick Tetzeli, Fortune

 

Two: My iPhone Photographer Camera Kit

"I'm currently on a family trip and as I was packing I stumbled across my camera bin. It’s a pretty big plastic bin in which I’ve kept spare lenses, caps, tripod mounting points, cleaning kits, and the rest of the flotsam and jetsam from my various cameras over the years. There was a lot of stuff in there that I'd forgot I owned. The last few years, I’ve been doing my photography exclusively with iPhone. Although I didn’t need anything from the box, I do still have a small camera kit for when I want to get fancy shoot pictures with my iPhone and I thought I'd share it here."

David Sparks, MacSparky

 

Three: Competing with BigCo: 2018 Edition

"One of the most interesting challenges in building an enterprise startup is navigating around, through, under, or over the big tech companies. There’s nothing new about this as doing so goes all the way back to the creation of Silicon Valley and companies like Intel and HP in the shadow of Fairchild, IBM, and GE."

Steven Sinofsky, Learning By Shippin

 

Four: Apple Responds to Controversy on iPhone Batteries and Performance

Apple: “A Message to Our Customers About iPhone Batteries and Performance”:

We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

 

Five: YouTube no longer available on Fire TV as Amazon signals lack of deal with Google

"With Amazon announcing that it would begin selling Chromecasts, it seemed that the retailer and Google were finally de-escalating long-running tensions. However, it seems that a deal hasn’t been reached in time as Amazon is telegraphing the impending 2018 block of YouTube to all Fire TV users."

Abner Li, 9TO5Google

 

Bonus: Blockchain

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