I’m obsessed with battery life, and I don’t think I’m alone. “ABC” or Always Be Charging” is a universal mantra.
On my iPhone 12 Pro, I’ve started switching to battery-saving mode well before noon. Not because I’m almost out of battery life, but I can’t stand to see the rapid slide of that black battery bar down past the halfway point if I don’t. A half-charged battery sends chills down my smartphone-loving spine. Never mind that it means I still have probably 4-to-6 hours (or more) of battery life. I go into a panic.
As Microsoft plans to usher in the next major edition of Windows (ostensibly Windows 11), it’s also quietly preparing to show the door to its 6-year-old Windows 10 operating system.
That news, which Microsoft certainly didn’t make news (no press release that I could find), was discovered by Windows platform watchers like Paul Thurrott on a Windows Lifecycle page that now lists October 14, 2025, as the Windows 10 “Retirement Date.” That’s roughly 10 years since the launch of the Windows edition that revitalized the brand after the magnificent stumble of Windows 8.
Consumers get excited about all of Apple’s big launch events, the ones where the Cupertino tech giant unveils a passel of new products intended to brighten their days, improve their lives, and help them get more done.
I like them, too but the real juice comes from Apple’s annual, information-packed Worldwide Developers Conferences (WWDC). This is where Apple charts the roadmap, not for just current and future products, but the software and code that underpins all of it.
Look at it this way:
Windows isn’t software. It’s an iconic entity that’s allergic to change. Think of it as a cherished work of art that needs regular upkeep: Everyone is happy with the brighter colors and fresh shine, but no one is pleased with the redrawn contours, painted over a blemish, or poorly recreated visage.
Windows 10 bears little resemblance to the Windows I first encountered in 1991, roughly around the time of Windows 3.1. In the 30 years since, I’ve seen and beta-tested countless iterations, each promising better functionality, performance, and utility. Later came assurances of better security. …
Next to my desk, I have my very first Amazon Echo. The almost foot-tall cylinder bears little resemblance to the current fourth-gen fabric-covered ball design. Even so, Amazon is conscripting my smart speaker, the latest models, and all Echoes in between into its long-gestating, neighbor-created, low-bandwidth mesh network: Sidewalk.
It’s been almost two years since Amazon announced the 900MHz network intended to bridge the gap between short-range Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and more powerful long-range connectivity options like LTE and 5G. Back then, I wasn’t entirely sure I understood Amazon’s plan. …
“I called you, but I guess you didn’t hear it,” said my mother.
“This line?” I said, popping my AirPods Pros in my ears.
“No,” she said, sounding a bit concerned (or annoyed).
“Oh, you called the house phone.”
That’s when I realized my landline was unplugged. It wasn’t broken. I’d done this on purpose.
Let’s go back two weeks ago.
My home phone rang, and even though I suspected it was a spam or robocall, I glanced at the caller ID. …
I’m addicted to likes. The daily approbations from friends, family, and strangers that dot my social media like so much pepper in my fettuccini nourish me in conscious and subconscious ways. When my numbers are high, I smile to myself, content that I’ve connected with the world in some meaningful way. When the likes are low or nonexistent, I grow anxious and wonder where my audience has gone.
This relationship is probably unhealthy, but I’m not sure I’d want it any other way.
Across all of my social media — Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook — I have what might…
Apple will hold this year’s highly anticipated spring product event on April 20, 1 p.m. ET, entirely online. As anticipated as spring blooms themselves, this year’s event promises to be one of Apple’s richest in terms of product strategy and device number.
Among the categories on the table are:
The surest bet is tablets. Most people expect Apple to update its iPad Pro line, which last saw a major update in March 2020 that added trackpad support, LiDAR, and the peppy A12Z Bionic CPU.
Roku just released a bunch of products and, I promise, I’m going to get to them but what I really want to talk about is remotes.
Our relationships with our television and streaming boxes are defined not so much by the interfaces, content, or even the big screens but by the remote controls. Our eyes see, but it’s our hands that touch these small pieces of plastic, metal, glass, and rubberized buttons. That tactile relationship isn’t fleeting. Raise your hand if you binge with the remote in or near your hand (how else can you go back 30 seconds to…
The key to a powerful messaging system is not just the tools to let you manage contacts and chat in a clear, concise way. We need flourishes like:
And we apparently need to break down every wall both outside and within messaging systems so we can all communicate with everyone all the time.
Facebook, for example, has been doing it across all their homegrown and acquired apps, making one giant messaging subsystem across Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger.
Slack, one of the most important business messaging and process systems, decided last year that it would…
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