5 Things - Week Ending 2/8/13

This is the 37th post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week. Anything highlighted in blue is a link to an article, an app, or another section of my website.

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The Apple iWatch

Bruce Tognazzini:

The iWatch will fill a gaping hole in the Apple ecosystem. It will facilitate and coordinate not only the activities of all the other computers and devices we use, but a wide array of devices to come. Like other breakthrough Apple products, its value will be underestimated at launch, then grow to have a profound impact on our lives and Apple’s fortunes.

This is an incredibly insightful look at the possibility of Apple developing a "smart" watch. The author explores some of the ways a person might use a "smart" watch.

I wouldn't be surprised if Apple isn't at least exploring the possibility of creating a "smart" watch.


Reed Hastings on Arrested Development, House of Cards and the Future of Netflix

Nancy Hass:

Hastings, the CEO of Netflix, has a name for this prison and what it does to the people trapped inside it: managed dissatisfaction. “The traditional entertainment ecosystem is built on it, and it’s a totally artificial concept,” says Hastings. “The point of managed dissatisfaction is waiting. You’re supposed to wait for your show that comes on Wednesday at 8 p.m., wait for the new season, see all the ads everywhere for the new season, talk to your friends at the office about how excited you are.” If it’s a movie, he adds, you wait till the night it opens, you wait for the pay-channel window, you wait for it to come to cable. Waiting means pent-up demand, millions of people watching the same thing at the same time, preferably at night, when they’re pliant with exhaustion and ready to believe they need the stuff being hawked in all those commercials. Waiting, Hastings says, is dead.

Britta and I made the decision when we got married to not have a television in our house. Does that mean we never watch any movies or television shows? No.

We chose not to have a television so we wouldn't end up watching random shows while we were bored and so we wouldn't be subjected to the constant barrage of advertisements that tempt you to buy stuff that you don't need.

We make extensive use of Netflix and iTunes for our media consumption. I love the direction that Reed Hastings is taking Netflix. We just started watching the new show House of Cards that Netflix produced and it's wonderful. It's the way television should be. Not only is it commercial free, but they released the entire season on the same day so you can choose how to watch it. Space out the episodes and enjoy it over a period of time or become obsessed and watch multiple episodes in the weekend (guilty).

I thought Nancy Hass did a great job with this article and I would encourage you to check it out!


Why the Facebook and Apple empires are bound to fall

John Naughton:

Apple’s current strength is that it actually makes things that people are desperate to buy and on which the company makes huge margins. The inexorable logic of the hardware business is that those margins will decline as the competition increases, so Apple will become less profitable over the longer term. What will determine its future is whether it can come up with new, market-creating products such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

Facebook, on the other hand, makes nothing. It just provides an online service that, for the moment, people seem to value. But in order to make money out of those users and satisfy the denizens of Wall Street, it has to become ever more intrusive and manipulative. It’s condemned, in other words, to intrusive overstretch. Which is why, in the end, it will become a footnote in the history of the internet.

The year is 2020.

Apple is stil selling truck loads of consumer gadgets. They are still making Macs, iPhones, and iPads. The trend that I have witnessed over the years is that people who buy an Apple product tend to buy additional Apple products. I can't imagine this trend reversing itself anytime soon.

Facebook has gone the way of MySpace. The majority of its users have left for a different service just like people left MySpace before it. The primary reason will be due to increased advertisments and concerns over privacy.

I do believe that all companies and empires will crumble eventually but to think that Apple will fall in the near future is foolish in my opinion.


Manage Multiple Apple Devices In Your Family With iCloud and Apple ID

Christopher Meinck:

Devices are tied to an Apple ID and they are treated as if one person is the owner of multiple devices. In a typical household, a parent is the owner of an Apple ID that is used on the assorted iOS devices. Let’s say that Mom has an iPhone and is exchanging texts with Dad, a friend or a co-worker. An iMessage sent to Mom’s Apple ID will show up on her daughter or son’s iPod touch. Similar issues can happen with Facetime. You could be receiving Facetime requests from your child’s friends who shared your Apple ID. Photostream can also be a major issue when a family is sharing an Apple ID. If enabled, photos taken on each device in the family will share to the other family members with an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. If you have a Mac with Photostream enabled, iPhoto will also start streaming photos from everyone in the family.

This is a very common question that I receive during classes and while working with clients.

In my mind it makes sense to share an AppleID for purchases. Why should my wife have to pay money for the same App that I just downloaded? We even share the same AppleID for iCloud so we can sync our calendars, contacts, and reminders. I know that Britta doesn't want to receive FaceTime calls or iMessages intended for me on her iPad mini. We set up a seperate AppleID for her for those purposes.

If you want to share an AppleID for purchase and one for services check out this article and scroll down to the section titled, "Using One Apple ID for Purchases And One For Services". It will walk you through the process. If you still need help after reading this article I am always available to help!


Krop Circle

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Krop Circle is a new App that allows you to crop your photos with various shapes. The free version of the app comes with just a circle crop. For less than one George Washington (99 cents) you can unlock numerous other shapes. I have enjoyed using this app to create some neat looking photos!