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Before the holiday comes upon us we had to squeeze more morning of techno-commentary in on First News 570 w/ Mark Starling. Everyone knew it, but Apple comes out with with the truth this week, plus we’ll be cackling about Comcast’s Net Neutrality bonuses. Make sure you listen in.
CONSPIRACY THEORIST PROVEN RIGHT, APPLE THROTTLES OLD PHONES
FOR YEARS, for years, iPhone users have theorized, suspected, and outright accused Apple of throttling the performance of older iPhones in order to get their loyal customers to buy more phones. In a stunning turn of events; yesterday, Apple admitted to handicapping the performance of older phones in order to “keep older phones running longer by drawing less power from older batteries.” I paraphrased that. We all know Li-Ion batteries are pure crap after about a year and a half of use, and Apple is saying that by slowing down the performance of the phone, the device draws less current, and can extend the lifespan of the device and its battery. It’s an excuse damnit! I have an iPhone 6 right now that won’t turn on because of a battery issue, and they forced me to buy this iPhone X. We all know about planned obsolescensce but damn! Apple’s excuse isn’t satiating it’s most upset fans, but I predict people will shrug it off to buy the next iThing.
THE VAPORWARE KNOWN AS MAGIC LEAP FINALLY GETS A RELEASE OUTLINE
We denizens in the technology community love our hype. A polished Vimeo, accolades from a luminary, and a quick shot of a black plastic or aluminum thing gives us the warm fuzzies. After more than 3 years of delaying a release, augmented reality company, Magic Leap is announcing their One goggle set may come out next year. What makes the Magic Leap One special is that the package fits in a compact set of goggles that make you look less like an idiot, and includes a portable computer and remote to make your AR experience worthwhile. AR technology is one of the more intriguing new tech ideas and the Magic Leap One may actually be released next year.
DING DONG NET NEUTRALITY IS DEAD, AND HERE’S A COOL GRAND
On the heels of the end of consumer Internet, and the biggest tax cut for corporations in years, local bandwidth throttler, Comcast will be handing out $1000 employee bonuses following the repeals. Comcast still hasn’t said whether or not they’ll not throttle content based upon who’s pushing it, but the bonus will be given to the eligible rank and file employees not just executive fat cats lighting their cigars with $100 bills. I know for a fact Comcast throttles my home connection, I’m a very high bandwidth user. I just think these are the loaves of bread the Caesars threw to fans in the coliseum while Rome crumbled.