A Flop Unlike Any Other…

M.G. Siegler:

Last year, Rolex did $4.5 billion in sales. A solid year for the premium watchmaker. Of course, it was no Apple Watch, which did roughly $6 billion in sales, if industry estimates are accurate.

The point here isn’t to compare the two devices — an Apple Watch is just about as comparable to a watch as an iPhone is to a phone. But it does provide an interesting context for Apple’s fledgling business — a new product category which has come under a lot of scrutiny since its launch a year ago. Many have called it a “flop,” which, again, is interesting in context.

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The caveat here is that it has to get better than it is right now. But if history is any guide, this is always what happens with Apple products. I happen to believe Apple Watch is a bit more “v1” than a lot of other products the company has put out there. But that may just mean that it has more opportunity to grow into something truly unique, useful, and worth upgrading for as iterations come.

If this doesn’t happen, the Apple Watch may turn out to be an actual flop. Again, that’s clearly not the case right now. But if the value proposition isn’t consistently raised, this first year of sales may be the equivalent of a movie that opens to huge business, then falls 60% in its second weekend in release, then even more in its third weekend…

So let’s see what this fall has in store in terms of iteration. Then we should have a better sense of the staying power of the device.

Let’s give it… time.

The Apple Watch is far from a flop – nothing that sells millions of copies at $500+ a pop can be called a flop.

Avocado Dip

This tasty recipe was posted on here before, and got accidentally deleted when I did the jekyll migration last year. Since then, I’ve had people asking for the recipe again, so I am putting it back here now. 🙂

Avocados are great as they are flexible and can fit into any type of dishs. This dip takes avocados in a new way, and uses the other ingredients to give you a rich balanced dip.

What you need:

  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce (pick your favourite hot sauce there is no wrong choice here)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

How to make it:

  1. Cut all around the ripe avocados down to the pit. Twist and separate the halved fruit. Remove the pit with a spoon, then scoop the flesh with a spoon into your food processor bowl.
  2. Add the zest and juice of 1 lemon to the food processor.
  3. Chop garlic on your board and mash with 1 teaspoon salt to paste the garlic. Add garlic paste and the red wine vinegar to the food processor.
  4. Place lid on the food processor and turn it on.
  5. While the blade is spinning, stream in extra-virgin olive oil and add hot sauce.
  6. Stop processor, taste dressing and adjust seasonings

Xbox 360 officially killed off

Microsoft is officially ceasing production of the Xbox 360.

Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft. And while we’ve had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us. Which is why we have made the decision to stop manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles. We will continue to sell existing inventory of Xbox 360 consoles, with availability varying by country.

If you compare the lifecycle of a game console to, say, an iPhone or an iPad, you see something interesting.

We’ve gotten so used to replacing those devices every few years, and our computer perhaps every three to five.

Whereas, my 2006 Xbox 360 was still in active use until it found itself replaced by the Xbox One, especially with the recent addition of backwards compatibility for many 360 games. A friend still has my old Xbox 360 and it works great.

The Xbox 360 had a great run though.

The Real Story of How Amazon Built the Echo

Joshua Brustein, writing for Bloomberg:

The idea for the Echo was an offshoot of Project C, and many of the early employees on the Echo moved over from C. Amazon remains particularly eager to keep this project a secret, even though work on it has stopped. But a sense of the focus and scope of the idea can be gleaned from patent applications filed by engineers at Lab126.

The first activity showed up on Dec. 21 and Dec. 23, 2010, when Lab126 employees applied for five patents whose titles all included the phrase “augmented reality.” Augmented reality—hologram-like displays projected into the physical world—was already a buzzword at the time. An e-commerce company wouldn’t seem like an obvious leader in the field. But Amazon’s patent applications show it was pursuing a vision that goes far beyond anything that exists as a commercial product even today, almost six years after the first patent applications were filed.

Nice deep dive into the building of the Amazon Echo, including the little known fact that it grew out of an augmented reality project

Apple updates MacBook: rose gold, no Thunderbolt 3

The updated MacBook features sixth-generation dual-core Intel Core M processors up to 1.3 GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, and faster 1866 MHz memory. New Intel HD Graphics 515 deliver up to 25 percent faster graphics performance, and faster PCIe-based flash storage makes everyday tasks feel snappier — from launching apps to opening files.* And now with up to 10 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 11 hours of iTunes movie playback, MacBook is the perfect notebook for all day, on-the-go computing.

The updated 12 inch MacBook is now available in rose gold.But, it still just has the one port, and that port is USB-C, not Thunderbolt 3

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 13 in San Francisco

Apple PR:

Monday’s kickoff events, including the keynote address, will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The rest of the week’s conference sessions will take place at Moscone West.

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Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website (https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/register/) now through Friday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Tickets will be issued to attendees through a random selection process, and developers will be notified on the status of their application by Monday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. For the second consecutive year, there will be up to 350 WWDC Scholarships available, giving students and STEM organization members from around the world an opportunity to earn a ticket to meet and collaborate with some of the most talented developers of Apple’s ever-growing app ecosystem (https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/scholarships/). Additionally, this year, we will provide travel assistance to up to 125 scholarship recipients to ensure aspiring developers with financial limitations have an opportunity to participate.

It is interesting that they’re moving Monday’s events to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

That’s where they held the iPhone 6S/iPad Pro event last September.

Being Dapper with Dapper Vigilante

The Conrad Navy Blue Silver Anchor Rope Bracelet

I grew up in Newfoundland, some of my earliest memories involve going fishing for your dinner. So when I saw these Dapper Vigilante rope bracelets, I ordered one immediately, the fine folks at Dapper Vigilante actually threw in the fish hook bracelet as a gift, which was a nice thing to do as I was planning on ordering that one next.

The Chuck Grey & Blue Matte Black Fish Hook Rope Bracelet

These bracelets are a nice conversation piece, people ask all the time where I got them. For me, it’s the simplicity of them, they are essentially a piece of rope with an anchor or a fish hook attached to it, but I like it.

If you’re interested in checking them out, Use this link for a $10 dollar off coupon.

Should I use Grid or Flexbox?

Two sentences from Rachel Andrew that explain when to reach for which layout choice:

Flexbox is essentially for laying out items in a single dimension – in a row OR a column. Grid is for layout of items in two dimensions – rows AND columns.

Flexbox can wrap, making it sorta-kinda two dimensions, but it still flows in a single dimension.

GoPro hires Apple designer Daniel Coster; shares jump

Fred Imbert, CNBC:

GoPro is having a good day. The wearable camera maker’s stock surged more than 19 percent Wednesday and the company announced it hired Daniel Coster away from Apple as vice president of design.

Coster was a core member of Apple’s industrial design team for more than 20 years and is credited with contributing to devices such as iPhone 4 and iPad wireless keyboard, the company said in a statement.

It’s interesting that hiring a single designer could have this type of effect, even if it is just a temporary stock price spike.

But, Coster does has his work cut out for him.

I’ve had GoPro cameras, and they are sorely disappointing.