The Sits-in-Mainstream Edition Monday, August 5, 2019

Apple Will End Up Doing What Intel Could Not, by Chris Duckett, ZDNet

Cupertino has never been shy about cannibalising its own lineups in the past, and as the iPad becomes more and more like a traditional laptop, it has more power to shift sales away from Intel and more towards Apple's own designs.

The endgame is that Mac becomes a platform left to the powerful edges of the market, while the iPad sits in the mainstream, chugging away on its Arm processor.

Good News: Apple No Longer Is The iPhone Company, by Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note

Apple’s iPhone Game Plan is in plain view, repeatedly explained by its executives to Wall Street analyst in Earnings Release conference calls and other public pronouncements: Let the iPhone stay in its natural element: the Affordable Luxury segment, analogous to Audi for cars or Burberry for clothing. And, from there, play the ecosystem game.


There was no Apple ecosystem when Macs fought netbooks, but now there’s this special kind of network effect that should help us rethink and understand Apple’s business. It sheds a better light on the company’s chance to continue prospering in the smartphone segment, even when compared to muscular competitors such as Samsung and Huawei.


People Are Using Voice Notes To Pre-screen Their Date's Personality, by Rachel Thompson, Mashable

To many of us (myself included) the prospect of recording your own voice and sending it to a near-total stranger — or worse someone you really fancy — is basically the stuff nightmares are made of.

But, among the less trepidatious daters, voice notes are all the rage right now. For these people, voice noting affords the chance to pre-screen a match to make sure they're the right fit personality-wise. GQ columnist Sarah Manavis — who wrote an explainer on the new trend — tells me that voice noting has become "a new, logical relationship step" — a stepping stone that exists "somewhere between exchanging numbers and the actual first date."

Made A Reservation At A Nice Restaurant? You're Probably Getting Googled, by Bettina Makalintal, Vice

That's a purposeful play to "keep the restaurant for special people only," an anonymous server at Fleming allegedly told the Post, with a "certain environment" for its rich clientele; per the report, anyone who isn't rich doesn't hear back. A representative for Fleming called the claims of class-based exclusion "absolutely not true," but admitted that the restaurant does do some online snooping.

But you know what? High-end restaurants everywhere have been doing the same for years. The argument is that data collection can create a more customized experience; at best, the results of that Google search are fairly innocuous, translating to thoughtful touches. Staff at Elizabeth in Chicago once mentioned Googling customers mid-meal to make unhappy customers a little happier, and as a managing partner at Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group told the New York Times in 2012, "Data just gives us an opportunity to understand someone better."

Bottom of the Page

Why does all the web browsers out there only implement private or incognito mode at windows level, and not at tab level?

(By all web browsers, I just meant Safari, Firefox, and Chrome. I don't like Opera, and I haven't used iCab for a long time.)


Thanks for reading.