Week In Review is back after a holiday hiatus. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. This week was the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas which means there’s more news than normal. Here are the links of note for the week ending January 8, 2017 and a few stories you might have missed over break:
- Apple pulled the New York Times app in China, showing just how much power that country has over tech firms - Recode - A story I haven’t seen reported much elsewhere. I’m not sure what choice Apple had, but it’s troubling nonetheless.
- Sierra PDF Problems Get Worse in 10.12.2 - TidBITS - PDF problems just seem to get worse in Sierra. I use PDFpen and seem to have avoided these issues. It’s really inexcusable that Apple has let this happen.
- How to download your Flickr photo library and transfer it to Google Photos or iCloud Photo library - Macworld - Given all the problems Yahoo (Flickr’s parent company) is facing many people are looking to get their photos out of the service. I don’t blame them.
- App Store Shatters Records on New Year’s Day - Apple - This press release from Apple surprised me. Services are still a thing for Apple in 2017
- Google Home: Early impressions of an Echo competitor - Six Colors - Dan Moren was one of the people who convinced me to buy an Amazon Echo, which I dearly love. Here are his impressions of the Google Home. Both devices seem to have their strong points, but I think I’ll stick with Alexa for now.
- Apple Watch, New Year’s resolutions, and losing 50 pounds - 9to5Mac - Many of us have resolved to live healthier lives in 2017. I appreciated Zac sharing his story and found it brave and inspiring.
Since there is so much news coming out CES I figured I’d lump it all together here. Likely more CES links will trickle out over the next few weeks as tech journalists sort through it all:
- Some Things We Might Buy in 2017: A Realist’s Guide to CES - Wirecutter - Perhaps my favorite list of all from CES is this one from the Wirecutter. So many of the things we see announced at CES never come to live. the Wirecutter cuts through it all and comes through with recommendations on what is actually good and likely to come to market.
- Apple was absent from CES, in a worse-than-usual way - Recode - If Apple is no longer the technology darling it could be the sign of a troubling trend.
- [Amazon’s Alexa-everywhere strategy is the big story at CES](Amazon’s Alexa-everywhere strategy is the big story at CES) - Recode - another Recode story that builds off the same theme as before. AI is the new CES darling. Siri and Homekit is still a bag of hurt and Apple needs to fix that in 2017.
- The Best Apple Related Accessories - MacRumors - A rundown of some of MacRumors’ favorite Apple related accessories from CES
- Twelve South Debuts ActionSleeve Armband for Apple Watch - MacRumors - I love wearing my Apple Watch as a watch - but some people don’t like watches. So Twelve South has an alternative.
- Ring Launches Motion-Activated Security Camera With Floodlights - MacRumors - I love my Ring doorbell and with the motion sensor they’re starting to put together quite an catalog of home security devices. My only concern is getting pecked to death with cloud storage fees.
- Griffin expands BreakSafe line w/ 100W magnetic USB-C cable for new MacBook Pros, USB-A adapter, car & wall chargers - 9to5Mac - Griffin has a new BreakSafe cable that supports higher wattage charging appropriate for the new MacBooks. Unfortunately it’s ugly. I’m glad I backed the [Snapanator]http://www.snapnator.com).
- D-Link announces its first HomeKit-compatible home security camera, with whole-room view - 9to5Mac - I’ve looked at all in one home security systems. Very similar to the Canary, this D-Link device is HomeKit compatible.
- Hands-On: OWC’s ‘DEC’ Adds an SD Card Slot, Ethernet, and USB Type-A Ports to the MacBook Pro - MacRumors - If you’re really unhappy with the 2016 MacBook Pro OWC has a mod solution for you.
- T-Mobile looks to take the element of surprise out of wireless bills with flat pricing - Macworld - T-Mobile, while sill a second tier carrier in the U.S., has turned the wireless industry on its head. Again, they’re announcing major changes to their plan. While I’m “stuck” on Verizon due to their coverage in my area, I appreciate the bold moves T-Mobile is making that is forcing the competition to change their ways.
- Finally, I leave you today with David Pogue’s CES roundup. I always enjoy Pogue’s videos.