Summary of “The Second Coming Of iPad”

For creatives and professionals who embraced the original 9.7-inch iPad Pro only to find themselves hamstrung by cramped keyboards and multitasking that just wasn’t quite there, the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the larger Smart Keyboard intended to accompany it will likely hit a sweet spot.
If the iPad Pro is indeed “The clearest expression of Apple’s vision of the future of personal computing,” as CEO Tim Cook has said, you should be able to comfortably type with it, no? At least until telepathic typing becomes an actual thing.
On the new iPad Pros they get pretty damn close, thanks to one of those world-of-pure-imagination innovations Apple is willing to spend years concocting.
This one’s called ProMotion, and it doubles the number of times per second an image can be refreshed on the the iPad Pro’s display.
Like most all mobile devices, the first-generation iPad Pro had a refresh rate of 60Hz. The new iPad Pro can ramp up to a refresh rate of 120Hz that’s more typical of 4K TVs. What that means in practice is that anything that moves on the device’s screen – whether it be video or a line drawing or a photo zoom – appears smoother and more detailed.
For Federighi, who’s had a hand in a broad array of Apple innovations since his return to the company in 2009, ProMotion is a dramatic upgrade to the iPad Pro.
iOS 11 promises to do a good job of that for iPad. It may not be the “PadOS” – an iPad-specific operating system – for which some folks have argued, but it’s got a groaning board of thoughtful iPad features.
It’s hard not to look at the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro running iOS 11 and recall that “The computer for the rest of us” slogan Apple used in 1984 to launch the Mac.

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Summary of “The 8 biggest announcements from Apple WWDC 2017”

Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote just wrapped, where key executives Craig Federighi, Phil Schiller, and, of course, Tim Cook, took the stage to announce updates headed to iPhones, MacBooks, Apple TV, and more.
So let’s get the Siri speaker rumors out of the way: it turns out Apple wasn’t quite aiming its smart speaker to go against just Amazon Echo and Google Home, but also the Sonos home entertainment speakers.
Apple priced the HomePod at $349, with plans to ship it in December first to customers in the US, UK, and Australia.
During the keynote, Apple demoed this by showing off a VR game featuring Darth Vader, a lightsaber, and TIE fighter.
Handwritten text from an Apple Pencil will also be searchable from the Notes app.
Just as Lauren Goode predicted, Apple introduced a new ARKit to let developers build augmented reality apps for the iPhone.
There’s a new feature called ProMotion which reduces the Apple Pencil’s latency to 20 milliseconds.
An update for the Apple Watch is coming which introduces new faces that display different types of informations, such as Siri reminders or more visual ones that feature Toy Story characters a la Mickey Mouse.

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Summary of “Benedict Evan from Andreessen Horowitz predicts the future of electric and autonomous cars, VR and MR, machine learning, retail, e-commerce, and more”

On one hand, we have a set of profound changes coming as a result of new primary technology.
Electric and autonomous cars will change cities, virtual and mixed reality will change the entire computing experience, and machine learning is changing the kind of questions that computers can answer.
How do cities change if some or all of their parking space is now available for new needs, dumped on the market, or moved to completely different places? Where are you willing to live if access to public transport is everywhere and there are no traffic jams on your commute? How willing are people to go from their home in a suburb to dinner or a bar in a city center on a dark, cold, wet night if they don’t have to park and an on-demand ride is the cost of a coffee? And how does law enforcement change when every passing car is watching everything?
Once these really come to market, they may change the world just as much as the iPhone.
Machine learning is happening right now and rolls through, or perhaps underneath, the entire tech industry as a new fundamental computer-science capability-and of course enables both mixed reality and autonomous cars.
At the same time we have a set of more immediate changes, that have much more to do with consumer behavior, company strategy, and economic tipping points than with primary, frontier technology of the kind that Magic Leap or Waymo are building.
Again, this is especially important in the US, which is very over-served by pay TV: Almost everyone has it, and the average spend is much more than people in other developed markets typically pay, so there’s a lot of pent-up desire for change.
This will probably change, and the more that viewing shifts, the more that ad budgets will be reconsidered.
More deeply the more that buying shifts, the more that ad budgets might change.
How much, really, do AVs change shopping or the cost of home delivery? And what happens to your buying choices when machine learning means a pair of glasses can look at your living room and suggest a lamp based on your taste, and then show what it would look like in situ?

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Summary of “How to Reach the Next Stage of Your Personal Evolution”

In each succeeding scene in the play of your life, you will act in different roles, have different supporting cast members, and take on new challenges.
Going from one scene to the next is a transition, involving loss and newness.
It’s painful realizing that various characters from previous scenes don’t make sense in the next scene, yet still you awkwardly try to fit them in.
Although you may have been timid and quiet in the previous scenes, your new situation may require you to lead and speak boldly.
In each scene, you will feel like a childAt each new stage in your journey, you will feel like a child.
What characters make sense in this next scene? What habits and behaviors? What role must I play?
I’ve talked to close friends who were influential and essential in the previous scene of my life, and told them of the new journey I’m on.
The writing and consulting work I’m doing attracts the people into my life that need to be here for this scene, so that we can help each other get to our next scenes.
Each scene should be a progression from the lastEach succeeding scene will look and feel different from the last.
Regardless of how the changes externally look in each new scene, internally you should be becoming better and more matured.

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Summary of “What to Do When You Inherit a Team That Isn’t Working Hard Enough”

Most new managers quickly see things they’d like to change.
New leaders are advised to take some time to listen and appreciate what is, rather than make their own mark at the risk of appearing self-centered or authoritarian.
There’s a difference between addressing bad behavior and changing bad norms.
The second is about resetting the norms of an entire group.
The big problem with bad norms is you don’t know how high and wide the acceptance runs.
Avoid the risk of making it about your moral superiority by acknowledging your own vulnerability to negative norms.
If you’re not willing to apply a bit of heat, you’ll sow confusion about your new stated norm.
You need to communicate not only your desire for new behavior but also your expectation that others will join you in encouraging the agreed-upon values.
Change occurs at the speed with which peers begin to nudge peers about the new standard.
By following these steps, you’ll find a clear path to raise the bar without alienating your new team.

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