Apple's big impact on wireless charging: 6 billion+ units to ship by 2023

Apple's big impact on wireless charging: 6 billion+ units to ship by 2023 More than 6 billion wireless chargers are expected to ship over the next five years, a staggering growth rate spurred on by Apple’s entry into the market with the iPhone 8 and X and its failure – so far – to produce […]

Upgrade, downgrade

Upgrade, downgrade This small government agency has its own “data center” with a motley collection of systems — but no budget money for real data-center necessities, says a pilot fish working there. “We had VAXen, Linux servers, Windows servers, a small RAID array and our own private Wi-Fi/broadband network because we needed access to files […]

Apple's little iOS is rapidly changing the retail industry

Apple's little iOS is rapidly changing the retail industry With nine of the top 10 global retailers using iOS devices in their business, it’s clear Apple’s mobile devices are what we expect to find when we go shopping. ‘We’re making great strides’ Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri alluded to the the company’s rapid progress […]

Why Apple’s Siri is already an enterprise product

Why Apple’s Siri is already an enterprise product Apple’s voice-activated digital assistant, Siri, has come in for more than its share of criticism that it has fallen behind other voice assistants in some ways. Critics don’t seem to understand that Apple’s voice assistant is an enterprise product. Why is Siri an enterprise product? This is […]

16 wireless chargers for iPhones and Android devices

16 wireless chargers for iPhones and Android devices From wired to wireless charging Image by Apple Apple’s iPhone X (and XS) models offer a variety of cutting edge features, such as Face ID technology, and they supports native wireless charging – just like the iPhone 8 (and a variety of Android devices). To read this […]

Little IT Shop of Horrors III: The eyes! The eyes!

Little IT Shop of Horrors III: The eyes! The eyes! Flashback to the mid-1960s, when the Control Data 6600 computer was the fastest thing going, according to this IT pilot fish who remembers it well. “It was about 1 megaFLOPS,” says fish. “The operator console, manned 24/7 of course, had two large, circular CRT screens, […]

Little IT Shop of Horrors II: Another fine mess

Little IT Shop of Horrors II: Another fine mess Pilot fish figures it’s safe to store these four pumpkins under the mainframe room’s raised floor for a month before Halloween. Come late October, he retrieves them — but only three are left. The fourth is a reeking orange puddle. “To my surprise, one of my […]

Throwback Thursday: Well, he was busy, OK?

Throwback Thursday: Well, he was busy, OK? Hurricane Ike‘s storm surge hits this Gulf Coast chemical plant and inundates it, reports a pilot fish working there. The aftermath: lots of cleaning up — and counting up. “The total number of desktop computers was being earmarked to be written off,” fish says. “But laptop computers were […]

Apple’s Dual SIM tech is right place, right time

Apple’s Dual SIM tech is right place, right time While only a handful of carriers will support Apple’s Dual SIM (eSIM) at first, its arrival within the new 2018 iPhone range heralds more rapid adoption of the technology in the future, as industry consensus has mostly been achieved. What is eSIM? The promise of eSIM […]