Apple, Google, Microsoft: On Success And Failure

Name a few of the failures from the high profile technology companies of the 21st century. Various Windows versions since XP show up on a few lists of high tech failures. Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Failures, right? But by what measure? Sales? Uh uh. All were hugely profitable (with the exception of Windows Phone) but highly criticized and often avoided (at least, until the last possible moment) by the buying public and the enterprise IT departments.

So, are the various Windows versions since XP failures? Probably not because each one made more money for Microsoft than the last. Few would view Microsoft Office’s various versions as failures until one examines the mobile market where the Windows maker has negligible presence.

Now, let’s compare that historical view to Apple’s string of product successes in the 21st century. From Apple Stores to iPod and iTunes, from Intel Macs to iPhone, from iPad to various app stores Apple has an enviable string of successes that have catapulted the company to incredible wealth and riches.

Failures? Ah, there are a few. MobileMe comes to mind, completely replaced by iCloud. Antennagate and Bendgate were hiccups or speed bumps, but certainly not sufficient to call failures by any measure. Sapphiregate and the embarrassment with GT Technologies might qualify. If anything, Apple’s biggest failure in the 21st century is what has kept Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and others in the game.

Marketshare.

Other than the iPod, Apple’s marketshare for every product line, despite the recent uptick in Mac sales, remains anemic when compared to Android devices, Samsung smartphone and tablet sales, or Windows. While Google doesn’t make much money from Android, Microsoft has grown fat and rich on Windows and Office (despite losing tens of billions to diversify the company) massive marketshare does not seem to be a panacea for poor decisions at the corporate level. Samsung’s unit sales marketshare dwarfs Apple’s iPhone and iPad, but Apple makes double the profits on fewer sales.

Android tops iOS in total marketshare, but few companies that produce Android devices make in a year what Apple makes in a week.

Successes and failures come in many forms, some of which change over time. Apple uses a different measurement for success than Google, than Microsoft, than Samsung. If marketshare is the measure, Apple fails regularly. If profit share is a measure, the Apple succeeds, as do other companies. If stock price and dividends are a measure, Apple has succeeded far beyond the most successful companies of the modern era.

‘Should I Install Yosemite Now?’

Loren Stephens asked the folks at iMore if Mac OS X Yosemite is OK to install:

Last year you wrote an article suggesting to not upgrade from Mavericks to Yosemite. I took your advice. I haven’t seen a follow-up article. In your opinion do you feel that it is okay to upgrade or do you recommend still holding off? I know there were issues with Wi-Fi. Have those issues been solved?

My rule of thumb is simple. If your business depends upon your Mac working all the time, and it’s working now, you can wait a few weeks to see if there are any serious bugs. But every operating system, new version or otherwise, has bugs and one might be a show stopper for you, so why not test it first?

iMore’s Peter Cohen:

My advice to Mavericks users was the same as what I doled out to iOS 8 users and to iOS 7 users last year. Sometimes the perils of a major operating system upgrade aren’t worth the trouble unless you’re willing to accept the risk of being an early adopter.

Cohen admitted he doesn’t eat his own dog food since he’s been using OS X Yosemite since the early developer beta versions. I used a beta version on an older Mac and there were few notable issues (meaning, I don’t remember anything that didn’t work), and the full on upgrade did not have the Wi-Fi problems experienced by some. YMMV, of course.

AP: Ronaldo Breaks Up With Girlfriend

This is what constitutes news today, even from said old Associated Press.

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed Tuesday he has broken up with his longtime girlfriend, Russian model Irina Shayk… The couple, both 29, has had huge international success, and their relationship has featured in newspapers and magazines worldwide.

I guess I’m not reading the right magazines and newspapers.

Miss A Birthday Party, Get Billed

I found this on my most recent trip to the UK. I’m not sure if this was a joke, but the humor escapes me. John Boone has details on what could happen if your child misses a friend’s birthday party.

After Alex Nash missed a classmate’s birthday at the Plymouth Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre for a last minute outing with his grandparents, his parents — Derek Nash and Tanya Walsh — found an envelope with an invoice for £15.95 (about $25) in Alex’s backpack.

The mother of the birthday boy and party host, Julie Lawrence, had one of Alex’s teachers put it in there — the school has since apologized for getting involved — and, when Alex’s parents thought it was a joke, Julie clarified that she planned to take them to small claims court if they didn’t pay their bill in full.

Alex’s father went to birthday boy’s mother.

Derek went to the address listed on the invoice and, “When [Julie] answered the door I told her I had found the invoice in my son’s school bag and that I wasn’t happy about it,” Derek told The Plymouth Herald. “I told her I would not be paying her…I would have sympathized with her about the cost of Alex not showing up, but I just can’t believe the way she has gone around it.”

Birthday boy’s mother, Julie Lawrence.

I didn’t mention the money when we spoke because it was a child’s party, it doesn’t matter if you have to pay per person or for a group if people agree to going…This is not the first time Alex has not turned up to a party that he has been invited to, either. The amicable way round this I believe would be to pay me the money and let a lesson be learnt, I hope this is agreeable?

Good grief, people.

Microsoft And Samsung Go Where Apple Cannot

Two news items about Samsung and Microsoft caught my eye and both are more telling than the actual news itself.

First of all, Samsung’s somewhat homegrown operating system derived from Linux, Tizen is alive, if not quite well, and destined to start life as the Samsung Z1 in… insert drum roll here… India.

What does that say about Samsung and Tizen?

Well, it should be obvious that Samsung is heading downstream to the lower ends of the smartphone market spectrum by selling another plastic device in India, where the population is booming and so are smartphones. Cheap smartphones. And, Samsung doesn’t want the media lights to shine too brightly upon a Tizen-powered smartphone until all the kinks are ironed out.

Tizen running on a plastic phone sans the Google Play app infrastructure destines the Samsung Z1 to 21st century feature phone status. Hardware specifications are decent considering the nominal price tag, but with Tizen it’s not really all that smart of a device, however it’s smart enough to view Bollywood and Hollywood movies (for a fee).

Second, Microsoft has a new found love affair with the low end of the smartphone product spectrum, too, with a couple of new Lumia models– running Windows Phone– to compete against Android in the burgeoning sub-$100 smartphone arena. Other than screen size, hardware specifications are anemic at best, but might be just the ticket for smartphone starved people in Africa, India, and the Middle East– until those markets mature toward the middle tier and premium end of the spectrum.

One thing is absolutely clear with Samsung’s Z1 and Microsoft’s new cheap Lumia models. Both companies are surrendering the premium space to Apple by moving rapidly to a section of the market where Apple cannot and will not go. Cheap.

Why not?

Because Apple is a premium brand largely distinct in hardware, software, and operating system from the plastic-coated riffraff pushed by Xiaomi, Lenovo, and now Samsung and Microsoft. Cheap is associated with, well, cheap, and plastic. Android and Windows are associated with such devices, good for the masses, but not those who are upwardly mobile, or those who will migrate from lesser brands to name brand goods.

As smartphone markets in India, Africa, and the Middle East mature, a segment of the customer base will become upwardly mobile and that benefits the only remaining premium product maker, Apple.

Best iMac Concept Ever

Other than limited screen real estate for an iMac, there is little to not like about this homage to the original Mac from Curved Labs.

Curved Labs iMac

Sweet.

Daily Showering: ‘Such A White People Thing’

Naya Rivera:

I have to say I have a theory about showering, [which] is that I think that white people shower a lot more than ethnics. I feel like showering more than once a day or every day is such a white people thing.

Rivera’s mother is half-black, half-Puerto Rican.

She showers every day, so I can say this. But I can say that I am now married to a white man, and he showers a lot. Like, a lot — two, three times a day. I’m like, ‘What are you doing?’

My father is from Scotland and my mother is from Puerto Rico, and we all shower at least once a day, but not together.

All 46 Rides At Disney World In One Day

This is one of those things I’d love to try and it’s already on my bucket list for the not too distant future (and way above ‘children’) John Boone:

Ted and Shane of theme park blog Parkeology believed one thing: They could tackle all 46 rides at Disney World’s four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom) in a single, 17-hour day.

They did it.

Apple v. Google: How Fragmentation Can Abandon A Billion Smartphone Customers

Here’s an interesting turn of events which highlights the differences and similarities Apple and Google take regarding operating system updates. It should be obvious that Apple wants most iPhone and iPad customers to move up to the latest iOS version. Nearly 70-percent of all iPhones and iPads in use are on the latest, iOS 8.x. Nearly 90-percent of the remaining iOS devices use iOS 7.x.

Meanwhile, Google’s latest Android version, Lollipop, released just weeks after iOS 8, has yet to hit the 1-percent mark. 46-percent of Android devices run Jelly Bean, then KitKat at 39-percent. All the others– Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Froyo; almost 1-billion devices– won’t receive security updates from Google. To be fair, earlier iOS versions also don’t receive many updates from Apple, either, but the vast majority of customers use the latest two versions.

Here’s the difference and how that fragmentation favors Google and Android device makers, vs. how Apple’s upgrade process favors customers and app developers.

Most Android devices are sold with a version of the OS which isn’t easily updated by customers or vendors. The incentive to update the customer’s device to the latest Android version just isn’t there for Google or the device vendor. With so many different hardware varieties and cell phone providers, the whole upgrade process would be enormously complex and fraught with massive customer service issues. Both Google and Android device vendor want the user to buy a new product to upgrade to the latest operating system because it benefits Google and the vendor.

Meanwhile, most Apple iPhones and iPads are running one of the last two major upgrades; iOS 8.x or iOS 7.x, with the vast majority of customers using the latest version. That’s how Apple wants it because it benefits customers and app developers. That’s one good reason why Apple’s iOS devices remain in use for many years. They keep working even as older products become hand-me-downs, and customers buy newer models.

Those differences highlight what has become the implied norm– fragmentation. Android, like Windows, has become synonymous with cheap and plastic. Meanwhile, iOS, like OS X and the Mac, has become synonymous with premium quality which lasts longer and is worth the extra money. That also explains why Apple’s products command 50-percent to 80-percent of the PC and smartphone industry’s profits.

The Latest iPhone 7 Rumors

It was just a matter of time, but this list seems to be a year or so earlier than it needs to be. Christopher Morris compiled the latest on Apple’s future iPhone models.

The iPhone 7 will have a larger display than the 4.7-inch screen included in the iPhone 6. Sources suggest that this could mean the iPhone 7 smartphone version is based around a 5-inch screen with 400ppi resolution, which will be a significant step forward for Apple, offering increased sharpness and clarity of image.

Except the iPhone 6 Plus already has 400 ppi resolution and Apple usually launches an ‘s’ model before a full number increase, and going from a 4.7-inch screen to a 5-inch screen provides little incentive to upgrade, but, hey. Why not?

Spoiler Alert!

  • 5-inch, 400 pip display
  • OLED display
  • Curved display
  • Flexible display
  • Sapphire display (I wonder how that’ll flex)
  • Dual lens camera system

Sigh.

‘Give Me Your Camera Or Get Arrested’

That’s the essence of what happened to Andrew Flinchbaugh who took a video of a single-vehicle accident in New Jersey. Chris Matyszczyk with the details.

He believed it was his legal right to take the camera. When Flinchbaugh refused to give hand it over, the detective arrested him for allegedly obstructing administration of law.

Ouch.

Flinchbaugh and his camera were released. Moreover, Ocean County prosecutor Joseph Coronato told NBC 10: “It would be my opinion that we’ll probably be dismissing the charge.”

Why?

We never would have looked at the video without getting a search warrant and, based on our information, we didn’t have the legal right to get the search warrant at that point.

They need a search warrant.

Xiaomi Doesn’t Understand The Irony Of This

Who copies Apple designs more than Samsung? Chinese knockoff maker Xiaomi. Brad Reed with a little technological irony.

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has been on a tear lately, although when you look at some of its devices, you quickly notice that they bear a striking resemblance to devices released by Apple. This is why we find it amusing that Xiaomi’s CEO is now warning its fans to watch out for knockoff Xiaomi products being sold at phone retail outlets in Chinese cities.

What goes around, comes around.

A Few More Market Disruptions, Courtesy Of Apple Inc.

That Apple has disrupted the market of industry after industry is well known. Personal computers. Media players. Music sales. Retail stores. Smartphones. Application sales. Tablets. Both the number and scope of Apple’s disruptions are not easily matched by other technology companies.

Here are a few more disruptions, courtesy of Apple Inc which don’t get much digital ink, but are nonetheless disruptive.

Remember the power the corporate IT department once enjoyed? IT decided which products would be used by which employees. Apple’s iPhone, Mac, and iPad have changed the landscape of IT departments worldwide. When the CEO of a company wants to use an iPhone instead of the BlackBerry or Windows Phone pushed by IT, it’s the IT department that changes.

Today, not even eight years after the iPhone launched, the de facto standard smartphone in the corporate world is the iPhone. Not BlackBerry, not Android, not Nokia, Motorola, or Windows Phone. Why? Apple’s products, from Mac to iPhone to iPad, are more desirable to use.

Looking back we see that Apple was the first PC company to fully embrace the new USB standard, late in the last century. Along the way Apple has used FireWire and Thunderbolt both to differentiate the Mac, and to provide incremental performance improvements beyond the average Windows PC.

During that same time period Apple became the world’s largest buyer of NAND flash memory for iPods, MacBooks, iPhone and iPad, and now in iMacs and Mac Pro models. To bridge the gap from flash storage which is roughly 10 times faster than standard hard disk drives, and about 10 times more expensive, Apple created Fusion Drive which married both for greater capacity, lower cost per gigabyte than flash, but with near flash-like performance. Such hybrids have been around for a few years in the PC world, but certainly not mainstream. Apple made it common on iMac models.

Every few years Apple makes a jump from one technology to another and 2015 might be the year we see the thinnest, lightest, longest lasting battery ever in a Mac. Imagine a MacBook Air so thin it has but one type of connector– the new USB Type-C. MagSafe? Gone. Thunderbolt miniDisplay Port? Gone. USB ports. Gone.

The new USB Type-C connector works much like a mashup of MagSafe power connector (cable for recharging), Thunderbolt (for display and devices), regular USB (mostly backwards compatible) and Apple’s own proprietary Lightning cable (reversible)– all rolled up into a single, very thin, Lightning-like cable.

Just as the rest of the PC industry– both Windows notebooks and Chromebooks– begin to look like the MacBook Air, Apple is about to change the notebook industry again– thinner, lighter, faster, better battery life, more power, and higher screen resolution in a new line of MacBook Air models.

Adding the USB Type-C connector would be a daring move but typical for Apple. Out with the old, in with the new. The USB Type-C connector might also explain why Apple hasn’t upgraded the Thunderbolt display in years. Isn’t it about time for a new 5k Retina display, but with a USB Type-C connector and Thunderbolt?

MacBook Air And The Next Version Of USB

Apple’s ability and history of success when ushering in new technology is well known. This one scares me. Mark Gurman on the new USB standard that Apple might adopt in a new model of the diminutive MacBook Air.

Apple is preparing an all-new MacBook Air for 2015 with a radically new design that jettisons standards such as full-sized USB ports, MagSafe connectors, and SD card slots in favor of a markedly thinner and lighter body with a higher-resolution display.

What? No USB? No Thunderbolt? No MagSafe connector? Nope. Gurman speaks of the changes as if fact. There’s a headphone connector and a new USB Type-C port.

USB Type-C connector is smaller, faster, and more capable than the standard USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports on existing computers. The connector is able to replace the Thunderbolt Display port on the current Apple laptops as USB Type-C actually has the technology to drive displays. Additionally, the latest specifications from the USB foundation indicate that USB Type-C can actually be used to power computers, which makes the standard MagSafe plugs unnecessary on this new device. The connector is also reversible like Lightning on iPads and iPhones, which should make the overall experience a bit more intuitive.

Apple, always moving forward; sometimes incrementally, sometimes with leaps and bounds.

Hindu Women Should Have 4 Children

In China, the world’s most populous country, the government openly promotes one child per couple. In India, the world’s second most populous country, one lawmaker wants a minimum of four children per couple. Why? From AFP:

Sakshi Maharaj, who represents a seat in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh for Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, said in a speech Tuesday that Hindus should see it as their duty to have large families.

The time has come when a Hindu woman must produce at least four children in order to protect the Hindu religion,” Maharaj said at a religious congregation in the city of Meerut.

Different strokes for different folks, or just plain insane. You decide (non-scientific, no advanced degree in psychology required).

Maharaj’s latest comments came barely a month after he stirred controversy by calling independence hero Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin a ‘patriot’.

Sun May Determine Lifespan At Birth

The astrology folks will love this. Marietta Le Roux on the science behind an usual astrology.

In an unusual study published Wednesday, Norwegian scientists said people born during periods of solar calm may live longer, as much as five years on average, than those who enter the world when the Sun is feisty.

The team overlaid demographic data of Norwegians born between 1676 and 1878 with observations of the Sun.

The lifespan of those born in periods of solar maximum — interludes marked by powerful flares and geomagnetic storms — was “5.2 years shorter” on average than those born during a solar minimum, they found.

I wonder why they did not us demographic data from the past one hundred years.

About Microsoft’s $29 ‘Internet Phone’

Stop the presses. Nokia isn’t quite dead. At least, the $29 Nokia brand feature phone from Microsoft. Something strange is going on in Redmond these days. Windows and Office remain the cash cows, but Microsoft has decided to go whole hog into uncharted, and so far, unprofitable gadget territory.

There’s the famous billion-dollar write down of the early Microsoft Surface tablet notebook hybrids. Then there’s all the Windows Phone models which are not selling to anyone, regardless of price. Now Microsoft is pushing the Nokia 215 ‘internet phone‘ for $29.

What’s going on?

Either Microsoft is trying to lose even more money competing against Android smartphones (where the Windows maker supposedly makes a few billion a year on patent licensing royalties; far more than it makes selling anything), or by losing a few dollars on every device, the company hopes to make up the losses by selling low priced devices in large volume.

The math coming out of Microsoft’s executives suites these days would indicate there’s a massive calculating bug somewhere in Excel.

The Nokia 215 is cheap at $29 and cheaper with limited everything else. It has Facebook, Bing, Twitter, Messenger, and Opera installed. And not much else other than a microSD slot for an additional 32GB of storage. To store what, though?

There’s no support for Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage or the trio of Office apps. The display is a tiny 2.4-inch LCD with a mere 320×240 resolution, a minuscule amount of RAM, an FM radio, and creaky old Bluetooth 3.0. Yes, Facebook folks, there’s a front-facing camera with a whopping 0.3 megapixel sensor. Think pix with pixels you can see.

Battery life seems good at up to 29-days on standby and support for 2G networks. 2G? Not 3G? I’m not sure how much internet you can get to on a 2G network, but what do I know? Microsoft is the genius company that is remaking itself. No. Wait. What? That price tag will make the Nokia 215 popular in the Middle East, Africa, and parts of Asia, perhaps as a burner phone for terrorists and local spies.

More than likely what is happening here is this– Microsoft is using Nokia as the entry-level device brand to migrate satisfied customers to the more expensive and capable Lumia line in a year or two. That means you won’t see the Nokia 215 anywhere in the U.S. Microsoft is using a cheap entry-level device to gain a toehold in emerging markets.

The problem I see with that strategy is simple. There’s no money in a $29 phone, and product migration upward seems to be taking two directions– one toward Android devices which have more capability than Windows Phones, even with the Lumia brand, and, two, toward the iPhone which is a symbol of upward mobility. For those in developing nations, you’re on your way up with an Android smartphone, but you’ve arrived when you own an iPhone.

CES Products That Apple’s Customers May Love

You won’t see Apple at CES but gadget makers love Apple’s customers. Johnny Evans has a list of CES products that Apple’s customers may love.

Apple never attends CES, but Apple compatible products are easy to find at the event, so here’s eight interesting solutions to think about when you’re not scoffing at 2015’s new wave of Apple Watch imitators.

Official Spoiler Alert:

  • Smart home security (Home is the next big thing, you know)
  • Smart coffee (an iOS-happy Wi-Fi coffee machine)
  • Smart Cars (think iPad in the dashboard)
  • Smart Cycles (think smart pedal, iOS compatible, of course)
  • Smart Health (think thermometer connected to iPhone)
  • Fast Data (think cable for iPhone to iPhone transfers)
  • Smart Hearing (think hearing aids for iPhone)
  • Clever Mobile (I like this; plugs into landline, routes calls to iPhone)

Why Poor States Are Red And Rich States Are Blue

Take it with a grain of salt because it’s from a Forbes contributor. Tim Worstall:

One of the great conundrums of the American political scene is why the poorer states, colloquially known as “red” states, tend to vote Republican or conservative, while the richer states, the “blue” ones (and let it be said that this is very confusing for this European, for over here the colours tend to work the other way around, red is Labour, or left wing) tend to vote Democrat.

In Europe, where Worstall is from, such voting tends to be the opposite. But why?

The red states aren’t actually poorer in terms of the way people live.

There’s more money in blue states, but a lower cost of living in red states.

The Most Dangerous States

FBI Numbers don’t lie. Maybe. 24/7 Wall Street on The Most Dangerous States in America:

To identify the most dangerous states in America, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed violent crime rates from the FBI’s 2013 Uniform Crime Report. Property crime rates also came from the FBI’s report. The data were broken into eight types of crime. Violent crime was comprised of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault; and, property crime was comprised of burglary, arson, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. In addition to crime data, we also reviewed median household income, poverty rates, and educational attainment rates from the 2013 Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

The results.

  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Maryland
  • Delaware
  • South Carolina
  • Louisiana
  • Tennessee
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Alaska

Where’s New York?

2015: Let The Crazy Analyst Games Begin (or, why the iPhone is a liability for Apple)

Well, that didn’t take long. Here we are, just a few hours into 2015 and I’ve already uncovered leftover craziness from 2014. Yet another analyst finds a dark cloud in Apple’s annual silver lining. In this case Apple’s latest problem is the iPhone. Yes, boys and girls, guys and gals, the iPhone will be Apple’s doom. Or, at least, doom the stock to smithereens.

BGC analyst Colin Gillis warns that smartphone growth is slowing, and Apple depends too much on the iPhone for revenue and profits. Therefore, gloom, despair, and agony on me. Or, anyone who owns Apple stock. All of Apple’s success can only mean one thing. A problem. Somewhere. It’s in there. Just look closer if you don’t see it right away.

Here’s the real problem. Unlike a large search engine advertising company posing as a competitor, Apple is successful on many fronts. Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, app stores, retail stores, online stores, and more. Even the diminishing iPod business made almost $3-billion in revenue last year, much of that profit. Other than Samsung, can you name another smartphone or tablet maker which made that much money in 2014?

Every successful company runs into a similar wall experienced by every other successful company. The problem is growth. Rather, sustained growth. Markets become saturated and growth stalls or slows dramatically, profits not withstanding. Wall Street nom noms seem to prefer the former to the latter. Product line diversity would seem to have too many syllables for them to worry about.

Just over half of Apple’s revenue and profits come from the iPhone, a product which did not exist until 2007. Even the iPad makes more revenue and profits than the highly profitable Mac line, which, in turn is more profitable than, well, you get the idea. Apple makes money everywhere, so that makes Apple a highly diversified company.

Let’s compare Apple’s iPhone problem to Google. Where does nearly 90-percent of Google’s revenue and profits come from? Android? Nope. Nest? Nope? Mobile device advertising? Nope. Google’s riches come from good old fashioned search engine advertising. Google, despite spending tens of billions to diversify the product line still has only a single product that makes real money, Apple style.

Advertising.

So, tell me, why do Wall Street’s nom nom analysts seem more concerned with Apple’s highly diversified and multi-profitable product line than it does with these facts; Google’s revenue and profits come mostly from a single source, Microsoft’s revenue and profits come mostly from a single source (Windows and Office), Amazon’s profits come not at all.

Yet, which tech company gets ragged on and criticized the most?

How To Improve Touch ID

Nice tips from Josh Betz on how to make Touch ID more accurate and responsive.

Go to Touch ID & Passcode in the Settings app. It will ask you for your passcode to change Touch ID settings. From here, touch one of your added fingerprints to the Touch ID sensor. You’ll see the entry for that fingerprint is highlighted temporarily, which means it just recorded more data. Do this for a while, walking it to different parts of your fingerprint, and you should notice Touch ID start unlocking your phone faster than before.

I do that for the same finger, but with multiple entries to Touch ID settings (you can have up to five), and the only time it fails to unlock my iPhone is when I’ve been eating something and my fingers are sticky.

Nikita Sinks

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s Nikita Malibu has closed. Matt Kang:

Does this mean that the concept is changing in the new year? Certainly Ellison, who’s been on a real estate binge in Malibu over the past few years, can afford to keep even an albatross such as Nikita afloat. Open for just a year and a half, Nikita is one of many premiere dining destinations in Malibu that offer near perfect ocean views, but it just couldn’t keep up with the competition.

Oracle stock is doing well but what’s happening to Ellison’s empire? Most of the island of Lanai is closing for renovation. And now, no more Nikita Malibu. And what competition? Is Malibu known for fine dining?

Best Dumb Videos Of 2014

Great list from Andres Jauregui:

Here are some massively viral videos and Vines from 2014 that also happen to satisfy some of our basest needs. Frolic with a stampede of bunnies. Marvel at a model with a unique appreciation for the classics. But watch out for that exploding glow stick!

My favorite.

I don’t have the tats or the volume, but I’d love to be able to do that.