APPLE SERIES | iPad & MACBOOK

Awards based on Premium, Unlocking, Design, and Display

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Google Images (Edited by Robert Lee)

Here’s the answer to the question that a lot of people have been asking. Should I buy an iPad Pro 13 with the new Magic keyboard or should I get the MacBook Pro 13?

The Premium Award goes to…

Starting with the design these two devices couldn’t be any different. The MacBook Pro 13 was born to be a laptop and the iPad Pro 13 was born to be a tablet that then matured into a laptop. In terms of which one looks better this is very subjective because when looking for a more traditional laptop then the MacBook Pro 13 is the winner. It has a casing that is extremely sturdy and of premium quality. …


ALL THINGS TECH | THE 1 MINUTE GRIPE SERIES

But no-one is on-the-go | Will Quibi take-off?

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Quibi

Quibi has just released its mega mobile streaming service. Now to be fair, they’ve had this date set for months and they couldn’t have seen all this coming any more than the rest of us. But while everyone else in the world seems to be holding still. Quibi is moving full steam ahead with its release. Now, that might seem to make sense since this is a streaming service after all.

Quibi streaming service was released on April 6 joining the 4,000 plus streaming services vying for your increasingly sparse dollars while you’re glued to your couch. …


ALL THINGS TECH | THE 1 MINUTE GRIPE SERIES

Somebody should have said something from the beginning

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Zume Pizza, YouTube

Pizza is everyone’s favorite food, right? Maybe.

Zume Pizza managed to convince Soft Bank that robot making pizzas baked out of the back of a truck was the future. Sadly, this startup was to discover that this novel idea didn’t have a future.

Zume Pizza was a robotic pizza delivery company funded by SoftBank through its “Vision Fund”, estimated to be $375 million. In some ways, it was a smart play as pizza is by far the largest delivery market in the United States. There’s almost nothing else that comes close to it.

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Zume Pizza, YouTube

Zume Pizza’s business model was to oven bake the pizza on route to people’s homes. Arriving piping hot with no need to use preservatives or dusting to lower the moisturizing. …


APPLE SERIES | APPLE TV 4K

Apple TV 4K has either a 32GB ($179) or 64GB ($199) version

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Apple (Edited by Robert Lee)

Here are some of the topics that will be covered in this review of the new Apple TV 4K: Unboxing; this will explain what Apple TV 4K comes with and the additional items needed to purchase. Setup; explains how to connect it up to a t.v. and the initial settings to complete to get Apple TV 4K up and running. Remote; how the Siri remote works and how Apple TV 4K is controlled with an iPhone or Apple Watch. Tour; the many things that Apple TV 4K can do including the ability to playback stunning 4k HDR movies.

Part One…


INSPIRATIONAL STORIES | ENTREPRENEURS

Humble beginnings; The beer was sold out of the back of a beaten-up old van at local markets

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Photo: Courtesy of BrewDog

What do you do when you’re tired of Stella Artois, Becks, and Fosters?

You move on to ales or start brewing your own. In James Watt and Martin Dickie’s case, the latter was preferred and now they’ve changed the game. James Watt and Martin Dickie started BrewDog in April 2007 in Fraserbugh, Scotland. They were tired of the industrially brewed lager and stuffy ales they found in the local pub.

Once they had set up an independent brewery (with the help of a bank loan) they began producing tiny batches that were made and bottled by hand. The beer was sold out of the back of a beaten-up old van at local markets. You can feel their passion when BrewDog started. They wanted people to have the same passion for craft beer as they do. …


APPLE WATCH | LEAKS

An overview of the leaks regarding the Apple Watch Launch this year

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Original Foto from Apple (Pic edited by Robert Lee)

The Apple Watch has been one of my favorite pieces of tech ever. There is not really an overall better alternative to a smartwatch as the Apple Watch and I have to admit that I’ve always been a massive fan of the Apple Watch.

The original Apple Watch which came out in 2015 wasn’t great at all

It was pretty slow, pretty laggy, the battery life wasn’t anything amazing, and it was extremely expensive with Apple even selling that $17,000 18 karat gold model. Then with the Series 2 in 2016 Apple dropped the gold model and added 50m water resistance. It also increased the screen brightness to 1,000 nits up from 500 previously. Apple significantly improved the processor and the battery life lasted for two days. …


PM BORIS JOHNSON ZOOMS

3-in-1 Package better than Microsoft, Skype, Teams and Google Hangouts

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Source: Zoom

At present there is the chance that you have made some sort of video call with family, friends or even to a school and most likely it’s been Zoom. The video conference software has taken the world by storm. But in the presence of giants like Microsoft, Skype, Teams and Google Hangouts. Why is everybody using Zoom and how did it become successful?

To find the answer we must go back a few years.

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One of the most popular apps right now is Zoom. The origins of the app if you search Google using the keywords ‘Zoom and successful’. You might be surprised to see are articles praising the software that date back to when it was launched back in 2013. The reason for this praise is mostly due to Zoom’s CEO Eric Yuan. In the late 80’s Yuan migrated from China to the U.S. to work in tech. He had the vision that one day technology would allow the existence of portable easy to use video calls. As an engineer Yuan worked for ‘WebEx Communications’ and was a key player from the start in developing their video conference software. …


INSPIRATIONAL STORIES | ENTREPRENEURS

Ben Francis Gymshark’s turnover exceeds £100 million

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Ben Francis co-founder of Gymshark (Source: www.uk.gymshark.com)

Ben Francis loves to make things and one of those things is Gymshark which he created when he was 19 years old. Now, 28 he’s never had so much going on in his life, because Gymshark is now officially the UK’s fastest growing gym company. In addition, Gymshark is about to take a huge leap across the pond.

Ben aims to compete with some of the biggest companies in the U.S. gym space

Source: Gymshark official trailer on YouTube

From an early age, all Ben Francis did was make websites. His first fully functioning website sold car license plates, and this was the first bit of money he earned. He bought plates and sold them online to his friends. When he got his first iPhone, he commented that, “I was absolutely fascinated by it. I instantly downloaded the iPhone SDK and started to learn to develop. I made four iPhone apps. Two of which were fitness apps and both of them made it into the top chart in the UK and several other countries”. The apps were about teaching people how to work out. …


INSPIRATIONAL STORIES | ENTREPRENEURS

Essential, the company founded by Andy Rubin is dead and gone

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Source: The Information

Essential tried to hide the news by releasing it on the same day that the Galaxy S20 was announced and by making the announcement posts look like just yet another random blog post about very regular things.

The company is well and truly in debt. The weird candy bar phone ‘PH-1’ won’t make it to market. The ‘PH-1’ will no longer receive updates and their email service Newton Mail will stop operating in April as well.

There are many reasons why Essential failed. Let’s dive into these.

Firstly, by all accounts Essential bought a failed email app and tried to resurrect it while it was also trying to resurrect its own failing smartphone business. Essential was founded in 2015 by Andy Rubin and Brian Wallace (the former CMO of Magic Leap). After a year and a half of tinkering they announced their first product the ‘PH-1’. The ‘PH-1’ is a decent looking Android phone that had plenty of hardware. It was assumed there would be software to follow. The ‘PH-1’ was marketed as modular with accessories including a 360° camera which simply attached magnetically through a custom port. …

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