Jon Westfall and I are back from our brief hiatus to start podcasting anew in 2017.
- My 2009 Macbook Pro WiFi hardware died last week. So, I bought a $12 Aukey WF-R3 USB WiFi dongle. It works but is very slow: Maxes out around 6 Mbps down and about 0.7 Mbps up. Other devices are 50 Mbps down and 10 Mbps up on the same AP.
- First YoY sales decline for Apple since 2001. Ref: arstechnica.
- Meanwhile, despite the Note 7 fiasco, Samsung Electronics fourth-quarter profits is up 50% YoY and is projected to be a 3-year high. Ref: Reuters
- Amazon Echo as an IoT platform? Ref: Stratechery
- New Samsung Chromebooks with touchscreens, stylus, and Android app ready. Ref: Engadget
- ConspiracyViews: Japanese insurance company replacing 34 claim analysts with IBM’s Watson. Ref: Quartz
- Jon’s thoughts on AirPods, and his “All Microsoft” semester.