Scott joins us with the news that Sharp is selling their TV arm to HiSense, and is getting out of the TV business for good. Scott hasn't been much of a fan of Sharp TVs, and they only enjoyed about 3% of the market share. So it's not surprising that they're getting out. It's ironic, because Sharp invented LCD technology and will likely keep making the LCD screens for others.
On July 29th, Microsoft launched Windows 10 (Threshold) and so far, Leo likes it, a lot. However, Leo says users shouldn't be in a rush to upgrade because it was launched early, and there will be another more polished version coming out in the Fall. So if you're not in a rush to upgrade, don't. Added features include a replacement for Internet Explorer called "Edge," and it's not really ready for prime time just yet, as some plugins like Last Pass don't work. So Microsoft also added Internet Explorer to continue to use. Ugh. Edge though, will be more done in the fall.
The reason why Apple is going to a subscription model as opposed to the iTunes music purchase model turns out to be due to waning sales. More people are listening to streaming music than are buying music and downloading it. So it makes sense that Apple would want to get into that business with a subscription service. It's why they bought Beats. And their $10 a month service is competitive as well.
The computer network of the US Government Office of Personnel Management was hacked by what the FBI calls "Chinese hackers." OPM carries details on the records of every single government employee, including security levels and personal information. And there's millions at risk. Leo's not so sure that China is at fault here, although China does have a very active and robust cyber espionage group. What Leo sees here is blackmail material, based on the clearance database.
Rumors are flying that there will be no announcement of a revamped Apple TV tomorrow for Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference. Citing leaks from Apple executives, the New York Times reports that a completely redesigned Apple TV simply isn't ready for prime time.
After a month with the Apple Watch, Leo says that in many ways it is a step backwards in wearable computers and he's not very inspired by it. It's certainly expensive and not a must have gadget. Leo finds most smartwatches to be a disappointment.
The news that there would be a new AppleTV this week at the WorldWide Developer's Conference is bound to disappoint many, including Leo. Because there isn't going to be one. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple execs have said it's just not ready for prime time. And Leo says that's a pity because with Google's new AndroidTV, Roku's continuing development of the Stick and the Roku Box, Apple's Hobby project is falliing way behind.
This week at Google I/O, Google announced Google Photos, which allows for unlimited photo and video storage that Leo says is a very aggressive move. The move is aimed at Apple and even Flickr, both of which offer cloud backup for your photos.
Users are complaining that the new Apple MacBook is way too slow, way too thin, and that the one connector is just too limiting. The keys on the keyboard make it very difficult to type since they are so shallow, you don't get much of a tactic return. But Leo thinks it's pretty nice at first blush. The fact is, nobody is making you upgrade to a new Mac every time they put one out. It's your choice.