Apple announced a new iPad Pro and MacBook Air this week. And Leo says that the iPad Pro costs as much, or more, than a fully equipped MacBook Air. Also, there isn't much difference between the previous iPad Pro and the new model, so Leo isn't sure it's worth upgrading to, and if you're looking at it for a new purchase, the MacBook Air will have more workable apps, vs. the tablet based iOS apps.
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With the Coronavirus outbreak prompting the government to encourage people to practice "social distancing," many companies are letting their employees work from home. Leo says we finally have the bandwidth speeds available to be able to do video conferencing and team applications that can work via telecommuting. Church's are encouraging parishioners to watch services online, and thanks to Google Hangouts, Apple's Facetime and other video chat apps, we can keep in touch with friends and family. So it couldn't be a better time to be facing this.
Disney has announced that Frozen 2 will be available on Disney+ three months early so that fans who are "self-quarantining," can enjoy the film sooner. Leo says that's good, free publicity.
A new bipartisan bill will greatly expand the surveillance state by giving government the power to decrypt anything. Leo says that the Graham Blumenthal EARN IT Act will end any notion of privacy that we have. It's happened in Russia, Australia, Sweden, and now the US. It'll also be interesting how it will affect the new iPhone.
A new iPhone will be coming next month, and as of now, most retailers are experiencing a shortage of mobile phone handsets since FoxConn factories have been shut down and retooled to create masks to combat the Corona Virus.
Some news came out recently of computer security firms that there's an unfixable security flaw in Intel Processors.
Fresh off the heals of Google canceling Google I/O due to the Corona Virus outbreak, the movie, music, and technology festival known as South by Southwest in Austin has been canceled. It's making Leo wonder if NAB is next.
Intuit has bought credit reporting app Credit Karma for $7 Billion. Leo says that Intuit isn't really buying the app: they don't care. What they are buying is your personal credit data, which Intuit says is worth about $70 a head. Leo thinks that a person should be able to opt-out or at least get some value from their own personal data.
With the Corona outbreak causing factories in China to be shut down, there may be a shortage of new technology devices in the near future.
After ordering it and waiting 10 days with no sign of the Samsung Galaxy Flip Phone, Leo decided to cancel the order. By the time he would have gotten it, the world would have moved on as other reviews are now out. So he decided to save $1600. Leo also thinks that everyone is getting sick of the mobile phone merry go round, where a new mobile phone comes out every six months.