Social media leaders and tech giant CEOs are facing congressional testimony this week over talk of anti-trust accusations. And Leo says that while some accusations may be politically motivated, there may be a legitimate point to all the hullabaloo. Google has a controlling interest in search, and both Facebook and Twitter wield tremendous power as well. But what could the remedy be? Can Google be broken up? You have to be careful now that the economy relies more on activity online.
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If users go to Microsoft's Windows Update Page, they will be rewarded with the latest updates, rather than having to wait. That's because Microsoft now considers you a "seeker." The most recent update is 20H2. But you'll have to update to the 2004 update before you can do it, otherwise the update could be corrupted and your system damaged. Which Leo says is annoying because 2004 is a minor "feature" update.
Apple's 5G capable iPhone 12 has shipped and people are already complaining about bad battery life. Leo says that's because 5G Millimeter Wave isn't widespread and your phone is spending all its time searching for a 5G tower that isn't near you.
Leo's waiting for the iPhone 12 Pro Max because of its third camera. That will be available on November 6.
In spite of a bunch of big-name Hollywood content creators who signed on, the much-hyped pay Youtube killer Quibi will close its doors on December 1st.
This week, Apple announced four new iPhones around the iPhone 12 moniker. Starting at 128GB. The big thing is that the phones will support 5G access, which Leo says is limited in range and available only in select cities. It's going to be at least a year before 5G is nationwide. So while you're paying for 5G, you're not getting 5G and won't for a while.
But what Leo is really excited about is the iPhone 12 Pro Max camera, which can shoot 4K60 HDR video in DOLBY VISION. And it will really show how Apple Silicon is going to be a game-changer.
Apple had their "Hi Speed" iPhone event Tuesday, confirming four new iPhones including the new iPhone Mini. But Leo says that they left a few things hanging including when the new Apple Silicon Macs will be announced. Leo says it's likely going to be a seperate event around the middle of November. Tuesday, all Apple talked about is the new Homepod Mini, an intelligent voice assistant/speaker running Siri. The important thing about the HPMini is the price. $99 putting it closer in line with Amazon's Alexa and the Google Home Assistant.
Leo says that this coming Tuesday, Apple will announce four new iPhones, including the smaller 5.4" iPhone Mini. There will also be a 6.1" iPhone 12, and iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7" iPhone 12 Pro Max. Prices will start at $799. That's the rumor, anyway. There will be six different colors and Dual cameras for the smaller iPhones and three cameras for the pro versions. The pro versions will also have Gold, Silver and Graphite blue colors. Lidar will also be added for augmented reality, which Leo says nobody needs or wants.
Coming Tuesday, Apple is having another event, hinted by the title "Hi, Speed." Leo says the event is believed the launch of Apple's new 5G capable iPhone 12. There will be four new models, including a new "iPhone Mini," all supported with 5G, even though Leo says that 5G doesn't matter. This is because there's low band 5G, which isn't any faster than LTE, and then mid-high range 5G. Leo says that it will be at least a year or two before 5G will be widespread in this country. Until then, 5G is just marketing.
This week, Microsoft announced that employees can opt to work at home permanently now. They will give up their office space, but Leo says who needs it? Leo also believes the Covid19 outbreak will be a seed change, prompting more work from home options, keeping cars off the road. And that's a good thing.
Public Libraries are seeing a dramatic rise in the use eBook checkouts, as more readers discover virtual libraries online. Check out of eBooks is up 52% over 2019.