Today Apple introduced something expected (and unexpected) at the worldwide developers conference a.k.a dub dub. A speaker. That would be, a speaker that you can talk to. A speaker that when it starts up, analyses the room it is in so that when it starts to play, it sounds amazing. HomePod as Apple calls it, is a wireless speaker that has built in Siri (Apple’s smart assistant) to allow users to control their media playback. The biggest push that Apple feels separates their speaker from the competition, is the quality of the audio. From their press release they state that it has;
Spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio.
It’s 18 centimetres tall. Comes in black and white. It has a built in “A8” chip that powers the way it thinks and works. You can even use an iPhone to get it setup, similar to the way you can quick setup with the new iOS 11 or currently on an Apple Watch.
HomePod will be available starting in December, initially in Australia, the UK and the US.
– Michael. Topschij.
I think it’s fair for me to say that I am more than ready for bed. It’s been a long day. Waking up at 5 in the morning to then stand in line for hours for a very fully packed morning at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2017. This is the second year in a row for me to be attending and as always the lining up was a little brutal.
The keynote address was full of wonderful nerdy goodness. I work as a developer making apps/games for iPhone. We got to see some awesome changes and also some awesome (again) new stuff. A new iPad, a freaking wow space grey iMac that is one heck of a machine. Then finally a speaker that has Siri built in. Something heavily rumoured, but released to much excitement for all us fanboys sitting in the audience.
Coming up in the week there’s some more interesting and exciting events including a special talk with Michelle Obama. I’ll be attending that one, for sure.
– Michael Topschij.
13 Reasons Why remains to be my favourite novel. It was a book that I connected with on so many levels. And if I hadn’t of been so busy this year, I would have been traveling to meet Jay Asher himself. Unfortunately, my excitement for 13 Reasons Why being released on Netflix, was rather quickly destroyed when I started to view it. It’s an age old saying, the book was better than the movie. I was prepared for that. But that’s almost an understatement in this situation. Netflix has caused an outrage amongst many. News outlets have been posting about how many people are being affected by this on various levels. And this is not referring to a positive impact. But rather, in ways that are causing ones to become very distraught, anxious and low and behold… Depressed.
Quite frankly, the Netflix series is delivering this story in the wrong way. They are presenting the show in an unhealthy manner. It pushes a stereo type of this severe problem that is impacting millions of young adults around the world. They graphically show Hannah Baker’s suicide on screen. The book, does not do this. The Washington Post stated that “the show deviates from the book”, and that is most definitely true. An actor in the show stated that making audiences “past uncomfortable was a very deliberate decision.” They thought this would “show the ugliness and not use these events and issues as plot devices or romanticize them.” But instead they are causing the world to mock mental health and make people view suicide attempts and depression as ways to seek attention.
In my opinion. You don’t need to show a suicide attempt on screen. It’s freaking obvious what’s going to happen. And can have even more of an impact by getting people to think about it, rather than see it. Instead, this only causes problems and distress. And it does NOT help the cause of raising awareness for this issue.
– Michael Topschij.
For the second year in a row, I’ve quietly been building my excitement for getting selected to attend the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose this year. Apart from my passion for writing, a lot of my time is also spent developing apps. I’m a nerd, by all counts. You could definitely nickname this event; nerd-fest for Apple fans.
California is also a proud second home to me. I have family in California whom I’ve spent many months when I was a lot younger. I also spent a few months relatively recently living there. I’m looking forward to going back, and enjoying all that my favourite fruit company has to offer.
– Michael Topschij.
This morning I received an email from something I had not heard from in such a long time. It was unexpected but also understandable. Dear Ninja O Dark, it began. The gamer name that I used and became well known by for the longest time. Disney’s Club Penguin is closing down, in preparation for a new version of the once well loved game. To me, Club Penguin had a massive impact on my life. It in itself is almost key to a lot of the corporate work that I do today. I started blogging about the game before I started high school, and then quickly went from doing stuff for fun, to doing it for a career.
I made friends in some amazing and crazy ways. I learnt and did amazing and crazy things.
I know a lot of people that had this game as a part of their childhood. It was almost our introduction to worlds like Facebook, a more simple and youthful way for us younger ones to make friends and play around. Yet at the same time, it got some of us creative ones to step out and shine. I know several friends who started blogging and using Club Penguin as a way to explore their talents who are now working for large companies, doing huge things and conquering the world. It’s certainly the case for me, I mean heck, I met Apple’s CEO Tim Cook thanks to where I started with this game.
– Michael Topschij.