41- An Underwhelming WWDC 2019

I’m excited for the Stadia announcement on Thursday 9AM Pacific time

  • Took a Bird scooter yesterday.  Have $8.75.75 left on it. (saved me time)

Tesla Model 3 Test Drive

Apple’s WWDC19 Keynote

  • Mac Pro –
    • Max Specs = Intel Xeon Processor 28 Cores (300 watts),  1.5 terabytes of RAM, x2 Radeon Pro Vega II for 64 GB memory.
      • Full specs can play 3 streams of 8k video or 12 streams of 4k video.
    • Base Specs ($6k) = 8-core Xeon, 32gb RAM, Radeon Pro 580x (8gb), 256gb SSD
      • claim comparable specs $8k, I can build that for $1k.
    • People calling it the most expensive cheese grater.
  • Apple’s Top Spec Mac Pro and Pro Display Will Cost At Least $50,000
  • 6k Retina Display ($5k)
    • 32” LCD, 6016×3384, 20m pixelsx
    • Slide showing the stand = $999 (same as an iPhone XS?) does it make phone calls?
      • $12k all in – saw an article with 10 cars that cost less 🙂
  • iOS 13
    • Dark Mode – for Apple Apps (notes, maps, messages)
    • Swipe keyboard
    • Face ID 30% Faster, Downloads 50% smaller, 100% faster launch.
    • Sign in with apple – Authenticated without identification (new random email) that forwards to your real email.
    • Memojie Stickers – Based on your memojie – We Chat, messages, editor.
  • Apple Watch
    • More apps and no need to have a companion app on iphone, calculator, maps.
    • App store for apple watch.  Does this allow you to go iPhone free?
    • Women can have their cycles synced up.
  • iPad OS
    • Closer to OSX for functionality (pin widgets (like android has done for years), split screens, multi tasking).
    • Plug in a thumb drive to iPad Pro.  Can connect to Network Servers.
    • iPad can be a second screen to your MacBook (called sidecar).
  • MacOS Catalina
    • iOS integration – Apps in OSX, Blur the line between Mobile and Desktop/Laptop.
      • You actually have to recomplie iOS apps to OSX but easier.
    • iTunes is dead – Now Music, iPhone Integration & Podcast app.
  • Controllers (PS4, Xbox) now work on iOS, TVOS and MacOS.
    • Just in time for Arcade Gaming Subscription.

Watchdog Says FBI Has Access To About 640M Photographs

  • A government watchdog says the FBI has access to about 640 million photographs — including from driver’s licenses, passports and mugshots — that can be searched using facial recognition technology.
  • The figure reflects how the technology is becoming an increasingly powerful law enforcement tool, but is also stirring fears about the potential for authorities to intrude on the lives of Americans.
  • It was reported by the Government Accountability Office at a congressional hearing in which both Democrats and Republicans raised questions about the use of the technology.
  • The FBI maintains a database known as the Interstate Photo System of mugshots that can help federal, state and local law enforcement officials.
  • the bureau has strict policies for using facial recognition. She said it is used only when there is an active FBI investigation or an assessment, which can precede a formal investigation.

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