Phony and Phones

Congratulations Savannah Guthrie! You grilled Trump like he has never been grilled before. He was squirming like a kid who didn’t want to take his medicine. It was a pleasure to watch.

Biden was filled with substance at his town hall. He was articulate, kind, filled with ideas and promise. He talked to the audience like they were friends. They loved him.

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(Shelly Palmer, a well known tech writer and consultant, tells you everything you need to know about the iPhone 12. Eliot and I may buy this unit months from now, but not right away. We always like to wait to see what the reviewers say. One thing we can’t deny, the iPhone 12 is a state of the art machine).

The Opinion

If you’re an iPhone user and you need a new iPhone, the short answer is yes, you should get an iPhone 12. If you can afford it, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, while late to the game, is the best iPhone ever made. As every Apple Fanperson knows, iPhones are not phones; they are fashion accessories. As such, iPhone purchases are not business decisions, but rather lifestyle choices. For full details about the iPhone 12 launch, see The Apple iPhone 12 Event: Everything You Need to Know.

Will I get one? Yes, but only because I’m on Verizon’s “new iPhone every year” plan. I pay a monthly fee for the phone and insurance and get a new phone every year. (Apple has a similar plan.)

But… and this is a huge but… if I wasn’t on the new phone every year plan, I’d have to think long and hard about whether or not to get an iPhone 12 Pro Max over my iPhone 11 Pro Max.

5G

The 5G connectivity is meaningless. The U.S. is still mostly 4G, and even when the 5G indicator lights up, there’s a very good chance that the backhaul (or some part of the network you are connected to) is 4G. In 2020/2021, no phone (Apple or otherwise) will truly benefit from having a 5G radio in it. At the moment, 5G is 95% marketing hype and 5% marketing hype!

The Camera

The deciding factor for me is the camera. The iPhone 12 Pro Max will shoot in Apple ProRAW (the feature speaks for itself). The new iPhones can shoot and edit 4K video in HDR Pro and Dolby Vision HDR formats. If you have the video workflow to take advantage of these features, you know who you are, and you know why you will want a 12 Pro Max.

For developers and people who like to live on the edge of technology, the addition of LiDAR and a few other features put the new flagship iPhone in first position for AR.

The Accessories

I’m not sad about not getting a charger or wired earbuds with the new phone, but Apple’s eco-friendly explanation was disingenuous and insulting. They will reduce the environmental impact of iPhone packaging. That’s great. They will reduce the use of certain raw materials. That’s great. Except… you will need to purchase these accessories from Apple or third-party vendors who will now create individual packaging for each. So, where there used to be one box shipped containing three items, three will be created and shipped to take its place. I call bullshit! Apple wants to sell you a $40 MagSafe charger and some version of their AirPods for your new phone, so they are forcing you to need those accessories to use the devices. (Yes, most people who are likely to purchase an iPhone have a drawer full of chargers that take USB-A cables, but how many people have extra USB-C chargers laying around?) The new iPhones ship with a USB-C to Lightning cable in the new, thinner box.

To Sum Up

No iPhone 11 user “needs” an iPhone 12. At best, the iPhone 12 line offers some iterative feature improvements over the previous generation. However, the iPhone 12 line does offer a single benefit: if you want an iPhone 12, nothing else will do.

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

ABOUT SHELLY PALMER

Shelly Palmer is a business advisor and technology consultant. He helps Fortune 500 companies with digital transformation, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s Top Voice in Technology, he is the co-host of “Think About This with Shelly Palmer & Ross Martin.” He covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC, and writes a popular daily business blog. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.

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Eliot took this photo with his iPhone 11 Pro Max. No filter was used to enhance this shot. Pretty amazing I must say.

“Neuralink” Will Make Us Half Human, Half Computer

“Neuralink” has been the hot topic of the week in the tech industry. I’m sure many of you have heard about it, but if you haven’t, I’m going to tell you something that is absolutely amazing.

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Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and Founder of Space X, is also the Co-Founder of a company called “Neuralink,” located in San Francisco. The company is working on a brain-implant device that he claims will cure everything from blindness to quadriplegia.


Musk recently told the press that the invention is going to achieve human “symbiosis with artificial intelligence. ‘Neuralink’ is stitched by a ‘sewing-machine-like’ robot into a person’s dark matter using thin electrode-studded wires.”


Get ready for this. Musk explains that the “Neuralink” device is implanted in your skull. “You take out a chunk of the skull and put in the “Neuralink.” Electro -threads are inserted very carefully into the brain and then stitched up.”


Did you pass out yet just thinking about it?


Musk claims no one will be able to detect that somebody has it. “It can interface with anything in your brain.”


Many report that “Neuralink” is being made to fix almost anything wrong with the brain. It could restore full eyesight for someone who is blind, to full functionality for a quadriplegic.


Musk will be giving full online demonstrations of “Neuralink” in the coming months. Dates will be announced shortly.


I heard a lot about this during my online Shelly Palmer networking session yesterday. Some of the engineers and scientists questioned our dependency on a machine of this nature. It could possibly control mood swings, memory loss, and all types of personality traits.


No one can predict the ramifications of this invention. Everyone agreed that with Musk’s determination, something major is likely to happen sooner rather than later.


Networking Online

Susie and Anders drove from Palm Beach down to Miami to take Eliot and I out of isolation. We rarely go out. We know this dynamic duo for over 20 years. They are royalty in the special events business. They are now reinventing digital marketing and social events. We always get together to brainstorm new ideas.


The pandemic has definitely slowed down meeting new business contacts and new friends. Everyone is looking for innovative ways to network. A well known tech consultant just developed a new method. I thought I would share it with you. I signed up for four days a week, for 20 minutes each. This should be interesting.


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I miss meeting new people! I miss bumping into people I know! So, necessity being the mother of invention, we’ve been experimenting with different ways to gather our community… and we have a plan!


Pick a topic. Pick a day. Join a Shelly Palmer Online Networking Salon for 20 minutes.


You’ll introduce yourself, meet some new people, bump into old friends, learn something, hang out for a bit, and then get back to work.


Request credentials and we’ll put you in the right room with the right people. This is going to be super fun!!! -s

Shelly Palmer Online Networking Salons


Weekdays from 11:05 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. EST on Zoom

Request your credentials:

• Monday – Education Tech

• Tuesday – AI & Machine Learning

• Wednesday – Health & Wellness Tech

• Thursday – Media & Entertainment Tech


43 years ago HWH PR was incorporated. This is one of our early Xmas cards. Thank you Linda Recupero for sending this to me. She is on a call on the bottom of the card. Hello Donna Austi Tobi Herman Pasterick Lisa Georgianna Gilbert.


Correction

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I never credited the above video to girl friend Mindi Lampert. She was the one who introduced me to it. She deserves the recognition for making so many of us laugh. Thank you Mindi.

Being Digital in “The Age of Covid-19”

Even though the Beaches are closed, Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess are still “Lying on the Beach,” but in their homes.


Working from home— stuck at home— it has never been more important than right now to become digitally focused — and to talk more about that— this week we are honored to be joined by Shelly Palmer on our podcast.


Shelly Palmer was named LinkedIn’s Top Voice in Technology. He is CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. He is the co-host of “Think About This” on the Westwood One Podcast Network. He covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, and appears frequently as a commentator on CNN and CNBC.


Shelly Palmer shares his vast digital experience with the listeners of the “Lying on the Beach” podcast.


Listen to the podcast here – http://www.lyingonthebeach.com/2020/03/30/shellypalmer/


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Who Is Going To Speak Up?

I am looking for someone/ anyone who wants to comment about the following podcast. You can leave your impressions here, or email me, to be a guest on our show, “Lying on the Beach” with Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess. Loisw@hwhpr.com and http://www.lyingonthebeach.com.


Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, lit a firestorm when he recently chose Ivanka Trump to keynote at CES, the world’s largest trade show.


On this episode, he defends Ivanka, takes on China, and shares his views on the future of work, technology and our democracy itself.



https://thinkaboutthis.fm/radio/the-real-story-behind-ivanka-trumps-ces-2020-keynote

Second Acts For Seniors

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David Stern

I just finished Shelly Palmer’s tribute to David Stern, Commissioner of the National Basketball Association from 1984 to 2014.


I am totally choked up. I had to share it. I didn’t know David Stern, but there was something about him that always intrigued me.


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THINK ABOUT THIS

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020


“My friend David Stern passed away yesterday. He was brilliant, insatiably curious, super fun to bang ideas around with, and one of the kindest people I have ever known.


“I met David right after he left the NBA. He was starting to invest in tech companies, and he was seeking advice. At the end of our first meeting, he handed me his business card. It said, “David Stern, Intern.” We laughed about it, but he was serious about his commitment to lifelong learning. Not surprisingly, I learned far more from David than he ever learned from me.


“When David heard that I was planning to do a new podcast with my friend Ross Martin, he was the very first person to reach out — not only to congratulate me, but to tell me he wanted to be the first guest we recorded. He said (in a classic David way), “You may not use it, but trust me, you need the practice.” He was the first guest we recorded and he was right (of course) — we definitely needed the practice.


“The episode is about second acts, and David talked about what he had been doing post-NBA and all about his plans for the future. He was so optimistic and full of life, so joyous and seemingly unstoppable. It is hard to describe how much I will miss him.


“David lived an extraordinary life, but somehow found time to share his experience and wisdom with so many. My heart goes out to his family and friends. May his name be for a blessing.” — Shelly Palmer

It’s wonderful to see a man get emotional about living and losing. — Lois Whitman -Hess

TikTok Is A Social Media Crowd Pleaser

I feel it’s my duty to make sure you know what “TikTok” is. It’s the biggest rage among social media users. You don’t want to tell others you are not in the know. It’s like saying you don’t know who Mr. Rogers is.


“TikTok” is a social media video app for creating and sharing short lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos.


Top 10 Countries with the Largest TikTok Database

• India – 119.3 million users.

• USA – 39.6 million users.

• Turkey – 28.4 million users.

• Russia – 24.3 million users.

• Mexico – 19.7 million users.

• Brazil – 18.4 million users.

• Pakistan – 11.8 million users.

• Saudi Arabia – 9.7 million users.


“TikTok” was created by ByteDance, a Chinese software company. Many people in the United States are very concerned that the Chinese are spying on us because of the information they are collecting from U.S. users.


Shelly Palmer, an advertising, marketing and technology consultant, recently wrote an article about “TikTok” that explains why the app is insanely popular and details the security issues. Palmer warns that TikTok is wildly addictive.


“No matter your age, your stage, how jaded you are… resistance is futile. You will become addicted to ‘TikTok’ within minutes. Then, the app will begin its symbiotic relationship with your brain, and then… it’s over. You will become a full-fledged ‘TikTok’ addict and, as far as I know, there is no cure.”

Read more here:

https://www.shellypalmer.com/2019/11/tiktok-data-questions/

The Presidential Election


The Presidential Election: Does Hacked Equal Rigged? Shelly Palmer, a popular tech writer and TV personality, provides Americans with his report on the possibility that this election could be rigged. 

He said, “Anything that can be hacked will be hacked. Electronic voting machines are no exception. Which raises the question, “Could you hack enough electronic voting machines to influence (rig) the outcome of the upcoming presidential election?”

For the entire story, click here. 

And on Twitter …..

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Click here  for the New Yorker story.

Interesting Tweets of the Day

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I am finally soaking in Twitter for all its worth. I talked about this a few weeks ago but I am really seeing the benefits now. All I have to do is open my Twitter account and start reading.

I follow about 380 people who tell me all that I need to know on a second-by-second basis about politics, current events, business, technology, health, food, theater, fashion, economics, music, pop culture, the arts, city news, publishing, and entertainment. Continue reading