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RISCy business: The future of x86

CC image courtesy of Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Following the expected reveal that Apple was going to transition the Mac from Intel to Apple Silicon, I started thinking about what this would mean for the x86 architecture more broadly. This architecture has been at the heart of desktop computing for forty years, and I think it’s unlikely that Apple’s implementation of its own chips won’t have wider implications on the computer industry. Based on my understanding of ARM – the architecture that Apple Silicon is loosely based on – I think it’s likely that x86′, and particularly and Intel’s, days as the dominant desktop chip standard are numbered.

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OS cross-pollination and what it means for the Mac and iPad

macOS Big Sur and iPadOS 14 side-by-side

If you’ve been a Mac user for a long time, you know that the community can be fickle. On one hand, there’s a consistent complaint that the Mac platform doesn’t get nearly enough attention from Apple compared to iOS/iPadOS. On the other hand, you know that this community is resistant to change. Every time there any significant changes to macOS’ look and feel, no matter how small, there’s seems to be immediate skepticism. The design changes coming to the Mac signify something bigger. It’s being introduced as part of a broader vision that will be brought forth when all Macs transition to Apple Silicon.

But change can be good. The changes coming to macOS Big Sur are divisive because the OS is clearly adopting a more iPad-like look and feel. It’s going to be different, and I would argue it’s a much more drastic design overhaul than the introduction of Yosemite in 2014. Many folks have focused on the iPad influences on the Mac, but I’d argue there’s more of a cross-pollination between these platforms. It’s clear to me that the platforms aren’t merging (at least not yet). But both are borrowing features from each other. This is an ecosystem play. These design changes will make it considerably easier to switch between the Mac and iPad, making owners of both happy campers. I’m not brave enough to install beta software on my primary machines, but from what I can tell macOS Big Sur and iPadOS 14 tells us a lot about the future of these platforms.

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#2 EdTech Examined Podcast

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Episode #2 of EdTech Examined is now live!

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Lots of content in this episode. Kris Hans and Erik Christiansen talk about #AcademicIntegrity and #cheating using the chat app #Discord, developing trailers for your #OnlineCourses, and #PasswordManager & #TwoFactor authentication for staying secure online.

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EdTech Examined: Synchronous vs Asynchronous

Episode 1 of EdTech Examined is live! “Synchronous vs Asynchronous”
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Kris Hans and Erik Christiansen discuss #edtech & what you need to know

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Italian immigration to Kelowna and its lasting legacy

Image of Kelowna Italian families during their 1st annual Italian picnic. The image was taken from the Kelowna Italian Club website.

For folks interested in Canadian History, my article “Italian Immigration to Kelowna and its Lasting Legacy” has been published by the Kelowna Italian Club! Just in time for Canada Day.

I originally conducted this archival research 10 years ago when I was a student at The University of British Columbia Okanagan. I received an undergraduate research grant in Summer 2009 which allowed me to study Italian immigration to the Central Okanagan and West Kootenays during the 1880s and 1920s. This piece talks about the lasting legacy of Italian immigration, and the important role played by some of the early Italian families, in the Kelowna area.

I want to give a big thanks to Archivist, Tara Hurley at the Kelowna Museums and Don Rampone from the Kelowna Italian Club for helping me update this research with additional historical documents and details!

You can read the full article on the Kelowna Italian Club website: https://www.kelownaitalianclub.com/kelownas-first-families/italian-immigration-to-kelowna-and-its-lasting-legacy

Apple Silicon: What it means for the Mac and the computer industry

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Apple announced that it was transitioning the Mac from Intel to Apple Silicon

It’s no longer a rumour. Last week, Apple announced it was transitioning its entire line of Mac computers from Intel chips to its custom “Apple Silicon” over the next two years. Why is this transition so important? And, what will this mean for the Mac and the computer industry moving forward?

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Podcast launch: “EdTech Examined”

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23: Apple Spring Loaded Event EdTech Examined

In this episode, Kris and Erik discuss the Apple Spring Loaded event from April 20th, 2021. The co-hosts discuss each of Apple's new products and their relevance for educators and students.SHOW NOTES:Sources*MacWorld UK – Apple's Spring Loaded event: Everything Apple announced in April 2021*Dave Lee (Dave2D YouTube) – iMac + AirTags – Lets Talk*CNET – Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 review*Apple Newton (for those who don't know what it is)CONTACT:Website: edtechexamined.comEmail: hey@edtechexamined.comTwitter: @EdTechExaminedTEAM INFORMATIONErik Christiansen, Co-Founder & Co-HostWebsite: erikchristiansen.net Twitter: @egchristiansenBlog: tech-bytes.netKris Hans, Co-Founder & Co-HostWebsite: krishans.caTwitter:  @KrisHansMarket Grade: marketgrade.comChristopher Hoang, Audio Producer & Sound EngineerWebsite: chrishoang.ca

Interested in education technology? Teaching during COVID-19 on your mind?

Kris Hans and Erik Christiansen are excited to launch this new podcast “EdTech Examined.” We’ll be talking all things education technology.

In this monthly podcast, Kris and Erik will be providing practical tech tips for college and university educators, discussing relevant tech news, and answering your tech questions.

Our first episode will launch July 7th, 2020.

We’re interested in hearing from you! Reach out to us at hey@edtechexamined.com or on Twitter @EdTechExamined

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How to migrate your data to a new Mac

Working from home during COVID-19 means we need a decent computer. Unfortunately, with the economic uncertainty that the pandemic has brought, it’s not so easy to plunk down $1500 or more for a new laptop. The good news is that our laptops are lasting longer than ever.

I recently upgraded to a beefier MacBook Pro 16″, since I use my laptop for work, graphics, audio production and programming. Thankfully, my old 2013 13″ MacBook Pro is no slouch (see specs at bottom) and I got the battery replaced early last year. My wife showed interest since she has an older, slower version of the same computer. For Mac users, there are built-in tools, as well as some tricks, that can help you migrate data between computers. Here are some strategies for migrating the data and getting your computer organized.

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Trickle down technology: The 2020 iPhone SE is released

I discuss the release of the new 2020 iPhone SE and what it means for the tech industry. I dub this the year of “trickle-down technology.”

It’s the meaning behind this device that I find so fascinating. With the entry-level iPad, Apple was able to use an older design and a slower (though still blazing fast) CPU to get the tablet’s price point down. Aside from the recycled body, this iPhone has entirely new internals. That means all the Apple’s phones run the same CPU, at least until new devices come in September. Why not do this for their tablets? Why can’t the iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro all run the A12Z and keep the price variations. Perhaps this is the end-goal.

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iPadOS 13.4 impressions: Growing up means more to learn

Now that I’ve had a week or more to play around with the cursor support in iPadOS 13.4, I’m ready to share some brief thoughts and impressions. There’s lots of coverage of this on all the tech websites, so I won’t retread old ground. What’s most interesting to me is what’s to come. The last two years of iPad software updates have been productivity-focused, and it’s likely there’s more to come for iPadOS 14 and beyond.

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