Winston Churchill: Funeral of a great man, fifty years on

by Mike Evans

I remember exactly where I was fifty years ago today. I was on Ludgate Hill, just below St. Paul's cathedral, watching the funeral cortege of a great man pass by. Even then, at such a young age, I realised I was witnessing history. I had similar feelings a quarter of a century later when I was present at another unforgettable event, the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Apple smashes the opposition with 74.5m iPhones and $18bn profit

by Mike Evans

So busy was I taking photographs this evening that I almost forgot to anticipate Apple's quarterly earnings call. The results were forecast to be a blockbuster but, in the event, the Colossus of Cupertino has soundly out-paced the analysts by moving no fewer than 74.5 million iPhones in the quarter to December 31. Revenue soared to $74.6bn and profit to $18bn. Even more interesting is that gross margins, which had been shrinking of late, have bounced back to just under 40 percent, up from 37.9 percent in the same quarter in 2013.

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Sony A7 Mark II: Life in the slow lane at 1/13th of a second

by Mike Evans

I have had the Sony A7II in my hands for just over a day and already I am blown away by that stabilisation system. To recap, for new readers, this review camera came without a lenses, at my bidding, because I wanted to try it with manual full-frame lenses. 

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MacBook Air: Could this be the first laptop computer with just ONE port?

by Mike Evans

Yesterday I was talking about the Henge Dock and the desire to click a laptop computer into its desk home with minimal effort, not to mention with minimal cable clutter. But, probably, the best dock of all is just one cable to connect your laptop to everything. 

If rumours are to be believed, however, the forthcoming 12in MacBook Air will feature just one port, the USB 3.1 Type-C connector, capable of transmitting both data and higher power in both directions. This would be miniaturisation of a tall order but, if it works, could be the stuff of dreams. Imagine: One cable, connected to a hub containing a power-supply unit, and all the ports we need as well as other useful stuff such as an SD-card slot. Cable bliss, no less.

Apple has never been shy when it comes to ditching ports and drives. It was the first company to pension off the 3.5in disk drive, the first to banish the DVD slot (how could we ever manage without a disk drive?) and has been assiduous in whittling down the number of communications ports. The current 11in MacBook Air, for instance, makes do with one Thunderbolt slot (which also powers an external monitor) two USB sockets, a MagSafe power connector and an audio port. It doesn't take too much of a leap of imagination to whittle all this down to just one USB Type C. Roll on the day.

Read Jason Snell on the rumoured MacBook Air 12

Postscript: some reports describe the rumoured Air as having "two ports".  Since one of them would be an audio socket I have discounted it. It just isn't relevant. This will be a one-port device to all intents and purposes. 

 

Migration Assistant Problems: When it's time to go for a complete re-installation of all software and settings

by Mike Evans

A few days ago I recounted my problems during a migration of data from a MacBook Pro to MacBook Air. After many hours stuck on "one minute remaining", Migration Assistant finally completed but told me that it had not been possible to copy some files. The main purpose of this exercise had been to do a dummy run before the arrival of a new 5K iMac

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