IDG Contributor Network: Tower of power, Apple-branded display promise Mac resurgence

There isn’t anything flashy about computer towers. 

And their lack of style made it easy for Apple to abandon them.

But do we really prefer Apple produces more iMacs and unconventionally shaped Mac Pros? What if instead they decide to return to their most durable, albeit boring desktop hardware design?

Returning to the tower designs of yesteryear could potentially be a big win for Apple not to mention its customers. iMac and Mac Pro hardware designs feature stylish good looks over the ability to easily upgrade. 

Apple’s tight, sleek iMac suffers from poor thermal distribution. Consequently, incredible amounts of heat amass inside. Over time, the accumulation of heat contributes to rapid aging.

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IDG Contributor Network: The value of metadata – the most Instagrammed tourist attractions globally

Edward Snowden’s revelations about federal interception of private electronic transmissions started to build public awareness about the concept of “metadata.” The simple concept suddenly has people thinking about the data relating to the data they are generating and sharing—and the insights that could be gleaned from that.

A few weeks ago, I received an email from online travel company TravelBird asking me whether I was interested in a report detailing some metadata analysis they had done on Instagram posts. The pitch intrigued me for a few reasons: first, I’m interested in the insights that data can generate. Second, I’m a huge proponent of travel and traveling experiences as life-changing events. Third, I’m a big fan of using Instagram to document my travels, running and nature experiences (if you’re so inclined, feel free to check out my feed here.)

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