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The former Governor of Anambra State and the Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi has expressed surprise at the statement credited to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, who, in his twitter account, referred to Obi as “a tribal bigot.”
El-Rufai alleged that Obi stopped him from moving around Anambra State during the gubernatorial election in the State in 2010.
Obi said he was shocked to read such an outburst of hate from El-Rufai, especially when, according to him, “the statement came unprovoked, suggesting that it was what he sat down to think of rather than thinking about how to solve the many problems plaguing the country.”
Obi was speaking in answer to journalists that sought his reply to El-Rufai’s tweet during Youth Programme at Nnewi on Saturday.
In Obi’s words: “What His Excellency, Gov. Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai said about me has been brought to my attention. I believe that as we grow older and are saddled with more responsibilities, we are expected to become circumspect in our thinking and avoid recklessness in our speeches and utterances.
“How does the circumstance he referred to related to bigotry to warrant such a label? All I do for people like El-Rufai is to pray for them and encourage them to concentrate on doing those things that will better the lots of Nigerians rather than engage in hate speeches that will divide and destroy the country.
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Insisting that Nigeria does not need violence of speech to solve her numerous problems, Obi continues: “At this difficult time in our country, when thousands of our brothers and sisters across ethnic divide are killed all over the country, including innocent citizens in Kaduna state; millions of our children from all the parts of the country are out of school; millions of Nigerian youths from all the parts of the country are without jobs, our pre-occupation, especially among those that are in government should not be making reckless speeches. What our leaders should be doing today is seeking solution to numerous problems of our dear country.”
Concerning the claim that he was arrested on the election day in Anambra, Obi said : “I am aware that during the said election he referred to, security agents merely restricted his movement because he has no business being in Anambra as I would not have any being in Kaduna on an election day.”
Concluding, Obi cautioned Nigerians, especially those in positions of authority, to avoid the dominance of the vice of hate over the virtues of love in whatever they do.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has called on parents in the state to ensure full routine immunization for their children.
The governor gave the charge on Saturday while inaugurating immunization for the month of November at Panshekara Ward in Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano.
Represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Kabiru Getso, the governor said there was need for parents to support in sustaining the successes recorded in immunization in the state.
According to him, “About 3 million children below the age of five are expected to be immunized across the 44 local government areas of the state.”
He added that the state had recorded over 52 months now without any case of wild polio virus in all the local government areas in the state.
The governor also stressed the importance of regular environmental hygiene to guard against infectious diseases in the communities.
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Ganduje said his administration has placed high premium on the health sector by provision of infrastructure, financing, human resources, procurements and drugs chain supply system, among others.
He enjoined the people to continue to rally round the administration for more meaningful achievements in effective health care provision.
The Chairman Kumbotso Local Government Council, Alhaji Kabiru Panshekara, expressed commitment towards ensuring the success of immunization in the area.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to address the allegation of corruption leveled against him by the House of Representatives.
The lawmakers had, during the week, accused Osinbajo of complicity in a N33 billion scam allegedly perpetrated at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
A statement on Saturday by the spokesman of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, urged Osinbajo to respond to the allegation, instead of sermonizing and parading himself like a saint.
The opposition party said the Vice President owed it as a personal moral burden, both as a preacher and Professor of law, to directly explain how the fund meant for the wellbeing of Nigerians suffering in the Northeast, was mismanaged under his supervision, instead of the lame attempts to dismiss the allegation and divert public attention from the scandal.
“Nigerians were thoroughly appalled to learn, from the House of Representatives, how Prof. Osinbajo, as Acting President, in June 2017, unilaterally pulled N5.8 billion, from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation, purportedly for emergency intervention on food in the North East, which has now turned scandalous.
“Prof. Osinbajo should explain how, according to findings by the House of Representatives, all the six states of the Northeast failed to receive the emergency intervention for food security, for which a major part of the money was claimed to have been expended, under his direct supervision as Chairman of Board of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
“What has Prof. Osinbajo to say on the revelation at the public hearing conducted by the House of Representatives that there was no evidence the World Food Programme (WFP) received the 5000 metric tons of rice, which NEMA claimed to have bought and donated to WFP for distribution to victims of insurgency in the region?
“What has our Vice President to say to the report indicating that four of the companies that supplied food items to the region financed their projects through N2bn they each received as loan from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)?
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“What is his answer to the huge allegations in the public domain that bulk of the money meant for suffering Nigerians in the Northeast was diverted to private pockets of key All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Presidency cabal to finance their wasteful lifestyle?
“The PDP is privy to the frantic effort by agents of the Presidency and the APC to arm-twist and intimidate the House of Representatives to abort its investigation and to ensure that the report does not see the light of day
“If Prof. Osinbajo had no ulterior intentions, why did he pull the money from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation without recourse to the statutory appropriation of the National Assembly?
“The PDP holds that the action of the Vice President in unilaterally approving the release of the money to NEMA, where he also presides as the Chairman of Board is completely self-serving and ostensibly conceived and executed in corrupt intentions.
“Instead of answering to the allegation, Prof. Osinbajo is employing rhetoric to divert attention, claiming that his actions are covered by his apparent abuse of Section 43 of the Procurement Act.
“We invite the Vice President to note that Section 43 of the Procurement Act deals with the emergency duties of a procuring entity and not the processes of drawing funds from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation which is covered by the Constitution. As such, there is no way he can justify his actions under any of our laws.
“The Vice President should therefore advice himself properly by responding to the huge corruption questions and stop his unnecessary posturing”.
Mr Babatunde Irukera, CPC’s Director-General, in a statement, gave the advice on the heels of information that had gone viral on social media on the reported use of sniper to preserve beans by retailers. The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) on Friday advised consumers to extensively parboil their beans before consumption and to make sufficient enquiries before engaging in purchases.Mr Babatunde Irukera, CPC’s Director-General, in a statement, gave the advice on the heels of information that had gone viral on social media on the reported use of sniper to preserve beans by retailers.He said in addition to the cooking method and making enough enquiries before purchase, consumers should sufficiently wash their food items before cooking.He said: “In any and every case, thoroughly washing food items before consumption or preparation for consumption is a generally accepted method of protecting and promoting safety.“CPC has recently confirmed by credible information that retailers, mostly in the open market are using a pesticide to preserve beans.“The use of 2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate (DDVP) compound, otherwise marketed and known as “Sniper” to preserve beans, and more particularly to eliminate or protect from weevils.”Irukera explained that sniper, by its chemical composition and nature, was potentially injurious when human beings are “unduly exposed by inhalation, absorption, direct skin contact or ingestion.”He emphasised that the risk of injury on account of consumption of beans exposed to, or treated with Sniper was also existential, even though, an unintended consequence.According to Irukera, though cooking significantly reduced risk of exposure from pesticides, the best possible caution was to avoid subjecting food items to pesticides because it is not in accordance with prevailing food safety regulations.He said the Council was already collaborating with other relevant regulators to address the situation.
By Adeboye Amosu Super Eagles forward, Isaac Success made his fourth consecutive start for Watford in Saturday’s 1-1 away draw against Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium, reports Completesportsnigeria. com. Success, who spent the entire 90 minutes on the pitch has featured in all 12 Premier League games for the Hornets this season with […]
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A lady had to be tied with a rope when the effect of two harmful drugs had started to manifest in her body. A lady who reportedly took a combination of two risky cannabis has put her mental health at harm’s way.According to a clip on Instagram she ingested drug stances known as Black Mamba and Colorado. Both are dangerous drugs known to caused some consumers discomfort and even death.ALSO READ: After smoking too much crack, man attempts the moonwalkShe is captured making gibberish statement while her friends tried to subdue her. The lady was soon restrained in the video that shows her at a hotel in Ikotun, Lagos.
Okupe said this on Twitter on Saturday while reacting to El-rufai’s comment about the Vice-Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi. Doyin Okupe, the former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan has described the Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai as a rabid religious midget.Okupe said this on Twitter on Saturday, November 10, 2018, while reacting to the Kaduna state Governor’s comment about the Vice-Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi.Peter Obi is a tribal bigotOn Friday, November 9, 2018, El-Rufai, in a tweet, called Obi a tribal bigot.He said “Peter Obi is a tribal bigot. He was widely quoted on national television that the SSS was right to detain me for 48 hours in an hotel in 2014 on the grounds that ”El-Rufai has no business being in Anambra State as it is not Katsina State”! I sued the SSS and awarded N4m damages.” Shehu Sani reactsAlso, Senator Shehu Sani, who has been at loggerheads with Governor El-Rufai, reacted to the tweet.Sani said “An ethnic bigot is a lesser evil than a divisively religious one.”ALSO READ: Build the economy, leave Shaku Shaku dance – Peter Obi tells Osinbajo Peter Obi denies destroying MosquesPeter Obi has described as false, the allegation that he demolished mosques and also sent Hausa people out of the state while he was Governor of Anambra state.Obi said it was pitiful that rather than finding a way to resolve the plight of Nigerians, the opposition is spreading falsehoods in their desperation to be elected into public offices.Peter Obi was picked as the running mate of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in October 2018.
The book was inspired by true stories from the Sarah Cooper’s own Google career, as well as her friends and co-workers. And it’s hilarious.
Former Google employee turned comic Sarah Cooper has help for women in tech with a new book called “How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings.”
The book is, of course, a satirical look a corporate life for women. And it’s hilarious.
Still, the author tells Business Insider, it was inspired by true stories from her own Google career, as well as her friends and co-workers.
Sarah Cooper is like the anti-Sheryl Sandberg
Instead of telling women to “lean in,” the former Google employee is offering more practical advice for women in tech with her new book, called ” target=”_blank”How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings.”
“Ambitious women are scary. In this fast-paced business world, female leaders need to make sure they’re not perceived as pushy, aggressive, or competent,” the book’s promotional materials explains. Chapters include “How to be harassed without hurting his career” and “How to bring your true self to work and then hide it completely.” Each chapter ends with a list of “inaction items.”
Behind the humor there is, of course, a serious message.
“‘How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s Feelings’ was sparked from all the things I did at Google to seem more likable and approachable, like being less direct with feedback and using all those smiley faces in my emails, as well as the double standards I saw between my male and female coworkers,” she said.
Read more: One of Google’s new sexual harassment policies could be the key to changing all of Silicon Valley’s bro culture
It was inspired by a blog post she wrote called ” target=”_blank”9 Non-threatening Leadership Strategies for Women” which went instantly viral with “many women writing to tell me they experienced the same thing,” she said.
That post has become part of the book. It offers such gems as: “If a male coworker steals your idea in a meeting, thank him for it. Give him kudos for how he explained your idea so clearly. And let’s face it, no one might’ve ever heard it if he hadn’t repeated it.”
The stories and illustrations in the book are sometimes fictionalized, sometimes not, but all inspired by real incidents experienced by Cooper, her friends, and her co-workers.
‘I got free food and lots of free material’
After spending five-plus years as a woman in tech working her way up to a manager position at Google, Cooper had plenty of inspiration for the book and her new career as a comedian. She’s best known for her previous book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings and for her blog, The Cooper Review.
Although Cooper also did a short stint at Yahoo, both books and much of her blog was mainly inspired by Google, she told Business Insider.
“At Google, I got free food and lots of free material,” she said.
Beyond giving women in tech a much-needed laugh, Cooper hopes to let women know that, no, they aren’t imagining it.
That’s a super helpful message in today’s #MeToo world. It is particularly potent given the recent uproar at Google as the company comes clean over how it has dealt with various sexual harassment incidents.
A Non-Threatening Women’s Foundation
We asked Cooper if she considered reaching out to Sandberg with a copy of the book. Sandberg is, of course, the former Googler, now COO at Facebook, who is famously leading today’s renewed feminist movement seeking gender equality in the workplace.
Cooper tells us she didn’t send the book to Sandberg, but if she ever gets a chance to hang with her, “I’d like to hear how much she leans back after leaning in, and then leans in again, and then has to lean back again, and if it’s good workout for her abs.”
We also asked her if she would model her book after Lean In organization and start a Non-Threatening Women’s Foundation, with meetups and support circles.
“Yes I’d love to start a non-threatening woman’s foundation where we’d probably spend all our meetings just apologizing to each other,” she quipped.
Curvy and sexy singer from Botswana, Lorraine Lionheart, who was part of the just concluded Felabration in Lagos has shared her impression of the Nigerian men with Potpourri in an Insta chat.
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The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has promised to pay the proposed N30,000 as minimum wage if approved by the Federal Government.
The governor mentioned this on Saturday during the foundation laying of an ultra-modern secretariat for the Trade Union Congress in the state, performed by the group’s national president.
He, however, says labour must realize that they are part of the building process of the country and should understand that all government’s revenue cannot be used to pay wages.
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“We make promises and we fulfil them. The only one left which you are contending with at the national level is the minimum wage.
“If you people agree, we will pay, but I’m not one of those who made that promise.
“The party that made the promise should solve the problem. I’m not here to solve anybody’s problem. (But) if you people agree we will do it. But I will not come and begin to stay in a meeting for 15 hours… that, I will not do but I’m in support. It’s just that your demands are so many.
“Today it is secretariat, the next day it is increment, the next it is pensions,” Wike said.
The Federal Government and labour leaders have been in disagreement over the amount to be paid as minimum wage.
While FG insists on paying N24,000 as against labour’s demands of N30,000, President Buhari says he is working hard to ensure that the nation gets a new National Minimum Wage Act as soon as possible.
He stated this on Tuesday while receiving the report of the Tripartite Committee on Review of National Minimum Wage at the State House in Abuja.
The President also asked the labour leaders to show patience and understanding with the government while the report of the committee is being reviewed.
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(File) ADC Chairman in Ondo State, Mr Bisi Ogungbemi.
The Chairman of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Ondo State, Mr Bisi Ogungbemi, has been released by his abductors.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Femi Joseph, confirmed this to Channels Television on Saturday.
Mr Ogungbemi regained freedom from captivity in the late hours of Friday, two days after he was abducted along with four other persons by gunmen in the state.
The four persons have also been released by the kidnappers.
They include the ADC chairman’s driver and his special assistant, as well as two members of the party – Jide Ipinsagba and Princess Abdulkareem.
The party’s Publicity Secretary in Ondo, Mr Idowu Akinrinlola, also confirmed the development to Channels Television via telephone chat.
Ogungbemi and the other victims were travelling to Akure town from Ikare-Akoko on Wednesday evening before they were abducted along the Oba-Akoko/Owo Road in the state.
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The Imo Governor made this known in a statement which was issued by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo on Friday. Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has said that Senator Hope Uzodinma cannot win elections in Imo state.Uzodinma was recently picked as the Imo state governorship candidate by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC.The Imo Governor made this known in a statement which was issued by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo on Friday, November 9, 2018.He said “Even when we have not said or written anything about Chief Hope Uzodinma since the controversy over the governorship ticket of All Progressives Congress, APC, for the State began, he took up the Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha in the media, claiming that the governor underestimates his unpopularity among other insulting remarks. And we swiftly want to say interalia: “We won’t honour Chief Hope Uzodinma with response because even when politics today seems to be all comers affair people should be humble enough to know their superiors in certain areas of life.”Uzodinma is not an APC memberAccording to Vanguard, Okorocha said that he is seen by APC members in the state as a core Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member.The statement said “Chief Hope Uzodinma is not a member of APC in Imo State. His purported membership of the Party was announced in Abuja. He has never attended any APC meeting either in his ward or in his Local Government, Oru-East or at the State level. And that is why no APC member in the State was excited when the Party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole announced him as his preferred governorship Candidate of the Party in the State.“APC members in Imo see Chief Uzodinma as still a staunch member of PDP and that was the reason behind the dead silence in Imo over the announcement of his name as the governorship Candidate of the party. If Chief Uzodinma was to be a known member of the Party, there would have been celebration in Imo. The Chieftains of the Party in Abuja backing him are elite Politicians who have no relationship with the grassroots. “Governor Rochas Okorocha won his election in 2011 on the platform of APGA through the ballot box. Ditto, in 2015 on the ticket of APC. And in the two cases, the parties were not in Power at the Federal level. “So, he did not enjoy any Federal might. Imo people voted for him for whom he is. And the love is still intact. In 2011, he defeated an incumbent governor of PDP extraction and in 2015 he also defeated a sitting Deputy-Speaker of the House of Representatives also of the PDP stock. How else do you measure popularity? “In the case of Chief Uzodinma, the story is totally different. In 2011, he took the Senate Seat for Orlu zone from Chief Osita Izunaso through the Court. In 2015, Nigerians knew what transpired in Imo. The State was invaded with armed Security Personnel by the PDP leaders like Chief Uzodinma and the rest is history.”Don’t throw stones“Chief Uzodinma can never win election in Imo in a fee and fair election. And that is why the PDP and APGA members are those celebrating his K – leg governorship Candidature for Imo APC. “Since Chief Uzodinma has begun to throw stones, not considering the fact that he lives in a badly constructed glass house we challenge him to publish his profile for the public to see and let Rochas also publish his own. “Rochas Okorocha was born in Ogboko and he grew up in Jos. He attended St. Joseph Primary School, Barkin Ladi Jos, and Juladaco High School Jos. He has LLB and LLM of the University of Jos, Post – Graduate Diploma in Management, of the Benue State University. “By 1984 Rochas Okorocha had opened Kings Commercial College Jos. In 1996, he founded the Rochas Foundation Inc and Rochas Foundation Colleges. He founded the Rochas Group of Companies with interest in Real Estate, Aviation, Banking, Hotels, Construction, Commerce and so on. “Rochas Okorocha has investments and Commercial buildings in Imo before becoming governor. He has two Rochas Foundation Colleges, one in Owerri and one in Ogboko. Has a Printing Press, and a Hotel. Has some of the biggest Commercial buildings in Owerri, and all before becoming governor. “Let Chief Uzodinma mention any building he owns in Owerri or any investment he has in any part of the State no matter how small, then we take off from there. “Those who write these things for people like Chief Uzodinma should always count their teeth with their tongues before taking up other people in the media. You do not do such thing knowing the deficiencies of the man you are writing for. A reasonable someone who lives in a glass house does not throw stones at all, and not to talk of doing so indiscriminately,” the statement added.ALSO READ: Gov Okorocha sues Police IG, demands N1.25b as damagesThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published the name of Senator Uzodinma as the governorship candidate of the APC in Imo state.Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu had earlier filed a suit stopping INEC from accepting any other person’s name as the APC governorship candidate in Imo.According to Vanguard, INEC published Uzodinma’s name following a decision by a court to strike out a suit filed by the Imo state Governor’s faction.
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, his counterpart from Plateau State, Simon Lalong and Deputy Governor, Edo State, Philip Shaibu, were on Saturday morning joined by other golfers to tee-off the Governor’s Cup golf tournament in Benin City.
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It turns out Apple’s new MacBook Air was the computer I wanted all along. But how could I have known that last year?
Apple’s new MacBook Air seems to be the perfect laptop for me.
The problem is that I spent thousands on a new Apple laptop last year.
I’m annoyed because my MacBook Pro has several issues that the new MacBook Air fixed.
When I received my MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in August of 2017, I was pumped.
15 months later, I have mixed feelings about my major purchase — and many of them are caused by Apple’s new MacBook Air with Retina display, which is the laptop I wish I had bought.
I thought I had made the purchase correctly. I researched the specs, saved up, and waited until Apple refreshed its laptops with the latest Intel chips, so I wouldn’t be buying old technology.
Reader, it was expensive. I loaded it up with lots of bells and whistles, including an upgraded processor, additional RAM, and extra storage space. I had owned my last MacBook Air for over six years, so I was ready to amortize the roughly $2,000 cost over a long period of time.
And now, just over a year later, I regret my purchase. It’s not really a knock on the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar — although there are issues — it’s just that the new MacBook Air is the right machine for what I need to do, and I’m frustrated that there was no similar option when I needed a new Mac.
Now, I’ve got an expensive laptop that I’m not completely satisfied with that I expected to own through 2023, and my wandering eye is looking towards Apple’s latest and greatest.
Read more: Hands-on with Apple’s new redesigned MacBook Air: This could be the laptop that Apple fans have been waiting for
A few issues
It’s not that the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is a bad machine — I’ve worked on it, traveled with it, and generally used it heavily, as I expected when I purchased it.
But I shouldn’t have to deal with daily annoyances on what is a premium laptop.
Let’s start with the Touch Bar.
I dislike it. I wish it weren’t on my laptop. I frequently control iTunes through the function keys, and the touchscreen simply doesn’t provide the same feedback as a button. I hit mute all the time when I’m in meetings to make sure my music doesn’t start playing and embarrass me. These are buttons I press perhaps 30 times a day or more.
It’s also really easy on the Touch Bar to accidentally activate a key, whether it’s Siri (right above backspace!) or the screen brightness. It also frustrated me that I have to look at the Touch Bar to determine what I’m doing, because by default, it changes from app to app. There’s a setting that basically turns it into the old keys, but even then, it’s just a less effective version of what I had on my laptop in 2011.
The MacBook Pro with Touch Bar also has disappointing battery life — about four hours, in my experience. It’s bad enough that when working in the field and covering events like Apple’s iPhone launch, I frequently need to plug-in before the day is done. My 2011 MacBook Air had better battery life.
One place where that energy is going is heat: My MacBook Pro with Touch Bar gets extremely hot. It’s too hot to use on my lap or in bed. I’ve worried that it’s too hot to put directly on my dining room table.
Finally, my MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has the “sticky key” problem that’s led to a slew of stories and even class-action lawsuits. The “1” key sticks and sometimes types two 1’s when I only mean to press it once. The spacebar sometimes doesn’t register.
It’s a problem. Apple says it will fix the sticky keys free-of-charge, but that’s time and effort I’ll need to spend.
But the MacBook Air solves all these problems
Enter the new MacBook Air, which went on sale this past week. It appears to be the device that I wanted last year, when I bought my MacBook Pro.
For example, although it has Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner — a nice feature — it doesn’t have the Touch Bar, bringing back my beloved media controls and escape key.
In terms of battery life, Apple says the MacBook Air can get up to 12 hours on a single charge. That might be optimistic, given that Apple boasts 10 hours for the model I have that usually runs out of battery in half the time, but it’s a step in the right direction.
And it has an improved keyboard that should address the sticky key issues I’ve experienced. Apple even highlighted it at its launch event in Brooklyn. “The new MacBook Air has our latest-generation keyboard with keys that offer four times the stability over the previous generation, creating a modern keyboard with a more precise and responsive typing experience,” an Apple official said at the launch.
A teardown from iFixit shows that these keys have a plastic piece inside the keys that should cut down on crumbs and other debris getting inside the keys.
While the price — starting at $1199 — isn’t that far off from what I paid for mine, especially after upgrading the storage and RAM, it’s hard to not feel buyer’s remorse.
The MacBook Air does still have some shortcomings compares to the Pro — it has a less powerful Intel chip, for example. But I don’t really need massive processor power.
Of course, it’s not Apple’s fault that every year it comes out with new computers that are better than the last year’s models. That’s how the business works.
But I think a little bit of my annoyance is due to the fact that all of these changes could’ve been made in 2017. People were complaining about these issues with the MacBook Pro back then. Apple never said it was preparing a new computer that addressed the issues — it never talks about upcoming products.
Which left me in a sticky situation in the summer of 2017. It wasn’t the right time to buy Apple’s best 13-inch laptop, as it turns out the next year’s model ended up being what I wanted.
While it’s great that Apple has fixed many consumer complaints with its main laptop line, it highlights that computer purchases are big items that people plan to use for years, unlike phones, which have a two to three year lifespan. And people who end up buying lemons are stuck with them for a long time.
People who now buy the new MacBook Air seem happy, and are likely to say they’re satisfied with their purchase. But by not having a reliable release schedule and a roadmap for future updates, there’s a chance that some people — like me — will end up in a generation of customers who are stuck with a laptop they’re not completely happy with.