Apple just hired security expert Jon Callas. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's efforts to ramp up its security and encryption efforts, plus they have some thoughts on Microsoft scaling back its smartphone efforts again.
Microsoft's big push into the smartphone market seems to have failed. The company recently sold off its consumer phone business, and now is scaling back again to focus on the enterprise smartphone market while laying off 1,850 employees.
If the FBI was hoping Apple CEO Tim Cook was all talk when he said his company is digging in its heels to protect user privacy, it's time to put on the disappointed face because Jon Callas is back on Apple's payroll. His credentials in the security and privacy world make him a strong asset for Apple—just as he was when he previously worked for the company—and should have the FBI very worried about how far it'll be able to hack into future iPhones and Macs.
It took some time. Apple wasn't always happy with the technology of OLED displays. Now, Apple has had the advantage of learning how to put an OLED display into production in the Apple Watch. That technology won't be far behind in the future iPhones.
Have you seen Vogue's 73 Questions series? They send a production team into the home of a celebrity and ask them 73 questions in one take. It's fun, if you're into that sort of thing, but I just watched Taylor Swift's episode from April. At the very end, she's asked what the bravest thing she's ever done. She answered, "Writing the Apple Music letter," referring to an open letter she wrote to Apple criticizing the company's payment structure for artists on Apple Music. That was followed by answering it was also the most spontaneous thing she's ever done. With great risk comes great rewards, and that open letter has seemingly led to a collaborative partnership with Apple involving multiple commercials, a tour movie that opened exclusively on Apple Music, and unknown things in the future.
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It looks like we won't see new MacBook Pro models until this fall, but at least they'll be loaded with new features. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's laptop upgrade cycle, what they're looking forward to in new models, and the mystery that is Ming-Chi Kuo. Turns out Dave is right about streaming music pricing, so he gets a few minutes to bask in his rightness.
If you're holding out expecting Apple to introduce a redesigned Retina MacBook Pro at Worldwide Developer Conference in June, get ready for some disappointment. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says we'll have to wait until this fall, and what we'll get is a thinner, faster laptop with an OLED touch surface instead of traditional function keys and Touch ID.
What happens when you mash up Star Wars and infographics? Only the most graphically awesome retelling of the movie ever. That's exactly what Martin Panchaud did with his retelling of the original Star Wars movie. You'll need to check it out in a Web browser. It's brilliant, it's beautiful, and Han shoots first.
Under El Capitan, you can now customize Safari's Reader view, which'll let you read articles in the distraction-free way of your choice. Switch up the font! Change the background color! We're here to tell you all about it in today's Quick Tip.
Rob Enderle called Apple's new Union Square flagship store in San Francisco a sign that Apple is desperate. After flailing about in an apoplectic fit, Bryan Chaffin discusses the merits—or lack thereof—of this idea.
A new study claims Fitbit's fitness trackers don't accurately measure user's heart rate. That shouldn't come as a big surprise considering Fitbit's products don't undergo FDA approval, but the study itself is dubious first because of its questionable methods and second because it was commissioned by a law firm that's currently suing Fitbit.
If you listen ever so closely you might just hear the refrain, that symbolic moment when the old guard—music downloads—began switching places with the new guard—music streaming. And it was Chance the Rapper who played the sound track of that moment, his album Coloring Book.
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Page two of last Friday's Particle Debris explores an important CNET article about how, with the latest in HDR technology, Samsung and Sony have elected to pass on Dolby Vision. However, their current 4K UHD TVs still support the HDR10 standard. Why they're doing that and why you should be aware of it is showcased, and an important summary chart from CNET is shown. "But with two rival [HDR] formats, some TVs will have a leg up -- and the brand you buy could make all the difference." You've been warned.
Ten dollars per user per month is simply too expensive for streaming music, and the labels know it. Today's announcement that Spotify has dropped their family pricing to match Apple Music's $15 per month for up to six users is yet more evidence that the music industry is continuing to march towards this reality.
Scott Love is the co-founder of AquaMinds, famous for its NoteTaker software. Like many successful developers, Scott got an early start with Steve Jobs at NeXT. One genesis of NoteTaker was their early fascination with thinking tools. A well designed notebook is not just a scrapbook—it's powerful personal software. Another inspiration was how Steve Jobs had a strong desire for visual fidelity on the display and an immersive experience with text. Finally, add the emergence of the Internet and more information to manage, and NoteTaker became the obvious, elegant solution. Later in the show we cover the tough decisions faced by a modern developer, betting on certain Apple technologies, being in Mac App store and dealing with yearly updates to OS X. Scott closes with an interesting prediction about future data storage.
Apple is facing the most stunningly amazing patent infringement lawsuit ever: the iPhone's ability to be used as a phone. The patent holding company Corydoras Technologies filed its lawsuit in the Texas Eastern District Federal Court, which is known for favoring patent trolls.
Apple is getting sued for patent infringement because the iPhone can make phone calls. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the Corydoras Technologies lawsuit and the plight of patent troll cases in general, plus they have some thoughts on a lawsuit claiming Fitbit's heart rate tracking feature is wildly inaccurate.
The massive sliding doors on Apple's redesigned Union Square San Francisco retail store create a 40-foot opening that's more than big enough to drive a car through. Sure, it makes for a great open air experience when shopping, but maybe it's a hint that Apple plans to use its new store design to show off its own car.
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