A billion dollars. Just saying it makes me wax whimsical about the salad days when such an august figure was what we in the business called "a lot of money." The gigantic sums of money earned by the likes of Apple and Google may have jaded us to such figures, but there are innumerable companies that would kill for a billion dollars of business in year.
Apple CEO Tim Cook says that a converged iPad/Mac isn't what customers want — but that doesn't stop people from asking for one.
We all feel it, the siren call of increased security so we can prevent another horrific terror attack. In France, in Britain, throughout Europe, in the U.S., in every country opposed to extremist Islamists, we feel that call. But we must resist the urge to throw privacy out the window in the name of fighting terrorism because we will get nothing in return.
Apple is doing really well. The company is fantabulously successful, or so Bryan Clark argued at TheNextWeb. But all that success is only masking the reality that Apple is in a heap of trouble with no future. That's what Bryan Clark is saying, and for his efforts he has earned himself a place in the Apple Death Knell Counter.
Apple may be planning on including digital license plate technology in its rumored electric car project. The speculation stems from Apple's recent hire of Rónán Ó Braonáin, director of engineering at Reviver—a company developing digital license plates. If you're thinking your next car will have digital plates, however, think again. Adoption for this technology is a long way off.
Did you hear the one about night being day, up being down, black being white, and Amazon opening up a brick and mortar book store? It turns out one of those things is true—earlier this week, Amazon opened up its first brick and mortar book store in the tony confines of Seattle’s University Village. Bryan Chaffin looks at what this might mean.
Modern TV viewers are faced with the need to mix and match services to get the content they want, control costs, and make good use of the DVR to skip ads and/or use ad-free services like Netflix. It's all part of the transition to 100 percent Internet TV. Unfortunately, as the TV industry tries to optimize profits, the viewer is often caught in the middle. The New Star Trek series highlights the dilemma Apple wants to solve.
Apple is planning to release a new 4-inch iPhone in the first half of 2016, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He says demand for the smaller screen iPhone is high enough to warrant what amounts to an upgraded iPhone 5s, although that doesn't seem like a typical move for the company that looks to where the puck is going.
The larger display of Apple's new iPad Pro invites new ways of doing things, new markets, new iOS capabilities and new kinds of apps. Will that be enough to reverse the decline in sales of the iPad line? No one knows for sure, but John Martellaro's hunch is that the sales decline of the product line will be reversed. However, he doesn't expect a major turnaround.
It looks like British Prime Minister David Cameron is closer to following through on his promise to essentially outlaw digital privacy. New proposed laws are expected to be unveiled on Wednesday designed to force Apple, Google, and other tech companies to give the U.K. government ways to decrypt personal data such as text chats under the guise of protecting citizens from terrorists and criminals.
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