Senate Thumbs its Nose at Privacy with CISA Approval

11:02 AM, Oct. 28th, 2015 · · Analysis

Senate passes CISA bill, chips away at privacy

CISA, or the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, was passed by the U.S. Senate despite a long list of tech companies, protection groups, and individuals voicing their protest. The bill passed in a 74 to 21 vote on Tuesday, bringing what many see as little more than a broad sweeping surveillance scheme another step closer to becoming law.

What Tim Cook Really Said about Android Switchers

9:37 PM, Oct. 27th, 2015 · · Analysis

Apple CEO Tim Cook

The Mac Web and mainstream news outlets alike are reporting that 30 percent of Apple's iPhone customers in the September quarter switched from Android. If true, that would mean some 14.4 million Android users switched to iOS, but that's not what Apple CEO Tim Cook actually said.

Apple’s Tim Cook Says China Will Usurp U.S. to Become Top Market

8:28 PM, Oct. 27th, 2015 · · Analysis

Stacks of Yuan with an Apple wrapper

Apple delivered a strong message to Wall Street on Tuesday: your concerns over our business in China are much ado about nothing. During the company's quarterly conference call with analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook took several opportunities to stress how robust sales are in China, and to say he believes it will become Apple's top market.

Apple Quietly Builds $25 Billion Enterprise Business

6:45 PM, Oct. 27th, 2015 · · Analysis

During Apple's Q4 2015 Earnings report, CEO Tim Cook off-handedly mentioned that Apple has built a US$25 billion enterprise business. Apple has done that in a variety of ways, but especially with the enterprise focus of each new iOS release.

Chase Bank Takes on Apple Pay with CurrentC

10:35 AM, Oct. 27th, 2015 · · Analysis

Chase hops on board with MCX's CurrentC

JPMorgan Chase has its answer to Apple Pay: use CurrentC, but rebrand it as Chase Pay. Instead of supporting a mobile payment system that relies on NFC, Chase decided to go with the boondoggle that's backed by Walmart.

Switzerland’s Low End Watch Sales Fall in 3rd Quarter, Apple Watch Might Have Played a Role

7:39 PM, Oct. 23rd, 2015 · · Analysis

A watchmaker at work

Swiss watch exports declined 8.5 percent in the third quarter, including a 9.9 percent drop in September and a 10 percent drop in July, according to the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (via Reuters). While sales were down across the board, low-end timepieces in the Apple Watch price range took the biggest hit, and that could indicate Apple is having an impact on the industry.

Using Weather Apps on Your iPhone? Here Are Some Insider Tips

6:30 PM, Oct. 22nd, 2015 · · Analysis

Weather app details, Sun and Pressure

Weather apps, especially on the iPhone or iPad, are usually great looking and informative when it comes to the conditions and forecast. However, for some kinds of data, it requires just a little extra bit of extra knowledge to understand what the app is trying to tell you. This applies in the cases of atmospheric pressure and sunrise/sunset times.

Apple Takes Commie ‘Environmentalist’ Attitude to China

6:17 PM, Oct. 22nd, 2015 · · Analysis

Apple in China

Apple is stepping up its already aggressive environmental game in China. The irony in this announcement is rich. Many on the political right in the U.S. equate environmentalism with the "commies," yet actually-Communist China has few regulations designed to protect its environment, and even fewer that are actually enforced.

Love it or Hate it, Sorkin’s Steve Jobs is an Emotional Ride

10:53 AM, Oct. 22nd, 2015 · · Analysis

Sorkin's Steve Jobs is a love or hate it movie

Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle's "Steve Jobs" is rolling out to theaters now, but if you're planning on seeing a documentary about the life of Apple's co-founder, think again. The movie is a drama inspired by events in Steve Jobs's life and you're either going to love it or hate it.