LA Schools New Headache: FBI Seizes Documents in iPad Deal

10:14 AM, Dec. 3rd, 2014 · · Analysis

The FBI paid an unscheduled visit to the Los Angeles Unified School District this week to sieze documents related to an iPad deal that went south. Agents left with 20 boxes filled with documents linked to the contract bidding process, Apple, and Pearson.

Eddy Cue on Apple Ebook Price Fixing Verdict: It’s Not Right

7:31 PM, Dec. 2nd, 2014 · · Analysis

With US$450 million on the line, Apple is ready for a court battle where it hopes to overturn Federal Judge Denise Cote's ruling that it participated in an ebook price fixing scheme. For Apple, the fight isn't about the money, but instead is about clearing the company's name and correcting a ruling senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue says just isn't right.

Apple Reportedly Building Chinese Sapphire Plant with Foxconn

9:36 PM, Nov. 26th, 2014 · · Analysis

Sapphire Boule

Apple's GT Advanced Technologies troubles are well-known, but a report coming out of Taiwan suggests that Apple isn't ready to give up on sapphire displays for iPhone just yet. A report out of China says that Apple-supplier Foxconn is building a plant in China to produce sapphire for iPhone displays.

DOJ Warns Apple that iOS Encryption Could Kill Children

10:46 PM, Nov. 19th, 2014 · · Analysis

iSpy

The number two person in the U.S. DOJ's number two person recently warned Apple the company's encryption scheme in iOS 8 will eventually result in the death of a child. Bryan Chaffin argues that when anyoen tells us we must give up privacy for the sake of the children, they've lost the argument.

Hachette Sort of Won The War Against Amazon

9:33 PM, Nov. 13th, 2014 · · Analysis

Hachette vs. Amazon

The Hachette Book Group won its public battle with Amazon on book prices. Sort of, at least. The two companies announced on Thursday that they had reached an agreement that left pricing control in Hachette's hands, but allows Amazon to treat Hachette titles differently according to how low that pricing is.

Apple Pay and Full Service Dining - Here’s How It Works

4:05 PM, Nov. 13th, 2014 · · Analysis

Apple Pay with OpenTable

It's easy to use Apple Pay with the cashier at, say, Walgreens or Panera Bread. But what about full service restaurants where you normally pay the server at your table? John Martellaro wondered how this could work, and it turns out that OpenTable has an answer.

AppleCare+ Cost for Phones, iPads - Do You Win or Lose?

4:30 PM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · · Analysis

AppleCare+ for iPads and iPhones has turned into a game of Russian Roulette with all kinds of options and service charges for accidental damage. John Martellaro has built a handy table to help you decide if AppleCare+ for an iPhone or iPad is right for you.

FCC Chairman Shoots Down President’s Call for Strong Net Neutrality Oversight

3:49 PM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · · Analysis

President Barack Obama and and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler both agree something needs to be done to protect Net Neutrality, but they don't agree on exactly what that will be. Mr. Wheeler told Internet company executives he doesn't support the President's call for strong controls to ensure all Internet traffic is treated equally, and instead wants a system that caters more to ISPs such as Comcast and Time Warner.

Masque Attack: Why Your iPhone is Probably Safe

10:00 AM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · · Analysis

Masque Attack sounds like an ominous threat to the iPhone and iPad because it lets attackers replace legit apps with their own malicious versions. Getting those on your iOS device, however, involves some trickery and interaction on your part. The security flaw is serious, but it isn't likely to hit you.