Senator Franken thinks Apple is a Streaming Music Bully

11:38 AM, Jul. 23rd, 2015 · · Analysis

Sen. Franken thinks Apple has an unfair advantage in streaming music

Apple is using its market dominance to cut consumer choice in the streaming music space, or so thinks Senator Al Franken (D-MN). The Senator has asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into Apple's deals with record labels for Apple Music content over concerns that the iPhone and iPad maker may violating antitrust laws.

Is the iPad Doomed? Not According to Apple CEO Tim Cook

6:45 PM, Jul. 21st, 2015 · · Analysis

iPad sales discussed in 2015Q3 earnings report

"I am still bullish on iPad." That's what Apple CEO Tim Cook said about the iPad to investment analysts during the 2015 Q3 earnings report. Mr. Cook mentioned business initiatives with iBM, the new features of iOS 9 and the fact that the consumer upgrade cycle "will eventually occur." 

Samsung’s New Allies in Apple Patent Fight: Google, Facebook

11:41 AM, Jul. 21st, 2015 · · Analysis

Samsung gets new allies in smartphone design patent fight against Apple

Samsung has some new allies in its fight to overturn Apple's big mobile device design patent win. Google, Facebook, HP, Dell, and several other companies have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals asking for the ruling against Samsung to be overturned because it poses a serious risk to the ongoing development of new and useful technologies. In essence, they're saying to move technology forward they need to be able to copy competitor's designs without fear of repercussion.

Apple Hires Auto Exec with Manufacturing Experience

9:42 PM, Jul. 20th, 2015 · · Analysis

Carriage with Apple Logo

Apple has hired Doug Betts, a former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV executive in charge of global quality at the legacy automaker. Mr. Betts's experience is in the world of automobile manufacturing—The Wall Street Journal called him an "auto industry manufacturing veteran"—and the hire could signal that Apple is getting more serious about building a car.

Non Techies Love Their Apple Watches More than Techies

7:19 PM, Jul. 20th, 2015 · · Analysis

Wristly Apple Watch Customer Satisfaction Chart

97 percent of Apple Watch owners are either Somewhat Satisfied or Very Satisfied with the device, according to a survey from Wristly. The survey of some 800 Apple Watch owners places customer satisfaction above both the original iPhone and the original iPad—but even more interestingly, the survey suggests that non-techies love the device more than techies.

That’s Embarrassing: Affair Site Ashley Madison Hit in Data Breach

1:59 PM, Jul. 20th, 2015 · · Analysis

User data from affair site Ashley Madison was stolen. So that's awkward.

Ashleymadison.com, the website known for its tagline, "Life is Short. Have an Affair," has 37 million users sweating bullets since hackers made off with the company's entire database. The hackers have started releasing names from the database, and plan to release more if AshleyMadison and its partner site Established Men aren't shut down. It looks like lots of people are suddenly in the middle of a very embarrassing situation.

Facebook’s Internet Challenge: Let’s Kill Flash

9:50 AM, Jul. 14th, 2015 · · Analysis

Facebook wants an official end date for all Flash support

Adobe's Flash has gone from the darling of the Internet party to creepy crasher everyone wishes would leave. Apple turned its back on Flash years ago, Google and YouTube aren't fans any more, Firefox now blocks Flash content automatically, and the latest nail in the coffin is coming from Facebook's Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos is calling for a kill date where all Web browsers drop support for the multimedia platform at the same time.

12.9-Inch iPad Pro Rumors Cross into Definitely Happening Territory

4:32 PM, Jul. 13th, 2015 · · Analysis

An iPad inside a crystal ball

Rumors and leaked information about a large—12.9-inches in this case—iPad crossed into what I consider definitely-happening territory. Taiwan-based DigiTimes reported on Monday that Apple was being cautious about ordering components for the unannounced device, and that Foxconn Electronics would be manufacturing the device.