Apple Takes Public Stance Against ‘CISA’ Surveillance Bill

4:48 AM, Oct. 21st, 2015 · · Analysis


Apple has come out publicly against the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, a surveillance bill that would give the U.S. government sweeping powers to collect information from tech companies. In a statement, Apple iterated its position that privacy should not be traded for security.

Google Knows: You Search for Baby Pictures More Than Anything Else

6:43 PM, Oct. 20th, 2015 · · Analysis

Google Knows

Google knows...well, everything about you. At least everything there is to know about you from your online activities. Selling what Google knows is how the company makes its money, after all. But sometimes Google giveth back of what it knows. For instance, Google knows that the number one thing you search for on Google Photos is...babies.

Apple Removes Hundreds of Apps for Snooping after They Got Past App Store Review Process

8:26 PM, Oct. 19th, 2015 · · Analysis

Monster with Chinese flag in front of iPhone

Apple allowed hundreds of apps into the App Store even though they were scraping personal information directly in violation of Apple's developer guidelines. The company has since pulled the apps and banned the compromised third party advertising SDK responsible for the snooping, but it shows Apple's walled garden can't keep the bad guys out with 100 percent accuracy.

Apple and Microsoft Race to Rethink the Tablet

5:30 PM, Oct. 14th, 2015 · · Analysis

iPad Pro vs Surface Pro 4

The Apple iPad started out with a bang, but has started to run out of gas. Microsoft's Surface tablets never did get off to a good start, but now Microsoft has a new, emerging strategy. Which company will get the future tablet right the fastest? 

Apple News Runs Afoul of China’s Great Firewall

8:05 PM, Oct. 12th, 2015 · · Analysis

Apple's iPhone in China

Apple may be running afoul of China's penchant for censorship, as the company recently deactivated its new Apple News app inside the borders. Technically, Apple News hasn't launched inside China in the first place, but users who downloaded the app outside the country have been reporting that it doesn't work once they cross the Great Firewall of China. it's a tricky spot for every Western tech company. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Tag CEO: Selling 5 Million Apple Watches Is ‘Genius,’ but Smartwatches Over $2K Have a Problem

6:51 PM, Oct. 12th, 2015 · · Analysis

Jean-Claude Biver on CNBC

Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH's watch division and CEO of Tag Heuer, has an on-again, off-again affair with Apple Watch. In an interview on CNBC, he said that if Apple has sold five million Apple Watches, it is a "genius" accomplishment. At the same time, he said smartwatches priced more than $2,000 (like Apple Watch Edition) have a huge problem.

Silicon Valley Sources Refute Elon Musk Claims about Apple

8:30 PM, Oct. 9th, 2015 · · Analysis

Elon Musk and Tim Cook Taking a Ride in TMO's Rendering of an Apple Car

Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the world Friday that Apple has been hiring people fired from Tesla, that Apple is jokingly known as the Tesla Graveyard. That's not the story I've been hearing for some time from my sources. My understanding is that many people have been leaving Tesla to go to a variety of other companies, and not just to Apple.

Apple on iPhone Battery Performance: You’re Measuring It Wrong

9:10 PM, Oct. 8th, 2015 · · Analysis

Some testing and real-world usage has found that devices powered by an Apple A9 chip made by TSMC get as much as 50 minutes more battery life than devices powered by A9s made by Samsung. Apple told TechCrunch, however, that its internal data shows a modest 2-3 percent difference as a whole, and that benchmark testing procedures are not an accurate way to measure battery life.

Tim Cook: The NSA Won’t Be Asking for Backdoors (Anymore)

5:18 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · · Analysis

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook said he doesn't think we will hear the U.S. National Security Agency asking for a back door into our iPhones, at least not any more. In an interview on NPR's All Things Considered on Thursday, Mr. Cook implied that even the FBI is coming around on the need for end-user encryption.