Amazon Explores the Brave New World of Brick and Mortar Book Sales

6:50 PM, Nov. 5th, 2015 · · Analysis

Amazon Books

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.

Crazy Mix: a New Star Trek Series, CBS, Apple TV and the Cord Cutter

4:10 PM, Nov. 4th, 2015 · · Analysis

Muddling through the Internet TV transition

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. 

No, Apple Isn’t Releasing a New 4-inch iPhone

3:03 PM, Nov. 4th, 2015 · · Analysis

Apple isn't reviving the 4-inch iPhone

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.

iPad Pro Will Stop Decline in Apple’s iPad Sales - Maybe

3:45 PM, Nov. 3rd, 2015 · · Analysis

iPad Pro's prospects

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.

UK’s Ban on Effective Encryption a Step Closer to Reality

2:41 PM, Nov. 3rd, 2015 · · Analysis

UK law would kill effective encryption

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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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.