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.

Apple Takes Public Stance Against ‘CISA’ Surveillance Bill

4:48 AM, Oct. 21st, 2015 · · Analysis

iSpy

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.