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., 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.

Comcast’s New Stream Sounds More Like a Trickle

9:30 AM, Jul. 13th, 2015 · · Analysis

Comcast Stream TV content on your iPad

Comcast really wants its Internet-only customers to get in on some television action, so it's launching a new streaming service called Stream. On the surface Stream sounds like a great idea: watch TV from any Internet-connected device. The problem is that Comcast doesn't get how its Internet-only customers want to watch shows and assumes they only want to remove the need for an actual television in their homes.

Flash is an Exploit-pallooza, It’s Time to Give it Up

9:48 AM, Jul. 9th, 2015 · · Analysis

It's time to let Flash fade into history

Another major Flash security flaw was uncovered this week prompting Adobe to release an emergency patch. The exploit, along with the story behind its uncovering, is a perfect example of why it's time to abandon Flash once and for all.

Falling Sales Suggest Apple Watch Isn’t Resonating with Consumers

9:43 PM, Jul. 7th, 2015 · · Analysis

Slice Intelligence Apple Watch Chart

Apple Watch sales are on the decline, according to a report from Slice Intelligence via Marketwatch. Based on customer receipts sampled by Slice Intelligence, Apple Watch sales have fallen from 200,000 units per day in the opening week of sales to less than 10,000 per day in late June. Whether a seasonal slowing, a failing of marketing, or worse, a failure of product design and development, that decline suggests strongly that Apple Watch isn't the right device yet.