Can Tony Fadell Save Google Glass? Probably Not

6:23 PM, Jan. 15th, 2015 · · Analysis

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Good Ol' Google Glass is "graduating" from an experimental project at Google[x] Labs, according to a blog post from the Glass team. Though that team didn't directly announce it, reports say that the product is being taken over by Tony Fadell, the CEO of Nest and the creator of Apple's iPod. Can he save it? Bryan Chaffin doesn't think so.

Fitbit’s HealthKit Gamble Makes Good Business Sense, for Now

6:53 PM, Jan. 14th, 2015 · · Analysis

As more companies join the HealthKit platform, Fitbit's decision to stay out of Apple's fitness tracking ecosystem looks like a shot in the foot, especially considering how vocal former Fitbit loyals have been about switching to competitor's products. That wait-it-out decision may, however, be the smartest move Fitbit could make.

Lesbian Emojis for iPhone Shows Apple can do More for Diversity Acceptance

10:31 AM, Jan. 13th, 2015 · · Analysis

Representation of gay and lesbian users in Apple's emoji set on the iPhone and iPad is limited to just two same sex couples holding hands, but that's changing thanks to the Lesbian Emojis app from Kimberly Linn. The app's collection of lesbian-themed emoji adds more choices to the little icons we include in our text messages, but also underscores the surprising lack of diversity in Apple's emoji set.

AT&T to FTC: We Can Throttle Data, and You Can’t Stop Us

10:58 AM, Jan. 12th, 2015 · · Analysis

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit against AT&T to stop the cell service provider from throttling download speeds for its customers who still have unlimited wireless data plans. AT&T argues the FTC doesn't have any jurisdiction over its wireless data services, and as such isn't in a position to stop it from throttling download speeds for customers it thinks are using too much of their unlimited data.

Apple Drops the Ball on Sony’s “The Interview” Deal

12:52 PM, Dec. 24th, 2014 · · Analysis

What do you do if North Korea strong arms you into pulling a movie from release? If you're Sony, you turn to the White House in hopes of convincing Apple to release it through the iTunes Store. And if you're Apple, you blow the chance for an exclusive deal so YouTube and Xbox Video can jump in instead.

Rockstar Patent Sale Indicates Further De-escalation of Mobile Patent War

8:45 PM, Dec. 23rd, 2014 · · Analysis

Rockstar Patent Sale Indicates Further De-escalation of Mobile Patent War

Rockstar Consortium, Inc. announced a major patent sale to licensing firm RPX on Tuesday. The company, which is co-owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony, will part with more than 4,000 patents, the bulk of its remaining patent portfolio. The move signals a further de-escalation of the patent wars in the mobile space, because RPX will license the patents to some 30 different groups of companies across the industry.

BBC Films ‘Apple’s Broken Promises’ for Worker Conditions in Pegatron iPhone Factory

8:09 PM, Dec. 18th, 2014 · · Analysis

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The BBC has published a video (below) showing what it describes as "Apple's broken promises" to improve and protect working conditions in its Chinese factories. The media organization sent undercover reporters in to work at a Pegatron factory making Apple iPhones, where they filmed company-orchestrated cheating on tests, hours that far exceed Apple's requirements, and intimidation tactics used to control workers.