Amazon Tries to Woo Authors in Hachette Dispute

8:23 PM, Jul. 8th, 2014 · · Analysis

Amazon vs. Hachette

Amazon is trying to woo authors in its ongoing dispute with book publisher Hachette by offering to let them have the full purchase price of Hachette-published Kindle ebooks. Wait, that's not exactly right. Oh, here it is: Amazon is floating this idea to a few authors through a letter that has leaked, but the retailing giant hasn't actually proposed it.

Tim Cook May Be Planning Much-Needed Expansion for Apple’s Board

6:30 PM, Jul. 7th, 2014 · · Analysis

Shopping for Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook is looking to expand his company's board of directors, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Citing unnamed sources, the paper said that Mr. Cook is "actively seeking new directors" to add to the eight-member board, a remarkably small board for a company as large as Apple.

The Eternal Conflict Between Apple and Customers: iPhone Cases

5:00 PM, Jun. 30th, 2014 · · Analysis

iPhone: to case or not to case?

Apple goes to some trouble to make its iPhones (and iPads) beautiful and joyful to hold, just as they are out of the box.
On the other hand, customers love to protect and personalize their iOS devices with cases that have colorful designs. This is an enduring conflict of interest between Apple and customers. Apple probably wouldn't mind if iPhone cases disappeared, but it may be a long time coming.

Facebook Makes It Clear Users Are Playthings

4:26 PM, Jun. 30th, 2014 · · Analysis

Facebook's Disgusting Experiment

Facebook's management has a message for users: you are our playthings and we'll manipulate you in any way that we see fit. That message was made clear when researchers released the results of a "massive experiment on Facebook" that manipulated the newsfeeds of hundreds of thousands of unwitting, involuntary participants.

Hands-On with the T-Mobile Test Drive and iPhone

3:25 PM, Jun. 27th, 2014 · · Analysis

T-Mobile Test Drive

Curious about T-Mobile’s service? Have them send you an iPhone to try it out! TMO’s Melissa Holt signed up for the Test Drive, and in this article, she’ll tell us what they sent her, how she liked the experience, and what caveats to remember if you want to go for a Test Drive too.

Apple Rumored To Be Developing Homekit Hardware

7:45 PM, Jun. 26th, 2014 · · Analysis

HomeKit

An online report claims Apple is working on "smart home" hardware to work with HomeKit. Apple is reportedly "beyond the exploratory phase" of hardware development in this area, and believes that smart home hardware could be a mainstream device.

Supreme Court Says Cell Phone Searches Require Search Warrants

4:16 PM, Jun. 25th, 2014 · · Analysis

In a decision that backs up the idea that cell phones and smartphones deserve the same privacy protections from the government as other parts of our lives, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled police must obtain search warrants before looking through the contents of our iPhones. Previously, law enforcement agencies could look through text messages, email messages, photos and more on smartphones to collect evidence without using search warrants.

Nest Will Open Up Devices to Google After All

7:25 PM, Jun. 24th, 2014 · · Analysis

Nest

You remember that thing where Google bought Nest, but Nest would stay separate, and it wouldn't be sharing its data with Google anyway, so shut up about privacy? Yeah, turns out there should have been an asterisk attached, and the footnote for that asterisk would have said, "Yeah, not so much." Bryan Chaffin gets his rant on.