Apple Denies Agreeing to Make iOS-to-Android Migration Tool under Pressure from EU

6:01 PM, Jan. 12th, 2016 · · Analysis

Apple in Europe

London newspaper The Telegraph reported Tuesday that Apple was working on a "simple tool" that would make it easy for iOS users to move their contacts, music, and photos to Android. The newspaper said Apple had agreed to do so under pressure from the European Commission (EC), but Re/code then reported that Apple flatly denied the story. Bryan Chaffin walks us through what it all means.

Elon Musk Calls Apple Car an ‘Open Secret’

9:24 PM, Jan. 11th, 2016 · · Analysis

Apple Car

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk told the BBC that Apple's unannounced car—Project Titan—was an "open secret." In an interview published Monday, Mr. Musk said that Apple's participation in the electric car market will "expand the industry."

Dueling Reports Claim Apple Developing Micro-LED and OLED Display Tech

9:05 PM, Dec. 16th, 2015 · · Analysis

the Cloudy Apple Crystal Ball

A pair of reports from DigiTimes are reporting dueling narratives: the first is that a new Apple R&D facility in Taiwan is developing next-generation micro-LED technology for future displays. The second claims that Apple is using the facility to develop flexible organic light-emitting diode (flexible OLED) displays.

Apple Has Low Profile R&D Facility in Taiwan for Developing Displays

4:10 PM, Dec. 15th, 2015 · · Analysis

The Apple Crystal Ball

Apple has been operating a research and development facility outside Taipei, Taiwan, for developing its own displays. In a feat of old fashioned gumshoe journalism, Bloomberg reported that Apple has some 50 engineers and other employees at the production laboratory—Bloomberg called it a "secret" facility, though it might be more accurate to call it low profile.

How Netflix is Delivering Better Video with Less Bandwidth

3:30 PM, Dec. 15th, 2015 · · Analysis

Netflix's New Video Processing Technique

In the Netflix Tech Blog, the new per-title encoding optimization has been explained in some technical detail. What they're doing is very smart, and doesn't involve any new compression standards. Rather it's an adaptive bitrate that optimizes the video stream based on the kind of content and the customer's available bandwith.