Privacy Will Be a Hard Sell, Even for Apple

9:21 PM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · · Analysis

Privacy Will Be a Hard Sell, Even for Apple

Apple is amping up its campaign to make privacy a selling point. But can even the greatest marketing phenom in recent history do so? Bryan Chaffin says it's going to be a hard sell.

Flipboard: We Shipped Apple’s News App Five Years Ago

6:12 PM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · · Analysis

Mike McCue

Mike McCue, CEO of Flipboard, said Friday that Apple's News app "is something that we actually shipped five years ago." Apple's News app pulls in content from publishers and presents it richly formatted, and it was immediately compared to Flipboard as Apple presented it during Monday's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote.

Apple’s Lack of Nostalgia Is Its Super Power

7:46 PM, Jun. 11th, 2015 · · Analysis

Apple Music

There is no company less inclined towards nostalgia than Apple. We got another example of that this week when the company pulled "iPod" from its main menu bar. In its place is "Music," a link to the company's newly announced Apple Music service. This may be Apple's most important super power.

Former RIM CEO Admits iPhone and (Im)Perfect Storm Killed BlackBerry

4:54 PM, Jun. 10th, 2015 · · Analysis


A combination of Apple's disruptive iPhone and Research In Motion's (RIM) inability to release its own touchscreen device is what did in the once-iconic BlackBerry. Jim Balsillie, the former co-chief executive of RIM (now called BlackBerry Inc.), acknowledged that RIM was simply unable to compete with Apple's smartphone.

Apple Music Lands Taylor Switft, But Beatles Are a No-Show

9:14 PM, Jun. 9th, 2015 · · Analysis

Apple Music Lands Taylor Switft, But Beatles Are a No-Show

Apple has managed to get Taylor Swift on board for Apple Music, but the company has yet to ink a deal with The Beatles, according to Bloomberg. Ms. Swift is a score for Apple, as she loudly pulled her catalog from Spotify, but the absence of The Beatles shows that not even Apple has been able to get everyone under one streaming roof. Yet.

It’s Finally Time to Buy a New iPad

4:29 PM, Jun. 9th, 2015 · · Analysis

At WWDC, Apple announced some very nice new features for iOS 9 that bring the iPad up to date but require the latest hardware. Is Apple being callous in an attempt to get us to buy new iPads? Will the changes in iOS 9 be enough to spur sales? John Martellaro ponders.

Another Chink in CurrentC’s Armor: Target Wants In-store Apple Pay

5:24 PM, May. 28th, 2015 · · Analysis

CurrentC's latest kick in the pants: Target wants in-store Apple Pay

When MCX came out guns blazing for the unveiling of CurrentC, it looks like it was firing blanks because yet another big-name parter is now openly embracing Apple Pay. Target CEO Brian Cornell says he wants to expand beyond Web-only orders for Apple Pay and plans to bring the wireless payment system to stores.

Google Study Finds ‘Security Questions’ Next to Useless

2:39 PM, May. 22nd, 2015 · · Analysis

Google Study Finds 'Security Questions' Next to Useless

Google has published the results of a study that found security questions (or challenge questions) used for online account recovery are next to useless. To distill it down to a single sentence, security questions, "suffer from a fundamental flaw: their answers are either somewhat secure or easy to remember—but rarely both." Bryan Chaffin explains.