Apple + Beats Reportedly about Preserving Music Industry and Hiring Iovine/Dre

8:09 PM, May. 22nd, 2014 · · Analysis

Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre

Apple wants to buy Beats mainly to bring CEO Jimmy Iovine and hip-hop legend Dr. Dre on board, according to online reports. Apple is also cognizant of its role pumping money into the music industry through the iTunes Store, and plans to operate Beats Music as a standalone service-on-the-side in order to provide a smooth transition from music downloads to music streaming. Bryan Chaffin explores these ideas.

Some Airlines Cracking Down on iPad Use in the Cockpit

2:25 PM, May. 20th, 2014 · · Analysis

Managing iPads in the cockpit

Airlines have been replacing those 40 pound briefcases that pilots used to carry, filled with paper maps, checklists and logs, with iPads. It's been a great success. But now that the airlines are also starting to provide Wi-Fi in the aircraft, the question arises: What else should pilots be allowed to do with those iPads during flight?

Hands Off: Apple Blocks Female Masturbation App from iPhone

4:57 PM, May. 19th, 2014 · · Analysis

A quick search at Apple's App Store for the iPhone will reward you with a long list of apps for sex positions, sex games, sex facts, premature ejaculation remedies, sex-related social networks, controlling your vibrator, and lesbian erotica stories. What it won't find is an app for female masturbation because that's a topic Apple apparently doesn't want to get its hands on.

Amazon Bullies Publisher, Proving DOJ Got it Wrong on Apple

5:50 PM, May. 16th, 2014 · · Analysis

Amazon

Amazon has been accused of bullying Hachette, the smallest of the so-called "Big Five" publishers. There has been lots of mainstream coverage of the issue, but what this situation really highlights is the stupidity of Eric Holder's Department of Justice and its campaign against Apple's iBooks Store.

At What Point Does Apple Stop Building Retail Stores in the U.S.?

4:40 PM, May. 15th, 2014 · · Analysis

Ever since the first Apple retail stores opened in May of 2001 in Tysons Corner, VA and the Glendale Galleria, CA, new stores have been opening on a regular basis with the total in the U.S. now exceeding 250. At what point does adding new stores in the U.S. no longer make sense?
 

NFC for iPhone: The Rumor that Keeps on Giving

8:32 AM, May. 12th, 2014 · · Analysis

Apple is reportedly bringing NFC, or near field communication, technology to the iPhone 6, and has a payment deal in place with China UnionPay. NFC rumors appear ahead of every iPhone launch, so it isn't any surprise to see them popping up again, but claiming Apple has a payment service deal in place with China's bank card system is a new twist.