Apple, other Tech Companies Push for Strong NSA Reform

4:17 PM, Dec. 9th, 2013 · · Analysis

The National Security Agency's data tracking and collection has gone too far according to several high profile tech companies that includes Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, and they're calling for serious reform. The companies have teamed up to push for government surveillance reform around the world with an open letter to President Barak Obama, and they have a new website where anyone can see their proposed changes.

Apple Launches Apple Store iBeacons to Show Why NFC is Quaint

9:18 PM, Dec. 6th, 2013 · · Analysis

iBeacon

Apple has launched iBeacon—Bluetooth-powered stations that can communicate with iPhones and iPads. The feature allows Apple to guide customers and send information to their devices, but the bigger story is that Apple is proactively demonstrating why it never bothered to support near-field communications, or NFC.

Judge Cote to Apple: Talk to the Hand, or DOJ

2:06 PM, Dec. 6th, 2013 · · Analysis

Judge Denise Cote has responded to Apple's complaints over what the company sees as overreaching actions on the part of court appointed monitor Michael Bromwich, and she's telling the company to take up its issues with the Department of Justice. Judge Cote assigned Mr. Bromwich to monitor the iPhone and iPad maker as part of the company's sentence for ebook price fixing, and so far he's pushed for interviews with executives that aren't involved in ebook pricing and handed over a bill for services at US$1,100 an hour.

German Retailer Claims Mac Pro Release Date of December 16th

6:14 PM, Dec. 4th, 2013 · · Analysis

Apple's New Mac Pro

Do you smell that? That's the scent of pressed aluminum in the air, and that means we're getting close to the expected release of Apple's delicious new Mac Pro. An Apple retailer in Germany—Conrad Electronics—has made a successful grab for some publicity by claiming the device will be available on December 16th, even though Apple hasn't announced a release date.

8 Important Things You Can Do With an iPad

2:35 PM, Dec. 4th, 2013 · · Analysis

Important things to do with an iPad

There are over 475,000 apps for the iPad.  The vast majority of those apps are, generally, inwardly focused on the user: games, cooking, weather, entertainment, finance, health, medical, social networking and so on. What's often overlooked are productivity apps that are outwardly focused, those that make a difference and allow the user to make a contribution to others. John Martellaro takes a look at the second category, and you may be surprised.

Apple Heads Towards Throwdown Over Antitrust Court-Appointed Monitor

9:49 PM, Dec. 3rd, 2013 · · Analysis

Apple in Court

Apple and its court-appointed monitor—attorney Michael Bromwich—appear to be headed towards a throwdown over his mandate. Details over friction between the two began emerging over the thanksgiving weekend, but a new report shows that tensions and stakes are running even higher.

Apple Wants Courts to Hold Samsung Accountable for ‘Unclean Hands’

8:24 PM, Dec. 3rd, 2013 · · Analysis

Wash Me

Apple wants the court to make sure there are repercussions for Samsung wrongdoings in the ongoing court battles between the two companies. Apple has asked the court to declare that Samsung has "unclean hands," and to bar certain Samsung executives from engaging in licensing negotiations because they improperly obtained confidential information. Bryan Chaffin explains.

iPad Scores Big for Black Friday Retailers

7:05 PM, Dec. 3rd, 2013 · · Analysis

Apple's iPad was the big seller on Black Friday at Walmart, Best Buy and Target. iPad models were the top sellers at both Walmart and Target, while at Best Buy it was outsold by Microsoft's Surface tablet, according to data from InfoScout.

Apple’s Topsy Labs Purchase isn’t about Rejoining the Social Networking Game

9:01 AM, Dec. 3rd, 2013 · · Analysis

Apple recently purchased the social media tracking company Topsy Labs for around US$200 million, which gives the iPhone and iPad maker a database of Twitter posts dating back to the social networking site's launch in 2006. On first glance, the purchase could be seen as another attempt on Apple's part to get deeper into the social networking game, but this buy may be more about selling ads.