CurrentC Races to Irrelevance, May not Launch Until 2016

1:10 PM, Aug. 13th, 2015 · · Analysis

CurrentC is doomed to irrelevancy before it even launches

CurrentC is another step closer to securing its place as the big non-starter in the mobile payment field now that parent company MCX CEO Brian Mooney has said its 2015 launch may slip into 2016. Meanwhile, Apple Pay and other NFC-based mobile payment options are already available and drawing in more users.

Verizon’s New Phone Plans Prove Sometimes You Follow the Little Guy

5:45 PM, Aug. 10th, 2015 · · Analysis

Verizon ditches old-school contracts and subsidized iPhone deals

Verizon, the largest single cell service provider in the United States, is finally throwing in the towel and following T-Mobile's lead by ditching traditional contracts for its customers. Instead of two-year contracts and subsidized phone prices, Verizon is going with flat monthly fees for services and customers will pay full price for their smartphones—showing that sometimes the little guys really can make big changes happen.

When Google Did Evil

6:20 PM, Aug. 6th, 2015 · · Analysis

Turning points. If you look any person, company, or organization you'll find a key moment that sent that entity down a particular path, be it good or bad. Bryan Chaffin argues that Google had a turning point when it decided to promote its own content over the competition even when its own algorithms said that content had less value.

Apple Has Starring Role in New Crypto War

10:00 PM, Jul. 31st, 2015 · · Analysis

Watching Eye Behind an iPhone Screen

It seems safe to say a new round of the Crypto Wars is in full gear. In fact, let's officially call it Crypto Wars 2.0, because proxy parties are keeping the fight simmering in the background between full on salvos from the main parties involved. Meanwhile, Apple maintains its starring role in the fight due to end-to-end encryption built into iOS and OS X.

Your Fitness Tracker May be Wrong, but that Doesn’t Make it Bad

6:11 PM, Jul. 28th, 2015 · · Analysis

Nike FuelBand with coins. Nike FuelBand settlement value is in education, not money.

Nike has agreed to pay out US$2.4 million to settle a lawsuit where it and Apple were accused of misleading consumers into believing the Nike FuelBand logged accurate fitness tracking data. The pain point in the settlement isn't the money; instead, it's the fact that most fitness trackers simply aren't accurate.

Google Plus + Google Agenda = Facebook Win

10:00 PM, Jul. 27th, 2015 · · Analysis

Google Branded Baloney

Google announced it was scaling back on Google Plus, showing you can't build a social networking service on top of a corporate agenda. Despite all of its many advantages, Google hasn't been able to make a dent in Facebook's dominance of this market.

Apple Redefines the Power of Plain Language in New iPhone Campaign

8:40 PM, Jul. 24th, 2015 · · Analysis

A page from Apple's Why there's nothing quite like iPhone

Apple launched a website Friday titled, "Why there's nothing quite like iPhone." What stands out for Bryan Chaffin is the company's use of plain language to encapsulate what fans of iPhone think about our device. On every page, Apple strikes to the core of our love for iPhone in a way that may resonate with real people.

Senator Franken thinks Apple is a Streaming Music Bully

11:38 AM, Jul. 23rd, 2015 · · Analysis

Sen. Franken thinks Apple has an unfair advantage in streaming music

Apple is using its market dominance to cut consumer choice in the streaming music space, or so thinks Senator Al Franken (D-MN). The Senator has asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into Apple's deals with record labels for Apple Music content over concerns that the iPhone and iPad maker may violating antitrust laws.