Why Ashton Kutcher May be the Only Steve Jobs We Get

10:34 AM, Dec. 9th, 2014 · · Analysis

Aaron Sorkin's biopic about Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs lost out on Christian Bale, then Leonardo DiCaprio, and now Natalie Portman. It also lost its studio backing, and if the project keeps on its current path, the only big screen Steve Jobs we'll get comes from critically panned "Jobs" starring Ashton Kutcher.

When Apple Pay Requires a Signature and When it Doesn’t

4:30 PM, Dec. 4th, 2014 · · Analysis

When Apple Pay might require a signature

Apple Pay shouldn't normally require an additional electronic signature. However, some users have reported that they've also been asked to provide a signature from time to time. John Martellaro reports his preliminary findings on when you may or may not have to electronically sign with Apple Pay.

Google Works on Making CAPTCHA Less Painful for People

7:38 PM, Dec. 3rd, 2014 · · Analysis

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Google is a major force in the world of CAPTCHA, providing a CAPTCHA API used in websites all over, including online commerce sites, feedback forms, Bitcoin faucets (oy ve, but these have made me a CAPTCHA expert), and others. The company announced a new API Wednesday called "CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA" that is intended to make the process of proving you're human less painful. (Check out the video below the fold.)

LA Schools New Headache: FBI Seizes Documents in iPad Deal

10:14 AM, Dec. 3rd, 2014 · · Analysis

The FBI paid an unscheduled visit to the Los Angeles Unified School District this week to sieze documents related to an iPad deal that went south. Agents left with 20 boxes filled with documents linked to the contract bidding process, Apple, and Pearson.

Eddy Cue on Apple Ebook Price Fixing Verdict: It’s Not Right

7:31 PM, Dec. 2nd, 2014 · · Analysis

With US$450 million on the line, Apple is ready for a court battle where it hopes to overturn Federal Judge Denise Cote's ruling that it participated in an ebook price fixing scheme. For Apple, the fight isn't about the money, but instead is about clearing the company's name and correcting a ruling senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue says just isn't right.

Apple Reportedly Building Chinese Sapphire Plant with Foxconn

9:36 PM, Nov. 26th, 2014 · · Analysis

Sapphire Boule

Apple's GT Advanced Technologies troubles are well-known, but a report coming out of Taiwan suggests that Apple isn't ready to give up on sapphire displays for iPhone just yet. A report out of China says that Apple-supplier Foxconn is building a plant in China to produce sapphire for iPhone displays.

DOJ Warns Apple that iOS Encryption Could Kill Children

10:46 PM, Nov. 19th, 2014 · · Analysis

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The number two person in the U.S. DOJ's number two person recently warned Apple the company's encryption scheme in iOS 8 will eventually result in the death of a child. Bryan Chaffin argues that when anyoen tells us we must give up privacy for the sake of the children, they've lost the argument.

Hachette Sort of Won The War Against Amazon

9:33 PM, Nov. 13th, 2014 · · Analysis

Hachette vs. Amazon

The Hachette Book Group won its public battle with Amazon on book prices. Sort of, at least. The two companies announced on Thursday that they had reached an agreement that left pricing control in Hachette's hands, but allows Amazon to treat Hachette titles differently according to how low that pricing is.