Apple Signals New Stance on Bitcoins and Other Cryptocurrencies

4:14 PM, Jun. 3rd, 2014 · · Analysis

Baby Steps

Apple has signaled a new stance on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with a change to its App Review Guidelines for the App Store. Though Bitcoin wasn't mentioned by name, for the first time Apple specifically stipulated that the "transmission" of "approved virtual currencies" would be allowed, a reversal from an unstated position that resulted in all Bitcoin wallets being kicked out of the App Store.

WWDC14: Why No New Hardware Was Announced

4:58 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · Analysis

There was plenty of expectation that Apple would inject some hardware excitement into the WWDC keynote, but it didn't happen. Apple has introduced hardware in the past at this event, but in this year's event, Apple had bigger fish to fry.

Apple Announces Support for Third Party Keyboards in iOS 8

3:52 PM, Jun. 2nd, 2014 · · Analysis

SwiftKey

Apple announced support for third party keyboards in iOS 8, correcting a long-standing shortcoming of the mobile operating system. The support is part of Extensions, a new feature in iOS 8 that allows features in an app to be extended to other applications.

Dish Network Becomes Largest Company to Accept Bitcoin for Customer Payments

7:16 PM, May. 29th, 2014 · · Analysis

Dish Network and Bitcoin

Dish Network announced on Thursday that it will begin accepting Bitcoins for payment, the largest company to do so to date. Dish said it was working with Coinbase's Instant Exchange service for Bitcoin payments, a service that instantly converts Bitcoins to dollars, allowing Dish to avoid dealing with the sometimes volatile price of the cryptocurrency.

Eddy Cue: Steve Jobs Built Apple to Last 100 Years

5:13 PM, May. 29th, 2014 · · Analysis

The Apple Crystal Ball

According to Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue, the late Steve Jobs built Apple to last 100 to 200 years. The comments came during this week's Code Conference in response to a question from Re/code cofounder Kara Swisher in the wake Mr. Cue's comment that Apple had the best product pipeline he's seen in 25 years.

Get Ready for Apple TV Evolution

8:56 AM, May. 29th, 2014 · · Analysis

TV sucks, we're stuck with glorified VCRs, and it's time for a change. So said Apple's senior vice president of Internet services and software Eddy Cue at Re/code's Code Conference on Wednesday, hinting that its time for Apple TV to evolve again.

Apple Home and TV Automation Concepts: Thinking Outside the Puck

2:45 PM, May. 28th, 2014 · & · Analysis

Apple home automation & TV: thinking outside the puck.

Tomes have been written about Tim Cook's interest in TV
and what Apple might be doing with a next generation TV system. So far, the discussion has been around a next generation Apple TV black puck or maybe even a full UHDTV. However, when cast in the light of a home automation system, many doors seem to open right and left.

Google’s Purchase of Nest May Have Been a Defensive Move

9:01 PM, May. 27th, 2014 · · Analysis

Google's Defensive Play

The initial reaction to a report that Apple will unveil a home automation platform during WWDC has been to characterize it as  reaction to Google buying Nest Labls. Bryan Chaffin argues that the reality is that Google buying Nest was the defensive move.