Microsoft unveiled its grand plan for moving past the Windows 8 legacy, which is to skip a number and go straight to Windows 10. Hey, wow. It's just like OS X 10.10 Yosemite! Imagine that?
Facebook announced Atlas Solutions on Monday, an online advertising network that will allow Facebook to profit from your user data in places other than Facebook. With Atlas, Facebook will deliver targeted ads to third party sites and mobile apps, just like Google.
Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of the late Steve Jobs, is the 28th wealthiest person in America, and the 4th richest woman. According to Forbes magazine's newest wealth ranking, Mrs. Powell Jobs is worth some $16.6 billion, less than the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Sheldon Adelson, and Sergey Brin, but more than roughly 313.9 million other people.
By some standards, Apple has had a rough two weeks. The media has pointed to these problems for several classic reasons: attention and money. But how bad is it really? Which problems are real and which ones will blow over? John Martellaro does his grading.
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer knows he messed up mobile while at Microsoft, according to Reuters, but he won't let that get in the way of taking the better mobile device away from his new basketball team. In a profile on Mr. Ballmer and the L.A. Clippers, Mr. Ballmer said that the team's iPads are out, but not until the off season.
The FBI and other law enforcement folk are tense about Apple's gleeful proclamationt that the company can't unencrypt our data. FBI Director James Comey told reporters that he is "very concerned" about tech companies like Apple and Google stepping up their privacy game and protecting customer data. Bryan Chaffin argues law enforcement has only itself to blame.
Last Friday I got an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus for review; by mid-afternoon I had both fully charged, synced, and ready to rock. Sure I felt dorky with an iPhone in each hand all weekend, but it was worth it, gentle reader, to bring you this early hands-on report. But even more importantly, it was worth it to help me solve a first-world problem: Which iPhone 6 should I buy?
Apple resisted the idea of a phablet for a long time and so did its customers. But times have changed, and we've moved on. Nowadays an Apple phablet is just what many need. Just don't call it a phablet. Call it a Plus.
Apple Pay isn't just something Apple dreamed up and hopes will be adopted. Rather, it's part of and compatibile with a worldwide move to stem the tide of credit card fraud. And Apple is leading the way.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has some advice for those concerned about privacy and your data: follow the money. In an interview with Charlie Rose posted to YouTube on Monday (embedded below the fold), Mr. Cook made an impassioned argument that Apple makes its profit from selling goods, rather than selling you.
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