The TV Industry is Apple’s Gordian Knot

5:00 PM, Mar. 6th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple's TV Gordian Knot

Apple makes an enormous amount of money by selling hardware, and hardware generally doesn't change over its lifetime. However, in the TV industry, services come and go. Perhaps innovation by Apple consists of coping with change rather than eliminating it.

3 Free iOS Apps That Will Smarten You Up

6:24 PM, Feb. 28th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Free on iTunes

Got a question? Vern Seward points out 3 free iOS apps that will help you find the answer in this week's Free on iTunes. Duck Duck Go, Merlin Bird ID, and Learnist.

How Apple is Exploiting Android’s Weakness

5:45 PM, Feb. 28th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Particle Debris

As in warfare, a great business technique is to turn an enemy's strength into a weakness. Apple appears to be doing exactly that with its increased emphasis on the business advantages of going with Apple's closed, secure, curated mobile operating system, iOS.

Right Wing Think Tank Wants Apple to Disclose Sustainability Costs

4:46 PM, Feb. 27th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

$AAPL

The National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) has put forth a proposal for Apple shareholders that would force the company to disclose more information about its sustainability programs. The right wing think tank also wants Apple to be more open about its participation in "certain trade associations and business organizations promoting the amorphous concept of environmental sustainability."

House Passes Cellphone Unlocking Bill Packed with Disappointment

10:06 AM, Feb. 27th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill earlier this week to legalize cellphone unlocking. That should be great news because the Librarian of Congress refused to do so in 2012, but the reality is the House's bill is mostly a big bucket of meh.

Apple Urges Arizona Governor to Veto Bill Legalizing Gay Discrimination

9:43 PM, Feb. 24th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Just Say No

Apple has officially added its hefty corporate weight to the business forces urging Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto a bill legalizing discrimination against homosexuals as long as the discriminator can claim religious prejudice. Apple has a recent track record of being politically active in the gay rights arena, both under the late Steve Jobs and under current CEO Tim Cook, a gay man.

Tim Cook Tweet Reminds World “It’s Worth Waiting to Get It Right”

6:55 PM, Feb. 24th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Tim Cook

Tim Cook tweeted a pair of remembrances for Steve Jobs's birthday on Monday, including one of Mr. Jobs's favorite phrases, "Stay hungry, stay foolish." He also reminded the world that Apple won't release a product before it's ready, a reference to Apple critics who whine about Apple's supposed lack of innovation.