Google Knows: You Search for Baby Pictures More Than Anything Else

6:43 PM, Oct. 20th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Google Knows

Google knows...well, everything about you. At least everything there is to know about you from your online activities. Selling what Google knows is how the company makes its money, after all. But sometimes Google giveth back of what it knows. For instance, Google knows that the number one thing you search for on Google Photos is...babies.

Apple’s Artform: Graceful Technology Advances Without Retro Feelings

5:25 PM, Oct. 16th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Vinyl Record

Today's tech-minded customers like to be part of advancing technology. It's fun and exciting. But if a company pushes too hard and in the wrong ways, without an understanding of customer psychology, relentless change can become the enemy. One sure sign of that is when people start to celebrate retro ways of thinking.

Dr. Mac’s Digital Shoebox Strategy for Storing and Finding Stuff Everywhere

12:50 PM, Oct. 14th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Where do you store all the little bits of information that don’t fit in the usual places like Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, and such? You know what I mean—all those little bits of text, images, movies, or sounds that you hope to refer to in the future (if you can find them). Dr. Mac provides his prescription for saving and organizing your little bits and then finding them when you need them -- Only in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #145; only here at the one and only Mac Observer.  

Apple News Runs Afoul of China’s Great Firewall

8:05 PM, Oct. 12th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple's iPhone in China

Apple may be running afoul of China's penchant for censorship, as the company recently deactivated its new Apple News app inside the borders. Technically, Apple News hasn't launched inside China in the first place, but users who downloaded the app outside the country have been reporting that it doesn't work once they cross the Great Firewall of China. it's a tricky spot for every Western tech company. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Silicon Valley Sources Refute Elon Musk Claims about Apple

8:30 PM, Oct. 9th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Elon Musk and Tim Cook Taking a Ride in TMO's Rendering of an Apple Car

Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the world Friday that Apple has been hiring people fired from Tesla, that Apple is jokingly known as the Tesla Graveyard. That's not the story I've been hearing for some time from my sources. My understanding is that many people have been leaving Tesla to go to a variety of other companies, and not just to Apple.

Tesla’s Elon Musk Rant at Apple Means He’s on to Something Scary

5:15 PM, Oct. 9th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Tesla, Elon Musk and Apple

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, has had some sharp comments to make about Apple recently, but the underlying message is that while Tesla has merely set the stage, it will be Apple that eventually shakes up the automobile industry. Big Time. And that's what has Mr. Musk worried and snarky.

The Two Sides of Apple: Brilliance and Ennui

6:00 PM, Oct. 8th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

The Two Sides of Apple

Apple is capable of making amazing products. Often that capability results in products that start off with a bang but never seize the marketplace. Then Apple's traditional desire to relentlessly move into the future takes hold and loyal customers are left behind.  This is not a bug; it's a feature.

Factions Form For and Against Upcoming ‘Steve Jobs’ Film

9:48 PM, Oct. 5th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs

Controversy is building around Steve Jobs, an upcoming film based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the same name. While praised by critics, the film is being criticized by some of the people who were closest to him, including his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and long-time Apple board member Bill Campbell.

Tim Cook Acceptance Speech for National Visibility Award from HRC (Video)

4:08 PM, Oct. 5th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Tim Cook Acceptance Speech for National Visibility Reward from HRC

Apple CEO Tim Cook received the National Visibility Award from Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT civil rights advocacy group. Mr. Cook took the award seriously enough to accept it in person, and HRC posted his acceptance speech to YouTube. He spoke about coming out, and the importance of fighting for basic human rights and human dignity for everyone, "regardless of their race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation."