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.

The Lost Legacy of the iPad: Action Games That Truly Teach

5:45 PM, Feb. 21st, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

There are iPad games that are greatly addictive. And there are buckle down educational apps that teach fundamental skills of use in academia that try, often in vain, to be fun. Given our enormous technological skills in app development, can the two ever be combined into a truly first-rate, important product?

Samsung’s Latest Tablet Ad Demonstrates Why it Remains Second to Apple

2:05 PM, Feb. 19th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Samsung's latest video ad for the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 shows that it is thinner and has a larger display than the iPad Air. It also has visual multi-tasking. The suggestion is that it is a better product. But that's not the real issue at all, and what Samsung has done just proves why it always plays second fiddle to Apple.

Advertisers Are Cranky Because Apple Protects Our Privacy

9:00 PM, Feb. 18th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Gimme!

News flash: the traditional advertising industry and its clients are cranky about Apple's penchant for protecting its customers' privacy. After all, we, the people, exist merely to be marketed to, and Apple's refusal to slice and dice everything it knows about us is a major fly in the advertising ointment.

Criticism of Apple, Without Offering Insight, is a Betrayal

4:40 PM, Feb. 14th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

There is no end to the criticism of Apple.  It comes in all shapes and forms. The real question, however, is not why Apple takes risks and makes mistakes. The real question is, what are journalists contributing to our understanding of Apple? A sour minded embrace of doom is a common approach, but it won't serve the readers in the long run.

3 Free Magical iOS Apps

9:22 PM, Feb. 7th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Free on iTunes

Think your iPhone is a bit of magic? Wait until you see these 3 apps Vern Seward features in this week's Free on iTunes. Crowsflight, Swiftkey Note, and Cardiio.