Customer Focused Video Content Superseding Broadcast, and Apple is on Board

4:25 PM, Mar. 30th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple, TV and original content

For a long time, the TV entertainment model was for content creators to work through a middleman, a network. That meant appealing to as many as possible viewers and serving up the accompanying commercials. The Internet is changing the rules, and now focused content, direct to the viewer, is taking off. Even Apple is on the bandwagon, but can the company make it work?

Apple, Google, Facebook, Other Techs Urge North Carolina Repeal LGBT Discrimination Law

6:54 PM, Mar. 29th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Tim Cook and Apple

The leaders of more than 70 tech companies, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, have signed a letter urging North Carolina to repeal House Bill 2. These business leaders, many of whom do business in North Carolina, argue the bill is discriminatory, and doesn't align with, "the values of our companies, of our country, or even the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians."

That Time the Internet Taught Microsoft’s AI Chat Bot to Be Racist [Update]

6:46 PM, Mar. 24th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Tay Avatar

Tay says the darnedest things! Like, "ricky gervais learned totalitarianism from adolf hitler, the inventor of atheism." And when asked whether the Holocaust happened, she said, "it was made up." And don't forget that old chestnut about hating [racist name for black people] and advocating something beyond horrific for them. Updated to note that many of Tay's tweets are still available.

Tim Cook’s Proposition: Apple Has Reached Childhood’s End

2:45 PM, Mar. 24th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Tim Cook's Proposition

The reaction in our community to Apple's March 21st event has been mixed, to say the least. Thanks to sources, a pretty good idea about what would be presented evolved beforehand. And yet, some were sorely disappointed. Where was the jazz? Where was "One more thing!"? John Martellaro analyzes a brilliant explanation by Chuq Von Rospach of why the event unfolded the way it did.

Dr. Mac’s Working Smarter: Apps that Help You With the Pomodoro Technique

5:20 PM, Mar. 23rd, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Are you familiar with The Pomodoro Technique®? If you’re not, you really should check it out. Dr. Mac uses it every day to help him focus on a single task and remain focused for as long as necessary in 25 minute bursts. Because he's focused on a single task, he does better work and finishes it faster than if he's multitasking or trying to work between interruptions.

Thanks Apple, Now I have iPad Pro Envy

8:59 PM, Mar. 21st, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

The smaller iPad Pro is like mine, but also kind of better

I already have an iPad Pro, but today Apple gave me a serious case of iPad envy when it introduced the... well... iPad Pro. The new model sports a 9.7-inch display, just like the iPad Air, but otherwise packs in the same features as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro along with a few nice improvements. And I want it. Or, at least I want the new model's features in my bigger-screen iPad Pro.

Apple’s New 9.7-inch iPad Pro Should Breathe New Life Into the Product Line

4:00 PM, Mar. 21st, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

The new iPad thinking,

At Apple's March 21st Event, Apple SVP Phil Schiller introduced the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It includes an innovative "True Tone Display," four speakers with better volume, a smart keyboard, a great 12 MP camera. wired Ethernet capability and support for the Apple Pencil. Apple is methodically altering the user proposition of the iPad away from the legacy iPad as we knew it into a solid productivity tool.

Apple’s March 21 Event Will Have a Surprise Announcement

4:00 PM, Mar. 18th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

March 21 Apple Event surprise

For several weeks now, most every Apple observer has written the same thing about Apple's March 21 event: A new 4-inch iPhone and a new 9.7-inch iPad. No new Apple Watch 2. But if that's all we get (and don't get), the event is going to be fairly boring. What might Apple have up its sleeve? John Martellaro thinks he knows.

What Happens If Key Apple Engineers Refuse to Write GovtOS?

10:00 PM, Mar. 17th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Coder Protest

Picture this hypothetical scenario: Apple ultimately loses its legal fight against the FBI's demand that it create a new operating system that bypasses iOS security—an OS Apple has dubbed GovtOS. Apple CEO Tim Cook already pointed out Apple will obey the law, but what would happen if key Apple engineers refused to do the work, perhaps going so far as quitting their jobs at Apple?

Microsoft OneDrive Drives Me Nuts

2:57 PM, Mar. 17th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Microsoft OneDrive

Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus has had it up to here with Microsoft OneDrive's poor Mac support after encountering a problem that simply shouldn't be a problem with a Mac app.