iPhone Upgrade Fever: We’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling

4:00 PM, May. 13th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple Upgrade Fever Gone?

The iPhone has gotten better and better every year. The iPhone 6 sated customer hunger for a larger display, but then Apple had to fill the gap for many who preferred a 4-inch display on the iPhone SE. Along the way, the world economy slowed, dramatic improvements for the 6s dried up, and many customers felt like their current iPhone was good enough. So what's next for the iPhone?

Gen. Hayden to FBI: Stop Obsessing on Content and Focus on Metadata

6:27 PM, May. 12th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

General Michael Hayden

General Michael Hayden has a simple message for FBI Director James Comey: stop obsessing over content and focus on metadata. The former director of the NSA and the CIA said that unbreakable encryption is inevitable, unstoppable, and that the worst thing that could happen to the United States would be a successful effort to outlaw such technologies in this country. Bryan Chaffin digs in.

The iTunes App is Too Big and Needs to Fail

2:00 PM, May. 12th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

iTunes drift into irrelevance

It's no secret that customers and observers are greatly annoyed with the current state of the iTunes app on the Mac. It's become bloated, confusing, and it certainly Apple's worst piece of software. Daily, there are pleas on the internet to fix it. Apple may have other ideas.

The Explosion of Video Entertainment is Taking Us Into a Zombie State

6:00 PM, May. 11th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

The Video Explosion & Effects

The Video is what gives the entertainment industry its power. It's an electromagnetic field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the tech community together. And it bores us to death with our devices, leaving us wanting ever more stimulation. Meet John in a rare ranting moment.

Mr. Cook, Tear Down That App

1:14 PM, May. 9th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Crude Mock-up

iTunes is a disaster. It’s been so overloaded that it's now become the flamebearer for bloat. Minor deck chair reshuffling will not be enough to make things right. iTunes needs to be broken up into about 6 separate applications to simplify it, reduce bloat, make it more manageable and make it approachable for mere mortals.

Apple Music Connect Joins Apple’s Legacy of Neglect

7:22 PM, May. 6th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple Music Connect - Neglected

9to5Mac is reporting that Apple plans to "demote" Apple Music Connect, one of the most promising features of Apple Music. Whether or not that happens, Connect is one a long line of products and services that Apple has released, only to then neglect it, and Bryan Chaffin is pissy about it.

Why I’m not Buying an Apple Smoke Detector

8:45 PM, May. 4th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

An Apple smoke detector alert system? No thanks

If Apple makes a smoke detector, I'm not buying it. Considering the bag of hurt HomeKit is, I'm just not ready to trust a life or death-level product to Apple regardless of how awesome my Mac, iPhone, and iPad may be.

The Internet of Things is Really a Thing in Germany

3:10 PM, May. 4th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus at Hannover Messe 2016

In April, Dr. Mac spent nine days in Germany learning about Industry 4.0, the worldwide initiative (conceived in Germany) to develop standards and protocols to integrate the Internet of Things (IoT), cyber-physical systems (CPS), and the Internet of Services (IoS), with large-scale data collection and analysis and machine learning. In other words, it's about smart, networked automation with smart, self-configuring components. He visited more than a dozen manufacturers, research institutes, universities, and startups across three German states and toured the fabled Hannover Fair with none other than President Obama and Chancellor Merkel. And you can read all about it right here!