The iPhone Security Flaw That Apple Intentionally Creates

3:45 PM, Apr. 5th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple's iPhone convenience features are risky

Apple includes certain convenience functions in iOS that make life better. Then, as a result, inventive users find workarounds that expose private information using special techniques. This is often labelled a "Security Flaw."  Of course, it's nothing of the sort.  But the bigger question is, what is Apple thinking?

Dillan’s Voice: iPad Helps Autistic Teen See His Words and Hold onto His Thoughts

6:56 PM, Apr. 4th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Dillan's Voice Screenshot

Apple published a very powerful video over the weekend called Dillan's Voice. It tells the story of Dillan, a non-verbal autistic teen whose iPad has helped him connect with the world. The 2 minute video is one of those powerful messages Apple excels at—and funny enough, it allows us to connect with Dillan in a way we might not have otherwise.

The Most Important Thing to Remember on Apple’s 40th Birthday

6:05 PM, Apr. 1st, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Appel's 40th Birthday

Apple turned 40 years old today. Yep. 40. It was April 1st, 1976, when Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne formed Apple Computer. This is the stuff of technology legend, and the story has been told, retold, and then told again. Bryan Chaffin says the best present you could give Apple is to forget about that past.

How Can Apple Possibly Compete with the Tesla Model 3?

4:15 PM, Apr. 1st, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Tesla Model 3 vs. Apple

Yesterday's announcement by Tesla of its Model 3 has ignited the industry. The company has received more than 200,000 pre-orders in less than 24 hours. Looking forward, Tesla's goal is to sell 500,000 cars a year in 2020. Suddenly, Tesla has poured on the coals, and Apple's rumored goal of 2020 (perhaps 2019), suddenly looks lethargic. In one fell swoop, the pure electric car is poised to explode onto the scene. Can Apple ever catch up? 

How to Use Heresy to Ignite Apple’s Mac Sales

4:30 PM, Mar. 31st, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

New, heretical thoughts

From the TMO Department of Heresy comes this thought. Apple is no longer in a pitched PC war. Instead, upwards of 65 percent of Apple's total revenue comes from iPhones. On the other hand, Apple wouldn't mind selling more Macs. So why not pour on the coals and provide Windows 10 on selected Macs, pre-installed? It would eliminate headaches for many education and business customers who really want Mac hardware, and it could really boost Mac sales.

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.