Home Automation is Collapsing Into a Trough of Disillusionment

3:00 PM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

When a new technology first emerges, corporations have no choice but to hype their products in the hopes of becoming a leader, collecting all the early adopter profits and squeezing out the competition.  Customers, on the other hand, get tired of the hype and bear the brunt of half-baked products. The technical term for all this is the Hype Cycle. Could this be happening with home automation?

Edward Snowden: Consumers Should Support Apple to Incentivize Privacy

9:09 PM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Edward Snowden: Consumers Should Support Apple to Incentivize Privacy

Edward Snowden said on Wednesday that customers should support Apple's stance on privacy, whether or no CEO Tim Cook is being sincere about that stance. Speaking via a video conference during the Challenge.rs conference in Barcelona, Mr. Snowden said that companies like Apple that don't trade on our private data should be incentivized to do so.

Dr. Mac’s Thoughts on WWDC

4:25 PM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Dr. Mac's Thoughts on WWDC

Did you watch the Apple keynote last week? Dr. Mac did and he gave it a B+ overall. Wanna know more? Read his take on everything Apple announced last week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode 127: My Take on What Apple Announced Last Week.

Would Apple be More Competitive Without Macs? Not Really

9:00 PM, Jun. 15th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Would Apple be More Competitive Without Macs? Not Really

Apple is stretched pretty thin, these days. Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple Car, iCloud, Apple Pay, iBooks, iTunes, Apple Music, OS X, and iOS, just to name a few. Some have suggested Apple kill its legacy Mac business to leave it free to focus on other products. Bryan Chaffin argues that this represents a fundamental misunderstanding of Apple and the Mac, both.

Privacy Will Be a Hard Sell, Even for Apple

9:21 PM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Privacy Will Be a Hard Sell, Even for Apple

Apple is amping up its campaign to make privacy a selling point. But can even the greatest marketing phenom in recent history do so? Bryan Chaffin says it's going to be a hard sell.

The One Thing We Need in OS X El Capitan (And Didn’t Get)

4:30 PM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Have OS X users become overwhelmed by terabytes of data? Are they bored or over burdened by the idea of backing up? Is iCloud a simplistic, lame answer to a much more complex question? OS X El Capitan does nothing to address this emerging issue.

Apple’s Lack of Nostalgia Is Its Super Power

7:46 PM, Jun. 11th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple Music

There is no company less inclined towards nostalgia than Apple. We got another example of that this week when the company pulled "iPod" from its main menu bar. In its place is "Music," a link to the company's newly announced Apple Music service. This may be Apple's most important super power.

Former RIM CEO Admits iPhone and (Im)Perfect Storm Killed BlackBerry

4:54 PM, Jun. 10th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions


A combination of Apple's disruptive iPhone and Research In Motion's (RIM) inability to release its own touchscreen device is what did in the once-iconic BlackBerry. Jim Balsillie, the former co-chief executive of RIM (now called BlackBerry Inc.), acknowledged that RIM was simply unable to compete with Apple's smartphone.