Three Old Constitutional Arguments Apply Equally Well to Apple’s iPhone and the FBI

5:31 PM, Feb. 25th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

If you love the constitution, the right to privacy, and America, you should support Apple against the government's push to destroy your civil liberties. Three tried and true Constitutional arguments against eroding our civil liberties apply to this case just as they have to many other civil liberty struggles of the past. John Kheit explains.

Why Tim Cook Has Declined to Reveal Apple Watch Sales is Now Clear

4:40 PM, Feb. 24th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Cook's Apple Watch Strategy

Even before the Apple Watch first shipped, Apple's CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple Watch quarterly sales would not be broken out for financial analysts. At first that seemed overly defensive by Apple and worrisome to observers, but in time, we've seen how clever a strategy it has been. John explains why.

Why We Won’t See a New Apple Watch 2 Until September

4:30 PM, Feb. 19th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Particle Debris

As Apple customers, we're accustomed to seeing the most popular consumer products updated annually. Like the iPhone and iMac.  However, there are very good reasons why we won't see a new Apple Watch in March. John Martellaro explains Apple's challenges.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Offers Milquetoast Support for Apple in FIve Tweets

9:51 AM, Feb. 18th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Google CEO Sundar Pichai offered support, of sorts, to Apple and CEO Tim Cook's fight against a government order to create software that would allow the FBI to brute force attack a terrorist's iPhone. In series of five whole tweets, Mr. Pichai called an open letter from Mr. Cook "important" and questioned the judge's order that would force Apple to create surveillance tools, but his comments were a far cry from endorsing Mr. Cook's position.

A Tale of Two Universal Remotes: Harmony vs. Blumoo

4:30 PM, Feb. 17th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

It’s been a couple of years since Dr. Mac talked about universal remote control devices and apps. He says an awesome universal remote control is the holy grail of home automation; having a single device that can mimic every function of all five individual remote controls for his home theatre system is priceless. And the ability to control his Phillips Hue and Lutron Caseta lights, Nest thermostat, and other smart devices from a single remote (or iOS app) is the icing on the cake.

Kanye West Needs Help and not Just Because he Hates Apple Music

6:51 PM, Feb. 16th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Kanye West at Tribeca Film Festival 2009

Self proclaimed best musical artist of all time Kanye West isn't going to have anything to do with streaming his latest album on Apple Music and instead is going exclusively with Tidal. This is after he begged people to sign up for the streaming music service a couple days earlier—and tried to get Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to throw some serious money his way—in what looks like a complete and very public emotional unraveling.

The SoDoSoPaization of Silicon Valley

5:43 PM, Feb. 15th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

SoDoSoPa Screenshot

John Kheit thinks that Silicon Valley has allowed itself to become SoDoSoPaized. Nothing else can explain the unbearable, total non-thinking, incessant, goose-step mimicry of Apple, and he wants it to stop.