Digital Content: How to Avoid Paying for Everything

7:45 PM, Nov. 23rd, 2013 · · Columns and Opinions

Time and money

The capability of content developers to produce material is increasing exponentially, and the Internet infrastructure grows furiously to keep up. How does one avoid paying for every little thing thrown at us in this mêlée?

3 Free eBooks Worthy of Apple’s iPad Retina Display

8:41 PM, Nov. 22nd, 2013 · · Columns and Opinions

Free on iTunes

Got a Retina Display iPad or iPad mini? Then you'll want these free ebooks Vern Seward is featuring in this week's Free on iTunes. Hubble Space Telescope: Discoveries, Guinness World Records: Awesome Animals, and Baby Animals. Check it out.

Apple-World’s Most Valuable Company-Scores Tax Break from Arizona School Board

5:30 PM, Nov. 19th, 2013 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple Tax Squeeze

Apple landed a tax break from Gilbert Public Schools governing board on Monday. According to AZCentral, the five-member board voted unanimously in favor of the deal, which Apple was seeking as an incentive to operate a major manufacturing plant in the area. Bryan Chaffin argues that this is part of a corporate race to the bottom that needs to stop.

iPad mini Retina Display Fuss: Shoppers Won’t Even Blink

1:30 PM, Nov. 19th, 2013 · · Columns and Opinions

iPad mini Retina Display Kerfuffle

A kerfuffle has been artificially created about how the iPad mini Retina doesn't have the full sRGB color gamut of the iPad Air. Think of it as a group nerdgasm, another chance to criticize Apple. The fact is, shoppers aren't even going to blink. The iPad mini Retina will fly off the shelves -- given what supply there is.

Apple: How to Spend $10 Billion And Make a Few Friends

3:15 PM, Nov. 15th, 2013 · · Columns and Opinions

Particle Debris

Inside Apple, the executives know they're in a manufacturing war with Samsung. Exotic materials, including sapphire, plus lasers and expensive robotic milling machines all contribute to modern electronic devices like our smartphones that make the difference between first-class consumer goods and second rate junk. That war has serious consequences, and so that's where Apple is spending the big bucks.