Tim Cook’s Gay Coming Out is a Big Deal for Equal Rights

9:52 AM, Oct. 30th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Tim Cook is the CEO of one of the most valuable companies and brands in the world, an advocate for human rights and equality, a very private man, and now a man that's openly gay. The big news isn't that Mr. Cook is gay — his sexuality, just like everyone else's — is very personal. The big news isn't new at all: Tim Cook is a powerful man doing what he can to make the world a better place for everyone.

MCX Holds Press Conference, Does Itself No Favors

9:37 PM, Oct. 29th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

MCX, the group behind CurrentC, held a press conference today to clear up misconceptions about the group and its agreements. It also had to discuss a data breach, and didn't do a very good job at addressing any of those things. Kelly explains what happened, and what she'd do instead.

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#lolcurrentc

The 3 Unexpected Consequences of Apple Pay Will be Huge

4:00 PM, Oct. 29th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple Pay isn't just a new mobile payment method. It's also a stake in the heart of merchants who want to use your purchase activity for their own ends. It gives companies who want to honor the customer a high-profile bandwagon to jump on. Finally, it punctuates Apple's leadership. John Martellaro looks at the unexpected consequences of Apple Pay.

Where to Buy a New iPad if You Want an Apple SIM

4:21 PM, Oct. 28th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple SIM for iPad instructions to Verizon users

I got a new iPad Air 2 last week and while I’m impressed, you’ll have to wait until next week for my review. Why? Well, while doing my due diligence I found a situation that’s more important for you to hear about today than my opinion of the iPad Air 2: Where you buy your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 matters, and it matters a lot.

Retailers to Apple Pay Customers: Shut Up and Keep Your Money!

3:21 PM, Oct. 26th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Retailers are choosing to disable all NFC payments, including Google Wallet and others, rather than accidentally accept Apple Pay. This is happening because some merchants are choosing to use CurrentC instead, which forbids accepting Apple Pay.

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This totally makes sense because no retailer in the history of this universe or any other has ever accepted more than one form of payment.

Wait.

Apple Pay is Soaring While Competitors Crash and Burn

5:02 PM, Oct. 24th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Large companies have large ambitions. When powerful tech companies come crashing into people's lives with products that give them pause, they naturally turn to a safe oasis. It's that human element, an Apple strength, that makes the company's products alluring. This week, Microsoft and Amazon were reminded of that while they watched Apple Pay become a warmly embraced product.

How I Came to Own and Sell a TAM Probably Owned by Jony Ive

6:50 PM, Oct. 21st, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

TAM

This story starts several years ago. I want to say 2004, but I don't remember for sure. A friend of a friend worked at Apple, and he heard I was looking for a TAM. It turns out it was probably owned by Jony Ive, and this is how I found out.

Don’t Upgrade to Yosemite or iOS 8.1 Before You Read This Column

2:24 PM, Oct. 21st, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Yosemite error messages

This has been a big week for Apple operating system upgrades: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite arrived last Thursday and iOS 8.1 came out yesterday. But as eager as you may be to sample their improvements, don’t install either until you read what I have to say.

How Apple’s Tim Cook Explained Away Poor iPad Sales

7:33 PM, Oct. 20th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

During Apple's Q4 2014 earnings report, Tim Cook was asked by Steve Milunovich with UBS about his views on the iPad sales of 12.31 million, the second (non-holiday) quarter of declining sales. Here's how Mr. Cook responded.