Apple Earns a Black Eye for Apple Music

5:00 PM, Jul. 2nd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Any sufficiently large software project will have significant failure points. This is a lesson Apple has steadfastly refused to learn. It's not as if there weren't any warning signs.

Apple TV vs. Roku 3: May the Best Little Streaming Box Win

4:00 PM, Jul. 1st, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple TV vs. Roku 3

Apple TV is getting long in the tooth, which set Dr. Mac to wondering if there was a better streaming media box available, or if Apple TV, which hasn’t seen an significant update since 2012, was still king of streaming media boxes... 

Apple Updates GarageBand for Mac and iPhone: New Drummers, Apple Music Connect, Force Touch

6:42 PM, Jun. 30th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

GarageBand Icons

Apple released GarageBand 10.1 for OS X Yosemite on Tuesday, as well as GarageBand 2.0.7 for iOS 8. Both updates add support for Apple Music Connect, allowing artists to upload content directly to Connect. The Mac version also adds ten new drummers, new patches, 1,000 new Apple Loops, support for Force Touch trackpad (which is currently only available on Apple's new MacBook), and more.

8 Years After Launch, It’s an iPhone World

6:15 PM, Jun. 29th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

iPhone Birthday Cake

Apple shipped the first iPhone eight years ago today. It was June 29th, 2007. That's not so long ago, and yet it feels like forever because Apple has made this into an iPhone world. 

Music Just Isn’t Worth What It Used to Be

6:05 PM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Music Just Isn't Worth What It Used to Be

How much is music worth? That question has been pushed to the foreground by Apple Music, Taylor Swift, and new cries that Apple is undervaluing artists. Bryan Chaffin says this battle has been brewing for a long time, and he doesn't think some artists will be happy where it leads.

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.