Factions Form For and Against Upcoming ‘Steve Jobs’ Film

9:48 PM, Oct. 5th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Michael Fastbender as Steve Jobs

Controversy is building around Steve Jobs, an upcoming film based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the same name. While praised by critics, the film is being criticized by some of the people who were closest to him, including his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and long-time Apple board member Bill Campbell.

Tim Cook Acceptance Speech for National Visibility Award from HRC (Video)

4:08 PM, Oct. 5th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Tim Cook Acceptance Speech for National Visibility Reward from HRC

Apple CEO Tim Cook received the National Visibility Award from Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT civil rights advocacy group. Mr. Cook took the award seriously enough to accept it in person, and HRC posted his acceptance speech to YouTube. He spoke about coming out, and the importance of fighting for basic human rights and human dignity for everyone, "regardless of their race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation."

Tim Cook: The NSA Won’t Be Asking for Backdoors (Anymore)

5:18 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook said he doesn't think we will hear the U.S. National Security Agency asking for a back door into our iPhones, at least not any more. In an interview on NPR's All Things Considered on Thursday, Mr. Cook implied that even the FBI is coming around on the need for end-user encryption.

OS X Security is a Lot Better Than You Thought

4:30 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Pondering OS X Security

Just about every week we see articles rolled out about how a security researcher has found a scary security flaw in OS X. It makes for great headlines, but how are the every day Mac users actually affected by these headlines, and how should they react? John Martellaro offers a calming counter perspective.

Dr. Mac’s First Look at the iPhone 6s

1:25 PM, Sep. 29th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Dr. Mac got an iPhone 6s last Friday; his initial impressions are in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode 143, a delightful little ditty he likes to call, "Dr. Mac's First Look at the iPhone 6s." It wasn't all wine and roses (Spoiler alert: He thinks the Rose Gold looks too pink). But after a rocky start, the Doc is pretty happy with his newest gadget.  

What Shall Apple Do with All That Money? Rethink the Car

2:30 PM, Sep. 25th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple & 21st Century cars

When a modern company has some extra money, creative executives have refined the art of rolling that money upwards towards themselves often starving other efforts. Even so, while car company R&D budgets are generally healthy, they may not be enough to make a major breakthrough in 21st century car technology. What if that's what Apple is planning to do?

This Is How You Know It’s Time for Apple Car

8:12 PM, Sep. 22nd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Bob Lutz on CNBC

Hey look, it's another auto executive explaining to the world how absurd it is for Apple to make a car. It's hard, he said. It will be a money pit, he said. Apple doesn't know anything about cars, he said. And most of all, he said that the auto industry is a low margin business, making it a terrible market to enter. This is how you know it's time for Apple Car.

So, What About Apple TV and iPad Pro?

2:35 PM, Sep. 22nd, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Last week Dr. Mac had so much to say about the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and how cool he thought 3D Touch was going to be that he ran out of space without mentioning Apple TV or iPad Pro. He rectifies that in this week's Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves.