What If You Won’t Be Able to Buy an Apple Car?

5:45 PM, May. 13th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple Car Striding the Globe

We know Apple is working on a car—but what if it turns out the company isn't planning on letting you drive or own that car? What if instead of designing a consumer car for end-users, Apple is instead designing a vehicle or vehicles it will use to deploy its own fleet of autonomous ride-sharing cars?

7 Reasons Apple Would Want to Invest in China’s Didi

4:50 PM, May. 13th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple in China

Apple invested $1 billion in Didi, a Chinese ride-sharing company. You might even call them the Uber of China, because the company owns that market in China, claiming 97 percent share with 14 million registered drivers and 11 million rides per day. Bryan Chaffin gathered seven reasons why Apple might have wanted to make such an investment.

iPhone Upgrade Fever: We’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling

4:00 PM, May. 13th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple Upgrade Fever Gone?

The iPhone has gotten better and better every year. The iPhone 6 sated customer hunger for a larger display, but then Apple had to fill the gap for many who preferred a 4-inch display on the iPhone SE. Along the way, the world economy slowed, dramatic improvements for the 6s dried up, and many customers felt like their current iPhone was good enough. So what's next for the iPhone?

Gen. Hayden to FBI: Stop Obsessing on Content and Focus on Metadata

6:27 PM, May. 12th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

General Michael Hayden

General Michael Hayden has a simple message for FBI Director James Comey: stop obsessing over content and focus on metadata. The former director of the NSA and the CIA said that unbreakable encryption is inevitable, unstoppable, and that the worst thing that could happen to the United States would be a successful effort to outlaw such technologies in this country. Bryan Chaffin digs in.

The iTunes App is Too Big and Needs to Fail

2:00 PM, May. 12th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

iTunes drift into irrelevance

It's no secret that customers and observers are greatly annoyed with the current state of the iTunes app on the Mac. It's become bloated, confusing, and it certainly Apple's worst piece of software. Daily, there are pleas on the internet to fix it. Apple may have other ideas.

The Explosion of Video Entertainment is Taking Us Into a Zombie State

6:00 PM, May. 11th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

The Video Explosion & Effects

The Video is what gives the entertainment industry its power. It's an electromagnetic field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the tech community together. And it bores us to death with our devices, leaving us wanting ever more stimulation. Meet John in a rare ranting moment.

Mr. Cook, Tear Down That App

1:14 PM, May. 9th, 2016 · · Columns and Opinions

Crude Mock-up

iTunes is a disaster. It’s been so overloaded that it's now become the flamebearer for bloat. Minor deck chair reshuffling will not be enough to make things right. iTunes needs to be broken up into about 6 separate applications to simplify it, reduce bloat, make it more manageable and make it approachable for mere mortals.