Thinking Differently about Apple Spending Billions to Buy a Big Media Company

6:18 PM, May. 26th, 2016 · · Editorial

The Apple TV Crystal Ball

Apple is reportedly planning to ramp up spending on original content to "several hundred million dollars a year," according to an unnamed source cited by The Financial Times of London. The story was based in part around a supposed meeting where Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue pitched the idea of Apple buying Time Warner, but the takeaway should be that Apple is seriously committed to streaming content.

Purism Laptops to Protect You from Surveillance Capitalism

10:23 PM, May. 20th, 2016 · · Editorial

Librem 11 Laptop

SAN FRANCISCO - There's a new hardware company on the scene called Purism, and the name is a significant clue as to what the company is all about: pure software. At its heart, Purism is dedicated to providing computer hardware driven entirely by open source software so that users can "trust, but verify." Purism is putting itself in direct opposition to what it considers "surveillance capitalism." Bryan Chaffin has the low-down.

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

4:50 PM, May. 13th, 2016 · · Editorial

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.

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

6:27 PM, May. 12th, 2016 · · Editorial

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 · · Editorial

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 · · Editorial

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.

Why I’m not Buying an Apple Smoke Detector

8:45 PM, May. 4th, 2016 · · Editorial

An Apple smoke detector alert system? No thanks

If Apple makes a smoke detector, I'm not buying it. Considering the bag of hurt HomeKit is, I'm just not ready to trust a life or death-level product to Apple regardless of how awesome my Mac, iPhone, and iPad may be.