Why Apple’s Time Machine Utterly Fails User Needs

5:30 PM, Feb. 4th, 2016 · · Editorial

Apple's Time Machine languishes

Apple's Time Machine backup system was born in a time when Apple realized that customers weren't routinely backing up their Macs. So a simple, stopgap system, with some novel features, was devised for the novice user. Unfortunately, over the years, the app hasn't progressed and kept pace with modern user needs. Today, most every tech writer says: Use it, but don't trust it completely. This is unfortunate.

California Bill Would Ban Encrypted Smartphones

6:20 PM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · · Editorial

Promo shot of Assembly Member Cooper, in the middle

It turns out that New York isn't the only state with uninformed state legislators with misguided thoughts on technology. California Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-9th) introduced Assembly Bill 1681 this week, a bill that would ban the sale of all encrypted smartphones without backdoors available to the manufacturer.

New York State Bill Wants to Force Apple and Google to Wreck Encryption

7:54 PM, Jan. 14th, 2016 · · Editorial

iSpy

Meet Assemblyman Matthew Titone, the latest politician intent on ignoring security reality and keen to force Apple and Google to expose all of us to malicious hackers, criminals, and foreign government spies. He referred a bill to committee in the New York State Assembly last week that would require manufacturers or operating system makers to put a back door in smartphone encryption on pain of penalty of some $2,500 per device sold or leased that violate the law.

How Kids Can Learn to Code on an iPad, Part I

6:10 PM, Dec. 30th, 2015 · · Editorial

Kids, iPads and Programming

The dominant computing device of the last 30 years was the PC (or Mac). Almost every family had one, and any kid who wanted to learn to code could do so. Starting in about 2010, there was a distinct shift to mobility, smartphones and iPads. The very design of these devices weighed against software languages and learning to code. There are signs this is harming our youngest.  However, help is on the way.

It’s Time for Apple to Convert Dollars to Leadership

4:30 PM, Dec. 29th, 2015 · · Editorial

Apple, dollars & leadership

Apple has been enormously successful in developing products that solve customer problems by elegantly merging its software to amazing hardware. And so, in 2016, it'll be about time for Apple to start converting all that revenue and cash on hand into some serious, visible leadership roles, not just me too products, incrementally upgraded.

Samsung Files Appeal on Apple Patent Case with U.S. Supreme Court

8:49 PM, Dec. 14th, 2015 · · Editorial

Samsung Copier

Samsung has appealed its landmark patent infringement loss against Apple to the U.S. Supreme Court. The South Korean copier giant not only wants its verdict overturned, it wants the Supreme Court to effectively change the way design patents are handled by the courts so that it will be free to copy at will.

How I’d Like to See the Apple TV Evolve

3:45 PM, Dec. 8th, 2015 · · Editorial

Evolution of the Apple TV

There is the Apple ecosphere and there is the 4K UHD ecosphere. That creates tension. Right now, for technical reasons, it was fairly reasonable for the 4th generation Apple TV to dispense with 4K UHD support, but that will change in the next two years. Here are my best wishes for how Apple handles the transition.