China’s Xiaomi Is No Apple

6:30 PM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · · Editorial

Bleh

China's Xiaomi. It's the Apple of China, or so some would have us believe. This company has been called China's Apple, and its CEO has been called China's Steve Jobs. It's a bunch of crap, of course, and this weekend Xiaomi demonstrated its commitment to proving it. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on the subject.

The Emerging War Over Desktop Push Notifications

12:05 PM, Aug. 14th, 2014 · · Editorial

Push

Push notifications may have grown up on mobile apps. But now the Web is making a comeback because of a push notification innovation introduced by Apple through Safari Mavericks. Warring standards are already beginning to emerge, though Apple holds the early lead.

Looking Back at Our Ridiculous 3.5-inch iPhone Displays

3:00 PM, Aug. 11th, 2014 · · Editorial

Smartphone display growth

The original Apple iPhone started out with a 3.5 inch display. That worked great for a telephone in 2007 that could also run a few Apple apps, but in 2014 we do so much with our iPhones that a larger display is a must. John informally compares three smartphones: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 5s, and an Amazon Fire Phone.

Behold the LG ‘G’ Android Smartwatch in Direct Sunlight

5:30 PM, Jun. 26th, 2014 · · Editorial

The Sun

LG launched the G smartwatch to coincide with the Google I/O developer conference on Wednesday. The device was hardly met with fanfare, but a photograph posted to Twitter on Thursday reveals that LG might not thought this thing through all the way.

Amazon Is Not A Serious Apple Competitor…Yet

10:53 PM, Jun. 20th, 2014 · · Editorial

Apple and Amazon

Yesterday Kelly agreed with analyst Brian White's confidence in Apple up until he said "Apple is unique in its ability to develop hardware, software and services that work together seamlessly.” While he's right that Apple is the only one right now, it seems that Amazon is aspiring to the same thing.