The National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) has put forth a proposal for Apple shareholders that would force the company to disclose more information about its sustainability programs. The right wing think tank also wants Apple to be more open about its participation in "certain trade associations and business organizations promoting the amorphous concept of environmental sustainability."
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill earlier this week to legalize cellphone unlocking. That should be great news because the Librarian of Congress refused to do so in 2012, but the reality is the House's bill is mostly a big bucket of meh.
Apple has officially added its hefty corporate weight to the business forces urging Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto a bill legalizing discrimination against homosexuals as long as the discriminator can claim religious prejudice. Apple has a recent track record of being politically active in the gay rights arena, both under the late Steve Jobs and under current CEO Tim Cook, a gay man.
Tim Cook tweeted a pair of remembrances for Steve Jobs's birthday on Monday, including one of Mr. Jobs's favorite phrases, "Stay hungry, stay foolish." He also reminded the world that Apple won't release a product before it's ready, a reference to Apple critics who whine about Apple's supposed lack of innovation.
Samsung's latest video ad for the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 shows that it is thinner and has a larger display than the iPad Air. It also has visual multi-tasking. The suggestion is that it is a better product. But that's not the real issue at all, and what Samsung has done just proves why it always plays second fiddle to Apple.
News flash: the traditional advertising industry and its clients are cranky about Apple's penchant for protecting its customers' privacy. After all, we, the people, exist merely to be marketed to, and Apple's refusal to slice and dice everything it knows about us is a major fly in the advertising ointment.
There is no doubt that Apple can make an iWatch that does all the right things: works as a standalone device and helps us monitor our health and upcoming events. Plus all the other cool stuff we know an iWatch can do. However, the biggest challenge may simply be good old-fashioned ergonomics.
When you're trying to convince the world how awesome your smartphone is, nothing can be more frustrating than that world seeing the Olympic athletes your sponsoring using someone else's device. Samsung's solution for this problem at the Sochi Olympic opening ceremonies is to deny reality and require athletes using iPhones to cover the Apple logo.
Remember desk accessories? Before there was multitasking on the Mac way way back—30 years ago—we had desk accessories. Cute little calculators, puzzles, scrapbooks and other neat-o do-dads! They were great. So why hasn't Apple considered letting users run iPad/iPhone apps on the Mac in their own windows akin to the desk accessories of yore?
Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang's plan for buying Motorola is nothing less than "surpassing" not only fellow Android OEM Samsung, but iPhone maker Apple. In an interview with Fortune held right after Mr. Yang addressed Motorola employees in Chicago, the Chinese executive said he believes his company can pass up both companies "over time." Good luck with that, sir.
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