Apple is stepping up its already aggressive environmental game in China. The irony in this announcement is rich. Many on the political right in the U.S. equate environmentalism with the "commies," yet actually-Communist China has few regulations designed to protect its environment, and even fewer that are actually enforced.
Apple has come out publicly against the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, a surveillance bill that would give the U.S. government sweeping powers to collect information from tech companies. In a statement, Apple iterated its position that privacy should not be traded for security.
Google knows...well, everything about you. At least everything there is to know about you from your online activities. Selling what Google knows is how the company makes its money, after all. But sometimes Google giveth back of what it knows. For instance, Google knows that the number one thing you search for on Google Photos is...babies.
Apple may be running afoul of China's penchant for censorship, as the company recently deactivated its new Apple News app inside the borders. Technically, Apple News hasn't launched inside China in the first place, but users who downloaded the app outside the country have been reporting that it doesn't work once they cross the Great Firewall of China. it's a tricky spot for every Western tech company. Bryan Chaffin explains.
Apple is capable of making amazing products. Often that capability results in products that start off with a bang but never seize the marketplace. Then Apple's traditional desire to relentlessly move into the future takes hold and loyal customers are left behind. This is not a bug; it's a feature.
Apple CEO Tim Cook received the National Visibility Award from Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT civil rights advocacy group. Mr. Cook took the award seriously enough to accept it in person, and HRC posted his acceptance speech to YouTube. He spoke about coming out, and the importance of fighting for basic human rights and human dignity for everyone, "regardless of their race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation."
Apple CEO Tim Cook said he doesn't think we will hear the U.S. National Security Agency asking for a back door into our iPhones, at least not any more. In an interview on NPR's All Things Considered on Thursday, Mr. Cook implied that even the FBI is coming around on the need for end-user encryption.
This just in: Amazon thinks it's a platform. According to Bloomberg, Amazon has ordered Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices out of its stores because they aren't compatible with Amazon's own Prime television subscription content.
The TV industry is taking a traditional path towards new standards and better equipment. UHD/4KTVs and UHD/Blu-ray players and UHD Internet content will all play out as usual. Apple, on the other hand, has its own vision and can't change TV as we know it by playing along. Will the plan work?
Apple rolled out some very nice products during its September 9 event. The new iPhones are suitably drool worthy, and the new Apple TV has a lot of design thought put into it and will be the signature device from the event. However, John Martellaro was particularly impressed with the iPad Pro and its implications for the future of the iPad line.
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