Judge Denise Kote not only saddled Apple with a court-appointed outside attorney to monitor the company's antitrust compliance, she then picked the attorney she wanted—Michael Bromwich—without also establishing how much he would be paid. The result? After two weeks on the job, Mr. Bromwich is trying to charge Apple $1,100 per hour. Bryan Chaffin thinks this is outrageous.
Referring to Windows RT, Microsoft's executive for devices Julie Larson-Green recently said: "We should not have called it Windows." And so it goes with Microsoft's recent confusion about OSes and branding with its mobile devices. The good news is that some clarity appears to be emerging -- as soon as Windows RT dies.
There are two notable camps amongst Apple's irritable critics. First, if Apple had more products, they'd have more sales. Second, if Apple spent more on R&D, they could buy their way into inovation and, again, exciting new products. Highly critical pressure to achieve that, on demand, is irrational.
Apple landed a tax break from Gilbert Public Schools governing board on Monday. According to AZCentral, the five-member board voted unanimously in favor of the deal, which Apple was seeking as an incentive to operate a major manufacturing plant in the area. Bryan Chaffin argues that this is part of a corporate race to the bottom that needs to stop.
A kerfuffle has been artificially created about how the iPad mini Retina doesn't have the full sRGB color gamut of the iPad Air. Think of it as a group nerdgasm, another chance to criticize Apple. The fact is, shoppers aren't even going to blink. The iPad mini Retina will fly off the shelves -- given what supply there is.
Samsung's rush-to-market-to-beat-Apple Galaxy Gear smartwatch has launched with a resounding thud. BusinessKorea reported that Samsung has sold fewer than 50,000 units since it was released in September despite a multimillion dollar marketing campaign.
For a long time in 2013, as we waited for the presumptively labeled iPad 5, many observers bitched about Apple's tardiness and presumed inability to innovate. The iPad Air refutes all that silliness in spades. John Martellaro explains what innovation is really all about.
Microsoft's Office suite is better and more capable than Apple's iWork productivity suite. There's no doubt about that. The interesting thing, however, according to John Martellaro, is that it won't matter. Even though Microsoft would like to convince us otherwise, the better product will lose.
Apple CEO Tim Cook took an open and very public stance on gay, lesbian, and transgender rights over the weekend in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece. Setting aside the fact that it's unusual for Apple as a company to take a stance on political issues, its leadership rarely talks openly and Mr. Cook's candid comments are a welcome change in a world where far too many people are quick to discriminate against people with different political, religious, or sexual views.
The Los Altos Historical Commission voted unanimously on Monday to designate the childhood home of Steve Jobs an "historic resource." The house, whose garage famously saw the birth of Apple Computer, Inc. (now Apple, Inc.), will now be preserved.
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