Court-Appointed Antitrust Monitor Bills Apple $1,100 Per Hour

4:45 AM, Nov. 30th, 2013 · · Editorial

Apple v. Highway Robber

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.

And Then There Were Two: Microsoft Prepares to Kill Windows RT

2:30 PM, Nov. 27th, 2013 · · Editorial

The Fate of Windows RT

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.

Demanding More Products, Faster from Apple is Irrational

12:50 PM, Nov. 25th, 2013 · · Editorial

Getting irrational about Apple

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-World’s Most Valuable Company-Scores Tax Break from Arizona School Board

5:30 PM, Nov. 19th, 2013 · · Editorial

Apple Tax Squeeze

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.

iPad mini Retina Display Fuss: Shoppers Won’t Even Blink

1:30 PM, Nov. 19th, 2013 · · Editorial

iPad mini Retina Display Kerfuffle

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.

iPad Air Refutes the Claim That Apple Can’t Innovate

12:14 PM, Nov. 6th, 2013 · · Editorial

Innovation in Apple's iPad Air

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.

Tim Cook’s Breath of Fresh Air: Stop Sexual Discrimination

10:00 AM, Nov. 4th, 2013 · · Editorial

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.

Steve Jobs’s Childhood Home Named ‘Historic Resource’

6:57 PM, Oct. 29th, 2013 · · Editorial

Steve Jobs Garage

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.