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.
Apple's CEO Tim Cook is a precise speaker, a low-key kind of guy. Sometimes what he says has to be examined very carefully for content, what we call Cook Code. If not done, that can lead to missed clues by investors who desperately need more confidence in Apple's ability to deliver. John Martellaro ponders this Tim Cook paradox.
The Mac has been a very important part of my life for years, but it took me a little while to get there because, it turns out, it didn't yet exist when I was first exposed to the world of personal computers. Once I got my first taste of the Mac, however, there was no looking back. OK, that's not true. But I knew the Mac would be something special and eventually I had one just for me sitting on my desk.
Sell a widget, lose a buck. That's what they teach in business school, right? If so, Microsoft must be earning an A++, because the company is losing money every time it sells a Surface tablet.
Apple's 'Verses' ad for the iPad Air has struck a chord with...seemingly everyone. Even Vic Gundotra, Google’s Senior Vice President of Engineering, took the time to post on Google+ about the ad, where he "painfully admitted" that it's his favorite ad of the year.
Google has brought on security for some of its employee shuttles in San Francisco. Reuters reported that men with ear pieces have been monitoring shuttle stops, taking notes and observing who gets on and off the shuttles.
One of the enduring themes in American business culture is the proper use of power. Unfettered power is a Holy Grail in American business, but it has within it the seeds of its own destruction. Recent court decisions have driven that point home to Apple.
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