Samsung has walked in Apple's shadow doggedly trying to match its rival's every step for years now, but its latest effort is sooooooooo bad, it goes straight past pathetic to embarrassingly sad. Bryan Chaffin has the rundown.
A combination of Apple's disruptive iPhone and Research In Motion's (RIM) inability to release its own touchscreen device is what did in the once-iconic BlackBerry. Jim Balsillie, the former co-chief executive of RIM (now called BlackBerry Inc.), acknowledged that RIM was simply unable to compete with Apple's smartphone.
Apple had a lot of things to present at the 2015 WWDC Keynote. And so it was no great dramatic loss that Apple did exactly the right thing with the next version of OS X, El Capitan. The focus will be on the user experience and performance improvements. The restraint exhibited took a lot of courage.
Edward Snowden called Apple a "pioneering" company in the area of privacy. In an editorial for The New York Times titled "The World Says No to Surveillance," Mr. Snowden made the case that public sentiment has turned against the surveillance state.
The watch crown. It's been a part of pocket watches and wristwatches for centuries and decades, respectively. Apple recognized this and made it a central feature of the Apple Watch's interface. And now Asus has recognized it and made it an on/off switch.
There are over a million apps in the iTunes App Store. This is both great and terrible news. One thing that would help is if Apple added a "cold storage" section for apps that are no longer being updated. Kelly explains the issue and how she'd solve it.
Apple released the first update to Apple Watch OS earlier on Monday—Apple Watch OS 1.0.1—and right off the bat we noticed that screen reaction times are dramatically faster. Glances load more swiftly, too, and switching between notifications, the Watch face, Glances, and Apps is all smoother and faster.
Apple has always maintained that Apple TV is a "resident device" for HomeKit, not an automation hub. What's that mean? Kelly has more information on the difference and what it means for the smartness of your house.
Apple has a very generous return and repair policy on its devices. It turns out it's so generous it doesn't take a genius to figure out how to exploit it to make some illicit profit. Take the story of one Edward Hornsey, an enterprising young man of 24 years. He figured out how to make more than US$42,000, but he didn't figure out how to do it without getting caught.
With each evolution of Apple, it seems a new section gets bolted on to iTunes, making it even more complex and complicated. This seems out of character for a company that built a reputation on clean straightforward design. Kelly proposes shelving the current version of iTunes, the Weasley's House of Apple software.
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