The Anatomy of an Android OS Update, by HTC

7:08 PM, Dec. 27th, 2013 · · Editorial


Ever wonder why Android upgrades are...shall we say, spotty? In an attempt to "bring transparency" to the upgrade process, HTC has published an excellent infographic detailing the many steps every update must go through.

Would You Have a Cow if Bill Gates Was Your Secret Santa?

6:42 PM, Dec. 19th, 2013 · · Editorial

Bill Gates Being Awesome

What would you do if Bill Gates was your Secret Santa? If you were reddit member NY1227, you'd have a cow. Literally, you'd have a cow. And so would some other person somewhere out there in the emerging—or not-so-emerging world. Bryan Chaffin explains.

4K UHDTV Will be Adopted Faster Than Expected

3:10 PM, Dec. 18th, 2013 · · Editorial

It's the nature of technology and marketing. We move along at an ever increasing pace. While many will say 4K TV (UHD) has no visible benefits from a distance, there's no content and the TVs are too expensive, it won't matter.  Soon enough, we'll all be on the 4K bandwagon.

6 Must Have iPhone Travel Apps

11:30 AM, Dec. 18th, 2013 · · Editorial

Traveling cross town or cross country doesn't have to be a frustrating misadventure, especially if you load up your iPhone with the right apps to keep you organized and on top of your travel plans. The Mac Observer put together a list of the five essential apps for any traveler to help you navigate traffic, avoid missing your flight, organize your travel reservations, stay dry, and avoid going hungry on the road.

Google Chromecast: Too Much Hassle For the Money

1:45 PM, Dec. 17th, 2013 · · Editorial

Digital gadgets: the hassle to price ratio.

Modern digital fabrication technology has made is easy for companies to throw a product together for not much money. But what about the hassle that starts when you get it home? How does this compare to Apple's philosophy?  John Martellaro weighs in.

iPad and iPhone Own Black Friday Mobile Shopping…Again

8:36 PM, Dec. 2nd, 2013 · · Editorial

IBM Black Friday Report Chart

Another Black Friday has come and gone, and once again Apple's iOS devices were by far the most popular devices for mobile shopping, crushing Android. According to IBM, mobile traffic and sales increased, with iPhones and iPads accounting for almost all of it. Bryan Chaffin looks at the issues.

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.