Carl Icahn Isn’t Wrong about Apple in China

7:59 PM, Apr. 28th, 2016 · · The Back Page

Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn told CNBC Thursday that he sold his considerable stake in Apple Inc.—some 0.8 percent of shares at his height—on concerns about Apple's business in China, though it might be more accurate to characterize it as concerns that China's government could have a deleterious affect on Apple's business in that market. Bryan Chaffin isn't always a fan of Mr. Icahn's, but in this instance, the mogul isn't wrong.

Bernie Sanders Says Apple Isn’t Destroying Fabric of America

7:54 PM, Apr. 5th, 2016 · · The Back Page

Apple and the American Flag

Wait, Apple was brought up in the campaign for U.S. president? Must be Tuesday. Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (D) said specifically that Apple isn't one of those companies he's accused of "destroying the fabric of America," but he had two things he wished Apple would change. The first is that he wants Apple to make some of its products in the U.S. (spoiler, Apple already does), and the second is that he wants Apple to pay "[its] fare share of taxes" (spoiler, it does).

The Most Important Thing to Remember on Apple’s 40th Birthday

6:05 PM, Apr. 1st, 2016 · · The Back Page

Appel's 40th Birthday

Apple turned 40 years old today. Yep. 40. It was April 1st, 1976, when Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne formed Apple Computer. This is the stuff of technology legend, and the story has been told, retold, and then told again. Bryan Chaffin says the best present you could give Apple is to forget about that past.

What Happens If Key Apple Engineers Refuse to Write GovtOS?

10:00 PM, Mar. 17th, 2016 · · The Back Page

Coder Protest

Picture this hypothetical scenario: Apple ultimately loses its legal fight against the FBI's demand that it create a new operating system that bypasses iOS security—an OS Apple has dubbed GovtOS. Apple CEO Tim Cook already pointed out Apple will obey the law, but what would happen if key Apple engineers refused to do the work, perhaps going so far as quitting their jobs at Apple?

6 Powerful Quotes from Apple’s Newest Court Filing

6:44 PM, Mar. 16th, 2016 · · The Back Page

Powerful Words

Apple filed a major response in its ongoing legal fight with the FBI Tuesday. Overall the filing offers powerful arguments for why Apple can not be forced to weaken iOS encryption to allow the FBI to brute force attack the iPhone of a dead terrorist, but there were six passages that I found particularly powerful.

The FBI Going Dark Isn’t the Precedent, It’s the Surveillance State that’s New

7:25 PM, Mar. 8th, 2016 · · The Back Page

Surveillance during the Civil War

FBI Director James Comey has warned that encryption threatens to take us to a place where his organization and U.S. surveillance organizations are "going dark." Bryan Chaffin was recently reminded that in the context of history, the ability to surveil everything is a new development, and that we should keep claims from the FBI and others in context.