UK Election Throws Encryption Erosion into Doubt

· Charlotte Henry · Editorial

Prime Minister Theresa May has called for backdoors to encryption

This is important because once one Western democracy weakens encryption, the precedent could build momentum throughout the world, leaving everyone vulnerable to bad guys.

Apple Should Think Differently about Social Media Tipping

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

WeChat App on iPhone

Apple has reportedly taken a stance on social media tipping in China that says the company should get 30% of those tips. Bryan Chaffin argues that this is a huge mistake, and that Apple should think differently.

Apple's Latest Videos Prove Its Technology Is Designed for Everyone

· Jeff Butts · Editorial

Apple tech is designed for everyone

Apple recently pulled the wraps on a new series of advertorial YouTube videos, surrounding the theme of “Designed for.” Jeff Butts explores these videos and how they prove that Apple’s technology truly is designed for everyone.

Here’s How Siri Could Become Your AI Cyber Nanny

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple buys dark data company Lattice Data

The internet has turned into the Wild, Wild West. People are exposed to threats daily, but help is often far away in time and space. But, like the old American Wild, Wild West times and technology change. It’s high time our leading tech companies like Apple and Microsoft put artificial intelligence to work truly protecting us. That’s the noblest cause for advanced technology right now.

Alexa, Siri, You're Not a Trusted Family Member

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Amazon Echo

The conceit of AI agents like Alexa, Cortana, Google Home and Siri is that they are to be always listening, invited to be treated as trusted family members. Or the loyal computer of our family’s starship. John Martellaro doesn’t like these analogies at all.

With Mac and PC Designs Mature, Computational Power is Sexier

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Modernistic speedometer. The need for Mac speed.

The designs of desktop and laptop PCs and Macs have reached a plateau.  There’s not much more to be done. But user hunger for computational power never ceases. While Apple has traditionally focused on design, it may be time for Apple to, instead, dwell on sheer computational power, an enduring addiction for everyone.

Siri's No Amazon Alexa yet, but Give Her Time

· Jeff Butts · Editorial

Siri, an evolving service

With Amazon Alexa being joined in our living rooms by Google Assistant and now Microsoft Cortana, it’s clear that Apple needs to step up to the plate and take back the home. Jeff Butts makes the case for why Cupertino needs to develop an Echo-like device for Siri.

John Oliver Makes It Easier to Comment on FCC Effort to Gut Net Neutrality

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Net Neutrality graffiti on a brick wall

The FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai did its best to bury the mechanism for publicly commenting on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s efforts to gut net neutrality. Fortunately, comedian and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver made it easy.

Why Apple is Letting iPad Sales Drift Downward

· John Martellaro · Editorial

iPad Pro & pencil

Apple has watched the iPad sales numbers drift downward since 2013. Apple has smart executives. The only conclusion John can draw is that in 2013 and again 2015 Apple embarked on an aggressive, multi-phase program to breathe new life into the iPad. It’s just taking some engineering time, and so during each quarterly Earnings Report, CEO Tim Cook just has to roll with the punches until it’s done. John makes his case for a big surprise in store.