BlackBerry CEO Apple iPhone Encryption

BlackBerry’s CEO still thinks Apple should let the government spy on users

By on July 20, 2016 at 5:35 PM.

BlackBerry’s CEO still thinks Apple should let the government spy on users

The Apple vs. FBI legal battle over the San Bernardino case in early 2016 was one of the most important events of the year so far, as user privacy, device security and terrorism converged in a single case. On one hand, we have Apple, keen on protecting everyone’s privacy. On the other hand, there’s the FBI, a law enforcement agency that demands access to any communication device that may have been used during the plotting of a heinous crime. Apple won that battle, and while many from the tech sector sided with the iPhone company in its fight against the FBI, there was one notable company that argued that encryption has to be broken when the government needs it: BlackBerry.

The irony did not escape us then, and it doesn’t escape us now — BlackBerry’s CEO still thinks Apple is wrong. More →

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iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Removal

Why everyone’s biggest complaint about the iPhone 7 is all wrong

By on June 28, 2016 at 1:27 PM.

Why everyone’s biggest complaint about the iPhone 7 is all wrong

Over the past couple of weeks, the tech world has borne witness to a contentious and fiery debate surrounding Apple’s alleged plans to remove the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack from the upcoming iPhone 7.

Understandably, not everyone is on board with Apple’s rumored decision to kick a ubiquitous standard that has been around for decades to the curb. And while some in the tech community are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach, others have come out with guns ablazin’. Last week, for example, Nilay Patel of The Verge penned a widely circulated piece wherein he calls Apple’s abandonment of the headphone jack “user hostile and stupid.”

But here’s the thing: Apple isn’t stupid. Apple may be many things — arrogant, paranoid about product leaks, and selfish are just a few adjectives that come to mind — but stupid isn’t a word that really fits. As a result, I believe that there’s a strong chance the 3.5mm headphone jack that we’ve all come to know and love isn’t going to completely disappear once the iPhone 7 hits store shelves. Will one or more iPhone 7 models ship without a headphone jack? It’s entirely possible. But the idea that Apple, in one fell swoop, will completely abandon the 3.5mm headphone jack with a single iPhone release just doesn’t add up.

Here’s why.

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iPhone 7 Release

iPhone 7 will be Apple’s riskiest iPhone release yet

By on June 24, 2016 at 11:45 AM.

iPhone 7 will be Apple’s riskiest iPhone release yet

Apple’s iPhone 7 unveiling this year will likely adhere to a familiar pattern. No doubt, we’ll hear tales and see charts detailing how Apple’s new A10 processor blows the competition out of the water. You want thin? We’ll see a video narrated by Jony Ive explaining how Apple managed to shave a whopping .2 millimeters off of the iPhone 7’s design. But what about the camera? Not too worry, Phil Schiller will likely get up on stage and explain the myriad of ways in which the iPhone 7’s camera easily outclasses every other device on the market.

All that said, the impending release of the iPhone 7 will be decidedly different than in years past. Specifically, the upcoming iPhone 7 may very well be the riskiest device Apple has ever released.

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Samsung Notebook 7 Spin vs MacBook

It’s crazy how much trouble Samsung has with design

By on June 23, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

It’s crazy how much trouble Samsung has with design

You’d think that a company as big as Samsung would have all it takes to come up with great products from top to bottom, inside and out – Samsung doesn’t control any of the software other than Tizen though, so we’re just talking about hardware design. It turns out it’s still tough for Samsung’s designers to come up with a product that people will want to buy the minute they lay their eyes on it. We’ve touched on this before when looking at the Galaxy S6’s asymmetry last year, and now we’re about to check out the device above, the brand new Notebook 7 Spin. More →

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John Dvorak

WTF of the week: Worst analyst ever suggests Apple should spin off its Mac business

By on June 23, 2016 at 2:51 PM.

WTF of the week: Worst analyst ever suggests Apple should spin off its Mac business

Is John C. Dvorak is trying to cement his position as the worst industry “analyst” of all-time? It’s entirely possible because Dvorak’s latest article for PC Mag is one of the most peculiar and inane pieces we’ve seen from the man who in 1984 famously predicted that no one would want to use a mouse and who, in 2007, boldly predicted that the original iPhone would amount to nothing more than an embarrassing flop.

And now Dvorak is back again with a kindly suggestion for Apple: spin-out the company’s Mac business into an entirely separate company. Usually, boneheaded ideas like this are reserved for message boards, not a featured spot in PC Mag of all places. But so it goes in the world of tech where the ability to formulate a well-reasoned opinion piece is clearly not a prerequisite for participation.

Let’s dive into Dvorak’s madness, shall we?

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2016 MacBook Pro Headphone Jack

Will the 2016 MacBook Pro also kill the headphone jack?

By on June 22, 2016 at 3:40 PM.

Will the 2016 MacBook Pro also kill the headphone jack?

Much has been written about the imminent death of the 3.5mm headphone jack in the past months, and especially this week, now that it’s almost a given that the iPhone – cough – 7 will not have one. Apple is at the receiving end of plenty of criticism, much of it being rather obtuse and unwarranted. In the grand scheme of things, the standard 3.5mm jack has to die, and there will never be a right time to do it if you ask customers who happen to own plenty of wired headphones. Not to mention that other companies have already pulled similar tricks, with Motorola being the most notorious phone maker to do it – yet nobody scolded Moto for ditching it.

But killing the 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t a simple one-time murder. It has to be a serial-killing operation that would see Apple gradually removing the port from all its products, including iPads and MacBooks. In fact, there’s already speculation that this year’s MacBook Pros won’t have a 3.5mm headset jack either.
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HBO Game of Thrones Season 6 Finale

HBO is trolling ‘Game of Thrones’ fans with a very stupid decision

By on June 14, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

HBO is trolling ‘Game of Thrones’ fans with a very stupid decision

There are two Game of Thrones episodes left. Yes. Just. Two. As if that’s not bad enough, HBO is now pulling one of the silliest stunts we’ve seen in television. It’s withholding episode descriptions for episodes 9 and 10, all in the name of secrecy. Too bad the network isn’t as good as preventing episodes from leaking well ahead of their premieres. More →

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iPhone 7 vs. iPhone 7 Plus

Apple is making me buy the iPhone 7 I don’t want

By on June 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

Apple is making me buy the iPhone 7 I don’t want

It’s early June, and the iPhone 7 is more than four months away. But like every year, we already know pretty much everything there is to know about it. We know the iPhone 7 will be very similar to the iPhone 6s in terms of design, we know what small changes it’ll have to offer, and we know most of the specs. That’s why I already know that Apple is making me buy an iPhone I don’t want this year. More →

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iPhone 7 iPhone 6s

So what if the iPhone 7 is an iPhone 6s clone?

By on June 2, 2016 at 4:12 PM.

So what if the iPhone 7 is an iPhone 6s clone?

Much has been written these past few months about the upcoming iPhone 7, a device that is shaping up to be an iPhone 6s lookalike rather than a radical redesign. But there’s really nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s perfectly fine that Apple decided to “copy” the iPhone 6s. After all, everyone else is doing it.

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Apple iPhone Siri AI

Artificial intelligence isn’t going to be the end of Apple

By on May 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Artificial intelligence isn’t going to be the end of Apple

Since 2007, I’ve read countless versions of the “Apple is doomed” argument, most of them related to the iPhone. Apple was doomed because it dared compete in the smartphone business, then it was doomed when Android came along, and then it was doomed every time a product failed to arouse the imagination of some analyst or journalist. In all this time, however, Apple has been anything but doomed. And it’s likely that will not happen in the foreseeable future.

Today’s version of “Apple is doomed” comes from well-known outspoken software developer Marco Arment, who has often shared his views on Apple’s business. His take on the matter has an “if” in it, suggesting this scenario isn’t likely to happen, but his reasoning isn’t entirely accurate. More →

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Tim Cook

More people call for Tim Cook’s head to roll, but they’re laughably wrong

By on May 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM.

More people call for Tim Cook’s head to roll, but they’re laughably wrong

Have you heard the latest news about Apple? Turns out the company is sinking. And fast. Yeah, after a wild few years of negligible and yawn-inducing innovations, Apple can no longer skate by via sheer momentum. The Apple Watch is a flop, iPhone sales are collapsing, and Tim Cook needs to be shown the door.

In the wake of Apple’s earnings report last week, the nonsensical observations above seem to be gaining traction among analysts, pundits and talking heads. It’s almost funny how a company that manages to rake in $50 billion in revenue and more than $10 billion in profits in just three months can so quickly go from a tech innovator to a tech has-been. But so it goes in the tech world where an inability to look at the big picture is par for the course.

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Apple Mac

We really wish Apple would start paying more attention to the Mac

By on April 29, 2016 at 8:13 PM.

We really wish Apple would start paying more attention to the Mac

Apple last quarter experienced its first year-over-year drop in revenue since 2003. Not only that, but Apple saw a sales decline across all major product lines: iPhone sales were down 18%, iPad sales were down 19% and Mac sales were down 9%.

With most analysts preoccupied with iPhone and iPad sales, it appears that the Mac continues to be overlooked. Which is strange given that the Mac these days is actually more profitable than the iPad. During Apple’s most recent quarter, for example, the iPad generated $4.4 billion in revenue compared to the Mac which brought in $5.1 billion in revenue. More →

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Apple Acquiring Netflix

It makes much more sense for Apple to compete with Netflix than to buy it

By on April 28, 2016 at 5:58 PM.

It makes much more sense for Apple to compete with Netflix than to buy it

With iPhone sales down, perhaps temporarily, Apple CEO Tim Cook indicated during the company’s earnings conference call this week that Apple is always on the look out for exciting new technologies and companies to acquire. Not only that, Cook suggested that Apple would be willing to shell out big bucks for a blockbuster acquisition if the right opportunity arose.

We’re always looking in the market about things that could complement things that we do today, become features in something we do, or allow us to accelerate entry into a category that we’re excited about,” Cook explained. Later on, Cook added that Apple “would definitely buy something larger than we bought thus far.”

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