Apple Vs Enron

Comparing Apple to Enron? Surely you’re joking

By on April 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Comparing Apple to Enron? Surely you’re joking

Andy Fastow may not be a household name, but as the former CFO of Enron, he was an integral part of the company’s vast illegal activities and a key figure behind the company’s deceptive and overtly fraudulent accounting practices. As a result of his deep involvement in the Enron scandal, Fastow would serve six years in prison.

These days, Fastow is a free man who, believe it or not, actually gets paid for speaking appearances. And during one of Fastow’s more recent talks, the disgraced CFO spent some time comparing Enron to Apple. The unifying thread between the two companies, according to Fastow, turns on Apple’s tax schemes abroad.

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Google Nest Acquisition

Google’s failed Nest buy underscores wisdom behind Apple’s acquisition strategy

By on April 12, 2016 at 3:21 PM.

Google’s failed Nest buy underscores wisdom behind Apple’s acquisition strategy

When Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion back in January of 2014, many tech observers lamented that Apple didn’t swoop in and acquire the company first. Indeed, many were quick to exclaim that Apple was missing out on a tremendous opportunity. And at first blush, such arguments were persuasive.

At the time, there was still an air of novelty surrounding Nest. In a relatively short period of time, Nest managed to revitalize, if not kickstart, the notion of a connected home. More than that, the company’s Nest Thermostat was seemingly something that could have come out of Apple’s own design lab. Not only was the product sleek and easy on the eyes, it impressively managed to simplify something as boring and cumbersome as home temperature automation.

The parallels to Apple were clear.

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iPhone 6s 3D Touch

Everyone is calling Apple’s best iPhone 6s feature a failure – here’s why they’re wrong

By on April 12, 2016 at 1:32 PM.

Everyone is calling Apple’s best iPhone 6s feature a failure – here’s why they’re wrong

The iPhone 6s’s key feature has come under some criticism from some Apple bloggers who dismiss it as just a gimmick that adds no real value to the user. But I believe that 3D Touch, as it is now, is something only Apple has. It’s a feature that has a greater scope for the future of iOS even though for the time being it’s certainly not a must-have feature. More →

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iPhone SE Launch

Why did Apple launch the iPhone SE with embarrassingly low supply?

By on April 8, 2016 at 7:15 PM.

Why did Apple launch the iPhone SE with embarrassingly low supply?

It’s no secret that iPhone sales in 2016 may take a dip for the first time in history. Hardly a point of speculation, even Tim Cook conceded this point during an earnings conference call this past January. It’s also no secret that the recently launched iPhone SE, for many users, has been a long time coming. While Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6s models have sold remarkably well, the reality is that large swaths of users simply prefer a smaller form factor. Indeed, Apple noted not too long ago that it sold more than 30 million 4-inch iPhone models in 2015 alone.

All that said, the iPhone SE was seemingly well positioned to help bolster iPhone sales during traditionally lower volume sales months. And yet, for reasons that aren’t exactly clear, Apple launched the iPhone SE with embarrassingly low supply.

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Post PC Era iPad

Can we stop pretending the iPad represents the future of computing?

By on March 28, 2016 at 3:51 PM.

Can we stop pretending the iPad represents the future of computing?

When the iPad burst onto the scene in 2010, the tech world had never seen anything like it. Sales immediately exploded as the device became one of the fastest selling consumer electronics products in history.

As a direct result, and in part fueled by bold proclamations from Apple CEO Tim Cook, many people began championing the notion that the post-PC era was upon us. Not to single out Cook, even Steve Jobs believed that tablets were going to one day eclipse PCs as the future of computing. Much like the iPhone transformed the mobile phone landscape, it was widely assumed that the iPad would eventually turn the entire PC industry on its head.

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iPhone 7 Vs Android

Forget Android rivals, the only phone the iPhone 7 needs to top is the iPhone 6s

By on March 24, 2016 at 1:26 PM.

Forget Android rivals, the only phone the iPhone 7 needs to top is the iPhone 6s

Earlier this week, longtime technology journalist Walt Mossberg penned a piece for The Verge arguing that the iPhone 7 needs to “be spectacular,” particularly because the products Apple introduced at its special media event this week were nothing special.

I found Mossberg’s take in this regard to be a little bit off base. This week’s media event wasn’t intended to show off Apple’s latest and greatest technologies. Rather, it was intended to shore up holes in the company’s product line, specifically as it pertains to a 4-inch iPhone.

Remember, Apple last introduced a 4-inch iPhone more than two and a half years ago when it released the iPhone 5s. The iPhone SE, therefore, is simply Apple playing catch-up and realizing that a large portion of its user base actually prefer using a more compact device. After all, 30 million new 4-inch iPhones were sold in 2015 alone.

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iPhone 7 iPhone 6s Storage Price

How Apple could make the iPhone 7 a comparative steal even at $650

By on March 23, 2016 at 4:35 PM.

How Apple could make the iPhone 7 a comparative steal even at $650

Apple on Monday announced a couple of new products that had been revealed weeks before by assorted leaks. Some say the iPhone SE and iPad Pro are boring updates on existing products, but that’s hardly the case. The iPhone SE is as powerful as the iPhone 6s, and the 9.7-inch tablet has some features that are better than what’s available on the 12.9-inch model.

But Apple really surprised audiences with some of its pricing announcements: The Apple Watch is now cheaper than ever, and the iPhone SE has $400 entry price.

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Apple iPhone iPad GPU Design

This could be Apple’s next game-changing move with the iPhone

By on March 23, 2016 at 12:28 PM.

This could be Apple’s next game-changing move with the iPhone

There’s no doubt about it: Apple makes the best smartphone chips out there. The company’s mobile chip division has put intense pressure on rivals in recent years and iPhones crush their biggest rivals in performance tests on a regular basis. That’s because Apple controls both the hardware and the software and is able to create efficient chips ready to deliver steady, speedy performance.

The one major component that Apple does not fully control right now, however, is the graphics processing unit. More →

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9.7-inch iPad Pro

Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the company’s last chance to save the iPad line

By on March 22, 2016 at 1:04 PM.

Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the company’s last chance to save the iPad line

The iPad occupies a unique place in the annals of tech history. Upon its release in 2010, Apple’s first stab at a tablet quickly set sales records. Not only did early iPad sales outpace early iPhone sales, but the iPad quickly became one of the fastest selling consumer electronics products of all time.

In turn, Apple CEO Tim Cook couldn’t help but be effusive when describing the iPad’s longterm potential.

“I really believe,” Tim Cook said during a January 2012 earnings conference call, “as do many others in the company believe, that there will come a day when the tablet market, in units, is larger than the PC market.”

And for a while, it was hard not to get on board with Cook’s optimism. Even those who were initially skeptical of the iPad’s potential to dethrone the Mac couldn’t ignore the device’s impressive and borderline unprecedented sales growth.

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iPhone SE Android Comparison

There’s really no excuse for buying a mid-range Android phone anymore

By on March 21, 2016 at 3:49 PM.

There’s really no excuse for buying a mid-range Android phone anymore

It finally happened. On Monday, March 21st 2016 A.D., Apple launched the affordable iPhone you’ve wanted all along. The iPhone SE is a beautiful all glass and aluminum smartphone that is as powerful as the iPhone 6s and as compact as the iPhone 5s… and it starts at just $399.

At that price, the iPhone SE should easily make it to your smartphone wish list. And what’s more, there’s really no excuse for you to even consider a mid-range Android handset anymore. More →

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Apple iPad Pro Preview

Apple’s new iPad Pro probably isn’t as good as the original iPad sitting in my drawer

By on March 21, 2016 at 1:58 PM.

Apple’s new iPad Pro probably isn’t as good as the original iPad sitting in my drawer

I still own an original iPad, but it’s hidden away in a drawer right now. It’s running the latest iOS version it can run (that’s iOS 5.1.1) and has 64GB of storage that’s filled with apps, books and other content. Even though the last time I used that iPad was more than a year ago, to me it’s the best tablet Apple has ever made. That’s right; I’m not looking forward to the brand new 9.7-inch iPad Pro at all.

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iPhone Liquidmetal Curved Screen Design

New clues emerge on how future iPhones might use Liquidmetal

By on March 8, 2016 at 5:10 PM.

New clues emerge on how future iPhones might use Liquidmetal

For a long time, we’ve dreamed of the day that Apple would launch a radically redesigned iPhone that will ditch all physical buttons, pack a wraparound curved display, and incorporate Liquidmetal into its hardware design.

Liquidmetal has long been seen as a mythical material that we had once expected to see used more widely in Apple products. So far, however, Apple’s engineers have, only used Liquidmetal as the primary material for the iPhone’s SIM ejector tool. Even so, Apple is still interested in the material, and the company just won a patent that details how it could be used.

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Apple Pencil

Recent iPad Pro mini-scandal shows Apple is serious about keeping users happy

By on February 26, 2016 at 4:32 PM.

Recent iPad Pro mini-scandal shows Apple is serious about keeping users happy

For all of the claims that Apple’s software has been on the decline and that the company downright ignores user complaints, a recent saga involving Apple Pencil functionality underscores that Apple does, in fact, take the opinions of its users into account.

A few days ago, a number of iPad Pro users who had been using a beta version of iOS 9.3 began reporting that the software frustratingly removed Apple Pencil functionality that was previously available in earlier incarnations of iOS. Specifically, these users discovered that the latest iOS 9.3 beta limits Apple Pencil operations to scenarios where drawing is supported or digital buttons can be pressed. In earlier versions of iOS, iPad Pro users were able to use the Apple Pencil to scroll through webpages, swipe between apps, and even select and manipulate text. In other words, the Apple Pencil was being used as a digital finger of sorts.

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