BlackBerry Apple iPhone Encryption

BlackBerry CEO rips Apple’s stance on privacy and encryption

By on December 17, 2015 at 7:45 PM.

BlackBerry CEO rips Apple’s stance on privacy and encryption

BlackBerry, a company whose smartphones most people haven’t bought for years, posted an unusual missive on user privacy and security earlier this week penned by CEO John Chen. What’s particularly strange about Chen’s message is that it seems like he’s both slamming and supporting Apple’s stance on privacy and encryption. More →

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iPhone 7 Rumors Lightning Headphones

Why the iPhone 7’s most radical design change might not be such a big deal

By on November 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM.

Why the iPhone 7’s most radical design change might not be such a big deal

Next year, Apple is expected to launch a brand new iPhone model, an iPhone 7, and the main attraction should be a revamped design. A new report seems to offer the first evidence that the upcoming iPhone will have a different overall appearance than the iPhone 6, suggesting Apple is planning at least one radical design change. More →

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Tech Companies ISIS Encryption

No, Apple and the rest of Silicon Valley is not helping ISIS

By on November 23, 2015 at 1:48 PM.

No, Apple and the rest of Silicon Valley is not helping ISIS

Over the weekend, with all the terror attacks-related frenzy in the media, I happened to stumble upon what might just be one of the most ignorant stances on encryption I’ve read in a while, The Telegraph’s “Why is Silicon Valley helping the tech-savvy jihadists?” And yes, the story is related to the debate on strong encryption, the kind of data protection for Internet-connected devices and Internet services that intelligence agencies can’t crack.

Before we start, no tech company is helping tech-savvy ISIS members by creating such products. In fact, it’s still not even clear that encryption helps ISIS plan and execute sophisticated attacks such as the one in Paris on November 13th. More →

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Netflix Vs HBO

Can HBO keep up? Netflix will spend $5 billion on content in 2016

By on November 14, 2015 at 11:21 AM.

Can HBO keep up? Netflix will spend $5 billion on content in 2016

We always like to talk about how Netflix is ‘doubling down’ on original content, but truth be told, that doesn’t really capture the full scope of Netflix’s programming objectives. Netflix doesn’t just want to increase the breadth of its original content, it wants to completely dominate the premium original content space and completely dethrone HBO in the process.

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Google Smartphone

If Google cares about Android’s future, it needs to make its own smartphone

By on November 12, 2015 at 4:08 PM.

If Google cares about Android’s future, it needs to make its own smartphone

Since its inception, Google’s Nexus line has sought to provide users with a pure and unadulterated Android experience. With no third-party skins or bloatware to speak of, Nexus smartphones provide a welcome reprieve from having to sift through an endless selection of Android handsets from varying manufacturers.

Of course, Nexus branded smartphones aren’t made by Google. Rather, they’re manufactured by a revolving door of different handset manufacturers. Over the years, we’ve seen Nexus devices from the likes of HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola Mobility, and most recently, Huawei.

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iPad Pro Vs. MacBook

Why is Tim Cook sacrificing the Mac at the altar of the iPad?

By on November 12, 2015 at 1:05 PM.

Why is Tim Cook sacrificing the Mac at the altar of the iPad?

What in the world is Tim Cook thinking? Ahead of the iPad Pro’s release later this week, Tim Cook put on his salesman hat and took some time to talk to The Telegraph about Apple’s soon to be released gargantuan tablet.

In an effort to drum up hype for the company’s new iPad, Tim Cook was all too willing to throw the Mac completely under the bus.

“I think if you’re looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore?” Cook rhetorically asked. “No really, why would you buy one?”

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Peak Apple

Have we reached ‘Peak Apple’? Not even close

By on November 4, 2015 at 1:50 PM.

Have we reached ‘Peak Apple’? Not even close

For reasons that defy explanation, The Guardian recently ran an article from Mike Daisey who posits that we’ve hit ‘Peak Apple.’ Hot on the heels of Apple’s most successful fiscal year in company history, Daisey employs the same recycled lines about how Apple, by mere virtue of its success, is destined to fall.

As Horace Dediu once pointed out, Apple is curiously looked upon as a “company that is in a perpetual state of free-fall.”

Typical Apple nonsense aside, what makes The Guardian piece so jarring is that no one at the revered publication saw anything wrong with running a piece penned by someone who, not that long ago, was embarrassingly outed as a liar and shameless self-promoter who completely fabricated stories about working conditions at Foxconn in order to paint Apple in an unflattering light.

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iPhone 6s 3D Touch Review

I’ve found the biggest problem with the iPhone 6s’s 3D Touch: Me

By on October 28, 2015 at 10:50 AM.

I’ve found the biggest problem with the iPhone 6s’s 3D Touch: Me

I’ve now had the iPhone 6s for more than a month and I’ve been using it without problems ever since – in fact, the device has none of the issues reported to date by various users.

The phone is significantly faster than its predecessor and better at just about anything. That was evident from the moment I restored my iOS 9 backup from the 64GB iPhone 6 I used before. Everything was right there, and it all seemed so familiar.

But on top of everything, the iPhone 6s has a signature feature that offers users a new way of interacting with the operating system: 3D Touch. The new interaction model might be the best feature of the new iPhones, yet there’s one huge problems with it: Me. More →

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iPad Pro Sales

Is the iPad Pro Apple’s last real chance to revive slumping iPad sales?

By on October 28, 2015 at 8:50 AM.

Is the iPad Pro Apple’s last real chance to revive slumping iPad sales?

With each passing quarter, it’s getting harder and harder to ignore the fact that the iPad might be on the verge of becoming a has-been product just as quickly as it became a bona-fide success. There’s simply no getting around it: the iPad is in trouble.

The iPad has been in a precarious position for some time now, with sales trending downward over the course of a number of consecutive quarters. In other words, this isn’t a seasonal issue nor a temporary phenomenon. Yesterday, Apple revealed that it sold 9.8 million iPads during its most recent quarter, representing a 20% drop in year over year sales and a corresponding 20% drop in year over year revenue. In fact, Apple’s most recent quarter marks the first time that iPad sales have checked in below 10 million units since mid-2011.

Clearly, something is amiss.

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Steve Jobs Movie Review

‘Steve Jobs’ movie review: A surprisingly boring and uninspired film

By on October 23, 2015 at 3:16 PM.

‘Steve Jobs’ movie review: A surprisingly boring and uninspired film

With high expectations, I went to see the new Steve Jobs movie earlier this week with some friends. Penned by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle, the movie seemed like a surefire hit. Especially given the tremendous job Sorkin did on The Social Network, I was anticipating a similarly riveting movie going experience.

The reality was the exact opposite. In a word, the movie is boring. It’s dreadfully boring.

As advertised, the entire movie consists of just three scenes, each set before a major product announcement from Steve Jobs. While this type of scheme is clever in theory, it falls horribly flat in practice.

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CIA Director Email

Why is the CIA Director still using AOL for email?

By on October 20, 2015 at 1:03 PM.

Why is the CIA Director still using AOL for email?

The tech world this week has been abuzz with word that a high school student managed to hack the into the AOL email of CIA Director John Brennan, gaining access to his personal information and otherwise sensitive security information in the process. Rather than employing some high-tech wizardry in order to gain access, the hacker primarily relied on tried and true social engineering techniques.

Lost in the shuffle, though, is a question that has undoubtedly crossed everyone’s mind: Why in the world is the director of the CIA, of all people, still using an AOL email address? It’s a complicated and thorny question, but we managed to come up with a few explanations which may help shed some light on the issue.

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iPhone 6s Galaxy S7 3D Touch

You can probably guess which iPhone 6s feature Samsung’s Galaxy S7 might copy next year

By on October 12, 2015 at 10:25 AM.

You can probably guess which iPhone 6s feature Samsung’s Galaxy S7 might copy next year

At one point during Samsung’s Galaxy S6 presentation in early March, the company triumphantly announced Samsung Pay, bragging that unlike the competition’s similar product it’ll work with any existing payment terminal. The move was a direct response to the iPhone 6’s Apple Pay feature introduced a few months earlier, which gave a significant boost to the entire mobile payments ecosystem.

Now, let’s play the speculation game: which iPhone 6s feature do you think Samsung will introduce during next year’s Galaxy S7 media event? More →

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