NSA Encryption Quantum Computers

Irony: NSA worried hackers with super computers might break current encryption standards

By on August 25, 2015 at 6:35 PM.

Irony: NSA worried hackers with super computers might break current encryption standards

The National Security Agency (NSA) has a bunch of sophisticated tools at its disposal to conduct massive data collection operations all in the name of doing good – and that’s definitely something you’d want from your intelligence agencies. Ironically, the NSA is already worried about the advanced computers that might be available to humans in the not so distant future, which could be used by hackers to break the complex cryptography that makes possible encryption.  More →

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Xiaomi Apple

Does Xiaomi pose a threat to Apple’s iPhone empire? Not even close

By on August 22, 2015 at 6:10 PM.

Does Xiaomi pose a threat to Apple’s iPhone empire? Not even close

Though not a household name in the United States, there’s still a good chance you’ve heard of Xiaomi, a Chinese electronics company that designs and manufactures smartphones, tablets, HDTVs, and an wide assortment of other consumer products.

Since releasing its first smartphone in 2011, Xiaomi’s popularity has increased substantially, in part because the company is generally shameless about copying hardware designs from other companies, and from Apple in particular. Over the past two years or so, there have been no shortage of examples where new Xiaomi products seem to be borderline carbon copies of existing Apple products; the company has even copied Apple event invitations.

That aside, the key aspect to Xiaomi’s success is that the company operates on razor thin margins and offers compelling devices at much cheaper pricepoints than the competition.

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12-inch iPad Pro MacBook Release Date

Apple’s MacBook killer to finally enter production this fall

By on August 19, 2015 at 2:20 PM.

Apple’s MacBook killer to finally enter production this fall

Reports have claimed for years that Apple is working on a new bigger iPad, but the company has yet to actually launch the device. However, one of the most accurate Apple analysts in the world now says the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will finally enter production this fall. More →

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Apple Watch Sales

Why the Apple Watch is no flop, and why Apple isn’t even breaking a sweat over early sales

By on July 14, 2015 at 1:41 PM.

Why the Apple Watch is no flop, and why Apple isn’t even breaking a sweat over early sales

Earlier this week, the research firm Slice Intelligence disclosed that cumulative Apple Watch sales likely fall somewhere in the 3 million unit range. Moreover, Slice Intelligence just one week earlier revealed that Apple Watch sales have dropped by an astounding 90% since the device first went on sale back in April.

In turn, we’ve seen the usual carousel of critics come out and boldly declare that the Apple Watch is a flop. While such stories certainly make for intriguing headlines, there simply isn’t enough evidence to support such a theory this early on in the game.

Here’s the thing: even if we assume that Slice Intelligence’s methodology and sales figures are accurate, the idea that 3 million in Apple Watch sales in just 3 months time constitutes a flop is laughable.

Here’s why.

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Apple Mac Sales

Sorry, WSJ, but Apple killing off the Mac is a laughably bad idea

By on July 12, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Sorry, WSJ, but Apple killing off the Mac is a laughably bad idea

A few weeks ago, Christopher Mims of The Wall Street Journal penned a bizarre and borderline embarrassing opinion piece arguing that Apple should abandon its Mac business entirely. The reasoning? Apple should ostensibly “focus on products that represent the future.”

Perhaps appreciating the shaky foundation upon which his arguments lie, Mims’ piece begins with a plea for to readers to “indulge” him. Not surprisingly, what ultimately follows is nothing more than an exercise in absurdity.

I was reminded of Mims’ piece yesterday in light of reports that the entire PC market, save for Apple, is imploding. While every PC manufacturer on the planet is experiencing a year over year decline in growth, Apple’s Mac business is actually growing. In light of that, I thought it was worth re-visiting Mims’ piece in an effort to show why the Mac remains an ongoing, integral, and strategic part of Apple’s business and bottom line.

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Apple Music Playlists

Apple Music Has a Huge Flaw That Needs to be Fixed ASAP

By on July 3, 2015 at 12:30 PM.

Apple Music Has a Huge Flaw That Needs to be Fixed ASAP

Apple’s foray into the world of subscription music streaming got underway earlier this week with the release of Apple Music. An ambitious effort, to say the least, Apple is betting that the allure of on-demand streaming coupled with curated playlists will be enough to attract upwards of 100 million subscribers.

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Apple Watch Luxury

Apple Watch isn’t About ‘Need’, it’s About ‘Want’

By on June 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM.

Apple Watch isn’t About ‘Need’, it’s About ‘Want’

The Apple Watch has been out in the wild for about two months now and, as with anything, time has seemingly softened the initial run of harsh critiques and over the top glowing reviews that accompanied its release. With the passage of time, we’ve thankfully started to see a greater number of more reasoned takes on Apple’s new wearable.

Suffice it to say, the Apple Watch isn’t as revolutionary as the iPhone, nor is it an utter disappointment a la the Newton. The truth, like most things, lies somewhere in the middle.

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16GB iPhone 6s iOS 9 Storage Fixes

Why I Think the 16GB iPhone Curse is Here to Stay

By on June 24, 2015 at 11:25 AM.

Why I Think the 16GB iPhone Curse is Here to Stay

One of the things iOS 9 is slowly fixing is the storage issue that has prevented many users who were not familiar how iOS updates work from upgrading. Instead, they found themselves delaying the move to iOS 8 because there wasn’t enough storage space on their devices to perform over-the-air (OTA) upgrades. But Apple’s actions also seem to indicate that despite the recent move to increase double the storage on its mid-tier and high-end iPhones, the 16GB iPhone is probably here to stay. More →

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Apple Watch Returns

Why do people seemingly forget that the Apple Watch is a first-gen product?

By on June 11, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

Why do people seemingly forget that the Apple Watch is a first-gen product?

Yesterday we highlighted how Vanessa Friedman, a fashion critic for The New York Times, opted to return her Apple Watch for a variety of reasons; she didn’t like that it’s highly marketed, or the fact that it looked like a gadget, or the fact that some of the Apple Watch’s advertised features didn’t always work as seamlessly as she would have hoped.

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Apple Music iTunes

For Apple Music to succeed, iTunes must be sacrificed

By on June 2, 2015 at 2:24 PM.

For Apple Music to succeed, iTunes must be sacrificed

One of the business tenets that has led to Apple’s incredible success is that the company isn’t afraid to cannibalize its own products. If anything, Apple tends to embrace such scenarios, with Tim Cook once explaining that Apple views “cannibalization as a huge opportunity.”

“Our core philosophy is to never fear cannibalization,” Cook said during an earnings conference call two years ago. “If we don’t do it, someone else will. We know that iPhone has cannibalized some of our iPod business. That doesn’t worry us.”

With that said, one can only hope that Apple will take steps to actively cannibalize its own iTunes business. If they don’t, some other company will, and it may happen sooner than anyone thinks.

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Apple Customer Service

Apple’s secret weapon: Incredible customer service

By on May 26, 2015 at 4:20 PM.

Apple’s secret weapon: Incredible customer service

Not too long ago, Brian X. Chen of The New York Times wrote a piece arguing that traditional product reviews are broken insofar as they don’t often consider the varying levels of customer service different companies provide.

“The product evaluations neglect to mention the quality of a company’s customer service,” Chen writes, “which becomes the most important fact of of all when problems or questions related to the product come up.”

This is an astute point, and especially apt in regards to tech products. Not only are tech products pricey, but addressing tech oriented problems is usually beyond the expertise of most owners. As a result, if there’s any one industry where customer service should be afforded more weight when putting together a product review or stacking two rival products against one another, it’s the tech industry.

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