Amazon vs. Apple: It’s Flopping vs. Flying

What happens when a company's shine begins to wear off? Remember how BlackBerry shipped more smartphones than ever a few years after the iPhone was launched? More BlackBerry's, lower margins, and eventually no profit, followed by huge losses. BlackBerry's shine wore off ... Read More »

A Few Words On Cutting The Cable TV Cord And Using Apple Instead

As much as I would like to cut the cable TV cord the only way that can be done is by losing much of the television content I want to watch. A digital video recorder (DVR) is the best tech entertainment invention since sliced bread and it works wonderfully with the 300 channels ... Read More »

BYOD Is All The Rage These Days. So Is BYO-ID!

Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs was famous for ignoring corporate enterprise as a business option, reportedly telling Intel engineers that Apple would build products so compelling and useful (the iPhone) for business employees that corporate IT departments would ... Read More »

What Apple Did To The iPhone To Get Enterprise Customers (that it did not do to the Mac)

Apple's famed secrecy overshadows the company's ability to be disciplined and play a long game. Instead of opting for marketshare at all costs, Apple prefers to sell large numbers of products in the premium category, which results in the company owning the largest profitshare. ... Read More »

Apple And The Shady World Of Competitor’s Numbers

It's merely a line item from a list of many, but one thing we can all agree is that Apple's numbers are just pretty damned good. For example, even the often overlooked Mac line has growing revenue, increasing profits, improved unit sales, and even better market share-- all ... Read More »

You Just Knew Someone Would Make A Mac Photo App To Do What We All Do Already, Right?

Guess what? Celebrity autographs are obsolete. Says who? None other than celebrity Taylor Swift, now a Wall Street Journal Columnist. I haven't been asked for an autograph since the invention of the iPhone with a front-facing camera Why not? Autographs are obsolete. ... Read More »

The Free Alternative To Amazon’s $10 Kindle Unlimited ‘Netflix For Books’ Service

New technology is determined to be valuable based upon simple math. Take the new Vessyl electronic cup. This $99 techno-wizardry is a drinking cup loaded with sophisticated sensors that can tell you what you're drinking, including contents, calories, and even caffeine amounts. ... Read More »

Free Macs, iPhones, And iPads?

Which company makes the most money manufacturing personal computers, smartphones, and tablets? It's not Samsung. It's not Microsoft. It's not Google. It's not any of the Chinese hardware and gadget makers. It's Apple. How is it that Apple has become the most profitable ... Read More »

Privacy And Security: Apple, Take Off The Kid Gloves

It's time for Apple to step up and call it as it is. Beyond the smartphones and tablets we all love and use; beyond the apps and which platform is best for whom and why, beyond the competition between Apple and Google, there are the two major issues of our time. Privacy ... Read More »

Color Me A Little Paranoid But An Apple Wearable Device With Sensors Should Scare You

Guess what? Apple has big plans for a wearable device that is loaded with biometric sensors, location sensors, motion sensors; sensors upon sensors. Whether this device is called iWatch or not doesn't really matter. I'm more concerned about what the device senses and what ... Read More »

On The iPhone 6 And iPhone Screen Sizes

You know what's interesting about all the rumors on the iPhone 6? Two important aspects haven't received much publicity? Across the board, the Apple blogosphere predicts two screen models for the iPhone 6: a 4.7-inch model, and a 5.5-inch phablet-like model. That Apple ... Read More »

A Few More Thoughts On Apple’s ‘iWatch’

From all the analysis, hoopla, and opinions on Apple's iWatch, it's either a product that will revolutionize the technology world, or it's another overpriced technology dud, perfectly priced for Apple's faithful, but certified to be an epic fail. Which is it? As is ... Read More »

How Apple’s iPhone 6 Copies Samsung

For all the noise critics, customers, and Apple itself has made over Samsung's blatant copying of Apple's designs, Apple itself is about to be found guilty of copying Samsung. Quick. Can you name all the Samsung Galaxy smartphones, circa today? There are so many Galaxy ... Read More »

Apple, Amazon, And eBooks: Putting Up The Good Fight

Where does Google kick Apple's butt? Android marketshare. Where does Samsung kick Apple's butt? Smartphone marketshare. Where does Amazon kick Apple's butt? Electronic book publishing. Profits aside, Apple puts up a good fight, but continues to incur losses everywhere ... Read More »

Apple And Skynet: The Growing And Dangerous Problem With Devices That Talk To Each Other

Any bona fide scifi aficionado knows the dangers of Skynet, the fictional, self-aware artificial intelligence system of the future. Think Terminator and a world-wide computer system which first enslaved mankind, then set out to destroy humans. How did Skynet happen? Computers ... Read More »

Apple, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Amazon And The Death Of Disruptive Innovation

Just in case you haven't heard, Apple is doomed. Again. Why? How? The company has failed to innovate since co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs died. There's just one problem with that meme. It's wrong. When it comes to the traditional PC business, Apple's Mac included, ... Read More »

iWatch? Apple Television? No. This Is The Product Apple Needs Next

CEO Tim Cook and his executive team continue to say 2014 will be a great year for new products from Apple. Maybe so. After all, who doesn't want to see Apple disrupt yet another industry with a product category that puts to shame lame efforts from competitors. Samsung ... Read More »

About Those Photos Of iPhone 6

Color me skeptical but there are enough Photoshop wizards in the world to doctor or create photos of almost anything you can imagine. The latest round of photos purporting to be of Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 are a perfect example. As the comic XKCD pointed out some time ... Read More »

Apple And Economics: From Apps To Competitors

My father hails from Scotland and knows how to put the pinch on a penny. What I learned from him about money management probably wouldn't make me a successful business executive, but I wouldn't go broke from trying. When looking at the landscape that surrounds Apple I ... Read More »

A Clever Way To Encrypt Files On A Mac

Let me start this with a simple question. Do you use Apple's built-in FileVault encryption tool? It's the one in System Preferences > Security & Privacy, in the FileVault tab. I do not. Why? Apple says: FileVault secures the data on your disk by encrypting its ... Read More »

What Do A Few Hundred Mac Users Know About This Utility Than I Know?

Around the office I'm known as something of a Mac app hound. My Mac is loaded with more apps, tools, and utilities than anyone else except the folks in IT. Every Mac user has a list of favorite apps, including all important third party (which I loosely define as non-Apple, ... Read More »

Did Apple Cause The Death Of Complicated Software?

Remember Microsoft Office? There once was a day when PC customers stood in line to buy the latest version of Windows or the newest version of Office. Back in the day progress was measured by the number of new features added to Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Apple wasn't much ... Read More »

What Does Apple Have To Do To Get Respect?

As a technology company with tens of billions in riches and hundreds of millions of satisfied customers, Apple has become the Rodney Dangerfield of gadget makers. Successful, but with little respect. I haven't spoken to my wife in years. I didn't want to interrupt her. Every ... Read More »

Microsoft Copies Apple Again

Microsoft, like Apple nemesis Samsung, has a long history of copying market leaders. Windows wasn't born from originality, folks. It was mostly stolen from Apple's Mac OS. Likewise, Samsung didn't innovate the modern era smartphone or tablet with their Galaxy line of knockoffs. ... Read More »