Android 5.0 Feature To ‘All’ Android Smartphones

Zach Epstein needs to alter the headline to match reality. One of the coolest features from the Moto X is apparently coming to all top Android phones in Google’s new Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Yes, that's the update that absolutely positively will not go to all ... Read More »

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Letter

No, Cook didn't write one to me, but did send an internal letter to Apple employees following the company's record breaking financial quarter. Team, Today we reported Apple’s highest September quarter revenue ever and our strongest revenue growth rate in seven quarters. ... Read More »

Internet Lies

This 'article' explains why the internet is often called the misinformation superhighway. It's from Silicon Valley Insider. Many have heard about the short comings of Apple's new iPhone. No. The iPhone 6 models receive raving reviews. You see, Apple has been scrambling ... Read More »

Apple Did It Again

The new iPads, Macs, and OS X Yosemite, Apple Pay, and iOS 8.1 are expected. Also expected is Apple's uncanny ability to make this year's product just enough better and more desirable that customers who just bought last year's product happy to give it away as a hand-me-down ... Read More »

iTunes: ‘A Rose By Any Other Name…”

iTunes is an unwieldy mass media mall that sprawls over the digital countryside of your Mac's screen. iTunes 12 is merely a new color of paint on the walls, and new striping on the parking lot. Otherwise, same old iTunes. Nick Peers on the changes in version 12. The new ... Read More »

Watch and Wait

No new Apple TV at the latest event, so every competitor has a product with more channels, faster CPU, more storage, and a lower price. Christopher Breen sums it up. I’m going to double down on the as-yet-unannounced, next-gen Apple TV. And I’ll do so because, upon ... Read More »

A ‘Very Dark Place’

FBI Director James Comey steps up his attack on personal encryption: We have the legal authority to intercept and access communications and information pursuant to court order, but we often lack the technical ability to do so... if the challenges of real-time interception ... Read More »

The Battle for Eyeballs

Good summary from ZDNet (oddly, no byline) on how Facebook is battling Google for online revenue. The battle is particularly intense in the fast-growing mobile ad segment: Google's share has dipped slightly over the past two years to 44.6 percent, while Facebook has grabbed ... Read More »

Big Phablet, Low Price

Lots of high end hardware specifications on Google's new Nexus 6 phablet (and Nexus 9 tablet). Zack Whittaker: Google's Nexus 6 "phablet" phone was built by Motorola. It features a a 5.9-inch quad-HD display with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels (or 493 pixels-per-inch, ... Read More »

Worst Jeopardy Story Ever

It's a tradition. Jeopardy host Alex Trebek asked Boston-based physics major Dan Tran to share something interesting about himself: So when I was a senior in high school, I took French in high school, we went on an exchange trip, and we arrived incredibly jet-lagged. ... Read More »

Apple Watch Has An Achilles Heel

This is before anyone has had a chance to use an Apple Watch or more than a few minutes, but Jess Bolluyt thinks battery life is the devices Achilles heel. It seems increasingly likely that Apple has chosen to compromise battery life to build a smartwatch packed with ... Read More »

$3,400 DSLR, Meet iPhone 6 Plus

This comparison from Lee Hitchinson makes me think Apple might be working on an ubercamera. Here's a comparison of a $3,400 Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR to Apple's iPhone 6 Plus. The idea here is that the person, not the gear, takes the picture. And there is a (likely apocryphal) ... Read More »

Old Disease At The New Microsoft

Newly minted CEO Satya Nadella on women and compensation within the Microsoft workforce. It's not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along... Because that's good karma. It'll ... Read More »

‘If it’s not one thing, it’s always something’

Thank you, Roseanne Roseannadanna. Just when you thought Bendghazi had drifted away, there's another. This one is called Hairgate or Beardgate. Read this package of lies carefully. iPhone 6, the most wanted smartphone of the year by Apple, has seen harsh reviews and ... Read More »

The Sport Of Apple Slamming

Ken Segall's view on Bendgate, Bendghazi, and the art of slamming Apple for fun and profit, and how Apple overcomes all the manufactured scandals. Apple’s resilience isn’t a fluke, and it doesn’t result from some kind of mind control over sheeplike customers. It’s ... Read More »

Speed Test: iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8)

You gotta love speed tests, especially when Apple's A8 CPU is pitted against chips from yesteryear. Obviously, the iPhone 6 fares rather well. ... Read More »

Safari Tricks In iOS 8

Nice list of Safari browser tricks in iOS 8 from Derek Walter: Safari for iOS is as old as the iPhone itself, and even with all the apps that have come and gone in those seven plus years, Safari is the old standby, the essential app that’s in the dock row of millions ... Read More »

‘These People Are Nuts’

Former Apple employee Don Melton on the company's famed work ethic: And by the way, when you hear the so-called apocryphal stories about Tim Cook coming to work in the wee hours and staying late, it’s not just some PR person telling you stories to make you think that ... Read More »

Munster Predicts Again

The guy who predicts Apple products for a living, and has predicted an Apple television every year since forever, now predicts how many watches Apple will sell next year. Gene Munster: Overall, we believe that the Apple Watch is light years ahead of any other smartwatch ... Read More »

Pros And Cons Of iPhone 6

Interesting list from Adrian Kinglsey-Hughes: ...this is the first iPhone I've owned where I feel truly torn over how I feel about it. Yes, the iPhone 6 Plus is a great handset, but the ultimate price of ownership isn't the price tag but tolerating a number of compromises. ... Read More »

‘Hey, Windows. Who’s Your Daddy?’

More proof that Apple's strategy to own the premium end of the market pays big dividends, and bucks the trend toward cheap and profitless margins. Chris Ciaccia: During the back-to-school shopping period (July 4th through Labor Day week), Apple saw notebook sales rise ... Read More »

FBI: Apple, Google Put Customers Above The Law

FBI Director James B. Comey apparently hasn't read the U.S. Constitution. He blasted Apple and Google for developing smartphone encryption that law enforcement officials cannot break. There will come a day when it will matter a great deal to the lives of people... that ... Read More »

What Goes Around, Comes Around

For the moment, Apple's smartphone competitors are having a field day on Twitter, mocking the iPhone 6's Bendghazi problems. Kelly Hodgkins has a collection. These social marketing efforts are a response to Apple's controversy in which some iPhone 6 Plus users were accidentally ... Read More »

BlackBerry Passport: The Very Definition Of Niche

Steve Ranger on BlackBerry's new smartphone something: The square 4.5-inch touchscreen phone with touch-sensitive Qwerty keyboard will certainly stand out from the mass of anonymous black slabs, or the "sea of sameness"... it's an unashamedly boxy device described by ... Read More »