Tag: opinion

Apple is as "boring" as it's always been

Microsoft last week surprised the tech masses when the company unveiled a futuristic holographic headset called a HoloLens. The device is a prototype for the time being, but nonetheless got many folks in the tech world excited. Microsoft's own website boldly declares, "The era of holographic com...

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It's time to slow down the Apple Watch hype train

Over the past few months, we've seen a number of analysts predict how well the Apple Watch will sell, with some of the more optimistic takes claiming that Apple may sell upwards of 40 million units during the first 12 months of availability. Many analysts and pundits contend that the Apple Wa...

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Sacrificing logic and profits at the altar of smartphone marketshare

Evan Williams, who helped co-found both Twitter and Medium, recently wrote an excellent piece articulating the futility and shortsightedness of using one-dimensional metrics to ascribe success or failure to Internet companies. Williams elegantly lays out why cherry-picking one particular piec...

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A guy walks into an Apple Store with an Apple Watch

In this hypothetical situation, what do you think happens? Recently I was having a discussion with a person I know in Apple Retail and the question of support for the Apple Watch came up. It just so happens that Apple has changed how support calls are handled, and there's a certain trepidation a...

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Apple software quality and the "sprint system" of OS X development

A recent post from developer Marco Arment kickstarted a whirlwind of debate regarding the current state of Apple software. The gist of Arment's piece is that Apple has unfortunately worked its way into a position where marketing is given too much deference, all at the expense of the "it just wor...

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Is Apple's quality slipping?

Over the weekend, amidst the noise of CES news seeping from Vegas, founding Tumblr CTO and Overcast developer Marco Arment voiced a concern I have been stressing over for some time. Titled "Apple has lost the functional high ground," it cuts straight to the heart of the matter: Apple's longtime ...

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A long ride on Apple's coattails scores Xiaomi a $45 billion valuation

There are plenty of tech companies out there that wish they were in Apple's position as one of the world's most valuable companies. Xiaomi -- the maker of the MiPad and MiPhone -- seems to have figured out how to quickly climb the value ladder, and it's actually easier than anyone could have imagi...

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The one feature Apple should seriously copy from BlackBerry OS 10

Do you own a BlackBerry? Of course you don't. Nobody's owned a BlackBerry since 2009 or so, but despite that I decided to pick up the BlackBerry Classic to replace my HTC One M8 as my non-iOS phone and I actually don't hate it. With its multitouch screen it's a lot like a cross between iOS and ...

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Dear Apple, please bring the iPhone 4s into the future

There's something awful about being in love with an outdated piece of technology, but I will hold onto my iPhone 4s until the day it dies. You may find yourself asking why, but the answer is simple. The iPhone 4s is the best designed phone Apple has ever released. Even as new generations of iOS ...

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The crapification of great iOS apps

I love physics-based games, and Fish Out Of Water by Halfbrick Studios is one of the best. Well, I should say it was one of the best, and for well over a year it brought a smile to my face on a daily basis. Today, it's simply not the same game it was, and despite having paid a buck for it shortly ...

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iPad sees first full year decline, is definitely (maybe) doomed

According to a new report from analytics firm IDC, 2014 will mark the first time since its launch that the iPad will see a year-over-year decline in sales. Apple's tablet offerings are expected to show a -12.7% growth figure for 2014. Assuming nothing absurd happens in the last few weeks of the ...

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Apple rolls out two new subpar iPhone ads: "Gamers" and "Reservations"

Apple yesterday began airing two new iPhone ads, one dubbed "Gamers" and another called "Reservations." Like previous iPhone 6 ads, Apple's new commercials are voiced by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. And while these ads are slightly better than what we've seen before, I still find them sur...

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Snapchat introduces Snapcash for P2P payments

The question "how do you monetize Snapchat" has finally been answered and it's going to open up a lot of possibilities for users. Snapchat has introduced Snapcash, a way to send mobile payments to friends using the image sending-then-destroying service. In its advertisement for Snapcash, the com...

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What am I doing wrong?

Judging from the complaints and all-around bad feelings I've been seeing on social networks lately, it appears that Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 are huge failures that are causing everyone a lot of pain and agony. So, if three Macs running OS X Yosemite and four devices loaded with iOS 8 are work...

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App Store gamers are cheap, angry and whiny

Monument Valley developer Ustwo learned a harsh lesson about App Store customers this week when the group released a sizable update to its highly regarded iOS title. A level expansion titled Forgotten Shores added a further eight chapters to the popular puzzle game for $1.99, and if you had read a...

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