Quick show of hands: How many of you actually used Ping?
In case you don't recall, Ping was Apple's valiant effort to enter the world of social media by way of a music recommendation service through iTunes. And the reason you might not remember it is because it never caught on, went largely unsupported, and closed two years later as a colossal failure.
It's been over a year since Ping's... » more
Looking at T-Mobile's G1 phone from 2008, it's hard to believe the Android of today began with such a clunky device.
During this past quarter, Google's mobile phones made up four out every five shipped. Considering Apple came in a distant second with just under 13%, that is a staggering lead.
Then again, Apple is definitely no slouch when it comes to profits. Not only does Cupertino... » more
As thefts of Apple products rise in New York, the NYPD and the City Council are thinking differently to curb the surge.
During a hearing of the council's Consumer Affairs Committee Monday, the NYPD said there were 16,000 thefts of Apple products last year, accounting for 14% of all crimes in the city in 2012.
To curb the trend, the council is mulling a bill that would mandate that all... » more
Another year, another disappointment for anyone expecting an Apple television set.
In his 2011 biography, Steve Jobs claimed that he had "cracked" the concept of an integrated TV, and since then we’ve had plenty of rumors -- but little else. We may as well be waiting for Godot.
There was reason to hope. Consumers have spent the last few years in a purgatory of dongles,... » more
The smartphone industry is growing really, really fast.
But it's also a mess.
On Tuesday, research firm IDC busted out its third-quarter industry numbers, reporting that the smartphone industry grew by an impressive 39.9%. Year-over-year, Android units were up 51.3%.
Google's dominant Android operating system crossed past 80% market share for the first time ever,... » more
Shortly before he passed, Steve Jobs gave the world the ultimate "One more thing ..."
In Walter Isaacson's biography on the Apple co-founder and former CEO, Jobs claimed he had "cracked" the code on delivering an integrated TV set with a unique and as-of-yet undisclosed distribution system that would revolutionize how the masses consume content.
"It will have... » more
Has it really only been six years since Apple unveiled the original iPhone?
Since 2007, the world has been blindsided by a wealth of revolutions and innovations in tech, especially in the mobile field, rendering the pre-iPhone world as antiquated as a sparkly animated gif on a MySpace profile.
And yet, compare the original, Mark I iPhone with the iPhone 5S from this year, and the similarities... » more
If you are an Apple devotee with both a Mac and an iPhone, there is a cool new way to use both in tandem. Knock, a new app, allows you to unlock your Mac with just two taps on your iPhone.
It’s pretty simple, but it seems just magical in the promo video. And it isn’t just a parlor trick. Compared to the tired old process of typing passwords, it’s actually more secure. Knock uses Bluetooth... » more
The netbook didn’t die immediately. It survived the initial punch to the face from Apple’s iPad, which offered better battery life, a more intuitive interface, and an escape from the general mediocrity of Windows ultra-portables.
It did not, however, survive the knife in the back from Microsoft. The introduction of Windows RT called into question the viability of Windows 8 in small form factor... » more
The iconic iPad disappointed for the second quarter in a row, selling 14.1 million units vs. expectations of 14.5 million.
This served as a caution flag for investors. The iPad franchise's birth in 2010 kicked off the post-PC era, and it must succeed in order for Apple to be a part of it.
On Monday's conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook didn't flinch one bit. He said we are heading for... » more