The BBC's report lost its way early on. To make Apple the villain, they show Apple's success and then turn it against them. Apple has designed and created some of the greatest flagship stores in the world, especially in London as their report presented. Fans of Apple products and consumers looking for a great retail experience appreciate the incredible detail found in the architecture of these stores. They appreciate the Genius Bars when looking for device problem advice, repair and replacement in a friendly environment. For an optional $100/yr., buyers of new products could actually be professionally trained in how to use their products. Only recently have other companies even tried to emulate the Apple Store experience and still can't achieve it. Somehow, fans of products that are the best in the world are still being insultingly vilified as being fanatics and cultists. Just saying those words within the context of a documentary shows the mindset of the producers of this so-called documentary.
Bloomberg's reporter Tim Higgins broke the news that Apple has halted online sales in Russia due to "extreme" ruble fluctuations. Tom Giles reporting on Bloomberg TV tells us that the story is unfolding.
A month ago we posted a report titled "Microsoft Looks to Sway More Apple Fan Business their Way" that covered Microsoft's upcoming new app called Sway. Word is that while Sway is new, it won't be replacing PowerPoint as many have surmised. It's a way for employees, consumers and students alike to easily put together a presentation without any formal training with PowerPoint. It's going to be a better tool for the mobile crowd to snap presentations together. The news today is that Sway is ready for Apple fans with Macs or iDevices with a simple sign in.
One time Apple Evangelist Guy Kawasaki, co-author of "The Art of Social Media" discusses Apple's transition from Steve Jobs to Tim Cook and what he sees for the company in the year ahead. The interview revealed Kawasaki only recently switched to the iPhone out of necessity.
Grammy Award-winner Gwen Stefani is taking control of the Priceless Surprises launcher to help surprise cardholders every time they swipe, dip, tap or click with their MasterCard. Stefani has teamed up with MasterCard to deliver truly unforgettable experiences and surprises for MasterCard cardholders and Gwen Stefani fans. To kick things off, MasterCard will debut a new 30 second TV spot today featuring Stefani who, with the help of a "Surprise launcher," sends Priceless Surprises to cardholders paying with their MasterCard with Apple Pay. The spot features Stefani's new song, Spark the Fire.
Popular, well-known sites, such as the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue, Times Square, Macy's and the area around the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, were caught up in Friday's "die in" protests. Demonstrators angry over a grand jury's decision not to indict a policeman in the death of an unarmed African-American man, Eric Garner, converged on Friday on some of New York City's most famous businesses and venues.
A few weeks back photos from documentary photographer Doug Menuez were released and presented on several tech sites. Today the BBC released a short video on the years after Steve Jobs left Apple showing various photos from Menuez's photo collection set to his narrative of that time.
CNBC interviewed Martin Fink, HP CTO in Barcelona earlier today who discussed how Hewlett-Packard is rethinking storage and memory in the world of computing. Computers for 60 years have been based on three basic components: The processor, main memory and big storage (for permanent storage). HP's project called "The Machine" will basically collapse those layers into one and change the architecture of computing forever. It will apply to servers, the cloud and eventually to appliances, desktops, notebooks, smartphones and everything that's a part of the Internet of Things (IoT). Fink noted that the technology will allow for a hundred terabytes on your future smartphone. One of the surprising applications could be how a service like Netflix could be embedded into future modems in an all-new way and Fink talks about that scenario in this video. While the project in the big picture may take five years to come to market, Fink notes that parts of the technology will be applied to various shorter range projects to get the ball rolling. Our full report touches on the basics of this revolutionary new architecture.
News about the progress of Google Glass had fallen off the planet for a while. So much so that we posted a story a few weeks back titled "Google Glass, a Failure until Further Notice." Many in the press had written Google Glass off. We wondered if Google was simply looking for a killer app or trying to wind it down. We pointed to new patent filing that showed Google Glass could one day add a projector to its frame. Over the weekend we discovered a new Google Glass patent regarding the addition of biometric authentication. In the last 24 hours the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has discovered that the project is undergoing a technological shift. Instead of using processors from Texas Instruments, Google Glass is to be powered by Intel Inside next year. How will this new launch for Google Glass be different from the rest? WSJ's Alistair Barr and Tanya Rivero discuss it in the noted video above. Our report below touches on possible new directions for Google Glass and the Company's patent pending biometric invention.
Jim Cramer CNBC on Apple's Stock Dropping: Basically he saw the drop in Apple's stock as primarily being an algorithm that triggered a sell call for all tech stocks and Apple got caught up in that this morning. He sees the market simply reversing Friday's uptick. But later in the day others weighed in.
Last week we reported that biometrics are coming to PCs in 2015. Intel's Kirk Skaugen, corporate vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, first noted during his keynote at CES 2013 that Intel would be bringing Biometrics to the PC and last week he confirmed that. Today, Intel announced their acquisition of Montreal based PasswordBox that is likely to play a role in Intel's upcoming security upgrade for mobile devices and PCs in the new year.
The Wall Street Journal has voted Apple's iPhone 6 as the number one smartphone for 2014 to boos and hisses from Android fans which was expected. The iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 were tied for best Phablet. Joanna Stern stated that the iPhone 6 is still the most well-rounded smartphone money can buy.
Check out the Future of Apple TV from eyeSight: With Apple acquiring PrimeSense, the company behind Microsoft's Kinect last year, we know that Apple is likely working on ways to advance Apple TV to work without a remote. Then again Apple could also be considering new advances with Siri controlling Apple TV in ways much like Amazon's new Echo works. At best, Apple advancing Apple TV may not happen until late 2015 or beyond. So in the meantime, you might want to check out eyeSight's upcoming Onecue. If you love your Apple TV, then you might want to take it to the next level with Onecue.