Carl Icahn told CNBC Thursday that he sold his considerable stake in Apple Inc.—some 0.8 percent of shares at his height—on concerns about Apple's business in China, though it might be more accurate to characterize it as concerns that China's government could have a deleterious affect on Apple's business in that market. Bryan Chaffin isn't always a fan of Mr. Icahn's, but in this instance, the mogul isn't wrong.
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill requiring a search warrant when law enforcement wants to access email and documents stored in cloud services such as Dropbox and iCloud. The Senate still needs to pass the bill before it becomes law, which seems a little weird considering we have this thing called the 4th Amendment in the Constitution. I'll just share a link to the Bill of Rights in case any of our Senators need a refresher.
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When Apple introduced the new MacBook in early 2015, with USB-C, the legendary MagSafe power connector had to go. Instead of innovating a replacement magnetic connector, Apple left the job to Griffin. It's called the BreakSafe, and it restores the MagSafe-like functionality to a MacBook. John Martellaro was impressed. Almost.
The FBI isn't going to share the hack it bought to get into Syed Farook's iPhone with Apple, which means the law enforcement agency is intentionally withholding a 0-day exploit that could potentially be discovered by other parties and used before a patch is released. The reasoning behind the decision is that the FBI doesn't know how the hack works, and therefore complying with the White House Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP) wouldn't reveal any useful information.
Apple introduced its CareKit platform in March, and now apps that take advantage of its features are rolling out on the App Store. The first four apps tasking advantage of CareKit are Glow Nurture, Glow Baby, One Drop, and Start. That's great for doctors, but could be even bigger for health and fitness apps and peer support.
In every Apple earnings conference call with analysts, there are a range of questions from good to bad. Sometimes worse. And sometimes most of them are just bad. But in Tuesday's call for Apple's second fiscal quarter of 2016, two analysts stood out for Bryan Chaffin as the ones who asked both the best and and worst questions.
John McAfee, founder of his self-titled antiviral software company (sold to Intel in 2010), launched a new commercial in support of his bid to be the presidential candidate for the Libertarian party. The spot quotes the "Here's to the Crazy Ones" wording used in Apple's Think Different campaign of 1997, and it uses the tagline "Vote Different." The spot also quotes "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." That's from the late Steve Jobs's commencement speech at Stanford University. In addition to borrowing from Apple, the spot highlights many tech icons (also like the Think Different campaign), including Steve Jobs—which is interesting. It's impossible to know if Mr. Jobs would have supported John McAfee's bid for president, but he was known to support Democrats—not Libertarians—when he made his political affiliations known. That said, it's human nature for people to claim important and great people in the wake of their death no matter the grounding of those claims. Another fun fact, the closing segment of the spot features the U.S. Space Shuttle, among the largest government programs of all time. [Via Forbes]
Apple's quarterly results announced on April 26 weren't as rosy as some would have liked. But there isn't a company on the planet who who wouldn't trade places with Apple in a heartbeat: US$10 billion in profits gained against global economic headwinds. John Martellaro provides some practical perspective.
Apple conferences are about more than traveling to a different city to learn something new. Today Mike Potter from Mac Stock and Barry Fulk from the Midwest Mac BBQ join Jeff Gamet to talk about the community experience we get from conferences and why that makes smaller events more appealing to some attendees.
Did you know that you can change which buttons appear in Mail's toolbar? You can, and looking through the list of possibilities may just give you some new ways to interact with your email. In today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt's going to cover both how to edit your toolbar and a few of her favorite buttons to add there.
Apple's numbers were down across the board for its 2016 second fiscal quater, but music numbers were up. Apple Music showed a nice increase to 13 million subscribers compared 11 million in February, and that helped bring an end to what has been a declining market segment for the iPhone and Mac maker.
Despite Apple's efforts to boost iPad sales, those efforts aren't showing up in sales numbers. The iPad Pro (12.9-inch), discounting the typical exuberance of the holiday quarter (Apple's Q1), didn't seem to create much of an uptick. But CEO Tim Cook seems to have his hopes up for the next quarter's revenue, at least, when the iPad Pro line's sales make their mark.