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Apple’s Supreme Setback

Apple was dealt a setback today, as the US Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that individual purchasers do have the right to sue them for antitrust behavior. Today’s vote stems from a 2011 lower court case, Apple v Pepper, in which a group of individuals sued the company claiming they were using monopoly pricing power in the App Store. Apple contested the individual users’ right to sue them directly based on court precedent and the matter made it all the way to the highest court in the land.

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Should We Take Google at Their Word on Privacy?

Photo Source: New York Times

So Google has seen the light on privacy, or so they tell us. Sundar Pichai spent a LOT of very valuable stage time during the Google I/O Keynote trying to shift the narrative that they are only interested in Hoovering up as much user data as possible and convince us that they have turned over a new leaf. Was he successful?

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When it Comes to Apple and 5G, Healthy Skepticism is Still Warranted

We see another classic repetitive cycle playing out in Apple supply chain and analyst-driven news right now. Last year, Bloomberg relayed a note from Northland analyst Gus Richard saying that Apple may pass on using Intel 5G modems in 2020 because they won’t be ready in time. Now Fast Company claims to have inside sources reporting that Apple IS passing on Intel and that they have doubled down on producing their own 5G modem.

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Apple Put Its Money Where It’s Mouth Is and Put a Foot Down on Facebook and Google

I like the fact that Apple has taken a pro-privacy stance in recent years. Considering how the rest of the big tech giants treat users and their data, it is a positive to have some type of check against that power. However, I don’t have any illusions about what Apple is doing. It is very simple. They don’t need to monetize our data, while their primary competitors do, so their stance on privacy has nothing to do with any altruism on their part. It is a position of convenience. A bat they can swing at the high, hanging privacy fastball that companies like Facebook and Google hang right over the plate for them.

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The NHL Inks Deal with Apple To Use iPad Pros for Analytics

The NFL has had an exclusive agreement with Microsoft to use its Surface Pros for all on-field tech assistance for a while now. This was initially a source of scorn for Microsoft, as announcers and TV studio personalities routinely referred to them as iPads until corrected. However, the deal eventually became a positive for them as solid reviews from coaches and players came in and the increased visibility on NFL sidelines helped to get the Surface name out in the public eye.

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The Qualcomm-Apple Saga is Really Getting Old

Apple accuses Qualcomm of predatory business practices. Qualcomm accuses Apple of infringing on patents. Apple won’t pay Qualcomm and tries to get their patents invalidated. Qualcomm sues Apple and files for injunctions. Apple counter-sues. Apple won’t use Qualcomm’s modems anymore, hitting them where it really hurts. Qualcomm accuses Apple of sharing secrets with their rival Intel, which they may actually have some proof of. Maybe this will actually make it trial someday. And then it will be appealed…indefinitely. And on, and on, and on, and on…..

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Apple To No Longer Report Device Sales and the Internet is Freaking Out

Apple dropped a surprise bombshell during their Fourth Quarter Financial Call a few days ago, informing analysts that they will no longer report device sales or make sales projections. This is a major shift away from what people have come to expect from Apple, so it has caused a mini uproar among analysts, the tech press and Apple blogs.

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Don’t Ever Doubt Apple’s Massive Influence Over the Tech Industry

OnePlus is a company that I have a lot of respect for. They have been able to fill a niche in the smartphone market while others companies have fallen away by listening to their users and serving them well. They make good quality hardware that works well with Android, and they have a devoted following because of it. Their market share is small and they really aren’t known anywhere outside of the tech bubble, but they have passionate fans within it for good reason.

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Bloomberg Businessweek and Apple are Playing an Interesting Game of Chicken

Last week, I wrote about Bloomberg Businessweek’s big story claiming that servers from the company Super Micro used by Apple, Amazon, and others had hardware modifications made to their motherboards. These reported modifications were supposedly made by hackers from the Chinese military, and the tiny added chips would make the servers vulnerable to hacking by opening backdoors for other servers to get trusted access or to inject code remotely. Bloomberg cited multiple sources from the US  Intelligence community, from Amazon, and even three from within Apple.

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Remembering Steve Jobs Seven Years Later

Sometimes events just stick with you. Often it’s because of how earth-shattering  or momentous they are. Most of you likely remember exactly where you were and what you were doing on 9/11/2001. I certainly do. However, sometimes we remember the details of events for other reasons. A combination of significance and timing can stick with you years later. Because of the latter, I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard that Steve Jobs had passed away on October 5, 2011.

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PSA: Don’t Fall in Love With Your Favorite Tech Company, Because They Won’t Return the Favor

I make no bones about the fact that I’m an Apple fan, and have been for years. I don’t claim to be objective when talking about them, or about tech in general. However, I know enough to take a step back from time to time. There is a difference between being a fan of a company and their products, and being a shill.

Sure, I can stray too far over that line at times, as many tech bloggers do. It is easy to be a fanboy, at times. However, I understand one very important fact that keeps pulling me back where I need to be: There is nothing to be gained from blind love and devotion to Apple, because they don’t love me back.

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