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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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Apple’s Push To 100% Green Energy Use is Complete

I can remember driving over to Apple’s Maiden, NC Data Center just after it was completed in 2011. I was working on a project not too far away and thought I would try to get close enough to snap a couple of pictures. Nope. It was basically invisible from the road, hidden by trees and earth walls out front. It was also not inviting, from a security perspective. You can read about my little joyride almost seven years ago here.

However, one thing I did see that day was one of Apple’s first forays into Green Energy. Or at least the humble beginnings of it. They had already begun construction of a large solar farm to power the data center just across the street. Unlike the data center, the few already-installed solar panels were clearly visible from the road.

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With the HomePod Arriving Tomorrow, Thoughts on its Future and Siri Abound

With the HomePod arriving tomorrow for those who preordered, there is even more talk about what the future holds for this new Apple hardware platform and also about what Siri can and can’t do on the device. The initial reviews have been almost uniformly glowing over the speaker’s sound quality, but not so over Siri’s very noticeable limitations. I won’t get my hands on mine until late tomorrow evening when I return home from Boston, but I am certainly looking forward to trying it out for myself.

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Analysts Are All Over the Place Leading Up To Apple’s First Quarter Earnings Call

Between the glowing reports of recent massive successes and predictions of impending doom and gloom, it’s hard to get a feel for what is actually going on with Apple, and how their First Quarter Earnings will be perceived. One consensus seems to be that Apple’s past quarter will be the biggest in company thanks to strong iPhone X sales, as well as solid Mac, iPad, and Watch sales and Apple’s growing Services business and sales in China.

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Merry Christmas from iPad Insight!

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season. I hope everyone who reads this message has a wonderful day celebrating what this season means to them.

I’m sure a lot of you or your families got some Apple presents under your tree or in your stockings today. I will be celebrating Christmas Day with my family and eating an amazing lunch, but I would love to hear from you, too. Let me know what Apple gifts Santa brought you last night. Also, if you have any questions about your new Apple gear, I will be happy to help (or at least try). Ask away in the Comments section below, on Flipboard, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter @iPadInsightBlog.

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and a great week leading up to the New Year!

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Apple is Reportedly Buying Music Recognition Service Shazam

A couple of days ago, I asked if Siri is finally starting to improve. I’ve seen some positive changes and evidently I’m not the only one. However, as was noted in the survey that was the main focus of my article, Siri isn’t where it needs to be when it comes to music. This has to be a major concern for Apple, especially considering that they recently delayed the release of a new hardware platform that will depend heavily on Siri’s skill as a “musicologist.”

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