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Differential Privacy. Bane or Boon?

Ben Thompson of Stratechery on Apple’s implementation of Differential Privacy: The broader challenge for Apple is this: in a fair fight the company would have a hard time matching Google or Facebook’s big data capabilities,...

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John Kirk / June 19th, 2016
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Part 7: Why Not Be Apple?

ARTICLE OUTLINE This is part 7 of 7 in a series of articles that explores Innovation at Apple. 1. Who is Apple innovating for? 2. Where should Apple’s innovation be focused? 3. How does Apple … Continue reading

John Kirk / June 5th, 2016
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Part 6: Why Does Apple Do What It Does?

ARTICLE OUTLINE This is part 6 of 7 in a series of articles that explores Innovation at Apple. 1. Who is Apple innovating for? 2. Where should Apple’s innovation be focused? 3. How does Apple … Continue reading

John Kirk / June 4th, 2016
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Part 5: What Does Innovation Inside Of Apple Look Like To Someone Outside Of Apple?

ARTICLE OUTLINE This is part 5 of 7 in a series of articles that explores Innovation at Apple. 1. Who is Apple innovating for? 2. Where should Apple’s innovation be focused? 3. How does Apple … Continue reading

John Kirk / June 2nd, 2016
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Part 4: When Should Apple Introduce Its Innovations?

ARTICLE OUTLINE This is part 4 of 7 in a series of articles that explores Innovation at Apple. 1. Who is Apple innovating for? 2. Where should Apple’s innovation be focused? 3. How does Apple … Continue reading

John Kirk / June 1st, 2016
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Part 3: How Does Apple Innovate?

ARTICLE OUTLINE This is part 3 of 7 in a series of articles that explores Innovation at Apple. 1. Who is Apple innovating for? 2. Where should Apple’s innovation be focused? 3. How does Apple … Continue reading

John Kirk / May 31st, 2016
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Part 2: Where Should Apple’s Innovation Be Focused?

ARTICLE OUTLINE This is part 2 of 7 in a series of articles that explores Innovation at Apple. 1. Who is Apple innovating for? 2. Where should Apple’s innovation be focused? 3. How does Apple … Continue reading

John Kirk / May 30th, 2016
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Part 1: Who Is Apple Innovating For?

These days, there are a lot of questions swirling around Apple and the biggest question of all is whether Apple has forgotten how to innovate. Of course, this question is not new. CAPTION: February 1996 … Continue reading

John Kirk / May 29th, 2016
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Apple Shouldn’t Cross That Road Till They Come To It

Part 1: Argument On April 19, 2016, Ben Thompson of Stretechery wrote: Apple’s Organizational Crossroads. If you haven’t read it already, I highly recommend you read it now. In a nutshell, Ben Thompson’s contention is: … Continue reading

John Kirk / April 24th, 2016
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The Apple iPhone Is The Biggest Fish In The Biggest Tech Pond

There has been an awful lot of negative talk concerning Apple this past month. In response, Jan Dawson wrote an excellent article for Techpinions entitled, “Why 2016 isn’t 1997 for Apple”. I encourage you to … Continue reading

John Kirk / April 10th, 2016
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FBI v. Apple: “Unduly Burdensome”

You might well be asking yourself, if the FBI withdrew its challenge against Apple, then why are we still talking about FBI v. Apple? Well, the San Bernadino case is over, but there are many, … Continue reading

John Kirk / April 3rd, 2016
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Apple Stared Down The FBI And The FBI Just Blinked

In the case of FBI v. Apple, a hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Late on Monday afternoon, the government requested a postponement. I predict that this case is over. Here’s why. 1) … Continue reading

John Kirk / March 21st, 2016
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FBI v. Apple: Why CALEA Matters So Much

Author’s Note: For an outline of how I think FBI v. Apple will play out, please see HERE. Today I want to focus on whether existing legislation precludes the FBI from compelling Apple to hack … Continue reading

John Kirk / March 20th, 2016
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The FBI v. Apple Flowchart

In December 2015, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, went on a shooting rampage at Farook’s San Bernardino workplace. The FBI wants access to data stored on Farook’s work-issued iPhone 5c. Farook’s iPhone … Continue reading

John Kirk / March 14th, 2016
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Is the iPhone Coke, New Coke, Pepsi or Just Sugar Water?

On January 10, 2016, long time subscriber and frequent commentator, Obarthelemy wrote: User Experience is in the eye of the beholder. Until I see double-blind tests about it, I flatly deny that Apple’s is superior/premium…....

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John Kirk / March 3rd, 2016
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Opening Pandora’s iPhone

According to Greek legend, Pandora, the first woman on Earth, was given a box that she was instructed never to open. Curiosity overcame her, however, and when she lifted the lid, all the evils of … Continue reading

John Kirk / February 21st, 2016
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Ballmer’s Folly: Windows Phone

In an interview with Business Insider, Steve Ballmer expressed some reservations about Microsoft’s efforts in Mobile. Seriously, Steve? I had put the company on a path. ~ Steve Ballmer You sure had, Steve. Let’s recap...

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John Kirk / February 11th, 2016
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Part 2: Branding Tech Companies

On January 10, 2016, I wrote an article entitled, “Platforms — Past, Present and Future“. The comments on the article made it clear to me there was massive confusion surrounding the meaning and purpose of branding in … Continue reading

John Kirk / February 8th, 2016
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What Is Apple Afraid Of?

Apple, the company, just had one of its best quarters ever. AAPL, the stock, just had one of its worst quarters ever. What the hell is going on here? It’s hard to say who gets...

Our Insider subscription service is designed for readers who crave the latest analysis, research, and insights on all the hot topics and latest trends in the technology industry. This service is a fresh take on industry analysis. Our team is composed of highly respected and credible industry analysts. Our authors speak regularly at industry trade shows and are their insights are highly sought after and utilized by many journalists, pundits, and executives of the top technology companies in the industry today. If original analysis, research, data, and perspective on the technology industry then consider subscribing. [cointent_extras] To continue reading purchase this article: [/cointent_extras] [cointent_lockedcontent view_type="condensed"] [/cointent_lockedcontent][cointent_extras]Or subscribe and become an Insider:[/cointent_extras] As an Insider you'll get exclusive access to all premium columns and features, quarterly industry reports and more.

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John Kirk / February 4th, 2016
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Part 1: Android is a Stick Shift and iOS is an Automatic Transmission

On January 10, 2016, I wrote an article entitled: “Platforms — Past, Present and Future“. The comments to the article made it clear to me that there was a great deal of confusion surrounding the role … Continue reading

John Kirk / January 31st, 2016
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Who Won The Smartphone Wars: Google Or Apple?

Last week, an Oracle lawyer said in court that Google had made $31 billion in revenue and $22 billion in profit from Android, according to Bloomberg. ~ Miguel Helft (T)he comparisons between Google’s Android business and Apple’s … Continue reading

John Kirk / January 24th, 2016
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Apple Analysts Are Crying Wolf (Again)

There’s a whining at the threshold, There’s a scratching at the floor, To work! To work! In Heaven’s name! The wolf is at the door! ~ All Apple Analysts Everywhere1 In “The Shepherd’s Boy”, Aesop … Continue reading

John Kirk / January 20th, 2016
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Platforms — Past, Present and Future

Last week, Benedict Evens re-linked to an article written in May of 2013, entitled “Apple, Open And Learning From History“. (All quotes, below, are taken from this article unless otherwise attributed.) It’s still a good … Continue reading

John Kirk / January 10th, 2016
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Asking Apple To Do The Impossible

On December 28, 2015, Nilay Patel wrote an article for The Verge entitled: Apple’s Year In Beta. The sub-title was “Everything Needs More Focus And More Time.” (All quotes, below, will be from the article … Continue reading

John Kirk / January 3rd, 2016
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Technology And The Jobless Future

Vivek Wadhwa believes we are headed toward a jobless future and he says so in the following two articles1: Sorry, but the jobless future isn’t a luddite fallacy. We need a new version of capitalism … Continue reading

John Kirk / August 23rd, 2015
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