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New ‘diverse’ iPhone emojis fail to be inclusive

Zan McPherson

May 7, 2015

In early April of 2015, Apple released the software update iOS 8.3, thereby welcoming new racially and sexually diverse emojis into the global social-networking sphere. "What a wonderful idea," you might say. In fact, when I first heard of this update I thought something along the lines of, "Way to...

Wearable Tech Must Be Relevant to Consumers

Wearable Tech Must Be Relevant to Consumers

Blair Hanley Frank

March 7, 2013

To hear the pundits tell it, we should be entering the age of wearable technology. Pebble, a smart watch that was funded through Kickstarter, currently holds the site's record for most funded project with a total pledge of more than $10 million. Rumors are swirling about the potential of an Apple smar...

Apple picker shortage highlights tension in immigration debates

Julia Stone

October 4, 2012

The apple is the quintessential American fruit. A symbol in and of itself, it conjures up images of Johnny Appleseed, American pies, fall harvest fairs, a red schoolhouse and hardworking farmers. These images are real and pervasive: A quick Google image search of "apple" turns up pictures of cheerful...

Apple’s finances provide confidence in future

Apple's finances provide confidence in future

Blair Hanley Frank

September 27, 2012

"It's almost here." That's how Apple invited members of the press to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for its announcement of the iPhone 5, along with other updates to its iPod line. For those of us who follow when products are usually released, it's nothing unexpected. Apple always holds an iPod event in the fall,...

Tablets will soon surpass personal computers

Blair Hanley Frank

May 3, 2012

During Apple's quarterly earnings call in April, one of the major announcements was that the iPad now brings in more money in revenue than Mac sales. Personally, I don't see that trend reversing itself anytime soon. For the vast majority of consumers, their primary needs as far as a computer goes...

Apple users face growing threats to computer security

Blair Hanley Frank

April 26, 2012

On April 4, Russian security research firm Dr. Web released a report stating that 600,000 computers running Apple's Mac OS X operating system were infected with a piece of malware known in security circles as Flashback. That announcement marked the most significant successful virus attack on the Mac...

Whitman must do more to offer pre-professional opportunities

Alex Brott

April 12, 2012

During a recent networking trip to New York City to meet Whitman alumni in finance, law, media and other highly professional careers, I was struck by a duality on the Whitman campus. On one hand, Whitties are fun, free-spirited, and––broadly––critical of American standards of material success....

Apple’s Strategy Holds Future for Operating Systems

Blair Hanley Frank

March 1, 2012

On February 16th, Apple announced Mountain Lion, the latest update to the Mac OS. It'll be released this summer, via the Mac App Store, for the paltry sum of $30. This may not seem all that significant, but on the heels of last year's release of OS X Lion in a similar fashion, I think it signals something...

RIP Steve Jobs: Technical rock star

Illustration: Alex Bailey

Kyle Seasly

November 3, 2011

When I think "rock star," I think of moments such as Paul Simonon smashing his bass on the cover of "London Calling," John Lennon's bed-in with Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan's responding "play it [expletive] loud" to fans booing him for going electric. What unites these moments are the expressions of opposition to ...

The Verizon iPhone: The Good and the Bad

Blair Hanley Frank

January 27, 2011

The biggest product-related buzz in the tech industry this month has to do with the introduction of an iPhone that will run on Verizon's CDMA cellular network. It's big news for both Apple and Verizon, and there's a great deal of speculation as to what the CDMA iPhone will mean for both companies. Most...

In tech, the fewer killers, the better

Blair Hanley Frank

September 30, 2010

There's much talk of killing in many commentaries about gadgets these days.  Every new smartphone is looked at as a potential iPhone killer. With all this talk of death, it would seem that the iPad has a set of cross hairs on its aluminum shell. All this killing is problematic, though, as it almost...

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