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Smithsonian for Stinkers

Posted by on June 24, 2016 at 2:06 pm

Apparently you and I have a superpower. At least, that’s what uninformed writers, and informed ones with no regard for facts where profit is concerned, would have readers believe. Said superpower is the ability to make people buy whether they want to or not. If you have worked in marketing for more than 20 seconds, [...]

Visa Inc., Apple,
and Hong Kong:
Together again
for the first time

Posted by on June 16, 2016 at 1:10 pm

Two weeks ago I blogged about what happened when Apple tried to stand on principle (something I admire) against the Great Firewall of China. Brief recap: China shut down iTunes Movies and iBooks for a month. The loss of 700 million Internet users being nothing to sniff at, Apple capitulated (something I understand). But Apple [...]

To build, or not to build,
that is the question

Posted by on June 7, 2016 at 3:23 pm

THESE DAYS when a shiny new banking office sprouts, someone inevitably wonders aloud how close we may be to a tipping point where online banking renders physical locations obsolete. Will this building will be the one too many that shouldn’t have been built? That might have seemed like a silly question in 1995 when, after [...]

Getting tough with China? Good luck.

Posted by on May 24, 2016 at 9:02 pm

If you thought Apple’s recent confrontation with the FBI over phone hacking was fun, you’ll love the sequel taking place in China. The People’s Republic of China does not have, shall we say, the regard for freedom of access that we in the United States have. According to a recent article in The New York [...]

New player in DYI payments

Posted by on May 9, 2016 at 3:18 pm

The Internet has a history of taking services that once required a professional and making them accessible to the Do It Yourself (DYI) crowd. Not that you can expect to end up with the same level of quality you’d expect from a professional. Knowing your way around the likes of, say, desktop publishing, digital music, [...]