Bye, bye Foursquare.

So, Foursquare has been bugging me everytime I tried to check in to a place in the last few weeks to download it’s new app “Smurf-or-whatever-it’s-called”.

Yesterday I noticed that I couldn’t dismiss the “friendly” reminder anymore, and that the app wouldn’t let me check in at all if I didn’t download the new app.

So, guess what: No more Foursquare for me. Deleted. For good.

I’m not sure what their goal was with this forced “upgrade”, but I’m pretty sure that this wasn’t it.


iOS Security.

Holy cow.

For the first time, we have extensive details on iCloud security. For security professionals like myself, this is like waking up and finding a pot of gold sitting on my keyboard. Along with some of the most impressive security I’ve ever seen, Apple has provided a way to make it impossible for agencies like the NSA to obtain your iCloud Keychain passwords.

On Apple’s iPod.

Apple sold around 6 million iPods in Q1FY14. Although sales picked up, compared to Q4FY13, they dropped compared to the year ago quarter.

Just short of a billion dollars. That’s how “little” the iPod contributed to Apple’s revenue of $57.6 billion in Q1FY14. That’s a lot of money, and most companies would probably be happy with just the iPod business, but this is Apple.

So, will they drop the item that arguably turn the companies’ fortune around in 2001?
I don’t think so, at least not yet.

Apple hasn’t been afraid of cannibalizing their own products, which is what they did with the iPod when the iPhone was introduced in 2007, and to a lesser extent the iPad in 2010, so I think the iPod is dying – it’s just that Apple will not can in now.

Call it sentimental, but I think the iPod will be around for another few years.

Apple Q1FY14 results.

Apple on Monday announced its earnings for the company’s first fiscal quarter of 2014, netting $13.1 billion in profit on $57.6 billion in revenue, driven by sales of 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads — the most ever sold in a single quarter.

4,8 million Macs, earnings of $14.50 per diluted share, gross margin of 37.9 percent, $158.8 billion in cash, iPhone controls 59 percent of U.S. commercial smartphone market, iPad has a 78% share of U.S. commercial tablet market. iOS 7 is now on over 80% of all iDevices.

This is Apple’s best quarter ever.

Of course Apple stock is down 6%, because….Apple.

Three revolutionary products…

Today, we’re introducing three revolutionary products. The first one is a widescreen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device. So, three things: a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough Internet communications device. An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. An iPod, a phone…are you getting it? These are not three separate devices. This is one device. And we are calling it iPhone. Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.

Seven years ago. Remember what phones looked like before this day in 2007?