Tim Cook: I plan on donating MUCH MORE to charity

Tim Cook: I plan on donating MUCH MORE to charity

Apple's CEO Tim Cook was recently named by Fortune magazine as "World's Greatest Leader," sure to excite bloggers and Apple fans alike. But that isn't all surprising Tim Cook news: Bloggers also learned of Cook's plans to give away...

03/27/15

Zuck transforms Facebook Messenger into a PLATFORM

Zuck transforms Facebook Messenger into a PLATFORM

At Facebook's F8 conference yesterday founder Mark Zuckerberg was trying to convey his thoughts about Messenger: It is now the end-all-be-all of everyone's existence. No, he really didn't say that, but Zuck and company made it clear...

03/26/15

REVEALED: Google 'Pony Express' payment plan (via leaked doc)

REVEALED: Google 'Pony Express' payment plan (via leaked doc)

If you've never used the bill-pay service of a bank, or refuse to bookmark utility-company Web pages, then perhaps Google's rumored 'Pony Express' bill pay service might be for you.

03/25/15

 With 'on-body detection,' Android phones become ATTACHED to their owners

With 'on-body detection,' Android phones become ATTACHED to their owners

Google is rolling out a new feature for Android called "on-body detection," perhaps already glommed to a phone near you...

03/23/15

FTC staffers recommended lawsuit against Google -- so FTC did NOTHING

FTC staffers recommended lawsuit against Google -- so FTC did NOTHING

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is probably going to check its outbox a bit closer from now on before pressing send...

03/20/15

Internet Explorer is an ex-browser (following a prolonged squawk)

Internet Explorer is an ex-browser (following a prolonged squawk)

Microsoft is killing off IE. In Windows 10, the new 'Project Spartan' browser will take the lead. RIP IE: 1995–2015. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers run down the curtain and join the choir-invisible...

03/18/15

Adobe heralds the PAPERLESS OFFICE. Sounds familiar...

Adobe heralds the PAPERLESS OFFICE. Sounds familiar...

Adobe is pleased to announce its all-new Document Cloud service, which, along with the new Acrobat DC apps, will stop you using paper forms, once and for all. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers make like Ned Ludd...

03/17/15

Email-crypto crypto-war breaks out: Yahoo! opens OpenPGP plugin -- NSA FUMES

Email-crypto crypto-war breaks out: Yahoo! opens OpenPGP plugin -- NSA FUMES

For the remaining folks that haven't given up on Yahoo!'s email, news from SxSW may be a vindication of sorts. Thumbing its nose at the NSA, Yahoo! has released the end-to-end email encryption source to be used in its new browser...

03/16/15

iOS 8.3 update download NOW...ish (Apple Seed not such a *public* beta)

iOS 8.3 update download NOW...ish (Apple Seed not such a *public* beta)

Here's the public beta of the iOS 8.3 update. Or is it? When is 'public' not public? When it's invite-only, apparently. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers don't let the facts get in the way of a good Apple story.

03/13/15

Don't tweet Naked pics of your ex -- Twitter will ban you, OK?

Don't tweet Naked pics of your ex -- Twitter will ban you, OK?

Twitter wants you to stop posting revenge porn and dox. I know you weren't doing this, or planning to, but it's good to know that Del Harvey's @Safety team is looking after our interests, no? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers keep their...

03/12/15

Microsoft FAIL: Windows Stuxnet vuln *still* broken. Also FREAK, so patch now [updated]

Microsoft FAIL: Windows Stuxnet vuln *still* broken. Also FREAK, so patch now [updated]

Second Tuesday comes but one a month, but when it comes, drop everything and patch. One of the patches is a fix for a Stuxnet vulnerability. Yes, that Stuxnet...

03/11/15

Apple Watch -- people HATE it (except $17,000-spendy 'douchebags'). Here's why...

Apple Watch -- people HATE it (except $17,000-spendy 'douchebags'). Here's why...

Yesterday's 'Spring Forward' Apple Watch event garnered plenty of fawning, über-positive press from the usual suspects. But there's also a strong undercurrent of negative sentiment. Unusually strong. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers voice...

03/10/15

Watch now: Apple Watch springs forth (will all the hype unwind?)

Watch now: Apple Watch springs forth (will all the hype unwind?)

It's that time again. Time, that is, for speculation, rumors and clockwork guesswork about the new Apple Watch. It's scheduled to be unveiled today in San Francisco.

03/09/15

STOP! Installing Java on a Mac? Don't just click OK...

STOP! Installing Java on a Mac? Don't just click OK...

Oracle is the latest vendor under fire for (ahem) 'potentially unwanted' shovelware. Mac users installing or updating to the latest version Java are finding their shinies infected with the Ask Toolbar. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers fume...

03/06/15

NOOO! iPad Pro release date -- put back yet again (IGZO display delay)

NOOO! iPad Pro release date -- put back yet again (IGZO display delay)

Apple's plus-sized iPad Pro has been delayed yet again, because it's taking longer to source the IGZO panels, according to deep-throat sources. Oh, disaster: The supposedly business-focused slate is desperately needed to shore up...

03/05/15

Freak out: Apple and Android gear vulnerable to yet another open-source bug

Freak out: Apple and Android gear vulnerable to yet another open-source bug

Another month, another ancient OpenSSL vuln. with a silly name. This time, it's FREAK -- Factoring RSA Export Keys. The bug stems from crypto Export controls negotiated in the G.H.W.Bush era.

03/04/15

Google 'Nexus' wireless plan plan is a GO -- MVNO PDQ?

Google 'Nexus' wireless plan plan is a GO -- MVNO PDQ?

Google wants to be a wireless carrier in the U.S., it says. SVP of products Sundar Pichai announced the move at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder the "Nexus" of wireless plans...

03/03/15

Google+ SHAKEUP: Besbris subtracted, Horowitz added, confusion multiplied

Google+ SHAKEUP: Besbris subtracted, Horowitz added, confusion multiplied

Is Google splitting up Google Plus? It appears so. There's also a new Google+ czar in town to right wrongs with its ailing social network. If Google will let him, that is...

03/02/15

Today in eyeroll: Apple sued by Ericsson, and again by Smartflash, a ''patent troll''

Today in eyeroll: Apple sued by Ericsson, and again by Smartflash, a ''patent troll''

Is FRAND fair? When is a non-practicing entity just a patent troll? Smartflash LLC sued Apple again over its patents. And now Ericsson joins in. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers eyeroll at a broken system.

02/27/15

Wait, WHAT? HP buying Aruba, say deep-throats

Wait, WHAT? HP buying Aruba, say deep-throats

Super-secret-squirrel rumor-mongers say HP is buying Aruba Networks, a leading Wi-Fi infrastructure outfit. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers get connected...

02/26/15

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