Is SCOTUScare Just Sour Grapes

Dara Lind:The Supreme Court just upheld a key part of the Affordable Care Act in the case King v. Burwell, allowing 6.4 million people to keep tax subsidies they were getting to buy health insurance on the federal exchange on Healthcare.gov. Justice Antonin Scalia is ... Read More »

A Friend Of Mine Bought This For Me

Why doesn't Apple make more accessories? Wil Gomez explains why and describes my latest gift, an very small iPhone battery charger.Products like this battery charger are a dime a dozen in China, and just a few dollars from Amazon in the U.S. Apple probably would price ... Read More »

Google Caves

Serial creepy company Google tried to snoop on users by turning on the microphone with the Chromium browser without permission. Google got caught. Google caved. Kevin Tofel:Giving in to user backlash, Google has removed code from Chromium that originally allowed the ... Read More »

Google: To Snoop, Or Not To Snoop

Big brouhaha over a browser update gone wrong. Rick Falkvinge:Without consent, Google’s code had downloaded a black box of code that – according to itself – had turned on the microphone and was actively listening to your room. Which means that your computer had ... Read More »

Jon Stewart To Quit Early. If…

Greg Gilman on a funny The Daily Show segment mixing Stewart and Trump and running for President.Jon Stewart had a brief moment of panic on Tuesday when he thought that Donald Trump wasn’t serious about his bid for president.“The Daily Show” host opened ... Read More »

Cheating: Where No One Really Cares

Dennis Green on infidelity in France:A 2014 study by the French Institute of Public Opinion, which found that 55% of French men and 32% of French women have admitted to cheating on their spouse or significant other.Fortunately for the men, only 47% of the French ... Read More »

Chromebook: PC, Mac, iPad Killer?

Friend and colleague Barbara Marie Brannan on the impact Google's inexpensive Chromebooks is having on the post-PC era.Here’s what I see. Chromebooks are attractive because they’re very inexpensive pseudo-PCs that do about what most people do with their Windows notebooks ... Read More »

Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly Comes Out

From Variety on Kelly's coming out as an independent voter:“I’m an independent,” Kelly said, adding that she’s voted for both Democrats and Republicans.Pundits have long speculated about Kelly’s political affiliation, because she often sounds liberal on ... Read More »

Tim Cook On Why Apple Made A Gold iPhone

Bloomberg Business:The decision to offer a gold iPhone last year reflects in part the popularity of that color among Chinese users. Greater China, which includes Taiwan and Hong Kong, is now Apple’s second-largest market and has become a battleground for the company ... Read More »

The Best ‘Rachel Dolezal’ Jokes

This whole story is just bizarre. Rachel Dolezal claims to be black, but seems to have come from caucasian parents. I don't have any proof that my parents are who they say they are, either, and I've heard all the family jokes (my father is from Scotland, my mother is from ... Read More »

What You Don’t Know About Triple-D

Dan Myers with a few scoops on one of my favorite TV shows. The setup:The format of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (or “Triple D,” as it’s affectionately known) is simple, and in many ways brilliant: Each episode, Fieri visits about three casual-dining restaurants ... Read More »

O’Reilly In Fancier Packaging

Scathing perspective from Charles L. Ponce De Leon on Fox News in general, and host Megyn Kelly specifically.I watched “The Kelly File” nearly day every from early March through the first week of May. I saw her report on everything from the negotiations with Iran ... Read More »

Bad For The Internet

Friend and colleague Bambi Brannan on how ad blockers are damaging to the public internet.Another trend is that advertising has become so commonplace on the internet, and so obtrusive, that advertisements are ignored by readers, which mean click rates go down, and ... Read More »

‘It’s Apple’s Fault’

Apple gets blamed for far more than it should, but especially this from sensationalist Zach Epstein:No one I have come across with an Apple Watch seems to know about one of its most important little tricks... It’s an awesome feature… and it’s also a pretty big ... Read More »

“The World’s Become Ridiculous”

Dave Chappelle on the Rachel Doleful scandal.The world’s become ridiculous. There’s a white lady posing as a black lady. There is not one thing that woman accomplished that she couldn’t have done as a white woman. There’s no reason! She just needed the braids! ... Read More »

New York Cop Lifts Taxi Of The Ground

Only in New York. Lance Ulanoff:It’s a pretty typical New York City scene. Cab driver parks where he’s not supposed to, a traffic cop confronts him. The cabby refuses to move his taxi. Heated words are exchanged — and then the diminutive cop lifts the front of ... Read More »

7 ‘New’ Features Apple Stole

This happens after every Apple keynote where new products are introduced. Daniel Bean: Apple used its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote to announce new features and services to its devices and software platforms. Of course, functions and features that appear innovative ... Read More »

Apple And The Fine Print

Dan Moren with details on Apple's WWDC 2015 Keynote you may not have read elsewhere; OS X, WatchOS 2, and iOS, respectively:You can download Apple Music albums and playlists to play offline, according to my former colleague Heather Kelly, but only if you’re a paid ... Read More »

Vintage Sexist Advertising

I like a cold, cold beer, but haven't seen too many commercials aimed in my direction. Laura Bates explains:The Campaign for Real Ale recently came under fire for distributing leaflets featuring corset-clad models.Meanwhile, sexist beer names abound, from British ... Read More »

Cannibalizing iTunes

The world's largest music store is about to get some hefty competition. iTunes sells more music than all other mediums combined. The competition? How about Beats Music, the $3-billion investment Apple made to bring streaming music (and headphones) to the masses. Apple CEO ... Read More »

A Single Cable To Rule Them All

Apple's Lightning cable and connector-- reversible, USB compatible, and able to charge devices-- set the stage for USB Type-C. What about Thunderbolt, the Intel technology adopted by Apple and hardly anyone else in the world? Thunderbolt, meet USB Type-C. Intel's Navin Shenoy:Thunderbolt™ ... Read More »

Woz On The Difference Between Steve Jobs And Bill Gates

Jethro Nededog on Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's view of the two tech giants:He said Jobs had "a very futuristic forward vision, almost a bit of the science fiction, 'Here’s what life could be,' but Bill Gates had more of an execution ability to build the things ... Read More »

Steve Jobs’s Advice For Managers

An oldie but a goodie from Matt Rosoff on how Steve Jobs' penchant for being an ass actually helped people become better managers.Apple chief designer Jony Ive — a close friend of Jobs — explains how he once asked Jobs to tone it down after seeing his colleagues ... Read More »

Minimum Wage? How About ‘Maximum’ Wage?

The more I look at the minimum wage issue to more I believe it's really a 'maximum wage.' It's the maximum that employers want to pay employees for menial jobs. Ezra Klein has a report that says a full-time minimum wage job is not enough to live on. Unless you live with ... Read More »

The 16 Year Selfie

J.K. Keller took daily self-portraits from the same angle for 16 years. Gwen Breitstein has details on how one man responded to a challenge from his girlfriend.He now has over 5,000 photos, which he has complied into a mesmerizing time-lapse video more than three minutes ... Read More »

Biggest Change Coming To iOS 9 For iPhone 6s

This new feature shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's used the new Force Touch trackpad on the new MacBook, and both 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. Gordon Kelly: For the uninitiated Force Touch was launched with the Apple Watch and has also now made it ... Read More »

Best Final Jeopardy Answer Ever

It's actually a question rather than an answer but it might be the absolute best, if not the funniest or strangest-- ever. Nate Scott:When given the answer "A Christian hymn and Jewish holiday hymn are both titled this, also the name of a 2009 Tony-nominated musical," ... Read More »

Android Diehard Won’t Look Back After Switch To iPhone

An Android user's recent experience:I went with the 16GB iPhone 6 and over the past 2 months I have fallen in love,” Sheehan7 said in his post. “The operating system is just so [fluid] and reliable and the designs are sleek (I REALLY love the menu when in a call, ... Read More »

39 Disney World Facts You Probably Don’t Know

I love lists like this. Hilary White: The happiest place on Earth also happens to be one of the most interesting. Disney World has been around for nearly half a century, and with age comes good stories — and lots of them. The stories are a good read if you can stomach ... Read More »

The Dangers Of Breastfeeding

Monica Beyer:In Oklahoma, mothers can nurse their babies wherever they have a legal right to be, but apparently the property manager at a particular apartment building didn’t get the memo, because he initially told Missy Smith that if he got another complaint about ... Read More »