iOS 8: The Complete Guide

Good list of details and photo gallery from CNet on the major goodies in iOS 8. iOS 8 by itself simplifies and enhances features you already had in iOS 7 and adds more conveniences to the apps you already know. It's not a drastic change like the redesign in the previous ... Read More »

iPhone 6: ‘Does it Blend?’

The answer, of course, is yes. Put an iPhone 6 into a blender and it will blend. Just after it disintegrates.

iOS 8 is ‘Chatty’

How is your experience running iOS 8 on an older (non-iPhone 6) iPhone? I only had it on my iPhone 5s for two days before picking up an iPhone 6, but my experience says iOS 8 is a bit of a battery hog. Or, 'chatty.' Gordon Kelly found similar issues: Reports of this nature ... Read More »

The Death of Megapixels

How can you tell if your smartphone's camera is good or not? By the number of megapixels, right? Apparently megapixels don't mean what they used to mean. Geoffrey A. Fowler compares Apple's 8-megapixel iPhone 6 to the 16-megapixel camera in Samsung's Galaxy S5: Apple ... Read More »

Sony Sinks

ZDNet on Sony's mobile division: Sony's mobile unit is heading for trouble, after the electronics giant cut the unit's outlook amid falling smartphone sales. Chief executive Kazuo Hirai announced on Tuesday [PDF] a massive impairment charge of about $1.7 billion. But ... Read More »

7 Privacy Settings To Change In iOS 8

Apple released iOS 8 for iPhone and iPad and already someone has a list of changes you need to make immediately. Why? Zack Whittaker has the scoop: iOS 8 has a number of new features tied to your location. It also has new privacy settings, allowing users to limit how long ... Read More »

A Killing Field

As if Microsoft doesn't have enough troubles with the Surface Pro notebook tablet hybrid and the now defunct Windows Phone, here's another example of a killing field at the low end of the PC market-- Android apps coming to Chromebooks. ZDNet: At Google I/O earlier this ... Read More »

Boom!

Mark Reschke thinks Apple just dropped a bomb on Samsung: Forget about Apple's courtroom battles with Samsung. On Tuesday Apple launched what can only be described as an all-out nuclear attack on Samsung. Apple has taken the war from a nearly broken court system and onto ... Read More »

Apple Pay Tops Credit Cards

Bernice Napach on how Apple Pay works better than the traditional credit and debit card methods for payments: The app uses chip and pin technology, instead of the magnets that credit cards currently use, to keep information secure. The chip generates a one-time authorization ... Read More »

How Does It Stack Up For Business?

Ridiculous article from ZDNet asking a ridiculous question: The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are “the biggest advancements in iPhone history," Apple CEO Tim Cook told Apple fans around the world yesterday. But is a bigger iPhone a good idea for business users? iPhone ... Read More »

Free iPhone 6: For Life

Gregory Wallace: The iPhone 6 hasn't even been released yet, but there's already a way to get it for free. In an unusual move, Verizon Wireless announced Tuesday it would give away one of the phones. In other words, a free iPhone. What's the catch? Customers must ... Read More »

Disruption: Apple Redefines ‘Smartwatch’

Apple Watch is coming. The rumors were true, and even the last minute leaks of a rectangular case design were spot on. Bambi Brannan on what we don't know about Apple Watch: At first glance, Apple Watch appears to be leaps ahead of Samsung Gear and Motorola’s Moto 360 ... Read More »

Apple Pay: David, Meet Goliath

Yours truly on Mac360 with a perspective on Apple Pay: Both Visa and MasterCard have provided incentives for merchants to upgrade their systems by the end of 2015. So, Apple Pay is coming, just not overnight, not everywhere, and not without a few issues, including educating ... Read More »

8 Things You’ll Love About Apple’s New iOS 8

Jack Linshi: While the iPhone 6’s specs aren’t known yet—rumors say bigger screens, sapphire glass and near field communication—something we do know about is the software it’ll run. iOS 8. Spoiler Alert! QuickType - predictive typing Spotlight - easier ... Read More »

That Was Quick

Yesterday Amazon's Fire Phone was priced at $199. Today, the day before Apple announces the new line of iPhones, Amazon's Fire Phone is 99-cents. That's a fire sale for the Fire Phone. ZDNet: Amazon's gameplan here is pretty clear. It's a "get people into the ecosystem ... Read More »

The ‘Depends’ Tablet

Let's call this what it really is. Sean Portnoy on the AARP RealPad, a tablet for senior citizens. "[I]t’s bigger than a smartphone yet smaller than a laptop computer." That's how the blog for AARP introduces the RealPad, a new tablet that the advocacy group for people ... Read More »

Is It Too Late For Windows Phone?

Ed Bott answers the question that customers ask. The real missed opportunity for Microsoft so far is in its traditional core business, selling to enterprise customers. New Windows Phone devices have manageability features that should appeal to traditional IT buyers. The ... Read More »

New York Nemesis: King Kong, Godzilla, Now Bed Bugs

If it's not one thing, it's always something in New York. Joe Costales from the Transport Workers Union: We’ve never had sightings to this magnitude... It’s no longer an isolated scenario. It’s throughout the system. I use the subway daily to go from Brooklyn ... Read More »

The Fatberg

I wonder if we have anything like this in New York. Jim Edwards on London's "fat berg:" Thames Water, the company that keeps sewers flowing freely under London, has released a set of disgusting pictures of a "fatberg" that took a week to remove from a 262-foot stretch ... Read More »

The iPhone 6 Is Coming! Or, Is It?

Apple made it official. Something is coming on September 9th. But what? iPhone? iWatch? Apple's message and invitation to the media: The only clue is 'Wish we could say more.' Or, is there more? Yes. At least, a few clues. First on my list is the venue; the Flint ... Read More »

Google Tracks Every Step You Take

This really should not come as a surprise. BGR: Google’s mobile Maps apps for Android and the iPhone track everywhere you go. Every single day. All of the time... Even when the app is closed, your every move is tracked and stored on Google’s servers. Every day, every ... Read More »

Photos Of Ghosts

What can you do with a quantum camera? Take pictures of ghosts. Bryan Nelson: By utilizing a process that Einstein famously called "spooky," scientists have successfully caught "ghosts" on film for the first time using quantum cameras. Chris Carter was right. The truth ... Read More »

Chipotle To Replace Fast Food Joints

Hubris lives, even in the moribund fast food business. Hayley Peterson: A Chipotle executive blasted "traditional" fast food chains, such as McDonald's and Burger King, as "irrelevant" and said his company will eventually replace them. The numbers I found online are ... Read More »

Steve Jobs on Sports Illustrated’s ‘iPad’ Demo: ‘Stupid’

File this one in tidbits and trivia. Remember Sports Illustrated's tablet demonstration pre-iPad? Gabriel Sherman: Steve Jobs was upset that the company had released the prototype before he had had a chance to reveal the iPad — and a tablet edition of Time — to the ... Read More »