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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth with his weekend roundup

Apple's Greed Is Making My iPhone Worse

Does Apple understand that its greedy "30% cut" policy is making my iPhone worse?

Apple Inc. Buys Its Biggest Critic, iFixit

A critic of hard-to-repair electronics is purchased by the biggest target of its criticism.

Here’s Why Developers Keep Favoring Apple Over Android

The recurring theme: Android users are less lucrative than iPhone users, and designers are iPhone users. It’s a socioeconomic split along class lines, in favor of iPhone over Android.

An Android User Is Worth One-Fourth of an iOS User

Apple v Samsung Case Highlights The New Innovator's Dilemma

The real paradigm change initiated by Apple is the transition to a platform and ecosystem strategy as distinct from a pure hardware or software one. Jobs though didn’t seem to see it.

In his internal memos he was very focused on technology – on Siri and other ways to counter the innovations of the Android platform. But what both companies were sitting on was a new way of doing business – the vast ecosystem of developers and content providers that create downstream revenues independent of hardware sales.

The difference between apps and applications

Apps are pretty great. You can get an app to unlock your car, an app to manage your to-do list, an app to hold onto all the articles you plan to read (someday when you have time) and more. All of these one-off capabilities are useful, but in order to do real, productive work from mobile phones and tablets, professionals need full-fledged, multi-faceted applications. An application, as opposed to a mere app, comes with an expansive range of features that help knowledge workers do their jobs as well on mobile devices as standard computers.

The 13 Hottest iPhone And Android Apps Of The Month — RANKED!CintM

Is BlackBerry Z30 worth a look?

Why You’re Overpaying for Ebooks…And How to Pay Less

Teaching Revolution: Online, Accredited, Free; Start Learning Now!

MOOCs – massive open online courses – which promise to revolutionise the world of higher education.

This Adorable Video From Google Shows When It Hands Over Your Personal Data!CiU7E

Search Engine DuckDuckGo Is Taking On Google By Doing The One Thing They Won't Do

Tax identity theft: Why you're vulnerable

we live in a world where breaches - and the resulting cases of identity theft - are rapidly becoming the third certainty in life. Doing everything we can do is no longer good enough: too many organizations have too much of your information in databases that are too easily accessed by the wrong people.

once you resolve your case with the IRS, don't assume that you're safe: if identity thieves have your name and Social Security number, they have a permanent option on your life that they can use at their convenience. Even if they are arrested and prosecuted, the nightmare isn't necessarily over. They may well have sold your information to others who will do more of the same.

This article has a list of things you should do to protect yourself.

Federal Agencies Fail To Protect Personal Data

Federal agencies need to do a better job handling data breaches. The number of security incidents involving personally identifiable information has more than doubled just in the past four years, a new report by the Government Accountability Office says.

despite agencies' efforts to secure this information, incidents involving personal data -- both cyber and non-cyber -- have skyrocketed from 10,481 in 2009 to 25,566 in 2013, said the federal watchdog agency.

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