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Editor: Tom Briant
Saturday, May 17, 2014
OS X 10.9.3, iTunes 11.2 arrive with bug fixes, feature enhancements
Apple Inc. and Google Inc. agreed to dismiss all lawsuits between them, bringing to a close a patent dispute between the iPhone maker and the Web giant's Motorola unit.
Apple's Beats buy is just stupid
A "little" Chinese company just rolled out a new tablet aimed at challenging Apple Inc. - at least in China.
Steve Jobs' run of introducing disruptive products has been really amazing.
Expecting Apple to keep coming up with disruptive products that are game changing hits is not realistic.
Wearable technology can predict and prevent disease
Today, wearable technology, coupled with mobile apps, allow people to track a wide variety of vital signs and health functions.
With greater access to our own body's data, we can take a larger step towards ensuring and lengthening our own survival.
Why I Just Can't Quit Facebook
I rely on Facebook to help maintain friendships more than I want to admit.
The problem was that Facebook knows more about me than many of those friends do.
Facebook knows what movies I like, where I live, who my best friends are, and what apps I use, because I have spent the last seven years giving it that information. Now that I’ve decided I prize my privacy more than my posts, it’s too late to back out.
Facebook is no longer just a place for friends, but a pervasive and invasive identity manager. The social network wants to be privy to what we do online, and control who gets that information. Facebook may be where my friends hang out, but it isn’t my friend.
It’s hard to take Facebook's complaints about government surveillance seriously when it’s a far more efficient spy on our lives.
Leaving Facebook made me realize who my real friends are. So now, rather than quitting Facebook, I'm going to cull my friends list from 418 to around 100 or so.
By eliminating the noise and deleting some personal information, such as Likes and my location, I can go back to using Facebook for what it began as—a place for friends.
Until there’s another service that all the people I care about use, I’m stuck under Facebook’s big, blue thumb. I can't click Like on this situation.
How Young Is Too Young for a Digital Presence?
Some parents savvy in matters of social media are establishing web and email accounts, not to mention usernames, for their newborns.
But there could be a risk here.
You will never, ever be 'forgotten' on the Internet
Anybody would want embarrassing information about themselves - photos, videos, comments, documents, etc. - erased from the Internet. But how difficult is that? The answer may scare you.
You simply can't completely and irrevocably erase your digital existence from the World Wide Web because it's almost impossible to guarantee the complete removal of even one file.
Having your files published on Web sites isn't your biggest concern. Knowing your file ended up permanently on the hard drives of thousands of strangers who could republish it at any given moment is.
The Internet has much to say about the recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union, which determines that if a person wants some personal information removed from Google's search engine, that person has the right to appeal to Google (GOOG) for redress.
I, too, believe that as much information as possible should be available, and that the Web is a uniquely wonderful mechanism for achieving that. But, in this case, I believe the EU did the right thing, and the United States should learn from the court's decision.
In the 1990s one person had submitted a funny letter about sex to a contest. Our magazine had republished that letter. Later, in 2007, that article was the first search result to show up in a search for the person's name. He was out of work and in the middle of a job hunt. By the tone of the e-mail, he was panicking. What would a prospective employer make of this joking sex letter?
things that are public often become private in time, largely because keeping them persistently public has been impossible. Until a decade ago, the past was the domain of historians. Now we live in a history glut.
Hundreds of convicted criminals have demanded that their past misdemeanours are expunged from Google searches after a contentious European court decision.
5 Arguments Against Net Neutrality
The Supreme Court Is Clueless When It Comes To Tech
First Amazon patented "One Click". Now This:
A photography site called DIY Photography wrote this week that the Amazon corporation applied for—and received—a patent for the process of taking a picture of an object against a white background.
Despite the technical detail in the patent documentation, the DIY site says, Amazon is ultimately claiming exclusive rights to a basic version of an extremely common practice
How to Score a Job at a Completely Virtual Company
How to identify and protect yourself from scams