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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekend Roundup

This Person Says that Apple's Future iWatch Won’t Go Straight to the Bottom Dresser Drawer
He wrote:

"Apple, in my opinion, is looking at 1) previously unexplored utility in wearables 2) health monitoring that makes sense and 3) fashion. The elegant combination of these elements will set the iWatch apart from geeky smartwatches that can tell us the atmospheric pressure in millbars in Hong Kong."

Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads
Four years after Apple introduced its popular tablet, many districts are switching to laptops

It seems that laptops with keyboards are more useful than tablets.

the laptop versus tablet debate is far from settled nationwide. The education market is currently split fairly evenly between the two types of devices.

It Really Pays To Be An Apple iOS Developer, But There's Still Hope For Android

Apple iOS developers spend most of their time coding. Android developers? They use the bulk of their time testing and debugging their code.

Making matters worse, iOS developers make more money, on average, than their Android peers.

The Internet is a dangerous place, a fact that may work to Apple’s advantage.

Apple is trying to position itself as the only company that really cares about Internet security.

The Most Enduring (and Endearing) Features of OS X Throughout the Years. Part I

Apple And Samsung Drop Patent Disputes Against Each Other Outside Of The U.S.
But not inside the U.S.

Judge tells of Silicon Valley ‘fear’ of Steve Jobs

11 Apps That Every Political Junkie Should Have On Their Phone

The Wearables Revolution will be the biggest market ever

I'm starting to bet a big part of my reputation and a fair amount of my capital on the Wearables Revolution.

I've just come to the realization that the App Revolution is actually just getting started. The Wearables Revolution, which only works because we've become such an app-centric economy, is going to make an even bigger impact than the Smartphone and Tablet Revolutions did with apps.

That is, wearables are to the smartphone and tablet what the smartphone and tablet were to PCs.

The reason apps for wearables is so important is because of the very simple interfaces required by the wearable-form factor.

The Wearables Revolution is going to make a lot of people a lot of fortunes over the next five to 10 years, as people start buying three, five or even 10 wearable computers for every one smartphone they have.

The worlds first bionic eye user

Robots Will Take Care Of Old People In The Future

Mankind Is Getting Ready To Turn Over Most Decisions To Robots

If robots become more cognitively capable than humans, then what happens to ... everything?

Will super-intelligent robots decide to eliminate humans some day?

Elon Musk says:

"We need to be super careful with artificial intelligence (AI). Potentially more dangerous than nukes."

Nick Bostrom is the founder of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute. That group recently partnered with a new group at Cambridge, the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, to study how things like nanotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence and other innovations could someday wipe us all out.

the robot takeover is not imminent. 

But it seems like it's something all of us should "keep an eye on."

An interesting article that compares the Bitcoin rush to the California Gold Rush

The most successful people in the gold rush were sellers of mining equipment.

Looks like the sellers of specialized computers for mining bitcoins are doing well today.

How to control facebook ad tracking.

AOL still has 2.3 million dialup subscribers—and they’re very profitable

AW comment:  I am surprised.

In 2015, it won't matter if hackers steal your password
New technologies could replace passwords next year

The password has been the "is it really you?" test since the 1960s.

Since then, passwords have become an omnipresent nuisance for both users and security officers-perpetually forgotten and inevitably stolen.

Two out of every three data breaches involve the exploitation of weak or stolen passwords.

Until 2015, people can opt for two-factor authentication. In most cases, that means websites will send security codes to users' inboxes or smartphones, which they must enter in addition to the username and password when logging in. It's imperfect, and hackers can sometimes circumvent or spoof it, but it's better than not opting into a second layer of security at all-especially given that most people don't change their passwords in the first place or still name them after their cats.

AW comment:
I'm not convinced that the password replacements are less hackable than passwords, because they still involve sending and receiving data between computers.

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