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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Web Roundup

14 things you didn't know your iPhone headphones could do

How Apple gets away with breaking the 'laws of success' for business

Apple is now an existential threat to Android

For the first time ever, sales of Google's Android mobile devices have gone into decline — an astonishing defeat for a product that is given away free to manufacturers.

It has never been more depressing to be an Android fan than right now.

It wasn't supposed to be like this.

Google wanted Android to get into the hands of the next 5 billion people.
    The iPhone was for the 1%.
    But Android was The People's Phone.

The People, however, appear to have had other ideas.

Why Apple's CEO went to Obama's cybersecurity summit

but not Google, Facebook and Yahoo

According toFBI director James Comey, Apple’s decision, with iOS 8, to encrypt all its devices by default, “will have very serious consequences for law enforcement and national security agencies at all levels.”

Now Apple is upping the ante. It’s trying to turn cybersecurity — Apple Pay, TouchID, powerful encryption, two-step verification — into a marketing tool, another moat it can use to protect ASPs double and triple its competitors’.

It’s a strategy that worked for BlackBerry.

The Patient Will See You Now

Smartphones will empower patients to take charge of their health care, a cardiologist argues.

“We are about to see a medical revolution with little mobile devices,” he writes, ” in which digitally empowered patients will truly take charge of their own health care.”

List: 10 worst-rated dating apps

Americans hate dating apps more than all other types of apps.

More than one in 10 Americans have used an online dating site or mobile dating app.

54 women who rocked the tech world

How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life.  And how other tweets blew up other people's lives.

I’ve been interviewing individuals like Justine Sacco: everyday people pilloried brutally, most often for posting some poorly considered joke on social media.

As time passed, I watched these shame campaigns multiply, to the point that they targeted not just powerful institutions and public figures but really anyone perceived to have done something offensive. I also began to marvel at the disconnect between the severity of the crime and the gleeful savagery of the punishment.

Social media is so perfectly designed to manipulate our desire for approval, and that is what led Justine's her undoing. Her tormentors were instantly congratulated as they took Sacco down, bit by bit, and so they continued to do so. Their motivation was much the same as Sacco’s own — a bid for the attention of strangers.

Net neutrality's foes outspending supporters in Congress

Reader Comment:
If you want to keep the internet "free" then you will be opposing a government takeover of ISPs and the internet - aka net neutrality. Really, this whole net neutrality farce is yet another ploy from the left to expand government and insert it into places it  doesn't need to be. The internet is an information service, we do not need the FCC playing overseer with IP addresses or telling ISPs what they can and cannot do.

Reader Comment:
Why do you think companies like ATT and Verizon are against net neutrality?  You don't suppose it's because they aim to make some money off of it, do you?
Your claims about "gov't expansion" are scare tactics used to fear gov't, instead of considering who's against it and why. 

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