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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Web Wrap-up for Saturday, September 4, 2015

The 11 greatest moments Apple's ever had on stage

iOS App Store -- Top Apps by All-Time Worldwide Downloads

Apple Watch Has Legs: A (Brief) Long-Term Review

The Apple Watch appears poised to become the leading wearable.  After constant use of the Watch for two months, I’ll take a stab at why.

Roughly 80 percent of the messaging I get can be dispatched with a quick glance (via notifications), which the Watch excels at.  In other words, the iPhone stays in my pocket most of the time.  That makes a huge difference.

the Watch has limited utility and a tiny screen.  And it simply replicates functions that you can already do on the iPhone.

I can never remember to wear my Apple Watch because it fails this very basic test

It doesn’t pass the “turn-around test”:  If you leave your apartment in the morning and realize only once you get to the subway station five blocks away that you forgot to wear your smartwatch, would you turn around and go home to get it?

Wearable technology simply doesn't pass this test yet.

One thing that keeps me from wearing the Apple Watch each day is the fact that it requires a nightly charge. If I could just wear my watch to bed, it’s more likely I would continue wearing it the next day.

New iPhone malware a problem, but only for jailbroken phones

The Steve Jobs Documentary Apple Doesn't Want You to See

Steve Jobs was a once-in-generation genius who pushed other people beyond their limits to achieve something great. The reason Apple doesn’t want you to see that film—the company didn’t make any its current employees or executives available for interview—is that Gibney takes every possible opportunity to cut down Jobs.

There’s Steve Jobs the man who made computers usable for normal people, and there’s Steve Jobs the sociopath who could be an asshole to even his family and closest friends. Both accounts matter.

900 million Wi-Fi networks are revealed in this dazzling map of electronic life around the world

Animated map reveals the 550,000 miles of cable hidden under the ocean that power the internet

Twitter has been criticised by a coalition of human rights groups for its decision to ban Politwoops, a social media watchdog that keeps a record of deleted tweets from politicians.

Twitter argues that the service, by republishing deleted tweets, broke its developer agreement and undermined politicians' expectations of privacy. But its defenders say that it fulfills a vital service as a watchdog.

20 Million Men Active On Ashley Madison: Why That Is A Great Wake-Up Call For Women

the sheer vastness of the Ashley Madison hack should be a powerful wake-up call for women who tell themselves that their marriage is fail-proof, and they don't have to take responsibility for their own financial wellbeing.

Never, ever abandon your career.
Never assume alimony will support you.
Be actively involved in the family finances - better for noticing affair spending.

while information for 37 million Ashley Madison member was leaked, nearly all of the 5.5 million women's accounts were inactive, and just 20 million of the men's accounts showed signs of checking emails. It's unclear whether the remaining 11 million male accounts were fake, duplicates or curious drive-bys who never interacted with the site after establishing an account.

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