OS X: El Capitan’s Deletion of “Repair Disk Permissions” Could Impact You

3:45 PM, Aug. 26th, 2015 · · Analysis

OS El Capitan Removes

Apple's next version of OS X El Capitan uses something called "System Integrity Protection" to prevent the alteration of critical system files. As a result, scripted installers and even privileged users can no longer change those UNIX file permissions and then modify them. This should make El Capitan more stable and secure. So, while "Repair Disk Permissions" is gone, that also creates an important issue for users: software upgrades.

Ashley Madison Users Line Up for Lawsuits over Data Theft

10:40 AM, Aug. 26th, 2015 · · Analysis

The lawsuit frenzy over Ashley Madison's data breach is firing up

Avid Life Media, the parent company for AshleyMadison.com, is facing a class action lawsuit in California after hackers stole the site's subscriber database and posted the information online. With over 30 million user's records now online and the serious impact that's having on people's lives, it's a safe bet the lawsuits are just beginning.

Spotify Just Learned the Hard Way About Customer Trust

4:38 PM, Aug. 21st, 2015 · · Analysis

Spotify took it on the chin for privacy changes it didn't explain ahead of time

What happens when you change your company's privacy policy? If you're Spotify, your customers freak out and CEO Daniel Ek has to apologize and go on the defensive. The changes give Spotify access to your smartphone's photos, contacts, location, voice control, and sensor data, which seems like a lot for a streaming music service—especially when the change feels to customers like it's being done on the sly.

Evidence for the iPad Pro This Fall Is Now Ironclad

5:15 PM, Aug. 19th, 2015 · · Analysis

Mounting evidence from several sources suggests that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is just about certain to be released by Apple this fall. While this new product may not, alone, turn the tide of iPad sales, it will launch a new step forward in the evolution of the iPad family.

Hackers Release AshleyMadison Database, Prove they’re Jerks

2:50 PM, Aug. 19th, 2015 · · Analysis

Hackers stole and then posted personal information online from AshleyMadison.com

The hackers who stole user account data from AshleyMadison.com have followed through on their threat to release the names and personal information online. 9.7 GB worth of data was dumped onto the Internet, which could be very embarrassing for those people since the site touts itself as the go-to place for adults looking to have affairs. The group, calling themselves The Impact Team, said they're trying to force the site to shut down because it wasn't following through on user requests to delete accounts after charging them US$19, and because they don't like the site's premise—both of which sound like flimsy excuses for being socially irresponsible jerks.

Customers report: Apple Pay on Apple Watch is Magical

4:00 PM, Aug. 18th, 2015 · · Analysis

Research on Apple Pay with Apple Watch

Unlike Apple Pay on an iPhone, which requires one to pull the phone out and authorize, typically, with a fingerprint, payment with an Apple Watch is a joy. Frictionless. In a Wristly research report, most users describe the process as "magical." 

How Big is a 12 Megapixel Photo?

2:33 PM, Aug. 17th, 2015 · · Analysis

Your next iPhone could have a 12 megapixel camera. Is that a big deal?

Rumors claim that Apple will introduce a new iPhone model in September with a 12 megapixel camera. Aside from "that's more megapixels!" exactly what will a 12 megapixel camera in your next iPhone get you? Read on to see Jeff Gamet's explanation.

Documented Proof of Apple Car Project Emerges

5:50 PM, Aug. 14th, 2015 · · Analysis

GoMentum Grounds

The Guardian has uncovered documented proof of the existence of Apple's Car project. According to those documents, Apple has been in touch with GoMentum Station, a testing and research facility built on the bones of the Concord naval weapons station that specializes in autonomous vehicles.

CurrentC Races to Irrelevance, May not Launch Until 2016

1:10 PM, Aug. 13th, 2015 · · Analysis

CurrentC is doomed to irrelevancy before it even launches

CurrentC is another step closer to securing its place as the big non-starter in the mobile payment field now that parent company MCX CEO Brian Mooney has said its 2015 launch may slip into 2016. Meanwhile, Apple Pay and other NFC-based mobile payment options are already available and drawing in more users.