Back from the Dead: Using Apple’s Abandoned Safari for Windows Today

7:45 PM, Aug. 28th, 2015 · · Analysis

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With Chrome a resource hog and privacy nightmare, Firefox relatively slow and boring, and Microsoft Edge not ready for prime time, there's not a lot to be excited about in the world of Windows browsers, especially for a multi-platform Mac fan. If only Safari for Windows was still around. Hey, let's see how Apple's abandoned browser works today!

Apple Watch is Gaining on Fitbit, but that Doesn’t Mean Fitbit is Screwed

11:30 AM, Aug. 28th, 2015 · · Analysis

Apple is already the second largest wearables maker behind Fitbit

Apple Watch sales are approaching Fitbit's numbers, according to data from IDC. The market research firm estimated Apple sold 3.6 million smartwatches during the second quarter while Fitbit sold 4.4 million of its fitness trackers. That doesn't necessarily mean, however, that Apple is about to eat Fitbit's lunch.

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, 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

The hackers who stole user account data from 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.