That’s Embarrassing: Affair Site Ashley Madison Hit in Data Breach

1:59 PM, Jul. 20th, 2015 · · Analysis

User data from affair site Ashley Madison was stolen. So that's awkward., the website known for its tagline, "Life is Short. Have an Affair," has 37 million users sweating bullets since hackers made off with the company's entire database. The hackers have started releasing names from the database, and plan to release more if AshleyMadison and its partner site Established Men aren't shut down. It looks like lots of people are suddenly in the middle of a very embarrassing situation.

Facebook’s Internet Challenge: Let’s Kill Flash

9:50 AM, Jul. 14th, 2015 · · Analysis

Facebook wants an official end date for all Flash support

Adobe's Flash has gone from the darling of the Internet party to creepy crasher everyone wishes would leave. Apple turned its back on Flash years ago, Google and YouTube aren't fans any more, Firefox now blocks Flash content automatically, and the latest nail in the coffin is coming from Facebook's Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos is calling for a kill date where all Web browsers drop support for the multimedia platform at the same time.

12.9-Inch iPad Pro Rumors Cross into Definitely Happening Territory

4:32 PM, Jul. 13th, 2015 · · Analysis

An iPad inside a crystal ball

Rumors and leaked information about a large—12.9-inches in this case—iPad crossed into what I consider definitely-happening territory. Taiwan-based DigiTimes reported on Monday that Apple was being cautious about ordering components for the unannounced device, and that Foxconn Electronics would be manufacturing the device.

Comcast’s New Stream Sounds More Like a Trickle

9:30 AM, Jul. 13th, 2015 · · Analysis

Comcast Stream TV content on your iPad

Comcast really wants its Internet-only customers to get in on some television action, so it's launching a new streaming service called Stream. On the surface Stream sounds like a great idea: watch TV from any Internet-connected device. The problem is that Comcast doesn't get how its Internet-only customers want to watch shows and assumes they only want to remove the need for an actual television in their homes.

Flash is an Exploit-pallooza, It’s Time to Give it Up

9:48 AM, Jul. 9th, 2015 · · Analysis

It's time to let Flash fade into history

Another major Flash security flaw was uncovered this week prompting Adobe to release an emergency patch. The exploit, along with the story behind its uncovering, is a perfect example of why it's time to abandon Flash once and for all.

Falling Sales Suggest Apple Watch Isn’t Resonating with Consumers

9:43 PM, Jul. 7th, 2015 · · Analysis

Slice Intelligence Apple Watch Chart

Apple Watch sales are on the decline, according to a report from Slice Intelligence via Marketwatch. Based on customer receipts sampled by Slice Intelligence, Apple Watch sales have fallen from 200,000 units per day in the opening week of sales to less than 10,000 per day in late June. Whether a seasonal slowing, a failing of marketing, or worse, a failure of product design and development, that decline suggests strongly that Apple Watch isn't the right device yet.

2 Apple Watch Charging Stands for Travel Compared

3:15 PM, Jul. 7th, 2015 · · Analysis

For some users, the elegance and convenience of an Apple Watch charging stand is essential. And soon, these stands will be even more useful when watchOS 2.0 introduces the "Wake me up" feature. John Martellaro looks at two such charging stands that are especially useful for travel.

iCloud Music Library and DRM: Now with Slightly Less Disaster

6:36 PM, Jul. 3rd, 2015 · · Analysis

Turns out iCloud Music Library's DRM is confusing, not draconian

Yesterday I called iTunes 12.2 and iCloud Music Library a disaster for your music collection, and part of my reasoning for that was the way copy protection is applied to tracks through the service. It turns out the rules for when that DRM gets applied aren't quite as draconian as I originally thought. But you know what? They're still pretty confusing for most people, and iCloud Music Library is still screwing up music collections when it shouldn't.