Firefox Continues its Privacy Crusade, Adds Forget Button

3:45 PM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Firefox 33.1 Forget Button

Mozilla's Firefox browser has been on a very explicit crusade for user privacy for a long time. On November 10th, Mozilla punctuated that commitment by releasing Firefox 33.1 with, notably, a privacy tour and a Forget Button.  John Martellaro, a big fan of Firefox, explains how he feels about it.

Obama Calls for Net Neutrality, GOP Attacks Plan as ‘Obamacare for Internet’

5:20 PM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Net Neutrality?

President Barack Obama issued a call on Monday for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to "implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality." In a multipart plan, President Obama proposed that the FCC reclassify broadband providers as public utilities, and laid out four specific provisions to protect the Internet from deep-pocketed interests. The radical wing of the GOP, including Tea Party darling Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), immediately launched a counter offensive calling the president's proposal "Obamacare for the Internet."

The State of iTunes 12 Says Something Important About Apple’s Future

5:00 PM, Nov. 7th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

There is a fundamental tension between writing great software and picking your fights. Recently, that tension has bubbled to the surface with the release of iTunes 12. When times change and customer trends become noticeable, Apple software has to change as well. But throwing in the towel on the monolithic iTunes app isn't the way to do it.

CBS Launches News Channel on Apple TV, Keeps Quiet about It

6:00 PM, Nov. 6th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

CBSN

CBS News and CBS Interactive launched Thursday a "digital streaming news network" called CBSN. The 24 hour channel features live, anchored news for 15 hours each weekday, and while CBS didn't announce it was launching on Apple TV, the service is up and running on Apple's device now. CBS did, however, bother to name Amazon Fire TV and Windows Phone.

You May Not Need An iPad Air 2, But You’re Gonna Want One

12:12 PM, Nov. 5th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

You May Not Need An iPad Air 2 But You’re Gonna Want One…

Having spent some quality time with an iPad Air 2 lately I realize just how much I prefer it over my 4th generation iPad. Of course it’s thinner, lighter, and faster the first iPad Air, but it’s so much lighter, thinner, and faster than my 4th generation iPad that I’ll never be happy holding my 4th gen iPad again. As far as I’m concerned, it turned into fat, sluggish beast overnight.

Three Siri Tricks for iOS 8

10:30 AM, Nov. 1st, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Siri

In iOS 8, Apple has greatly enhanced the abilities of Siri. Nancy Carroll Gravley covers three of her favorites, including Reminders, nicknames, and song recognition.

Apple Wins the Old-fashioned Way: Outsmart the Competition

4:30 PM, Oct. 31st, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Particle Debris

Cool new products catch our attention, and sometimes it seems that the flashiest products are the byproducts of the most successful companies. In reality, there's much more to be said for good business sense and raw intelligence. Those virtues go a long way towards explaining Apple's success.

Tim Cook’s Gay Coming Out is a Big Deal for Equal Rights

9:52 AM, Oct. 30th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Tim Cook is the CEO of one of the most valuable companies and brands in the world, an advocate for human rights and equality, a very private man, and now a man that's openly gay. The big news isn't that Mr. Cook is gay — his sexuality, just like everyone else's — is very personal. The big news isn't new at all: Tim Cook is a powerful man doing what he can to make the world a better place for everyone.

MCX Holds Press Conference, Does Itself No Favors

9:37 PM, Oct. 29th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

MCX, the group behind CurrentC, held a press conference today to clear up misconceptions about the group and its agreements. It also had to discuss a data breach, and didn't do a very good job at addressing any of those things. Kelly explains what happened, and what she'd do instead.

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The 3 Unexpected Consequences of Apple Pay Will be Huge

4:00 PM, Oct. 29th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple Pay isn't just a new mobile payment method. It's also a stake in the heart of merchants who want to use your purchase activity for their own ends. It gives companies who want to honor the customer a high-profile bandwagon to jump on. Finally, it punctuates Apple's leadership. John Martellaro looks at the unexpected consequences of Apple Pay.