Apple Wants to Gobble Up Your Memories in iCloud

4:15 PM, Jul. 3rd, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Particle Debris

Apple's movement away from iPhoto and Aperture suggests that the company wants to restructure your life. Keeping your own photos organized and backed up, with selected images posted to photo services, is declared obsolete. But is iCloud the right place for all your photos?

Facebook Makes It Clear Users Are Playthings

4:26 PM, Jun. 30th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Facebook's Disgusting Experiment

Facebook's management has a message for users: you are our playthings and we'll manipulate you in any way that we see fit. That message was made clear when researchers released the results of a "massive experiment on Facebook" that manipulated the newsfeeds of hundreds of thousands of unwitting, involuntary participants.

3 Free Do It Yourself Apps for iPhone and iPad

9:25 PM, Jun. 27th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Free on iTunes

Fancy yourself handy with a screwdriver? Even experts can learn something new with these 3 free app that offer tip, how-tos and more in this week's Free on iTunes. DIY Tip Genius, WikiHow, and IFixIt.

Behold the LG ‘G’ Android Smartwatch in Direct Sunlight

5:30 PM, Jun. 26th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

The Sun

LG launched the G smartwatch to coincide with the Google I/O developer conference on Wednesday. The device was hardly met with fanfare, but a photograph posted to Twitter on Thursday reveals that LG might not thought this thing through all the way.

Nest Will Open Up Devices to Google After All

7:25 PM, Jun. 24th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Nest

You remember that thing where Google bought Nest, but Nest would stay separate, and it wouldn't be sharing its data with Google anyway, so shut up about privacy? Yeah, turns out there should have been an asterisk attached, and the footnote for that asterisk would have said, "Yeah, not so much." Bryan Chaffin gets his rant on.

Amazon Is Not A Serious Apple Competitor…Yet

10:53 PM, Jun. 20th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple and Amazon

Yesterday Kelly agreed with analyst Brian White's confidence in Apple up until he said "Apple is unique in its ability to develop hardware, software and services that work together seamlessly.” While he's right that Apple is the only one right now, it seems that Amazon is aspiring to the same thing.

Is Amazon Setting the World on Fire? Or to Itself?

5:30 PM, Jun. 20th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

The recent revelations about the NSA, the endless parade of online hacking and theft of credit card or personal information, and the desire by Amazon to seduce customers into ever more purchases has created a strong pendulum in the direction of the erosion of human dignity.  There may be money to be made and unexpected success to be found as the pendulum swings in the other direction.