Key Smarthome Vendors Hint at Upcoming Official Apple HomeKit Launch [Update]

2:11 PM, Jan. 16th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

HomeKit

Some key vendors in the smarthome space have suggested Apple is planning an official HomeKit launch, and sooner rather than later. Apple announced HomeKit as part of iOS 8 back at WWDC, and hasn't said anything since. That might be about to change. [Update: This article was updated with new comments from Philips. - Kelly]

Can Tony Fadell Save Google Glass? Probably Not

6:23 PM, Jan. 15th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Father iPod and Google Glass

Good Ol' Google Glass is "graduating" from an experimental project at Google[x] Labs, according to a blog post from the Glass team. Though that team didn't directly announce it, reports say that the product is being taken over by Tony Fadell, the CEO of Nest and the creator of Apple's iPod. Can he save it? Bryan Chaffin doesn't think so.

British PM Promises to Outlaw Encrypted Private Messages

7:04 PM, Jan. 12th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

iSpy

British Prime Minister David Cameron demonstrated both a commitment to enabling terrorists to erode civil liberties and a dangerous ignorance of technology. In a speech geared towards elections in May, Mr. Cameron promised to outlaw messaging services that encrypt messages unless they give his government a back door.

The Two Big Tech Hits of 2015 Will be UHDTV and Apple Watch

4:55 PM, Jan. 9th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

The two big hits of 2015

The two biggest tech things in 2015 will be UHD/4K TV and the Apple Watch. The TV industry is working hard to make sure it doesn't have another "3D" debacle, and Apple will use its enormous resources to make sure the Apple Watch is successful as the best and most famous wearable, propelled by Apple Pay. This week's Particle Debris looks at both.

Why Dr. Mac Thinks Redundant Backups are Essential

6:30 PM, Jan. 8th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Data Rescue 3

Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus ended his last column with words that couldn’t have been more prescient: “I sleep better knowing that my data will survive almost any eventuality. So will you.” A few days after that he walked into my office to find an alarming onscreen alert: "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer." Thank heaven for Data Rescue.

Apple Hires HP Veteran for Corporate Sales, But it Won’t Work

5:20 PM, Jan. 8th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple's New Hire

Apple has a long and sometimes unpleasant history of hiring sales executives from other companies in the hopes that the new guy will have the magic mojo to make everything right. Now Apple has brought in a new HP veteran to sell to large corporations. Things will probably go as they have in the past: not very well.

Resolve to Protect Your Data in 2015

3:22 PM, Jan. 5th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

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There are only two kinds of Mac users: Those who have lost data, and those who will. It’s sad that so many users still don’t start backing up until after they’ve lost irreplaceable files. You’ve heard me say it year in and year out, but at least some of you (and you know who you are), are not paying attention. Read my first column of the year and resolve to back up your stuff and avoid heartache in 2015.

Apple Watch Has Success Built-in, by Design

3:00 PM, Jan. 5th, 2015 · · Columns and Opinions

Apple Watch has success built-in

One can produce wild estimates of the Apple Watch sales. One can do surveys and discover what people think they're willing to pay. But the real prospects for the Apple Watch lie in Apple's unique ability to capture our heart and imagination.