Steve Jobs’s Childhood Home Named ‘Historic Resource’

6:57 PM, Oct. 29th, 2013 · · Editorial

Steve Jobs Garage

The Los Altos Historical Commission voted unanimously on Monday to designate the childhood home of Steve Jobs an "historic resource." The house, whose garage famously saw the birth of Apple Computer, Inc. (now Apple, Inc.), will now be preserved.

Taiwan Fines Samsung for Paying People to Praise Samsung and Bash Competitors

7:05 PM, Oct. 24th, 2013 · · Editorial

Samsun Astroturfing

Taiwan has fined Samsung TWD10 million (that's New Taiwan dollars, or US$340,131) for mounting a fake campaign to praise Samsung's Android devices and criticize unspecified in article comments and forums. Taiwan's Federal Trade Commission began an investigation of Samsung in April and concluded the South Korean giant paid people to talk up its products and bash competitors, a violation of local regulations.

iPad Airs and Minis Look Set to Top UK Shopping Lists

8:38 PM, Oct. 22nd, 2013 · · Editorial

Apple in the UK

LONDON - The Apple keynote was a mixture of the free and the very expensive, and that wasn't lost on the UK fan base who were looking closely at the goings on in California.  Of all the products Apple announced, it was the iPads that generated the most excitement at the London Mac User Group.

Insights Into Apple’s Vision for the New Mac Pro

3:41 PM, Oct. 22nd, 2013 · · Editorial

Sizing up the new Mac Pro

Over the years, Apple slipped into the idea that there is not much separation between the iMac and the Mac Pro in terms of overall performance. Now, with the new Mac Pro, we're seeing a renewed commitment to the pro philosophy for professionals in video, photography, music and even science.  It truly is the super Mac in the style of Lamborghini super cars.  But it will also cost you.

David Pogue Leaves New York Times for Yahoo! Gig

3:46 PM, Oct. 21st, 2013 · · Editorial

David Pogue

Veteran technology columnist David Pogue has left his post at The New York Times for a gig at Yahoo! The longtime Mac and iPhone aficionado announced on Tumblr (which is owned by Yahoo!) that he was leaving The Times after 13 years, but would continue his Nova series and many publishing ventures.

Microsoft’s Surface Strategy Will Flop with Holiday Shoppers

5:15 PM, Oct. 14th, 2013 · · Editorial

Surface business strategy fails during holidays

Microsoft took a considered approach to its Surface tablet with Windows, Office and a keyboard.  That's fine in a business environment. However, with the Christmas shopping period fast approaching, and really fun items on people's minds, the Surface tablets are the last thing anyone will be thinking about as a Christmas present.

The Apple Customer’s Massive Data Conflicts with Apple’s Vision

6:45 PM, Oct. 10th, 2013 · · Editorial

Big data management for consumers

Our Apple hardware keeps getting more and more capable, and now we have an iPhone 5s with a desktop-class, 64-bit CPU. The massive data created by these modern devices can easily get out of control. All the while, Apple focuses on mobility and a smallish Mac Pro. Is the data management solution really in the cloud? What's the path forward to manage our enormous quantities of data?

iOS 7: Apple’s Frequent Locations Service is a Turn-off

3:25 PM, Oct. 3rd, 2013 · · Editorial

iOS 7: Frequent Locations Discussion

In iOS 7, Apple makes explicit to the user (or someone else) a log of frequent geographic locations visited. Called Frequent Locations, basically, the iPhone now remembers everywhere the user goes.  This option is buried deeply in iOS 7 Settings, and John Martellaro thinks it should be turned off by default. He explains.