No Sooner do we Secure Our iPhones Than the Home Invasion Begins

3:10 PM, Aug. 15th, 2014 · · Particle Debris

The pace of personal security continues to accelerate. First, we spent years learning how to secure our routers and Macs.  Then we focused on our iPhone security.  Now, a new wave of devices is poised to enter our homes, and they're not made by Apple. Danger is lurking once again.

Apple Goes Back to the Future to Fight Google

4:50 PM, Jul. 18th, 2014 · · Particle Debris

This week's edition looks at how, in one case (Google), forgetting the past can have a negative impact on our perception of a company. In another duo of stories, John Martellaro looks at how denying change (by advertisers) can be a modern weapon against consumers. It all seems to fit together in TV land.
 

Poke a Used and Reset Android Phone: it’ll Spill its Guts

4:45 PM, Jul. 11th, 2014 · · Particle Debris

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With our rapidly advancing smartphone technology, there is much turn-over, and millions of smartphones are sold to refurbishment companies or to strangers. The original owners often assume that when the phone is reset that their personal data is gone forever.  But is it?  Maybe not if it's an Android phone.

Apple Wants to Gobble Up Your Memories in iCloud

4:15 PM, Jul. 3rd, 2014 · · Particle Debris

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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?

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

5:30 PM, Jun. 20th, 2014 · · Particle Debris

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.

The Unexpected Way Apple’s Growth is Exploited by Competitors

4:40 PM, Jun. 13th, 2014 · · Particle Debris

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When a company grows too large too fast, there's a temptation to do too much.  On the other hand, simplifying for customers opens windows of opportunity for competitors. At WWDC 2014, we saw a glimpse of how Apple tries to strike a balance. Sometimes, the company wins dramatically and sometimes it falls short.