What We're Learning From the Army's Fitbit Affair

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Abstract image of data that has been locked down

We’ve read the alarming story about how the Army’s Fitbit users can have their location and activities revealed. What’s the takeaway?

Apple’s HomePod Public Beta Starts February 9th, and That’s OK

· Dave Hamilton · Editorial

HomePod with Beta Test Logo

If HomePod were released by Google, I think they would explicitly state that many of its features are available “in beta” and let customers know that they expect problems to occur, but that’s generally not been Apple’s way of operating. Apple prefers to communicate confidence and consistency, which means they often wait to roll out new features until they get the foundational platform stable.

Confessions of a Printing Addict

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Bob LeVitus revisits his printing obsession, with a focus on the new Epson WorkForce 4750 EcoTank printer. [Updated with current pricing information.]

How Can You Not Love Clever Gadgets?

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac’s 261st Rants & Raves column asks: “How can you not love clever gadgets?” before he describes two of his newfound favorites.

Bitcoin Drops Below $10K, Rallies Back Above $11K

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Metaphorical rendering of the cryptocurrency crash on December 22nd, 2017

The price of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency fell below $10,000 Tuesday afternoon, only to immediately rally back to $11,000 moments later.

Why Apple's HomePod Doesn't Play by Echo Rules

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple HomePod

Some voices suggest the Apple HomePod will fail because it doesn’t go toe-to-toe with other smart speakers, like Amazon’s Echo. This is nonsense.

Which iPhone Should I Get: The Thrilling Conclusion

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac has been running around with an iPhone X in one pocket and an iPhone 8 Plus in the other. Here’s a spoiler: He says the iPhone X was the hands-down winner in every category that matters to him.