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How do you recharge an iWatch? Magic, of course.

How do you recharge an iWatch? Magic, of course.

How do you you recharge an iWatch? Plug it in? Put it on a recharging stand or pad? You could do that, but that’s not a very “Apple” solution. What if you could use magic, instead? Turns out, Apple has a few patents on doing just that.

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Oyster And Netflix: Apt Comparisons

Oyster And Netflix: Apt Comparisons

I was extremely excited about the Oyster subscription concept. Imagine, reading as many books as I like for the cost of a single paperback! It was Netflix, brought into the world of books.

Unfortunately, the Netflix analogy is apt.

By December 12, 2013 Read More →
Senate Votes To Debate Internet Sales Tax Bill

Senate Votes To Debate Internet Sales Tax Bill

The Marketplace Fairness Act has been labeled a tax grab, a bureaucratic nightmare, an attack on personal privacy, an infringement on states’ rights and a federal encroachment on the near-sacred ground of Internet commerce. And yet it appears to be passing.

By April 23, 2013 Read More →

 

CISPA Cyber-Security Bill Appears DOA In Senate

CISPA Cyber-Security Bill Appears DOA In Senate

Last week the House passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act by an overwhelming 288 to 127 vote margin, but its passage in the upper chamber now appears to be unlikely.

By April 27, 2013 Read More →
Senate Committee Passes ECPA Email Privacy Act

Senate Committee Passes ECPA Email Privacy Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee just approved the ECPA Amendments Act, a event that the EFF marks as a “watershed moment in the fight for electronic privacy.”

By April 25, 2013 Read More →
House Passes CISPA In 288-127 Vote

House Passes CISPA In 288-127 Vote

The United States House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) by a 288 to 127 margin.

By April 18, 2013 Read More →

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CISPA Reborn: Personal Privacy Under Attack Once More. CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, is a pervasive and fundamental attack on our privacy, on our free speech, and on our personal freedom. The bill failed to pass when originally introduced in 2011. But, like the phoenix, it has risen again from the ashes.

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Google Begins Testing Google Shopping Express In SF Bay Area

Google Begins Testing Google Shopping Express In SF Bay Area

Google is finally opening up its Google Shopping Express service to the public today, with the same day delivery service being made available as a test to select users in San Francisco and the Peninsula from San Mateo to San Jose.

By March 29, 2013 Read More →
iTunes Profits Now Past $2 Billion Per Year

iTunes Profits Now Past $2 Billion Per Year

Asymco analyst Horace Dediu just announced that over the past few years Apple’s iTunes store has gone from “break even” status to making well over $2 billion a year.

By March 22, 2013 Read More →
Rambus Unveils Binary Pixel Technology For Instant HDR Photos

Rambus Unveils Binary Pixel Technology For Instant HDR Photos

Rambus just unveiled their breakthrough Binary Pixel Technology, destined to dramatically improve the quality and dynamic range of photos taken from cameras and mobile devices.

By March 21, 2013 Read More →
Google Reader Death March: Reader Links Deleted

Google Reader Death March: Reader Links Deleted

Today, Google Reader moved one step closer to its grave as Google is now quietly removing links to it from the black menu that graces the top of virtually every core Google product. Google announced that Google Reader would fold on July 1, 2013, and cited lack of use as the primary reason. But as I […]

By March 20, 2013 Read More →
Sapphire Could Replace Gorilla Glass In Smartphones

Sapphire Could Replace Gorilla Glass In Smartphones

Manufactured sapphire could become cheap enough to replace the glass display covers on mobile phones. Sapphire is harder than any other natural material except diamond; by some measures, it’s three times stronger than Gorilla Glass, and it is also about three times more scratch resistant. That could mean smartphone screens that don’t crack when you […]

By March 20, 2013 Read More →
Despite Map Updates, Apple’s Shrink Wrap Product Cycles Continue

Despite Map Updates, Apple’s Shrink Wrap Product Cycles Continue

According to reports, Apple has worked behind the scenes to improve Maps on iOS. Better data, better imagery, more flyovers. Of course, Apple has had to do this, since it’s competing in a dead head with Google Maps. A problem made especially acute by the inclusion of Google Maps in the App Store.

But Apple is also competing in a head heat with Android, and have we seen any major improvements to the OS? Any major new features? Or even any significant changes whatsoever? No.

By March 19, 2013 Read More →
Google Kills Chrome RSS Extension

Google Kills Chrome RSS Extension

People have just started noticing that Google’s own RSS Subscription Chrome browser extension has disappeared from the Google Chrome Web Store.

The message is clear: Google is getting out of the RSS business.

By March 15, 2013 Read More →
Thoughts On The Demise Of Google Reader

Thoughts On The Demise Of Google Reader

I’m willing to bet that very few people were using Google Reader’s web interface. I mean, given a choice, would you do it?

But there was a method to their madness.

By March 14, 2013 Read More →
Google Will Now Attempt To Kill RSS Feeds

Google Will Now Attempt To Kill RSS Feeds

In another display of Google’s commitment to a free and open internet, Google on Wednesday announced that it will terminate its Google Reader service as of July 1, 2013.

By March 14, 2013 Read More →
To The Cloud: Adobe Ending Sales Of Boxed Creative Suite Software

To The Cloud: Adobe Ending Sales Of Boxed Creative Suite Software

With Adobe placing more focus on its Creative Cloud subscription service and with more laptops losing their optical drives, the company plans to end sales of boxed sets of Adobe Creative Suite and Acrobat software.

By March 13, 2013 Read More →

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Obama Administration Threatens To Veto CISPA

Obama Administration Threatens To Veto CISPA

The Obama administration delivered a formal veto threat against a controversial data-sharing bill called CISPA that would allow intelligence agencies to collect personal information about Americans from private companies.

By April 16, 2013 Read More →
CISPA Passes Committee, Heads To House Floor

CISPA Passes Committee, Heads To House Floor

In an 18-2 closed vote, the House Intelligence Committee passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act CISPA cybersecurity bill.

By April 11, 2013 Read More →
Require Politicians To Wear NASCAR-Style Corporate Patches

Require Politicians To Wear NASCAR-Style Corporate Patches

A petition at “We the People” requests that Congress members switch over to NASCAR-style representation, and wear their corporate affiliations on their sleeves.

By March 25, 2013 Read More →
Yes. Senate Supports Internet Sales Tax

Yes. Senate Supports Internet Sales Tax

Friday, the US Senate voted in favor of a proposal that could give states power to collect taxes on Internet purchases made from out-of-state retailers.

By March 23, 2013 Read More →
Internet Sales Tax On The Way?

Internet Sales Tax On The Way?

Internet tax supporters are hoping that a vote in the U.S. Senate today will finally give them enough political leverage to require Americans to pay sales taxes when shopping online.

By March 22, 2013 Read More →

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Oyster And Netflix: Apt Comparisons

Oyster And Netflix: Apt Comparisons

I was extremely excited about the Oyster subscription concept. Imagine, reading as many books as I like for the cost of a single paperback! It was Netflix, brought into the world of books.

Unfortunately, the Netflix analogy is apt.

By December 12, 2013 Read More →
Rambus Unveils Binary Pixel Technology For Instant HDR Photos

Rambus Unveils Binary Pixel Technology For Instant HDR Photos

Rambus just unveiled their breakthrough Binary Pixel Technology, destined to dramatically improve the quality and dynamic range of photos taken from cameras and mobile devices.

By March 21, 2013 Read More →
Sapphire Could Replace Gorilla Glass In Smartphones

Sapphire Could Replace Gorilla Glass In Smartphones

Manufactured sapphire could become cheap enough to replace the glass display covers on mobile phones. Sapphire is harder than any other natural material except diamond; by some measures, it’s three times stronger than Gorilla Glass, and it is also about three times more scratch resistant. That could mean smartphone screens that don’t crack when you […]

By March 20, 2013 Read More →
Can the iPad Rescue a Struggling American Education System?

Can the iPad Rescue a Struggling American Education System?

Tablets are reinventing how students access and interact with educational material, and how teachers assess and monitor students’ performance at a time when many schools are understaffed and many classrooms overcrowded.

By March 11, 2013 Read More →
The Bean Counters Are Back At Apple

The Bean Counters Are Back At Apple

It’s obvious that the bean-counters are back in charge at Apple. Back in the day, John Scully, John Louis Gassee, and others continually maintained that consumers would gladly pay a premium to own Apple computers. This despite the fact that Microsoft Windows-based PCs had, in many cases, already surpassed the capabilities of Apple’s aging Macintosh […]

By October 24, 2012 Read More →

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How do you recharge an iWatch? Magic, of course.

How do you recharge an iWatch? Magic, of course.

How do you you recharge an iWatch? Plug it in? Put it on a recharging stand or pad? You could do that, but that’s not a very “Apple” solution. What if you could use magic, instead? Turns out, Apple has a few patents on doing just that.

By September 8, 2014 Read More →
Internet Sales Tax On The Way?

Internet Sales Tax On The Way?

Internet tax supporters are hoping that a vote in the U.S. Senate today will finally give them enough political leverage to require Americans to pay sales taxes when shopping online.

By March 22, 2013 Read More →
KeyShot: Modern Product Photography Without Products Or Photos

KeyShot: Modern Product Photography Without Products Or Photos

The ad featuring that amazing BMW sitting in the late afternoon sun? Or that spotless, impeccable, drool-worthy camera? It could be real. Or it may not exist at all.

By March 20, 2013 Read More →
Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

In a closely-watched case, Kirtsaeng vs. Wiley, the U.S. Supreme Court today vindicated the first-sale doctrine, declaring that it “applies to copies of a copyrighted work lawfully made abroad.”

The case involved a Thai graduate student in the U.S. who sold cheap foreign versions of textbooks on eBay without the publisher’s permission.

By March 19, 2013 Read More →
CISPA Reborn: Personal Privacy Under Attack Once More.

CISPA Reborn: Personal Privacy Under Attack Once More.

CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, is a pervasive and fundamental attack on our privacy, on our free speech, and on our personal freedom. The bill failed to pass when originally introduced in 2011.

But, like the phoenix, it has risen again from the ashes.

By February 20, 2013 Read More →

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Print? It’s Dead, Jim… "Saying that the web has killed print because the New York Times is having problems is myopic." The above comment came from Slate, a digital-only magazine, and I found it hard to ignore the irony involved in proclaiming that print lives... on a web site. But ironic or not, we're still left with the fundamental question: Is print dead?