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This is Honestly One of the Scariest News Items I’ve Read in a Long Time…

Thursday, February 19th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

Via StrategyPage.com: In early 2014 U.S. Navy submarine detection experts got a scare when a Russian Vishnya class AGI (Auxiliary General Intelligence, or electronic reconnaissance) ship was seen several times off the east coast of Florida, in the vicinity of naval air and submarine bases. The Vishnya spotted off Florida was accompanied by a sea […]

So Does Samsung Just Not Want Anyone To Buy Their TVs Anymore?

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

…but this story is filled with ouch: Thought you could watch that video on your local hard drive without ads? Think again: A number of owners of Samsung’s smart TVs are reporting this week that their TV sets started to interrupt their movie viewing with Pepsi ads, which seem to be dynamically inserted into third-party […]

How Apple’s Going to Fix The Next iOS Update

Monday, February 16th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

9to5Mac has the story: For 2015, iOS 9 is going to include a collection of under-the-hood improvements. Sources tell us that iOS 9 engineers are putting a “huge” focus on fixing bugs, maintaining stability, and boosting performance for the new operating system, rather than solely focusing on delivering major new feature additions. Apple will also […]

Would Christians Object to Living Indefinitely Through Technology?

Sunday, February 15th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

We want to live forever. We seek immortality through a variety of means, living vicariously through our children, leaving a legacy in our community, and embracing the claims of religion. But what if we could actually live indefinitely here on Earth? What if we could elect to live for centuries or even millennia? Would we […]

What Is Apple’s Next Big Move?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

Before we get to that the cutesy headline to this post would have been “iHealth,” but with the introduction of Apple Watch last year, it’s clear that Tim Cook is moving away from Jobsian “i” branding of its products. The i moniker will likely stick to existing products, but the direction is clear. iPhoto is […]

I Wouldn’t Have One of These Things in My House if Samsung Paid Me…

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

Introducing the full 1080p Samsung Telescreen: The potential privacy intrusion of voice-activated services is massive. Samsung, which makes a series of Internet connected TVs, has a supplementary privacy policy covering its Smart TVs which includes the following section on voice recognition (emphasis mine): You can control your SmartTV, and use many of its features, with […]

The Death of Radio Shack

Friday, February 6th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

… Here it comes: RadioShack Corp. is preparing to shut down the almost-century-old retail chain in a bankruptcy deal that would sell about half its store leases to Sprint Corp. and close the rest, according to people with knowledge of the discussions. The locations sold to Sprint would operate under the wireless carrier’s name, meaning RadioShack […]

Why Are People So Crazy About E-Cigarettes?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

The California Department of Public Health has decided — no joke here — that e-cigarets are “a community health threat.” Reason’s Jacob Sullum reports: The report includes the same lame claims that people who hate vaping for subrational reasons tend to offer when they try to justify their gut reactions to products that offend them […]

Apple is Certain, Once Again, to Garner the Biggest Quarterly Profits in Corporate History

Saturday, January 31st, 2015 - by Stephen Green

Apple reports last quarter’s profits at market close today, but Fortune says the company will surpass even the most optimistic forecasts: Apple told Wall Street to expect total sales somewhere in the range of $63.5 to $66.5 billion — representing, at the midpoint, 15% growth from fiscal Q1 2014. Analysts aren’t buying it. They saw […]

Why Some Cops Are Worried About the Waze App

Friday, January 30th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

Are you familiar with Waze? It’s a smartphone app, which my wife turned me on to a year or two ago, which crowdsources traffic information. There’s not much use for it here in Monument, Colorado (“Teeming city of tens!”), but I keep it installed for shopping & drinking excursions to Denver, or for road trips […]

Would Your Life Be Better Without Facebook?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 - by David Solway

After long and determined resistance, I was recently persuaded to open a Facebook account. I did so for two reasons: to see what the fuss was all about; and as a means of publicizing my books, articles and music. I have been on Facebook for a month or so and have come to regret my […]

How Many iPhones Did Apple Sell Last Quarter?

Monday, January 26th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

Best estimate is “lots.” Read: Expectations for the iPhone on Wall Street are high, as hardly a day goes by without another sign that Tim Cook made the right call when he decided to go after the oversized phone market that Samsung once owned. On Wednesday, for example, Counterpoint Research reported that Apple’s market share […]

The Surprising Place Where Apple Is Succeeding

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

There’s one place where Apple is kinda-sorta-nearly competing somewhere adjacent to the low end, and that’s in the market for sub-$1000 laptops. The company’s 11″ MacBook Air got a price cut last year to “just” $899 retail, and that seems to be paying off: Apple sold a record 5.75 million Macs in the quarter that […]

The Next Microsoft Is…

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

…Google? Let’s read what Katie Benner has to say about that: For all of its innovation, best captured by Eric Schmidt’s “How Google Works,” Google is a 55,000-person behemoth, and it’s nearly impossible for any company to move quickly and creatively at that size. Among tech giants, only Apple has managed to innovate after becoming […]

Why Samsung’s Profits Fell Last Year

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

Via Ibtimes.com: The Samsung Group announced Thursday that its yearly profit fell for the first time since 2011. The electronics giant still beat analysts’ expectations as its slowing smartphone sales were buoyed by demand for its computer chips. Sales of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones made up two-thirds of its profit for the last two years, but […]

Why Amazon’s Fire Phone Failed

Saturday, January 10th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

The best tech article I’ve read in weeks is Fast Company’s behind-the-scenes report on the development of Amazon’s Fire Phone — which was thoroughly rejected by consumers and caused an embarrassing $170,000,000 write-down for the retailing giant. So what went so wrong? The short version might be: Jeff Bezos thought he was Steve Jobs. Read: […]

15 Things Back to the Future II Predicted for 2015

Friday, January 2nd, 2015 - by Paul Cooper

Back in 1989, Americans marveled at what the year 2015 might look like in the popular film Back to the Future II.  The second installment in the time-traveling trilogy focused heavily on Marty McFly and his girlfriend being taken by their pal Doc Brown 30 years into the future and seeing what life was going […]

This Isn’t Quite Picard’s Replicator, But It’s Closer…

Thursday, December 25th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Via CNN: The “Foodini,” as it’s called, isn’t too different from a regular 3D printer, but instead of printing with plastics, it deploys edible ingredients squeezed out of stainless steel capsules: “It’s the same technology,” says Lynette Kucsma, co-founder of Natural Machines, “but with plastics there’s just one melting point, whereas with food it’s different temperatures, […]

Ships with Frickin Laser Beams

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

The Navy’s ship-deployed laser we talked about last month has been deployed on the USS Ponce — and tested, too. And it works: The Navy announced that it had deployed and fired a laser weapon this fall aboard a warship in the Persian Gulf. During a series of test shots, the laser hit and destroyed […]

A Big Advance in Solar

Monday, December 15th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

With a tip of the hat to Charlie Martin, a team of Australian scientists just blew away the previous record for solar conversion efficiency: A team from the University of New South Wales, Australia, just set a new world record for solar energy efficiency by successfully converting 40.4% of available sunlight into electricity. And what’s […]

The Truth About Uber

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

The controversial app-based taxi company is taking some heat — justified in one ugly incident — for various things, but I did get my first Uber experience last weekend and thought I’d share it with you. I flew into LA on Friday for a quickie overnight to attend Kurt Schlichter’s surprise 50th birthday roast. The […]

E-Warfare

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Robert Fox says the counterattack may have already begun: Last week the Financial Times reported that the computer security specialists Symantec had identified one of the most powerful attack viruses, code named ‘Regin’. It appears to have been aimed at Russian and Gulf banking networks; it gets in, does its work, then disappears in days […]

‘What’s Holding Back iCloud’

Saturday, November 29th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

No one, apparently: While Apple is known for providing a top-notch integrated software and hardware experience, its ability to provide services, particularly those that run remotely, has been scrutinized in recent years. Apple Maps was a fiasco on its own, leading to a shakeup of the company’s executive team, and the company hasn’t fared particularly […]

Hit Me with Your Selfie Stick

Friday, November 28th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Read, via The Mirror: Sadly, they’re not arresting them for the crime of making people look uncool. No, the Korean government are organising a crack down because the bluetooth devices haven’t been properly tested before going on sale and could cause other electronics to malfunction, Korea Times reports. Anyone found selling the untested tech could […]