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Monday - September 29, 2014
It looks like Ellison got tired of being chastised for reporting too much salary during Oracle's decline, and it appears he smartly fixed the reporting part. I think that is incredibly creative, but I'm surprised that no one bothered to look up what an executive chairman actually does. I guess you only see what you want to, and folks wanted to see Larry stepping down. [More...]

Saturday - September 27, 2014
LG may be flipping out with Wine Smart, but since I'm feeling nostalgic, I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one -- and if one of those hands should be adorned with a Samsung Galaxy Gear S smartwatch, all the better. I haven't worn a watch in years, but I might be tempted by a smartwatch that can be smart all by itself instead of having to be paired with a brainy phone. [More...]

Friday - September 26, 2014
The FBI apparently is in a snit over steps Apple and Google have taken to protect their customers' personal data from the probing eyes of law enforcement officials. The companies are using encryption tools that give users ultimate control over data stored on their devices. The companies couldn't turn over their information even if they wanted to -- and they don't. [More...]

Friday - September 26, 2014
The skies soon may be filled with drones, and the FAA seems belatedly to realize that it's not ready for them. As an early step in trying to get a handle on the situation, it has given several companies approval to use them in filming scenes for movies and TV shows. The FAA hasn't approved them for other commercial uses -- such as delivering packages -- but drone deliveries in Europe have begun. [More...]

Thursday - September 25, 2014
iOS 8
Apple perhaps was a tad overeager to fix some of the problems reported soon after iOS 8 launched. It rushed out an update, iOS 8.0.1, which turned out to make matters worse for some users of its brand spanking new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple pulled the plug on the update and promised it would get things right in iOS 8.0.2, which is expected within the next few days. [More...]

Thursday - September 25, 2014
The BASH Shellshock bug won't die easily. "Fixing Shellshock will be difficult, because the exploit builds upon a key extension to BASH command line functionality, specifically for remote invocation of commands, scripts and other applications," said Black Duck Consulting's Bill Weinberg. "Shutting down the exploitable functionality will hobble some of the most useful BASH capabilities." [More...]

Thursday - September 25, 2014
Imagine hearing this when you tried to return a defective fishing rod: "Oh, well, you bought the Fishing Rod 6 Plus, and you're using it wrong. If you expect it to get wet while you're out fishing on the water, you should have bought a waterproof case for it before you abused it. We can't accept responsibility for this situation. Sorry." I'm sure the class-action lawsuit attorneys are salivating. [More...]

Wednesday - September 24, 2014
Apple is famous for enlightening consumers as to what they want before they know it. With the dazzling, ginormous iPhone 6 Plus, they may want more than a big phone. They also may want big, sloppy clothing with roomy pockets for the phablet to swim around in, so as to avoid getting bent out of shape. Stuffing an iPhone 6 Plus into tight jeans has led to Apple's latest PR headache, Bendgate. [More...]

Wednesday - September 24, 2014
No one's going to be suing BlackBerry for ripping off their design features in its new Passport. The squarish phone may be too wide to hold comfortably in one hand -- but then phablets in landscape mode are even wider. "These devices are not really phones first," noted IDC analyst Ryan Reith. "Users are sending more content through text and email than making phone calls. A bigger screen helps." [More...]

Wednesday - September 24, 2014
Although Apple's Touch ID isn't impenetrable, the amount of time and effort required to steal data from a single iPhone probably wouldn't attract your average cybercrook's interest. Apple is tempting hackers by tying Apple Pay to Touch ID, but it's no substitute for mass credit card fraud, noted Neohapsis' Catherine Pearce. "It's not something you can easily do on a mass scale." [More...]

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