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Thursday - October 2, 2014
data divination
I am by no means anything close to a Big Data expert, but I know great technology discussion when I read it -- and that was the hook that kept me focused on what Baker and Gourley had to say in Data Divination: Big Data Strategies. Experts in their fields can not always bring the importance and the immediacy of their passion to life. Neither of these authors suffers from that inability. [More...]

Wednesday - October 1, 2014
Windows users have been treated to a breath of fresh air. Microsoft showed off its next version of the OS on Tuesday, and it appears the company has righted the most egregious wrongs of Windows 8. Although it has touchscreen functionality, Windows 10 has a much more familiar look and feel, including a Start button, something Microsoft likely will never deprive its customers of again. [More...]

Wednesday - October 1, 2014
Ingress screen shots
Niantic Labs has added another level of complexity to Ingress, as though it weren't mind-boggling enough. Players of the augmented reality game now can create their own Missions and share them with others. "It has the potential to increase usage and loyalty to the game by allowing players to become even more invested in the process and outcome," said IHS analyst Christine Arrington. [More...]

Wednesday - October 1, 2014
iOS 8 provides more built-in controls for editing photos, including easy adjustments for Light, Color and B&W. Of course, you still can apply a handful of built-in filters -- and app developers can make their own filters and editing tools that can be accessed from the Photos app. That's right, Apple has opened up its default experience to user customization through app developer add-ons. [More...]

Tuesday - September 30, 2014
Notification Center has picked up some tweaks and additions, most notably the inclusion of notification widgets available from some apps. If you have an app that will offer up cool bits of information right in your Notification Center, you can activate the option under your Today tab by hitting the Edit option. Expect to see more developers adding this feature now that iOS 8 is out in the wild. [More...]

Tuesday - September 30, 2014
Consumers have lost patience with businesses that experience data breaches. A large majority of recent survey participants -- 80.3 percent -- felt the officers of a company should be held accountable for a breach. "Since the Target breach, there's been almost weekly breaches," said HyTrust President Eric Chiu. "Consumers are tired of it. They feel that companies are not really paying attention." [More...]

Monday - September 29, 2014
In iOS 8, Apple has made Mail just a wee bit more manageable. The most obvious addition is the swipe-to-left message delete -- in iOS 8, a short swipe will reveal three options: Trash, Flag and More. The options under More include Reply, Forward, Flag, Mark as Read, Move to Junk, Move Message and Notify Me, which you can use to receive notifications when anyone replies to an email thread. [More...]

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...]

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