#014 – 1Password – July 29, 2019

How secure are you? The only thing worse than a weak password is using the same password for multiple accounts. But coming up with strong passwords is hard, and remembering a hundred different passwords is even harder. One important step you can take toward better online security is using a password manager. Apple builds one called Keychain into its computers. Most browsers save passwords. But … Continue reading #014 – 1Password – July 29, 2019

Mastodon, the Twitter alternative, surpasses 2 million users

Mastodon servers are federated, similar to the way email is federated. While thousands of users hang out and talk about software development on Mastodon.technology, they can also follow and interact with cat lovers over on Toot.cat, the same way Gmail users can exchange messages with Outlook users. Continue reading Mastodon, the Twitter alternative, surpasses 2 million users

Rise of the (Personal) Drones — A Look at the Hover Camera Passport Drone

In the future, our own personal drones will follow us around to take photos of us like our own personal flying paparazzi. It’s not too hard to see that this is where things are going. Here’s the thing: like so many other things, the future is happening a lot sooner than most people think. It’s operating on its own timetable and has been since 2007. … Continue reading Rise of the (Personal) Drones — A Look at the Hover Camera Passport Drone

California Fines Uber Millions

Uber may be based in the Golden State, but it’s increasingly under more scrutiny by the state’s agencies. First, the California Labor Commission found that one of its drivers was, in fact an employee, not a contractor, and was entitled to all the benefits of a full-timer. Now the California Public Utilities Commission hit the ride-sharing service with a $7.3 million fine for not providing … Continue reading California Fines Uber Millions

Facebook Security Chief Says It’s Time to Kill Flash

Abode revealed three critical vulnerabilities in the last week. The zero-day exploit, made public by the dump of Hacking Team’s data and email, was the most publicized but the company also disclosed another two issues that compromises the security of its users. This comes on the heels of many more security issues that involve the browser plug-in. Steve Jobs famously penned his reason as to … Continue reading Facebook Security Chief Says It’s Time to Kill Flash

Rumor: BlackBerry Prepping Android Phone for AT&T

While BlackBerry would like you to think everything’s fine and there’s nothing to see, the former smartphone powerhouse is attempting to stay relevant by embracing Google’s little green droid. Amazon’s Android Appstore apps currently run on the Canadian company’s devices, but it intends to take it a step further with the imminent release of an actual Android phone. The device was hinted at in March during … Continue reading Rumor: BlackBerry Prepping Android Phone for AT&T

Prince Won’t Stream — and this is What it Sounds Like When Doves Cry

With the launch of Apple Music, it’s easy to get heady about the state of streaming media. Holdouts like AC/DC are making their music available on streaming services and Taylor Swift made 1989 available on the fruit company’s service. So, war is over (which is also available on streaming)? Not exactly. Prince (remember when he was symbol dude?), is making waves about taking his music … Continue reading Prince Won’t Stream — and this is What it Sounds Like When Doves Cry

Apple Music: What’s in a Name? A Whole Damn Lot

When the iPhone originally launched, it didn’t come with Apple Music. It didn’t even come with a “Music” app. That was years later. Early adopters who can remember that far back will tell you that it came with an iPod app. Which makes sense. When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007, the anticipation building up to the event was that Apple put a phone … Continue reading Apple Music: What’s in a Name? A Whole Damn Lot