Cops and Local Governments Demand Privacy when it comes to Cell-Sniffing Stingrays, While Ignoring Your Rights

If you’re a stickler for online privacy, you know the trick isn’t to find a VPN or other privacy provider that won’t turn over their records to law enforcement — it’s finding a company that doesn’t keep records at all. Turns out the police may be taking a page from them it comes to stingrays. A bit of background: stingrays, in case you don’t know, … Continue reading Cops and Local Governments Demand Privacy when it comes to Cell-Sniffing Stingrays, While Ignoring Your Rights

Apple Watch Dev Kit a Go at WWDC, but No New Apple TV According to Rumors

Unlike the iPhone introduction, Apple got the message that what people really want for their Apple Watches are native apps. It about a year for the company to get the message about what its smartphone customers really wanted, with Steve Jobs initially giving advice to would-be developers to write web apps for the device. However, Tim Cook is expected to announce a developer kit for … Continue reading Apple Watch Dev Kit a Go at WWDC, but No New Apple TV According to Rumors

USB-C (with Thunderbolt 3) is Really Your One, True Port

Thunderbolt, the superfast connection you’ve probably rarely used (if you’ve ever used it all) is ditching Mini DisplayPort  and taking up a much more familiar connector — USB. However, it’s probably not a variant of USB most people have seen. Intel is rolling out ThunderBolt 3 using USB-C, the connector — the only connector, that is — on the new retina MacBook Apple rolled out … Continue reading USB-C (with Thunderbolt 3) is Really Your One, True Port

Apple Stores Killing AT&T and Verizon iPhone Subsidies

If you’re a serial iPhone upgrader — and by that I mean you’re the type of person who lines up on the device’s launch day or you pre-order the moment the online Apple Store will take your credit card — things are about to change if you’re with the nation’s two largest carriers. Apple Store employees reportedly got the word from Cupertino that iPhones will … Continue reading Apple Stores Killing AT&T and Verizon iPhone Subsidies

Apple Watch Heart Rate Monitoring Happens When it Happens, for Some Reason

Apple recently issued an update to the software running its latest shiny, mist-have item, the Apple Watch. The 1.0.1 update reportedly made Siri more usable on the wrist and tweaked a few things, as well as making it usable on more languages other than English. But something strange was reported not too long after the update. The regular heart rate monitoring that used to take … Continue reading Apple Watch Heart Rate Monitoring Happens When it Happens, for Some Reason

GoPro to Introduce 320 Degree, 6 Camera “Sphere” and Drone

If you’re someone who doesn’t surf, BASE jump or engage in some kind of activity that makes your insurance agent wince, you probably don’t have much use for a GoPro. Nice to have, but like that treadmill you’re using to dry your towels, you probably won’t use it much. Or ever. Or, will you? GoPro is working on new accessories to its product line. First … Continue reading GoPro to Introduce 320 Degree, 6 Camera “Sphere” and Drone

Hawaii-Based Total Recall Technologies Sues Oculus Rift’s Palmer Luckey

Total Recall Technologies filed a lawsuit in Northern California, alleging Palmer Luckey used information he gleaned while working for the Hawaii company to found Facebook-owned VR company and startup darling Oculus Rift. Ron Igra and Thomas Seidl, Total Recall’s partners, developed a method to display real-world scenes and display it virtually. The pair claims to have paid Luckey and had him sign an NDA and … Continue reading Hawaii-Based Total Recall Technologies Sues Oculus Rift’s Palmer Luckey

Rumor: Apple Watch Causing Concern for Pebble

Old time Apple users call it “Sherlocking”. That is, a third party developer would come along with an interesting piece of software and Apple would unveil the exact same functionality baked into an update of its operating system. Karelia Software introduced Watson in 2001. It could find out flight information, weather forecasts and track packages. While this sounds like fairly basic stuff in 2015, this … Continue reading Rumor: Apple Watch Causing Concern for Pebble

Gene Munster Gives Up on His TV-Made-by-Apple Dream

Of all professions, none is more curious than that of the Wall Street analyst who pontificates about Apple. Much has been written about them. Jokingly, they are compared to weathermen — except weathermen are more often right than Apple analysts are. While we’re talking about jokes, let’s talk about Gene Munster. One of the most famous — or, rather, infamous — analysts in Apple circles … Continue reading Gene Munster Gives Up on His TV-Made-by-Apple Dream

Flying the Security Compromised Skies

According to the FBI, Chris Roberts, a security researcher with One World Labs, may have successfully intruded into the flight system of a passenger jet and did it while it was in flight. Roberts claims he’s done it, but he maintains that it’s only been done in a simulated environment. This much is clear — the FBI took notice of and paid close attention to … Continue reading Flying the Security Compromised Skies