Taylor Swift = Important Tech News. Not Kidding.

Here’s something you probably didn’t see coming — Taylor Swift made the tech blogs. Unlike other musicians who fancy themselves venture capitalists (yes, I’m talking about you, Will.I.Am) this isn’t about some lousy money pit of an idea. Instead, she’s raising questions about the music industry’s shift to streaming in an open letter about Apple Music. “I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not … Continue reading Taylor Swift = Important Tech News. Not Kidding.

Perhaps there is a god — AT&T Fined $100 Million

AT&T, the mobile phone carrier with a logo that — unapologetically and appropriately — looks like the Death Star, was fined $100 million for throttling its customers with unlimited data without properly notifying them. The unlimited data tier is a thing of the past and was announced in 2007 when Steve Jobs  unveiled the original iPhone. AT&T’s network was not up early adopters actually using … Continue reading Perhaps there is a god — AT&T Fined $100 Million

Hulu Plus is Dead. Long Live Hulu

Hulu Plus, the pay side of the TV VOD service, will now just be known as Hulu. Hulu, without the Plus, is currently the name of its free service. However, Hulu’s rebranding doesn’t mean it’s abandoning its subscription model. There are currently 9 million paying subscribers and are a significant part of its business. The elimination of Hulu Plus is meant to, according to Variety, … Continue reading Hulu Plus is Dead. Long Live Hulu

Leap on the Rocks? San Francisco Private Transportation Startup Selling 3 Buses

Private buses are all the rage, or everything that’s wrong, with San Francisco…depending on who you ask. Though they stop at city bus stops, the company-owned buses are not for everyone — they’re for employees of Google, Apple and other well-heeled Silicon Valley tech companies. While the plush, wifi equipped people movers caused an outcry, others saw an opportunity to provide the a bus service … Continue reading Leap on the Rocks? San Francisco Private Transportation Startup Selling 3 Buses

PayPal’s New TOS May be Drawing Government Scrutiny

PayPal, the online payment provider you love to hate, recently drew the ire of consumers and consumer groups with new language added to its terms of service. The new TOS would allow PayPal to contact users for polls and “offers and promotions” — telemarketing calls, in short. The company would be able to use the phone numbers it has on file as well as phone numbers … Continue reading PayPal’s New TOS May be Drawing Government Scrutiny

Interesting things that weren’t — and were — at the WWDC Keynote

As experienced Apple watchers know, the WWDC gives hints as to what to expect from the company for the coming year. After any Apple event, there’s all sorts of breakdowns as to what was announced and analysis into what it could mean. OS X El Capitan (10.11), iOS 9, multitasking on the iPad (finally!), WatchOS and Apple Music were all interesting and were all predicted … Continue reading Interesting things that weren’t — and were — at the WWDC Keynote

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

Banks Trying to Muscle Apple out of Revenue from Mobile Payments, No fees for Android Pay

With changes in the fee structures banks have set up for tokenized services, banks have made those transactions — which are the security backbone of Apple Pay and Android Pay — free. For Google, this means that unlike Apple, it won’t be making any money from its users paying with a cell phone instead of plastic. In the case of Apple, they’ll continue to collect … Continue reading Banks Trying to Muscle Apple out of Revenue from Mobile Payments, No fees for Android Pay

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

Level 3 is Investigating, Blocking Suspicious Traffic

In the world of ISPs, Level 3 is one of the biggies. They’re classified as Tier 1 and their services are considered to be part of the internet’s “backbone” with providers like AT&T, Verizon and Vodaphone. Smaller providers buy transit agreements from Level 3; Level 3 doesn’t have to because their network is that encompassing. About 40 percent of all internet traffic comes into contact … Continue reading Level 3 is Investigating, Blocking Suspicious Traffic