My thoughts on the Apple/FBI terrorist iPhone unlocking conundrum

My initial reaction to Apple fighting the court order to unlock the terrorist’s iPhone was “Good for Apple. Doing anything that could reduce my privacy is bad!” And lots of the breathless news reports continued to make me think that way with all the talk of backdoors and such.

But then I started reading articles . . . → Read More: My thoughts on the Apple/FBI terrorist iPhone unlocking conundrum

iPhone 6s+ Video Tests

I recently got an iPhone 6s+ and wanted to see how good the 4K video is, so I took a few yesterday at Treasure Island Park. Since these are coming to you via YouTube, they’ve all been processed and will not quite have the quality of the originals. I look forward to checking them out . . . → Read More: iPhone 6s+ Video Tests

“Hey Siri Give Me a Hint”

I’m sure everyone who has an iPhone has asked Siri “Hey Siri give me a hint” after the announcement of the upcoming Apple event that will presumably announce new iPhones. If you haven’t, give it a try – some of the results are pretty cute.

If I were Microsoft, however, I would fix Cortana up . . . → Read More: “Hey Siri Give Me a Hint”

Cloud Computing for Home Has Huge Problems

We’re getting lots of examples of Cloud Computing for use at home these days. Examples include Apple‘s new iCloud, the Siri digital assistant built into the iPhone 4S, Google Documents and GMail, and cloud backup, like Mozy, Carbonite, and the one I use, CrashPlan. All of these store your data in the cloud (on servers . . . → Read More: Cloud Computing for Home Has Huge Problems

Apple iPhone location tracking issue way overblown

Now that Steve Jobs and co. have spoken on the location tracking controversy, we now know that it was merely a cache of recently (okay, maybe not so recently) connected WiFi nets and cell towers in order to speed location finding. This revelation means that nothing bad was intended, but the worst was assumed (and . . . → Read More: Apple iPhone location tracking issue way overblown

Apple iPhone location tracking and how to protect yourself

The current outcry over the location tracking file in your iPhone (and presumably iPad) isn’t exactly much ado about nothing, but is mostly the news media trying to make hay out of it and counting on Apple’s name to attract viewers.

This location tracking file is present both on the iPhone itself and in your . . . → Read More: Apple iPhone location tracking and how to protect yourself

AirPrint is nifty, but…

Since Apple enabled AirPrint in the latest iPad and iPhone updates, I’ve wanted to be able to use it. AirPrint currently only works with a few HP printers, though some software solutions can make printers shared by your Mac available too. Since I didn’t want to leave my Mac on all the time, and I . . . → Read More: AirPrint is nifty, but…

Experiences with the iOS 4.2.1 upgrade

I recently upgraded my iPad and iPhone 3GS to iOS 4.2.1 with eventual success, but some problems along the way. In both cases, the OS installation appeared to go fine, but later in the day when I launched the iPod app to listen to some music, nothing showed up. All my music, podcasts, and playlists . . . → Read More: Experiences with the iOS 4.2.1 upgrade

WPtouch – neat WordPress plugin

I just installed a really nifty WordPress plugin called WPtouch. If you are reading this on a normal PC, Mac, or Linux browser or even an iPad, you won’t see any difference. If, however, you look at the site on an iPhone or other smartphone, you’ll see a friendly mobile interface that takes less time . . . → Read More: WPtouch – neat WordPress plugin

Skype for iPhone looks much improved

Kudos to Skype for adding new settings in their latest iPhone app that should address some of my earlier complaints. It looks like the app can be set to sign out of Skype immediately or after a delay when it is put in the background. This means the power drain should go away.

Of course, . . . → Read More: Skype for iPhone looks much improved