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Apple VP tells CNET that a touch-screen Mac is unlikely

October 19, 2014

Apple Senior VP Craig Federighi When I first started playing around with Windows 8 laptops I wondered if Apple would ever follow suit with touch-screen Macs. But it turns out that the company has studied that question and has decided – at least for now — to stick with trackpads and keyboard for input. Craig Federighi, Apple senior vice president of software engineering told CNET News [...]

Digital Trust Foundation seeking proposals regarding online privacy, safety and security

October 16, 2014

igital Trust Foundation seeking proposals on online privacy, safety and security A new foundation, born out of a lawsuit regarding Facebook’s Beacon project, is giving away more than $6 million “to fund projects and initiatives that promote the cause of online privacy, safety, and security.” It seems like an eternity ago, but in 2007, Facebook launched the Beacon advertising program that [...]

Windows 10 a good move for Microsoft

October 7, 2014

Hats off to Microsoft for its “Back to the Future” decision to release a new version of Windows that’s likely to be familiar to most users. Windows 10 is basically damage control for Microsoft. A couple of years ago, after years of research and development, the company released a radically different version of the world’s most popular computer operating system. Windows 8, [...]

Why cybersecurity is patriotic and humanistic

October 7, 2014

I’d like to add National Cyber Security Awareness Month to the 4th of July, Memorial Day and Veterans Day as yet another patriotic holiday. And while we’re at it, let’s make it a global celebration. That’s because protecting your own devices and accounts is more than patriotic, it’s downright humanistic, because you’re benefiting your fellow “netizens” around the globe. [...]

RESPECT: Makes young people safer online

September 30, 2014

Aretha said it best in 1967 The conversation around Internet safety has moved a long way since the 1990s when it focused mostly on porn and predators and we’ve even evolved since 2009 when ConnectSafely published Online Safety 3.0: Empowering and Protecting Youth. Along with colleagues, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how to position online safety messaging and how to [...]

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus offer calls via Wi-Fi

September 29, 2014

Of all the features of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the one that’s the most important — in some locations — is its ability to make calls via Wi-Fi. That’s because no carrier has 100 percent cellphone coverage and there will always be dead spots that require a “plan B” for those who need to make or receive calls or text messages when they don’t have cellular [...]
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