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  • Privacy and the data toothpaste problem

    Two prominent appellate courts have ruled in two unrelated privacy cases and dealt dual blows to privacy. A New York state appeals court said that Facebook had no right to resist coughing up extensive details about what its users are saying, while a federal appeals court said that anyone who unintentionally telephones someone -- a pocket-dial, sometimes known a bit more impolitely -- can't expect the listener to not listen and use the information.

  • Managing Apple Macs and Windows Systems with the Same SCCM Tool

    Organizations are looking to manage their Apple Macs along side their existing Windows systems using existing tools already used in enterprises like Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). Parallels (the maker of virtual machine technology that has allowed Mac users to run Windows guest sessions for years) just updated their add-in to SCCM, "Parallels Mac Management 4.0" for Microsoft SCCM.

  • Is Apple's control freakery out of control?

    Apple makes money. A LOT of money.

  • New A.I. tech helps you write right

    This column is a little cheerful, slightly analytical, both confident and tentative and just a tiny bit angry. But mostly, it's open, agreeable and conscientious. At least that's what IBM's Watson thinks.

  • 5 lessons from Google that everyone should learn

    There are two levels at which Google excites. There is a systematic stream of advances, such as those presented at the 2015 Google I/O event earlier this year -- Android M, Google Photos and the like.

  • Tech policy belongs on the 2016 campaign agenda

    The next race for the White House is already well under way, with candidates in each party formally announcing their intention to run for the presidency on a regular basis. The issues that will dominate the political discourse as we move from the primaries to the general election have yet to be determined, although economics and economic opportunity seem to be good bets to loom large in the campaign. Of course, many interest groups will attempt to inject their key issues into the discussion about where the country is and where it should be going.

  • How should an underage cyberthief be dealt with?

    Sometimes, emotions make it difficult to see the most effective way of accomplishing an objective. And emotions can definitely arise when the subject is underage cyberthieves.

  • Is it Google's job to fix society?

    Social problems exist. Sexism, social stigmatization, crime and other problems have always plagued humanity.

  • Just give up on mobile already, Microsoft

    How many ways can Microsoft fail with mobile technology? There was Windows CE -- a failure. Windows Mobile -- a flop. And, more recently, Windows Phone -- a fiasco.

  • Labor laws are a mismatch with the sharing economy

    A recent finding by the California Labor Commission highlights this disconnect. The commission determined that Barbara Berwick, a San Francisco driver, was an employee of Uber rather than an independent contractor. While the decision does not set a precedent, it may be reversed by courts and might be made moot by Uber making minor changes to its standard contract, this conflict nonetheless highlights the difficulty of applying antiquated laws to new and rapidly evolving industries. Current labor laws were written at a time when large companies were regarded as permanent fixtures in the economy, workers tended to stay with one employer for many years, employees had one full-time job, and many industries were heavily unionized. Those conditions no longer exist. As a result, our laws are increasingly ineffective in giving

  • Just say no to connected cars

    There is a growing chance your next vehicle will be a connected car, augmented with Internet-connected intelligent systems and services.

  • The OPM lawsuit will only make the lawyers rich

    Sensitive data pertaining to millions of people was compromised in the data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. I suspect that millions of those people smiled when they heard about the filing of a class-action lawsuit filed against the OPM. They would like some recompense for the incredible hassle that data breach caused them. And they probably want to see the OPM pay for its mistakes. Unfortunately, those smiles are probably about all they will get out of the lawsuit.

  • The Internet of Things: Your worst nightmare

    You've heard the hype: The Internet of Things (IoT) will transform the way we live and work, bring us untold benefits like cutting our utility bills and warning us when the milk has gone sour, and be the engine for the next great economic boom. McKinsey claims, for example, that the IoT could have an impact of $11.1 trillion per year by 2025 -- about 11% of the world economy, by McKinsey's estimate.

  • The surprising genius of Apple's Beats 1 radio

    When Apple announced it was creating an Internet radio station called Beats 1 to go along with its Apple Music service, I was dismissive.

  • Social-media policies: You can't say that!

    Most companies' social media policies, if they exist at all, are highly inadequate, outdated or both.

  • Is facial recognition a threat on Facebook and Google?

    Both Facebook and Google have been working hard at using computers and algorithms to identify people in photos. They've gotten really good at it.

  • Finding your way around Apple's iOS 9

    Ever since the move away from skeuomorphics in version 7, iOS has been in a state of flux -- one that many iPhone and iPad users and reviewers noted came at the expense of stability. With iOS 9 due out in public beta next month and to the general public this Spring, Apple continues refining the appearance and behavior of the software that powers the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. And just as it's doing with OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple is adding a variety of under-the-hood improvements and new tricks that focus on proactivity, UI refinements, and best of all, stability and performance.

  • IT funding potholes

    Organizations should know how to budget and pay for IT products and services -- they've been doing so for more than 50 years. This is not rocket science. Unfortunately, many organizations continue to make the same mistakes year after year.

  • 4 news apps that will change everything

    I'm a huge fan of newspapers. I've been subscribing to the print edition of The New York Times since I was in college.

  • El Capitan's 5 biggest improvements

    When Apple execs took the stage last week for the company's annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), they covered a lot of ground -- discussing changes to iOS 9, updates to watchOS, details about the company's music-streaming plans and specifics about OS X 10.11, better known as El Capitan. All three platforms will see improvements focused on performance, privacy and refinements when they arrive later this year.