Beware those Apple terms and conditions

Spotted this one today both in my Facebook feed and on Reddit.

10/23/14

26% start holiday shopping before Halloween?

Google reports that 26% of us start Christmas shopping before Halloween. They also familiarize us with the term "haul video."

10/22/14

Twitter’s timestamp bug, Alec Baldwin and me

Twitter’s timestamp bug, Alec Baldwin and me

This morning I had my own encounter with a supposedly eradicated Twitter timestamp bug that once was responsible for sending the notoriously boorish actor Alec Baldwin into a homophobic rant.

10/21/14

Last ‘celebrity’ joins Twitter: Monica Lewinsky

Last ‘celebrity’ joins Twitter: Monica Lewinsky

Self-described as a “social activist, public speaker, contributor to Vanity Fair (and) knitter of things without sleeves,” she is in fact best known as the last of the world’s pseudo-celebrities to get around to opening an account on...

10/20/14

Namifying has gotten out of controlify

Namifying has gotten out of controlify

Chris Johnson, a Seattle-based branding consultant operating as The Name Inspector, has been watching a company name trend for several years now that is likely attributable to the success of Spotify: slapping “ify” on the end of...

10/17/14

Microsoft's Nadella finally apologizes

Last Thursday Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stuck his foot in his mouth by saying that women should be seen but not heard asking for raises. On Friday he attempted to walk those comments back and was rather oddly credited by many media...

10/16/14

A Halloween warning for air travelers

A Halloween warning for air travelers

I read this from a TSA blog post and ask myself: Really? People really need to be told this stuff?

10/15/14

Dorothy Gale on recent spate of data breaches

Dorothy Gale on recent spate of data breaches

The email pitch hits my inbox carrying this subject line: “Snapchat, and Kmart, and Chase…Oh My!” Cringe-worthy, but you get it.

10/14/14

Why are so many reporting that Nadella apologized when he did no such thing?

Why are so many reporting that Nadella apologized when he did no such thing?

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hasn’t come within a mea or a culpa of apologizing for his assertion Thursday that women should avoid asking for a raise, yet countless media outlets are reporting that he has in fact done so.

10/10/14

First Nadella: Women shouldn’t ask for raises. Second Nadella: Yes they should

First Nadella: Women shouldn’t ask for raises. Second Nadella: Yes they should

Bottom line: I can’t help but believe that what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella first said about women asking for pay raises – that they shouldn’t do it – is what Nadella actually believes and that his attempts to take it back are simply...

10/10/14

FTC slams maker of WordSmart -- touted by Alex Trebek -- for ripping off parents

FTC slams maker of WordSmart -- touted by Alex Trebek -- for ripping off parents

The maker of educational software -- touted in a 30-minute infomercial by Jeopardy host Alex Trebek -- has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over charges of deceptive marketing and abuse of the national Do Not...

10/09/14

Guess how many U.S. lawmakers have a Windows Phone?

Guess how many U.S. lawmakers have a Windows Phone?

The Hill surveyed 102 U.S. lawmakers about the phones of choice and there weren't any major surprises ... with the possible exception of the number who reported using a Windows Phone.

10/08/14

Refreshing honesty about the necessity of lying in job interviews

There’s an interesting essay on LinkedIn this morning headlined: “Why You Must Lie On Job Interviews And What You Must Lie About." Been there, done that (once, a long time ago).

10/07/14

Pointing laser at police helicopter costs Texas man two years behind bars

Pointing laser at police helicopter costs Texas man two years behind bars

So you’re just some dude chilling on your back porch with friends and you think it would be fun to aim your laser pointer at a helicopter. Everyone has a good laugh. Eight months later a judge tells you those laughs are going...

10/03/14

Siri mum on Samsung acquisition rumors

Chatter has resumed regarding the possibility that Samsung is trying to purchase Nuance Communications, which unfortunately for Apple owns the speech recognition engine that powers Siri.

10/02/14

A mixed eulogy for Lotus 1-2-3

Tuesday’s post about IBM discontinuing support for the venerable Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet sparked an amusing discussion on the news aggregation site Fark.com. Here’s a sampling:

10/02/14

Why did Ellison apologize? He’s not sorry

Why did Ellison apologize? He’s not sorry

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison issued a classic non-apology apology yesterday at his company’s OpenWorld conference.

10/01/14

3 … 2 … 1 … That’s all for Lotus 1-2-3

Today Lotus 1-2-3 breathed its last, at least symbolically, as we have reached IBM’s previously announced date for discontinuing support for this iconic spreadsheet software.

09/30/14

‘Free’ Wi-Fi for first born? … Well, about that

‘Free’ Wi-Fi for first born? … Well, about that

The press is having a field day with a report that a half-dozen Londoners unwittingly agreed to give up their first-born child in exchange for otherwise free Wi-Fi access.

09/30/14

Web developer has a dirty little secret

I could say that a co-worker pointed me to this one – and in this case that would be true – but the fact is that I quite often read Dear Prudence on Slate. Not very often, however, does the advice column have an IT angle.

09/25/14

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