Sunday, August 21, 2016

Today's Tech News August 21, 2016

Storified for your reading pleasure.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Today's Tech News August 20, 2016

Scouring the Internet on your behalf.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

US ready to 'hand over' the internet's naming system - BBC News

The terms of the change were agreed upon in 2014, but it wasn’t until now that the US said it was finally satisfied that Icann was ready to make the change.
US ready to 'hand over' the internet's naming system - BBC News

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hangouts isn’t going anywhere, will shift focus to enterprise following Allo and Duo releases | 9to5Google

Because Hangouts is built on a Google account, because it’s deeply integrated with Google apps, the Apps suite [things like Drive, Docs, etc.], Gmail, Calendar and so on, it’s seen much more success in the enterprise. It will increasingly focus on that kind of group collaboration enterprise productivity space.

Hangouts isn’t going anywhere, will shift focus to enterprise following Allo and Duo releases | 9to5Google

Univision is buying Gawker Media for $135 million - Recode

Thought Ziff Davis would be a better fit.
Univision has won the auction for Gawker Media. The TV network and digital publisher has agreed to pay $135 million for the bankrupt blog network, according to a person familiar with the deal. Univision’s offer will encompass all seven of Gawker Media’s sites, including Gawker.com
Univision is buying Gawker Media for $135 million - Recode

Monday, August 8, 2016

Data Breach At Oracle’s MICROS Point-of-Sale Division — Krebs on Security

Data Breach At Oracle’s MICROS Point-of-Sale Division — Krebs on Security
A Russian organized cybercrime group known for hacking into banks and retailers appears to have breached hundreds of computer systems at software giant Oracle Corp., KrebsOnSecurity has learned. More alarmingly, the attackers have compromised a customer support portal for companies using Oracle’s MICROS point-of-sale credit card payment systems.

Machines v. hackers: Cybersecurity's artificial intelligence future - CSMonitor.com

The US is short hundreds of thousands of information security professionals. But that gap is driving investments in artificial intelligence that may make armies of cybersecurity workers unnecessary.


Machines v. hackers: Cybersecurity's artificial intelligence future - CSMonitor.com

Apple's Planet of the Apps Show



TWiT discusses the pros and cons.






This Google Photos ad is all about the pain of having a 16GB iPhone - The Verge

Apple might be getting rid of the 16GB iPhone in September, but we're not quite there yet, and in the meantime Google has created a fantastic Google Photos commercial that showcases the app's "free up space" feature. The ad features one missed photo after another — selfies, graduations, birthdays, Bigfoot sightings, etc. — all because of a phone that has run out of storage. (And yes, this is a headache that some Android users also face.) Google wants you to know that it's come up with a solution to this potential crisis: once they've been backed up to the cloud, Google Photos can erase the local copy of photos and videos captured with your smartphone.
This Google Photos ad is all about the pain of having a 16GB iPhone - The Verge

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Tech Commute

I'm starting a series on Periscope where I talk tech during my commute. Find the episodes here: https://www.periscope.tv/olsenmike/

Friday, April 29, 2016

Apple Caught Off Guard by Success of iPhone SE

Jason Snell reporting for Macworld:

I suspect, though, that inside Apple there was some skepticism about the iPhone SE’s potential audience. Perhaps people at Apple got a little carried away with that same bigger-is-better philosophy and lost perspective about why people might want a low-cost, small, full-featured iPhone.
That’s just speculation. What’s fact, based on what Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Tuesday, is that Apple blew it when it came to its forecasts for how well the iPhone SE would sell. Right now, “overwhelming demand” for the the iPhone SE means that Apple can’t make them fast enough—that used to happen all the time, but it’s been a while since Apple has been behind on iPhone supply.


Sunday, April 24, 2016