Apple has removed some apps from its App Store for installing a root certificate of their own that would have allowed the developers to view encrypted traffic from their users. The company said in a statement that it was working with the developers to get their apps back on the store.
Some ad blockers are among those being removed, largely because they could use those root certificates to… Read More
While at the San Francisco Auto Show last year, I wondered why car dashboards were so wrong? Every car — regardless of category or price — had the same mess of dials, buttons, lights and screens surrounding the driver. While there were unique and compelling exterior designs, dashboards were all similarly bad. Read More
Switch, a cloud-based business phone service, has been watching Office 365’s adoption grow since it launched — and now it’s too big to ignore for the startup.
So Switch, after launching in 2014, now integrates with Office 365 after working previously with Google Apps. Whenever a Switch user receives a call, it will route to a specific destination based on some rules that… Read More
Black students are earning four percent of computer science Bachelor degrees but make up less than two percent of the tech industry, according to the Computer Research Association and company reports. Makinde Adeagbo, an engineer at Pinterest, has founded a non-profit organization, /dev/color, in order to provide Black engineers with the connections and skills to start their careers and stay… Read More
During Apple’s keynote in September, they announced that Facebook Messenger would be coming to the Apple Watch, as long as you’ve updated to watchOS 2. Well, it’s here. You can now share things like voice clips, likes and stickers from your Apple Watch. From my experience, little interactions like this are what works best on the Watch. I’ve found that as soon as I have… Read More
Amid all of the angst over whether San Francisco is losing its artists or culture is a small non-profit in the heart of Mission District that bridges the worlds of technology, art and urbanism. Called Gray Area, it’s the work of a third-generation Latina Josette Melchor, who started her first art gallery at the age of 19. After several years of bouncing around from San Francisco… Read More
Twitter just announced an expansion of its Amplify ad program that should make it accessible to more publishers and advertisers. Amplify is the company’s two-year-old program for video ads. Initially, it involved a direct and somewhat complicated relationship — the publisher would embed a short video clip in a tweet, then the advertiser would both include a short pre-roll ad in… Read More
After decades of subtle developments that largely went unnoticed by much of the working world, artificial intelligence has taken center stage in the last 2-3 years as a “hot” technology. From Google’s surge of acquisitions (DeepMind, Boston Dynamics, etc.), to increased venture capital attention, to the safety concerns of Elon Musk and Bill Gates about potentially… Read More
Data privacy, technological unemployment and the Internet of Things will play an increasingly central role in the upcoming election. Read More
Apple has addressed the spate of chatter about differences in performance between A9 chips used in its new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. We’ve known for a while that some A9 chips were produced by TSMC and others by Samsung, a longtime Apple silicon partner. Recently, people have been pushing and prodding at devices using both chips, coming up with numbers that point to… Read More