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October 30, 2014
OK, I admit it. I both love and hate Apple's new iOS 8 -- and apparently so do many others, based on the online searches for help I've done. I've had a love-hate relationship with iOS for years. There's much about the new iOS 8 to love; however, I hate that updating to it screwed up so many features I regularly use. What's worse is that Apple does not seem to care. If you updated an older iPhone model to the new iOS 8, rather than purchasing the latest iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, I am sure you have your own issues and delights. [More...]

October 29, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday filed a complaint in a California federal court against AT&T, seeking compensation for customers who were told they had unlimited data plans but in reality did not. The legal action stemmed from a practice AT&T began in 2011 of throttling data delivery to customers with unlimited data plans when their data usage reached a specified amount during a billing period. [More...]

October 29, 2014
Xactly continues its pioneering ways by analyzing anonymous data collected by its customers in compensation management. If you aren't familiar with the company's groundbreaking market analysis, you might be in for a treat. Its approach is relatively simple but extremely powerful. With the permission of the data owners, Xactly strips out identifying information and conducts sophisticated analyses. [More...]

October 29, 2014
Facebook reportedly has been meeting with publishers to discuss better ways of collaborating. It apparently wants to implement a more seamless way for mobile users to access news and magazine articles, as well as other content developed for digital sites, directly from their News Feed. Facebook is considering inviting publishers to post their content inside its mobile app. [More...]

October 29, 2014
Twitter shares closed Tuesday at $43.78, down almost 10 percent, even though the company's Q3 earnings report showed monthly active users grew 23 percent. Granted, that was down a tick from the previous quarter's 24 percent growth -- but recall the World Cup was being held at that time, driving user growth explosively. Germany's win saw Twitter use peak at nearly 619,000 tweets a minute. [More...]

October 28, 2014
U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan last week granted broadcasters' request for a temporary restraining order against Aereo. This is the latest setback for the would-be cable-killer service, which was suspended following a Supreme Court ruling this summer. Aereo had utilized small dime-sized antennas to capture over-the-air TV signals and stream the content to subscribers over the Internet. [More...]

October 28, 2014
The push is on for mobile database management tools built from the ground up to run directly inside phones, tablets and wearables. These mobile database solutions are being designed to do what heavyweight open source solutions like SQLite, Cord Data, MySQL and PostgreSQL were not designed to do. Some 4.55 billion people worldwide are using mobile phones this year. [More...]

October 28, 2014
lowes-oshbot-robot-customer-service
It can be lonely trekking through the aisles of a big box store looking for a particular item. If you're lucky enough to find help, the employee still might not understand exactly what you want, or know if it's in stock or where to find it. Or the employee could be rude. Enter OSHbot -- Lowe's friendly robot service rep who soon will wander through Lowe's stores looking for customers to help. [More...]

October 28, 2014
Slapping taxes on information and communication technologies can cost countries more money than it brings in, says a study by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. Most of the countries imposing high taxes are lower- or middle-income nations in Africa, South Asia and America. The report's release coincides with protests in Hungary over the government's plan to tax ISPs. [More...]

October 27, 2014
Apple Pay
Two large pharmacy chains flipped the kill switch on Apple Pay, likely because of their partiality to a competing system, CurrentC, which requires exclusivity. The move is a serious setback for Apple Pay, but it's hardly a fatal one. What it does indicate is that Apple Pay is not going to bring mobile payments into mainstream use quite as quickly or easily as some had imagined it would. [More...]

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