Smartphone reviewers love sensational superlatives, but in the real world, things are rarely so black and white.

July 30, 2014 2:34 PM EDT

Data driven insights; user recommendations; big data services and all the other buzzwords of the pre-Singularity techno-dystopia some say we're hurtling blindly toward are in Apple's sights, as evidenced by recent deals.

July 30, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

This jewelry store keeps reporting that its employees can't connect to the Internet -- and this field engineer pilot fish keeps getting sent out by the telco to fix the problem.

July 30, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

Gay-emm-beh WHO???

BlackBerry Ltd. (TSE:BB) is buying a German security company, Secusmart GmbH. We're told that this allows the Canadian company to offer super-secure voice and data -- as used by German government honcha, Angela Merkel.

We're also told that this move will reverse BlackBerry's catastrophic market-share decline: Yeah, right. (BTW, did I tell you about this bridge I have on eBay?) In IT Blogwatch, bloggers dimly remember BlackBerry.

July 30, 2014 5:44 AM EDT
20th Century Fox

OkCupid: Blinded by "science."

Christian Rudder, cofounder of dating site OKCupid, believes experimenting on users and outright lies about dating compatibility are hunky dory -- because OKCupid is a web site! All the fuss about Facebook's mood experiments is overblown, and he has the data to prove it!

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers meet people in the real world.

July 29, 2014 6:20 AM EDT

Pilot fish is trying to help a woman who runs a daycare center -- and since all she wants to do is publish a 30-page online handbook for parents, how hard will that be?

July 29, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

Apple's quiet introduction of iBeacon is shaping up to be a foundational release that transforms the company's place in computing -- it puts Apple inside the infrastructure. Here are 9 industries already using iBeacon.

 
July 29, 2014 5:22 AM EDT
Image credit: Lionsgate

A pirated DVD-quality version of The Expendables 3 is the wild, several weeks before the film debuts in theaters. The leaked film ranked as the #1 most-pirated movie of the week. But if you are into streaming movies instead of downloading torrents, then you might be interested to know that the Justice Department wants to make "unauthorized" streaming a felony.

July 28, 2014 12:01 PM EDT
Microsoft

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella walks on water if you believe his ratings as a boss by Microsoft employees. But after his announced plans for laying off 18,000 employees, Microsoft workers are far cooler to him. Is this the end of his honeymoon?

July 28, 2014 10:31 AM EDT

This college's main computer facility is located in one building's basement, which normally is not a problem -- until the day a nearby water main breaks.

July 28, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

Watson: No problemo.

IBM (NYSE:IBM) is putting its resident game show champ -- a computer named Watson -- back to work. Not on another game show, this time Watson is on an important mission: Assisting armed service personnel transition back to civilian life.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers pack their gear and return home.

Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.

July 28, 2014 5:58 AM EDT
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