A daily digest of IT blogs from Richi Jennings—he curates the best bits of the best blogs, finest forums, and weirdest websites, so you don't have to. Catch the key commentary from around the Web every morning.
Have you ever wanted to be able to magically hack mobile phones like hackers do in the movies? If recent claims are true that security holes, backdoors, and packet sniffers are present in every iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device -- you can!
In-app purchases: Like stealing candy from a baby.
Silent sentinel, tireless champion, (and BFF!) of consumers everywhere -- the European Commission -- has put its foot down once again. Its notion that an anything-is-OK-as-long-as-I-make-a-buck attitude regarding in-app purchases -- especially those labelled "free" on the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) app stores -- is now especially irksome to our Brussels-based friends.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers start uninstalling apps.
Chrome Beta download: You are about to participate in a great adventure.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) brings beta browser, with DirectWrite support. Beta 37 should quell complaints that Windows font rendering is slow and blurry. The ancient Graphics Device Interface (GDI) calls have finally been replaced -- by using the outer limits of DirectWrite.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers initially eulogize: GDI API RIP.
Il Giardino in Cap-Ferret gags French blogger Caroline Doudet.
A French bar got fed up of its lousy reviews, so it fixed its food and service. No, wait, the other thing: It took a food blogger to court, to shut her up. Classy. Why did the "diva" restaurant owner pick on this particular blogger? Because her review ranked highest, that's why. Yes, your L33T SEO-skills can now get you fined in France. C'est conneries!
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers affect the Streisand effect.
KGI's Ming Chi Kuo dares to utter the D-word (again).
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is said to be having trouble making the iPhone 6 phablet. As a result, we're told, the release date for the bigger, 5.5-inch version will be delayed until at least mid-November (perhaps later).
If the Apple rumors are turning to delays, it must be July. [Factcheck: Wrong picture? -Ed.]
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella enjoys writing a good memo. His latest tome written to employees -- published online Thursday -- has continued to incite bloggy controversy the entire weekend. After reading the screed, some bloggers predict job cuts or perhaps a flattened organization structure for Microsoft in the near future.
Hey, IT! Are you ready for the Bring Your Own Watch trend?
Forget BYOD—here comes BYOW. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to soon launch its iWatch—or whatever it'll be called. But it now looks like the release date will be later than we'd heard earlier. A financial analyst from KGI Securities says so. So... there's that.
IBM (NYSE:IBM) wants you to know that it's investing $3B in chip R&D over the next five years. It's voicing concerns that Moore's Law is running out (i.e., that it'll become impossible to double transistor densities every couple of years). To that end, IBM's looking at neurosynaptics, quantum computing, non-silicon semiconductors, carbon nanotubes, graphene, TFETS and photonics. Plus sticking to the knitting, with the next couple of process shrinks.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers get dizzy from the PR spin, but refuse to make lame, "the chips are down" gags.